Live updates: Tokyo Olympics, July 26 - All Blacks Sevens in pool play, Anton Cooper races for mountain bike gold, triathletes' early start

1:19am - That concludes our coverage for Monday/Tuesday morning. Be sure to tune in tomorrow from 9am for the start of the women's triathlon.

1:17am - Well that was far from pretty in the second half. The Black Sticks far less convincing than they were in dispatching of Argentina on Sunday, but an ugly win is good enough. Next up for the Kiwis - they play Spain on Wednesday and they are winless. 

Hockey: Pool B - Women's Black Sticks v Japan Fulltime - NZ 2 Japan 1
NZL 2 (Merry, Ralph goals) Japan 1 (Oikawa goal) 

1:13am - 30 seconds left and Japan attacking looking for the equaliser but the ball rolls out and that's the game. Two from two for the Kiwis.

1:12am - Just a couple minutes left now - Japan pressing for the goal.

1:09am - Black Sticks continue to hang on but have barely had possession since halftime. Total domination from Japan. 

1:05am - PC comes to nothing - good block from Gunson. Kiwis quickly down the other end but Thompson can't get a shot away with the keeper stranded.

1:01am - The Black Sticks just can't get any decent possession as Japan push for the equaliser. Japan looking for a penalty corner on review and that will be confirmed with the ball rebounding of Davies' foot inside the D. 

12:58am - Japan dominating possession with the Kiwis happy to sit back on their lead and they are now back to full-strength.

12:54am - That's the end of the third quarter - the Kiwi side clinging on to their one-goal lead but the play is all Japan at this point. 

12:52am - Yellow card shown to Liz Thompson and she will sit for five minutes.

12:49am - Another top class save from O'Hanlan denies Oikawa again.

12:48am - Another PC coming for Japan - they are playing with far more intent in the second spell.

12:46am - Chance for Julia King as she drives into the D and fires a hard shot on target but well saved by Asano in goal for Japan.

12:44am - Well-worked move but it's well wide from Okiawa. 

12:43am - Green card handed out to Katie Doar - two minute stint on the sideline for her and a penalty corner to boot for Japan.

12:38am - O'Hanlan makes a superb save off a laser of a shot to keep the Kiwis in the lead. 

12:37am - Shot is well saved by O'Hanlan - the Japanese are reviewing looking for a deflected ball off a Kiwi foot and that will be confirmed by the video umpire. Ball hit Keddell's left foot. 

12:36am - Early PC for Japan -ball comes off the back of the stick of a Kiwi defender.

12:35am - Back underway at the Oi Hockey Stadium - the Kiwis looking to build on their 2-1 lead.

12:24am - That's halftime and somehow New Zealand leads. They have made most of the play but hadn't looked like scoring when Japan took the lead. But two penalty corner's have resulted in two goals for the Kiwis and they lead at the break.

12:22am - Goal New Zealand (2-1): Merry's shot is well-blocked but she gets the rebound and fires the ball back towards goal - it goes between the legs of a Japanese defender and Hope Ralph deflects the ball past the keeper and NZ leads. 

12:21am - A push outside the D on Charlton and the Kiwis have their second PC.

12:19am - Goal New Zealand (1-1): Just like that and NZ is level. Merry slaps it in from the edge of the D - the keeper with no chance. 

12:17am - Finally the Kiwis win a penalty corner after nice work from Keddell.

12:16am - Japan continues to deny the Black Sticks. Happy to sit back and counter. New Zealand struggling to create anything of note.

12:14am - Yuri Nagai with a shot from close range but she can't hit the target.

12:12am - Half a chance for the Kiwis as Olivia Shannon drives into the D - she fires in a low cross for Merry but she can't get a stick on it.

12:09am - Goal Japan (1-0): Lovely worked PC as Okiawa with a drive from just insdie the D and it's to the right of O'Hanlen and into the bottom left of the goal. 

12:08am - Penalty Corner for Japan. Ella Gunsen with a deflection coming off her foot inside the D.

12:05am - Back underway after a quick drinks and tactical break. 

12:02am - First quarter done and dusted. 0-0

12:01am - NZ struggling to make inroads into the Japanese D...a wall of red in front of them. 

11:59pm - Obstruction is called and New Zealand get the ball back. 

11:58pm - PC comes to nothing but the umpire awards another PC. NZ review, claiming a block inside the D. 

11:57pm - Penalty Corner coming up for Japan with their first attack into NZ's red zone. 

11:54pm - All New Zealand through the first 10 minutes - Japan giving the ball away quickly when ever the gain possession.

11:51pm - Rose Keddell creates a chance but she shoots well wide.

11:48pm - Hope Ralph makes a run into the circle and gets a shot away but it's deflected to safety by a defender. 

11:47pm - The Kiwis dominating possession early doors, but no chances yet. 

11:45pm - Underway at the Oi Hockey Stadium. 

11:37pm - Eight minutes from the start of a key clash for New Zealand with some very tough games to come later in the week, a win here would almost book them a spot in the knockout phases. 

11:33pm - Up next - The women's Black Sticks look to follow up their 3-0 win against Argentina with victory against Japan.

Swimming - Women's 1500m freestyle: Heat two, Eve Thomas & Hayley McIntosh
Result: Thomas & McIntosh fail to qualify for final

Finish - Eve Thomas comes home strong, just behind 3rd spot for fourth - Six seconds down on her PB. McIntosh 16 seconds down on her PB. Neither Kiwi will advance unless something crazy happens.

1350m - Almost home now. Thomas in 4th - 11 second down on the leader....McIntosh still struggling at the back.

1100m - Thomas has slipped to 4th - 10 second behind the leader. McIntosh still 6th - 17 second behind. 

900m - Thomas back to second now - McIntosh really starting to fall off the back of the pack....10 second behind the leader.

800m - Thomas down to third now with McIntosh 6th - three-second behind her teammate.

400m - Not even halfway home. Thomas is 2nd,McIntosh 6th.

200m - Thomas is leading at the 200 mark, McIntosh back in 5th. They are on track to run slower than the first heat. 

11:13pm - This is going to take a while - 16 or so minutes. 

11:05pm - Not too far away from Kiwi duo Eve Thomas and Hayley McIntosh competing in the 1500m freestyle heats - and they have been drawn in the same heat which is due to run at 11:15.

Only the top eight times go through to the final so it'll be a tough ask for the young Kiwi swimmers. 

10:32pm - Here are some international stories making news today

Japan struck more gold on Monday as sentiment towards the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics appeared to shift, and local fans defied organisers to grab a glimpse of the Games.

Pint-sized 13-year-old Momiji Nishiya took gold in street skateboarding - new to the Olympics in Tokyo - while in one of the Games' staple sports a "Terminator" hunted down a dominator to set the swimming pool alight.

Schoolgirl skateboarder Nishiya is sure to lead bulletins and adorn front pages now.

"I welled up in tears because I was beyond happy," Nishiya said, describing the moment when she realised she had won gold.

Momiji Nishiya of Japan in action during the Women's Street Skateboarding Final
Momiji Nishiya of Japan in action during the Women's Street Skateboarding Final Photo credit: Getty Images

Her victory put Japan briefly atop the medals table with six golds, along with China and the United States. The US team later nosed ahead of Japan and China by winning a seventh.

Naomi Osaka looked good to add to the local haul later in the Games when she sailed into the third round of the tennis competition, sweeping past Swiss Viktorija Golubic.

"Definitely it would mean a lot for me to win gold here but I know it's a process," she said 

Britain's four-times Olympian Tom Daley finally won a long-yearned-for gold when, together with new diving partner Matty Lee, he pulled off a stunning victory in the men's 10 metre synchronised platform, ending China's stranglehold on the event.

Daley told reporters that LGBTQ representation at the Games can change lives.

"When I was a little boy and felt like an outsider and felt different and felt like I was never going to be anything because who I was wasn't what society wanted me to be, and to be able to see out LGBT people performing at the Olympic Games is, I hope (it) can give young kids hope," he said.

In the pool, Ariarne Titmus lived up to her "Terminator" moniker by clawing back American Katie Ledecky's early lead to win the 400m freestyle final and pour petrol on the fierce Australia-U.S. pool rivalry.

"I can't believe it, I'm trying to contain my emotions," said Titmus.

