After being pushed back by a year due to the outbreak of coronavirus, the Tokyo Olympics is finally here.
The Games will be like none other seen in the past, with fans prohibited from the venues with Tokyo under a fourth state of emergency.
With fans absent it's the athletes that will take centre stage. And the action is now officially underway, with a jam-packed schedule to complete until the closing ceremony brings an end to the Games on August 8.
With the Olympics taking place in Japan, a large proportion of the action will take place between midnight and 3pm BST for UK viewers.
But not to worry, as Sportsmail will keep you up-to-date with all the latest news and updates right through until the closing ceremony on August 8.
Team GB star Laura Muir set to have to deliver the run of her life to clinch Olympic 1500m gold in Tokyo despite rival - and former Alberto Salazar star - Sifan Hassan stumbling in her heat on the final lap before taking victory
IAN HERBERT IN TOKYO: For a fleeting moment yesterday, Britain's Laura Muir might have fancied that prospects of all those years of work translating into Olympic 1500m gold had improved when her rival Sifan Hassan stumbled and fell in her heat with only a lap to go. What ensued was a reminder gold may need divine intervention, as well the run of Muir's life. Hassan clambered up from the track and calmly proceeded to reel in each of the 11 women who had been striding away from her before winning the race. The 28-year-old's work was by no means done. She later won gold in the women's 5,000m - breaking for the front on the back straight of the last lap - and an extraordinary treble of 1500m, 5,000m and 10,000m that she has set herself remains on. That would mean six distance races in eight days in Tokyo's sultry midsummer heat. Hassan and Muir will start in adjacent lanes in tomorrow's 1500m semi-final, with the final on Friday. There will be pleasantries. But the Dutch runner is perfectly aware of the doubts that Muir - and many in athletics - have harboured about her after her three years with Alberto Salazar, who was banned for doping violations in 2019.
Jennifer and Jessica Gadirova pass their test after both 16-year-old twins starred for Team GB in Tokyo gymnastics... with the pair eager to build on their bronze medals after not looking out of place among the elite
MIKE KEEGAN IN TOKYO: The reality hit moments after the Gadirova twins had left the arena. It is easy to forget that Jennifer and Jessica, the Dublin-born daughters of Azerbaijani parents, are just 16. Because when they speak about their sport, the sparkling costumes and youthful smiles leap out of the nearest window, replaced by the battle-weary talk of Olympic veterans. These two may be young but they already have a trademark. When that music starts, you know there will be joy and there will be flair. There will also be a strut. That there was no crowd inside the Ariake Gymnastics Centre was a great shame. They would have been on the edge of their seats, they would have clapped along, they would have lapped it up.
'I was lucky to be alive': Laura Collett suffered a terrible horse-riding accident eight years ago which left her with severe injuries and no sight in her right eye... now, she's an Olympic eventing champion and has achieved 'more than a dream come true'
JONATHAN MCEVOY IN TOKYO: Laura Collett did not imagine she would be here on this humid night under floodlights with a gold medal hanging round her neck. She wasn't sure she would be alive at all, let alone part of the British eventing team who had just waltzed to a wonderful triumph at the Tokyo Equestrian Park, the country's first title of this sort since 1972. Collett stood on the podium between her victorious team-mates, Oliver Townend and Tom McEwen, who also took the individual silver afterwards. She smiled throughout the celebration. You could detect that from her sparkling eyes above the dark mask she wore. What you could not tell is that she saw nothing through her right eye. She is blind on that side, a hindrance that makes her story one of the more remarkable of many remarkable comebacks being acted out at these strange but uplifting Olympics.
'It's been a victory to make it this far': Katarina Johnson-Thompson 'at peace' with her slim chance of winning the heptathlon with Olympic glory set to elude her after an achilles tendon rupture cruelly robbed her of the chance for gold
RIATH AL-SAMARRAI IN TOKYO: If luck can flip quickly in sport, then the track and field athletes of Britain might wish to invest in a new coin. It is the epitome of bad fortune that both of the nation's world champions arrived in Tokyo unable to hit their potential. With Dina Asher-Smith's injury fresh in the mind, it has now been more than eight months since the sky fell in on Katarina Johnson-Thompson. By her admission, her victory will be simply lining up on the start line tomorrow when the heptathlon begins, after a ruptured achilles tendon robbed her of a chance to duel for gold with Belgium's Nafi Thiam. Had the Olympics gone ahead last year she would have been a major contender, but there has been nothing in her limited activity across the last three meets that suggests she is anywhere close to her best. She has been largely silent since Sportsmail broke the news of her injury in January, but she has put on a brave face since arriving in Tokyo. She has even declared herself at 'peace' with what has happened.
