Thanks Tom - and hello everybody.
For the next little while our attention is going to be trained on the Tokyo Aquatics Centre where four more gold medals will be handed out. Here’s what’s in store:
- 10.30am (local time) Women’s 100m butterfly final. Australia’s Emma McKeon and Team USA’s Torri Huske are on the blocks, but so is Sweden’s defending Olympic champion (and world record holder) Sarah Sjoestroem.
- 11.12am - Men’s 100m breaststroke final. AKA the Adam Peaty invitational. The Team GB superstar is the defending champion, world record holder, and fastest qualifier by some margin. Compatriot James Wilby is also gunning for a medal, as are Americans Michael Andrew and Andrew Wilson.
- 11.20am - Women’s 400m freestyle final. The race of the morning. The great Katie Ledecky from the USA, against rising star Ariarne Titmus from Australia. This could be one of the moments of the Games (especially in Australia). Team USA’s Paige Madden also lines up in this one, but all the action will be in lanes 3 and 4.
- 12.05am - Men’s 4x100m freestyle relay final. Welcome to the gun show. 32 of the biggest boys in pool school flexing their muscles and swimming like billy-o. Italy qualified fastest and they provide the lane 4 meat in a testosterone sandwich with Australia (lane 3) and USA (lane 5) providing the bread in this incredibly tortured metaphor. If that made you Hungary, they’re in lane 7. I Canada (lane 1) keep this up much longer. I’ll get my coat.
In amongst all that we have the semis of the men’s 200m free, women’s 100m breaststroke, and men’s & women’s 100m backstroke.
I shall not be blind to other non-medal events (in particular women’s street skateboarding, rugby 7s, and surfing) but attention will be trained primarily on the pool. Feel free to drop me an email or a tweet (see details at the top of the page) if you think something particularly noteworthy requires a shout out.
Updated at 2.03am BST
Two days of Olympic sport in Tokyo have created a moral dilemma for millions of people in the host country who had hoped the day would never come when Japan’s athletes would win their first gold medals of the summer.
Having invested so much in opposing the Games, would it then be possible, in good conscience, to take pleasure in the feats of the athletes once they became an inevitability?
The answer in Japan, after a weekend in which it brought its gold medal tally to five, is a qualified yes.
Newspapers more accustomed to framing Tokyo 2020 against the gloomy backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic are running headlines that are an unashamed celebration of sporting achievement.
On Saturday, news bulletins led with breathless accounts of Japan’s first gold medal in the Games, which went to the judoka Naohisa Takato in the men’s 60kg.
TV reporters interviewed Takato’s delighted parents, watching with friends and supporters in his hometown, while the victor received a congratulatory call from the prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, who must have delighted in relinquishing his role – however briefly – as the bearer of bad tidings.
You can read Justin’s full article below:
Updated at 1.28am BST
I’m at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre for what is arguably the biggest clash of the Olympic swim meet: American Katie Ledecky against Australia’s Ariarne Titmus in the women’s 400m freestyle.
Ledecky has long reigned supreme in the pool; she won an Olympic gold as a 15-year-old and then backed up in Rio to take four and a silver. But Ledecky’s title as queen of the pool is under threat from young Aussie Titmus - nicknamed the Terminator (because her first-name is shortened to “Arnie”). Titmus took down Ledecky in the 2019 world championships - the last time the duo have faced off.
The swimming world has been waiting for this Olympic match-up ever since. It is going to be fast and furious - tune in from 11.20am Tokyo time (although there’s also some cracking action beforehand).
Updated at 1.14am BST
Updated at 1.14am BST
The surfing competition at Tsurigasaki beach has produced a major shock after Australia’s Steph Gilmore, the seven-time world champion and current world No 5, was bundled out on Monday morning. Gilmore had looked in good nick when competition got under way on Sunday, but her medal hopes fell apart 24 hours later in her third round heat against South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag. Buitendag had single wave scores of 6.83 and 7.10 to move ahead of Gilmore, who could not respond in the 14 minutes remaining in the heat.
Gilmore’s exit leaves Australian hopes in the women’s competition with Sally Fitzgibbons, who faces Pauline Ado of France later on.
Updated at 12.46am BST
Norway's Kristian Blummenfelt wins men's triathlon
Updated at 12.21am BST