Still to come tonight: 

11:08pm - Swimming: Women's 1500m freestyle: Eve Thomas & Hayley McIntosh 
11:45pm - Hockey: Women's Black Sticks v Japan 

10:20pm - So Fairweather 1:98 second back from Ledecky who was quickest..... but she is just .8 of a second away from 8th spot - so a little improvement tomorrow and she could be in the final. 

10:15pm - That was a quick heat with 400m champ Titmus coming through to win... but the good news for New Zealand fans - Erika Fairweather has snuck into the top 16 - finishing 14th overall. Awesome job.

10:11pm - The third heat was slower than Fairweather's, but she's slipped to ninth overall.  So unless all eight go quicker in this heat she will be into the semi-finals.

10:10pm - Nice effort from the Kiwi - two second back from Ledecky and could end up near the tailend of the top 16.

Swimming - Women's 200m freestyle - Heat two: Erika Fairweather 

Finish - Ledecky wins - Fairweather back in fifth with a 1:57:26 - will see if that's good enough.

150m - Erika back in fourth as Ledecky moves to the front. 

Start - Decent start from the Kiwi - Ledecky is back in 4th. Fairweather 3rd.

10:04pm - Heat one in the books. 2:02 or better will get Fairweather close to a semi-final spot. 

10:00pm - 29 swimmers in all - top 16 go through to the semi-finals.

9:58pm - Not too far away from Erika Fairweather in her 200m freestyle heat. She has been drawn in the same heat as Katie Ledecky. 

9:54pm - Just a reminder in case you've been a asleep all day - we won bronze in the men's triathlon.
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Still to come tonight: 

10:05pm - Swimming: Women's 200 freestyle: Erika Fairweather 
11:08pm - Swimming: Women's 1500m freestyle: Eve Thomas & Hayley McIntosh 
11:45pm - Hockey: Women's Black Sticks v Japan 

William Warbrick scores
William Warbrick scores Photo credit: Photosport

8:52pm - That result puts New Zealand into the knockout stages - up next for them is Australia tomorrow afternoon in their final group game. 

Men's Rugby Sevens - New Zealand v Argentina 
Final score: New Zealand 35 bt Argentina 14

8:50pm - Try New Zealand: Great try. Knewstubb with a little grubber 30m out and Warbrick runs through to score and that's fulltime. NZ 35-14

8:47pm - Try New Zealand: That'll wrap it up. Mikkelsen in midfield runs over the top of one defender 30m out and he will dot down untouched. NZ 28-14

8:43pm - Try New Zealand: Joe Webber runs away to score after a nice piece of play from Scott Curry with an inside pass on halfway. Curry is down with injury. NZ 21-14

8:41pm - Try Argentina: Poor defence from the Kiwis. Nothing happening as the ball comes out to Gonzales who steps through a tackle and runs away to score. Molia with a poor miss. 14-14

8:40pm - A couple of early penalties against New Zealand.

8:38pm - Halftime and New Zealand has fought back well to take a seven-point lead into the break. 

8:37pm - Try New Zealand: Midfield scrum - Webber finds Molia and he steps his defender and races awat to score. NZ 14-7

8:36pm - Try New Zealand: Possession for the ABs..... Webber sights a gap and offloads to McGarvey-Black and he beats one and sprints away to score from 60m. 7-7

8:35pm - Penalty against Joe Webber and Argentina attack again 20m out.

8:34pm - Try Argentina: Monata gets on the outside of Ware and sprints away to score from inside his own half. ARG 7-0

8:33pm - Backline move breaks down for the ABs and Argentina counter but the defence is holding well so far. 

8:32pm - Underway in the rugby and NZ has a scrum 30m out form the Pumas line.

8:24pm - Welcome to the night shift.
Plenty on the schedule tonight as far as the Kiwis are concerned. 

8:30pm -  Sevens: New Zealand v Argentina 
10:05pm - Swimming: Women's 200 freestyle: Erika Fairweather 
11:08pm - Swimming: Women's 1500m freestyle: Eve Thomas & Hayley McIntosh 
11:45pm - Hockey: Women's Black Sticks v Japan 

NEXT: Sevens - New Zealand v Argentina - 8:30pm

Mountain biking (men's cross-country) - Kiwi Anton Cooper finishes sixth.