IOC 'considering their next steps' as they investigate US shot putter Raven Saunders for making an 'X' gesture on the podium after receiving silver medal in most high-profile protest yet at the Tokyo Olympics
Last month the IOC relaxed Rule 50, which forbade athletes from making protests. Now, they can make gestures on the field provided they do so without disrupting or disrespecting fellow competitors. However, the threat of sanctions remains should protests be made on the podium during medal ceremonies. When asked about the gesture, Saunders said: 'It's the intersection of where all people who are oppressed meet.' The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) have previously said they would not sanction athletes who demonstrate on the podium. They added that Saunders' gesture was 'respectful of her competitors and did not violate our rules'.
DEREK LAWRENSON: Inspirational Sophia Popov plans to relish impossible dream after fighting back from a debilitating illness to compete in Tokyo... while the Korda sisters are set to realise Olympic goals together
DEREK LAWRENSON - WORLD OF GOLF: It's some act to follow after all the drama in the men's golf competition on Sunday, but there's every hope the women's will prove equally compelling when it gets underway on Tuesday. For a start, the entry list is far stronger in world-ranking terms, with a cast featuring any number of engaging and poignant stories. Nine years after losing her mum in a head-on car collision, you just know this is going to be one of those occasions for Team GB's Mel Reid, where fierce pride at becoming an Olympian will be mixed with a nagging sense of loss. Then there's the women's Open champion, Sophia Popov. These Games have thrown up any number of inspiring stories of defeating formidable odds, and the 28-year-old ranks among the best of them.
Team GB's velodrome dominance is under attack as Laura Kenny and Co's pursuit world record is smashed and men's quartet face tough task to beat flying Denmark squad in Tokyo
Laura Kenny faces a fight to maintain her perfect Olympic record after Team GB were served an early reminder that the velodrome may not be the medal factory it once was. The 29-year-old is Britain's most successful female Olympian having won four golds from the four events she has entered. That record is on the line this morning in the women's team pursuit, where the British quartet will have to battle like never before to defend a title they have won at the last two Games. Kenny, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Josie Knight came through qualifying second fastest on Monday to set up a showdown with the USA. British Cycling had warned that their days of domination in the velodrome were over. What we now know is that the rest of the world has caught up.
Heroes' welcome as Adam Peaty and his Team GB swimming colleagues land back at Heathrow after their Olympic gold rush - with the breaststroke champion confirming he will take MONTHS off to recover from the stress of competition
Footage showed the team members, who won a total of eight medals, embracing their friends and family as they left Heathrow Airport after arriving back from Tokyo 2020. Peaty won two gold and a silver including retaining his men's 100 metres breaststroke title, as Team GB eclipsed their previous best of seven medals at the 1908 Games. The 26-year-old spoke at a press conference to say how the key to the team's success was the 'brotherhood' the athletes created. The swimmer, from Uttoxeter, referenced the moment where James Guy cried as another of his teammates won and said: 'Obviously Jimmy started crying but that's the amount of passion you want from your teammates. If you don't care then what's the point of being on the team. If you don't cry at their success then you don't deserve to be on their team so I think that's the most special thing about us. We have a brotherhood. No other team has got that.'
'It's not personal but there can only be one winner': Meet the ex-British Cycling allies - and former rider and coach - plotting to end Team GB's 'medal factory' velodrome dominance in Tokyo with Holland and Denmark
EXCLUSIVE: You have to go back to Athens 2004 for the last time Team GB did not win the men's team sprint at an Olympics. The event has been one of the bedrocks of Britain's success in track cycling, with legends like Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny leading the charge. On Tuesday, however, Kenny, Jack Carlin and Ryan Owens face their biggest battle yet to hang on to gold. To make matters worse, one of the best cycling brains in Britain is plotting their downfall.
Transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard exits Olympic stage with dignity after frenzy surrounding her participation... while Emily Campbell's magnificent weightlifting silver is just reward for the hard work to fund her own career
RIATH AL-SAMARRAI IN TOKYO: There was an splash and then the tiniest of waves. If Hubbard is the beginning of the end for the female category in sport then it truly is a takeover by stealth. A day that started with portents of doom closed with a Chinese lifter, Li Wenwen, breaking the Olympic record and a magnificent British woman taking the silver behind her. When Emily Campbell had that medal secured, she threw 161 kilograms of cast iron to the ground, shrieked to the rafters and then wept until her eyes turned red. She tried this game for the first time only five years ago and on Monday she climbed to the second step of the greatest podium in her sport. With it, she helped nudge just a little of the narrative away from a tale being told around the world.
Olympics fans label US media 'misleading' for ranking their medals table by total won rather than just golds... which puts America in first place and ahead of China, despite having seven less first-place finishes!
American media has been criticised by Olympic spectators for counting the medal tallies in a way that presents the United States as the most successful nation so far at the Games in Tokyo. Medal tallies are typically ranked by whoever has the most gold medals. So a nation in second could have won 50 medals, but if only five of them were gold then they'd be behind a country that had won six medals as long as all six of them were gold. But American media outlets such as the New York Times and the Washington Post have compiled a table by overall medals won which puts the US top, despite having won less gold medals than China.
Soufiane El Bakkali becomes the first non-Kenyan man to win the Olympic 3,000m steeplechase as Moroccan ENDS their 37-YEAR reign of dominance after pushing to the front on the final lap in Tokyo
Soufiane El Bakkali of Morocco won gold in the Olympic men's 3,000 metres steeplechase on Monday, breaking Kenya's stranglehold on an event they had won nine times in a row. The 25-year-old El Bakkali, fourth in the 2016 Olympics and bronze medallist in the 2019 world championships, finished in a time of 8:08.90. Lamecha Girma of Ethiopia claimed silver, clocking 8:10.38, and Benjamin Kigen of Kenya took the bronze in 8:11.45. Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya, the 2016 Olympic champion, failed to qualify for the Games, reducing the East African nation's chance of winning a 10th straight Olympic steeplechase gold since 1984.
British Cycling threatened with legal action as Dutch brand accuse GB of COPYING their patented design for radical new bike Jason Kenny and Co will use on the velodrome in Tokyo
British Cycling have been threatened with legal action by a Dutch brand who claim Team GB's radical new Olympic bike is based on their idea. The Lotus x Hope HB.T being used by Britain at Tokyo 2020 has particularly wide front forks to deflect air around a rider's legs. However, Dutch bike manufacturer Ku Cycle insist their own English engineer Richard McAinsh filed for a patent on a similar design in 2016 and say that British Cycling had their own patent rejected this year.
Jonny Brownlee reveals he is considering continuing his Olympic career at Paris 2024 despite plans to move into ironman competitions... and claims Team GB teammate Alex Yee could become the 'most successful triathlete EVER'
Jonny Brownlee has revealed that Tokyo might not be his last Olympics after all. The 31-year-old triathlete helped Team GB to gold in the inaugural mixed relay alongside Jessica Learmonth, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Alex Yee in what he had vowed would be his final crack at Olympic glory. But having completed his medal set after winning bronze in London and silver in Rio, Brownlee admitted he is now sorely tempted to carry on to Paris in 2024.
Valarie Allman claims Team USA's first athletics gold at the Tokyo Olympics in the women's discus with a best effort of 68.98 metres in a rain-affected final
The 26-year-old took gold with an effort of 68.98 metres with Germany's Kristin Pudenz taking silver with a personal best of 66.86 and Cuba's Yaime Perez rounding off the podium with a 65.72. The American finished seventh at the 2019 World Championships and credited her family for her breakthrough success.
Holly Bradshaw eases through to pole vault final off her first attempt as she attempts to become the FIRST EVER Team GB athlete to win a medal in the event
Holly Bradshaw reached Thursday's pole vault final after clearing 4.55m in qualifying on Monday. The 29-year-old from Preston is looking to become the first ever British athlete - male or female - to win a medal in the pole vault, and she's seen as a serious medal contender. And she certainly laid down a strong marker. While 14 others cleared the same height to reach the final, she was only one of seven athletes to do it at the first time of asking.
The diver who didn't dive, the swimmer who couldn't see and the rowers who simply sank! Viewers might have been wowed by amazing athleticism at the Tokyo Olympics, but these ten unfortunate fails have had us glued to our screens!
