Olympics LIVE: Dodgy finish robs Aussie star

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By WWOS staff

6:10am Jul 25, 2021

Toyko Olympics LIVE: Day 2 updates

Welcome to Wide World of Sports' regular unrecorded sum of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Here are each the latest Olympics quality updates and headlines for July 25, 2021.

AUSSIES IN ACTION (all times AEST)

Surfing, 8am-4.40pm: Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons, Julian Wilson, Owen Wright

Swimming, 11.30am-1.20pm: Brendon Smith, men's 400m IM final

Elijah Winnington, Jack McLoughlin, men's 400m final

Australian 4x100m freestyle relay final

Women's hockey, 11am: Australia vs Spain

Softball, 11am: Australia vs USA

Women's gymnastics, 11am-9.20pm: Emily Whitehead, Georgia Godwin

Women's tennis, 12pm: Ash Barty, archetypal circular singles

Women's cycling, 2pm: Amanda Spratt, Grace Brown, Sarah Gigante, Tiffany Cromwell, roadworthy race

Women's kayak, 2pm-5.45pm: Jess Fox, K1 slalom heats

Men's h2o polo, 4.30pm: Australia vs Montenegro

Men's basketball, 6.20pm: Australia vs Nigeria

Men's hockey, 7.30pm: Australia vs India

Men's football, 8.30pm: Australia vs Spain

Men's boxing, 8.54pm: Harry Garside, lightweight

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Australia's Emma McKeon motored done her vigor of the 100m butterfly successful 55.82 seconds, a nationalist record, to commencement her run for up to 7 golden medals successful good style.

Yet already, contention has struck.

McKeon was ruled to person finished successful a dormant vigor with China's Yufei Zhang. Yet overhead footage of the decorativeness intelligibly showed that McKeon touched the partition first.

FINA officials told News Corp that McKeon had made a brushed touch, gliding into the wall, and that determination was thing incorrect with the timing.

Yet 2 Australians, Elijah Winnington and Jack McLoughlin, past dead-heated successful the adjacent contention successful the aforesaid lanes, 4 and five. In that instance, it was claimed that the Aussies were pacing each different and frankincense finished highly adjacent together; seemingly incapable to beryllium split.

McKeon was nevertheless blessed with her archetypal hit-out. The 27-year-old has 3 idiosyncratic and 4 relay swims astatine the Tokyo Olympics.

She already boasts 4 Olympic medals, including 1 gold, and could assertion different golden connected Sunday successful the 4x100m freestyle relay. By the extremity of the Games, she whitethorn person surpassed Ian Thorpe (nine) for the astir Olympic medals successful Australian swimming history; with Thorpe himself tipping her to bash so.

Five-time Olympic golden medalist Katie Ledecky came to Tokyo attempting to interruption the all-time grounds of 8 golden medals won by a US woman. The archetypal of her 5 scheduled events is the women's 400m freestyle.

Although Ledecky is considered the champion women's region swimmer successful the world, she is expected to look a fierce situation from Ariarne Titmus of Australia. Ledecky has won six full medals successful her archetypal 2 Olympics and she won her archetypal golden medal astatine the London Games successful 2012 erstwhile she was conscionable 15 years old.

Simone Biles makes her archetypal quality for Team USA erstwhile women's gymnastics qualifying begins. Biles already has 4 Olympic golden medals and is chasing Shannon Miller's grounds of 7 medals won by an American woman.

Sunisa Lee, who edged Biles successful the all-around during the 2nd nighttime of Olympic Trials, and teammate Jordan Chiles volition apt situation each different for the Americans' 2nd spot successful the all-around finals. Grace McCallum rounds retired the four-woman US squad portion MyKayla Skinner and Jade Carey volition vie arsenic individuals.

The Americans are heavy favoured to triumph a 3rd consecutive Olympic title.

Sue Bird sees nary contradiction with the US squad staying connected the tribunal during the nationalist anthem astatine the Olympics.

It's a alteration for the four-time Olympic golden medalist and her WNBA teammates. During the WNBA play players usually permission the tribunal to rise consciousness for societal justness earlier the anthem is played astatine games.

"You are wearing USA jerseys and it does alteration the speech a small spot and what you're representing," Bird told The Associated Press aft signifier connected Saturday. "With that, I don't consciousness similar a hypocrite successful immoderate way. Everyone knows wherever we stand. I don't deliberation it contradicts thing since we're really doing the work."

Logistically it would besides beryllium hard for the US to not beryllium connected the tribunal for the playing of the anthem. Unlike WNBA games erstwhile it's played astir 10 minutes earlier tipoff, astatine the Olympics it's done close earlier the commencement of games.

That doesn't mean the women won't usage the Olympic level to proceed to rise awareness.

She and her Olympic teammates locked arms earlier 3 accumulation games successful Las Vegas past week and she expects that to proceed during the Tokyo Games.

Bird, who was a US emblem bearer astatine the opening ceremony, believes radical cognize wherever she and her WNBA teammates basal connected societal justness issues.

"We each privation our state to beryllium a amended spot and that's what this is about," she said. "That's an athlete's mentality and there's truly nary amended radical to bash that than athletes. What bash we bash each azygous day? What bash we speech about? Getting better. ... I deliberation we should attack our state that way."

Naohisa Takato has won Japan's archetypal golden medal astatine its location Olympics, beating Taiwan's Yang Yung-wei successful the men's 60-kilogram judo final.

Kosovo's Distria Krasniqi bushed Japan's Funa Tonaki successful the women's 48-kilogram last little than an hr earlier Takato made definite his squad wouldn't person a treble heartbreak connected the opening time of contention successful its beloved homegrown martial art.

Takato won his last 3 bouts successful sudden-death aureate score, but took the last a spot anticlimactically aft Yang committed excessively galore fouls.

The charismatic Takato's occurrence — and Tonaki's heartbreaking, last-minute decision — could supply a much-needed jolt of excitement for a federation inactive feeling profoundly ambivalent astir these Olympics and discouraged by the scandals and coronavirus setbacks surrounding them.

Aron Szilagyi of Hungary has go the archetypal Olympic fencer to triumph 3 idiosyncratic sabre golden medals aft beating Luigi Samele 15-7 successful the men's last astatine the Tokyo Games.

Szilagyi utilized his accelerated reflexes to physique an aboriginal 7-1 pb and held disconnected a little comeback from his Italian hostile earlier closing retired the win.

Szilagyi won golden astatine the 2012 London Games and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. His lone nonaccomplishment successful the Olympic idiosyncratic tourney came successful the 3rd circular successful 2008.

Samele reached the last aft a singular triumph successful the semifinals. He came backmost from 12-6 down to bushed Kim Junghwan of South Korea 15-12.

Kim took bronze with a 15-11 triumph implicit Sandro Bazadze of Georgia.

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