Live Updates: Tokyo Olympics, August 8 - Malcolm Hicks, Zane Robertson contest marathon, Holly Edmondston in cycling omnium, closing ceremony

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Golfer Lydia Ko added what could be our last medal of the Tokyo Olympics yesterday, with her bronze at the golf.

Marathon runner Zane Robertson finished 36th in the men's event and track cyclist Callum Saunders was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the men's Keirin.

Holly Edmonston - New Zealand's last medal hope - finished 10th in the four-event omnium which concludes the Games coverage.

Live Updates: Tokyo Olympics, August 8 - Malcolm Hicks, Zane Robertson contest marathon, Holly Edmondston in cycling omnium, closing ceremony

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1:15am - Closing ceremony

And the Olympic flame is extinguised at the Tokyo Stadium... it's over folks. 

The athletes that are left are now departing, wondering where their mates are. Thanks for joining us and see you in three years.

1:03am - Closing ceremony

Thomas Bach has taken the stage and is praising the message of hope given to the world by these Olympics - the stopwatch is on his speech.

He also thanks the volunteers: "The smiles in your eyes have warmed our hearts."

Bach finally declares the 32nd Olympiad closed and calls upon the youth of the world to assemble in Paris.

At this point, it has to be said many of the athletes seem to have left...

12:56am - Closing ceremony

The head of the organising committee - seven-time Olympic speed skater and cyclist Seiko Hashimoto - has thanked Japan for its delivery of the Games under such difficult circumstances.

She also thanks the athletes for the spirit in which they competed. Much was made of the fact that she spoke for only a few minutes at the opening ceremony, while Thomas Bach got to waffle on a bit - she's making up for it now.

12:49am - Closing ceremony

People of Paris gathered to celebrate the moment they receive the Olympic flag, including many of their Games heroes, whisked home for the occasion.

12:35am - Closing ceremony

After a celebration of Japanese culture, the ceremony now arrives at the handover of hosting responsibilities from Tokyo to Paris 2024.

The Olympic flag is being lowered and will be passed from the Governor of Tokyo to IOC president Thomas Bach, who will then pass it on the Paris Mayor.

12:19am - Closing ceremony

The organisers are now paying tribute to the volunteers that made the Games successful - they will probably stick around for the Paralympics that start later this month.

11:59pm - Closing ceremony

The Greek flag is now being raised, as home of the ancient Olympics and hosts of the firs modern Olympics in 1896.

Now they're presenting the medals for the two marathon events - men and women.

11:51pm - Closing ceremony

OK, here are the NZ team on their way to the stadium... hope they made it!

11:45pm - Closing ceremony

The Tokyo Ska Paradise Band is getting everyone warmed up for a party - their hire fee just went up by a couple of zeroes.

11:43pm - Closing ceremony

Spectacular light show in the stadium, simulating a waterfall and then rising to form the Olympic rings - that's impressive.

11:42pm - Closing ceremony

No sign of the Kiwis, must have moved straight to the bar ;-)

11:33pm - Closing ceremony

Plenty of Americans there to match in and even some oiled up Tongan imposters. Here comes trouble - the Aussies!

11:21pm - Closing ceremony

Here come the athletes, wearing masks and socially distanced. Remember, most of the athletes will have left the Games soon after competing, so less will attend this closing ceremony than normal.

11:10pm - Closing ceremony

Here come the flags of the teams competing in the Games - the teams do not follow behind their flags like the opening ceremony, athletes march together.

This is particularly symbolic at a time when everyone is meant to be apart, but they all stand together in this ceremony.

The flagbearers stand around a circle at the centre of the stadium - we're watching for the NZ flag, carried by Dame Val Adams. There she goes...

11:03pm - Closing ceremony

The Tokyo Stadium goes dark as the Japanese emperor Naruhito and IOC president Thomas Bach arrive for the ceremony, and the Japanese flag enters the stadium. The flag will be raised by members of the Japanese defence forces.

10:32pm - Closing ceremony

It's been a memorable Olympics, filled with poignant moments that we'll never forget... until at least the next ones, which are only three years away now.

Tonight, we'll say goodbye to a city that reluctantly hosted the Games, but hopefully will remember the experience fondly, now that it's all over. 

