THE Olympics has officially BEGUN and Yang Qian of China has picked up the first gold medal.
Russian Anastasia Galashina looked sure to win the Women’s 10m Air Rifle before fluffing her final shot, allowing Qian to walk away with the gold.
And Team GB will be hoping to pick up a medal of their own later today with Geraint Thomas underway in the cycling road race.
However, the Welshman will have to recover quickly after falling off his bike, just as he did at Rio 2016.
Meanwhile it’s been a mixed day in tennis for Team GB.
Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury beat second seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in straight sets in men’s doubles.
But Heather Watson is out of the women’s singles.
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A Korean television channel apologised after apparently marking certain countries’ arrivals at the Tokyo Olympics with unflattering stereotypes.
Seoul-based network MBC appeared to show an image of Chernobyl as the Ukraine team entered Friday’s opening ceremony, with Haiti’s civil unrest also referenced.
Following complaints online, including from a large number of unhappy Korean viewers, the channel issued an apology.
A statement read: “In today’s Opening Ceremony broadcast, inappropriate photos were used when introducing countries like Ukraine and Haiti.
“Also, inappropriate photos and subtitles were used for other countries. We apologise to the viewers of Ukraine and other countries.”
The network later reiterated that it was ‘deeply sorry’ for the ‘inexcusable mistake’.
Read more HERE.
Team GB’S Adam Yates has latched onto the leading pack in the road race.
There are just 21km.
He is in a good position…
🥇 KOR BLIMEY 🥇
South Korea’s mixed archery team have scooped gold.
The pair of Kim Je Deok and An Sam beat Dutch pair Steve Wiljer and Gabriela Schloesser 5-3.
Geraint Thomas has taken social media to tell his fans he is fine after he pulled out of the men’s road race.
The Team GB star crashed with team-mate Tao Geoghagen Hart early on in the race before getting back to his bike.
He tweeted: “All good with me. Thanks for the messages!! Think I must have done something bad in a previous life
“Freak crash, Tao lost his front wheel and decked it in front of me. I had nowhere to go, other than the floor as well.”
Back to the men’s road race, there now now under 30km to go.
The leading riders are five minutes ahead of the peleton.
🥉 VIVA LA MEXICO 🥉
Mexico have beaten Turkey in the archery mixed teams bronze medal match.
The team of Luis Alvarez Murillo and Alejandra Valencia beat British pair Patrick Huston and Sarah Bettles in their quarter-final tie earlier today.
And they have now won 3-1 in sets against Turkey’s Yasemin Anagoz and Mete Gazoz.
GYM CLASS HEROES
Great Britain have finished their qualifying for the team final.
They are currently in fourth spot after finishing with a score of 256.594.
Max Whitlock, 28, is in the pummel horse final while Joe Fraser is fifth in the all-round standings.
Fraser is also fourth in the parallel bars.
WHEELY GOOD TIME
Here’s the complere rundown of all the cycling medals on offer at the Tokyo Olympics.
Indian tennis player Sumit Nagal is into the second round of the men’s singles event.
He has beaten Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin in three sets.
In doing so, he has become the first male Indian tennis player to reach the second round since 1996.
Javad Foroughi has won Iran’s first medal in shooting.
What an Olympics debut from the 41-year-old!
🥇 IRANIAN JOY 🥇
Iran’s Javad Foroughi has won the gold medal in the Men’s 10m air pistol.
He has set an Olympic record of 244.8.
The silver medal has went to Serbia’s Damir Mikec, with the bronze going to China’s Pang Wei.
Here is the moment Geraint Thomas pulled up.
What a blow that is for Team GB.
THOMAS IS OUT
Geraint Thomas is OUT of the men’s road race final.
The 35-year-old suffered a crash early on in the race but bravely continued.
However he has pulled out with just 57km to go before approaching final hill Mikuni Pass.
Attention will now turn to whether he is fit enough to compete in the time trial on Wednesday.
Andy Murray believes he and doubles partner Joe Salisbury have potential to become a really good team.
Speaking after their victory against France’s Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, he said: “I think we have the potential to be a really good team, I think the result today showed that.
“Doubles is always tricky because sometimes the matches can come down to a few points.
“I think we were well deserved winners today, we created lots of chances, but not every doubles match is like that.
“I think if we keep the same sort of attitude and everything, prepare diligently, I think we’ve got a chance of doing well. But it’s not easy, just because we won that match.
“We’ve got a tough match next against a German pair [Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz] and we’ll look forward to that one.”
Hou Zhihui set an astonishing THREE Olympic records in her gold medal triumph in the 49kg women’s weightlifting event.
She secured a final total score of 210kg,
Britain’s Max Whitlock has been in action on the parallel bars.
After three rounds of rotation, Team GB sit fourth in the team standings.
A reminder that it’s the top eight that advances through to the final.
🥇 ANOTHER GOLD FOR CHINA 🥇
Chinese star Hou Zhihui has won the second gold medal of the Olympic Games.
Both gold medals have now went to China after Zhihui won in the 49kg women’s weightlifting event.
India’s Chanu Mirabai takes the silver media, while the bronze goes to Indonesia’s Windy Aisah.
NOT LONG TO
There is now under 100km to go in the men’s road race final.
Geraint Thomas still has a lot of making up to do following his earlier crash.
WEIGH TO GO!
China’s Hou Zhihui is leading in the women’s 49kg weightlifting category.
The 24-year-old has just broken the Olympic record with a snatch of 94kg.
That is just 2kg shy of the world record she set in April.
Cycling fans would not be denied from watching the men’s road race in Tokyo – where Geraint Thomas suffered yet another fall.
The delayed Olympic Games in Japan this year has been hosted behind-closed-doors, without spectators amid the coronavirus pandemic.
But it did not stop fans from filling up the course, which started in Musashinonomori Park and ends at the Fuji Speedway.
Supporters stood by the side of the road and took pictures and videos on their phones.
Fortunately, there was no repeat of this year’s Tour de France, which had a massive pile up after a rider hit into a fan holding a sign.
HEL OF AN ATHLETE
It’s been a hell of a ride for two-time Olympic gold medallist Helen Glover.
The qualifying round for the gymnastics team final is underway.
The top eight teams will progress for the team final.
Meanwhile the top 24 athletes will qualify for the all-around final.
The top eight on each apparatus will secure their passage to the corresponding final.
British pair Patrick Huston and Sarah Bettles have lost in their mixed doubles archery quarter-final tie.
The duo, who had beaten fifth seeds China in the previous round, lost 6-0 against Mexico’s Luis Alvarez Murillo and Alejandra Valencia.
Huston and Bettles will now have to concentrate on their singles clashes.
THOMAS’ DEJA VU
Geraint Thomas is bravely continuing in the road race after crashing earlier on.
The 35-year-old – who dislocated his shoulder the Tour de France – notably crashed in the Rio 2016 Olympics where he lost the chance to challenge for a medal.
Thomas is set to compete in the time trial for Team GB on Wednesday.
British pair Ben Lane and Sean Vendy have lost their opening men’s doubles match in the badminton event.
The duo lost in straight sets against Indonesia’s Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon.
The top seeds won 21-15, 21-22 in their Group A encounter.
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