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Tokyo Olympics day one, what you missed overnight: First gold, Andy Murray win and rowing woe for Team GB

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Tokyo Olympics day one, what you missed overnight: First gold, Andy Murray win and rowing woe for Team GB

It’s day one at the Tokyo Olympics and the medals are already being dished out.

Here’s what you missed overnight...

China take first gold

China’s Yang Qian won the first gold medal of the Games in the women’s 10m air rifle with an Olympic record score of 251.8, ahead of Russian athlete Anastasiia Galashina and Switzerland’s Nina Christen.

Team GB’s representative, Seonaid McIntosh, narrowly missed out on the final after finishing 12th in qualifying but will return for her stronger 50m event later in the Games.


Rowers woe

After several under-performances on the opening day of the Olympic regatta, there were more worrying results for Team GB at the Sea Forest Waterway.

European champions Helen Glover and olly Swann reached the semi-finals of the women’s pair but only by finishing third in their heat, while Emily Craig and Imogen Grant, among the favourites for gold in the lightweight double sculls, were beaten by Romania in theirs.

Things were even worse for the men’s eight - considered co-favourites for gold - as they finished last, as did the women's boat, leaving both to face the repechage.

Britain’s flagship, the men’s four - which has won gold at each of the past five Games - did at least restore some hope with a dominant display.

 (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Murray off to flier

Andy Murray, the men's singles champion from both London and Rio, got his Tokyo campaign off to the perfect start with victory in the men's doubles alongside Joe Salisbury. The pair beat French Open champions Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in straight sets.

Things were tougher for Team GB's sole representative in the women's singles, though, as Heather Watson was beaten by Germany's Anna-Lena Friedsam.

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