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Charlotte Worthington wins BMX gold with history-making 360 backflip - everything you missed overnight at Tokyo 2020

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Charlotte Worthington wins BMX gold with history-making 360 backflip - everything you missed on day nine of Tokyo 2020
Charlotte Worthington wins BMX gold with history-making 360 backflip - everything you missed on day nine of Tokyo 2020

Charlotte Worthington has taken a sensational gold medal in the BMX Freestyle, while Declan Brooks took home the bronze medal in the men's event.

The 25 year-old Worthington, a former chef from Manchester who only took up BMX seriously at the age of 20 after switching from her main love of scooters, fell on the first of her two runs attempting to land a ‘backflip 360’ - a trick never before landed in a women’s competition.

And after the USA’s 19 year-old Hannah Roberts scored a huge 96.10 on her first run, throwing her bike to the ground in celebration, it looked as if the rest of the field was merely battling for second place.

But Worthington, who was working full-time as a chef in a Mexican restaurant when BMX Freestyle was added to the Olympics in 2017, not only went for her move again, she nailed it, and a host of other high-tariff tricks to score 97.50.

That put huge pressure on Roberts who landed awkwardly early in her second run and promptly sat up, conceding defeat to Worthington who celebrated wildly with GB’s coaches and support staff.

Worthington paid tribute to Roberts, telling the BBC: "I've been dreaming about this for four years and it still feels like I'm dreaming.

"It was incredible. I've not been doing that trick for that long, but we've been trying to find that big banger trick and when we found it we were like, 'I think this is the one'.

"And to be honest I wouldn't have any of those tricks if it wasn't for Hannah. So Hannah's made me push so hard since day one. This is the first time I've ever beaten her. So if it wasn't for Hannah Roberts we wouldn't be this far anyway."

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tokyo olympics 2020 live athletics bmx sailing news 2021 - Ezra Shaw /Getty Images AsiaPac

Silver medallist Roberts was equally as effusive about her rival afterwards.

"There was definitely a lot going on,” she said. “My first run was good and I know there were places I could improve. I slipped up and hurt my ankle.

"Super proud of Charlotte and I'm honoured to take second place to her.

"Women's park BMX - backflip 360 - so many people doing world's first tricks. It's definitely an exciting time for our sport."

Later in the day, Declan Brooks narrowly claimed the bronze medal in the men's BMX freestyle, narrowly beating Kenneth Tencio of Costa Rica by just 0.3 points

The 25-year-old pulled off two big front flips in his second run to improve on an initial score of 89.40, with his 90.80 putting him in provisional second.

He would be dislodged by the veteran Daniel Dhers as the Venezuelan, 36, posted a 92.05, with neither man able to match Logan Martin.

The Australian highlighted his first run with a no-handed front flip, scoring 93.30, and he began his second knowing gold was already in the bag, sitting up to celebrate early after slipping a pedal.

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tokyo olympics 2020 live athletics bmx sailing news 2021 - Ezra Shaw /Getty Images AsiaPac

Brooks said: "I've just cried for the past couple of minutes. It's an unbelievable journey I've had on the way here, I'm just so stoked to win a medal.

"I don't think it's going to sink in today. For Charlotte to do her thing today, a score out there and tricks we've never seen before, it was harder for me to focus in.

"I knew the run I wanted to pull, I still missed a few bits out today. I'd have liked to have done more but third place for me was mental."

Duncan Scott becomes first British athlete to win four medals at Olympics as Team GB claim silver

by Jeremy Wilson in Tokyo

It’s official. This is the greatest British swimming team in Olympic history. The seven medals of 1908 has been bettered by one, even if the standards that have been set over an extraordinary eight days in Tokyo meant just a twinge of disappointment at silver in the men’s 4x100m medley relay.

It required a world record to beat them, with the United States, inspired by Caeleb Dressel who completes this meeting with five gold medals, just touching ahead of Great Britain in 3 min 26.78 sec.

The British team of Luke Greenbank, Adam Peaty, James Guy and Duncan Scott did also swim a European record time 3 mins 27.51 secs but, having led with 150m to go, Guy and Scott could not quite withstand the American surge.