Britain's Pidcock is coasting in the lead now, down the home stretch he comes to claim gold!

Cooper crosses in sixth, edged in a photo finish with Franc's Koretzky. Great effort from the Cantabrian. Was in a tight battle for third throughout the race, but ultimately Valero Serrano was able to pull away to clinch the final podium spot.

Switzerland's Schurter takes silver.


Spain's Valero Serrano opening a gap at third now, has a three-second lead on Cooper, who's slipping off the pace.


One lap remaining! Bronze medal is right there for the taking for Cooper, who's now locked in a four-way tussle. 


Surfing update: Billy Stairmand's Olympics are over, going down to world champion Ferreira.


Swiss Schurter, France's Koretzky and Cooper tightly bundled in a ferocious battle for third. You get the sense this will eventually come down to a sprint.

They're in lap six of seven.


Cooper back to fourth but he's still just two seconds behind third. He has one less rival for third now, as mechanical failure ends Czech Ondrej Cink's race.


Surfing update - Ferreira has moved to 12.84 against Kiwi Stairmand's 6.77. Eight minutes left in their contest.


Two laps to go! Cooper still holding off his two rivals for third.


Cooper still in third. Pidcock and Flueckiger out ahead of the pack. Cooper looks to move clear now, two seconds ahead of fourth.


Surfing update - NZ's Stairmand at 6.77 against Ferreira's 7.50. 18 minutes in the round remaining in very choppy conditions.


Cooper in a three-way battle for third. Three and a half laps remain.


Kiwi surfer Billy Stairmand has begun his duel with Brazilian star Italo Ferreira. Would be a huge upset if he could pull this off.


Cooper works his way in front of Flueckiger and into third.


As they begin the fourth lap of seven, a clear breakaway pack of four riders has now formed, with Cooper in fourth.


Pidcock puts the foot down, overtakes the Swiss pair to claim first. Cooper still well in touch in fourth, just four seconds behind the leader.


Cooper back up to fourth place, the Cantabrian keeping pace with the leading pack.


The highly favoured Pidcock making his move now, as the field starts to separate. Cooper back to fifth.


Cooper into third, and right on the heels of the Swiss pair!


Cooper continues his climb through the field, settling into fourth place behind the two Swiss and Brazilian riders.


The riders come to the end of the first lap of seven, with Cooper sitting seventh. Swiss pair Schurter and Fluckiger up front.


Van der Poel goes down! The favourite takes a huge tumble on a downhill in a heavy fall. Comes up clutching his elbow. That could be the end of his race.


Cooper drops to ninth, as they hit another climb. Brazil's Avancini takes the lead. This course is living up to its billing, gruelling in the early going.


Into the first climb, they go. Strong start for Cooper, who's up to fourth place.


We are off! Dutch rider Mathieu van der Poel is one of the riders to beat here, alongside Great Britain's Tom Pidcock.


Seven laps of what's been touted as the most challenging track in Olympics history to come for Cooper and his competitors.

TO COME: Billy Stairmand (surfing) 6:40pm


Easy day out for NZ's Marcus Daniells and Michael Venus in the men's doubles tennis, as they advance to the quarter-finals, after the Netherlands' Wesley Koolhof and Jean-Julien Rojer were forced to withdraw due to Rojer contracting COVID-19.

5:25pm - Improved outing for Meech, as he crosses the finish line in 8th place, but he'll need a monumental effort when racing continues on Tuesday if he wants to repeat his podium of Rio 2016.


Meech has dropped back to the midfield now, currently sitting 16th. Finland's Kaarle Tapper leading the way. 


Meech right up in the mix here, sitting third after leg three of seven.


Next race underway! Great start for Meech, who immediately takes the lead.


Tough day on the water in very testing conditions for Meech, who finishes 19th. He'll have another chance in race three, which starts in five minute's time.


Uh oh, the Swedish boat has caused a chaotic pile-up after crashing into the marker. The boat capsizes and he'll likely cop a hefty penalty for that.

Meech drops to 26th.


Germany's Philipp Buhl rounds the third mark in first place. Meech back in 16th.


