Tokyo Day 5: Titmus, rowers lead Aussie gold rush

And breathe! What an incredible start to Day 5 of competition at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

From swimming superstar Ariarne Titmus in the pool, to our outstanding rowing team doing the business at the Sea Forest Waterway, it has truly been a golden morning for our athletes.

But there is still stacks more to come!

Click here for a look at today's key events for Australia.


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Read on for rolling coverage of Australia's efforts at the Olympics:

Hockeyroos hold on for third straight win

The Hockeyroos kept their perfect record at the Toyko Olympics by beating Japan 1-0.

Australia had scored nine goals in defeating Spain 3-1 and China 6-0, but found hosts Japan -- the only side in Pool B without a point after two opening defeats -- stubborn opponents on Wednesday evening.

Kaitlin Nobbs saw her penalty stroke saved and it was left to Maddy Fitzpatrick's third-quarter strike to secure a third-straight victory for the Hockeyroos.

Japan, the lowest-ranked team in the competition, started in aggressive fashion and caused Australia early problems.

Kanon Mori was inches from breaking the deadlock but Hockeyroos goalkeeper Rachael Lynch - winning her 230th cap - tipped her shot around the post with a smart stop.

Australia almost made their first penalty corner count as Sakiyo Asano blocked Kate Jenner's shot and Brooke Peris sent the rebound onto the post and out.

Asano made an even better save to deny Nobbs moments later and Japan soon had the ball in the Australia net.

Yuri Nagai smashed home a shot which slipped through Lynch's grasp. But it was ruled out as the ball had not initially travelled five metres.

Australia seized the lead three minutes into the third quarter just as a penalty corner routine had appeared to break down.

The ball was recycled to Fitzpatrick and her crisp low shot gave Asano no chance.

Renee Taylor spent five minutes off the field after being given a yellow card and later left the action for good.

But Japan could not make their late pressure count and the Hockeyroos held on to take a sizeable step toward the quarter-finals.

Australia are back in action on Thursday against New Zealand.

-- AAP

Aussies advancing in swim heats

It's been a good night for the Australians in the pool, after a golden morning session, with Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell qualifying for the semifinals of the women's 100m freestyle.

Also, Tristan Hollard is through to the semis of the 200m backstroke in his Olympic debut, while Mitch Larkin and Brendon Smith have progressed in the 200 IM.

Australian men bow out on sand at Tokyo

Australians Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann are out of the beach volleyball after not winning any pool matches.

Their slim hopes of progressing to the round of 16 ended on Wednesday when Spain's Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira beat them 21-16 21-16.

They were the only team in Pool A not to win any of their three matches.

-- AAP

Nicolson denied medal in boxing epic

Skye Nicolson fell to the floor in despair after being denied Australia's first Olympic boxing medal since 1988 in a gutting quarter-final loss in Tokyo.

The featherweight thought she had done enough against Great Britain's Karriss Artingstall after boxers entered the final round all square according to the five judges.

But, as both boxers prayed while waiting for the call, the decision fell the Brit's way and Nicolson crumpled to the ground in tears.

It was a desperate final round, with three judges giving Artingstall the nod to secure a 3-2 win.

That's despite one judge awarding all three rounds to the 25-year-old Australian, while four of the five gave her the edge in the second round as Nicolson's left jabs to Artingstall's body proved impossible to defend.

A win would have guaranteed bronze, given both semi-final losers are awarded third, while the wait goes on for Australia's first Olympic boxing champion.

It's a heartbreaking end to Nicolson's campaign, the Queenslander fighting for late brothers Jamie - a 1992 Olympian - and Gavin, who tragically died in a car accident while en route to boxing training in 1994, a year before she was born.

"It's disappointment, it's pretty hard to put into words right now," Nicholson told Seven Network.

The 25-year-old didn't want to hear that she was still Australia's most successful female boxer.

"It means nothing to me," she said through tears.

"I don't care about that, I care about what I know I'm capable of and not achieving it, it's just really heartbreaking.

