LIVE Tokyo Day 9: Peter Bol runs Australian record to reach 800m final

With the athletics up and running at the Tokyo Games it means we reach the end of the swimming program, but not before Australia picks up a few more medals, with Emma McKeon leading the charge.

At the track Rohan Browning has the chance to become the first Australian in a men's 100m Olympic final since Hec Hogan managed the feat back in 1956. The golf enters its final day and team sports head into quarter-finals elimination action.

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Peter Bol breaks Australian record on his way to 800m final

Australian runner Peter Bol has become the nation's first Olympian since 1968 to qualify for the men's 800m final. Bol bettered his Australian record time set in the heats with a personal best 1:44.11 to stun his rivals on Sunday night.

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Australia beat China, reach beach quarters

Australia's Mariafe Artacho de Solar and Taliqua Clancy have shaken off a solid challenge from China to win in straight sets and reach the women's beach volleyball quarter-finals.

The Australians will meet either world champions Canada or Spain after beating Xue Chen and Wang Xinxin 22-10 21-13 in 41 minutes.

But the round-of-16 contest was closer than it looked, with China pushing the 2019 world championship bronze medallists in the opening set.

After Australia broke out to a 4-1 lead, China rallied and kept pace.

The Australians fell behind 15-13 and then 16-14, before blunting the Chinese and pulling ahead.

After saving two set points, Australia secured their first and the momentum was with them.

They broke out to a 20-10 lead and while China saved three match points, the threat was over.

Australia's only notable blemish was six serve errors to one.


Stingers draw Russia in water polo QF

Australia's women's water polo side will play Russia in the quarter-finals after tuning up with a 14-1 defeat of South Africa to complete the group stage.

The Stingers were never expected to be troubled by the winless South Africa on Sunday night.

But they led just 1-0 at quarter time, relying on a six-goal second term to break the game open.

Five players scored twice as they went through the motions after earlier wins against Canada and the Netherlands were followed by a loss to Spain that pushed them to second in their pool.

Gold medallists in 2000, the Stingers are chasing their first medal since 2008.

"We didn't execute the way we wanted but sometimes those games happen and you just have to make sure you move on and be positive," captain Rowie Webster said.

"Russia are a really good team; fast, like to swim, great centre forwards, great outside shooters.

"But we need to review our tactics; we haven't played them for a long time, they haven't seen us, we haven't seen them.

"We'll give it our best shot."


Browning eliminated in 100m semifinals

Sprinter Rohan Browning was left to rue a slow start after coming up short in his bid to become the first Australian man in 65 years to qualify for an Olympic 100m final.

Twenty-four hours after winning his opening-round heat in a sizzling 10.01 seconds, the 23-year-old Browning finished fifth in his semi in 10.09.

The last Australian sprinter to contest an Olympic 100m decider was Hec Hogan, who took home the bronze medal from the 1956 Melbourne Games.

China's Su Bingtian was the fastest qualifier for the final later on Monday night in an Asian record of 9.83.


Four golds make Australian Olympic history

Australia has shone in the pool, on the open water and at the skate park to make history at the Tokyo Olympics.

When sailor Matt Wearn clinched his win in the Laser class on Sunday afternoon, it became the first time Australia had won four Olympic gold medals in one day.

Swimmer Emma McKeon ticked off several historical markers earlier in the day when she won the 50m freestyle and then combined with Kaylee McKeown, Chelsea Hodges and Cate Campbell to take out the 4x100m medley relay.

Logan Martin then dominated the men's BMX freestyle, not needing his second medal run to triumph in the sport's riveting Olympic debut.

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Cam Smith falls short of bronze finish

American Xander Schauffele has won the men's Olympic golf tournament, with Australian Cameron Smith falling agonisingly short of a bronze-medal playoff in Tokyo.

Schauffele closed with a final-round four-under-par 67 to strike gold at 18-under by a shot from Slovakian Rory Sabbatini, who snatched silver with an Olympic-record 61 on Sunday.