Meanwhile, Kiwi shooter Chloe Tipple is struggling in the skeet, currently placed 27th.


Meech currently placed 20th in the 35-strong field. Finland's Kaarle Tapper in the lead.


It's all go at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour. Meech stuck towards the back of the field in the early going.

3:09pm - Boats jostling at the start line, as the countdown begins.


Kiwi Sam Meech is out on the water in a packed field in some very challenging conditions. Big swells and certainly no shortage of winds.

- Ella Williams beaten by Brissa Henessy (third round)
Triathlon - Hayden Wilde (bronze), Tayler Reid (18th)
Rugby sevens - NZ 50 South Korea 5
Swimming - Erika Fairweather, eighth in 400m freestyle final



Titmus surges ahead on the last leg! Can she hold off Ledecky?

She does! Ledecky taks second, and Li Bingjie takes third.

Erika Fairweather finishes last in the final, but what effort from the Kiwi to be there!


Again, Ledecky isn't relenting. Fairweather is eighth of eight.

Titmus is making her move though.


Coming to the halfway stage, and Titmus is clawing her way back! Ledecky is still ahead though.


Ledecky is comfortably in front at the third turn, Titmus and McIntosh still taking the medals.


And Ledecky takes the lead at the second turn! Titmus stays second, McIntosh third.


Strong start from Fairweather! Canada's McIntosh takes the lead at the first turn, Titmus is second, Ledecky third.


We're all ready to go! And we're away!


The swimmers make their way to the pool! Fairweather is in lane six.


USA's Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus of Australia will be favourites to take a medal, but here's hoping the Kiwi can cause an upset.


We're just sitting through the men's 400m breaststroke final. 


Not too far away now from the 400m freestyle final. Can Erika Fairweather bring in NZ's second medal of the day?


The next Kiwi in action is Erika Fairweather, who last night stunned the world - and even herself to reach the final of the women's 400m freestyle.

That's at 2:20pm NZ time.

Rugby sevens


A good win first up for New Zealand, with points differential likely to play its part in deciding the seeds for the finals.



One last play, can New Zealand pass 50?

They can! Warbrick gets in for a second, too much for South Korea to handle!

14 mins - NZ 44 SOUTH KOREA 5


Penalty against South Korea in front of the posts, and McGarvey-Black scores right under the sticks.

Conversion's good.

13 mins - NZ 38 SOUTH KOREA 5


Another yellow card for South Korea, and this time it's the captain, they'll finish the match with six.

Nanai-Seturo runs in another try for the cause.

Conversion hits the posts.

12 mins - NZ 33 SOUTH KOREA 5


South Korea back to their full compliment. New Zealand go to Warbrick, and he scores now.

This is better from New Zealand.

Ng Shiu converts from in front.

10 mins - NZ 26 SOUTH KOREA 5


Huge overlap and New Zealand score on the left wing, Mikkelson with a double.

Conversion's no good though.

9 min - NZ 21 SOUTH KOREA 5

Penalty try NZ

Ware breaks down the wing, and looks for the pass back inside him, but it's knocked down by Chang, who's shown yellow and concedes a penalty try.

8 mins - NZ 14 SOUTH KOREA 5

Back underway, NZ kick off and Jyeong has it before bursting down the right wing again!

Scott Curry runs him down to make the tackle, and bundle him into touch!

NZ lineout.



And just like that, New Zealand score again, and it's the skipper that's done it. Mikkelson breaks the line, and South Korea don't get anywhere near him.

Knewstubb converts from right in front.

7 mins - NZ 7 SOUTH KOREA 5


South Korea go wide from the restart, and Jeong Yeon Sik scores down the right flank! Great bit of play from South Korea, can they level with the conversion?

They can't 

5 mins - NZ 7 SOUTH KOREA 0

South Korea have their first chance to run the ball from their own half. Penalty given away by Mikkelson. 

South Korea scrum, and they go through the hands, but don't make any real metres into the tackle. 

Penalty called against Webber for a high tackle.

3 mins - NZ 7 SOUTH KOREA 0


Penalty called against South Korea for obstruction, and NZ can attack. Mikkelson looks to break the line, before Knewstubb's attempted offload is intercepted.

