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Women’s 1,500m final: Laura Muir will be trying to stop Sifan Hassan. My colleague Sean Ingle has been telling the Muir story.
I love the first line of his article: “When Laura Muir was a teenager, she was so fast that local farmers employed her to catch newborn lambs before they got lost.”
Now for the women’s 1,500m final.
Here are the runners.
Gabriela Debues-Stafford (Canada)
Elle Purrier St. Pierre (USA)
Linden Hall (Australia)
Winnie Nanyondo (Uganda)
Tanaka Nozomi (Japan)
Jessica Hull (Australia)
Freweyni Hailu (Ethiopia)
Marta Pérez (Spain)
Laura Muir (Great Britain)
Faith Kipyegon (Kenya)
Sifan Hassan (Netherlands)
Kristiina Mäki (Czech Republic)
Cory McGee (USA)
Sifan Hassan is trying to make history here. She is trying to win gold in the 1,500m, 5,000m and 10,000m races at these Games. “Many people think I am crazy,” she says. She won the 10,000m and 1,500m at the World Championships in Doha in 2019 but doing the treble is unprecedented. It is an incredible amount of running: two 5,000m, three 1,500m and one 10,00m. That’s 24,500m over eight days, much of it in incredible heat and humidity.
Women’s football final: It’s Sweden 1-0 Canada at half-time. Canada are yet to have a shot on target.
Allyson Felix has made history with that bronze, her 10th Olympic medal. As my colleague Andy Bull pointed out before the Games, the fact that she is in Tokyo this year is an incredible achievement.
Women’s football final: Sweden have a 1-0 lead over Canada in the final thanks to a goal from Stina Blackstenius.
Miller-Uibo dominated that race, winning with a personal best of 48.36. That was a stunning run. There was no one near her at the end. Marileidy Paulino of the Dominican Republic was second with a personal best and Allyson Felix picked up the bronze – another Olympic medal for her. Jodie Williams finished sixth.
Women’s 400m final: Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas is probably favourite to retain the 400-metre title from Rio five years ago. She finished last in the 200m final so this is her chance to win gold.
Jodie Williams will be representing Great Britain after running a personal best in her semi-final. The 27-year-old sounded very confident after that race earlier in the week, saying: “I came here to medal. I came here to win, honestly.”
Athletics: the women’s 400m final is up next on the track.
Here is the start list:
Quanera Hayes (USA)
Roxana Gómez (Cuba)
Candice McLeod (Jamaica)
Marileidy Paulino (Dominican Republic)
Stephenie McPherson (Jamaica)
Shaunae Miller-Uibo (Bahamas)
Jodie Williams (Great Britain)
Allyson Felix (USA)
You’ll notice the name Allyson Felix at the end of that list. Felix is one race from history at Tokyo 2020. She is level with Merlene Ottey on nine Olympic medals and can go clear as the most decorated woman in Olympic track and field athletics history with a podium finish in this race. Felix has six golds and three silvers at the Olympics (five of those six golds have come in relays, with her sole individual gold coming in the 200m at London 2012). This is her fifth Olympics, having made her debut at Athens in 2004, when she won 200m silver behind Veronica Campbell.
Andy Bull wrote about Felix before the Games, detailing her achievement in getting this far.
Women’s football final: Canada pulled off one of the surprises of the Games when they beat USA in the semi-final of the women’s football. It was the first time Canada had beaten USA in 20 years.
That victory in the semi-finals was masterminded by Canada coach Bev Priestman, a 35-year-old from Consett in County Durham. My colleague Louise Taylor has been telling her story.
Men’s 5,000m: Cheptegei missed out on the 10,000m, finishing second behind Selemon Barega, but has got his gold in the 5,000m. Despite the talk about Katir before the race, he didn’t challenge. Andrew Butchart finished 11th.
Cheptegei wins gold for Uganda. He had the lead with a lap to go and held off challenges, stepping on the gas to quicken his pace and secure the victory. He won with a time of 12.58.15.
Mohammed Ahmed of Canada picked up silver, with Paul Chelimo of USA throwing himself over to line to earn bronze.
Women’s football: the final between Sweden and Canada has kicked off. It’s 0-0 after eight minutes. The final was meant to be played earlier today but, due to fears about the heat and humidity in Tokyo, it was pushed back.
Men’s 5,000m: There are a few contenders in the 12-and-a-half-lap race – and a few absentees.
Mo Farah, who won gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m in Rio and London, is gone; and the the reigning 5,000m world champion Muktar Edris did not made the Ethiopia team.
Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda is the world record holder, with a time of 12:35.36, and he won silver in the 10,000m last week, when Jacob Kiplimo won bronze. Selemon Barega, who won the 10,000m race is not competing in the 5,000m. Mohamed Katir is the pick of the runners on the BBC commentary.
Cheptegei has taken an early lead but the pack is right up behind him.
Athletics: the men’s 5,000m final has begun.
Here are the runners:
Luis Grijalva (Guatemala)
Justyn Knight (Canada)
Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli (Kenya)
William Kincaid (USA)
Mohamed Katir (Spain)
Mohammed Ahmed (Canada)
Dawit Fikadu (Bahrain)
Jacob Kiplimo (Uganda)
Jimmy Gressier (France)
Birhanu Balew (Bahrain)
Paul Chelimo (USA)
Joshua Cheptegei (Uganda)
Milkesa Mengesha (Ethiopia)
Oscar Chelimo (Uganda)
Grant Fisher (USA)
Andrew Butchart (Great Britain)
Andrew Butchart will be representing Team GB in the final but he nearly missed the Games altogether over comments he made on a podcast about a Covid test. Strange.
Sayōnara from me. Thanks for your company and with the women’s football final, men’s 5,000m final and women’s javelin final all either just under way or about to start, I’ll hand over to m’learned friend Paul Campbell.
Skateboarding: Canine pursuit skating hasn’t yet been introduced to the Olympics but looking at this video of some totally rad pugs, I can’t be alone in thinking it can’t come soon enough.
Athletics: Double Olympic 5,000m champion Mo Farah is not at these Games, a state of affairs that means his crown is up for grabs. Those hopeful of winning it are in the stadium and are scheduled to start at 1pm (BST). The women’s javelin final is also being contested, with 12 women duking it out for the podium places.
Thomas Bach, the International Olympic Committee president has hailed athletes for giving “soul” to the Games and admitted he feared for the event after almost all spectators were barred.
However, his claims that the Tokyo Games had “far exceeded my personal expectations”, and had been a great success were widely criticised on Japanese social media with users calling him “an Olympic aristocrat who is trapped in a delusional shell”. Sean Ingle has the latest from Tokyo …
Athletics: It’s USA, Botswana and Trinidad & Tobago in a one-two-three in the opening heat of the 4x400m and those teams q1ualify automatically for the final. Italy and the Netherlands will have to wait to see if they qualify as fastest losers. Britain finished a disappointing sixth or possibly seventh.
Athletics: For now, our attention turns to the athletics track, where the preliminaries are under way in the men’s 4x400m relay. As I type, the Brits are running in heat one.
Women’s football: The gold medal match between Sweden and Canada is due to kick off in a little over 30 minutes. It could be a belter.
Medals: Great Britain have added to their tally on Day 14, taking gold and bronze in the velodrome, gold in the modern pentathlon, bronze in the women’s hockey and another guaranteed gold or silver in the boxing ring.
Men’s football: Kaoru Mitoma scored a late consolation for Japan in the bronze medal match but it was too little, too late for the hosts. Mexico have beatn them 3-1 to earn themselves a spot on the podium.
Men’s diving: In all the excitement elsewhere, I forgot to confirm that Tom Daley has comfortably qualified for tomorrow’s semi-finals of the men’s individual 10m platform. His team-mate Noah Williams missed out, finishing 27th of the 29 entrants.
Modern pentathlon: Kate French wins this event pulling a milk float. Not literally, of course … that would be weird, even by the standards of modern pentathlon.
Men’s football: Mexico have gone 3-0 up in their bronze medal match against hosts Japan and look home and hosed with just 16 minutes to go.
Modern pentathlon: Ireland’s Natalya Coyle is another competitor who suffered in the equine lottery. Her mount, Constantin The Great, has proved – to borrow a phrase from racing pundit Ted Walsh – to be a leery aul’ bugger. His repeated refusals in the showjumping round earned Natlaya 66 faults, causing her to plummet from fourth place to 17th in the standings.
Modern pentathtlon: Kate French is competing for Team GB and after four events she’s in fifth place with the laser run (combined running and shooting) to come at 11.30am (BST). Spare a thought for German Annika Schleu, who began the showjumping in the gold medal position but is now in 31st place after being -no pun intended – saddled with a less than co-operative horse that point blank refused to complete its round. Fo those who may not be aware, competitors don’t rider their own horses, but are instead forced to compete on steeds they’ve just met. They don’t always get on …
Hmmm. Responding in a tone that could scarcely be more measured to correct a reader = thin skin, according to NordicSkot. An interesting take. It’s always been a common theme below the line in the comments section – if you ignore readers, you’re aloof. If you respond but disagree, you’re thin-skinned.
