Duffy of Bermuda (population 72,000) now leads Britain’s Taylor-Brown (population 66 million) and Zaferes (330 million) and is sailing towards his country’s first gold.
There is still a long way to go to lose Duffy’s career and the gold medal. She. It is. No. Diminishing. Down. Meanwhile, GB’s Taylor-Brown, who has recovered from that bike puncture, is about to catch Zaferes of the USA in silver. In fact, he just passed it. All three women are now in the last lap.
Duffy now has a 47-second lead over Zaferes with GB’s Taylor Brown five seconds behind the American. A first gold medal for Bermuda seems like a certainty! German Lindemann is another 30 seconds or so in fourth place.
The track has dried up in triathlon and runners are whistling as the heat increases. Duffy still looks comfortable up front, while USA’s Zaferes looks a bit heavy and GB’s Taylor-Brown looks like she may be nailing her for silver.
Some news from our man on the ground in Tokyo, Sean Ingle. Team GB says Georgia-Brown suffered a puncture, which explains why he slipped at the end of the bike. However, he is already at the height of bronze in the race. We are at the end of the first lap of the race and Duffy now has a 17-second lead over Zaferes of the USA in second place.
And we have a break in the triathlon! Flora Duffy of Bermuda has some separation from Katie Zaferes of the United States. It looks quite comfortable while taking a decent advantage. British couple Jessica Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown are in third and fourth place.
Bermuda has never won an Olympic gold medal, but now they have a very good chance and Duffy recently set his career best personal best. His last (and only) Olympic medal He came in 1976 in boxing, it was bronze.
Another result in the men’s surfing quarterfinals. Two-time WSL world champion Gabriel Medina of Brazil has beaten Frenchman Michel Bourez and is in the semi-final.
GB’s Georgia Taylor-Brown looks like she has been dropped by the leading group in triathlon and is now 20 seconds behind in the transition to the race stage. So now there are Jessica Learmonth (GBR), Flora Duffy (BER), Laura Lindemann (GER) and Katie Zaferes (USA) leading the way and with a huge advantage over the rest of the field. Australian Emma Jeffcoat is back in ninth place and it would be a miracle for her to finish in the medals today.
We are in the last lap of cycling in the women’s triathlon and it is still the same group of five with a great advantage on the field: Jessica Learmonth (GBR), Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR), Flora Duffy (BER), Laura Lindemann ( GER) and Katie Zaferes (United States). Lindemann is the top ranked leader and is also a very good runner, so she will be a slight favorite at the moment. But yesterday we saw the strongest rider, Alex Yee, defeated in the final stages, so form is not everything.
Hello and welcome to [checks calendar] fourth day of the Tokyo Games. There will be a lot going on today, including a great day at the pool. In the next few hours we will have the conclusion of the women’s triathlon, the women’s and men’s surfing quarterfinals, Argentina v Australia in men’s hockey and a little handball, seven-a-side rugby and beach volleyball.
My colleague Martin Belam has put together a more comprehensive list of today’s action, which you can peruse below:
All events are listed here in local Tokyo time. Add one hour for Sydney, subtract eight hours for Belfast, 13 hours for New York and 17 hours for San Francisco. So email me to tell me that time itself is too complicated.
🌟If you only see one thing: 7:45 p.m. Artistic gymnastics – It is the final for women’s teams. A USA team led by Simon Biles will face a strong challenge to defend their gold medal from Not Russia and China 🥇
- 6.30 am Triathlon – The female individual race takes place. Remember, this is a super early start in Tokyo again, so if you want to see it in the UK, it will effectively start at 10.30pm tonight before going to bed to enjoy sweet dreams of Olympic gold medals 🥇
- 10 am-9.45pm Taekwondo – it’s the last day of taekwondo. There is continued British interest with Mahama Cho at the men’s + 80kg and Bianca Walkden at the + 67kg 🥇
- 10.30 to 12.30 and from 19 to 20.59 – Swimming is backwards with the finals in the morning and the heats at night. There should be four fantastic finals in the first session on Tuesday between 10.34 and 11.17 am: men’s 200m freestyle, women’s 100m backstroke, men’s 100m backstroke, women’s 100m backstroke. Ugh 🥇
- 15:00 h Cycling Mountain bike – it’s the women’s turn around the Izu MTB course
- 15:00 Diving – it is also the women in the diving on Tuesday, with the synchronized platform of 10m 🥇
- 5:00 p.m. M. Equestrian – Germany will defend their Rio title as eight nations, including Team GB and the USA who finished in silver and bronze positions in 2016, go for the Dressage Team Grand Prix Special
- 17: 00-20: 30 Football – It is the final round of group games in the women’s competition. Team GB and Sweden are the two teams that are already guaranteed the quarterfinals. Two key matchups are Japan v chili at 8 p.m., where the hosts probably need a win to advance from Group E. Before that, at 5 p.m., the USA face Australia. Now, I’m not suggesting that this is a potential “Gijón Disgrace” situation, but a draw would leave them both with four points and both almost certain to qualify.
- 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. rugby at seven – After a final round of group matches in the morning and some qualifying games, the tournament reaches the quarter-final stage.
- 8:00 pm Softball – Japan meets the USA in the final 🥇
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism