Live updates: Tokyo Olympics, July 27 - Women's triathlon, busy day for rowing crews, David Nyika begins boxing campaign and men's Black Sticks in action

12:23am - Gymnastics: USA Gymnastics says Biles withdrew with a "medical issue" that will be reassessed over coming days to determine whether she can contest the all-round and apparatus finals later in the week.

Biles is the only gymnast to qualify in all four apparatus finals.

Midnight - Swimming: Another seven swimmers beat Reid's time in heat four, so he is officially out of final contention, as the final heat gets underway. That concludes the Kiwis in competition today, but we'll stick around to keep an eye on the developing situation at the gymnastics...

11:56pm - Swimming: Three swimmers in heat three beat Reid's time, so he is already ranked fifth with two more heats to come - the seeded races.

11:47pm - Gymnastics: Meanwhile, in a developing story, American superstar Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team event, after she appeared to injury a foot during the vault.

11:38pm - Swimming: Reid wins his heat in 7m 53.06s, so four seconds slower than Johansson. That probably won't be enough to see him through, but maybe he would have gone faster in a faster heat.

Let's see where that lands him...

11:36pm - Swimming: Reid still leads at 600m, but this is slower than the first heat.

He's drawing away now and will need to finish fast. With 100m left, he will need a 55s final stretch to beat the previous winner. 

11:32pm - Swimming: Kalmar from Hungary takes the lead off Reid at 200m, but the Kiwi is still second at 250m. 

Not much between them at 300m, but Nguyen of Vietnam is right with Reid now and passes him over the next 50m.

Halfway through and only 0.31 seconds over the first three, with Reid third.

Reid retakes the lead over the next length and still there at 500m, although Markos from Greece is on the scene now.

11:29pm - Swimming: Johansson of Weden has taken out the first heat in 7m 49.14s, so Reid will need a personal best to beat that.

Reid actually leads over the opening 50m, but obviously early days yet. He leads at 100m in 57.23s and 150m too.

11:21pm - Swimming: Nearing the final Kiwi to perform tonight, with Zac Reid contesting 800m freestyle heats at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

Reid is in lane six of the second heat, with a best time of 7m 53.50s - three others in his heat have swum faster, with five heats on the programme and the fastest eight progressing to the final.

9:53pm - Sevens: Huge upset, with Argentina - one man down for most of the game - have held on to beat South Africa 19-14 in their quarter-final, booking a semi spot against either Fiji or Australia.

9:51pm - Football: The Football Ferns have held Sweden scoreless over the second half of their Pool G match for a 2-0 loss - that's the first half they haven't conceded a goal this tournament.

Regardless, NZ are now out of the tournament and that's the end of coach Tom Sermanni's stint with the programme.

9:45pm - Sevens: Meanwhile, Argentina lead South Africa 14-67 early in the second half - despite having a player red-carded in the first. This could be a huge boilover.

9:42pm - Football: Ferns striker Hannah Wilkinson is substituted out of her 100th game for NZ, replaced by Gabi Rennie, who scored against Australia on debut last week. Only a few minutes to go, with Sweden leading 2-0.

9:23pm - Football: Halfway through the second half, NZ have held Sweden scoreless since the break and were unlucky not to have a penalty awarded, after the keeper brought Ria Percival down in the area. Referee and video review unsighted.

9:22pm - Sevens: And the Brits have staged a huge comeback to overhaul the Americans 26-21 in their quarter-final and book a semi against the All Blacks Sevens tomorrow - 19 unanswered points in the second half.

9:11pm - Sevens: At halftime, USA lead Great Britain 21-7, so looks like NZ will face the Americans tomorrow at this stage.

8:57pm - Sailing: Out on the water, Burling and Tuke have got their 49er title defence off to a mediocre start, finishing 12th in the opening race. Weather conditions have not been conducive to sailing off Enoshima and their two other scheduled races have been postponed.

8:54pm - Football: Meanwhile, the Football Ferns have reached halftime only 2-0 behind Sweden, with goals to Anvegard and Janogy.

8:51pm - Sevens: TRY to Jones

With time up on the clock, Canada have one last chance to salvage some respectability and Jones skids over in a couple of tackles. Too late, NZ 21-10

They will now face Great Briatin or USA in the semis tomorrow, whoever win the next quarter-final.

