LIVE Tokyo Day 8: McKeown wins 200m backstroke gold, Browning wins 100m heat

It is all happening at the 2020 Tokyo Games; the action in the pool is still red hot, while the world's best track and field athletes are now also strutting their stuff.

In addition, the Hockeyroos are in action -- as are the Boomers later tonight -- while there are Aussies to watch in the shooting, diving, sailing, and so much more!

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Browning wins 100m heat in Tokyo

Sprint star Rohan Browning has won his opening-round 100m heat at the Tokyo Olympics in spectacular style and moved to second spot on the Australian all-time list.

Browning left the likes of 2011 world champion Yohan Blake from Jamaica in his wake as he stopped the clock at 10.01 seconds.

The only Australian to have clocked a faster legal time was Patrick Johnson, who ran 9.93 back in 2003.

Johnson was the equal fifth fastest qualifier for Sunday's semis, with Canadian Andre de Grasse topping the timesheets with 9.91.

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Unbeaten Boomers claim win over Germany

Australia will head into the Tokyo Olympics men's basketball finals as unbeaten group winners after making it a perfect three from three with a gritty 89-76 win over Germany.

Patty Mills was the star of the show with 24 points for the Boomers, while Nick Kay was tremendous after being elevated to the starting five to replace the injured Aron Baynes with 16 points and four rebounds.

Read ESPN's Olgun Uluc's key takeaways from the match

Denny fourth in Olympic discus final

Big Australian Matthew Denny has smashed his personal best, only to come up a agonising 5cm short of a medal in the men's discus at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 25-year-old Queenslander produced a remarkably consistent series of throws in Saturday night's final.

His first five efforts were all between 65.00m and 66.06m.

Denny was still able to save his best for last, throwing a PB of 67.02m in the final round to move up to fourth spot.

His previous biggest throw was 66.15m set last month in Queensland.

It was far and away the best ever performance by an Australian male discus thrower at Olympic level and improved on his sixth-placed effort at the 2019 world championships in Doha.

Swedish powerhouse Daniel Stahl justified his pre-event favouritsm to claim the Olympic gold medal with 68.90m.

The minor medals went to fellow Swede Simon Pettersson (67.39m) and Austrian Lukas Weisshaidinger (67.07m).

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Aussie Garside into boxing quarters

Gold Coast plumber Harry Garside has danced into the Tokyo quarter-finals of the men's lightweight division with a unanimous decision win against Namibian Jonas Jonas.

The 24-year-old, who incorporates ballet in his training, won all three rounds in a dominant performance in the 57-63kg class.

Garside opened strongly, landing a big right hand to the head that unsettled Jonas, the No.2 seed, and impressed all five judges.

Two judges gave Jonas the second round as the African champion, who had a first round bye, started to find his range.

But the quick-footed Australian finished strongly with the judges again giving him the round.

Three judges scored it a 30-27 victory, while the other two had the fight 29-28.

He will next face Kazakhstan's Zakir Safiullin on Tuesday, with a win guaranteeing him an Olympic medal, with both boxers losing semi-finals winning bronze.

Garside is the last Australian boxer remaining in the Games competition.

Bronze medal for Barty and Peers

Ash Barty and John Peers have won Australia an Olympic bronze medal in tennis after Novak Djokovic withdrew from their scheduled mixed doubles playoff match citing a shoulder injury.

Djokovic's no-show, following his sapping two-hour, 47-minute singles bronze medal playoff loss to Pablo Carreno Busta earlier on Saturday, denied fans a rare showdown between tennis' two world No.1s.

But it secured Australia's first Olympic tennis medal since Barty's Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik claimed bronze in the singles in Athens 17 years ago.

Sharks out of water polo finals hunt

A precise Spain put a tentative Australia to the sword and out of the running for the men's water polo finals with a 16-5 blowout at the Tokyo Olympics.

The Sharks were totally outclassed by unbeaten group leaders Spain, Australia's inability to put the ball in the net from open play leaving them a long way off the pace.

It left Australia, with just one win from their first four games, needing to beat winless Kazakhstan in Monday's final preliminary game and have Croatia lose their final two pool matches.

