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Live updates: Tokyo Olympics day 1 headlined by rowing, swimming and men's road race

It's the first official day of the Tokyo Olympic Games. Follow all the action from the pool, the road and the pitch in our live blog.

It's the first official day of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Follow all the action from the pool, the road and the pitch in our live blog.

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6m ago6 minutes ago

By Michael Doyle

CYCLING: Five left in the break-away after the opening peak. 136km to go.

We have lost a few from the break-away. The pelaton is less than 17 minutes behind. 

  • Nicholan Dlamini — South Africa
  • Michael Kukrle — Czech Republic
  • Juraj Sagan — Slovakia 
  • Polychronis Tzortzakis — Greece
  • Orluls Alberto Aular Sanabria — Venezuela
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9m ago9 minutes ago

By Michael Doyle

Which sport are our awesome bloggers looking forward covering most?

-Grey eggs n ham

I love endurance sports. 

Grant Hackett was a childhood hero of mine, so I love the 1500m freestyle. 

As a cycling fan I am really enjoying the road race right now. 

Now everyone has one sport they LOVE at the Olympics. Mine is weightlifting, 

I know nothing about the athletes and I personally struggle lifting a medium-size chair. But I LOVE the weightlifting. 

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16m ago16 minutes ago

By Jacqueline Howard

Which sport are our awesome bloggers looking forward covering most?

-Grey eggs n ham

I'm most keen for the diving and trampolining (there's just something about flipping around in the air), as well as the classic favourites swimming and athletics. And of course, I'll be glued to the screen for every soccer match.

What about you, Mick?

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17m ago17 minutes ago

By Jacqueline Howard

TENNIS: Australia's Sam Stosur has lost to Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina 6-4 6-2
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26m ago26 minutes ago

By Michael Doyle

How do you score in Judo?
Could you please explain the scoring system for Judo?

-New to martial arts

Glad you asked.

So there are three ways to score:

Ippon = 100 points (Automatic win)

Waza-ari = 10 points

Yuko = 1

An Ippon can be achieved four different ways.

  • It is a full throw when the opponent land on their back
  • The oppenent is held down for 20 seconds
  • The opponent submits due to a choke hold
  • The opponent submits to an armlock

A Waza-ari is half of an Ippon. It does not fit the full criteria and they oppenent was held for more than 15 seconds but less than 20 seconds. Two of these will win you the match.

A Yuko is a throw which is less than the previous two.

So this is how you win:

  • Scoring an ippon (the four ways to end a match by ippon are described in the next section)
  • Scoring two waza-aris
  • Opponent receives a hansoku-make penalty for a serious rule violation
  • Opponent receives three shido penalties for minor rule violations
  • Opponent withdraws due to injury
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32m ago32 minutes ago

By Michael Doyle

CYCLING: Great Britain rider Geraint Thomas goes down. 155km to go

The 2018 Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas has gone down on the first climb.

He is off the back of the peloton with teammate Tao Geoghegan Hart coming back to help. 

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37m ago37 minutes ago

By Jacqueline Howard

Rowing Day 1 results
Twitter: Rowing Australia

    

  • 1st place: Women's Pair through to Semi Final
  • 1st place: Women's Four through to A Final
  • 1st place: Men's Pair through to Semi Final
  • 1st place: Men's Pair through to A Final
  • 4th place: Men's Eight through to Rep
  • 3rd place: Women's Eight through to Rep
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43m ago43 minutes ago

By Jacqueline Howard

More on cyclists holding on to the support cars from the experts at home:
Holding onto the team car isn't allowed however it's tolerated for minor instances where it has no impact on the race. There have been a number of riders DQ'd for holding on to the team car to catch back up after an accident, getting dropped etc. It's all judged in the context of the race.

-Tim

The cyclists are not meant to hold on to the cars. The usual "trick" is to get a water bottle from the car, but hold on to that for a couple of seconds while they get a push from the car. Do it for too long and the officials will crack down on you, potentially leading to being kicked out of the race.

