THE Olympics has officially BEGUN and Yang Qian of China has picked up the first gold medal.
Russian Anastasia Galashina looked sure to win the Women’s 10m Air Rifle before fluffing her final shot, allowing Qian to walk away with the gold.
And Team GB will be hoping to pick up a medal of their own later today with Geraint Thomas underway in the cycling road race.
However, the Welshman will have to recover quickly after falling off his bike, just as he did at Rio 2016.
Meanwhile it’s been a mixed day in tennis for Team GB.
Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury beat second seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in straight sets in men’s doubles.
But Heather Watson is out of the women’s singles.
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Heather Watson has declared she is now looking to compete in the mixed doubles event after losing in her singles clash.
She stated: “I think 100 per cent I will try to sign up with someone.
“I am guessing I will have more chance to get in ranking-wise with Joe [Salisbury] and so fingers crossed we get the chance to play.
“I always seem to play well on the doubles court.
“I feel like I am a team player and I like volleying a lot and that brings it out in my game.”
Heather Watson has spoken of her frustration after losing in the opening round of the singles tennis event.
She said: “I think whoever I played, I would have been really disappointed with the outcome today.
“It definitely wasn’t my best tennis but I gave it my best with what I had, it just wasn’t enough.
“There were too many unforced errors that came and went in waves. I am just very disappointed with the outcome.
“I did everything I could to prepare right and I literally could not have done any more. I felt really good going out there today.”
The Olympics’ youngest competitor has crashed out of the Tokyo Games in the preliminary round of the women’s table tennis event.
Team Syria star Hend Zaza, 12, lost in straight sets against Austrian opponent Liu Jia who is 27 years her senior.
Chinese-born athlete Jia, 39, won 11-4, 11-9, 11-3, 11-5 to secure her place in the first round.
But Zaza, who is the youngest Olympian since Spanish rower Carlos Front in 1992, more than held her own.
She was even leading 6-2 in the second set, only for the veteran player to show her class.
Read more HERE.
AND THEY’RE THROUGH!
Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury have dumped second seeds Pierre-Hugues Hubert and Nicolas Mahut out of the men’s doubles.
The British pair eased to 6-2 in the second set after winning the first 6-3.
Both men embraced after Salisbury’s service game.
That is a BIG win for Team GB.
Here’s the moment Geraint Thomas crashed in the road race final.
It’s almost carbon copy to the fall he suffered in the Tour de France.
Reality hit hard for TV Ashley McKenzie who burst into tears and apologised to his family after being knocked out of the Tokyo Olympics.
The 32-year-old was eliminated in the first round of the men’s -60kg tournament by Azerbaijani Karamat Huseynov at the Nippon Budokan.
It was a disappointing defeat for a popular guy in the Team GB squad who is known by many people for his appearances on Celebrity Big Brother, Ex on the Beach and Eating With My Ex.
Welling up with tears, McKenzie said: “At the moment, I’m mostly sad. I’ve put in a lot of work for this one tournament.
“Loads of things went wrong when I got over here, and I just pushed them aside and I tried to not let them affect me due to Covid and stuff like that.
“I’m strongly sorry for the people that put so much energy into me.
“My mum, a lot of the ones that love me — it just hurts to see that they’ve probably woken up to watch me. And I had one fight, and it didn’t go the way I wanted it to. I just want to go home.”
THOMAS IS DOWN
Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart took a tumble in the men’s road race final.
But they are back up and trying to catch up with the leading pack.
Well that’s more like it.
Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury have eased to the opening set [6-3] against French duo Pierre-Hugues Hubert and Nicolas Mahut.
Murray is looking to win his fourth medal at the Olympic Games.
The opening match of the women’s beach volleyball event at the Tokyo Olympics has been cancelled due to coronavirus.
Czech Republic star Marketa Slukova tested positive for Covid earlier this year, which has knocked her and partner Barbora Hermannova out of the Games.
As a result, Japan’s pair of Megumi Murakami and Miki Ishii have been handed a 2-0 victory.
So far there have been six confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Czech Republic Olympic team, including Slukova’s husband and coach Simon Nausch.
Men’s beach volleyball ace Ondrej Perusic has also tested positive, along with table tennis player Pavel Sirucek and cyclist Michal Schlegel.
Read more HERE.
SON OF A GUN
Heather Watson has been dumped out of the first round of the womens’s singled event.
The Brit lost in straight sets against Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam.
Friedsam won 7-5 6-3 to secure her place in the next round.
AND HERE WE GO
Sir Andy Murray is in action!
The two-time Olympic gold medallist is currently in action in the men’s doubles event with Joe Salisbury.
An Algerian judo contender has been kicked out of the Olympic Games after refusing to fight an Israeli.
