Niall O’Keeffe writes in: “Great excitement in Ireland as our boxer Kellie Harrington aims for gold at 6am UK/Ireland time,” he says. “Great story as she comes from the inner city of Dublin which is often in the news for the wrong reasons. But her hood and the entire nation are behind her! We don’t win many medals so big deal for us!”
In that case, I’ll print your email. Which I just did.
Women’s golf: Madelene Sagström of Sweden is -2 after two to start her second round and she tops the leaderboard on -7. In second, Aditi Ashok of India is one-under for the day and -5 overall. USA’s Nelly Korda, the reigning USA PGA champ, is in third on -4, but has yet to start her second round.
Men’s marathon swimming: And Germany’s Florian Wellbrock wins gold by a long, long way. A completely dominant swim – and he’s still only 23. There is more competition for silver though: Hungary’s Kristóf Rasovszky just holds off the 800m freestyle silver medalist, Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy, for second. USA’s Jordan Wilimovsky, the Netherlands’ Ferry Weertman (the 2016 champ), GB’s Hector Pardoe and Australia’s Kai Edwards all finish well down the pack.
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Men’s marathon swimming: The swimmers are heading into the sun now in the final stretch. The only hope for Wellbrock’s opponents is if he is temporarily blinded and starts heading out to sea.
Men’s marathon swimming: Yep, Wellbrock said he was going to break early and he has broken, rather than is broken. He leads Hungary’s Kristóf Rasovszky by 16.3 seconds and the gold is all but his with 500m to go. He was up at 3am this morning to prepare, but looking at him he could have had more of a lie in.
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Men’s marathon swimming: Wellbrock has led this race for pretty much the entire way, and the 23-year-old is starting to stretch away from the field. A magnificent performance in very warm conditions. Going full pelt for nearly two hours in what amounts to warm bath water can’t be too much fun – but think of the poor guys who don’t even get a medal. Gregorio Paltrinieri looks like he’s out of the medal race but he won silver in the 800m freestyle earlier in these Games, so will have a nice prize to take home.
Men’s marathon swimming: We are on the final lap and a little less than 1500m to go. Germany’s Florian Wellbrock leads Hungary’s Kristóf Rasovszky by 4.6 seconds. France’s Marc-Antoine Olivier, who won bronze in 2016, is in the same position this year and is 13.7 seconds behind with Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri 16.3 off Wellbrock in fourth. It’s Wellbrock’s race to lose now with only Rasovszky having a decent chance of catching him.
I am enjoying the fact that the TV graphics can’t fit in Marc-Antoine Olivier, so they just call him “Olivier” like he’s a Brazilian footballer or a concept artist.
Hello out there. A busy day ahead in Tokyo – here’s my colleague Martin Belam with what may tickle your fancy…
Key events for Day 13
All events are listed here in local Tokyo time. Add an hour for Cairns, subtract eight hours for Aberystwyth, 13 hours for Baltimore and 16 hours for Los Angeles.
🌟If you only watch one thing: 7pm Hockey – Australia and Belgium are going to battle it out in the final for gold. Australia last won it in 2004. Belgium have never won, but will be aiming to go one step better than their silver in Rio 🏑🥇
- 6.30am Marathon swimming – it’s 10km of open water for the men, and I’m still tired from watching the women swim it late last night/early this morning 🥇
- 7.30am Golf – day two of the women’s competition.
- 9am-10.50am and 9pm-10.50pm Beach Volleyball – the women’s semi-finals are in the morning, the men’s semi-finals are the late night session.
- 9am-3.05pm and 7pm-9.45pm Athletics – the main attractions in the stadium include the men’s triple jump final and men’s shot put final in the morning, when we also get the men’s 110m hurdles final at 11.55am. In the evening session, it is the women’s pole vault final and the men’s 400m final is at 9pm. Throughout the day there’s more heptathlon and decathlon, and those conclude with the women’s 800m heats and the men’s 1500m which round off the day 🥇
- 9am-12.30 Skateboarding – the men go in the park event 🥇
- 9.30am-1.05pm Canoe sprint – there are finals in the men’s kayak single at 11.42am, the women’s canoe single 200m at 11.57am, the women’s kayak single 500m at 12.29pm and the last race of the day is the men’s kayak double 1000m at 12.55pm 🥇
- 1.15pm and 8pm Basketball – the men’s semi-finals. Team USA v Australia to start with, then the evening game is Slovenia v France.
- 3pm Diving – the final of the women’s 10m platform 🥇
- 3.30pm-6.50pm Track cycling – Thursday’s action features the women’s keirin final at 5.45pm and the conclusion of the men’s omnium at 5.55pm 🥇
- 4.30pm Race walking – it’s the one where you end up shouting at the television: “Just run! Or walk! But not this! What even is this?” It’s in Sapporo to try to make it cooler for the men, who go over the 20km distance 🥇
- 5pm Football – USA v Australia for the women’s bronze medal 🥉
- 5pm and 9pm Handball – the men’s competition is at the semi-final stage: France v Egypt first then Spain v Denmark. It’s dead good. You should give watching it a go.
- 5.30pm, 6.30pm and 9.10pm Sport climbing – it is medal time for the men 🥇
You can find our full interactive events schedule here. As well as letting you find out what is coming up, it also gives you the currents scores of the sports currently in action.
As it stands
With five medals today for Team GB and three for Australia, you imagine that officials at both national Olympic committees must be pinching themselves to be above Not Russia in the emoji table this deep into the Games. Here’s how it stood at 10.50pm Tokyo time:
1 🇨🇳 China 🥇 32 🥈 22 🥉 16 total: 70
2 🇺🇸 USA 🥇 25 🥈 31 🥉 23 total: 79
3 🇯🇵 Japan 🥇 21 🥈 7 🥉 12 total: 40
4 🇬🇧 Great Britain 🥇 15 🥈 18 🥉 15 total: 48
5 🇦🇺 Australia 🥇 15 🥈 4 🥉 17 total: 36
6 ◽️ Not Russia 🥇 14 🥈 21 🥉 18 total: 53
7 🇩🇪 Germany 🥇 8 🥈 8 🥉 16 total: 32
8 🇫🇷 France 🥇 6 🥈 10 🥉 9 total: 25
9 🇮🇹 Italy 🥇 6 🥈 9 🥉 15 total: 30
10 🇳🇱 Netherlands 🥇 6 🥈 8 🥉 9 total: 23