-Cycling fan

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48m ago48 minutes ago

By Jacqueline Howard

TENNIS: Sam Stosur loses the first set 6-4
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51m ago51 minutes ago

By Michael Doyle

CYCLING: Break-away drops to seven as they appraoch the first of five climbs. 163km to go
Update on that break away group in the road cycling?

-Steve

The seven-man break-away has a 20 minute lead on the peloton. 

Elchin Asadov (Azerbaijan) has dropped off the front group and is close to four minutes behind. 

Tristan de Lance of Namibia has broken from the peloton and is chasing the break-away.

Break-away: 

  • Nicholan Dlamini — South Africa
  • Michael Kukrle — Czech Republic
  • Juraj Sagan — Slovakia
  • Eduard-Michael Grosu — Romania
  • Polychronis Tzortzakis — Greece
  • Orluls Alberto Aular Sanabria — Venezuela
  • Paul Daumont — Burkina Faso
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55m ago55 minutes ago

By Jacqueline Howard

BADMINTON: Australia loses to Indonesia 

This was a tight one - Australia took out the first game 22-20, but Indonesia snagged the next two wins 21-17 and 21-13

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57m ago57 minutes ago

By Jacqueline Howard

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57m ago57 minutes ago

By Michael Doyle

Who gets the bronze medal in the tennis?
How do they decide who gets bronze in tennis? Do the loosers of the semis play each other?

-Confused

You have it right blog friend.

The semi-final losers play each other for the bronze medal.

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1h ago1 hours ago

By Jacqueline Howard

BADMINTON: Clash between Australia and Indonesia gets the VAR involved

We're in the third game of the match between Australia and Indonesia, and with one game each, tensions are high.

A shot from the Australians seemed to go wide and was left to hit the ground by Indonesia. The Australians challenged and took it to the video ref, who found that a millimetre of shuttlecock made contact with the line and was therefore ruled in. 

Tense scenes!

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1h ago1 hours ago

By Jacqueline Howard

TENNIS: Australia's John Millman wins 6-3 6-4

Millman has taken out the second set 6-4 and is victorious over Italy's Musetti. 

Millman is on to the next round.

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1h ago1 hours ago

By Michael Doyle

A question on cycling
What are the rules around riders holding onto support cars? I saw a rider hitching a ride while chatting to the driver. I'm not overly familiar with road racing but this seems a bit cheeky!

-Riding Rookie

Hello blog friend. 

Welcome to the wonderful world of grey-areas.

Anyone who is with a team car is at the back, so it will never affect the finish of a race.

As long as you don't take the mickey and just use it as a little helping hand, it's fine. 

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1h ago1 hours ago

By Jacqueline Howard

What's the deal with cyclists hitching a ride on the support cars?
am watching the bike road race and many riders are hanging onto car doors after they get a drink,is this allowed at an olympics,some are getting a free ride by holding onto car doors.

-bike road race

What are the rules around riders holding onto support cars? I saw a rider hitching a ride while chatting to the driver. I'm not overly familiar with road racing but this seems a bit cheeky!

-Riding Rookie

We actually have no idea! Bloggersphere, is anyone an expert that can weigh in?

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1h ago1 hours ago

By Michael Doyle

ROWING: Australia will have to go through repechage in the women's eight

Tough heat for our rowers by they will have another chance to make the final. 

They finished third, out of three, in heat 2.

Congratulations to our Kiwi cousins who won heat 1 in a great race.

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1h ago1 hours ago

By Jacqueline Howard

Is Olympia Aldersey in the Aussie women’s eight the best name yet for an Olympian in Tokyo?

-Go the rowing

That is a top shelf example of nominal determination right there.

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1h ago1 hours ago

By Michael Doyle

CYCLING: Eight riders in a break-away group. 185km to go

We have completed 49km of the 234 km men's road race so far. 

There are eight riders in a break-away group:

  • Nicholan Dlamini — South Africa
  • Michael KukRle — Czech Republic
  • Juraj Sagan — Slovakia
  • Eduard-Michael Grosu — Romania
  • Polychronis Tzortzakis — Greece
  • Orluls Alberto Aular Sanabria — Venezuela
  • Paul Daumont — Burkina Faso
  • Elchin Asadov — Azerbaijan

They lead the peloton by more than 12 mnutes.

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