They were New Zealand's most successful Games in terms of medals won, they've uncovered stars for the future and probably farewelled legends of our sporting landscape, although none have officially signed off yet.

4:01pm - That's it for a live coverage of all the action from Tokyo. Grant Chapman will be back from 10pm tonight to bring you play-by-play from the closing ceremony. 

3:57pm - Cycling: Edmondston finishes in 10th spot in the Omnium. American Jennifer Valente wins gold, Yumi Kajihara from Japan silver and Kirsten Wild from the Netherlands the bronze. 

3:55pm - Cycling: No breaks coming so Edmondston is out of the medal hunt. 

3:50pm - Cycling: Edmondston wins another sprint. She is back up to 10th - 33 points out of the medals. She will need to lap the pack here to have a shot.

3:41pm - Cycling: Still only two points for the Kiwi through four sprints. She remains 11th. 

3:36pm - Cycling: Edmondston grabs a couple of points in the second sprint. She jumps up to 11th. Still 33 points out of the medals. 

3:28pm - Cycling: Okay - here we go with the points race. As we saw the other night with Campbell Stewart, you can make up points very quickly in this final event, so Edmondston not out of the hunt by any means in 12th spot. 

2:50pm - Cycling: The Kiwi picks up 22 points for her 10th place finish. She remains 12th on 60 points .... 34-points back from the medal spots.

2:40pm - Cycling: Edmondston eliminated in 10th spot.

2:39pm - Cycling - 10 riders ledt including the Kiwi and several of the big names already out.

2:37pm - Cycling: Elimination race in progress....Edmonston still alive with 15 or so riders left. 

2:11pm - Cycling: Edmonston lost a lap in the tempo race received a 10 point penalty for that .... The Kiwi now 12th on 14 points. 

2:03pm - Cycling: Holly Edmonston fails to score any points in the tempo race - so she stays on 24 points. Will work out shortly where that leaves her with two events to come.

1:37pm - Coming up at 1:45pm will be Holly Edmondston in the women's omnium tempo race. 

1:36pm - Cycling 

Saunders misses out on the semi-finals with a 5th place finish in his quarter-final heat. 

1:32pm - Cycling 

Coming up shortly, Kiwi Callum Saunders competes in the Keirin quarter-finals. Top four from each heat qualify for the semi-finals.

1:09pm - Cycling

NZ's Holly Edmondston is underway in the first of four races in the women's Omnium.

Nasty crash on the final lap, as several riders hit the track hard.

Edmondston manages to avoid the carnage to finish ninth, with the tempo race to come at 1:45pm.


NZ's Malcolm Hicks finishes 63rd.

We'll be back at 1pm for track cyclist Holly Edmondston in the first of four races in the women's Omnium.

12:16pm - Marathon

Kiwi Zane Robertson drags himself to the finish after a valiant effort in the sun, literally collapsing over the line to claim 36th.

12:09pm - Kipchoge wins!

The Kenyan cements his place as the GOAT with a dominant performance, becoming the third runner in history to defend the Olympic marathon gold.

Netherlands' Abdi Nageeye claims silver, with Belgium's Bashir Abdi in for bronze.

12:06pm - Marathon

No record for Kipchoge, but the gold is assured - now 1m 17s ahead of second place, the man is in a class of his own.

NZ's Robertson sits 23rd, Hicks at 63rd.

12:03pm - Marathon

Two kilometres remain - Kipchoge shooting to break his own record here, less than 2km left.

11:48am - Marathon

Kipchoge has sent a statement with a 5km blitz to take a massive lead. He's now 44 seconds ahead of his nearest rival with just 7km to go.

NZ's Robertson 22nd, Hicks in 70th.

11:34am - Marathon

Kipchoge makes his break early, clearly the Kenyan legend is in a groove.

10 metres clear of the pack now, 10km remain.

NZ's Robertson continues to advance his position, he's up to 19th now.

Hicks is back in 78th.

11:20am - Marathon

The heat is really starting to take its toll now. Two of the Ethiopian contingent have pulled out of the contest, while mutiple other runners are wilting under the Japanese sun.

Kipchoge leads a trio of Kenyans at the head of the arrow, 27km down.

11:10am - Marathon

The pack starting to separate now at 23km, but it's still Kipchoge up front.