8:47pm - Sevens: TRY to Kay

Canada are over the line, but called back for a forward pass. They're playing under advantage though and from the penalty, they put a kick through, which Kay gathers to score under pressure from Newstubb, NZ 21-5

8:45pm - Sevens: NZ slowing the game down, happy they have a comfortable lead with four minutes remaining.They win another to thwart another Canada opportunity.

8:42pm - Sevens: Canada try to hit back from the restart, but a big tackle on the tryline ends their hopes for now, as NZ can clear their line.

8:41pm - Football: Quick update from the Football Ferns, who still trail Sweden 2-0 nearing halftime.

8:38pm - Sevens: TRY to Curry

With time up in the first half, Canada try to mount an attack, but concede a penalty. NZ have one last chance to stretch their advantage. Mikkelson pops the ball to Curry, who sprints 50m to score his second, NZ 21-0 

8:36pm - Sevens: TRY to Curry

Another promising attack ends when a pass goes astray, but NZ win the counter-ruck and Curry adds the second try, NZ 14-0

8:35pm - Sevens: TRY to Newstubb

From a penalty near the tryline, NZ take a quick tap and Newstubb takes the gap to open the scoring, NZ 7-0

8:34pm - Sevens: Canada turn the ball over near their own line, but great defence from NZ pins them deep and eventually wins an attacking scrum.

8:33pm - Sevens: Canada win the kick off, but NZ eventually gain possession through a breakdown penalty. What can they produce?

8:29pm - Football: As NZ and Canada take the field at the sevens, Sweden put their second goal on the Football Ferns and the rout is on!

8:26pm - Sevens: Canada were the lowest qualifers for the quarters, finishing as one of the best third placegetters in their pool.

The All Blacks Sevens lost in the quarter-finals at Rio 2016, falling to eventual champions Fiji, after losing to Japan and Great Britain in pool play - a forgettable result for the NZ men.

8:22pm - Sevens: Only moments away from NZ's mens quarterfinal against Canada, the first of the four medal matches tonight. Later, Great Britain face USA, South Africa take on Argentina and champions Fiji play Australia.

Women's football: New Zealand - 0    Sweden - 1

16 mins - GOAL SWEDEN

Corner clinically converted off the head of Anna Anvegaard. Tough blow for New Zealand, who have been right in this contest. 

13 mins

Encouraging start for the underdog Kiwis, going toe-to-toe with the Swedes.

We're underway...


Anthems underway in Saitama. Huge task ahead for the Football Ferns, up against the Swedish side which demolished the US women earlier in the competition.

Here's NZ's starting line-up.

KAYAK SLALOM: Kiwi Luuka Jones finishes sixth in final.


Last but definitely not least, here comes Aussie juggernaut Jessica Fox.

Sloppy finish for Fox, who can only claim bronze.

Gold to Germany's Ricarda Funk, silver for Maialen Chourraut. 

Jones finishes sixth.


Here comes the Funk! The German has moved into first place. 


Stefanie Horn from Italy has moved into second position, bumping Luuka Jones out of medal contention and down to fourth.

No podium finish this year for the Kiwi unfortunately.

7:31 - Luuka Jones into the water

Here we go, can the Kiwi repeat her podium finish of 2016?

Tauranga's finest is underway! Strong start, through the early gates quickly. Hesitant through gate six.

Two seconds off the leading pace through gate 16 of 25.

Tricky through the back stream, working hard through the final gates.

Jones' time is 110.67. She's in the bronze medal position with four paddlers to come, including hot favourite Aussie Jessica Fox.


Great Britain's Kimberley Woods into the mix now. Early gate miss from the Brit, that will cost her. Four penalties incurred, she's well out of the running.

Jones up next!


Here comes defending Olympic champion Maialen Chourraut from Spain.

On pace with the leading time here through the middle stages. Stumbles a bit in the final gates, but it's still good enough to claim the provisional top spot.

106.63 is now the time to beat. Woods up next, then Luuka Jones.


Netherlands' Martina Wegman next up. Well off the pace here, finishes at 111.33. Seven paddlers to go, Jones just two back in the queue now.


Ukraine's Us up next. Slow start from which she never really recovers, think we can rule her out of medal contention.

