Volleyballers fall to USA, Barber takes home bronze

The 2020 Tokyo Games are nearing an end, with so many golden moments etched in our memories and just a few more to come.

Australia is still in there fighting for Olympic glory with boxing, kayaking and a host of track and field events still going.

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Read on for rolling coverage of Australia's efforts at the Olympics:

Kelsey-Lee Barber takes home bronze

Australian Kelsey-Lee Barber has come good when it mattered most to win the bronze medal in the women's javelin at the Tokyo Olympics.

After struggling for much of the year, the 2019 world champion stepped up again on the biggest stage.

She was guaranteed at least the bronze medal on Friday night before unleashing her final throw.

Barber's last throw of 64.56m was her biggest of the competition but it was not quite enough to move her any further up the leaderboard.

Liu Shiying from China took the gold with 66.34m and Poland's Maria Andrejczyk was second with 64.61m.

Kathryn Mitchell was sixth and fellow Australian Mackenzie Little was eighth.

It was the first time that three Australians had finished in the top eight in any field event at Olympic level.

The only other Australian to win an Olympic javelin medal was Louise Currey who took home the gold in Atlanta in 1996.

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Yahiro bounced out of karate prelims

Tsuneari Yahiro could have a slice of Australian Olympic history that will never be matched.

The 33-year-old Sydneysider on Friday became the first person to represent Australia in karate at the Olympics, and could well be the last.

Karate is making its Olympic debut at the historic Nippon Budokan in Japan, but has been left off the list of sports for the Paris 2024 Games.

The reality is this may be the only time the sport ever gets to grace the Olympic stage, making it a unique experience for the competitors.

On the floor, Yahiro didn't put up much resistance in the men's kumite 75kg class, losing all four of his contests in the preliminary round to finish bottom of his pool.

He managed an Ippon - a kick to the head of an opponent which earns three points - in his first match-up with Kazakhstan's Nurkanat Azhikanov, but went down 6-3.

He lost his next two contests 5-0 before closing out with another Ippon in an 8-3 defeat to German Noah Bitsch.

The top two from the two pools of five progress to the medal round.

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Top eights for walkers Montag and Cowley

Australian walker Jemima Montag has further enhanced her reputation as a big-event performer by finishing an admirable sixth in the women's 20km race at the Tokyo Olympics.

Montag, 23, was in the lead group for much of Friday's race in the northern city of Sapporo.

In brutally hot conditions, Montag was dropped with six kilometres to go but hung tough to cross the line sixth in one hour 30 minutes and 39 seconds.

Italian Antonella Palmisano took the gold in 1:29.12 ahead of Colombia's Sandra Arenas and Liu Hong from China.

Montag now has top-10 finishes in her debuts at both the Olympics and the world championships to go with her gold-medal effort at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Fellow Australians Katie Hayward and Rebecca Henderson were 37th and 38th respectively.

In an event lasting almost four hours, it took a photo finish to determine that Australian Rhydian Cowley had finished eighth - rather than seventh - in the men's 50km walk earlier in the day.

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Diver Rousseau reaches Tokyo semi

Australian diver Cassiel Rousseau has qualified for the men's 10-metre platform semi-final at his first Olympics, starting off in style some 65 years after his grandfather won gold in Melbourne.

Rousseau, who represented Australia in acrobatic gymnastics at several international events before switching focus to the pool in 2017, finished eighth in the preliminary round in Tokyo.

The 20-year-old will take part in an 18-strong semi on Saturday morning, with the top 12 divers in that competition advancing to a final later in the day.

China's Yang Jian, who signed off with a spectacular forward four-and-a-half somersaults in the pike position that was awarded a score of 102.5, topped Friday's qualifying with a total of 546.9 points.

Brit Tom Daley, who won 10m-synchronised gold at this Games and passed time between Friday's dives by knitting, qualified in fourth position with 453.7 points.

Rousseau secured 423.55 points from his six dives, while compatriot Sam Fricker finished 28th with 306.5 points.

Rousseau, Australia's final chance of adding a further Tokyo Olympics diving medal to Melissa Wu's bronze, was born and bred in Brisbane.

But his late grandfather Michel Rousseau, a track cyclist, delivered one of France's four gold medals at the 1956 Melbourne Games.

Cassiel Rousseau, who finished ninth in the 10m event at the 2019 world championships, was the first of 29 divers to hit the water on Friday.

Rousseau's opening score of 68.8 helped settle any nerves, lifting him into 11th spot after the first round of dives.

The Queenslander was ranked ninth at the halfway point of proceedings and saved his best for last, earning a score of 83.25 for a forward four-and-a-half somersaults in the tuck position.

Fricker, who boasts 1.1 million TikTok followers and launched his own wheat-based drinking straw company while at school, slipped out of the top 18 after his second dive.

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You can read more about diver Sam Fricker here

Australia finish seventh as Britain's Kenny makes cycling history

British legend Laura Kenny is the first woman to win five Olympic cycling gold medals after combining with Katie Archibald to dominate the madison.

