Triathlon relay: And we’re on to the final leg. Alex Yee, the individual men’s silver medalist, will look to anchor GB home to gold. The British have a 21 second advantage over USA in second as Yee starts the swim. Yee is a very strong runner so if he has an advantage when we get to the run, it will be a good sign for GB. France are 33 seconds off the lead in bronze.
Triathlon relay: USA’s Taylor Knibb has eaten into the lead of GB’s George Taylor-Brown as they go into the run. USA are now just nine seconds back from the British team, having been 23 seconds back not too long ago. Did Taylor-Brown go too hard too early? Germany are in third, around 27 seconds behind Knibb.
For our Australia readers: more success today in Tokyo today? Almost certainly! It’s Titmus v Ledecky round four, while Matthew Denny has a shot at gold in the discuss and Matt Wearn will confirm his sailing gold.
You can read the full rundown of Aussie hopes/dreams/aspirations here:
The final lap on the bike for the women on leg three. GB still lead the US by 22 seconds. Netherlands, Germany, France and Belgium are 38 seconds off GB in a pack.
By the way, the individual gold medalists – Flora Duffy of Bermuda and Kristian Blummenfelt of Norway are not in this. Bermuda, understandably, don’t have four world-class triathletes while Norway had three qualified men but only one woman.
Taylor-Brown’s campaign in the individual triathlon earlier this week was hit (deflated?) by a puncture. It looks like she has some frustration to let off and has set a blazing pace in the swim. She comes out of the water with a 23 second advantage over the US in second. The favourites, France, are 26 seconds off first – and are moving up the rankings in third. Germany are 28 seconds off GB in the lead. Australia and NZ are still a good distance back and it would take a miracle for them to finish in the medals.
Jonny Brownlee hands over to Georgia Taylor-Brown for the third leg and GB have a nine second lead over the US in second. Netherlands and Germany are 13 seconds behind that. Advantage Great Britain at the moment.
We’re on the run of the second leg of the triathlon relay now. A brief reminder of the rules: each country has four triathletes: two women and two men. The women go on the first and third legs, which I guess means the men go on two and four. Each athlete does a mini triathlon of a swim for 300m, cycle for 8km and a run for 2km.
It’s Great Britain and Jonny Brownlee in the lead by about two seconds, closely followed by USA, the Netherlands and Germany. Then there’s a gap of around 25 seconds to Italy, Belgium and France. France had been expected to challenge in this event thanks to their strength in depth but they’re struggling to make an impact. Australia and New Zealand are near the back around 90 seconds behind the leader.
Hello! It’s Saturday in Tokyo and we have a spectacular run of events coming up. Here’s my colleague Martin Belam with his rundown of the highlights for the day.
All events are listed here in local Tokyo time. Add an hour for Sydney, subtract eight hours for Gateshead, 13 hours for New York and 16 hours for San Francisco. You’ve got this sorted now, right?
🌟If you only watch one thing: 9am-12.30pm and 7pm-9.50pm Athletics – so much to watch. The morning sees preliminaries in the men’s 100m, heats in the 800m and the pole vault qualifiers. The women are doing 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles and discus. Then in the evening there’s more men’s 100m races and the long jump qualification. The women have their 800m semi-finals. The medals? At 8.15pm the men’s discus final starts. At 9.35pm there’s the 4x400m mixed relay final. The session finishes at 9.50pm with the women’s 100m final.
- 7.30am Triathlon – the mixed relay goes very early in Tokyo, which makes it an 11.30pm bedtime watch on Friday night in the UK 🥇
- 7.45am Golf – round two was halted due to the danger of lightning strikes. It will resume first thing, and then the third round is expected to start at 9.30am. Competitors will tee off from both the 1st and the 10th holes. Xander Schauffele of the US is currently leading on 11 under, with Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz a shot behind.
- 9am-6pm Rugby sevens – it’s the sharp end of the women’s competition. The semi-finals are Fiji v New Zealand at 11am and Team GB v France at 11.30am, the bronze medal match is at 5.30pm, the final at 6pm 🥇
- 10.30am-11.43am Swimming – there’s only a morning session on Saturday, which includes four finals: mens 100m butterfly, women’s 200m backstroke and 800m freestyle, and the mixed 4x100m medley finishes the day 🥇
- 11am-7.50pm Judo – it is the final day of judo at the Nippon Budokan, with the mixed team competition. The finals start at 5pm 🥇
- 11am-7.24pm Boxing – the first medals in boxing will be awarded today, as the losing semi-finalists in the women’s featherweight will both get a bronze. The first is at 1.39pm, and Great Britain’s Karriss Artingstall is in the second, which is last fight of the day at 7.24pm 🥉
- 1pm-2.50pm Trampoline gymnastics – the second and final day is the men’s competition 🥇
- 2.33pm-3.33pm Windsurfing – conditions permitting, it should be the women’s and the men’s RS:X class 🥇
- 3pm Tennis – slightly frustratingly it is not quite clear when the women’s singles final will start. Marketa Vondrousova v Belinda Bencic is third on the order of play, after first Djokovic and Carreño Busta, and then Rybakina and Svitolina, battle it out for their respective bronzes 🥇
You can find our full interactive events schedule here. Not only does it tell you what is coming up, it has results of everything that has been on, and also carries scores and standings of everything live.
As it stands
Here’s how the emoji table stood at 11.15pm Tokyo time
1 🇨🇳 China 🥇 19 🥈 10 🥉 11 total: 40
2 🇯🇵 Japan 🥇 17 🥈 4 🥉 7 total: 28
3 🇺🇸 USA 🥇 14 🥈 16 🥉 11 total: 41
4 ◽️ Not Russia 🥇 10 🥈 14 🥉 10 total: 34
5 🇦🇺 Australia 🥇 9 🥈 2 🥉 11 total: 22
6 🇬🇧 Great Britain 🥇 6 🥈 9 🥉 9 total: 24
7 🇰🇷 South Korea 🥇 5 🥈 4 🥉 6 total: 15
8 🇳🇱 Netherlands 🥇 3 🥈 7 🥉 5 total: 15
9 🇫🇷 France 🥇 3 🥈 5 🥉 5 total: 13
10 🇩🇪 France🥇 3 🥈 4 🥉 9 total: 16