The American men had never lost an Olympic men’s 4x100m medley relay since the event was introduced into the Games in 1960. It is a sequence that now spans 14 gold medals and men such as Mark Spitz, Michael Phelps and Dressel himself. Greenback, with individual bronze in the 200m backstroke, had earlier handed over from the first leg to Peaty in sixth.

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tokyo olympics 2020 live athletics bmx sailing news 2021 - Jae C. Hong /AP

Peaty, though, then produced another breathtaking swim to plough through the entire field and take Britain both into the lead and ahead of the existing world record. His split of 56.53 sec was 0.35 sec was inside his own breaststroke world record and the fastest ever in a medley relay.

Guy kept that the lead for the first 50m but, with America packing their talent on the final two legs and Dressel, already an individual winner in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 100m butterfly and 4x100m freestyle relay virtually cancelling out Peaty’s influence, Team GB could not hold on.

It was the third medal of these Games for Peaty but, having also won gold in the 4x200m relay and silvers in both the 200m freestyle and 200 individual medley, Scott went one better with four. He now stands alone as the only Briton in any sport to ever win four medals at one Olympic Games.

Team GB’s final swimming medal tally of eight - four gold, three silver and one bronze - also puts them behind only the United States and Australia as the best swimming nation at these Games.

Ben Whittaker advances to 81kg final as Frazer Clarke into super heavyweight semi-final in controversial circumstances

There was success in the boxing ring for Team GB with Ben Whittaker due to fight for men's light heavyweight gold, after edging a tight contest against Russian Imam Khataev, and Frazer Clarke guaranteed a bronze in the men’s super heavyweight division after a controversial win.

Whittaker looked the more solid in his bout and celebrated at the bell. It wasn’t misplaced confidence as when the judges verdict came, it went to the Briton via split decision.

The Briton said he was overjoyed to be in gold-medal contention.

“Yesterday and the day before I had so many messages telling me the Russian guy [Imam Khataev] would knock me out. I think I put on a masterclass. I woke up this morning, I prayed to God, I saw all the messages from home - nobody was beating me,” he said.

"Everyone who's getting up early doors, I really appreciate it. When I am fighting I'm doing it all for you, and not myself."

Meanwhile, Clarke came through his quarter final against France’s Mourad Aliev after his opponent was disqualified for a headbutt.

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tokyo olympics 2020 live athletics bmx sailing news 2021 - Buda Mendes /Getty Images AsiaPac

Aliev appeared to be on top having cut the Briton’s eye but then in round two he appeared to headbutt Clarke and was disqualified. The Frenchman clearly wasn’t happy with the decision but Clarke didn’t care one jot, now he’s in the semi finals and guaranteed at least a bronze.

”I’m an Olympic medallist. That's not the way I wanted it to go. To be fair that's the fifth time I've fought him and those cuts are not from punches,” he said.

"Our coaches are a massive credit. Having no crowds have been a blessing in disguise - I can hear instruction and I can go and carry it out. It's going to take more than a cut to stop me. I'm going to go back, rest up and we go again."

Those victories mean Great Britain remain on track to match the five medals they won at London 2012, the team's best boxing performance in the post-war era.

Karriss Artingstall finished with bronze on Saturday, welterweight Pat McCormack will fight for gold after being handed a walk-over in his semi-final earlier this morning.

Women's middleweight Lauren Price is also guaranteed bronze while flyweight Galal Yafai and lightweight Caroline Dubois still remain in the mix.

Simone Biles pulls out of women's floor final

Simone Biles has withdrawn from a fifth gymnastics event over her "freak out", and will be replaced by Briton Jennifer Gadirova in the floor final taking place on Monday.

Jennifer, who was first reserve, now joins her 16-year-old twin Jessica in the event, while Biles' only remaining potential event - the beam - remains in doubt.

"Simone has withdrawn from the event final for floor and will make a decision on beam later this week," USA Gymnastics said on Sunday. "Either way, we’re all behind you, Simone."

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tokyo olympics 2020 live athletics bmx sailing news 2021 - LOIC VENANCE /AFP

Biles, the 24-year-old four-time 2016 champion, had already this weekend pulled out of Sunday's vault and uneven bars finals.

Earlier in the week she quit both the team and al-around finals, having sent shockwaves across sport by admitting her "mind and body are not in sync" due to mental health issues.