Fethi Nourine said he was withdrawing from the event to avoid a potential match-up with Tohar Butbul in the second round of the Men’s 73kg on Monday.
He attributed this stance to support for the Palestinians.
But the IJF said his position was “in total opposition to the philosophy of the International Judo Federation.
It added: “The IJF has a strict non-discrimination policy, promoting solidarity as a key principle, reinforced by the values of judo.”
Nourine is likely to face sanctions within his sport beyond expulsion from the Olympics.
NO GLOVE LOST
British rower Helen Glover has spoken after she and partner Polly Swann finished third in their heat.
She said: “Massive thank you to everyone back home.
“Both Polly and I have been motivated and touched by everyone’s support. It’s meant a lot – and it’s meant a lot that our journey has meant something.
“And getting to this next round means it’s another chance for us to go out there and see if we can progress the way we want to.
“We’re doing it for all those people who have stayed up, carried us and support us the last 18 months.”
China’s Yang Qian has proudly posed with her gold medal.
The 25-year-old scooped gold in the women’s 10m rifle competition.
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British star Heather Watson has lost her opening set in her singles clash against Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam.
Watson forced the opening set into a tie break, where she lost 7-5.
A big second set coming up!
Dutch rower Finn Florijn has tested positive for coronavirus and is OUT of the Olympics.
The 21-year-old was due to compete in the single sculls repechage race.
Commenting on the athlete, Royal Dutch Rowing Federation tweeted: “Finn Florijn has tested positive and has gone into quarantine.
“The skiffer came out in the skiff heats on Friday and would sail a second chance on Saturday, but cannot continue his tournament.”
ROW YOUR BOAT
The men’s four, looking to win gold for a stunning SIXTH successive games in a run started by Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent’s Sydney crew, made a powerful and impressive start.
Oliver Cook, Matt Rossiter, Rory Gibbs and stroke Sholto Carnegie were never headed, easing up from half-way with a composed and calm race to beat Italy by a length in 5min55.36, a second slower than main rival Australia’s first heat time.
There was disappointment, though, for the women’s four of Rowan McKellar, Harriet Taylor, Karen Bennett and Rebecca Shorten, who trailed in a lowly fourth, four lengths behind winners Holland and only ahead of Poland, to go into the repecharge.
START THE VAN
It’s very early stages in the road race but champions Greg van Avermaet is in the lead once again.
However, readers from Belgium shouldn’t get too excited as there are still over 200km to go.
Early signs are that there is a fast, competitive peloton which should make for an entertaining race.
ROAD TO GLORY
They’re off in the men’s cycling road race and Team GB will be hoping to end their outdoor jinx.
The team have not won a medal in this event since Atlanta 1996 despite having some of the most talented cyclists in the country’s history.
And Geraint Thomas will be looking to make amends after crashing out when he was leading in Rio five years ago.
🥇YES SHE QIAN🥇
We have our first Olympic gold medalist in Tokyo!
Yang Qian has won the Women’s 10m Air Rifle shooting for the People’s Republic of China.
Russian Anastasiia Galashina looked the favourite for the event before fluffing the final shot.
And that allowed Qian to steal in and win the event, while Nina Christen of Switzerland finished third.
The first three Olympic medalists have been confirmed in Tokyo.
That’s because the Women’s 10m Air Rifle is down to its final three contestants, who are as follows:
- Anastasiia Galashina (ROC)
- Yang Chian (CHN)
- Nina Christen (SUI)
We now wait to find out who will get the gold.
BAD TO THE BONE
There’s good news for the Brits from the badminton court.
Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith have made it through the first round after easing past France in the mixed doubles.
SECOND THE BEST
Team GB have qualified for the semi-final of the Women’s Double Skulls at the second attempt.
After being forced into the repechage yesterday, the British pair this time did make it through.
However they were still forced to settle for second place after a phenomenal late effort from the Romanian boat.
THE THOM IS NOW
Geraint Thomas is ready to banish his Rio 2016 demons and win gold for Team GB in the cycling road race today.
The Welshman crashed out five years ago when in the lead, allowing Belgium’s Greg Van Avermaet to take the victory.
And Thomas said: “I don’t lose sleep about it now, but it was there for the taking, it was a great opportunity.
“As [the former Team GB psychiatrist] Steve Peters kept telling me, life is unfair, you don’t get what you deserve. It was super frustrating and I’d like to put it right on Saturday.”
The road race starts at 3am.
MAC’S ALL FOLKS
The first Olympic gold medal is set to be decided in the next hour.
But it will not be going to Team GB’s Seonaid McIntosh.
She finished in 12th position in Women’s 10m Air Rifle qualifying – four places off the cut-off point.
American Virginia Thrasher took gold in this event at Rio 2016.