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Tokyo Olympics LIVE: Track cycling as USA reach men’s basketball final and Dina Asher-Smith returns

Sky Brown wins Olympic bronze medal in women’s skateboarding park final at Tokyo 2020

Day 13 of Tokyo 2020 is underway with Team GB’s women breaking a national record in the 4x100m relay heats, and champion kayaker Liam Heath winning bronze in the men’s K1 200.

Team USA’s favourite Grant Holloway, who had been undefeated for 24 races in a row, lost in dramatic fashion to Jamaica’s Hansle Parchment, who snatched the men’s 110m hurdles gold. And there was also American disappointment on the track after the men’s sprint relay heats, with the USA 4x100m team failing to progress to the finals but Dina Asher-Smith returned to help Great Britain’s women qualify with a new national record.

India claimed a nail-biting 5-4 victory against Germany in the men’s hockey third-place playoff, the bronze being the team’s first medal in 41 years since 1980. Meanwhile, the men’s basketball competition is down to the semi-final stage, where the USA beat Australia to reach the gold-medal match.

Earlier today Australian skateboarder Kieran Woolley crashed into a cameraman and failed to make it to the podium but teammate Keegan Palmer made history by winning gold in the inaugural men’s Olympic skateboard competition to continue the country’s glittering Games.


Tokyo Olympics: Track cycling schedule

As the cycling continues, here’s a look at the schedule for the track events for the rest of the Games.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic track cycling takes place at the Izu Velodrome, a few hours south of the capital.

Track cycling has featured at every modern Olympic Games other than Stockhom 1912, with women’s events on the track added in 1988.

Track cycling has featured at every modern Olympic Games other than Stockhom 1912


Tokyo Olympics: Carlin starts strong against Germany’s Levy

Jack Carlin is head-to-head with Maximilian Levy of Germany in the men’s individual sprint.

The Briton veers out wide then cuts inside and under Levy to take the German by surprise!

Carlin grabs the win in the first race of this best-of-three match-up.


Tokyo Olympics: Jason Kenny’s nine-year sprint reign comes to an end

Jason Kenny is up against world champion Harrie Lavreysen for a place in the semi-finals in the velodrome...

The Briton goes for it as the bell rings but is unable to get around the Dutchman!

Lavreysen progresses, Kenny is out!

Kenny’s nine-year individual sprint reign comes to an end in Tokyo.


Tokyo Olympics: Johnson-Thompson speaks out after heptathlon heartbreak

Katarina Johnson-Thompson has spoken of her heartbreak after being forced to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics with injury.

The world champion pulled out of the heptathlon on Wednesday after suffering an injury to her right calf in the 200m.

She ruptured her left Achilles in December but fears she had suffered a reoccurrence were soon eased, despite the 28-year-old’s Olympics being over.

Johnson-Thompson refused treatment and a wheelchair on the track to pick herself up and finish the race, limping over the line, but was disqualified for leaving her lane after falling.

“I don’t know where to begin in trying to explain how I feel,” she said in a statement on Twitter.

“Only a handful of people understand what I’ve been through. Even a smaller amount understand the mental and physical challenges I’ve faced trying to make it back in time through a pandemic after my Achilles ruptured the back end of December...”

The reigning world champion was forced to pull out of the competition with a calf injury


Tokyo Olympics: Van Riessen carried off on stretcher after crash with Marchant

Marchant is “battered and bruised” in her own words, but Van Riessen has come off worse after clipping the Briton’s wheel in the women’s keirin quarter-finals.

The Dutch rider has been carried off the track on a stretcher after the high-speed crash at the Olympics’ Izu Velodrome.

Lawrence Ostlere reports from Tokyo:

The incident occurred in the women’s keirin quarter-finals


Tokyo Olympics: Jason Kenny into repechage quarter-finals

Jason Kenny is back on track and puts in a commanding repechage performance, progressing by seeing off Malaysia’s Azizulhasni Awang and Yuta Wakimoto of Japan.

Britain’s most successful ever Olympian is into the quarter-finals.

“Great ride from Kenny,” Chris Hoy tells the BBC.

“He’s such a smart rider, he really pushed on there, he had the legs.

“He got to the front, controlled the race and imposed his tactics. Relatively comfortable.”


Tokyo Olympics: Marchant crashes but will return in track sprint

Thankfully Marchant is okay. Van Riessen, meanwhile, is still receiving treatment on the track.

“That’s just bike racing: wrong place, wrong time,” Marchant says. “I hope everyone’s alright that was in the crash.

“I think I’m alright, just a bit battered and bruised.

“I needed to finish the race in case there was something that came up on the results, a relegation or anything. I’m not really sure what happened – wrong place, wrong time – I just got caught up in it.

“I’ll be back tomorrow to start the sprint competition.”

Good news there that Marchant will be okay for the sprint.


Tokyo Olympics: Women’s keirin crash affects GB

The bell goes for the final lap, but there’s a crash that sees two riders falls on the turn!

Team GB’s Katy Marchant is down!

The Netherlands’ Laurine van Riessen appeared to pulled out and clip Marchant’s wheel.

Marchant is out at the quarter-final stage, but seems to be alright here...


Tokyo Olympics: Coe on ‘uncomfortable duty’ as Mboma sprints into spotlight

Elaine Thompson-Herah took gold again this week, but it was Christine Mboma’s home straight that caught the eye. The 18-year-old from Namibia pipped American Gabi Thomas to an Olympic 200m silver medal. And it was this finish that had World Athletics president Sebastian Coe wondering if the DSD guidelines need to be reassessed.

Mboma and Namibian training partner Beatrice Masilingi (who finished sixth in the final) are classified as Difference of Sexual Development athletes. Essentially, they have a rare condition whereby they naturally produce more testosterone in their bodies than women without the condition.

As such, World Athletics brought in a ruling in 2018, stating DSD athletes must reduce their blood testosterone period to a level below five nanomoles per litre for at least six months by use of hormonal contraceptives. If not, they are prohibited from taking part in events between 400m and a mile in distance.

Mboma and Masilingi were training for the 400m before being told they would be unable to participate last month, which is why they entered the 200m. But the manner of Mboma’s late dash gives Coe the feeling that the advantages of their testosterone levels were almost as clear in the sprints.

Here’s what the World Athletics president had to say about the controversial topic:

Women’s 200m silver medalist Mboma is classified as a Difference of Sexual Development athlete


Tokyo Olympics: Yafai earns shot at boxing gold for GB

Galal Yafai will go for boxing gold in Tokyo after winning his flyweight semi-final against Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossinov via split decision.

The Birmingham fighter narrowly edged his opponent on points after a competitive three-round bout, in which Yafai scored a standing count early on.

Although Bibossinov responded well, Yafai, 28, took the win on three of the five judges’ scorecards (30-27 28-29 29-28 28-29 29-28).

Bibossinov was left in tears, while Yafai will compete for gold next. Carlo Paalam of the Philippines awaits on Saturday.

“I can’t believe it. It’s ridiculous, it’s a dream,” Yafai told BBC Sport after guaranteeing at least a silver medal as Team GB’s finest boxing performance at a Games in more than 100 years continues.

“We’re a close-knit team and we support each other. We have six medals now. It shows what GB Boxing is.”

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