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Tokyo Olympics 2021: Day Eight– LIVE updates!


Day seven of the Games brought more outstanding British results, with another Team GB medal rush headlined by historic success on the BMX track.

Kye Whyte won Britain’s first-ever medal in the event after claiming men’s silver, before Bethany Shriever went one better with gold in the women’s final.

That triumph was preceded by more outstanding performances in the swimming pool, with Duncan Scott claiming his third medal at these Olympics in the 200m individual medley and Luke Greenbank sealing third in the 200m backstroke final, while Bryony Page then took bronze in the women’s trampolining.

GB will be hunting more success on Saturday, most notably with poster girl and athletics captain Dina Asher-Smith, who will hope to reach the final of the women’s 100m.

There are high hopes for Adam Peaty, James Guy, Kathleen Dawson and Freya Anderson in the mixed 4x100m medley relay final, while the likes of Team USA’s Caeleb Dressel and Australian Kaylee McKeown go for more gold at the Aquatics Centre, where we will also get the latest instalment of the Katie Ledecky vs Ariarne Titmus rivalry.

Other highlights on Saturday include the debut of the mixed relay triathlon, with Jonny Brownlee trying to claim that elusive Olympic gold alongside individual silver medallists Alex Yee and Georgia Taylor-Brown, plus Jess Learmonth.

The windsurfing and latest shooting finals could also bring more medal triumphs for GB, while the women’s rugby sevens team will similarly hope to go all the way – starting with a crucial semi-final against France.

Follow all the action from Day Eight in Tokyo with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below!

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The finals of the men’s discus and mixed 4x400m relay also come on Saturday, with the team of Joseph Brier, Zoey Clark, Emily Diamond and Cameron Chalmers qualifying for the latter as fastest losers and setting a new British record.

There’s also the men’s 100m heats and the Olympic debut of the mixed relay triathlon, with Jonny Brownlee hoping to finally end his wait for that elusive Olympic gold alongside individual silver medal winners Alex Yee and Georgia Taylor-Brown, plus Jess Learmonth.

That event starts at the earlier time of 11:30pm BST on Friday night.

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Asher-Smith: I’ve got another level

Despite those really fast times from her 100m rivals on Friday, Asher-Smith remains relaxed and insists she has another level to unleash in Tokyo.

“To be honest today was just about making it through to the next round safely at the same time as knowing I’ve got another level to give tomorrow, so I am really happy,” she said.

“And I do have another level – of course I do, it’s an Olympics.”

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All eyes on Asher-Smith in women’s 100m

All eyes will again be on GB’s poster girl, athletics captain and main track hope Dina Asher-Smith later on Saturday as she competes in the semi-finals and (hopefully) final of the women’s 100m.

The 25-year-old – who won silver in the 100m and gold in the 200m at the World Championships in Doha two years ago – easily advanced through her heat on Friday in a time of 11.07 seconds behind America’s Teahna Daniels, though the speed of the likes of favourite Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, defending champion Elaine Thompson-Herah and Ivorian Marie-Josee Ta Lou highlights the significant challenge facing Asher-Smith to win gold.

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Which medals are up for grabs?

Archery (men’s individual)

Athletics (men’s discus, mixed 4x400m relay, women’s 100m)

Badminton (men’s doubles)

Fencing (women’s team sabre)

Sailing (women’s RS:X, men’s RS:X)

Shooting (trap mixed team, women’s 50m rifle 3 positions)

Swimming (men’s 100m fly, women’s 200m back, women’s 800m free, mixed 4x100m medley relay)

Tennis (women’s singles)

Weightlifting (men’s 81kg, men’s 96kg)

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How to watch

TV channel: BBC will be broadcasting the best of the action live for free on terrestrial TV, with coverage running from the earlier time of 11:05pm on Friday evening to cover the start of the mixed relay triathlon.

Eurosport also have the rights to the Games in the UK, with live coverage beginning at 11:20pm.

Live stream: TV licence fee-payers can stream the action live via the BBC iPlayer. Eurosport subscribers can stream the events via Eurosport Player.

Roku users can watch iPlayer using a Roku streaming device or Roku powered TV.

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Welcome back!

Hello and welcome back to Standard Sport’s latest LIVE coverage of the Tokyo Olympics!

Day eight is almost upon us and Team GB will hope to build on their latest medal rush after claiming a further six on Friday.

Stay tuned for all the latest results and updates from across the sports with Matt Majendie and Malik Ouzia on the ground in Japan.

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All square as the men’s hockey gets serious

Great Britain’s men’s hockey side end their group stage with a morale boosting 2-2 draw with world champions Belgium.

Belgium top Pool B and GB avoid finishing fourth and dodged a date with in-form Australia in the quarter-finals.

It was a bit of a bizarre finish as both sides settled for a draw. Perhaps best then than no crowd was in attendance.

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No joy for Novak

It’s been a tough old day for the world’s best tennis player.

Earlier he lost from a set up against Germany’s Alexander Zverev 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the single’s semi-finals.

Then, along with Serbian partner Nina Stojanovic lost 6-7, (4-7), 5-7 to Aslan Karatsev and Elena Vesnina of the Russian Olympic Committee in the mixed doubles semis.

He’s got every trophy in the sport, but an Olympic gold still eludes him.

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‘We are all devastated’

England’s coach Hege Riise has expressed how distraught her team is feeling after the 4-3 loss to Australia which eliminated them from the Games.

“We are devastated right now,” she told the BBC “It’s hard to lose a game like this. We were well-prepared. We [played] most of the game quite well.

“We didn’t just want to come here and celebrate being Olympians. We wanted gold, we wanted to win.”

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2-2 in in the fourth quarter

Well well. What a game we have here.

After going 1-0 up against Belgium, the men’s hockey side find themselves locked at 2-2 in the fourth quarter.

Despite already being through to the quarterfinals, both sides are still pressing for a win that could result in a more favourable draw in the next round.

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