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Great Britain going for golds on land and in the water in Tokyo on Tuesday

Great Britain will be going for gold on more than one front on Tuesday, on land and in the water.

However, it is Simone Biles’ return to action which is likely to capture the attention of the world’s media.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at what stands out on day 11 in Tokyo.


Great Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson, left, in action during the third semi-final of the Women’s 800 metres (Martin Rickett/PA)

Team GB’s Keely Hodgkinson Jemma Reekie and Alex Bell will be on the start line together in the women’s 800m final, and one or more of the trio could make it onto the podium. Hodgkinson won her semi-final while Reekie finished second in hers and Bell ran the quickest time of the three, 1.58.83, to claim her place. Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers also go in the women’s long jump final, although the medals in the 200m will be decided in the absence of world champion Dina Asher-Smith whose efforts to fight her way back from a torn hamstring ended in bitter disappointment.


American superstar Simone Biles’ withdrawal from three of the four individual finals for which she had qualified to protect her mental health sent shockwaves through the sport. The 24-year-old had been tipped to equal, if not improve upon, her four golds in Rio, but has not competed since she pulled out of the women’s team final last week. However, USA Gymnastics has confirmed she will take part in the beam final.


Great Britain’s Jason Kenny will hope to add to his tally of six Olympic gold medals in the team sprint (Tim Goode/PA)

Britain’s cyclists have seen their dominance of major events challenged in recent years, but they have a genuine chance in the men’s team sprint. Jack Carlin and Ryan Owens will attempt to help six-time Olympic gold medallist Jason Kenny add to his tally.


Pat McCormack heads into the welterweight final at the Kokugikan Arena having been handed a walkover in the last four when Ireland’s Aidan Walsh was forced to withdraw through injury. Cuba’s Roniel Iglesias stands between the 26-year-old Briton and gold in the 63-69kg division.


Great Britain’s Daniel Goodfellow and Jack Laugher finished seventh in the men’s synchronised 3m springboard final (Mike Egerton/PA)

Jack Laugher will hope to atone for the loss of his synchronised 3m springboard Olympic title when he goes in the men’s individual 3m springboard semi-final and hopefully the final. The reigning champion and partner Daniel Goodfellow could only finish seventh in last week’s final but Laugher, who won in Rio with Chris Mears, has a chance to make amends in an event which saw him claim silver five years ago.


Great Britain’s Giles Scott is defending the Olympic title he won in Rio (Martin Rickett/PA)

The water is likely to be significantly less calm – or at least the competitors will hope so after the cancellation of racing on Monday because of a lack of wind in Enoshima – as Britain’s Giles Scott and John Gimson and Anna Burnet complete their campaigns. Defending champion Scott in the Finn class and Gimson and Burnet in the mixed Nacra 17 are already guaranteed medals with the former favourite to repeat his heroics in Rio.

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