Tokyo Olympics LIVE: Asher-Smith beaten in 100m heat but still qualifies
Dina Asher-Smith was beaten for the first time this year in her 100m heat at the Olympics as the athletics got under way, but the Team GB star still made it through her heat.
Easing down in the final moments of her heat, SAsher-Smith clocked a time of 11.07 seconds to finish behind USA's Teahna Daniels.
Meanwhile in the swimming, Luke Greenbank won bronze in the men's 200m backstroke final and Duncan Scott is on track to become the first British athlete to win four medals at a single Games after taking silver in the 200m medley.
Elsewhere Team GB's women footballers will hope to progress to the final four by beating Australia in their quarter-final tie, with that game kicking off at 10am.
Keep an eye on all the action on what is set to be an entertaining day right here…
As you were LG x
Luke Greenbank hits out
Team GB swimmer Luke Greenback today questioned whether he was racing against ‘clean’ swimmers in the 200m Olympic backstroke final after winning bronze behind Russian Evgeny Rylov.
The 23-year-old admitted it was ‘frustrating’ that the Russian Olympic Committee athletes were competing at Tokyo 2020 despite the country being banned over their state-sponsored doping programme.
Silver medallist Ryan Murphy was first to raise concerns about the event having finished behind Rylov, who completed a 100m and 200m backstroke double with an Olympic record.
Greenbank was asked if he agreed with comments made by US swimmer Ryan Murphy who came in second. He replied: "It’s obviously a very difficult situation not knowing whether who you are racing against is clean.
Read more here.
Shriever’s sensational journey
She was lifted off her feet by teammate Kye Whyte who had just taken silver in the men's BMX gold medal race at the Ariake Urban Sports Park.
Bethany admitted her legs had 'gone' at the end of the race she had to 'give it all' to get over the finishing line.
"I cannot believe it," she said after crossing the finishing line. I just stuck to my route and went from there. I was watching Kye and I was almost crying because he got silver. Thank you so much to my family and everyone back home. Your support means so much."
Leaning against a barrier during her BBC interview, she apologised for swearing live on air. Shriever’s journey to Tokyo 2020 began at just nine-years-old, when she was invited down to Braintree BMX club.
Winning the world junior BMX championships in 2017, Shriever, of Finchingfield, near Braintree in Essex, moved into the senior ranks, with her eyes firmly set upon the Olympic games.
Following UK Sport's review into funding after Rio 2016, Shriever was uncertain that she would be able to achieve her dream.
From Jeremy Armstrong, in Tokyo
Olympic champion Bethany Shriever says ‘I can’t feel my legs’ after taking gold
Bethany Shriever is an Olympic champion, holding onto the top position to claim gold in the BMX final.
"I can't feel my legs," she said after as she tries to catch her breath.
She follows Kye Whyte, who landed silver in the men’s in an incredible performance by Team GB at the BMX finals.
BREAKING: Beth Shriever wins gold in the women’s BMX racing!
Great Britain's Beth Shriever has won the gold medal in the women's BMX racing while in the men's event team mate Kye Whyte has taken silver.
‘I’m definitely proud’ Duncan Scott wins silver
Speaking after winning silver in the 200m medley, Duncan Scott said: "I am definitely proud, the fact that the winner did a big personal best too, credit to everyone in the race. It was always going to be tight, and exciting.
"I had to try and commit a bit more to 150m, I know that I am going to come back strong. I'm really happy with the swim – it just wasn't there. I've got to hold my head up high with that."
From Jeremy Armstrong in Tokyo
Dina Asher-Smith books place in semi-final
Dina Asher-Smith made her Tokyo 2020 debut today in the women's 100m – coming in second behind America's Teahna Daniels to book her place in tomorrow's semi-final.
She was in the lead for the first half of her opening heat but eased down at the finish line to be pipped by Daniels, who recorded 11.04 seconds.
Asher-Smith qualified for the semi-final in 11.07.
From Jeremy Armstrong in Tokyo
BREAKING Duncan Scott wins silver!
Duncan Scott wins silver in the 200m medley.
China's Shun Wang took gold as Jeremy Desplanches of Switzerland won the bronze.
Second place means Scott is on course to become the first British athlete to win four medals at a single Games.
With a time of 1:55.28, he was just 0.28s behind the winner.
Duncan Scott aims for third medal of Tokyo games
Swimmer Duncan Scott is hoping to win his third medal of the Tokyo games shortly.
He was the second-fastest qualifier for the 200m medley final and is hoping to add to his medal haul.
Scott has already won gold in the men's 4x200m freestyle relay and silver in the individual discipline this week.