Finishes with a time of 111.85.


Poland's Zwolinska is the first out of the blocks for the final. She cops an early penalty on gate four, but clocks a time of 106.98 to set the early standard.


Just minutes away from the final now. Jones will be the sixth competitor of 10 in action.


Burling and Tuke still patiently awaiting the wind to pick up for their opening race in the 49ers. 


Aussie Jessica Fox proves why she's considered a hot favourite for the gold medal, going to the top of the field with a time four seconds faster than her closest rival.

Jones has officially qualified fifth for the final, which begins at 7pm.


Germany's Ricarda Funk bumps Jones down to fourth fastest.


Here we go, Jones out the gate!

Great speed out of the blocks. Negotiates the first two gates well, stumbles on the third but recovers well.

Two second penalty, takes a more cautious approach through the last of the upstream gates.

Over the line she goes, and Jones has qualified third fastest for the final with a strong time of 108.97.


Italy's Stefanie Horn is underway. Jones is up next.

Meanhwile, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke are awaiting the first of three races today, as they attempt to defend their Olympics 49er title. Lack of wind has caused a delayed start.


Slovakia's Eliska Mintalova at the top of the table. Jones has four competitors ahead of her in the queue, should be in the water in the next 15 minutes.

The top 10 competitors from this semi-final will advance to the final.


Jones is preparing to take to the gates for her bid for the final.


Sam Meech has finished 16th in race four of the men's Laser. He's currently placed 19th overall.


Plenty of Kiwis underway in the sailing.

Forgettable start for Rio 2016 silver medallists Alex Maloney and Molly Meech, who capsized in the 49er FX class in their opening race, then were disqualifed in their second race, after mistiming their run at the start line.

They'll have plenty to time to make up in race three, which starts at 4:50pm.

HOCKEY: Black Sticks Men - 2    Japan - 2


It's all over in the hockey, as the Black Sticks Men have to settle for a 2-2 draw against a determined Japan outfit.

Some late chances for the Kiwis in a drama-filled final few minutes, but they were unable to convert. They'll also rue a missed penalty in the third quarter, when Kane Russell hit the post with his attempt from the spot.

BOXING: David Nyika beats Youness Baalla 

RESULT - David Nyika wins via unanimous decision

Absolute shutout for the Kiwi, who reaffirms his medal potential with a superb debut fight.

Round three

Final round underway. Baalla needs a knockout to have any chance here.

Nyika getting loose now, mixing in some uppercuts, as he extends his combinations. Baalla lands a body shot, Nyika counters over the top with the right.

Nyika measures the left hook, punctuated by the ever-present jab. Doubles up and brings the left straight behind it.

And we are done here, Nyika far too classy. Looks like Baalla may have attampted to pull a Tyson v Holyfield with a bite?

Round two

Crisp one-two to open the round for Nyika. The Kiwi showing his class, his hand speed is causing Baalla all sorts of issues.

Nyika wears a left hook, best punch of the fight from Baalla. But Nyika just keeps racking up the jabs, using his range to stay clear of any counters.

Baalla's defence being breached at will by Nyika's jab, another comfortable round in the bag for the Kiwi.

Round one

They touch gloves and we are into the action.

Nyika establishing his jab early and with great success, finding his mark. Baalla in the centre of the ring, Nyika circling away and firing from the outside.

Big body shot lands for Nyika, Baalla grazes Nyika's chin with a counter left.

Nyika stays with his jab. If it ain't broke etc. Baalla comes over the top, that was the back of the head. Warned by the referee.

They clinch to see out a solid first round for the Kiwi, who has barely broken a sweat.


Nyika jumps into the ring, wearing Blue to Balla's red.


We are going to switch to the boxing ring now, where Kiwi Nyika is set to make his Olympics debut in the heavyweight division.

Third quarter


NZ refer a deflection in the circle and are awarded a penalty corner. Deflection out of bounds, they'll have another crack.

Bang, second time lucky and the Kiwis have equalised through Sam Lane. Big deflection gives the keeper no chance.

8 mins - GOAL JAPAN

Wow, that was special. Kenta dribbles from halfway, breaks off two defenders then slides one past the NZ keeper. That's the best hockey play I've ever seen, and I have seen very few.