With the second week of the Tokyo Olympics now well underway, viewers watching at home have had plenty of action to enjoy and achievements to marvel at. The Great Britain team are already in double figures for gold medals, with particular success in the swimming pool led by the likes of Adam Peaty and Duncan Scott. Records have fallen across a number of sports and events as the finest athletes in the world put their talent on display. But even the very best can have off-days. And while we all enjoy watching incredible feats of athleticism, sometimes things going wrong can prove to be just as engrossing.
Emily Campbell makes history by becoming Team GB's first-ever Olympic women's weightlifting medallist as she wins silver in the +87kg category... with New Zealand's transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard failing to register a lift
Emily Campbell landed the first women's Olympic weightlifting medal for Great Britain with silver in the +87kg category. Campbell went into the clean and jerk section of the competition in fourth place but successive lifts of 156kg and 161kg sealed her historic place on the podium. China's Li Wenwen twice broke the Olympic record as she took gold and Sarah Robles of the US had to settle for silver.
Team GB's Tom McEwen earns a silver medal in the individual eventing but Oliver Townend and Laura Collett miss out on a podium place... as Germany's Julia Krajewski takes gold
McEwen took silver in the individual competition on Toledo De Kerser after a faultless clear round. Julia Krajewski took gold while Team GB's Oliver Townend and Laura Collett missed out on medals. Collett had eight faults when the final two fences in her round dropped, finishing ninth.
How Laurel Hubbard was a promising weightlifter as a teenage boy long before transitioning and aiming for Olympic glory as a woman
Shy teen Gavin Hubbard led his school boy's weightlifting team to glory long before most of his fellow female Olympic competitors were even born (pictured: as Gavin with his parents, left; and before his transition, inset top; and at school as a boy, inset bottom; and following her transition, right). Today, having gender transitioned and become Laurel Hubbard in 2012, she is hoping to claim a medal for New Zealand in the women's 87+kg event in Tokyo. She stunned the world in 2017 when she burst onto the scene after a 16-year hiatus from the sport which she said she had taken up as a boy to appear more masculine before the pressure of living as a man became too much to bear. Hubbard was born in 1978 to Diana Reader and breakfast cereals tycoon and former Mayor of Auckland Richard 'Dick' Hubbard. Students from her 1994 graduating class remember her only as 'Gavin' - an academic and quiet student who spent most of his days training in the gym at the exclusive $22,000-a-year Saint Kentigern Boys' College.
Great Britain win team eventing GOLD for the first time since 1972 after strong showjumping display on final day of competition... and individual medals could follow today
Great Britain's eventers took a glorious gold medal in the team competition in Tokyo. The trio of Oliver Townend, Laura Collett and Tom McEwen prevailed in the final showjumping round after going into the day with a near impregnable lead of 17.9 penalties. Even though that was cut to 13.9 at the end of the night, it was still enough for glory. McEwen was first up in the showjumping, and produced a clear round to get the team off to the perfect start.
Gadirova twins miss out on gymnastics floor medals as USA's Jade Carey performs scintillating routine to take gold in Simone Biles' absence
As expected, an American triumphed in the women's floor final - it just was not the one we thought it would be. With hot favourite Simone Biles sitting this out, thanks to ongoing mental health issues, Phoenix's Jade Carey made the most of her chance, delivering a faultless performance at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre. The 21-year-old was a tough act to follow. Next up was Britain's Jessica Gadirova. Who had qualified in fifth place. After a slight early stumble, she recovered well, to score 14.000.
Team GB keep their gold medal hopes in the men's cycling team pursuit alive after Australia suffered a horror crash following a handlebar failure... but world champions Denmark set the pace with an Olympic record time
Team GB are still in with a chance of securing a gold medal in the men's team pursuit after finishing fourth in qualifying. The quartet of Ed Clancy, Ethan Hayter, Ollie Wood and Ethan Vernon (bottom right) recorded a time of 3:47.507, which is a British record, but they were two and a half seconds behind world champions Denmark, who finished in top spot with a time of 3:45.014. With Italy in second and New Zealand in third, Britain took the fourth qualifying spot but they were made to wait for confirmation of their progression. Australia were given the opportunity to race again after Alex Porter (left) dramatically fell off his bike due to a handlebar failure before Britain's ride.
Rafael Nadal chides old rival Novak Djokovic for angrily hurling his racket into the stands during Olympic defeat, calling his reaction 'strange' and reminding him he's 'an example for many children'
Rafael Nadal marked his return to action this week with an unusual reprimand for Novak Djokovic over his erratic behaviour at the Olympics. Preparing to play the Citi Open in Washington DC, the Spaniard criticised his rival for setting a poor example to children. Djokovic's notorious temper boiled over in his bronze medal play-off defeat by Pablo Carreno Busta, when he angrily hurled his racket into the empty stands before smashing another against a net post. The world No 1 left Tokyo without a medal.
