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Tokyo Olympics 2021: Day Two – LIVE!

Team GB will go in search of their first medal success on day two of competition in Japan.

Britain – much like the usually dominant USA – were unable to claim an early gold, silver or bronze during the opening action, but there were still plenty of eye-catching and encouraging performances from the likes of Adam Peaty, Max Whitlock and Andy Murray.

GB’s first true gold medal hope comes in the taekwondo on Sunday as Jade Jones attempts to become the first British female athlete to triumph in three successive Games in the women’s -57kg tournament. There are also high hopes for 2019 world champion Bradly Sinden in the men’s -68kg category.

Peaty is back to compete in the semi-finals of the men’s 100m breaststroke, while GB’s defending women’s hockey champions battle Germany in their Pool A opener.

The boxing action also gets underway as 2019 world champion Lauren Price begins her middleweight campaign, Britain’s men’s eights – including Moe Sbihi – take to the Sea Forest Waterway and Lizzie Deignan and Anna Shackley compete in the women’s road race.

Among the other highlights are gymnastics superstar Simone Biles taking to the floor for the first time at these Games plus Olympic debuts for both surfing and skateboarding, where 13-year-old Sky Brown is a genuine medal hopeful.

Follow all the action from day two in Tokyo with Standard Sport’s dedicated blog below…

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Welcome to day two coverage

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

After plenty of encouraging early performances from the likes of Adam Peaty, Andy Murray and Max Whitlock yesterday, Team GB will hope to earn their first medals on day two at the Games.

Stay tuned for all the latest news and updates, with Standard Sport reporters Matt Majendie and Malik Ouzia on the scene in Tokyo…

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Who’s won a medal today?

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‘It doesn’t feel like the Olympics’

Adam Peaty is another of the athletes at these Games who isn’t too happy with the lack of fans.

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“It’s really weird with no crowd, really weird,” he said after winning his heat.

“But that’s the psychological things we need to adapt to. I had no idea how it was going to feel out there.

“Because there is no crowd, it doesn’t feel like an Olympics. It’s not the same. Of course it’s not. But obviously when you go back to the Village, that’s when it does. So it’s about controlling all of those emotions and performing when it matters.”

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‘We didn’t look like ourselves’

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GB coach Hege Riise said her side kicked on in the second half to beat Japan and qualify for the women’s football quarter-finals.

Ellen White scored again to settle the game and qualify with a game to spare.

Riise said: “In the first half, we didn’t look like ourselves, we didn’t have the speed of play we wanted. We came out as a different team with an attitude and togetherness and we all committed to the last 45 minutes.

“In the second half we changed formation a little bit and controlled it much better.

“We are all happy, it puts us in a good position and we’re able to rest players and recover well. The connections between the players will get better and better each game.

“We were surprised Japan made changes but they had momentum in the first half.”

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Fry into the final

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Charlotte Fry admitted her Olympic Games debut “could not have gone much better” as she cruised into the individual dressage final at Tokyo’s Equestrian Park.

The 25-year-old, whose late mother Laura rode for Britain in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, topped her qualifying group with Everdale on a personal best grand prix score of 77.096 per cent.

Fry’s outstanding performance under the floodlights also meant a strong start to British team hopes, with Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester completing a powerful trio.

Hester, who at 54 is Team GB’s oldest competitor in Tokyo, showcased all his experience with a solid display as heavy rain fell.

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‘We’ve delivered’

GB gymnast Max Whitlock qualified for the pommel horse final as well as helping the team into the team final earlier on.

“I think I can talk on behalf of every gymnast when I say that qualification is the hardest event,” he said.

“It’s the most nerve-wracking. It literally all rides on qualification. If you muck qualifications up, that’s your Olympics done.

“If you don’t, you can go on and have more opportunities to go and compete in this arena.

“It was a little bit quieter between the team, in the morning going to breakfast there wasn’t as much talking as usual, but we’ve come out here and I feel like we’ve delivered, especially with the build-up.”

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Dominance

Aron Szilagyi of Hungary has become the first Olympic fencer to win three individual sabre gold medals after beating Luigi Samele 15-7 in the men’s final at the Tokyo Games.

Szilagyi used his fast reflexes to build an early 7-1 lead and held off a brief comeback from his Italian opponent before closing out the win.

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GB women into the quarters

And that’s job done. Ellen White’s header gives GB a 1-0 win over Japan and they are into the last eight with a game to spare.

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GOAL! Japan 0-1 Team GB

Ellen White has another! Two in the opening game and now she puts GB ahead.

It’s not one the goalkeeper will want to see again but White gets there first to head home.

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‘Made it look easy’

“Adam Peaty wins his heat of the heat of the 100metres breaststroke with a time of 57.56. It might be the eighth-quickest swim of all time over that distance but he made it look mightily easy.”

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