10 mins

Penalty stroke awarded to NZ for obstruction by the goalie! Japan want to use a review here, but they're unsuccessful.

Kane Russell hits the post from the spot! No goal, huge chance gone begging for the Kiwis.

11 mins

Dangerous deflection near the goal mouth is parried away expertly by the NZ goalie. Super reactions there to prevent the score.

14 mins

Ouch, painful start to the second half, as the Japanese defender cops a hockey ball right on the kneecap. He'll be feeling that in the onsen later.

Second half underway


Anyone's game here after a back and forth first half, although you'd have to say the Japanese have created the most chances.

Second quarter

14 mins

Goal mouth scramble results in a penalty corner for NZ.

Sloppy execution from the Kiwis, Russell unable to get off a clean shot and ball rolls to safety.

12 mins

It's a real midfield tussle out here, scoring opportunties have been scarce.

5 mins

Penalty corner goes NZ's way. Shot from Russell deflects off a defender and out of bounds. They'll have another chance. Superb block from the Japan defender, and the hosts survive.

1 min

Japan back on attack to get the second quarter underway, some sturdy defence from NZ captain Tarrant stemming the tide.


That'll do us for the opening quarter. Japan has certainly had the run of play after their stunner of an early goal, but the Kiwis will be satisfied to have levelled despite their lacklustre start.

First quarter


The Kiwis level the scores courtesy of a penalty corner, Nick Wilson on hand to tap in the rebound.

7 mins 

All the momentum with Japan in he early running, as the Kiwis squander what little possession they've had.

2 mins - GOAL JAPAN

A moment of individual brilliance from Koji Yamasaki puts the hosts up early. Dream start for the locals, and what a way to celebrate your 100th test.


Anthems and obligatory stick touches done and dusted, and we are underway.


We're about eight minutes away from the start of play between the Black Sticks Men and Japan. Overcast and extremely muggy condition in Tokyo, humidity at 86 percent. 


The All Blacks Sevens appear to have their quarter-finals opponents confirmed - Canada, it is. Join us for live coverage of that match at 8:30pm. 


Impressive comeback win from the All Blacks Sevens against the Aussies, who will play later tonight in the quarter-final against an opponent yet to be determined.

The next Kiwis off the rank are the Black Sticks Men, who begin their clash with the host nation at 2:45pm.

Rugby sevens


So that means that New Zealand will top Pool A, now we just have to wait to see who the All Blacks sevens play in the quarter-final.

1:49pm: FULLTIME - NZ 14 AUS 12

NZ boot the ball into touch - and that's it!

The All Blacks sevens finish pool play unbeaten!

1:49pm: 14 mins - NZ 14 AUS 12

NZ scrum. Weber runs off the back and tries to run, but he loses possession! 

Thirty seconds left. Samu Kerevi looks to run - but he drops it!

Surely that's that?!

1:48pm: 13 mins - NZ 14 AUS 12

Australia lineout, Longbottom to throw - but they knock on bringing it down!

NZ scrum.

1:47pm: 13 mins - NZ 14 AUS 12

Knock on from NZ, so Australia have a scrum. Penalty against NZ for not rolling away, Amanaki Nicole the culprit.

1:45pm: 12 mins - NZ 14 AUS 12


New Zealand holding the ball as Knewstubb breaks through to score under the posts!

The conversion's good, and the All Blacks sevens lead!

1:44pm: 11 mins - NZ 7 AUS 12

New Zealand turn the ball over from the restart! They go wide to Mikkelsen, who runs hard and takes the tackle. 

Australia are offside in trying to tackle Nanai-Seturo. Molia takes the tap quickly, and catches Australia offside again - this should be a yellow? But Australia get away with it?!

1:43pm: 9 mins - NZ 7 AUS 12

Chaos at the restart, Collier takes the man in the air. Will this be yellow? It is.

NZ down to six for a couple of minutes.

1:41pm: 8 mins - NZ 7 AUS 12


The second half starts, and New Zealand have a penalty straight away!

Tone Ng Shiu breaks down the wing and finds Collier unmarked inside him to score!

The conversion hits the post and goes over.

1:38pm: HALFTIME - NZ 0 AUS 12

Offside called against Australia from the kick-off as the siren goes. NZ have one play to hit back before the break.

