A result in the men’s rugby sevens. Canada have beaten the hosts, Japan, 36-12. Japan have lost all their games so far.
Sean Ingle was at at Odaiba Marine Park to witness a remarkable women’s triathlon. You can read his report here:
And Australia’s Owen Wright has won his surfing quarter-final. He will now face Italo Ferreira in the semis for a place in the final and a chance at gold. Japan’s Kanoa Igarashi and Brazil’s two-time world champ Gabriel Medina will compete in the other semi.
Australia’s Owen Wright is leading Lucca Mesinas of Peru 12.74-7.40 in their men’s surfing quarter-final. The winner will face Ítalo Ferreira of Brazil in the semi-final.
Flora Duffy’s gold medal was an amazing achievement in the triathlon, but Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown won silver after suffering a puncture (of her bike’s tyre, she was not punctured herself). She spoke to the BBC about her medal:
“I had a really good swim and I got out and we had 35 seconds and I thought this is perfect. The bike – we worked really well, I got a puncture coming out of the park with about 2k to come and I panicked – I didn’t know what to do so I just rode on the flat.
“I lost maybe 15 seconds on the group. The first lap of the run was panic mode. I think I definitely paid for it the latter part of the run but it paid off.”
Anyone in the market for some breathtaking photos of very fit people doing breathtaking things? In a breathtaking fashion? That will take your breath away? Then look no further than our gallery of the best photos from day three:
Flora Duffy, by the way, nearly gave up triathlon after the 2008 Games when she was lapped. She tells the BBC that today’s victory is an “incredible moment”. She is correct. Meanwhile, another Brazilian is through to the men’s surfing semi-finals: Italo Ferreira beat Japan’s Hiroto Ohhara.
One for our Australian readers (or anyone who likes Australian athletes). Here’s a handy guide to Aussies in action today at the Games:
A few other finishers in the women’s triathlon: Britain’s Jessica Learmonth and Vicky Holland were ninth and 13th respectively, USA’s Summer Rappaport and Taylor Knibb 14th and 16th and Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat came home in 26th. NZ’s Nicole van der Kaay was 29th.
Just to recap: Bermuda’s only previous medal was in 1976: a bronze in boxing. Expect a lot of babies (boys and girls) to be called Flora in Bermuda in the coming years.
Flora Duffy wins Bermuda’s first-ever gold!
And Duffy passes the line as Olympic triathlon champion with a big grin on her face. The smallest nation to ever win an Olympic gold. She collapses to the ground with her hands over her face. She has the floor to herself for a while too as she has a huge lead over GB’s Taylor-Brown who wins silver. USA’s Zaferes wins bronze. A great silver for Taylor-Brown who suffered a puncture on the bike.
Duffy of Bermuda (population 72,000) now leads Taylor-Brown of Britain (population 66 million) and Zaferes (330 million) and is cruising towards her country’s first-ever gold.
It’s still very much Duffy’s race – and gold medal – to lose. She. Is. Not. Slowing. Down. Meanwhile, GB’s Taylor-Brown – who has recovered from that puncture on the bike – is about to catch USA’s Zaferes in silver. In fact, she just passed her. All three women are now on the last lap.
Duffy now has a 47-second lead over Zaferes with GB’s Taylor Brown five seconds back from the American. A first gold medal for Bermuda looks like a certainty! Germany’s Lindemann is another 30 seconds or so back in fourth.
The track has dried out at the triathlon and the runners are whistling round as the heat builds. Duffy continues to look comfortable out in front while USA’s Zaferes is looking a little heavy footed and GB’s Taylor-Brown looks she may be catching her for silver.
Some news from our man on the ground in Tokyo, Sean Ingle. Team GB say Georgia-Brown had a puncture, which explains why she slipped off at the end of the bike. She is already up to bronze on the run though. We’re at the end of lap one of the run and Duffy now has a 17 second lead over USA’s Zaferes in second.
