|Dates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8|
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Adam Peaty started the defence of his Olympic 100m breaststroke title in spectacular type as Team GB beat hosts Japan within the ladies’s soccer on day one of many Tokyo 2020 Games.
In Sapporo, Ellen White scored GB’s only goal of the game as Hege Riise’s aspect continued their profitable begin to the Olympics.
Earlier, Helen Glover’s ambition to retain her ladies’s pairs rowing title obtained off to a shaky begin alongside Polly Swann.
In what was Glover’s first defeat in additional than a decade, she and Swann completed third of their warmth, a way off the tempo however sufficient to make sure their berth in Tuesday’s semi-finals.
Team GB’s Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury obtained off to a promising begin within the males’s doubles, beating French second seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 6-Three 6-2.
In gymnastics, defending champion Max Whitlock eased through to the pommel horse final with a rating of 14.900 factors in qualification.
And if all that is not sufficient, here is a few of what else occurred on Saturday.
- GB males’s hockey won their first game in opposition to South Africa 3-1.
- GB’s Adam Yates completed ninth in a gruelling men’s cycling road race, gained by Ecuador’s Richard Carapaz. Geraint Thomas didn’t end after crashing.
- British badminton gamers Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith gained their opening blended doubles match, beating France’s Thom Gicquel and Delphine Delrue 21-18 21-17.
- In the pool, James Wilby, Aimee Wilmott and Max Litchfield have been among the many swimmers progressing of their occasions.
- Charlotte Fry cruised into the person dressage closing, topping her qualifying group with Everdale with a private finest rating of 77.096%.
- British boxer Karriss Artingstall beat Botswana’s Keamogetse Sadie Kenosi, the world quantity 4, in her opening bout.
Peaty eases into semi-finals
World file holder Peaty is GB’s strongest hope for a medal in Tokyo and he obtained his marketing campaign off to the proper begin as he topped the timesheets within the 100m breaststroke.
The 26-year-old, who gained the occasion in Rio 5 years in the past and is unbeaten over the gap since 2014, is aiming to change into the primary British swimmer to retain an Olympic title.
Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands, one in every of Peaty’s greatest rivals for gold, was solely 0.24 seconds slower in second total, whereas fellow Briton Wilby certified in sixth place.
Peaty will go once more within the semi-finals on Sunday (03:33 BST) along with his world file of 56.88secs more likely to be threatened.
“[It was] really weird with no crowd, really weird,” Peaty mentioned afterwards.
“It doesn’t feel like an Olympics. It’s not the same, of course it’s not, but obviously when you go back to the [athletes’] village, that’s when it does.
“Heats are heats. I at all times have cobwebs – it is just about the very same time I did in Rio – and I at all times construct on that. We will simply see the place we go from right here.”
GB’s footballers assure knockouts place
Great Britain guaranteed their progress to the knockout stages of the women’s football with victory over London 2012 silver medallists Japan.
White scored the winner, her third goal of the tournament, nodding in a cross from full-back Lucy Bronze in the 74th minute.
They now top Group E with one game remaining, against Canada on Tuesday (12:00 BST kick-off).
Team GB head coach Hege Riise mentioned: “We are all pleased with two wins now. It places us in a very good place, in a position to relaxation gamers and recuperate properly – we’re very glad.
“We put Sophie Ingle in more as a defensive player against Japan, I think that worked well.
“Of course attacking-wise we lacked slightly, however we knew that would occur. I really feel just like the connection has obtained higher and higher every sport and that is what we have to get used to.
“In the second half we changed the formation a little. We came out well and controlled the game much better.”
‘Not our good row’ for Glover & Swann
Glover has change into the primary British mom to row at an Olympics however her spectacular comeback has not gone solely easily in Japan.
Her defeat with Swann within the warmth – gained by Australia – was Glover’s first since 2011, a run spanning 51 races and together with Olympic golds in 2012 and 2016 alongside Heather Stanning.
“It wasn’t our perfect row but I guess there’s value in learning in the early rounds,” she mentioned. “We’re open to what’s going to come next.”
Elsewhere for GB’s rowers, the lads’s 4 – the British boat bidding for its sixth consecutive gold within the occasion – gained their warmth to progress to the ultimate. The quartet of Ollie Cook, Matt Rossiter, Rory Gibbs and Sholto Carnegie are all making their Olympic debuts and have gotten huge footwear to fill.
Emily Craig and Imogen Grant are into the semi-finals of the light-weight double sculls, however the ladies’s 4 and males’s eight should go once more within the repechages if they’re to succeed in the finals after ending fourth and third of their heats respectively.
Murray and Salisbury win however Watson out
Murray and Salisbury’s doubles partnership is a brand new one however one which appears to have gelled properly, as they beat the French Open champions.
Murray is the defending two-time Olympic champion within the males’s singles and gained silver within the blended doubles at London 2012 with Laura Robson, whereas Salisbury is making his Olympic debut.
They will play Germany’s Tim Puetz and Kevin Krawietz subsequent for a spot within the quarter-finals.
But it was an early exit for Heather Watson, who misplaced 7-6 (7-5) 6-Three to Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam within the first spherical of the ladies’s singles.
Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski later beat Argentina’s Andres Molteni and Horacio Zeballos 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 (13-11).
A warning for athletes
Olympics Games govt director Christophe Dubi has warned athletes they are going to be punished in the event that they ignore anti-Covid measures.
It follows Friday’s opening ceremony through which a lot of the Kyrgyztan and Tajikistan staff members together with Pakistan’s two flag bearers didn’t put on masks, that are required always, aside from when coaching, competing, consuming or sleeping.
One extra athlete has examined constructive for Covid-19, the 12th competitor to return a constructive take a look at in Tokyo and the 123rd case in complete.
Dutch rower Finn Florijn is the primary athlete to check constructive for Covid-19 after competing in Tokyo.
He completed fourth in his warmth of the lads’s single sculls race on Friday, and was attributable to race within the repechages on Saturday, however was withdrawn from the Games.
There are additionally considerations concerning the warmth in Tokyo, after a Russian archer fainted in the high temperatures throughout qualifying on Friday, whereas the rowing schedule was modified consequently.
Cyclists within the males’s highway race visibly struggled with the warmth, spraying water down themselves and placing ice packs of their jerseys, and tennis participant Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova needed to take a medical timeout after feeling dizzy.
What’s developing on Sunday?
- In gymnastics, twin sisters Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova, Alice Kinsella and Amelie Morgan tackle qualification day (03:55-05:35 BST).
- GB’s ladies’s hockey staff launch their Olympic title defence with their opening match in opposition to Germany (09:30 BST).
- Jade Jones goes for her third Olympic taekwondo title (opening spherical 03:52 BST)
- Lizzie Deignan leads Team GB’s hopes within the ladies’s biking highway race (05:00-09:30 BST)
- In tennis, Andy Murray, Japan’s Naomi Osaka and Australia’s newly-crowned Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty begin their singles campaigns.