They can't though, Australia win the penalty through Lachie Anderson, and that's halftime.

1:36pm: 7 mins - NZ 0 AUS 12


Switching to the rugby sevens, where Australia have taken a 7-0 early lead over the All Blacks sevens.

Make that 12-0, Josh Coward scores a second try for the Aussies!

The conversion's no good though.



Erika Fairweather finishes in eighth place with a time of 1m 59.14s.


Titmus takes it at the end, Haughey second, China's Yang takes third.


Hong Kong's Haughey takes the lead, but Titmus is starting to make a move.


Oleksiak of Canada takes the lead at the first turn.


We're away! 


Fairweather is in lane one for this race. Ariarne Titmus is also in this race, backing up from her gold in the 400m freestyle final.


The swimmers are going through their warm-ups, not long now. Meanwhile the All Blacks sevens are about to kick-off against Australia.


We're about 10 minutes away from a huge afternoon.


That's that for the women's triathlon, but we've got more Kiwis in action at 1:30!

Erika Fairweather is back in action in the women's 200m freestyle semi-finals, while the All Blacks sevens face Australia at the same time!

Stay with us until then.

Women's triathlon


Van der Kay crosses the line in 29th place, a huge effort to get home in what was a very good field.


Still waiting on van der Kaay to finish, she was nearly seven minutes behind the leader at last count.


Georgia Taylor-Brown comes home for second place, and collapses over the line.

Katie Zeferes gets home third.


Duffy rounds the final corner, she's got a free run at the line.

History for Bermuda, and Flora Duffy crosses the line to win her country's first gold medal, and second medal ever!


Van der Kaay enters her final lap, more than 6m 30s behind Duffy.


Taylor-Brown overtakes Zaferes as she enters the final lap.

Both are still more than a minute behind Duffy though.


Final lap of the run, and Duffy is 2.5km from Bermuda's first Olympic gold.


Duffy is motoring on, her lead is out to 47 seconds on Zaferes. Van der Kaay is 27th, now nearly 5m 30s behind.


It's probably worth noting that Duffy is on course for Bermuda's maiden Olympic gold medal if she can hang on to her lead here.

Her lead is currently at around 17 seconds ahead of Zaferes. Nicole van der Kaay is back down to 27th.


Duffy holds the lead after the first 2.5km lap of the run. Zaferes takes over in second place.

Taylor-Brown is third. 


Duffy takes the lead from Zaferes in the run, as the front group becomes a front two.

The chasing group, including van der Kaay, arrive to transition into the run. 

Where can the Kiwi emerge - 22nd!


Here we go, as the lead group transition from the bike to the run after their eighth lap.

Zaferes has the lead off the bike, but can she keep it after the transition? She can.

Zaferes holds first, Lindemann second, Duffy third.


Lap seven is finished, and there's been another change at the front.

Zaferes is now out in front, followed by Learmonth and Duffy in second and third.

Van der Kaay is still 27th, over three minutes behind.


Nicole van der Kaay is still down in 27th place, but the gap between her and the front pack is nearly three minutes heading towards the run.

It's not impossible, but that's a lot of ground to have to make up.


Lap five finished, and we've had a change of leader. Duffy is now out in front, followed by Lindemann. Taylor-Brown has gone from first to third.

Conditions are really dire out there. The surface is very wet.


The front group is about six strong. Great Britain's Taylor-Brown and Learmonth and Bermuda's Duffy are in the medal positions.

Brazil's Lopes is fourth, Germany's Laura Lindemann is fifth, and USA's Katie Zaferes is sixth.

Nicole van der Kay is 27th at last count.


Lap five of the bike is done and dusted. Taylor-Brown takes the lead, Learmonth second and Duffy third.


Past the halfway stage of the bike, and Learmonth is back in front.

Taylor-Brown is second, Duffy third.

Van der Kaay is 27th, more than two minutes behind the leading pack.


The third lap of the bike has been completed. Taylor-Brown is back into the lead, Learmonth second, Duffy third.

NZ's van der Kaay is 25th.


Word has come through that Thorpe is officially out of the race. 


Nicole van der Kaay is 25th at last timing. Still no word on Thorpe.