Penalty called though, and Knewstubb takes is, catching South Korea napping, and he runs in to open the scoring.

Can he convert his own try? And he does!

1 min - NZ 0 SOUTH KOREA 0

Straight away, NZ have possession, Baker floats a huge pass out to the right, but it's called forward.
South Korea scrum.

1:01pm - NZ 0 SOUTH KOREA 0

South Korea kick us off, and we're away!


Tim Mikkelson leads New Zealand onto the field, one of two co-captains alongside Scott Curry.


The ball is carried onto the field by a motorized robot, as you do.


Conditions are perfect at Tokyo Stadium - although it might be a tad hot for the players' liking.


New Zealand are grouped in Pool A, along with Australia, Argentina, and their opponents for this match, South Korea.


Great Britain overcome a slow start to beat Canada 19-0.

NZ v South Korea is up next.


Fiji have been given a scare to begin their Olympic sevens gold medal defence, holding out for a 24-19 win over hosts Japan.

Great Britain v Canada is next up.


What a morning, and congrats again to Hayden Wilde!

The All Blacks sevens are up next - they face South Korea at 1:00pm.



Elsewhere, Ella Williams is out of the surfing event. The Whangamata native has been beaten by Costa Rica's Brisa Hennessy in the third round. 

Billy Stairmand will be up later this evening, he's against Brazil's Italo Ferreira at around 5:12pm.

Men's triathlon


A huge effort too from Tayler Reid, he finished in 18th place, but also put in some peformance, even leading during the bike stage.


Blummenfelt finds another gear, and he's surely home and dry! Less than 100m to go, and Blummenfelt has it!

Yee is back in second place, that should be silver for the Brit.

And Wilde takes third place! Great effort from the Kiwi!


Blummenfelt is really starting to go here! This has to be his race - but what about the tussle for second?

It'll be Yee v Wilde in the shootout for silver.


But Blummenfelt has a crack now, and he's out in front!

Yee goes past Wilde into second place, but the Kiwi has third place.


It's a three-way shootout at the front, and Wilde takes the lead!!!


Blummenfelt overtakes Wilde into second place. Yee starts to make his move.

Brownlee puts his foot down to overtake McDowell into fourth.

We're in for some finish...


Wilde is back into second as McDowell drops back! Blummenfelt has taken third place ahead of McDowell, but Yee is setting the pace out in front.


We're passed the halfway stage of the run. Yee is still first, but Kevin McDowell of the USA is second.

Hayden Wilde is still in the mix in third place at the halfway point.


Connix falls back though, Yee retakes the lead, Wilde retakes second.


France's Dorian Connix takes the lead from Yee though! 

The Brit is still second, with Hayden Wilde down to third.


There's four laps of 2.5km in this run. Yee holds the lead at the moment, but Hayden Wilde is second.

Tayler Reid has dropped to 16th.


Potential penalty against Salvisberg, with his transition from bike to run in question. 

He's out in front by around 14 seconds, with a penalty to be 15s.

Changes out in front at Great Britian's Alex Yee takes over, while Hayden Wilde is up into second place!


Right then, Salvisberg leads off the bike and into the run. 

Norway's Casper Stornes is second, Tayler Reid is third off the bike.

Hayden Wilde is 14th, and will position him for a crack at the leaders.

Ten kilometres of running to come before we'll know the winner...


Coming to the end of the bike, who'll take the lead into the run?


Lap seven of the bike, Switzerland's Andrea Salvisberg takes over as race leader.

Norway's Blummenfelt drops to second, Sharpe drops one place into third.

Tayler Reid is ninth, Hayden Wilde has slipped to 32nd.


Lap six of the bike. Lead change.

Norway's Kristian Blummenfelt takes the lead. Canada's Matthew Sharpe is second, Israel's Sagiv is down one place to third.

Tayler Reid stays sixth, Hayden Wilde is up to 17th.


Onto lap five. Zachaus holds his lead, Israel's Sachar Sagiv is second, Switzerland's Max Struder is third.

Tayler Reid is up from eighth to sixth. Hayden Wilde is making his move, up into 20th.


Austria's Alois Knabl is out of the race, issue with his bike chain. 

He's, understandably, gutted.