Awkward? I suppose it might be mildly embarrassing if I’d written the article. But I didn’t and am not sure how acknowledging it was premature would be even remotely awkward. As strange as it may seem, there isn’t actually a Guardian party line on velodrome activities that all our writers are obliged to toe.
Cycling: Harrie Lavreysen beats his compatriot fairly easily to win. Jeffrey Hoogland settles for silver. It’s a Dutch one-two and Britain’s Jack Carlin gets bronze.
Cycling: As I try to get a long overdue look in on the women’s modern pentathlon and women’s bouldering (climbing), the cycling keeps getting in the way. It’s the men’s sprint decider in the best of three between Jeffrey Hoogland and Harrie Lavreysen from the Netherlands.
Cycling: Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald couldn’t look more pleased as they are hganded their gold medals for winning the inagural women’s madison, before presenting them to each other.
Their scacely believable score of 78 points will take some beating in the years to come. Britain have won 10 cycling medals (five in the velodrome) in these Games, five of them gold. Early rumours of the demise of track cycling in the UK appear to have been greatly exaggerated.
Cycling: Now it’s time for the second leg of the gold medal match in the men’s sprint between Dutch riders Jeffrey Hoogland and Harrie Lavreysen. Hoogland is one up but Lavreysen completes a remarkable recovery down the back straight and out of the final bend to level proceedings.
It’s another medal for Great Britain as Carlin survies a late Dmitriev surge off the final bend to win the second leg by a whisker.
Cycling: It’s round two of the bronze medal final between Denis Dmitriev and Jack Carlin, with the Brit leading by one. If he wins this heat he’ll get the bronze medal.
Men’s football: The bronze medal match between Mexico and Japan is under way and the hosts are 2-0 down after 30 minutes. Francisco Cordova and Johan Vasquez with the goals there.
Correction: Apologies to Sarah Marsh, who for some unfathomable reason, I incorrectly referred to as Sarah Brown in the previous post. That error has now been rectified.
Skateboarding: Sarah Marsh has written an intertesting article about how the success of British bronze medalist Sky Brown has ramped up interest in skateboarding among young girls.
Interestingly, the large photo which illustrates the piece was taken in Stockwell skate park, which is located approximately 30 seconds’ walk from my house.
Hats off to Guardian photographer Martin Godwin, who somehow managed to find a rare window when the seating area right behind young skater Stefani Nurding wasn’t entirely populated by older teenagers smoking “jazz” cigarettes and drinking cheap cider.
“I looked up and we had 60 laps to go and I thought I’ve not even touched the pedals,” says Laura Kenny in conversation with the BBC. “We rode so conservatively, we’ve been doing so much work – our coach’s husband is the under-23 lads’ coach and we’ve done this about five times with them and we just ran it like that. I’ve never been so confident about a plan – I want to thank those lads because we wouldn’t have had a race. We just raced it again the same as we have before.
“Unbelievable – I’ve never wanted to win a race so much in all my life and I messaged Jason and said I feel like my Olympics ends today, I love the team pursuit but I felt relief when it was over because this was the one race I wanted to win – I just feel so relieved.”
Over to you, Katie Archibald. ““I’ve been dreaming about having this conversation,” she says, having this conversation. “I’ve never wanted something so much, I’ve never been so nervous but we’ve been so clinical with our approach. We had a change of coach last year for this event, we’re going for the all round and trying to spread between events and it feels so satisfying for it to come off.”
Sir Chris Hoy speaks: “Even for an event as unpredictable as the madison it was the most wonderfully boring team madison I’ve ever seen – the most assured confident race I’ve ever seen at this level – it was outstanding,” he says on BBC.
“They went out and dominated form the word go to win the first sprint – they won by three or four bike lengths every time – they had speed, tactics and complete control. All their rivals were fighting for silver or bronze early on. They took that race by the scruff of the neck.”
Cycling: It’s first blood to Carlin, who wins wins the first sprint in his best of three bronze medal match against Dmitriev. Now it’s the first of the gold medal match sprints between Dutch compatriots Jeffrey Hoogland and Harrie Lavreysen.
Cycling: After the “beautiful chaos” of the women’s madison, it’s back to the more mundane fare of the men’s sprint bronze medal final. Britain’s Jack Carlin is up against the ROC’s Denis Dmitriev.
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