She said: After the performance I did, I just didn't want to go on. I have to focus on my mental health. I just think mental health is more prevalent in sports right now. We have to protect our minds and our bodies and not just go out and do what the world wants us to do.

"I don't trust myself as much any more. Maybe it's getting older. There were a couple of days when everybody tweets you and you feel the weight of the world.

"We're not just athletes. We're people at the end of the day and sometimes you just have to step back."

Biles is yet to make a decision on whether she will compete in the beam final on Tuesday.

Where the medal table stands - Team GB add to their tally
Day nine morning session, as it happened:

05:59 AM

Casey, McIlroy fall away from medal charge

We're entering the final few holes in the golf and Xander Schauffele still leads at -18, but the Slovak Sabbatini is ow only one shot back. Rory McIlroy is tied for 7th at -14, with only 3 holes left to make up the ground on the leaders.

Paul Casey has dropped shots and he's down to T-12 with a score 0f -13, just -1 so far on the day.

05:44 AM

'We cannot blame Jurgen Grobler for our rowing failure - we squandered his golden legacy'

There is little consolation in winning bronze, we went for gold and failed and will have to live with that fact for the rest of our lives, says former Olympic gold-medal winning rower Moe Sbihi.

Everyone is talking about rowing I hear. Funny what defeat brings. As the British Rowing team has failed to meet expectations at this Olympics, most of the talk has been about Jurgen Grobler. The man who transformed our sport, who made us into winners, who created a mentality in which the word defeat was removed from our vocabulary, left us with eleven months to go before the Games. Did it undermine us? Did it unnerve us? Did it steer us off course?

Well, let’s put it this way. The word legacy has been used a lot in the talk about what he delivered. Of this there can be no doubt: his legacy was defined by winning. And at this Olympics we had no winners. So his legacy is over. And it is over because we failed to carry it through. We broke it. No one else.

I know Josh Bugajski, one of my colleagues in the eight boat, made some comments about Jurgen after our race. Josh is entitled to his opinion, but I think it was the wrong time and the wrong place to express his feelings. As a result of what he said, nobody was talking about the fact we got bronze and were within a cigarette paper of silver. All they were talking about was rifts and fall outs and divisions. My experience tells me unleashing your frustration in the immediate aftermath of a disappointing result is never a smart idea. Your emotions are all over the place, you say things you shouldn’t, that you end up wishing you hadn't.

You can read Moe's thoughts in full here.

05:29 AM

What happened to Simone Biles and who are Team GB's hopefuls?

Simone Biles has withdrawn from a fifth gymnastics event over her "freak out", and will be replaced by Briton Jennifer Gadirova in the floor final.

Jennifer, who was first reserve, now joins her 16-year-old twin Jessica in the event, while Biles' only remaining potential event - the beam - remains in doubt.

"Simone has withdrawn from the event final for floor and will make a decision on beam later this week," USA Gymnastics said on Sunday. "Either way, we’re all behind you, Simone."

Biles, the 24-year-old four-time 2016 champion, had already this weekend pulled out of Sunday's vault and uneven bars finals.

Earlier in the week she quit both the team and all-around finals, having sent shockwaves across sport by admitting her "mind and body are not in sync" due to mental health issues.

You can read more on the all-time great's difficult Games here.

05:12 AM

Paul Casey, Rory McIlroy tied for 5th

We're on to the back nine in the final round of the golf and the Brits are tied in 5th at -14, 4 shots behind the American leader Xander Schauffele.

Casey is through 11 holes as is Schauffele, while McIlroy is through 12

05:06 AM

Abigail Irozuru qualifies for long jump final at 'extra special' Tokyo Olympics

PA.

Great Britain's Abigail Irozuru declared she is ready to shine at the Olympics after reaching the long jump final in Tokyo.

The 31-year-old automatically qualified for Tuesday's final after a season's best of 6.75m. She is joined in the final by Jazmin Sawyers, who finished in the top 12 after jumping 6.62m, although Lorraine Ugen failed to progress with a jump of 6.05m.

Irozuru was not selected for London 2012 and after missing Rio due to a ruptured Achilles she retired but returned in 2019 bidding to reach Tokyo.