Robertson has worked his way up to 29th, ahile Hicks has improved to 81st.

10:42am - Marathon

Kipchoge edges ahead of a large leading pack at the 14km mark.

Kiwi Robertson is still back in 37th, while Hicks sits 93rd.

10:18am - Marathon

Kiwi Zane Robertson up to 37th in the very earlygoings, as Kipchoge bides his time in11th.

10am - Marathon

And we're off! All eyes on Kenyan sensation Eliud Kipchoge at the front of the starting pack.

It's 7am in Japan and the temperature is already at 25 degrees. This will be a slog.


Morena, and welcome to the final day of the Tokyo Olympics.

It's all about the marathon and track cycling for the Kiwis today, and we'll start proceedings with Malcolm Hicks and Zane Robertson in the men's race, where the starting gun will sound at 10am.


Kia ora, good morning and welcome to the last day of Tokyo Olympics competition.

The last three weeks have been a bonanza of sport and even those who don't normally care have been lured into watching so many compelling moments.

Only three Kiwi athletes in action on Sunday, so difficult to see any addition to the NZ medal table.

Malcolm Hicks and Zane Robertson take on the men's marathon early, then track cyclist Holly Edmondston contests the women's omnium at the velodrome.

Robertson could be a darkhorse against the expected African dominance. He has spent much of his career training in Kenya and set national records on the track, before turning his attention to the marathon, where he set an NZ best of 2h 08m 19s at Gold Coast in 2019.

He was also only the fourth non-African to break one hour for the half-marathon.

Robertson won't be intimidated by the Africans, but the Sapporo heat will be a leveller.

Later, the Tokyo Games will officially end with the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium.

Sunday, August 8


Men's marathon - Malcolm Hicks & Zane Robertson 10am NZ


Women's omnium - Holly Edmondston 1pm NZ



'For my grandma': Kiwi Ko dedicates Olympic bronze to deceased grandmother

Lydia Ko has bagged bronze at the Tokyo Olympics golf tournament, after a stunning final round  at Kasumigaseki Country Club, and immediately dedicated her second Games medal to her recently deceased grandmother.

American Nelly Korda won the gold medal with a tense one-stroke victory to complete a United States sweep and secure another glittering prize for a royal family of sport.

Kiwi Ko and Japan's Mone Inami finished tied for second - a shot back from the world No.1 - with the Inami taking the silver, after Ko's par putt lipped out of the cup in the playoff. 

Ko, who won silver at Rio 2016, is now the only golfer to have medalled at both Olympics, since the sport was introduced to the programme.

Afterwards, the Kiwi broke down during a Golf Channel interview. 

Lydia Ko at Tokyo Olympics
Lydia Ko at Tokyo Olympics. Photo credit: Photosport

"In our private life, we lost my grandmother within a week ago and I was also playing for her as well," she sobbed. "I just wanted to make our family really proud and our country proud, and to win a medal means so much to everyone that has been on this journey with me.

"This is for my grandma."

Overnight leader by three strokes, Korda gave up a share of the lead to the fast-finishing Inami on the 17th, but the home favourite bogeyed 18, giving the American a precious one-stroke buffer as she shot towards the final green.

Korda landed her second in regulation and two-putted for the winning par, finishing with a 69 for a 17-under total of 267.

Korda was joined on the green by sister Jessica, who finished tied for 15th and gave the winner a hug.

Korda's triumph followed Xander Schauffele's win in the men's event on Sunday, underlining the United States' superpower status in the sport.

Ko started the day at 10-under - five shots back from Korda - but a blistering front nine that saw the 24-year-old sink five birdies had Ko in a share for the lead heading into the back nine.

But as Korda nailed two long birdie putts to regain her lead, Ko came up with two untidy bogeys on the 10th and 11th to halt her run.

Birdies on the 13th, 14th and 15th kept the pressure on Korda, but a bogey in the par three 16th hole ended her gold medal charge.

"There were a bunch of us tied for third going into today and I was just glad we were going to get some golf in," she told The Golf Channel. "I gave myself a good run at it and after the 72nd hole, I thought I had won bronze and didn't know I was going into a playoff.

"It would have been great if the colour was different, but to win a medal for my country, I'm very proud of it. To say I'm a two-time medallist, I'm very honoured."