But Australia's hopes were dashed just hours after their loss to Spain, Croatia beating Serbia 14-12 to confirm their last-eight berth at the expense of the Sharks.

"We played a beautiful and strong game against Serbia," Croatia coach Ivica Tucak said.

"The win means we have qualified for the quarter-finals and this was the first objective for us."

The Aussies were a long way short of the performance that saw them upset Croatia on Tuesday - the Croats' only loss to date - and have now conceded 30 goals in losses since to Serbia and Spain.

While they were effective in taking advantage of power plays, converting on four of six opportunities with an extra player, it was from general play where they really struggled, scoring just once from 17 attempts.

Having opened up and 8-3 lead by halftime, Spain extended their advantage courtesy of two penalties early in the third term to end any hope of an Australia comeback.

It was then time for the Spaniards to put on a show, Alberto Munarriz Egana lobbing Australian keeper Anthony Hrysanthos with a superb shot from seven metres out before Martin Famera went with power from the same range to make it 13-5.

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Aussie Sevens get USA revenge

Australia's women have got sweet revenge on the United States, dominating their fifth-sixth place Olympic rugby sevens playoff to earn a 17-7 victory.

While it wasn't the Olympic title defence they were dreaming of after their Rio gold medal, the Australians finished the tournament on a high.

The Americans put a large dent in Australia's campaign in the pool game when they came from behind to book a 14-12 win and top the group.

That put Australia on a quarter-final collision course with Fiji with their medal hopes ending by the same scoreline.

But the green and gold had the last laugh in Tokyo, and it was some youngsters who got on the scoreboard, ensuring a bright future.

Faith Nathan, 21, crossed for the opening try in the corner after a well-worked play from a scrum, while Nathan also set up 20-year-old Madison Ashby's try for Australia to take a 10-0 lead into halftime.

The United States turned up the pressure in the second half when Naya Tapper shrugged off two tackles to make a charge down the sideline before passing back inside for Kristi Kirshe to score.

Demi Hayes, 23, then chimed in with a try to secure the winning margin.

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Aust diver Qin into 3m springboard decider

Esther Qin will fly the Australian flag in the final of the women's 3m springboard but Tokyo teammate Anabelle Smith narrowly missed the 12-diver field.

China's Shi Tingmao will start Sunday's final as runaway favourite, with an overall tally of 371.45 from her five dives - 24.6 points clear of her teammate Wang Han.

Two-time Olympian Qin, who finished sixth in Rio five years ago, qualified in eighth spot after opening with a sparkling inward dive that saw the 29-year-old in second place after round one.

She fell to 11th after the second round but continued to climb back up the leaderboard with her final three dives to score a combined 309.15

Smith was sitting ninth after the third round but dropped below the cut on her fourth dive and was unable to claw her way back.

Aussie golfer Smith in Olympic medal mix

Cameron Smith is back in the medal mix after the cream rose to the top during the third round of the men's Olympic golf championship in Tokyo.

Unflappable as ever, Smith rebounded brilliantly from his disastrous finish to round two to carve out a bogey-free five-under-par 66 on Saturday to climb to the cusp of the top 10 at the Kasumigaseki Country Club.

At nine under and safely in the clubhouse, the Australian No.1 was only four behind American leader Xander Schauffele, who still had four holes to play in his penultimate round.

Mexican Carlos Ortiz, Japan's big home hope in 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, and English star Paul Casey were sharing second spot, one back of Schauffele, leaving Smith, critically, only three shots out of a medal position.

After taking a double bogey on the last hole on Friday, when his ball cruelly ricocheted sideways off a grandstand and into the water, Smith put the calamity to the back of his mind to make his big move on so-called "moving day".

He began his run with a hat-trick of birdies from the fifth to seventh holes, dropped a bomb from the fringe of the green for another on 11, then picked up one more shot on 13.

Smith also made a series of scrambling par saves to keep the momentum going as several of golf's superstars surged up the leaderboard.

As well as Schauffele, widely considered the best player yet to win a major, Matsuyama and Casey (66), former world No.1 Rory McIlroy, fellow Irish former Open champion Shane Lowry and British ace Tommy Fleetwood also charged into gold-medal contention.