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tokyo olympics 2020 live athletics bmx sailing news 2021 - Martin Rickett /PA

She said: "It sucked to miss Rio and London but it is extra special to be here at this very weird Olympic Games.

"But for me it wasn't weird, the whole experience, being in the stadium, there was atmosphere, there was life, this has literally been the highlight of my whole Olympic experience so far so I'm loving it.

"It looked like I didn't need to do 75, but I'm so thankful. It was a nice confidence boost to get a season's best, to finally jump over 6.70 this season, and to hit the automatic qualifying because that's what I came here to do.

"I would have preferred to do it in round one, but it's nice that I know I can build through, and that's going to stand me in good stead hopefully for the final.

"There is more to come, there's things that I've been working on and I'm starting to execute as I'm building through the rounds, so hopefully with six rounds in the final it will come - I really want a personal best because it's always nice to do that at the major championships."

04:50 AM

Frazer Clarke advances to super heavyweight semi-final in controversial circumstances

Controversy in the men’s super heavyweight quarter-final between Britain’s Frazer Clarke and France’s Mourad Aliev, reports Pippa Field from Tokyo.

The Frenchman was disqualified in the second round of their bout, for what appeared to be a headbutt. Aliev was furious, remonstrating with any official within ear shot over his disqualification.

Brit Clarke is now guaranteed at least a bronze medal.

04:37 AM

Great Britain takes lead into final day of team and individual eventing

PA.

Great Britain's eventers will go for Olympic gold in team and individual competitions on Monday after a vintage collection of cross-country performances at Sea Forest Park.

World number one Oliver Townend, Laura Collett and Tom McEwen hold a huge lead of 17.9 penalties in the team event.

Yorkshireman Townend, meanwhile, also heads the individual race for gold on 23.60, with a narrow advantage over Germany's Julia Krajewski. Collett occupies bronze medal position and McEwen is sixth.

Townend set the tone, jumping clear five seconds inside the optimum time aboard Ballaghmor Class, before Collett and McEwen immaculately followed suit.

Collett, who lost most of her sight in one eye and suffered multiple fractures following a cross-country fall eight years ago, proved in equally blistering form aboard London 52.

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tokyo olympics 2020 live athletics bmx sailing news 2021 - Carolyn Kaster /AP

Then McEwen completed a glorious hat-trick on Toledo De Kerser, meaning that Britain lead the team event on a score of 78.30, with Australia second and France third. Ireland, meanwhile, lie eighth.

Townend was guaranteed top spot heading into Monday's showjumping finale after overnight leader - double Olympic champion Michael Jung - knocked out a frangible fence pin two thirds of the way through his round on Chipmunk FRH to incur 11 penalties.

One round of showjumping will decide team medals at Tokyo Equestrian Park on Monday, followed by the leading individual contenders jumping again.

Britain last won an Olympic eventing team gold 49 years ago in Munich, while only two riders - Richard Meade (1972) and Leslie Law (2004) - have tasted individual glory.

04:20 AM

Paul Casey third in final round

Golf update: Paul Casey is -3 through 8 holes and is -15 for the Games, putting him right in the hunt for a gold medal. He's 3 shots back of the American Xander Schauffele, who's -4 on the day, one hole ahead of Casey.

Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy is one shot back of Casey at -14 through 9 holes

04:05 AM

Ben Whittaker advances to 81kg final

by Pippa Field in Tokyo

Ben Whittaker will fight for men's light heavyweight gold after edging a tight contest against Russian Imam Khataev.

The 24-year-old celebrated at the bell and when the judges verdict came, it went to the Briton via split decision. Great Britain remain on track to match the five medals they won at London 2012, the team's best boxing performance in the post-war era.

Karriss Artingstall finished with bronze yesterday, welterweight Pat McCormack will fight for gold after being handed a walk-over in his semi-final earlier this morning.

Women's middleweight Lauren Price is also guaranteed bronze while flyweight Galal Yafai and lightweight Caroline Dubois still remain in the mix.

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tokyo olympics 2020 live athletics bmx sailing news 2021 - Buda Mendes /Getty Images AsiaPac

03:57 AM

Ben Whittaker in 81kg men's boxing semi-final

Great first round from Ben Whittaker, he danced around the Russian, refusing to step in to the powerful puncher. He's the taller fighter and used his reach well. However, the judges have a 3-2 split in favour of Khataev.

03:40 AM

Declan Brooks speaks

On bronze: "I've just cried for the last couple of minutes, it's an unbelievable journey I've had all the way here. I'm just so stoked. I don't think it's going to sink in for a while."

On Charlotte Worthington: "For her to put a score out there we've never been before with tricks we've never seen before, it was a bit harder for me to focus. The ride I pulled out today, I missed a few things but to to be on honest I put out all I had. Third place for me is just mental."

On BMX: "I just hope it gets the coverage it deserves. To my family watching supporting me at home, thank you so much it's been an incredible journey."

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tokyo olympics 2020 live athletics bmx sailing news 2021 - Ezra Shaw /Getty Images AsiaPac

03:31 AM

Athletics - China's Gong Lijiao wins women's shot put gold

Reuters.

China's Gong Lijiao won the women's shot put gold in a personal best 20.58 metres on Sunday under blistering conditions at Tokyo's Olympic Stadium as the United States' Raven Saunders picked up silver and New Zealand's Valerie Adams claimed bronze.

Gong, the winner of 2017 and 2019 World Athletics Championships, showed no loss of form as she came in to Tokyo and picked up her first-ever Olympic gold in her fourth Games.

The top-ranked 32-year-old, who previously won silver in London and bronze in Beijing but missed out on the podium in Rio de Janeiro, let out a roar as she retained her claim as the sport's best.

Shot put's 36-year-old grand dame Adams proudly displayed a picture of her two children after the competition, as she capped a remarkable comeback to return to the top level of her sport following the birth of her son in 2019.

She had already made history on Sunday as the first athlete to compete in five different Olympic shot put finals and as New Zealand’s first woman to compete at five Olympics in track and field.

The affair kicked off amid Tokyo's notoriously fierce heat as a trackside thermometer in the open, placed about 50 metres from the finish line, touched 40 degrees Celsius and the humidity hovered around 60 per cent, with sun beating down on the fan-free Olympic Stadium.

The day was not without its misfires as American Jessica Ramsey, among the favourites after clinching her country’s June trials, was out of the competition after fouling on her first three attempts.

03:19 AM

Declan Brooks wins bronze in men's BMX freestyle

It's another medal for Team GB on the bike! Declan Brooks has won bronze with a score of 90.80. He beat Kenneth Tencio of Costa Rica by just 0.3 points.

03:18 AM

Simone Biles pulls out of women's floor final

Simone Biles has withdrawn from Monday's women's floor final at the Tokyo Olympics. It follows the 24-year-old decision to pull out of the all-around final and the individual finals in vault and uneven bars.

In a brief statement, USA Gymnastics said: "Simone has withdrawn from the event final for floor and will make a decision on beam later this week. Either way, we're all behind you, Simone."

03:06 AM

Athletics - Tokyo dishes out punishing heat for dayside competitors

Reuters.

As competitors battled for the podium on the third day of Olympic athletics on Sunday, it was Tokyo's stunning heat that perhaps dished out the most pain.

Punishing conditions greeted the athletes as a trackside thermometer in the open, placed about 50 metres from the finish line, touched 40 degrees Celsius and the humidity hovered around 60 per cent, with sun beating down on the fan-free Olympic Stadium.

In the sweat- and heat-soaked press tribune, reporters donned wet towels as the women's 3,000 metre steeplechase qualifier played out on the track, the event's trademark water hazard appearing more enticing than ever.

A spokesperson for World Athletics did not have an immediate comment on the conditions.

02:55 AM

Declan Brooks improves to 90.80

The Brit will have to wait with baited breath as he was the first to go, but he's jumped into silver medal position after an excellent run of 90.80

02:51 AM

Declan Brooks third at halfway stage of men's BMX freestyle final

The Brit is in the bronze medal place with his score of 89.40, 3.90 points behind the leader who is the Australian Logan Martin.

Everyone has their second run to come mind you, and after the drama Charlotte Worthington we know anything is possible...

