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Round one to Ariarne Titmus but duel in the pool with Katie Ledecky continues | Kieran Pender

The Australian drew first blood but there is plenty more water to be covered in the box office Olympic series with her US rivalAfter losing to Australia’s Ariarne Titmus in the women’s 400m freestyle, American Katie Ledecky departed the press conferenc…

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Ariarne Titmus ends Katie Ledecky’s reign in Olympic 400m freestyle thriller

Australian wins gold ahead of American rivalEmma McKeon and men’s relay team add bronze medals The reign of American swim queen Katie Ledecky is over – at least for now. The five-time Olympic gold medallist was beaten by Australian 20-year-old Ariarne …

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Olympics 2020 day three: men’s triathlon, swimming, gymnastics and more – live!

Live updates from day three’s Games action in TokyoGames schedule | Results | Medal table | Full coverageSign up for the Guardian’s daily Olympic briefingEmail Tom with your thoughts or tweet @Tom_Lutz 12.15am BST We’re on the last lap of the triathlon…

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Ariarne Titmus and Katie Ledecky set for showdown in 400m freestyle final

As swimmers battle with morning heats, US star was fastest qualifier, but Australian says she has ‘a bit more left in the tank’The Tokyo 2020 Olympic swim meet poses interesting tactical dilemmas for competitors. Like any major competition, athletes ne…

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Ash Barty knocked out of Tokyo Olympics in shock round-one loss

World No 1 falls to Spain’s Sorribes Tormo in straight setsBarty’s Olympic hopes now rest on doubles tournamentAsh Barty has been knocked out of the Tokyo Olympics singles in the first round, upset by unheralded Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo in straight…

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Olympics 2020 day two: women’s road race, gymnastics, tennis and more – live!

More gold medals on offer on packed second day in TokyoGames schedule | Results | Medal table | Full coverageSign up for the Guardian’s daily Olympic briefingEmail Tom with your thoughts or tweet @tomlutz 12.46am BST The skateboarding is now underway. …

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Swimmer sacrifices Olympics dream in stand against Myanmar’s junta | Kieran Pender

Melbourne swimmer Win Htet Oo says pulling out was an ‘easy decision to make’ and a small price to payThere are almost 1,000 athletes here for the swimming competition, which began on Saturday. Win Htet Oo is not among them. Having qualified for the 50…

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Swimmer sacrifices Olympics dream in stand against Myanmar’s junta | Kieran Pender

Melbourne swimmer Win Htet Oo says pulling out was an ‘easy decision to make’ and a small price to payThere are almost 1,000 athletes here for the swimming competition, which began on Saturday. Win Htet Oo is not among them. Having qualified for the 50…

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Sam Kerr’s penalty demons return in Matildas’ Olympic defeat to Sweden

Sweden come from behind to win 4-2 in Group G match Australia’s captain scores twice but also misses from the spot Sam Kerr would not have forgotten the weight of the silence that stretched and warped the world around her as she stood staring at the ba…

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Sweden v Australia: 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games women’s football – live!

Updates from the Matildas’ second Group G matchAny thoughts? Email or tweet @scott_heinrich 9.36am BST 4 min: Australia creep forward with some short, delicate passing but the final ball – the one meant for Kerr – is cut off. Luik then gets the better …

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From The Great Escape to Benny Hill: AFL on the run in madcap bid to see out season | Geoff Lemon

Mutating Covid situations have forced teams into a farcical race across the country as the league tries to ensure the show goes onThe shortened AFL season of 2020 could have been set to the tune of The Great Escape. Teams spent months Steve McQueening …

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Tokyo Olympic Games 2020: men’s road race gold, boxing, swimming and more – live!

11 gold medals on offer on packed opening day at Tokyo 2020Games schedule | Results | Medal table | Full coverageSign up for the Guardian’s daily Olympic briefingAnd you can email Beau, tweet @duresport or comment below 12.29am BST Trivia and new sport…

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Top players likely to switch allegiance to compete in Rugby League World Cup

Australia and New Zealand stars can play for tier two nationsNeither country is sending a squad to the 2021 tournamentThe prospect of some of Australia’s and New Zealand’s best players switching allegiance to play for other nations if this year’s World…

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Tokyo Olympic Games 2020: build-up to the opening ceremony – live!

Updates as the world awaits the official opening of the OlympicsGames schedule | Results | Medal table | Full coverageSign up for the Guardian’s daily Olympic briefingAny thoughts? Email or tweet @emmavkemp 6.43am BST This one, too, by Andy Bull, who i…

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Tokyo Olympic Games 2020: build-up to the opening ceremony – live!

Updates as the world awaits the official opening of the OlympicsGames schedule | Results | Medal table | Full coverageSign up for the Guardian’s daily Olympic briefingAny thoughts? Email or tweet @emmavkemp 6.43am BST This one, too, by Andy Bull, who i…

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Hockeyroos move on from recent turmoil as different kind of heat builds in Tokyo

Australia lacking match practice after disrupted yearHigh temperatures expected for opening round of matchesInspired by their new coach, Australia’s Hockeyroos insist they have overcome internal turmoil ahead of their Tokyo 2020 campaign opener this we…

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Michael Vaughan says England players may not make Ashes tour if families are barred

Former Test captain warns of potentially farcical series Calls on Australian government to issue travel exemptions Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan has warned that the upcoming Ashes series in Australia could descend into farce if the fam…

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Australia v West Indies ODI called off due to Covid scare moments before first ball bowled

Non-playing member of West Indies staff tests positiveAustralia were ready to bat before abrupt postponementAustralia’s second one-day international against the West Indies in the Caribbean has been postponed in bizarre and dramatic circumstances befor…

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Australian swimmers eager to entertain on the eve of Olympics duel with US | Kieran Pender

There is a feeling on the pool deck that it may be the Dolphins’ time to shine over a nine-day scheduleWhen Australia’s head swim coach Rohan Taylor holds court, his subtle American lilt becomes more pronounced. “You can tell I have an American accent,…

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International rugby league on life support due to self-interest of Australian clubs

Australia and New Zealand pulling out of the World Cup under the smokescreen of Covid concerns betrays the self-interest of southern hemisphere powerbrokersIt has been the overused catch-cry of the Rugby League Twitterati of late that the game is dead …