Fleetwood's round of the day, a sizzling 64, vaulted him to 10 under and in a share of sixth with McIlroy and Lowry, who each still had two holes to complete.

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Aussies fifth, miss out on trap team medal

Reigning world champions Laetisha Scanlan and James Willett have lamented their lack of international tune-ups for Tokyo after both Australian teams missed out on a mixed trap Olympic medal by a tiny margin.

Scanlan and Willett, who won the corresponding event at the 2019 world championships, missed a combined five of 150 targets to finish equal fifth on Saturday.

Penny Smith and Tom Grice, who claimed bronze in 2019 after becoming the inaugural mixed world champions in 2017, also posted a combined score of 145/150 at the Asaka Range.

One more broken target from Scanlan, Willett, Smith or Grice would have forced a shootout, putting Australia in the mix for their first shooting medal of these Games.

But closing rounds of 49 lifted both United States and Slovakia to a final score of 146, meaning they advanced from the qualifying phase to a bronze-medal decider that the Americans won.

Hockeyroos extend winning run at Olympics

The Hockeyroos have marched into the knockout phase of the Tokyo Olympics, beating Argentina 2-0 to make it five wins from five pool games.

Australia, who emerged from a scathing external review with a new coach in Katrina Powell just four months ago, had already equalled their best start to a Games with Thursday's victory over New Zealand.

Powell's side were all but assured of top spot in Pool B at the outset of Saturday's clash, needing only to avoid a rout of near-impossible proportions.

They failed to score in the opening three quarters against Argentina then secured the win to sign off from the group stage in confidence-boosting fashion.

Martin dominates BMX freestyle seedings

Australian two-time world champion Logan Martin has confirmed he is the rider to beat in men's BMX freestyle.

Martin was the only rider to score more than 90 points in Saturday's two seeding rounds at the Ariake Sports Park as freestyle made its Olympic debut.

The 27-year-old dominated, scoring 91.90 and 90.04 to lead with an average of 90.97.

Clarke leaps into trampoline final, finishes eighth

Belarusian Ivan Litvinovich has edged Chinese veteran Dong Dong to win gold in the men's trampoline in Tokyo while Australia's Dominic Clarke had an unhappy Olympic final.

Making his Olympic debut Clarke had the fourth-best score in qualification but bounced out mid-routine in the final to fall to the bottom of the field.

Young Kiwi Dylan Schmidt won a surprise bronze medal.

Earlier, Clarke smashed his qualification and delivered two impressive routines to qualify for the eight-man field.

The 24-year-old scored 52.130 in his first outing but then cracked a wide smile after he nailed a 59.550 in his second routine for a combined tally of 111.680.

Marschall into Olympic pole vault final

Australian Kurtis Marschall has come out of an enforced spell in isolation to book a spot in the Olympic men's pole vault final.

Marschall, fellow Australian vaulter Nina Kennedy and coach Paul Burgess were inadvertently caught up in a coronavirus alert two days ago, having made casual contact with American Sam Kendricks, who later tested positive to COVID-19.

Although the Australian trio all tested negative to COVID-19, they were required to isolate away from the other members of the Australian team.

Marschall, the reigning Commonwealth Games champion, only got over 5.65m at his third and final attempt in Saturday's qualifying round before an impressive first-time clearance at 5.75m booked him a spot in Tuesday's final.

Aussies win bronze in mixed medley relay

Australia have won the bronze medal in the first Olympic edition of the mixed medley relay, finishing behind Great Britain and China.

Kaylee McKeown (backstroke), Zac Stubblety-Cook (breaststroke), Matthew Temple (butterfly) and Emma McKeon (freestyle) swam a 3:38.95, while the victorious Brits posted a World Record 3:37.58.

The highly fancied United States finished the race in fourth place.

Liz Clay through to 100m hurdles semifinal

Sprinter Liz Clay has posted a second-placed 12.87 in her 100m hurdles heat to progress to the semifinals of the event.

Check out Lucie Bertoldo's yarn on Liz here.

Titmus wins silver, becomes second-fastest swimmer over 800m

Australia's Ariarne Titmus has won the silver medal in the women's 800-metres freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics.

