After being pushed back by a year due to the outbreak of coronavirus, the Tokyo Olympics is finally here.
The Games will be like none other seen in the past, with fans prohibited from the venues with Tokyo under a fourth state of emergency.
With fans absent it’s the athletes that will take centre stage. And the action is now officially underway, with a jam-packed schedule to complete until the closing ceremony brings an end to the Games on August 8.
With the Olympics taking place in Japan, a large proportion of the action will take place between midnight and 3pm BST for UK viewers.
But not to worry, as Sportsmail will keep you up-to-date with all the latest news and updates right through until the closing ceremony on August 8.
Great Britain have won the silver medal in the men’s team sprint at the Tokyo Olympics. The British team of Jason Kenny, Ryan Owens and Jack Carlin simply could not respond to the world champions Holland’s electric pace, as they set a new Olympic record in winning gold by more than three seconds. Despite the final defeat, Kenny wins his eighth Olympic medal to go level at the top alongside Sir Bradley Wiggins in the most decorated British Olympians of all time.
Team GB have guaranteed their best boxing medal haul for 113 years, as Galal Yafai defeated Yosvany Veitia 4-1 to reach the flyweight semi-finals. Yafai, featuring in his second Olympic Games, is hoping to add to the Commonwealth gold he won in 2018 in the same division, and he’s gone one step closer after a hard-fought points victory. It means Team GB have now won six medals in this Olympics – bettering the five they won in London 2012 – only beaten by the 14 out of 15 that were on offer in 1908 Games.
Olympic champion Tom Daley was seen knitting poolside once again as he attended the Tokyo 2020 men’s 3m springboard diving final on Tuesday. The diver, 27, who is fresh off his first-ever Olympic gold medal in the men’s synchronised 10m platform last week, decided to get out his needles and wool to craft a Team GB cardigan.
Danish rider Frederik Madsen ploughed into the back of Team GB ‘s Charlie Tanfield before screaming ‘f*** them’ at the British team after getting back up. The extraordinary clash, which saw Team GB dumped out of the competition while the Danes advanced to the gold medal final, came just hours after Denmark was accused of cheating by wearing tape to make their riders go faster. The Danes broke the Olympic record in qualifying on Monday but teams, including Great Britain, complained about the shin tape and undervests they were wearing, believing them to be illegal. Cycling bosses agreed but ruled against disqualifying Denmark from the match against Team GB, despite the team’s rule-breaking.
Great Britain have been dumped out of the men’s team pursuit in controversial fashion after Danish rider Frederik Madsen ploughed into the back of Team GB’s Charlie Tanfield before screaming ‘f*** them’ at the British team following the two nations’ cheating row. Tanfield, the late replacement for Ed Clancy, had been left behind by his British team-mates and was riding alone – still in the race – when he was hit from behind by the Dane. A furious Madsen, who wasn’t looking where he was going as the lead rider, then jumped to his feet and exchanged words with Tanfield before being caught on camera screaming ‘f*** them’ as he walked back to his team. Then, after deliberations of more than half an hour, the UCI announced that Denmark would advance to a gold medal race against Italy in the men’s team pursuit, with Britain’s medal hopes – and their 13-year-reign as Olympic champions – over.
Britain’s women’s team pursuit squad had to settle for silver on Tuesday as they were thrashed by a world record breaking German team in the final. Katie Archibald, Neah Evans, Laura Kenny and Josie Knight had no answer to the Germans, who broke their world record set earlier in the day to win the gold medal by more than six seconds in the Velodrome. The Germans won with a time of 4:04:249 as GB surrendered the title they won in Rio at the Olympics five years ago.
DAVID COVERDALE IN IZU: The Danes broke the Olympic record in qualifying on Monday but teams, including Great Britain, complained about the shin tape and undervests they were wearing, believing them to be illegal. After meetings today, cycling’s rule makers, the UCI, banned Denmark from wearing the tape and vests when they race against Team GB for a place in the gold medal race. However, despite the UCI admitting they have breached regulations, they only issued the Danes with a warning, not a disqualification. Furious British Cycling performance director Stephen Park (inset) said: ‘Do I think they should be disqualified? I don’t think there is any alternative. The rules are clear.’
Great Britain’s sailing success continued as John Gimson and Anna Burnet took silver in the mixed Nacra 17 Class in Tokyo. After Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell secured gold in the 49er FX race and Giles Scott defended his Finn class title, there was another Team GB medal to celebrate. Olympic debutants Gimson and Burnet were beaten to gold by the Italian crew of Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti, with Germany’s Paul Kohlhoff and Alica Stuhlemmer taking bronze.
Campbell (left and right) was crowned Britain’s first female medallist in the sport after lifting 161kg in the clean-and-jerk to seal an improbable second place in the women’s +87kg category. The 27-year-old had relied on donations from her community near Nottingham to fund her Olympic bid, while team-mate Zoe Smith took to crowdfunding and working in a cafe to generate enough income to continue training. But having declared itself ‘shocked and devastated’ when the sport lost its UK Sport funding in the wake of the Rio Olympics in 2016, British Weightlifting chiefs including head of performance Stu Martin (inset) now hope Campbell’s stunning example will win additional support for the three-year cycle to Paris 2024.
The tense final went down to the wire as Mihambo (inset) produced an inspired last-gasp jump to win the event and snatch gold away from USA’s Brittney Reese, who held a slim lead going into the final round. Reese, a multiple global world champion, had a best jump of 6.97m while Nigeria’s Ese Brume, who finished with bronze, also jumped the same distance as the American but Reese held top spot due to her second best mark being superior to Brume’s. However, Mihambo snatched Olympic glory at the last second with a huge 7m jump – beating Reese and Brume’s jumps by 3cm. Team GB’s Sawyers (left), 27, from Stoke-on-Trent, finished eighth with a best jump of 6.80m while Irozuru (right) came 11th with 6.51m.