Tennis: Team GB have just released an official statement on Andy Murray, indicating the dual gold medallist has withdrawn from the men’s singles with a quad strain. He will continue to play doubles with Joe Salisbury: “I am really disappointed at having to withdraw but the medical staff have advised me against playing in both events, so I have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the singles and focus on playing doubles with Joe,” Murray said.
Thanks Bryan, what a few hours we have in store. I had to restart my router before this stint because it was overwhelmed by Olympic content, splashes of excess Olympics were sloshing all over the place like a poorly executed yard of ale.
There will be more medals on offer in the swimming, shooting, and skateboarding, as well as Ash Barty, Naomi Osaka and Andy Murray in the tennis, Simone Biles in the gymnastics, Jade Jones in the taekwondo, the start of the women’s road race… and, and… phew!
Pressure is a privilege. Let’s do this.
USA’s Kalisz and Litherland go 1-2 in men’s 400 IM final, Australia’s Brendon Smith in third
We’re just minutes away from the opening medal race in the pool, the men’s 400m individual medley. Despite the absence of a crowd, the organisers are currently putting on a light show for the accredited media and the handful of athletes, coaches and staff that are liberally-dispersed across the 15,000-seater Tokyo Aquatics Centre. Very thoughtful of them, and yet another reminder of the tragedy of these no-crowd Olympics. Sigh.
We are just over an hour away from the first medal races at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre. The men’s 400m individual medley is up first – Australia’s Brendon Smith was an unexpected fastest qualifier last night in the heats, but he will face tough competition in lanes three and five from American Chase Kalisz, who won silver at the event in Rio, and Kiwi Lewis Clareburt.
The women’s 100m butterfly semi-finals will be enthralling – Sweden’s Sarah Sjöström, Australia’s Emma McKeon, the USA’s Torri Huske and China’s Yufei Zhang are all gold medal contenders.
That will be followed by three individual medal races: the men’s 400m freestyle (keep an eye out for Aussie Elijah Winnington), the women’s 400m IM (American Emma Weyant is favourite) and the men’s 100m breaststroke (Britain’s Adam Peaty will win at a canter).
A big morning in the pool will wrap up with the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay, where it would be remarkable if anyone can top the world-record holding Australians.
Key events for Sunday 25 July
The surfing has started. There are medals on offer in archery, artistic gymnastics, road cycling, diving, fencing, judo, shooting, skateboarding, swimming, taekwondo and weightlifting.
All events are listed here in local Tokyo time. Add an hour for Sydney, subtract eight hours for Manchester, thirteen hours for New York and seventeen hours for San Francisco. We’ll all get the hang of this eventually.
🌟 If you only watch one thing: 11.00am Tennis – the precise start time will depend on how long Australia’s Ashleigh Barty takes with Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo, but, fresh from lighting the Olympic cauldron, Naomi Osaka plays China’s Saisai Zheng second on centre court at the Ariake Tennis Park.
- 9.30am Archery – the first match-up is Great Britain v Italy in a quarter-final eliminator in the women’s team competition. By 4.40pm we will have reached the final. 🥇
- 10.30am–12.20pm Swimming – the morning swimming session features finals of the men’s 400m individual medley, 400m freestyle final, the women’s 400m individual medley and the women’s 4×100m freestyle relay. Australia will fancy their chances in the latter. 🥇
- 9.00am-9.15pm Fencing – a day of bouts finishes with the women’s individual foil and men’s individual epée finals. 🥇
- 10am Artistic gymnastics – it is the women’s qualification morning.
- 11am-7.50pm Judo – by the end of the session, we will know who the Olympic champions are in the women’s -52kg category and the men’s -66kg .🥇
- 3pm Diving – it is the women’s synchronised 3m springboard tournament. 🥇
- 1pm Road cycling – Sunday means it is the women’s race, and Dutch riders Annemiek van Vleuten and Marianne Vos are heavily tipped. You might recall that van Vleuten ended up in hospital after an absolutely horrific crash while leading the same event at Rio in 2016. 🥇
- 10am-9.45pm Taekwondo – Team GB’s Jade Jones will be going for a third gold in the 57kg category. Her first bout is at 11.52am and the final, should she reach it, is at 9.30pm.
- You can find our full interactive events schedule here.