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GB win first medal with Bradly Sinden into taekwondo final and guaranteed silver

GREAT BRITAIN will bag their first medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics today.

Doncaster born Bradly Sinden booked his spot in the men’s 68kg taekwondo final at Makuhari Messe Hall.

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Bradly Sinden is guaranteed at least a silver medal in taekwondoCredit: AFP
He won his semi-final clash in Tokyo on Sunday morning

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He won his semi-final clash in Tokyo on Sunday morningCredit: AFP
Sinden beat Chinese Zhao Shuai in the semi-final and will go for gold in the afternoon

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Sinden beat Chinese Zhao Shuai in the semi-final and will go for gold in the afternoonCredit: AFP

Sinden, 22, is guaranteed at least a silver medal and will fight for gold at 1.45pm this afternoon.

He beat Chinese athlete Zhao Shuai 33-25 in their semi-final showdown on Sunday in Japan.

It will hopefully kickstart a medal rush for Team GB with swim star Adam Peaty in the 100m breaststroke final in the early hours of Monday morning.

Sinden’s run to the final will be a relief for Team GB bosses after a horror day and a dissappointing start to the Games.

On a morning that struck a devastating blow to the heart of Team GB:

*London and Rio taekwondo star Jade Jones was eliminated in her first contest

*Another double gold medallist Andy Murray pulled out of the men’s singles

*The women’s hockey team lost their opening group match to Germany

*And rowing ace Vicky Thornley is struggling to even make the final after coming home a forlorn third in her second round heat

With all three GB medal hopes in the pool evaporating, only another impressive display by Peaty, and a scintillating run by taekwondo world champion Sinden prevented day two from being a wash-out to match tomorrow’s promised typhoon.

A day that had begun with bright expectations in the Japanese capital swiftly came face to face with blunt reality.

And Jones’ shock first round defeat to Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin, an Iranian now representing the Refugee Team, was a kick in the head for the entire team.

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The Iranian was the bronze medal-winner in Rio but Jones, 28, should have been able to control the fight.

Instead, after taking an early lead, she let the advantage slip, with the crucial moment a penalty call against the Welsh girl with just seconds left.

She appealed, the tension intensified by the dramatic music blasted out as the judges conferred but the decision was upheld as the champion lost 16-11.

Jones was mortified, her house-mate a close pal Bianca Walden escorted away from the side of the mat in floods of tears.

But it summed up a woeful GB morning.

While the hockey team, with seven survivors from Rio, were quick out of the blocks and took an early lead through Sarah Jones’ penalty corner strike against Germany, they failed to build on it and slipped to a 2-1 defeat.

It is not yet fatal, with four more group matches to go but means they simply must beat South Africa tomorrow.

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