Like yesterday, it looks like the leading group are going to take turns at the front of the pack.

Duffy takes over in first, followed by Zaferes as Taylor-Brown and Learmonth drop to third and fourth.


We're still waiting to hear if Thorpe's going to carry on. The official timing has the Kiwi listed as "in transition."

Elsewhere, four other competitors have been forced to retire.

One from France, one from ROC, Japan, Mexico and Austria.


Disaster for the Kiwis! Ainsley Thorpe has fallen off her bike, and it looks like her race is done too!

Fellow Kiwi Nicole van der Kaay is 23rd after the first lap of the bike.


The rain that's fallen today has seen the bike race become quite treacherous. 

ROC's Anastasia Gorbunova has taken a nasty fall on the greasy surface, and her race is over.

Great Britain's Georga Taylor-Brown has taken the lead from compatriot Learmonth.

Bermuda's Flora Duffy is now third.


Coming to the end of the swim, and Learmonth holds first. USA's Summer Rappaport is second and Lopes is third as we start the first lap of the bike.

Ainsley Thorpe is 15th, Nicole van der Kaay is 23rd.


After being timed out of the water, Kiwis Ainsley Thorpe is 15th, while Nicole van der Kaay is 21st.


Learmonth has the lead nearing the end of the first lap - 950m long. She's out of the water first.

Lopes is second out, USA's Katie Zaferes is third.

The second swimming lap is 550m, making up the 1500m.


Learmonth has pulled away from the chasing pack, Brazil's Vittoria Lopes looks to be second.

No sign of either of the two Kiwis just yet.


Great Britain's Jessica Learmonth has taken the lead, as the athletes round the first mark.


Australia's Emma Jeffcoat looks to have the early advantage, while Great Britain's Vicky Holland is also near the front. 


We're off!


The athletes line up on the pontoon. 

Just going over the course, there's 1500m of swimming, eight 5km laps on the bike, and a 10km run.


Confirmation that the triathlon will start at 9:45am. 


The first real bit of news is that there's a 15 minute delay to the start, with bad weather having set in over Tokyo. 

Officials are hopeful of a 9:45am (NZ time) start.


Good morning! Another huge day on the cards from Tokyo.

Up first are triathletes Ainsley Thorpe and Nicole van der Kaay, looking to add to New Zealand's medal haul after the heroics of Hamish Wilde on Monday.

We'll stay across everything, and bring you all the latest results as they happen.


Day four schedule:

Men's heavyweight round of 16 - David Nyika v Youness Baalla (Morocco) 3:51pm NZ

Women's K1 slalom semis & final - Luuka Jones 5pm & 7:15pm NZ

Women's first round - Football Ferns v Sweden 8pm NZ

Men's Pool A - Black Sticks v Japan 2:45pm NZ

Women's 49er FX, Races 1, 2 & 3 - Alex Maloney & Molly Meech 3:05pm NZ
Men's Laser, Races 4 & 5 - Sam Meech 3:15pm NZ
Men's Finn, Races 1 & 2 - Josh Junior 4:05pm NZ
Men's 49er, Races 1, 2 & 3 - Peter Burling & Blair Tuke 5:50pm NZ

Men's pool round - All Blacks Sevens v Australia 1:30pm NZ
Men's quarter-finals - All Blacks Sevens 8:30pm NZ

Women's 200m freestyle semi-finals - Erika Fairweather 12:30pm NZ
Men's 800m freestyle heats - Zac Reid 11:37pm NZ

Men's doubles second round - Marcus Daniell & Michael Venus 2pm NZ

Women's individual - Ainsley Thorpe & Nicole van der Kaay 9:30am NZ

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

Just 24 hours removed from Hayden Wilde's sensational bronze medal effort in the men's event, the onus now falls on Ainsley Thorpe and Nicole van der Kaay in the women's event in downtown Tokyo. 

Plenty of other Kiwis in action today including the All Blacks Sevens who wrap up pool play against Australia after a perfect two-from-two yesterday.

It's all go at the rowing with the men's and women's pairs in semi-final action, while the men's Black Sticks look to make it two wins in a row when they take on Japan.

Luuka Jones competes in the semi-finals of the canoe slalom this evening while Peter Burling and Blair Tuke get their Olympic defence underway in the 49er class.