Smith made a bogey on the last hole in a second successive round of 66 to miss out on a seven-man playoff at the Kasumigaseki Country Club.

Japan's big home hope Hideki Matsuyama (69), Irish superstar Rory McIlroy (67), Korean C.T. Pan (63), American Collin Morikawa (63), Colombian Sebastian Munoz (67), Englishman Paul Casey (68) and Chile's Mito Pereira (68) all finished at 15 under to be sent back to the 18th tee for a bumper sudden-death playoff for the bronze.

Smith will not only rue his last-hole bogey on Sunday, when he was unable to get up and down after finding a fairway bunker off the tee and missing the green with his approach, but also some wretched luck in round two.

The Australian No.1's double bogey at the same hole on Friday, after his ball ricocheted sideways off a grandstand and into the water, ultimately cost him the bronze.

A par then and the only playoff would have been between Smith and Sabbatini to decide the silver and bronze medallists.


Aussie sailor Wearn secures Olympic gold

Sailor Matt Wearn has completed his Laser medal race, securing a record-breaking fourth gold medal for Australia on the 10th day of the Tokyo Olympics.

Wearn's dominance throughout 10 regular races meant he only needed to attempt to finish the final race on Sunday to win gold.

It is Australia's third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the one-man class, with the 25-year-old following in the footsteps of Tom Burton (Rio 2016) and Tom Slingsby (London 2012).

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Kookaburras shoot their way to semifinals

Kookaburras goalkeeper Andrew Charter has starred in a tense men's hockey Olympic quarter-final over the Netherlands.

Taken to shootouts after scores were locked 2-2 at fulltime in sauna-like conditions in Tokyo, Charter saved the first three Dutch attempts and the Kookaburras didn't miss.

Blake Govers, Flynn Ogilvie and then Tim Brand all held their nerve in their one-on-one contests to put Australia within one win of the gold medal game.

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Aussies leap to second in Games eventing

Australia will go into the final day of equestrian eventing in the silver medal position after a near flawless performance in the cross-country at the Tokyo Olympics.

Sixth in the teams section after the dressage, Andrew Hoy, Shane Rose and Kevin McNabb catapulted the Australia into medal contention with just Monday's jumping element remaining in the three-day event.

Great Britain world No.1 Oliver Townend took the lead in the individual competition while also keeping the Brits in pole position in the teams event courtesy of a clean sheet on the cross-country course.

Great Britain are on 78.30 points ahead of Australia on 96.20 and France on 97.10.


Logan Martin wins gold in BMX freestyle

Australian two-time world champion Logan Martin has won the gold medal in men's BMX freestyle.

The 27-year-old was untouchable, scoring 93.30 in his first run on Sunday to secure the win after also posting the top scores in Saturday's seeding runs.

Venezuelan veteran Daniel Dhers won silver with 92.05 and British rider Declan Brooks on 90.80.

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Australia win women's medley relay gold

Australia has won gold in the women's 4x100-metres medley as the Tokyo swim team becomes the nation's most successful at any Olympics.

The triumph of Kaylee McKeown, Chelsea Hodges, Emma McKeon, Cate Campbell in Sunday's final gives Australia's swim team nine golds in Tokyo, bettering the previous record of eight at the 1956 Melbourne Games.

And the 21 swimming medals overall in Tokyo is one more than Australia's previous benchmark at the pool from the 2008 Beijing Games.

Australia won Sunday's medley relay in three minutes 51.60 seconds with the United States (3:51.73) taking the silver medal and Canada (3:52.60) the bronze.

McKeon collects a fourth gold of the Tokyo Games - the only Australian to win four golds at the one Olympics.

And McKeon now has 11 Olympic medals in her career, two more than Ian Thorpe and Leisel Jones.

Backstroker McKeown wins her third gold and Campbell her second of the Games and fourth in her Olympic career, while breaststroker Hodges takes her first gold.

