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There's just two days of competition left at the 2020 Tokyo Games but we still have a number of medal chances.

After falling to Team USA in the semifinals, the Boomers will be looking to secure their first Olympic basketball medal when they face Luka Doncic's Slovenia in the bronze medal match (9:00pm AEST), not before the Americans take on France for gold (12:30pm AEST).

We also have Nicola McDermott and Elenor Patterson in the women's high jump (8:35pm AEST), Stewart McSweyn competing in the men's 1500m (9:40pm AEST), Hannah Green in medal contention in the women's golf (9:00am AEST) and plenty of other events to look forward to on Day 15.

Elsewhere, we have the men's football final to get excited for, with powerhouses Brazil and Spain going head to head (9:30pm AEST).

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Australian McDermott wins high jump silver

Australian Nicola McDermott has won the silver medal in the women's high jump at the Tokyo Olympics.

McDermott, 24, broke the Australian record for the third time this year when she cleared 2.02m at the second attempt.

But she missed all three attempts at 2.04m, meaning the gold went to Russian Mariya Lasitskene, the three-time world champion.

The 28-year-old Lasitskene won gold with 2.04m, while the bronze went to Ukraine's Yaroslava Mahuchikh with 2.00m.

Australian Eleanor Patterson (1.96m) was fifth.

The only other Australian woman to win an Olympic high jump medal was Michele Brown who took the silver at the 1964 Tokyo Games.

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Ingebrigtsen wins 1500 final, Aussies fade

Norwegian superstar Jakob Ingebrigtsen has put a loaded field to the sword to win the men's 1500m gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

Ingebrigtsen, 20, flew past reigning world champion Timothy Cheruiyot at the top of the final straight and surged away to win in an Olympic record time of three minutes 28.32 seconds.

Cheruiyot hung on for the silver in 3:29.01, just four hundredths of a second ahead of Britian's Josh Kerr.

Australian Stewart McSweyn, 26, was in third spot with a lap to go but faded and crossed the line in seventh spot in 3:31.91.

Countryman Ollie Hoare, 24, was 11th in a fast race where five of the top eight finishers set personal bests.

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Britain win modern pentathlon double, Fernon finishes back of field

Great Britain have made it a modern pentathlon double with Joseph Choong joining Kate French as an Olympic gold medallist after winning the men's event on Saturday in Tokyo.

Choong was overtaken on the final lap of the laser run by managed to claw his way back ahead of Egyptian Ahmed Elgendy in a thrilling finish.

French won the women's event on Friday, with the last Briton to win gold Steph Cook back in Sydney 2000.

Choong, 26 is the first British man to win an individual Olympic medal in modern pentathlon.

Australia's Ed Fernon was 29th heading into the laser run after posting the 12th best showjumping round, but fell to 31st overall after the last leg.

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Australia fail to finish madison at track

Australia's Olympic track cycling campaign has suffered another disappointment, with Leigh Howard and Kelland O'Brien failing to finish the madison.

While Matthew Glaetzer and Matthew Richardson progressed in the keirin on Saturday at the Izu Veldrome, the Australian madison team withdrew around the halfway mark of the 50km event.

Australia scored three early points, but gradually fell off the pace and lost a lap before Howard and O'Brien pulled out.

Reigning world champions Denmark won an absorbing race, with Lasse Norman Hansen and Michael Morkov scoring 43 points to beat Great Britain by three.

France also scored 40 points, but the British took silver on a countback.

Australia won the madison at the 2000 and '04 Olympics, but did not qualify for the event at the '08 Games.

The men's madison returned to the track program in Tokyo after being left out of the previous two Olympics.

Australia's only track medal with one day of competition left has been bronze in the men's team pursuit.

Earlier on Saturday, Glaetzer and Richardson made it through to Sunday's quarter-finals in an eventful start to the men's keirin.

Richardson's round-one heat was re-run after a crash took out two riders on Saturday at the Izu Velodrome and Canadian Hugo Barrette went down in the re-start.

Richardson just avoided crashing into Barrette's bike.

"It's a horrible feeling that you get as the crash happens in front and then it quickly turns around and becomes the greatest feeling when you get through it unhurt," Richardson said.

The Australian crossed the line third in the re-start, but was elevated to second because Dutch rider Matthijs Buchli was relegated and that put Richardson through to the quarters.

Glaetzer was caught out of position in his round-one heat and finished third, meaning he had to go through the repechage.

The Australian then won his repechage heat.

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Aussie Rousseau finishes eighth in 10m final

China's Cao Yuan produced near-perfection with his last dive of the competition to claim gold in an epic 10-metre platform final at the Tokyo Olympics.

While Australia's Cassiel Rousseau put down a marker for the future by finishing eighth at this first Games appearance, Cao stole the show to add platform gold to one her claimed on the 3m springboard at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Compatriot Yang Jian, the reigning world champion, looked none-to-pleased with his silver after thinking he had done enough with his last dive to claim gold.

Yang's final dive - a forward four-and-a-half somersault in the pike position - had a difficulty rating of 4.1, the highest for any dive in the competition.

It attracted just one 9.5 and a pair of nines from the judges, leaving the door open for Cao to move back into first with the last dive.

He did just enough with a score of 102.60 to take gold by just 1.95 points.

Brit Tom Daly set the early standard before settling for third to go with he gold he won alongside Matty Lee in the 10m synchronised diving earlier in the Games.

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Green's falls short of a medal on the greens

Hannah Green has fallen short of a medal as American world No.1 Nelly Korda added another chapter to her family's storied sporting career with a gripping win in Olympic women's golf.

Korda withstood a fierce challenge from the chasing pack to clinch gold on Saturday with a final-round two-under-par 69 at the Kasumigaseki Country Club.

The 23-year-old finished at 17 under, one shot ahead of New Zealand's former world No.1 Lydia Ko and Japan sensation Mone Inami, who both closed with 65s to set up a sudden-death playoff for the silver and bronze medals.

Either way, Ko is guaranteed to become golf's first dual Olympic medallist having also snared silver in Rio five years ago behind South Korea's Inbee Park.

India's Ashok Aditi (68) finished fourth at 15 under, two behind Korda, with Green a further two shots back in equal fifth with Dane Emily Kristine Pederson (68).

After starting the day five behind Korda in a share of third spot, Green's challenge appeared to have faltered when she ambled through the front nine in two over par to fall seven shots off the pace and four out of medals contention.

But the 2019 US PGA champion rallied with a spectacular back-nine blitz.

With four birdies and an eagle, Green went six under through seven holes before play was suspended due to lightning.

She missed another makeable birdie putt immediately after the 45-minute delay, then took bogey at the last to miss a medal.

Korda's triumph is the latest for the world No.1's incredible sporting family.

Her older sister Jessica, who finished tied 15th in Tokyo, won the 2012 Australian Open women's championship as a teenager, while younger brother Sebastian won the 2018 Australian Open junior tennis crown, 20 years after the talented trio's father Petr captured the men's title at Melbourne Park.

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Australian Rousseau into 10m diving final

Australian diver Cassiel Rousseau has comfortably advanced to Saturday afternoon's men's 10-metre platform final at the Tokyo Olympics.

Taking part in his first Games, Rousseau was ranked sixth in the field of 18 in the semi-final - with the top 12 going through to battle for the medals.

As they did in the preliminaries, Chinese duo Cao Tuan and Yang Jian dominated proceedings to be the top two qualifiers ahead of Russian Alexsandr Bondar and London 2012 bronze medallist Tom Daley from Great Britain.

After a middling start when he secured only a 67.20 for his opening dive, Rousseau was a picture on consistency in the semi-final.

His third dive was his best, a back three-and-a half somersaults in the tuck position for which he received a score of 84.15, and he finished with a six-dive total of 444.10.

Cao, the 2016 Olympics 3m springboard gold medallist, produced two dives in excess of 90 points, his final dive a 95.40 which included four nines from the seven judges.

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Sailor Belcher to carry Australian flag

Australia's most successful Olympic sailor Matt Belcher will carry the Australian flag at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Games.

Belcher, who won gold in the 470 class with Will Ryan in Tokyo, will lead about 70 Australian athletes into Sunday night's closing ceremony.

"To carry the flag is something that is really humbling," Belcher said. "It's a real privilege to not only be an Olympian but to represent Australia and to deliver a great performance alongside Will.

"To carry the flag it's something that is really humbling and I'm super proud to be able to achieve that."

Belcher's Tokyo gold medal follows a gold at the 2012 London Games and a silver medal the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Freeman video inspired Clancy to medal

Indigenous beach volleyballer Taliqua Clancy has revealed how a video sent by Cathy Freeman inspired her to a silver medal at the Tokyo Games.

Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar claimed only Australia's third Olympic medal in their sport and the first since Sydney 2000 when they combined for silver.

It was at the Sydney Games, of course, that Indigenous track star Freeman wrote her name into Olympic history by winning the 400 metres gold, having already lit the flame at the opening ceremony.

Asked for her Tokyo highlight, Clancy said: "It was (joint flagbearers) Cate (Campbell) and especially (Indigenous NBA star) Patty (Mills) even before we started the Olympics. I think that really set the tone of what was to come.

"But personally Cathy Freeman sent me an amazing video. It makes me want to tear up now and that's the highlight of my whole Olympics.

"The moment of that video reaffirmed my self-belief. She is so cool. I've had that on repeat from my quarter-final up to the final."

Two Aussie kayak fours into medal races

Australia will have two more chances for Olympic canoe sprint medals with the men's and women's K4 500 crews advancing to finals in Tokyo.

Looking to add to the shock kayak gold won by Tom Green and Jean van der Westhuyzen, the K4 crews lined up for semi-final races on Saturday morning.

The Australian men, including Olympic medallists Murray Stewart and Lachlan Tame, finished second in their semi behind Spain, who took silver at the 2019 world championships and hold the Olympic record.

World champions Germany comfortably won the other semi-final, with the medal race later on Saturday at Sea Forest Waterway.

Stewart, 35, was part of Australia's crew who won gold in the K4 1000m in London in 2012, with the 500m race replacing it in Tokyo.

Tame won bronze in the K2 in Rio with triple Olympic medallist Ken Wallace while the other paddlers in the K4 in Tokyo are Riley Fitzsimmons and Jordan Wood.

The Australian women's crew of Shannon Reynolds, Catherine McArthur, Jo Bridgen-Jones and Jaime Roberts squeaked into their final by just 0.032 seconds ahead of France.

Aussie Diver makes marathon history

Making her Games debut at the age of 44, Sinead Diver has become just the second Australian woman to finish in the top 10 in an Olympic marathon.

Diver, who was born and raised in Ireland before moving to Australia at the age of 25, stormed home in the closing stages on a hot and humid morning in Sapporo to finish 10th in a time of two hours 31 minutes and 14 seconds.

"I'm speechless, I'm so happy," said Diver. "I didn't expect to come top 10. That was something I really wanted before the race, so I'm absolutely stoked that I fought for that spot at the end. I had to sprint to get past the girl in front of me."

The only better Olympic performances by an Australian female marathoner came from Lisa Ondieki, who claimed the silver medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Games and was seventh in 1988.

Peres Jepchirchir upset fellow Kenyan and current world record holder Brigid Kosgei to win the gold medal.