Your daily guide to the Games: Athletics, Boomers and Kookaburras headline Tuesday action


Tuesday is another big day in track and field, with Australian middle distance star Stewart McSweyn making his first appearance of the Games in the men’s 1,500 metres.

The Boomers are playing for a chance to reach the final four, and the Kookaburras are hoping to book a place in the gold medal match.

The Tokyo Olympics are broadcast in Australia on free-to-air TV on Channel Seven, as well as streaming platform 7Plus.

The ABC will be live blogging events every day of the Olympics.

Here are the events to watch on Tuesday, August 3:

Athletics: Plenty of medals and Stewart McSweyn hits the track

Long jumper Brooke Stratton flies through the air in competition.
Brooke Stratton will be in the women’s long jump final on Tuesday.(

AAP: Dan Lewins


It’s an action-packed day at the Olympic Stadium, with six medal events. 

Australia’s Brooke Stratton is in the women’s long jump final at 11:50am AEST and Kurtis Marschall is in the men’s pole vault final at 8:20pm.

There will also be finals in the men’s 400m hurdles, women’s hammer throw, women’s 800m and women’s 200m.

We will also get our first look at one of Australia’s most talked about track stars when Stewart McSweyn lines up in the third heat of the men’s 1,500m at 10:27am AEST.

Australians will also feature in the women’s javelin, women’s 400m, men’s 110m hurdles and the men’s 5,000m.

Basketball: Boomers vs Argentina

Jock Landale dunks with Nicolo Melli behind him.
Jock Landale has been outstanding for the Boomers in their last two outings.(

AP: Eric Gay


It’s quarter-finals time in the men’s basketball and the Boomers will face Argentina, who finished third in group C, at 10:00pm AEST.  

The format at this year’s Olympics is slightly different to previous competitions, with a draw taking place to determine quarter-final match-ups.

The Boomers beat Argentina in a warm-up match a few weeks back and will be favourites to get the job done again this time.

The winner will take on the victor of the Spain versus USA match, which is on at 2:40pm AEST.

Hockey: Kookaburras vs Germany

A man in green and gold dives with a hockey stick. A keeper is already on the ground.
The Kookaburras are playing Germany as they look for a spot in the gold medal match.(

AP: John Minchillo


There are four teams left in the men’s hockey competition, with Australia tackling Germany in the second semi-final at 8:00pm AEST.

Australia finished on top of pool A and beat the Netherlands on Sunday to reach the semis.

India will play Belgium in the other semi-final at 11:30am AEST.

Track cycling: Two golds up for grabs

It’s day two of the track cycling program, and there are medal races in the women’s team pursuit and men’s team sprint.

Australia will be represented in both events.

The first round of the women’s team pursuit begins at 4:30pm AEST, while the first round of the men’s team sprint starts at 5:50pm AEST.

The medal races begin from 6:19pm AEST.

Sailing: Australians closing in on gold

Matthew Belcher and Will Ryan embrace after winning sailing silver
Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan won bronze at the Rio Olympic Games.(

Getty Images: Clive Mason


Australia has one gold in the sailing already and there are due to be another four medal events on Tuesday after poor weather forced the cancellation of all racing on Monday.

Jake Lilley will be in the men’s finn medal race at 3:33pm AEST but is out of medal contention. Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin will come into the mixed nacra 17 medal race at 4:33pm AEST in fourth place.

With two races to go, Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan have a commanding lead in the men’s 470 and have the chance to wrap up gold before the medal race on Wednesday.

Race 9 starts at 1:05pm AEST on Tuesday.

Sport climbing: Day one of new event

Oceana Mackenzie climbs a rock climbing wall.
Oceana Mackenzie is one of two Australians in sport climbing at the Tokyo Olympics. (

Instagram: @oceana_climbing


Sport climbing is making its debut at this Olympics, with Australia represented by Tom O’Halloran and Oceana Mackenzie.