And we have a break in the triathlon! Bermuda’s Flora Duffy has got some separation from USA’s Katie Zaferes. She looks pretty comfortable as she takes a decent lead. The British pair of Jessica Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown are in third and fourth.
Bermuda have never won an Olympic gold medal, but they have a very good chance now and Duffy recently set a personal best in the run. Their last (and only) Olympic medal came in 1976 in boxing – it was bronze.
Another result in the quarter-final of the men’s surfing. Two-time WSL World Champion Gabriel Medina of Brazil has beaten France’s Michel Bourez and is through to the semi-final.
GB’s Georgia Taylor-Brown looks like she’s been dropped by the leading pack in the triathlon and is now 20 seconds back as they transition to the running stage. So it’s now Jessica Learmonth (GBR), Flora Duffy (BER), Laura Lindemann (GER) and Katie Zaferes (USA) out front and with a big advantage over the rest of the field. Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat is back in ninth and it would take a miracle for her to end up in the medals today.
We’re on the final lap of the cycling in the women’s triathlon and it’s still the same group of five with a big lead over the field: Jessica Learmonth (GBR), Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR), Flora Duffy (BER), Laura Lindemann (GER) and Katie Zaferes (USA). Lindemann is the highest ranked of the leaders and is also a very good runner, so she’ll be slight favourite at the moment. But we saw the strongest runner, Alex Yee, beaten in the final stages yesterday, so form isn’t everything.
Hello and welcome to [checks calendar] day four of the Tokyo Games. Plenty coming up today, including a big day in the pool. In the next couple of hours we’ll have the conclusion of the women’s triathlon, the quarter-finals of the women’s and men’s surfing, Argentina v Australia in the men’s hockey and a smattering of handball, rugby sevens and beach volleyball.
My colleague Martin Belam has prepared a more exhaustive list of today’s action, which you can peruse at your leisure below:
All events are listed here in local Tokyo time. Add an hour for Sydney, subtract eight hours for Belfast, 13 hours for New York and 17 hours for San Francisco. Then email me to say that time itself is too complicated.
🌟If you only watch one thing: 7.45pm Artistic gymnastics – it is the women’s team final. A Simon Biles-led Team USA will face a strong challenge to defend their gold medal from Not Russia and from China 🥇
6.30am Triathlon – the individual women’s race takes place. Remember, this is a super early start in Tokyo again so if you want to watch it in the UK it is effectively on at 10.30pm tonight before you go to bed to enjoy sweet, sweet Olympic gold medal dreams 🥇
10am-9.45pm Taekwondo – it is the final day of taekwondo. There’s continued British interest with Mahama Cho in the men’s +80kg, and Bianca Walkden in the +67kg 🥇
10.30am-12.30pm and 7pm-8.59pm – the swimming is all topsy-turvy with the finals in the morning and the heats in the evening. There should be four fantastic finals in the first session on Tuesday between 10.34am and 11.17am: men’s 200m freestyle, women’s 100m backstroke, men’s 100m backstroke, women’s 100m backstroke. Phew 🥇
3pm Cycling Mountain Bike – it is the turn of the women around the Izu MTB course 🥇
3pm Diving – it is also the women in the diving on Tuesday, with the synchronised 10m platform 🥇
5pm Equestrian – Germany will defend their Rio title as eight nations, including Team GB and the USA who finished in silver and bronze positions in 2016, go for the Dressage Team Grand Prix Special 🐴🥇
5pm-8.30pm Football – it is the final round of group games in the women’s competition. Team GB and Sweden are the two teams already guaranteed quarter-final spots. Two key match-ups are Japan v Chile at 8pm where the hosts probably need a win to progress from Group E. Before that at 5pm the USA face Australia. Now, I’m not suggesting this is a potential “Disgrace of Gijón” situation, but a draw would leave them both on four points and both almost certain to qualify.
5.30pm-7.00 pm Rugby sevens – after a final round of pool matches in the morning, and some placing games, the tournament reaches the quarter-final stage.