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Tokyo Olympics 2021 LIVE! Day Nine latest updates – more BMX gold for Team GB as swimmers make history

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Tokyo Olympics 2021 LIVE! Day Nine latest updates - more BMX gold for Team GB as swimmers make history

Team GB have boosted their medal tally even further on Day Nine of the Games in Japan, with Charlotte Worthington sensationally winning gold in the women’s BMX park freestyle final and Declan Brooks adding a bronze in the men’s final. GB also claimed silver in the 4x100m men’s medley relay to cap their best ever Games in the pool with eight medals.

The eagerly awaited men’s 100m final – the first without Usain Bolt since 2004 – is coming up today, with favourite Trayvon Bromell only coming through his heat as a fastest loser.

It’s also the final of the men’s floor and pommel horse in gymnastics as Max Whitlock hopes to add to his two Olympic titles, while in the sailing world bronze medallist Alison Young competes in the Laser Radial.

Other Day Nine highlights include the finale of the men’s golf tournament – where Xander Schauffele holds a one-shot lead going into the final round – and the men’s tennis singles final between Alexander Zverev and Karen Khachanov.

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Gold for Australia!

Matt Wearn won gold for Australia in the men’s Laser sailing category at the Enoshima Yachting Harbour.

Croatia’s Tonci Stipanovic took silver, with Hermann Tomasgaard of Norway picking up the bronze.

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Clarke on Aliev

Frazer Clarke’s controversial victory over Mourad Aliev ensured Great Britain will at least equal a post-War record of five Olympic boxing medals in Tokyo.

The Burton super-heavyweight narrowly lost the first round but was battling back in the second when referee Andrew Mustacchio stopped the action to disqualify the Frenchman for a headbutt.

Clarke, who sustained a cut around his left eye, said: “I felt there was a couple of heads going in but whether it’s intentional or not I don’t know.

“I’m not going to stand here and say he did it on purpose because I’m sure he wouldn’t have wanted his Olympics to end in the way they have.

“I told him to calm down because I’ve been in those situations before. The last thing I want him to do is damage his reputation or be rude to the judges and officials, because they are only doing their job.”

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Aliev stages sit-in protest after DQ

French boxer Mourad Aliev was not happy after being disqualified against Brit Frazer Clarke for the use of his head.

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He reacted furiously in the ring, shouting into the camera before staging a short sit-in protest on the side of the ring.

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The medals keep on coming for Team GB…

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Golf | Malik Ouzia in Tokyo

It’s been a masterful front nine from Xander Schauffele, who has four birdies and is now at -18. His biggest challenge at the moment if coming from Slovakia’s Rory Sabbatini, who is an incredible nine-under for the day and two shots off the lead, but he only has four holes to play. Paul Casey’s done nothing wrong so far, currently in the bronze medal position after a bogey-free front nine.

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Equestrian team on track

Team GB’s eventers will go for gold in team and individual competitions on Monday after a vintage collection of cross-country performances at Sea Forest Park.

World number one Oliver Townend, Laura Collett and Tom McEwen hold a huge lead of 17.9 penalties in the team event.

Yorkshireman Townend, meanwhile, also heads the individual race for gold on 23.60, with a narrow advantage over Germany’s Julia Krajewski. Collett occupies bronze medal position and McEwen is sixth.

Townend set the tone, jumping clear five seconds inside the optimum time aboard Ballaghmor Class, before Collett and McEwen immaculately followed suit.

Collett, who lost most of her sight in one eye and suffered multiple fractures following a cross-country fall eight years ago, proved in equally blistering form aboard London 52.

Then McEwen completed a glorious hat-trick on Toledo De Kerser, meaning that Britain lead the team event on a score of 78.30, with Australia second and France third. Ireland, meanwhile, lie eighth.

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Ben Whittaker into boxing final!

He’s done it! Ben Whittaker is through to the men’s light-heavyweight final!

That means he will win a silver medal at the very least…

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Here is Charlotte Worthingotn collecting that gold – yes, gold – medal for BMX.

Given the relative status of BMX in the Team GB funding and roster, two golds, a silver and a bronze from four events is, quite frankly, extraordinary.

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Declan Brooks steps up and takes his bronze medal for the BMX freestyle – what a moment for him.

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Team GB’s Abigail Irozuru declared she is ready to shine after reaching the long jump final.

The 31-year-old automatically qualified for Tuesday’s final after a season’s best of 6.75m.

She is joined in the final by Jazmin Sawyers, who finished in the top 12 after jumping 6.62m, although Lorraine Ugen failed to progress with a jump of 6.05m.

Irozuru was not selected for London 2012 and after missing Rio due to a ruptured Achilles she retired but returned in 2019 bidding to reach Tokyo.

She said: “It sucked to miss Rio and London but it is extra special to be here at this very weird Olympic Games.

“But for me it wasn’t weird, the whole experience, being in the stadium, there was atmosphere, there was life, this has literally been the highlight of my whole Olympic experience so far so I’m loving it.

“It looked like I didn’t need to do 75, but I’m so thankful. It was a nice confidence boost to get a season’s best, to finally jump over 6.70 this season, and to hit the automatic qualifying because that’s what I came here to do.”

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Heather Knight accepts Pakistan tour withdrawal but hopes England Women can check out in long run

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Heather Knight accepts Pakistan tour withdrawal but hopes England Women can visit in future

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ngland captain Heather Knight suggests the controversial decision to pull out of the prepared tour of Pakistan was “taken out of our hands” and insists it is critical for women’s cricket that they pay a visit to the state in the long run.

England’s ladies were because of to tour Pakistan for the initially time ever as aspect of a joint white-ball tour with the men’s staff, who were returning for the first time since 2005.

Even so, after New Zealand withdrew their men’s workforce from their tour of Pakistan very last 7 days due to a “credible threat”, the ECB announced on Monday that it too was pulling the plug.

That has drawn fierce criticism from Pakistan, who are confident they can give a protected experience for going to teams.

Knight insisted verdicts on the viability of a tour are not for players, or even captains, to take care of and defended the ECB’s ideal to make the phone.

Talking immediately after her side’s a few-wicket defeat to New Zealand at Leicester, she reported: “We found yesterday that the board experienced built the final decision for us not to go and it’s higher than our heads a minimal bit.

“I feel the the dialogue and the communication between the board and PCA (experienced cricketers’ association) is a robust a person, and it was a tough situation with what experienced gone on with New Zealand.

“I feel using it out of our palms is most likely the right issue to do and, and that was finished with a perspective to consider and glimpse soon after the gamers.

“It’s for the persons higher than us to make people selections and for us to to get on with them and take wherever they are.

“Hopefully, someday in the potential we’ll be able to go. I do consider it is significant for them, notably in women’s cricket with what is going on in the location.”

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