The action from the Aomi Urban Sports Park begins at 6:00pm AEST.

The sport features three disciplines — speed, bouldering and lead — with each climber competing in all three.

Beach volleyball: Australia vs Canada

Two women wearing green crop tops and white hats high five each other.
Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy are in the beach volleyball quarter-finals.(

Getty Images: Sean M. Haffey


It’s down to the final eight and Australians Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy will take on Canadians Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes at 11:00pm AEST.

The Aussies are coming off a strong win over China on Sunday.

Water polo: Australia vs ROC

Australia finished second in group A, with three wins and one loss securing their place in the quarter-finals.

They will face the Russian Olympic Committee, who finished third in group B, at 8:50pm AEST.

What else is happening?

Man in red singlet punches man in blue singlet in boxing match
Harry Garside (left) beats PNG’s John Ume in the round of 32.(

Getty Images: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile


Harry Garside is in the quarter-finals of the men’s 57-63kg boxing at 7:35pm AEST, when he will take on Kazakhstan’s Zakir Safiullin.

On Tuesday, Aussies will also feature in canoe sprint events, the jumping at the equestrian, the men’s 3m springboard diving, the men’s 109kg weightlifting and the artistic swimming.  

Meanwhile, it’s the final day of artistic gymnastics and there will be medals handed out for the men’s parallel bars, women’s balance beam and men’s horizontal bar.

The finals start at 6:00pm AEST.

Tokyo drifting

By Cody Atkinson and Sean Lawson

While Tokyo 2020 has produced historic results for the Australian contingent in Japan, they aren’t the only ones on a record-breaking pace.

So far this Olympics, San Marino and Turkmenistan have won their first medals at an Olympic Games, and Bermuda, Qatar and the Philippines have won their first golds.

One of these nations is on the cusp of significantly increasing their tally as well.

First competing at the Olympics in 1924, the Philippines has sent 495 athletes to the Olympics for 10 medals total, and no golds.

Its best performance to date is its haul of three bronze medals in 1932.

Hidilyn Diaz of Philippines cries after winning the Women's 55kg Weightlifting Group at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Hidilyn Diaz won the first ever gold medal at an Olympics for the Philippines.(

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On Tuesday, the Pinoy contingent will have a chance to claim their second gold ever, when Nesthy Petecio marches to the ring for the gold medal match in the women’s featherweight boxing.

Her compatriot, Eumir Marcial, has guaranteed himself at least a bronze medal in the middleweight class by winning his quarter-final.

And Carlo Paalam is just one bout away in the flyweight class of getting that record-breaking fourth medal.

Unlike many other Olympic sports, boxing doesn’t have a bronze medal fight, instead awarding medals to both losing semi-finalists.

Only three other sports currently award four medals per event, with the other three (wrestling, judo and taekwondo) giving them out for winning the “losers” bracket via repechage.

That’s not the only way that multiple medals of the same colour can be handed out in the same event.

Ties for events decided by the smallest margins are somewhat common, as seen in the men’s high jump in Tokyo already.

In Rio, four events finished with tied medallists, all in the shortest or second-shortest events for that discipline.

The most common events for ties (outside of the designed ties as listed above) were historically gymnastics events until scoring was reformed.

Gymnastics saw a tie in the women’s floor in Tokyo as well.

Recently, most ties have come in swimming sprints and high jump.

With several days of close racing yet to come, it’s likely that we see both more Pinoy medals and maybe more sharing of the medal dais.

The alternative medal tally

The Philippines already leads all the competition at Tokyo in one important aspect — the most times the letter “p” is in a country’s name.

But what would a medal tally look like if it was looking at a broader category of performance per letter?

The host nation shines in this medal tally, bringing home a lot of bang for every consonant and vowel in its name.

Australia rockets up the consonant list, with a country name girt by vowels.

Using its official IOC designations, the People’s Republic of China and the United States of America fall behind Australia and Japan, with France also nudging ahead on golds per vowel.



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