Titmus' second place in Saturday's final won by American Katie Ledecky gives the Australian a fourth medal of the Games.

It follows her wins in the 200m and 400m freestyles and a bronze in the 4x200m freestyle relay.

The Australian could also add another in the 4x100 medley relay final on Sunday.

In the 800m freestyle final, Titmus and the rest of the field were unable to counter Ledecky, who won the event for a third consecutive Olympics to claim a seventh career gold medal.

The American won in eight minutes 12.57 seconds from Titmus (8:13.83) and Italian Simona Quadarella (8:18.35).

Australia's Kiah Melverton (8:22.25) finished sixth.


McKeown wins gold, Seebohm bronze in 200m backstroke

Australia's Kaylee McKeown has won the women's 200-metres backstroke to collect her second gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics.

McKeown's victory in Saturday's final, where compatriot Emily Seebohm won bronze, follows her 100m backstroke win.

The 20-year-old's triumph gives Australia a 10th gold medal of the Tokyo Games.


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Temple finishes fifth in 100m butterfly

Aussie butterflyer Matthew Temple finished in a dead-heat for fifth spot in the 100m fly, posting a 50.92. The race was won by American Caeleb Dressel in a World Record time of 49.45.

Bol breaks Australian 800m record, into semis

Middle-distance runner Peter Bol has smashed the Australian record in the opening heat of the men's 800m at the Tokyo Olympics.

Bol, took the lead with 250 metres and held his form all the way to the line on Saturday, crossing second behind Kenya's Ferguson Rotich in one minute 44.13 seconds.

The previous national mark of 1:44.21 was set by Bol's close friend and training partner Joseph Deng three years ago in Monaco.

The Sudanese-born Bol left it late before booking his spot on the Australian Games team at a meet in Queensland in June.

"I've been chasing times and I've been chasing this top two - that's what you need at an Olympics," said the 27-year-old, who was eliminated in the heats on his Olympic debut in Rio five years ago.

"It's not about times today, it's more about the positions.

"Credit to my boy Joseph Deng for holding that record."

Bol will be aiming for a similar showing in Sunday evening's 800m semi-finals.

"Same thing," he told the Seven Network.

"Race strong, race hard, top two.

"Try and get into the final and then anything can happen."

Bol was the second fastest overall qualifier behind Rotich.

Fellow Australians Jeff Riseley and Cahrlie Hunter also booked their spots in the 800m semis.

Competing in his fourth Olympics, Riseley was fourth in his semi in 1:45.41 while Games debutant Hunter clocked 1:45.91.

Australian Sarah Carli was eliminated in the women's 400m hurdles after finishing fifth in her heat in 56.93.


Fox inspired by Anna Meares

Jessica Fox says she looked to Australia's former Olympic cycling champion Anna Meares to help vanquish self doubt before her triumphant gold medal canoe run.

The pair have crossed paths over the years and stayed in touch on social media, and Fox said she drew on Meares' experience from the London Olympics to help steady her mind between races.

In 2012 reigning world champion Meares screwed up the final of the Keirin, finishing fifth, with arch-rival Brit Victoria Pendleton taking gold.

But Meares regrouped to beat Pendleton in the Sprint final, winning her second Olympic gold.

"I love learning from other people's experiences - I love leaning on other Olympic champions and hearing about how they've dealt with things," Fox said.

"I actually thought about Anna Meares and her London experience where it didn't go to plan on the first day and her coach Gary West sat her down and said, 'Well what do you want to do Mearsey?' and she came back and won that gold medal and I did think about that."


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Aussie medal chances in action all over Tokyo

How good have Lachlan McKirdy's tweets been this Olympics?

As you can see, there are a bunch of Australians in medal contention today, not least of all the golden girls in the pool. Ariarne TItmus (and Kiah Melverton) gets another crack at Katie Ledecky in the 800m freestyle final, while Kaylee McKeown and Emily Seebohm are in the 200m backstroke final.

Elsewhere, the golf pairing of Marc Leishman and Cam Smith continue their tournament, while Rohan Browning lines up in the 100m sprint heats - the first Aussie to do so since Athens 2004!

Check out the full suite of action below!