02:46 AM

Charlotte Worthington wins gold in pictures

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02:32 AM

Declan Brooks takes very early lead in men's BMX freestyle

Meanwhile, on the men's side, Declan Brooks has laid down a very early marker, scoring an 89.40 to take an early lead. We've only had four riders complete their first runs mind...

02:30 AM

The run that won Charlotte Worthington gold

What a run it was...

02:27 AM

Sifan Hassan confirms she is going for unprecedented 1500m/5000m/10,000m track treble

Dutch distance runner Sifan Hassan has confirmed she will race in the 1500m, 5000m and 10,000m, the first female athlete to attempt to win gold in all three.

“For me it is crucial to follow my heart. Doing that is far more important than gold medals,” she said.

02:16 AM

Charlotte Worthington speaks

On winning - "It's unreal, I'm kind of waiting to wake up. I've been dreaming about this for four years and it still feels like I'm dreaming...It's a lot of hard work paid off, mostly on myself, not just on the bike."

On pressure of falling - "I didn't put any pressure on myself really...You have to let things go quickly and refocus and I did that today."

On her backflip - "I've not been doing that trick for that long and I've been trying to find that 'big-banger' trick. When we found it I thought 'this is the one'...I wouldn't have any of those tricks if it wasn't for Hannah (Roberts). She's made me push so hard. This is the first time I've ever beaten her."

02:11 AM

Declan Brooks goes for gold in men's BMX freestyle

Breathe...

In about 10 minutes, Declan Brooks will look to emulate his Team GB team mate and win gold on the men's side. Can her do it?

02:06 AM

Charlotte Worthington wins gold in BMX freestyle

She's done it! What an unbelievable run from the Brit and she's pipped American Hannah Roberts to gold by just 1.4 points. Thoroughly deserved as she produced an all-time great display after falling in her first run trying to pull off that 360 degree backflip. Talk about responding to the pressure...

Another gold for Team GB!

01:59 AM

Charlotte Worthington guaranteed Olympic medal

After the Swiss rider Nikita Ducarroz wiped out on her second run, only the two Americans are left to go, meaning Brit Charlotte Worthington is guaranteed at least a bronze medal. After her gutsy, almost immaculate run, it's hard to see it not being a gold...

01:55 AM

Charlotte Worthington leads in BMX freestyle

In her second 60 second run, the Brit lands the first ever back-flip 360 in competition history! She needed to pull something miraculous out of the bag to get herself in the medal hunt and she did just that.

An unreal run from Worthington is rewarded by the judges with a score of 97.50, putting her in first place with just three riders left to take their final run. It is an insanely high score and leaves American Hannah Roberts under immense pressure to reclaim top spot.

01:34 AM

Charlotte Worthington 7th after first round of BMX freestyle women's final

So after that fall in her first run, Charlotte Worthington has it all to do. Her score of 38.60 leaves her in 7th position. The leader is Hannah Roberts of the USA, who scored an unreal 96.10, just shy of a perfect 99.99.

Roberts threw her bike to one side after her run, she senses that may be enough for gold. She nailed her run and has laid a huge marker down

01:30 AM

Tom McEwen ensures immaculate day for Team GB in cross-country

The final rider for GB in the cross country today is Tom McEwen, riding Toledo de Kerser. His colleagues produced faultless displays, and he follows suit, coming home in 7:44, putting him in 5th position in the individual standings.

A perfect day for Team GB on horseback. They remain in the gold medal spot heading into Monday's showjumping.

01:27 AM

Charlotte Worthington falls in first run in BMX freestyle final

In her first of two runs, the 2021 World Championship bronze medalist Charlotte Worthington wipes out after going for a huge back flip with just 10 seconds on the clock. She was going for a move that has never been done on the women's tour and couldn't quite pull it off.

She gets a 38.60 for her efforts, but will need a much better run to catch the leader, who is Australian Natalya Diehm with her score of 86.0

That means she sits in fourth as two other riders also wiped out, but the two Americans, who are favourites for this event, still have their two runs left. Remember, the highest scoring run will be the only one that counts towards the medal score.

01:11 AM

Charlotte Worthington going for gold in BMX freestyle

We're just about ready for the women's final of the BMX freestyle. Charlotte Worthington represents Team GB's only chance of a medal. We'll bring you all the action from her run right here, as she will be the sixth rider out of the nine who are competing.

12:56 AM

Strop-ovic! Novak Djokovic tosses one racquet and smashes another in Olympics defeat

Novak Djokovic has enjoyed a golden year in winning all three of available men's grand slam titles - but these Olympic Games have been a different story.

Having seen his chance of a 'golden slam' of all four majors, plus an Olympic gold medal, dashed by Alexander Zverev on Friday, Djokovic duly missed out on a bronze singles medal as he slipped to defeat against Spain's Pablo Carreno today.

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And Djokovic - a man who must have forgotten how it felt to lose prior to that defeat by Zverev - struggled to contain his frustrations at the Ariake Tennis Park.

First, the Serbian hurled his racket into the empty stands at the arena - surprisingly, not earning a punishment from the officials - and then shortly after smashed a second racket. That provoked a warning but not a points penalty.

Djokovic's venting did not help him on the court as he slipped to a 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 defeat to Carreno, the world No12.

Djokovic had been due to have one final shot at a bronze medal in the mixed doubles with Nina Stojanovic but he pulled out of the clash against Australia's Ashleigh Barty and John Peers with a shoulder injury.

12:42 AM

Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah wins 100m with second fastest women's Olympic sprint of all time

12:29 AM

'Water polo is said to be the hardest sport at the Olympics - here’s why it deserves its reputation'

A sport defined by brutal physicality, water polo also has moments of rare beauty and elegance, says our senior sports writer Thom Gibbs.

There is a great Olympics competition open to all called “How well would I do?” To take part you watch along at home, stay resolutely sat on your sofa and make bold statements about your own ability to compete in whatever is currently on TV.

Trap shooting – you’ve obliterated a few clay pigeons in your time, you’d give it a go. Diving – just falling off a tall platform, isn’t it? Artistic gymnastics: come on! How hard could it be?!

One event that the average TV viewer categorically has no chance in is water polo. Reckoned to be the world’s hardest sport to master, it requires a rare mix of stamina, strength, aerobic fitness and the desire to win several dozen wrestling matches per game against frighteningly sturdy opponents.

The playing pool is two metres deep, so no sneaky walking is allowed. Players tread water throughout, mostly with the ‘eggbeater kick’ which uses one leg then the other to stay as stable as possible. This gives players the steady platform from which to commit terrible physical crimes, mostly underwater. If golf is a good walk ruined, water polo is a swim so traumatic you would swear off leisure centres for life.

You can read Thom's opinion in full here.

12:12 AM

Laura Collett rides faultless round to keep Team GB in gold spot

Laura Collett is the second GB rider out, as she rides London 52 on her Olympic debut. She produces a faultless display as she sneaks in at 7:43, launching her into bronze in the individual standings and keeping Team GB in the gold medal team spot.

Tom McEwen is the last member of Team GB to ride, he will be out around 2:05am.

11:54 PM

Team GB's Pat McCormack will fight for welterweight gold after semi-final opponent withdraws

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Great Britain's Pat McCormack will fight for Olympic welterweight gold after his scheduled semi-final opponent Aidan Walsh was forced to withdraw due to injury.

Irish fighter Walsh suffered an ankle problem in his quarter-final win and will take no further part in Tokyo, the Olympic Federation of Ireland announced.

Walsh will take home a bronze medal while McCormack goes on to face either Cuba's Roniel Iglesias or Russian Olympic Committee's Andrey Zamkovoy in the final on Tuesday.

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A Team Ireland statement read: "The decision has been made to withdraw Aidan Walsh from the semi-final of the men's welterweight competition at the Olympic Games.

"The Belfast boxer was due to fight in Sunday's semi-final against Pat McCormack, but due to an ankle injury sustained during his quarter-final bout with Mervin Clair, the decision to withdraw him was made in conjunction with his medical team.

"Walsh had initially hoped to compete and waited to give himself every opportunity to do so. However subsequent scans and medical reviews have now ruled out this possibility.

"He will still take home his bronze medal which he won in the quarter-final bout, becoming the 16th boxer to bring home a medal from the Olympic Games."

11:36 PM

Team GB equestrian first to get underway in cross country

So, the first event of the day is day two of the equestrian, with both the team and individual cross country being run. Team GB are the in gold medal position in the team event after the dressage on day one, seeking their first medal since 1972.