In the final, the Australians were second behind the United States for the initial three legs.

Campbell then produced a sizzling last freestyle


Solomon sets new 400m PB in Tokyo

Steve Solomon has wound back the clock in spectacular style, smashing his nine-year-old personal best to power into the men's 400m semi-finals on the track in Tokyo.

The 28-year-old Sydneysider stopped the clock at 44.94 to finish second in the fourth of six heats on a brutally hot and humid Tokyo morning, relegating world record holder Wayde van Niekerk from South Africa into third spot in the process.

Fellow Australian Alex Beck also bettered his PB with a time of 45.54 but came up just short in his bid to advance to Monday evening's semis.


GB's Worthington stuns in BMX freestyle

Great Britain cyclist Charlotte Worthington has stunned women's BMX freestyle with a 360 backflip as her sport revelled in a triumphant Olympics debut.

Worthington and American great Hannah Roberts headlined a pulsating women's final on Sunday at Ariake Sports Park as Australian Natalya Diehm finished fifth.


McKeon wins gold, sets new record

Emma McKeon has won the 50-metres freestyle gold medal at the Tokyo Games to break Australia's record for most Olympic career medals.

McKeon's gold medal in Sunday's final takes her career tally to 10, surpassing the previous Australian benchmark of nine medals by Ian Thorpe and Leisel Jones.

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McKeon on the cusp of record medal haul

Barring monumental mishap, swim ace Emma McKeon will collect an Australian record for most medals at the Olympic Games.

McKeon is red-hot favourite to win the 50-metres freestyle (11:37am AEST) after setting an Olympic record when winning her semi-final.

And McKeon will be a key leg of Australia's women's 4x100m medley relay (12:!5pm AEST) hunting gold on the final day of the swim program.

McKeon has nine career medals, equal with Ian Thorpe and Leisel Jones, as Australia enter Sunday with 10 gold, three silver and 14 bronze.

Rohan Browning will be the star turn at the athletics after winning his 100m heat in a lightning-quick 10.01 seconds on Saturday night to move to second spot on the Australian all time list.

If the 23-year-old Sydneysider can replicate that effort in the semis (8:23pm AEST) he is every chance of becoming the first Australian man since Hec Hogan in 1956 to contest an Olympic 100m final (10:50pm AEST).

Reigning Commonwealth champion Brandon Starc is a legitimate medal shot in the men's high jump final beginning at (8:10pm AEST).

New national record holder Peter Bol (9:35pm AEST), four-time Olympian Jeff Riseley (9:45pm AEST) and Charlie Hunter (9:25pm AEST) will all be bidding to be the first Australians since gold medallist Ralph Doubell way back in 1968 to qualify for an Olympic men's 800m final.

In the event for so long synonymous in Australia with the now-retired Sally Pearson, fellow Queenslander Liz Clay will be chasing a spot in the 100m hurdles final (8:53pm AEST).

Sailor Matt Wearn only needs to finish the Enoshima course without disqualification (3:33pm AEST) to confirm his gold-medal status in the Laser class.

It will be Australia's third successive Games atop the Laser podium, with Wearn succeeding Tom Slingsby (2012) and Tom Burton (2016) as Olympic champion.

Reigning world champion Logan Martin is also the man to beat in the medal round of the BMX freestyle (12:20pm AEST), a new Olympic event.

He leads after Saturday's seeding rounds and is favoured to give Australian cycling its first Olympic gold medal since London, while Natalya Diehm is fifth out of nine riders in the women's event (11:10am AEST).

Cameron Smith is five shots adrift (11:36am AEST) of leader Xander Schauffele going into the final day of the men's golf competition after the Australian carded a bogey-free five-under round of 66 in the third round.

The Kookaburras square off against the Netherlands (1pm AEST) in a heavyweight men's hockey quarter-final encounter, while Australia take on South Africa (8:50pm AEST) in the women's water polo competition.