There was a lot of drama in Tokyo on Tuesday and this is set to continue as the Olympic Games intensify further on Wednesday.
A titanic brawl in the pool is worth watching, but the action on the bike and on the basketball court will also attract a lot of attention.
Stats Perform guides you through the events not to be missed.
TITMUS AGAIN IN ALTO LEDECKY
Katie Ledecky is one of the dominant forces in the pool, having won gold in each of her previous four individual Games Finals since her debut in 2012 on her way to Tokyo, but was upset in the 2020 opening.
Ariarne Titmus, the 20-year-old Australian, beat the US world record holder by more than half a second in the 400m freestyle final.
Now, Titmus is returning for Ledecky’s crown as the two battle it out in the 200m freestyle, where another win would send a significant message.
THE STARS OF THE TOUR TAKE THE TIME TRIAL
There is no shortage of big names in the men’s time trial, with numerous Grand Tour winners involved, including Geraint Thomas, no doubt determined to put on a show after his crash in road racing.
Prepare those alarm clocks
Here are the main starting times for tomorrow # Tokyo2020 Time trial. Good luck guys!
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– INEOS Grenadiers (@INEOSGrenadiers) July 27, 2021
The last two men to come out perhaps represent the most likely Olympic champions, however, as Wout van Aert and Filippo Ganna seek gold.
Van Aert won the last two stages of the Tour de France, including a time trial on the penultimate day of competition.
FOCUS ON THE FOUR
The first rowing medals of the Games will be awarded on Wednesday, and the women’s four – back to the Olympics for the first time in 30 years – should deliver plenty of intrigue.
Australia’s world champions changed their lineup for the Olympics, having not competed internationally since winning their title in 2019. Meanwhile, the Netherlands, world silver medal winners and consecutive European champions , they dominated.
The two teams won their respective heats, but Australia’s time of six minutes 28.76 seconds was the best Olympic and nearly five seconds faster than the Dutch. Whether that chasm will remain when the boats are placed side by side is another question.
TWO-WAY TUSSLE AT THE GYM
There is more gymnastic action to look forward to, with the men’s individual final underway.
Home hope Daiki Hashimoto qualified with the best score and was outstanding for Japan in the team event but could only take silver as the hosts were knocked out by the Russian Olympic Committee.
It was Nikita Nagornyy’s floor routine that sealed the Russian success and he will aim for another gold after following Hashimoto in second place in qualifying.
CAN DREAM TEAM RECOVER FROM NIGHTMARE START?
The latest defense of the U.S. men’s basketball title started miserably with a defeat to France, the team that knocked them out at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
It was Team USA’s first Olympic defeat since 2004, but it’s highly unlikely that a second will follow when they face Iran. A great performance is needed regardless to calm the critics down.
– USA Basketball (@usabasketball) July 27, 2021
While France have given their all in basketball, they face their own humiliation in football. Only a two-goal win against hosts Japan, themselves in need of a point, will guarantee Les Bleus’ move to Group A.