Football: Speaking of Cote d’Ivoire, they’ve had a spectacular implosion in their quarter final. They went ahead 2-1 in the 91st minute, then not only let in a goal after that to take the match to extra time, but ended up losing 5-2. Rafa Mir scored a hat-trick that started after 93 minutes of play!
Women’s 100m final line-up
Lane 2: Darryl Neita (GBR)
Lane 3: Teahna Daniels (USA)
Lane 3: Elaine Thompson-Herah (JAM)
Lane 4: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM)
Lane 5: Marie-Josee Ta Lou (CIV)
Lane 6: Jackson Shericka (JAM)
Lane 7: Ajla del Ponte (SUI)
Lane 8: Mujinga Kambundji (SUI)
Three Jamaicans and two Swiss, interesting there. One each for the Brits, the US and Cote d’Ivoire.
Dina Asher-Smith misses the women’s 100m final
For all of our GB readers invested in that country’s queen of the track, she’s missed out by five hundredths of a second. Ran the 10th-fastest time across the three semis.
Jamaica: Shelly-Ann FRASER-PRYCE 10.73
Switzerland: Mujinga KAMBUNDJI 10.96
USA: Teahna DANIELS 10.98 PB
Great Britain: Daryll NEITA 11.00
Nigeria: Nzubechi Grace NWOKOCHA 11.07
Gambia: Gina BASS 11.16
Cote d’Ivoire: Murielle AHOURE 11.28
Italy: Anna BONGIORNI 11.38
… and she qualifies fastest! Runs through in 10.73, no one anywhere near her, her bright yellow and red hair streaming out behind her.
Heat 2: women’s 100m
Cote d’Ivoire: Marie-Josee TA LOU 10.79 (.784)
Jamaica: Shericka JACKSON 10.79 (.787)
Trinidad & Tobago: Michelle-Lee AHYE 11.00
Germany: Alexandra BURGHARDT 11.07
USA: Javianne OLIVER 11.08
Canada: Crystal EMMANUEL 11.21
China: Manqi GE 11.22
Great Britain: Asha PHILIP 11.30
Athletics: Ta Lou and Jackson is an absolute ding-dong battle at the front! They were way ahead of the pack but were locked in with each other. Jackson was hanging on and hanging on. They end up clocking the same two-digit time – 10.79 – though Ta Lou shades her on the deeper decimals by three thousands of a second. Y’know, sprint things.
Shericka Jackson of Jamaica, GB’s Asha Philip, Cote d’Ivoire’s Marie Josee Ta Lou in this second heat…
Heat 1: women’s 100m
Jamaica: Elaine THOMPSON-HERAH: 10.76
Switzerland: Ajla del PONTE 11.01
Great Britain: Dina ASHER-SMITH 11.05
USA: Jenna PRANDINI 11.11
Canada: Khamica BINGHAM 11.22
Bahamas: Tynia GAITHER 11.31
Germany: Tatjana PINTO Tatjana 11.35
The first two qualify, the others will have to wait and see what comes next.
Athletics: The Jamaican runs 10.76 to come in first. Flies through her first 50, burns off the rest of the field in the second half. Asher-Smith was in second for a lot of the race but got reeled in by del Ponte of Switzerland.
Athletics: We’re about to start the women’s 100 metres semi-finals on the track. Three races, 23 spots after a drug violation ban took out one racer earlier today, coming down to eight for the final.
Football: Meanwhile, Japan and New Zealand are still 0-0 in their match, into the second half. Same score for Brazil and Egypt who just started.
Football: Good Lord! Max Gradel of Cote d’Ivoire scored a deadlock-breaker in the first minute of injury time against Spain. Then Rafa Mir equalised in the 93rd minute! We’re into extra time for this quarter final.
Judo: Israel win the other bronze medal in the mixed teams event over the Secret Russians, 4-1.
First Olympic medal for Fijian women
Rugby sevens: We missed the bronze match earlier, but when Fiji beat Great Britain 21-12 they became the first women from Fiji to take home a chunk of Olympic metal. They also took a knee on the podium while receiving their medals to support Black Lives Matter.
“This team had zero funding and had to use second hand kit and equipment for their training,” a correspondent from Fiji tells me. “They haven’t seen their families for months.They really deserved this.”
Basketball: The gulf opens up in the end, Australia pushing out to 89-76 with 30 seconds to go. There’s a timeout, not sure which team called for it, but the scores don’t change thereafter. Australia top Group C with three wins from three.
“Morning, Geoff!” writes Ladka Lal from somewhere where it must be morning. “Carreno Busta of course was the opponent when Djokovic was disqualified in Flushing Meadows last year. Has a decent record all things considered. Played great.”
Basketball: The Boomers blow their lead out to 11 points, game-high, though Voigtmann whittles it back with a couple of free throws.
Basketball: Time out for Germany at 81-72 down, after Mills charges in, draws three defenders, and feeds through a pass for Kay to make a close-range basket.
Basketball: Goulding misses a three, but takes a rebound at the other end, before being subbed off for Dante Exum. It’s 72-67 to the Boomers. Mills and Ingles trading passes before Mills drains a step-back three. 75-67.
Basketball: Joe Ingles drops a three to start the fourth quarter, taking the Boomers out to a 10-point buffer. Danilo Barthel spins into a layup at the other end for two, and makes a free throw for another. Then starts a counterattack, lays off to Giffey for a three-pointer that cuts the gap to 4. Ingles makes another three from the top of the arc to respond. Back out to 7.
Bronze medal for Ash Barty and John Peers
Tennis: I did wonder how this would work – Djokovic was scheduled to play the mixed doubles bronze match with Nina Stojanovic later today against the Australian pair. Would have been the first time that two World No1 players had faced off since Serena Williams and Lleyton Hewitt in a mixed doubles match in 2003. But after his long singles bout Djokovic has pulled out. No medal chance for his partner, and Barty won’t come home emptyhanded after her surprise early singles loss.