"I came here with one goal and that was the gold medal and I truly believed that I was going to win it.

"So, to go out now it's really really hard for me."

Earlier teammate Paulo Aokuso was beaten in similar fashion in the light heavyweight round of 16 by favoured Spaniard Gazi Jalidov Gafurova.

Aokuso dominated the second round 5-0 but lost the third 4-1, the win ultimately decided by a 3-2 first round awarded to the Spaniard despite the Australian landing several solid blows.

Caitlin Parker was beaten 5-0 by Panama's Atheyna Bylon in the middleweight division.

-- AAP

Aussie Rohan Dennis claims time trial bronze

Australian cycling star Rohan Dennis has had to settle for bronze in his signature event, the road time trial.

Slovenian Primoz Roglic dominated the 44.2km event on Thursday, clocking 55 minutes 4.19 seconds.

Dennis, the 2018 and '19 world champion in the time trial, bypassed last Saturday's road race to focus on this event.

He clocked 56:08.09 for the bronze medal.

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Aussie men's sevens seal seventh place

The Australian men's sevens team have ended their tournament with a final 26-7 win over Canada to seal seventh place.

The Aussies fell short in the semifinals for fifth place earlier in the day when they lost 22-19 to South Africa.

After a strong start, Australia got on the board early with a nice try to Nathan Lawson, before Canada hit back with a try of their own. A runaway try from Lachie Anderson would put the Aussies ahead just before the halftime break.

The match would turn into an arm wrestle early in the second, but Australia would get on the board again with captain Nick Malouf muscling his way through the defence to push the score 19-7, before Lachlan Miller hit a lovely line and crashed over for the match sealing try.

Barty, Sanders out of doubles

Ash Barty's hopes of an Olympic medal now rest on her mixed doubles campaign after the world No.1 and partner Storm Sanders were knocked out in a tense women's doubles quarter-final.

The Australians lost 4-6 6-4 10-7 to Czech pair Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova, who have recently dominated the WTA doubles circuit.

Barty, who had been upset in the first-round of singles, looked on track for the final four with an on-song Sanders against the Czech pairing.

But they weren't able to capitalise on a handful of opportunities on the top seeds' serve in the second set, Barty eventually losing her serve to concede the set.

More errors early in the match tie-break saw them trailing 8-4, before they rallied to 8-7 in one last push.

A win would have meant Barty and Sanders played for bronze at worst.

Instead, it's left to five-time Games veteran Samantha Stosur and Ellen Perez to fly the flag, the duo to play Switzerland in their quarter-final later on Wednesday.

Barty's busy program also continues later on Wednesday in an opening-round mixed doubles match with John Peers.

The pair have history, enjoying quarter-final runs at Wimbledon in 2013 and in the 2014 US Open, which was the last time they played together.

-- AAP

Aussie 470 crew take Tokyo Olympics lead

Australia's crack 470 sailing team of Mat Belcher and Will Ryan have grabbed the early lead in their bid to claim gold at the Tokyo Olympics.

Belcher and Ryan, silver medallists in the same event at Rio 2016, hit the waters of Enoshima on Wednesday for their opening two of 10 regular races.

The Australians finished second and fifth to take top spot on the overall standings.

Some four points separate the leaders and seventh-placed Greeks Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis, reflective of the early stage of proceedings but also perhaps an indicator of how tight competition will be between the medal contenders.

Victorian brothers Sam and Will Phillips, teaming up in the skiff 49er, also banked some promising results after two of their Tuesday heats were postponed because of light and shifty winds.

Australia have 12 points from four 49er races, putting them third on the overall leaderboard.

The Phillips crew finished fourth in Wednesday's opening race then crossed the line first in the ensuing contest.

Each boat's worst performance of the regatta does not count towards their final score, while points acquired in the medal race will be worth double.

-- AAP

Fox makes strong start to canoe slalom

Australia's Jessica Fox has put her kayak slalom Olympic gold medal disappointment behind her kick-off her canoe qualification rounds in style in Tokyo.

Fox was hot favourite for the K1 gold medal on Tuesday but a late penalty saw her relegated to another bronze, after the same result in Rio and a silver medal in London.

The 27-year-old on Wednesday laid down the fastest time on the whitewater course, this time using a single-bladed paddle, but two early errors again cost her.

Adding four seconds to her time for hitting the two gates at the top of the run, Fox finished ranked second behind British paddler Mallory Franklin.

All 22 athletes will have a second run with 18 going through to the semi-finals.


Debutant Brown just misses bronze medal in time trial

Australian cyclist Grace Brown has finished fourth in the women's Olympic time trial as Dutch star Annemiek van Vleuten finally banished the ghosts of Rio.

In her Olympic debut, Brown was aiming for a medal on Wednesday and she had an impressive ride of 31 minutes 22.22 seconds over the 22.1km course.

That gave her the second-fastest time behind van Vleuten's storming 30:13:49, with four other riders starting after Brown.

First Marlen Reusser posted 31:09:96 for the silver and then van Vleuten's compatriot Anna van der Breggen, the reigning world time trial champion, took bronze with 31:15:12.

Young Australian Sarah Gigante again showed she is a rising star with her 11th-placed time of 33:01:60.


Relay bronze for Aussie men

Australia has won the bronze medal in the men's 4x200-metre freestyle relay at the Tokyo Olympics.

The Australian team of Alexander Graham, Kyle Chalmers, Zac Incerti and Thomas Neill finished behind Great Britain and the Russian team in Wednesday's final.

Australian's 100m Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers dragged the relayers back into medal contention with stunning second leg.

After Graham touched in seventh, Chalmers powered into third at the halfway stage.

Incerti then held ground in a pack trailing well behind the Brits, with Australia fourth when Neill entered for the last leg.

The 19-year-old then produced a class swim under pressure. Neill clocked the fast split of all the Australians to not only hold off the United States for the bronze medal, but almost pinch silver from the Russians.

Great Britain won in six minutes 58.58 seconds followed by the Russians (7:01.81) just ahead of Australia (7:01.84).


Aussie swimmers through to Thursday finals

Brianna Throssell and Izaac Stubblety-Cook have advanced to the finals of the women's 200m butterfly and men's 200m breaststroke respectively.

Throssell qualified sixth fastest after finishing fourth in her semifinal, while Stubblety-Cook is a red-hot chance for another Australian gold having moved through to the final with the quickest semifinal time overall.

Titmus does it again for second gold

Ariarne Titmus has won gold in the women's 200m freestyle, again storming home over the final 50 to claim victory.

Titmus turned behind Hong Kong's Siobhan Bernadette Haughey at the 150m mark, but then surged home to pull in front and claim her second gold medal in Tokyo in an Olympic record time of 1:53.50.

Canadian Penny Oleksiak claimed the bronze while Titmus' rival from the 400m freestyle thriller, American Katie Ledecky, finished fifth.

Australian Madi Wilson finished eighth.

Titmus is just the third Australian after Shane Gould and Ian Thorpe to win the 200m and 400m freestyle double at the same Olympics.

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Closing bronze wraps up phenomenal day for rowers

Australia's outstanding morning at the rowing concluded with a surprise bronze to make it four medals in what was an outstanding performance from the team.

The young women's quad scull crew of Ria Thompson, Rowena Meredith, Harriet Hudson, Caitlin Cronin had made their way through the repechage round and into the final.

And they then capitalised on the mistakes of the Italian and German crews to finish behind China and Poland to claim bronze.

Chalmers through to 100m freestyle final

Kyle Chalmers will have the chance to defend his 100m freestyle crown from Rio after he was the sixth fastest qualifier through to Thursday's final.

Chalmers finished second behind Russian Olympic Committee team member Kliment Kolesnikov in the second semifinal in a time of 47.80.

It's a gold rush at the rowing!