BREAKING: Luke Greenbank takes bronze in men’s 200m backstroke final
The medals continue for Team GB as Luke Greenbank wins bronze in the men's 200m backstroke final.
He was overtaken by Ryan Murphy of the United States by halfway but managed to hang on to a third, finishing in a time of one minute and 54.72 seconds, 1.45secs adrift of Russian favourite Evgeny Rylov, who set an Olympic record time to collect gold.
Greenbank was second fastest to Rylov in the semis as Britain enjoy their best Olympic swimming performance in 113 years.
BREAKING: Team GB wins bronze in men’s eight final
The men's eight have won bronze in a closely fought final.
New Zealand took the gold, with Germany just pipping Team GB to silver.
GB were not considered to be realistic medal challengers, but it proved an outstanding display by Josh Bugajski, Jacob Dawson, Tom George, Mohamed Sbihi, Charles Elwes, Oliver Wynne-Griffith, James Rudkin and Tom Ford.
They finished third behind gold medallists New Zealand, with Germany taking second.
It was Britain's second medal of the Tokyo Olympics rowing regatta after a silver in the men's quadruple sculls on Wednesday.
Men’s eight final kicks off
The men's eight final has kicked off – and it's Team GB's last chance to get a rowing medal.
It comes after Vicky Thornley agonisingly missed out on a medal in the women's single sculls at Sea Forest Waterway.
The 33-year-old Welsh rower was pipped to bronze by Austria's Magdalena Lobnig after a strong second half of the race, but she had to settle for fourth, just 67 hundredths of a second behind.
Thorley had been bidding for a second Olympic medal after winning double sculls silver alongside Dame Katherine Grainger in Rio five years ago.
BREAKING: Team GB misses out on rowing bronze by half a second
Vicky Thornley narrowly missed out on bronze to come fourth in the women's single sculls final.
Following a difficult regatta for the British team, Thornley came within around half a second of a place on the podium but was just beaten by Austria's Magdalena Lobnig
New Zealand's Emma Twigg took gold, with Hanna Prakatsen, for the ROC, winning silver.
Speaking after the race, Thornley told the BBC: "I don't think I could have done anything more. I was confident I could come through in the second half but in the last 100 I just fell away.
"I knew I was racing for bronze, it was about me and the Austrian Magdalena Lobnig, I thought I could reel her back in but fair play to her she's an awesome athlete.
"I've given it absolutely everything I've got."
Thornley goes for gold
The final of the women's single sculls is under way.
Team GB's Vicky Thornley goes for a medal in the women's single sculls, having qualified third fastest from her heats.
Tough competition for Asher-Smith
Dina Asher-Smith is the fastest British woman in history – but she faces tough competition to medal in Tokyo.
The 25-year-old is the 10th fastest in the world so far this season over 100m, with a best time of 10.91 seconds.
Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce leads the way with 10.63, as she looks to take the Olympic title back from her compatriot Elaine Thompson-Herah, who is second in the world this year with 10.71.
Fraser-Pryce won the 100m at the previous two Olympic Games in London 2012 and Beijing 2008.
More medal hopes for Team GB
In the pool on Friday, Duncan Scott will bid to win his third medal of a possible four in the 200m medley final, having already bagged gold and silver this week. He's up at 3.16am.
Before that, Luke Greenbank is a medal prospect in the men’s 200m backstroke final (2.50am).
In rowing, Britain's men's eight will aim to defend their title (2.25am) after qualifying for the final via the repechage.
And Vicky Thornley goes in the women's single sculls (1.33am) having scopped silver in the double sculls in Rio.
What to look out for on day seven
Dina Asher-Smith is one of the top British medal hopes to look out for as the athletics gets underway on Friday.
The world silver medallist begins her bid for Olympic gold as she goes in the 100m heats, starting from 3.40am.
Asher-Smith faces tough competition from Jamaicans Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson-Herah as she bids to become the first British woman to win an individual sprint gold.
Also on the track, the men's 10,000 metres is at 12.30pm, while Bryony Page goes in the women's trampoline from 6.50am.
Celebrating 120 years of female Olympians with Jade Jones
At the Olympic Games, there is often a wealth of sports that many people have not encountered before, giving those who compete an opportunity to show off their sport on a global stage.
Many women have pioneered at the Games before over their 120 years of involvement, helping to highlight how incredible these athletes are and get them the recognition they deserve.
Jade Jones, British taekwondo athlete, has done more than most to help her sport shine, her consistency over the years helping make her a household name amongst Olympic fans.
Read more here.
Source: Read Full Article