Tokyo Olympics LIVE: Matildas’ heartbreaking loss; Kookaburras, Boomers shoot for medal rounds

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Let the Matildas autopsy begin

We’re going to be spending a fair portion of this morning reviewing last night’s Matildas result and digesting what it means.

It was a pretty brutal way for them to go out, but my take is they have easily surpassed expectations – if you’d have told any Aussie fan before the tournament that they’d make the final four, they’d have bitten your hand off – and they are reasonably well set up under new coach Tony Gustavsson for further improvement on the road to the 2023 Women’s World Cup, which will be played on home soil (and New Zealand, which I guess is home-ish soil).

It was a tough one to take for the Matildas last night.Credit:Getty

What did you think? Jump into the comments section and make your feelings known. Have any players really impressed you in Tokyo? What part of the team needs work?

It’s not long until the Matildas are back in another major tournament – the next Women’s Asian Cup is due to begin on January 20 in India. Somehow I feel like that’s long odds to actually happen, due to COVID.

COVID update

The Olympics has successfully distracted us from the fact there’s a pandemic raging right now. Tokyo recorded another 3058 cases of COVID-19 yesterday, more than half of which are unlinked.

The Games bubble added another 17 cases, taking the total to 276 infections for athletes, officials and media involved in the event.

Japan’s COVID-19 infections are climbing despite a state of emergency. Credit:Getty Images

Japan is now on track to reach 15,000 coronavirus cases per day by the end of the Olympics as health officials warn the situation is dire and the county’s top medical union says the Games could lead to further deaths, Eryk Bagshaw writes here.

The Aussies to watch today

Here are all of the Australians in action today:

Athletics: Men’s 1500m Round 1 – Stewart McSweyn, Jye Edwards, Oliver Hoare (10.05am); Women’s Javelin Throw Qualifying Round – Kelsey-Lee Barber, Kathryn Mitchell, Mackenzie Little (10.20am); Women’s 400m Round 1 – Bendere Oboya (10.53am); Women’s Long Jump Final – Brooke Stratton (11.50am); Men’s 110m Hurdles Round 1 – Nick Hough (8.26pm); Men’s Pole Vault Final – Kurtis Marschall (8.20pm); Men’s 5000m Round 1 – David McNeill, Morgan McDonald, Patrick Tiernan 8.56pm).

Aussie long-jumper Brooke Stratton has a shot at a medal today.Credit:Getty

Canoe sprint: Men’s Kayak Single 1000m semi-final – Tom Green, Jean van der Westhuyzen (11am). Final to follow. Women’s Kayak Double 500m semi-final – Alyce Wood and Alyssa Bull, Jo Bridgen-Jones and Jaime Roberts (11.23am). Final to follow

Weightlifting: Men’s 109 kg – Matthew Lydement (1450 AEST)

Cycling – track: Women’s Team Pursuit first round and finals (Ashlee Ankudinoff, Georgia Baker, Annette Edmonson, Alexandra Manly, Maeve Plouffe) (4.30pm); Men’s Team Pursuit first round (Leigh Howard, Kelland O’Brien, Luke Plapp, Alexander Porter, Sam Welsford) (5.22pm); Men’s Team Sprint qualifying and finals (Matthew Richardson, Nathan Hart, Matthew Glaetzer) (4.58pm)

Australian track cyclist Matthew Glaetzer’s Olympic campaign begins today.Credit:John Veage

Sailing: 470 Men: Race 9-10 – Matthew Belcher, Will Ryan (1.05pm); 470 Women: Race 9-10 – Monique de Vries, Nia Jerwood (1.15pm); Finn Men Medal race – Jake Lilley (3.30pm); Foiling Nacra 17 Mixed Medal Race – Jason Waterhouse, Lisa Darmanin (4.30pm)

Sport climbing: Men’s Qualification Speed, Bouldering, Lead – Tom O’Halloran (6pm

Boxing: Men’s Light quarterfinal – Harry Garside v Zakir Safiullin (Kaz) (7.35pm)

Gymnastics: Men’s Horizontal Bar – Tyson Bull (7.39pm)

Tim Howard and the Kookaburras are in the semi-finals.Credit:Getty

Hockey: Men’s Semi-finals – Australia v Germany (8pm)

Water polo: Women’s Quarter-finals – Australia v ROC (8.50pm)

Artistic swimming: Duet Technical Routine – Emily Rogers, Amie Thompson (8.30pm)

Basketball: Men’s Quarter-finals – Australia v Argentina (10pm)

Beach volleyball: Women’s Quarter-finals – Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy v Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes (Can) (11pm)

Good morning

Hello everyone, good morning and welcome back to our live coverage of the Tokyo Olympics. It’s day 11. I’m Vince Rugari, thanks for being here – I’m steering the ship until just after lunch. My colleague Michael Chammas will be on deck very soon.

We’ll preview the day’s action for you in a moment, but here’s a quick rundown of last night’s events:

  • The Matildas were beaten 1-0 by Sweden in a gallant performance in their first ever Olympic semi-final, and will now face the United States on Thursday for a bronze medal
  • The Opals made it through to the quarter-finals after clinching a 27-point win over Puerto Rico – they needed to win by 25 or more to progress
  • Andrew Hoy, Australia’s eight-time Olympian, won two medals in the equestrian – a silver in the team eventing and a bronze in the individual eventing
  • The Sharks, Australia’s men’s water polo team, beat Kazakhstan 15-7 but have failed to qualify for the quarter-finals.

A mixed bag there for the Aussies, but today is a brand new day with a new bunch of medals up for grabs.

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