Little more than 20 minutes after the women's four triumph, Australia's men's four has made it a double celebration at the rowing.

The crew of Alexander Purnell, Spencer Turrin, Jack Hargreaves and Alexander Hill led at each of the 500, 1,000 and 1,500m splits, and then held off a flying Romania to take gold in an Olympic record time of 5:42.76.

Australia last won the men's four at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics when the famed Oarsome Foursome claimed their second straight Olympic crown.

But the medals didn't stop there for Australia with the men's quadruple sculls then taking bronze in yet another thrilling finish.

The race was taken out by the Netherlands, while Australia were just pipped for silver by Great Britain by a mere 0.22 of second.

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Gold for Australia! Women's four in thrilling victory

Australia has its fourth gold medal in Tokyo.

The women's four backed up their Olympic record from Saturday by leading from start to finish to claim the third gold medal on offer at the rowing regatta on Wednesday morning.

The team of Lucy Stephan, Rosemary Popa, Jessica Morrison and Anabelle McIntyre held off a determined late challenge from the Netherlands to win in a time of 6:15.37, just 0.34 seconds ahead of the Europeans, while Ireland finished third to claim bronze.

Australia's winning time again lowered their Olympic record from the weekend.

Kiwis take silver to open big day of rowing

It has been a good start to Day 5 for New Zealand, with their women's double sculls pairing winning silver on Wednesday morning.

The team of Brooke O'Donoghue and Hannah Osborne finished behind the Romanian crew, after the Europeans flew out from the start and were never seriously headed.

The Australians to watch on Day 5

For Ariarne Titmus, this sequel may better the original. Titmus meets American foe Katie Ledecky for the 200m freestyle gold medal (11:41am AEST) as Australia enter Wednesday's competition with three gold, one silver and five bronze medals.

Much of the Tokyo Olympics will pause for the reprise of their heroic 400m freestyle final, when the Australian pipped the American great.

"I enjoy racing Katie - it's exciting for everyone and myself," Titmus said after her 200m semi-final. "But the 200 is not just Katie and I. It's a very strong field ... it's anyone's race."

Basketball fans can also rejoice with the Boomers back in action to take on Italy in their second group game (6:20pm AEST).

Elsewhere, cycling star Rohan Dennis rides for Olympic redemption in the road time trial (3:00pm AEST). Dennis was well on the way to the podium in the same event at the Rio Games when a handlebar extension snapped, meaning a bike change that relegated him to fifth.

He bypassed last weekend's road race to focus on the time trial and is one of the medal favourites, while Grace Brown is a contender in the women's event (12:30pm AEST).

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The women's four are a serious medal chance in rowing after posting the fastest qualifying time. The men's fours will try to dethrone Great Britain, who have won every gold medal in the event since Sydney.

After they row for gold in the fours on Wednesday, Jessica Morrison and Annabelle McIntyre will also back up for the pairs semi-finals.

The day after missing out on a gold medal in the K1, Jess Fox will back up in the opening two runs of the C1 in canoe slalom (4:55pm AEST).

It's a busy day for tennis star Ash Barty. The world No. 1 and John Peers play Argentina in the opening round of the mixed doubles (12:00pm AEST), before Barty and Storm Sanders take on the Czech Republic in the women's doubles quarter-finals (2:00pm AEST). Sam Stosur and Ellen Perez have a doubles quarterfinal against Switzerland (12:00pm AEST).

Our two hockey sides are also in action, with Kookaburras playing New Zealand (10:15pm AEST) and the Hockeyroos going up against Japan (7:30pm AEST). The Olyroos play Egypt in men's soccer (9:00pm AEST).

James Willett, Thomas Grice, Laetisha Scanlan and Penny Smith have qualification for the trap event in shooting. Boxer Skye Nicolson is into the featherweight quarter-finals against Karriss Artingstall from Great Britain, as middleweight Caitlin Parker and light heavyweight Paulo Aokuso are in their preliminaries.