Olympic champion Tom Daley reveals he was making a DOG SWEATER in THAT viral knitting snap at the Tokyo 2020 women's diving final
Tom Daley has revealed he was making a dog sweater in the viral photo of him knitting in the stands during the women's diving final at the Tokyo Olympics. The diver, 27, is fresh off his first-ever Olympic gold medal in the men's synchronised 10m platform last week, and decided to get out his needles and wool during the Women's 3m Springboard Final at the weekend.
New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard CRASHES out of Olympics after making history as the first trans woman to compete in a solo event
Laurel Hubbard, 43, who gender transitioned in 2012, was competing in the 87kg+ category but failed to record a single valid Snatch lift in Tokyo (pictured: Hubbard beams as she thanks the small crowd after crashing out, left; and dropping her third and final attempt, right). Hubbard's appearance at the Games on Monday night was mired in controversy - not least because she was well-backed to batter most of her opposition and pick up a medal. She took no questions after her exit but in brief comments thanked Japan for hosting the contest and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for its role in what she said was making sport accessible to all. 'I'm not entirely unaware of the controversy which surrounds my participation at these Games,' Hubbard said. 'And as such, I would particularly like to thank the IOC, for I think really affirming its commitment to the principles of Olympism and establishing that sport is something for all people, that it is inclusive and is accessible.' Hubbard overbalanced on her opening weight of 120kg, taking the bar behind her shoulders. Her second effort of 125kg was ruled invalid on a majority decision by the referees, while the third attempt was almost a repeat of the first, ruling her out of medal contention. The Kiwi made a parting salute and put her hands together in prayer and mouthed 'thank you' as she left the stage at Tokyo's International Forum. Chinese woman-mountain Li Wenwen twice broke the Olympic record to take gold, while Team GB's Emily Campbell landed Britain's first ever women's weightlifting medal as she took silver. Sarah Robles of the US had to settle for bronze.
Team GB star Adam Peaty insists 'money doesn't buy happiness' as he hits back at critics of his decision to take a break from swimming to protect his mental health ahead of 'war of attrition' leading up to Paris Olympics in 2024
British swimmer Adam Peaty has been dismayed by some of the reaction to his announcement that he is set to spend a month away from the pool in order to prioritise his mental health. Peaty won two golds and a silver at Tokyo 2020, including retaining his men's 100 metres breaststroke title, as Team GB claimed a record eight swimming medals, eclipsing their previous best of seven at the 1908 Games. The 26-year-old from Uttoxeter pointed out that the next three years leading into Paris 2024 will be a 'war of attrition' with World and European Championships and the Commonwealth Games all to come in 2022.
Laura Kenny and Team GB secure qualification in women's cycling team pursuit by going second fastest - after Germany smash world record by nearly THREE seconds
Team GB remain on course to retain their gold medal in the women's cycling team pursuit after qualifying for the first round by going second fastest. Germany set a stunning pace early on in qualifying after breaking the world record by nearly three seconds with a time of 4:07.307. The team of Laura Kenny, Katie Archibald, Elinor Baker and Josie Knight set off on an excellent pace to try and eclipse Germany's time but despite starting brightly, struggled late on before finishing second, with four teams advancing from eight in a bid to land a gold medal.
Canadian diver Pamela Ware scores a 0.0 after landing FEET-FIRST in the three-metre springboard as she pulls out of her routine at the last second
Pamela Ware was making her Olympics debut in Tokyo when she misstepped on her approach to the springboard, causing her to plummet into the water with her feet hitting the surface first. Ware was diving to book her place in the three metre springboard final but horribly miscued the jump with a difficulty of 3.5.
Team GB's medal push in sailing 49er category delayed after lack of WIND saw all events postponed - with men's crew still in with a chance of collecting gold and women's pair having a top three finish in their sights
A lack of wind saw all sailing events at the Tokyo Olympics postponed on Monday. Six races were scheduled at Enoshima Yacht Harbour but all were delayed and then eventually called off for the day, with no prospect of conditions improving. Medals had been due to be decided in the women's and men's 49er class, but those races will now be held on Tuesday, wind permitting.
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