Zachaus holds his lead as we approach the fifth lap.


Onto the fourth lap of the bike, Luxembourg's Stefan Zachaus has taken the lead, followed by Australian pair Aaron Royle in second, and Jacob Birtwhistle in third.

Tayler Reid is eighth. 


New Zealand's Hayden Wilde is in 40th, but in no way out of the mix with the 10km run still to come.


Interestingly, the chasing pack has caught up with the leaders. 

This will be a very interesting race leading into the run. For now though, we're nearing the halfway stage of the bike.


Lap three of the bike, and the leading pack trade places again. There's a nine strong group at the front, all within touching distance of each other.

South Africa's SChoeman takes the lead. Belgium's van Riel keeps second, Brownlee keeps third.

Tayler reid is seventh.


And we've got a lead change!

Germany's Schomburg hits the front, Belgium's Marten van Riel is second, Brownlee is third.

South Africa's Henri Schoeman is fourth, with NZ's Tayler Reid now fifth.


Reid's compatriot, Hayden Wilde, is down in 43rd.


And Tayler Reid hits the front!

Britain's Jonathan Brownlee is second, ROC's Polyanskiy in third. 

France's Luis, who was the leader out of the water, has dropped to seventh.


It's very tight at the front, with NZ's Reid right in the mix.

Still a very long way to go though!


Reid's up to fourth in the bike leg! France's Luis holds first, ROC's Polyanskiy is second and Germany's Jonas Schomburg is third.


Coming into the end of the swim, who's going to be first out of the water?

Luis keeps his lead, Polyanski is second. NZ's Tayler Reid is fifth.


Luis takes the lead from Moya. ROC's Dmitry Polyanskiy is third.

Tayler Reid is best placed of the two Kiwis, he's in seventh. The other New Zealander, Hayden Wilde, is 39th.


Moya still holds the lead, but France's Vincent Luis is in hot pursuit.


We've been having some technical difficulties this morning, but everything appears to be alright now!

The first lot of triathletes are out of the water and finished their first leg of the swim, and are back in the water for the second.


Britain's Jonathan Brownlee is in the mix as well, looking to go one better than his silver medal won at Rio 2016.


Chile's Diego Moya has taken the early lead, out in front of the swim.


So, the course for today's race is two laps of 1500m each for the swim, then eight 40km laps on the bike, and four 10km laps to finish in the run.


We're away… again.


Ok, so we're all ready to start (again). How will this affect the favourites' chances? Can the triathletes regain their composure after that false start?


Wait just a minute! There's been a false start! Some of the competitors started the race before the official start!

Half are in the water, while the other half stay on the pontoon! Crazy scenes first up.


We're away! The athletes hit the water for the swim leg at Odiba Marine Park.


We're on for a 6:30am (local time) start to this triathlon, as a way around the searing heat in Tokyo!

About 10 minutes away from the start of today's race, the first event of the day.


Good morning - and get ready for day three of the Tokyo Olympics!

In case you missed it overnight, New Zealand had a very exciting end to day two. Teen Erika Fairweather has reached the final of the women's freestyle.

The Black Sticks women impressed by defeating Argentina 3-0, while the Black Sticks men came away 4-3 winners against Spain.

Things didn't go as well for the OlyWhites though, falling 3-2 to Honduras, and losing captain Winston Reid to a knee injury.

Up first today is the men's triathlon, with Hayden Wilde and Tayler Reid both in the hunt for New Zealand's first medal.

Fingers crossed one - if not both - can impress!

Day three schedule:

Women's Pool B - Black Sticks v Japan 11:45pm NZ

Men's cross country - Anton Cooper 6pm NZ

Men's Laser Races 2 & 3 - Sam Meech 3:05pm NZ

Men's pool round - All Blacks Sevens v Argentina 8:30pm NZ

Women's skeet qualifying 2 & finals - Chloe Tipple noon & 5:50pm NZ

Men's Round 3 - Billy Stairmand v Italo Ferreira (Brazil) 5:12pm NZ

Women's 400m freestyle final - Erika Fairweather 2:20pm NZ
Women's 200m freestyle heats - Erika Fairweather 10:05pm NZ
Women's 1500m freestyle heats - Hayley McIntosh & Eve Thomas 11:08pm NZ

Men's doubles second round - Marcus Daniell & Michael Venus v Koolhoff/Rojer (Netherlands) 5pm NZ


Kia ora, good morning and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the Tokyo Olympics, beginning early today, with the men's triathlon.

