It’s that time of day where we look at Australian chances over the 15 hours or so. Peter Bol and Genevieve Gregson go for gold in the men’s 800m and women’s steeplchase finals, while Mat Belcher and Will Ryan are poised for sailing glory and the Opals play the US in a basketball quarter-final.
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Ivor Leonard writes in with a good question: “Having watched the 1500m swim and how close the swimmers are after swimming for what seemed forever,” he says. “I can’t believe that after a 10k swim taking nearly two hours the winner won by only 0.9 seconds. Surely in percentage terms (0.0125% I think) this is the closest finish of any sport. In some of the pool events the winner was further ahead! Hopefully someone out there can confirm!
Well, the golf takes four days, and Xander Schauffele only won the men’s tournament by one stroke. Which takes around a second. But maybe that doesn’t count.
Women’s golf: Very early days here. The first round has just started and only a few of the athletes are out on the course. Bianca Pagdanganan of the Philippines is -2 after three holes, Ko Jin Young of South Korea is -1 and everyone else who is out is on par. But the majority of the field are in the clubhouse.
Women’s marathon swim: The end is amusingly confusing as most of the athletes have white caps. Only the Aussie Lee is easy to pick out in her yellow cap. And she touches home for bronze! Brazil’s Cunha sprints home for gold and the Netherlands’ Van Rouwendaal gets silver.
Women’s marathon swim: Cunha tries to break from the pack in the closing stages but Lee, Beck and Van Rouwendaal have her in their sights…
Women’s marathon swim: The final turn and 500m to go. Cunha of Brazil leads then Van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands, Germany’s Beck and Australia’s Lee. It’s very close though.
Women’s marathon swim: Brazil’s Cunha has the lead with 650m to go. But only just…
Women’s marathon swim: The group of eight – who sounds like a spy ring – soldier on to the finish. They are Leonie Beck of Germany, Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha, USA’s Ashley Twichell and Haley Anderson, China’s Xin Xin, Australia’s Kareena Lee, Netherlands’ Sharon van Rouwendaal and Hungary’s Anna Olasz. All have a chance with five minutes or so to go.
Women’s marathon swim: About 10 minutes to go in the race, which is more than most of have ever done the front crawl without stopping. These women though? They laugh at your 15 minutes of front crawl [NB: other strokes are available]. By my estimation any of nine swimmers could take the gold, they’re all bunched up as we reach the final lap, including USA Haley Anderson and Ashley Twichell, and Australia’s Kareena Lee. GB’s Alice Dearing is too far back to threaten the leaders though. Germany’s Leonie Beck leads by two seconds.
Hello. A few early starts today at the women’s marathon swim (does the water get hot later on in the day?) and the start of the women’s golf tournament – they’re out and about already. As for the rest of the day? Here’s Martin Belam with a rundown of the upcoming action.
Day 12 at a glance
All events are listed here in local Tokyo time. Add an hour for Brisbane, subtract eight hours for Hastings, 13 hours for Miami and 16 hours for San Diego.
9am-12.25pm and 6.30pm-10pm Athletics – a lot of the day is taken up with decathlon and heptathlon. There are semi-finals in the men’s 110m hurdles, women’s 400m and 1500m. The medals will come in the women’s 400m hurdles final (11.30am), women’s 3000m steeplechase (8pm), men’s hammer throw final (8.15pm), men’s 800m final (9.05pm) and the last race of the day at 9.55pm is the men’s 200m final 🥇
9am-12.30pm Skateboarding – it’s the women’s park event, there are four rounds of prelims and then the final starts at 12.30pm, and 13-year-old Sky Brown is involved 🥇
10.30am and 7pm Hockey – the women’s competition reaches the semi-final stage. After the dramatic shootout with Spain, next for Team GB is the Netherlands in the morning match. Argentina face India in the evening game.
1.50pm and 7.50pm Weightlifting – it is the final day of weightlifting at the Tokyo International Forum, with the men’s +109kg 🥇
2pm-4.10pm Boxing – it is semi-final bouts all-day, including Team GB’s Frazer Clarke at 3.03pm. The last fight of the day is scheduled for 3.35pm, and will be the men’s light heavy final featuring Ben Whittaker of Great Britain against Cuba’s Arlen López 🥇
2.33pm and 3.33pm Sailing – conditions permitting, it is the final day of sailing and the Olympics end at Enoshima with first the men’s and then the women’s two-person dinghy – 470 finals 🥇
3.30pm-7pm Track cycling – absolutely packed programme featuring men’s sprint, women’s keirin and then at 5.59pm there’s the bronze and gold medal races in the men’s team pursuit 🥇
5pm, 6pm and 9.10pm Sport climbing – admit it, you were absolutely gripped by this yesterday, weren’t you? It’s qualification day for the women.
7pm Equestrian – it is the individual jumping final 🐴🥇
7.30pm Artistic swimming – it is the duet free routine final 🥇
You can find our full interactive events schedule here, and I’ve been finding it absolutely essential, because as well as telling you what is coming up next, it also tells you what is in play with live scores throughout the day.