Oliver Townend is the first out riding Ballaghmor Class. He is one of GB's strongest riders and was sent out first likely to give the rest of the team a look at how course is riding.

Townend delivers a picture perfect run in a time of 7:40 with 0 faults. Excellent start as he vaults into the individual gold medal position. With his performance, the world no.1 has guaranteed at least a silver medal, with only Germany's double Olympic champion Michael Jung, who is among the later cross-country starters, able to finish above Townend after Monday's showjumping finale.

Laura Collett is the next British rider out, she'll be going at around 1am.

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11:20 PM

Emma Wilson eclipses mother Penny by winning windsurfing bronze, Karriss Artingstall claims bronze on Olympic debut

Before day 9 gets underway from Tokyo, why not take a look back at the best of the action from the afternoon and evening of day 8, which included the shock withdrawal of Dina Asher-Smith from the 200m due to injury.

Emma Wilson, the youngest sailor on the British sailing team at Tokyo 2020, made Olympic and family history on Saturday - going one better than her mother and winning a medal in the windsurfing class.

Meanwhile, Karriss Artingstall could not crown her Olympic debut with a gold medal. In a semi-final so close it would have been difficult to squeeze a Covid testing paper between the two fighters, she lost to the Japanese featherweight Sena Irie by just a point. Bronze was her consolation.

You can read a full round-up of all the action from the magnificent Telegraph Sport team in both Tokyo and London here.

11:07 PM

Sir Andy Murray calls for more gender-mixed sport following Team GB's success in new events

Sir Andy Murray led calls for more gender-mixed sport on Saturday night after Team GB landed another two golds in contests featuring women and men racing together, reports Tom Morgan from Tokyo.

The double Wimbledon and Olympic champion, who has repeatedly championed feminism, said mixed events are "a huge asset" and "so many sports miss a trick" by not including them.

After Britons triumphed in both the mixed relay triathlon and mixed 4x100m swim, Murray's first suggestion was that it would be "brilliant" for golf to combine the men's Ryder and women's Solheim cups.

He went on to poll his Twitter followers on his idea for a new European versus America team event, with 83 per cent apparently agreeing it was a good idea.

The games in Tokyo, meanwhile, were already a landmark for the sexes as Team GB have taken more women athletes than men for the first time in 125 years.

Of the 376 athletes selected to represent Great Britain in Tokyo, 201 are female while 175 are male. The division of talent paid off twice on Saturday as a host of mixed-gender events took place, some of them for the first time.

You can read Tom's report in full here.

10:50 PM

Teammates of US Olympic fencer under investigation for sexual misconduct wear pink face masks in apparent protest against him

by Tom Morgan in Tokyo.

Teammates of a US Olympic fencer under investigation for sexual misconduct have been wearing pink face masks in apparent protest against him.

Alen Hadzic, 29, was temporarily suspended in June by governing bodies after three women made allegations about him dating back to 2013 and 2015, according to multiple reports in America.

However, Hadzic, who has vowed to clear his name, said he this week confronted two of the fellow fencers over the apparent act of solidarity with those making claims against him.

The accused athlete, who is a reserved to the men’s epee team, wore a black mask during introductions while his teammates wore the pink masks. "They never asked me for my side of the story," Hadzic told American website USA Today. "They never asked for evidence or how I felt."

According to the website, an "arbitrator" overturned the temporary suspension by the US Center for SafeSport last month, allowing Hadzic to join the team in Tokyo. Hadzic, who has repeatedly denied the allegations, was first named in a report on the website Buzzfeed, which revealed he had been forced to stay in a hotel in isolation away from the athletes village.

The fencers were preparing for their match against Japan when teammate Curtis McDowald handed out masks, a black one for Hadzic and pink masks for the three other fencers.

"I just remember thinking it would be kind of silly if I stood out there with a black mask and I asked them if they had an extra (pink) one, and they go, 'Oh, no,' " Hadzic added.

His attorney, Michael Palma, has told the New York Times that his client had never committed any acts of sexual assault. USA Fencing has not responded to a request for comment about the pink masks.

US fencer and 2016 Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad tweeted: "Kudos to the team for taking a stand."

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