Your daily guide to the Games: Swimming finals, Opals and Matildas headline Tuesday action

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Australia’s medal pursuit in the pool continues on day 4, and we will also get our first chance to see the Opals in action.

Jessica Fox is certainly one to watch in the canoeing and the Matildas will be trying to get their tournament back on track.

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, July 27.

Swimming: Finals for McKeown and Larkin

Kyle Chalmers will be back in the pool for the 100m freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics.(

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There is another bunch of medals on offer on day 4 of the swimming program in Tokyo.

World record holder Kaylee McKeown, who set an Olympic record in the heats before American Regan Smith bettered that, is chasing her first Games medal in the 100m backstroke final at 11:51am AEST.

She qualified third fastest and will be joined by fellow Australian Emily Seebohm, who will go from lane 7.

Mitch Larkin, a bronze medallist in the 4x100m medley at Rio, is also after his first individual medal and will get his opportunity in the 100m backstroke final at 11:59am AEST.

The finals of the women’s 100m breaststroke and men’s 200m freestyle will also be held on Tuesday but won’t feature any Australians.

Kyle Chalmers, coming off his blistering swim in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay, hits the pool for his 100m freestyle heat at 8:18pm AEST, with Cameron McEvoy in the following heat.

The evening action will see Brianna Throssell in the women’s 200m butterfly, Izaac Stubblety-Cook and Matthew Wilson in the 200m breaststroke, and Jack McLoughlin in the 800m freestyle.

Australia’s 4x200m men’s freestyle team is also in the line-up.

Basketball: Opals vs Belgium

An Australian Opals basketballer holds the ball in both hands against China.
Ezi Magbegor was a standout in the Opals warm-up match against the USA.(

AAP: Lukas Coch


The highly fancied Opals will get their Tokyo campaign underway against Belgium at 6:20pm AEST.

The three-time silver medallists, who are without star Liz Cambage, are coming off an impressive win against the US in a warm-up match, but it won’t be easy against the sixth-ranked Belgians.

Rising star Ezi Magbegor, a 193cm centre who plays in both the WNBL and WNBA, will be one to watch out for.

We will also get our first look at medal hopefuls the USA and France.

Canoe slalom: Jessica Fox in final

Jessica Fox of Australia competes on day six.
Jessica Fox won a bronze medal in Rio de Janeiro.(

Reuters: Ivan Alvarado


Jessica Fox is one of Australia’s best medal chances at this Games and has already proven her form in the preliminary rounds.

She was fastest in the second run of the heats on Sunday, which means she’ll take off last in Tuesday’s semi-final.

The semi-final starts at 3:00pm AEST, with Fox due to take on the white-water rapids just after 4:00pm.

The top 10 will go into the final which begins at 5:15pm.

Fox already has Olympic silver and bronze medals and is now hoping to complete the set.

Triathlon: Women’s gold medal

Let’s hope for a better start to the women’s race than the debacle that was the men’s on Monday

Australians Emma Jeffcoat and Jaz Hedgeland will be making their Olympic debuts, while Ashleigh Gentle is at her second Games.

The event gets going at 7:30am AEST and includes a 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run.

Surfing: Fitzgibbons and Owens in quarter-finals

A woman wearing a red top rides a surfboard in the ocean
Sally Fitzgibbons will be in action at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday.(

Getty Images: Ryan Pierse


Seven-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore might be out, but Sally Fitzgibbons will continue her quest for gold on Tuesday.

She will take on Japan’s Amuro Tsuzuki in the fourth heat of the women’s quarter-finals at 12:12pm AEST.

New South Welshman Owen Wright, who produced the best men’s score on Monday, is also through to the quarterfinals, where he faces Peru’s Lucca Mesinas at 9:48am AEST.

Football: Matildas vs USA

Australia will be looking to get their medal bid back on track when they take on the USA in their final group match at 6:00pm AEST

The Matildas began the tournament with a 2-1 win over New Zealand but were beaten 4-2 by Sweden on the weekend.

The top two teams in each of the three groups, plus the two best third-placed teams, will progress to the quarter-finals, which begin on Friday.

Softball: Medal matches

Australia hasn’t had a great campaign in Tokyo, with just one win from four matches so far.

But if “Aussie Spirit“, as they’re known, win their final opening-round match tonight against Mexico they will go into the bronze medal match against Canada.

That will be at the Yokohama Baseball Stadium at 2:00pm AEST.

Hockey: Australia vs Argentina

Tim Brand and Tim Ogilvie high five.
The Kookaburras are undefeated so far in Tokyo.(

Getty: Alexander Hassenstein


The Kookaburras have made a promising start in Tokyo with two wins from two matches, and they now face the second-placed team in their pool, Argentina.

The match starts at 10:30am AEST.

The top two teams in pool B, Belgium and Great Britain, will also be in action later in the day.

What else is happening?

The women’s cross-country mountain bike race begins at 4:00pm AEST at the Izu mountain bike course.

Canberra’s Rebecca McConnell will be among the 38 starters.

Australia will play New Zealand in their final pool match of the rugby sevens at 11:30am AEST before the quarter-finals begin in the evening. 

The “Aussie Sharks” men’s water polo team play their second match against Croatia at 8:50pm AEST.

Jian Fang Lay takes a shot.
Jian Fang Lay is having a great run at the Tokyo Olympics.(

Reuters: Luisa Gonzalez


Jian Fang Lay, who is “one of the best reasons to love the Tokyo Olympics”, is into the third round of the women’s table tennis and will take on German Ying Han.

Australians will also be in action in the sailing, as well as judo, shooting, taekwondo and weightlifting, where medals are on offer.

The other events with medals up for grabs but without Australians are diving, equestrian, fencing and gymnastics

Tokyo drifting

By Cody Atkinson and Sean Lawson

So far in Tokyo, every single medal won by Australia has come in the pool, with medals in sailing, rowing and canoeing expected to follow.

It’s fitting that a sporting event that has the word “summer” in the title is so focused on the water. Since the first modern Olympics in 1896, events taking place on, in or over the water have been a focal point.

While swimming was in those first Olympics in Athens, the Olympic pool only made its first appearance in the London Olympics in 1908. For those games, the pool was built in the middle of the athletics track. The pool was 100m long and was dismantled shortly after the Olympics finished.

A black and white photo of water polo
London 1908 was the first time a pool was used for aquatic events at the Games.(

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The site of that first Olympic pool is now the home of the BBC in London.

Over time, more events involving water have entered the sporting program. The Tokyo Olympics will feature 104 events in 14 sports at least partially based on water — nearly a third of the total 339 events.

From the Pacific Ocean, the biggest body of water hosting an event at the Olympics, to the steeplechase pool, performances over, on or in water will make the difference for many.

The alternative medal tally

Countries with lots of water no doubt have an advantage when it comes to aquatic recreation like swimming and boat craft, so what would an aquatic Olympics medal tally look like if this were factored in and the water-based events were handicapped by how much coastline countries had?

It turns out that losing access to a coastline after World War 1 did not put a stop to Austria and Hungary’s prowess in water-based recreation, with the two landlocked countries winning huge hauls of medals in the pool and on boats. 

Australia, with near-endless stretches of coastline, sit fourth all-time for “wet” medals, behind their traditional rivals in the pool, the US, in first.

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