New Zealand's biggest hope in this race will be Hayden Wilde, who has also impressed as a track runner, where he has a personal best of 13m 29.47s over 5000m, where he is two-time defending national champion. That time has him ranks 14th on the NZ all-time list.

In triathlon, Wilde was ranked 11th on the 2019 ITU circuit, and has finished second at World Cup events at Cagliari 2018 and Mooloolaba 2020. He also finished third in the 2019 Olympic qualification race over this same course in 2019.

He'll be joined by Tayler Reid, and this duo will combine with Ainsley Thorpe and Nicole van der Kaay for the mixed relay later in the programme.

Two other Kiwis also chase medals today, with mountain biker Anton Cooper contesting the cross country race and swimmer Erika Fairweather in the 400m freestyle final.

The All Blacks Sevens begin their campaign with pool games against Korea and Argentina, while the Black Sticks women hope to build on their stunning opening win over Argentina, when they face Japan.

Kiwi teenager Erika Fairweather stuns the world to reach swimming final

Two weeks ago, Dunedin teenager Erika Fairweather was serenaded by All Blacks prop Angus Ta'avao, as her Kavanagh College schoolmates wished her luck for the Tokyo Olympics.

She was the youngest member of the biggest NZ team named for an Olympics, but probably not expected to make much of an impact at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

"So you're a freestyler," teased the international rugby prop. "I'm a bit of a freestyler myself.

"Erika, Erika, training to get betterer, not a real word, stay in school to get cleverer."

But Fairweather, 17, has taken just over four minutes to show the world she's not here just to duck class.

If Lewis Clareburt represented New Zealand's best hope of breaking a swimming medal drought that has lasted quarter of a century, the young freestyler has snuck under the radar, clocking the fourth fastest time in heats to qualify for Monday's 400m freestyle final.

Ranked 15th among the Games entries, her time of 4m 02.28s hacked four seconds off her previous best and broke a national record held by former Commonwealth Games champion Lauren Boyle, who finished eighth over 400 metres and fourth over 800 metres at the 2012 London Olympics.

With American world recordholder and reigning Olympic champion Katie Ledecky cruising to 4m00.45s in the previous race, most eyes were an Australian Ariarne Titmus in the centre of the pool and she duly obliged, leading all the way for a 4m 01.66s victory in final heat.

But way out in lane eight, Fairweather was quietly producing the race of her life, trailling the Aussie through 250m, briefly conceding second to Chinese Muhan Tang, but closing on Titmus over the final 100m.

Afterwards, she could be seen staring up at the scoreboard in disbelief, telling herself: "That's really fast."

If anything, Fairweather was probably expected to be more of a force over 200 metres, where she won the 2019 world junior title. Now she seems a genuine medal prospect over the longer distance, but must also back up for the shorter heats on Monday night. 

Meanwhile, the OlyWhites have suffered a double blow to their hopes of progressing out of football pool play, falling 3-2 to Honduras and likely losing captain Winston Reid to injury for the rest of the tournament.

Reid succumbed to a knee injury just moments after the start, but his team lead for most of the contest, only to lose with a soft goal as fulltime approached. New Zealand's two goals were crackers from Liberato Cacace in the 10th minute and Chris Wood early in the second half.

With South Korea defeating Romania 4-0, all four teams in Group B now have a win and a loss, with the OlyWhites needing victory over the Europeans on Wednesday to seal their quarter-final spot. 

After the Black Sticks women began their campaign with an upset win over Argentina on Sunday afternoon, the men have turned theirs around with a breathtaking 4-3 win over Spain early Monday morning (NZ time).

New Zealand seemed well in control of the contest, leading early and ahead 2-1 at halftime, but conceded two goals in the third quarter to fall behind and needed a late winner from Jake Smith to pull victory out of the fire.

After losing their opener against India, they now sit third in Group A, with the top four teams qualifying for quarter-finals, and face winless hosts Japan on Tuesday.