Basketball: Ticking down towards the end of the third quarter and Australia still holds that 4-point lead over Germany. It’s 57-61.
Gold! for New Zealand in the women’s rugby sevens
A penalty for New Zealand near the French try line with seconds to go, and they form a scrum as the clock ticks down. They get the ball out, kick it into touch, and win the match over France 26-12.
Another big prize for New Zealand rugby, and there are tears out there as the teammates embrace one another.
Tries for Michaela Blyde, Gayle Broughton, Stacy Fluhler and Tyla Nathan-Wong, who also kicked a couple of conversions.
Basketball: Half time for Australia, leading Germany 44-40 in the men’s competition. The Aussies started strong with 10 points to nothing before the Germans reeled off 9 in a row. Pretty even at the break. Australia are second in Group B on 4 points, Germany third on 3. This is a pretty relaxed qualification process, with three groups of four playing off, but eight of them going through to quarters.
I cannot tell you why, but teams get two points for a win and one point for a loss. So Italy lead the group with five points (two wins, one loss). Australia would tie the group three ways with a loss here, bringing in points difference and head-to-head to decide the qualification. Much more simple, they can lead the group with a win.
Judo: Germany win the mixed team bronze over Netherlands, 4-2. There’s another bronze up for grabs from the other half of the draw, with Israel and the Home Brand Russians.
Football: Quarter-finals, baby. All level in the second half for Spain and Cote d’Ivoire, 1-1 with Dani Olmo and Eric Bailly the scorers. New Zealand and Japan started half an hour ago and no one has scored.
Carreno Busta is in tears on the court. Djokovic has already left, and the Spanish player is sitting out there alone, head in hands, weeping and weeping, shaking. It’s such a strange and sad and lonely thing: there is no crowd to applaud, no friends in the stands to go and hug. Just one player, alone with what he’s achieved.
Tennis: An ace for Carreno Busta to gain the advantage, then an unforced error on the forehand to go back to deuce. Three match points that Djokovic has saved now, with one in the previous set. He faces a fourth, as Carreno Busta grabs the line serving across court and Djokovic’s video challenge fails. But his point-save doesn’t fail, dragging his opponent very wide in a rally and beating him.
Fifth match point, as CB serves wide and Djokovic drags it back into the net. Saves this match point, with a huge forehand that just catches the sideline near the baseline.
Carreno Busta aces out wide to take the advantage, and get a sixth match point.
Serves into the net. Djokovic gets a look at a second serve. It sits up for him to attack. The rally goes on and on… until the Serb hits into the net.
Pablo Carreno Busta wins bronze! What a final game.
Tennis: Carreno Busta serves big, very wide, and Djokovic can only get a sliver of racquet on it. Gets a look at a second serve for the following point, and sets up an extended rally, then Djokovic produces a perfect drop shot, making the Spaniard scramble to get it over, at which point Djokovic lobs him and lands it right on the baseline to make the game 15-15.
Another long rally, and again Djokovic sets it up, runs Carreno Busta around the baseline, then comes to the net and puts away a smash.
Carreno Busta goes big down the middle, too big to return. 30-30.
Unforced error in the next long rally as Djokovic goes wide with his forehand. 40-30 for CB on serve.
Djokovic saves it! Huge forehand down the line to beat his opponent. 40-40.
Tennis: Djokovic wins a service game to love, but still trails 5-3 in the third set. Carreno Busta will serve for a medal.
Judo: Theresa Stoll gets a golden-score win over Sanne Verhagen, taking the Germans ahead 3-2 with one bout to go, the 73kg blokes.
Judo: It’s also amazing how much judo looks like really unskilled drunk fighting sometimes. “Come here, you. I said… cmere. I’ll grab your jacket. I grab you jacket. Stop moving. Stop moving! We goin on the floor.”
Judo: I love the bit where the referee does the a-ram-sam-sam arm movement. Not sure what it means but points for style.
Tennis: Busta move! Carreno Busta has opened up a break on Djokovic, he’s leading 4-1 now in the third set.
Judo: Mixed teams judo, what a thing. Six different judoka, three men and three women. Big judo teams from Netherlands and Germany, who knew? A giant bald man named Henk Grol, this is fantastic. The only disappointment is that all 12 fighters don’t just pile into the arena at the same time. Instead they fight one on one.
This bronze medal bout is tied at 2-2 with two fights left.
Rugby sevens: Australia lead the USA 10-0 in the second period of their women’s match for fifth and sixth spots, but with a couple of minutes left Naya Tapper produces a brilliant run down the sideline, breaks two tackles, and produces a one-handed offload for Kriste Kirshe to score. They convert, close it to 7-10, and have a chance at a win. Demi Hayes eventually shuts the door on that with a try for Australia. They win 17-7.
Beach volleyball: One of my favourite things about this wondrous sport: the playoff process where third-placed teams in the group can qualify for the final 16 is called Lucky Loser. It sounds like a David Spade movie.
Miki Ishii and Megumi Murakami are the home team taking on Spaniards Liliana Fernandez Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillan.
Gold! Switzerland in the women’s 50m rifle
Shooting: Nina Christen takes out the prize at the range, with an Olympic record of 463.9. The Russians Yulia Zykova and Yulia Karimova take silver and bronze. Seonaid McIntosh for Great Britain finished 14th.
Tennis: Novak Djokovic has won the second-set tiebreak 7-6 against Pablo Carrena Busta, and now we’ll go into the format that they use at the Olympics, where third sets are 10-point tiebreakers. Bronze medal on the line. No, scrap that, it’s a proper third set for the medal match.