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Tokyo Olympics, Day Six: Schedule, highlights, UK times and more


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ith 16 medals after five days, Team GB has made its most successful start to a modern day Olympic Games.

And there are more medal opportunities for British athletes on Thursday.

Here’s all you need to know about Day Six at the Games…

Day Six highlights

After making its Olympic debut at Rio 2016, golf is back in Tokyo and gets underway early on Thursday.

The focus in the build-up has been who won’t be playing amid a raft of big-name withdrawals, but Open champion Collin Morikawa and home favourite Hideki Matsuyama head what is still a strong field. Rory McIlroy, from Northern Ireland, has opted to represent Ireland so GB hopes rest with Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey.

Double Olympic rowing champion Helen Glover had retired after winning her second gold at Rio 2016 but she returned to the sport earlier this year after a four-year absence and, alongside Polly Swann, will hope to be in the mix for a medal in the women’s pair.

After their bronze in the women’s team gymnastics on Tuesday, twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova compete in the all-around final. American Simone Biles, the biggest star at the Tokyo Olympics, will not compete because of mental health issues.

Simone Biles has pulled out of Olympics all-around gymnastics final to focus on mental health

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Mallory Franklin, Britain’s most successful female canoeist, will go for gold in the women’s C1 slalom canoe. She is the 2017 world champion and has finally had her C1 class made an Olympic event.

In the women’s hockey, Great Britain play the Netherlands in a repeat of the gold medal match at Rio 2016. GB eventually edged their way to gold in a dramatic penalty shootout, and a draw this time would be enough for them to book their place in the quarter-finals having managed two wins and a defeat so far.

In the swimming pool, Ross Murdoch and James Wilby could be in the mix for a medal in the men’s 200m breaststroke final.

Elsewhere, women’s rugby sevens begins with GB facing the team from the Russian Olympic Committee and then New Zealand.


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