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.
Jason Kenny comfortably got the defence of his men’s cycling sprint title off to a positive start by sealing qualification for the next round. Kenny recorded the eighth best time at 9.510 seconds, narrowly beating the Olympic record of 9.551 he set in Rio five years ago where he took gold. Jack Carlin also progressed through qualification for Team GB earlier in the event, having also broken Kenny’s Rio time by producing an impressive 9.306 to go third quickest.
JONATHAN MCEVOY: Hannah Mills became the most successful female Olympic sailor in history by taking gold in the women’s 470 as Britain continued to rule the waves. After a terrific Tuesday at Enoshima Yacht Centre that saw two golds and a silver for the British team – including a second title for Giles Scott in the Finn – it was Mills who took centre stage with her team-mate Eilidh McIntyre. They came into the medal race with a commanding 14-point lead but even that margin of advantage can count for little with double points on offer and the tension ratcheted up. Scott nearly squandered a big lead before winning in the dying moments.
MIKE KEEGAN IN TOKYO: The slick Wolverhampton 24-year-old skilfully jinked and ducked around the ring but struggled to land a glove on the more experienced, powerful 28-year-old, who took gold at middleweight in Rio. Towards the end of the second Whittaker did manage to land a sharp one-two combination, which Lopez acknowledged, but openings were few and far between.
MIKE KEEGAN IN TOKYO: Frazer Clarke will take bronze after losing his super-heavyweight semi-final against Uzbekistan brute Bakhodir Jalolov. The Burton-on-Trent fighter, 29, bravely stepped into the ring against the heavy favourite and delivered a huge right hand in the second – practically the first glove landed on the 27-year-old – during the Games so far. At the start of the third he needed treatment for the cut over the right eye and returned to the battle needing a miracle.
Chris Grube and Luke Patience were edged out of claiming a medal in the men’s 470 dinghy, after failing to improve on their overall fifth place heading into the final race. The duo had strong hopes of being able to potentially snatch a bronze or even a silver medal heading into the medal race but could only place eighth to consolidate their fifth position overall. Australian duo Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan dominated the event from the start and cruised to a gold medal which never looked in doubt after cruising to victory.
Maddie Hinch has urged Great Britain to keep believing and focus on the ‘massive’ prize of an Olympic hockey medal after their reign as champions was emphatically ended. Team GB women were crushed 5-1 by semi-final opponents Holland as the Dutch avenged their 2016 Olympic final defeat when goalkeeper Hinch’s heroics during a penalty shoot-out ensured gold medal glory. Five years on, though, and Britain will contest the bronze medal match against Argentina or India when they return to the Oi Hockey Stadium on Friday.