Despite Archibald crashing early in the 30km event, Great Britain torched their opposition on Friday at the Izu Velodrome.

They won on 78 points, more than double the total of silver medallists Denmark, and the Russians won bronze on 26 as the madison made its Olympic debut as a women's event.

Australia's Annette Edmondson and Georgia Baker won an intermediate sprint, but Edmondson was caught in a crash late in the race and they finished seventh on nine points.

Also on Friday, Australian sprinter Kaarle McCulloch lacked the speed to hold off her more-fancied rivals in the sprint.

After qualifying 14th fastest, McCulloch fell to New Zealand rising star Ellesse Andrews, the day after Andrews won a surprise silver in the keirin.

McCulloch stayed alive by winning her repechage heat, but lost to Canadian Kelsey Mitchell in round two and then China's Zhong Tianshi knocked the Australian out of the competition in their round-two repechage heat.

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Boxer Garside claims bronze for Australia

He was out-boxed and out-classed, but Harry Garside cemented his place in Australian boxing folklore by ending a three-decade Olympic medal drought.

Garside, the ballet-dancing plumber from Lilydale, Victoria who endeared himself to the nation with his boxing pluck and post-bout honesty, was well beaten by Cuban Andy Cruz in his Tokyo Games lightweight semi-final.

But in doing so he collected bronze - just Australia's fifth Olympic boxing medal, and first since Grahame 'Spike' Cheney claimed silver in Seoul in 1988.

"(I'm) just a little bit heartbroken," Garside said after the unanimous decision.

"I felt outclassed a little bit, but I had a red-hot crack and that's what Australians do, we have a red-hot dip and I'm proud of myself for that.

"I really wanted to be the first ever to win an Olympic gold medal, but hopefully he (Cruz) goes far and wins the next fight."

Cruz is no mug. He is a two-time world champion, has had more than 100 fights.

The 25-year-old has just one loss in his past 75 bouts and is widely considered the best pound-for-pound amateur fighter in the world.

As brave as he was, Garside - who has had just over 30 fights - was clearly overmatched.

Cruz was relentless throughout the three round contest, equally effective on the front foot or counter-punching as he landed blow after blow on the 24-year-old.

He won every judge's card in each round, and will go into the gold medal bout against American Keyshawn Davis a warm favourite.

"He's just an exceptional athlete, I've always wanted to fight him just to see how I stack up against him," Garside said.

"He was just too good tonight.

"It's pretty crazy that I'm here, it hasn't really sunk in.

"I did this for Australia, I know Australia's proud of me that I got a bronze, I know I wanted a gold."

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Silver for Australia in beach volleyball

Australian beach volleyballers Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar have suffered a straight-sets loss to April Ross and Alix Klineman in their Tokyo Olympics gold-medal match.

United States duo Ross and Klineman prevailed 21-15 21-16 on Friday, capping a dominant tournament in which they only dropped a single set.

Clancy and Artacho del Solar were forced to settle for silver as they collected Australia's first Olympic medal in the sport since Natalie Cook and Kerri Pottharst's unforgettable gold at Sydney 2000.


Australian kayak crew go direct to semis

The men's K4 crew are straight through to the semi-finals as Australia's canoe sprint paddlers chase more Olympic medals in Tokyo.

Following Thursday's shock gold medal triumph in the K2 by Tom Green and Jean van der Westhuyzen, the K4 crews took to the water on Friday morning in heats of the 500 metres race.

The men's team includes two former medallists - Murray Stewart, who won gold in the K4 1000m in London, and Lachlan Tame, who won bronze in the K2 1000m in Rio.

They are joined by Riley Fitzsimmons and Jordan Wood.

The Australians couldn't catch the pace-setting German team, but held off Belarus for second spot, with the top two crews skipping the repechage round.

It's the first time this event has been raced, replacing the K4 1000m.

The women's crew of Shannon Reynolds, Catherine McArthur, Jo-Bridgen-Jones, Jaime Roberts finished fourth in their heat and race again later Friday for a semi-final berth.

Josie Bulmer and Bernadette Wallace, who are Australia's first ever female canoe athletes, will also contest the repechage after their C2 500m heat.


Aussie Cowley eighth in the brutal 50km walk

In an event lasting almost four hours, it took a photo finish to determine that Australian Rhydian Cowley had finished eighth - rather than seventh - in the 50km walk at the Tokyo Olympics.

Either way, a top-10 finish on Friday morning was a tremendous result for the 30-year-old Victorian, who was 33rd in the 20km event on his Games debut five years ago in Rio.

In an event for so long synonymous in Australia with the great Jared Tallent, the win went to David Tomala, who claimed Poland's fourth track and field gold of the Games in a time of three hours 50 minutes and eight seconds.

Germany's Jonathan Hilbert took the silver in 3:50:44 and evergreen Canadian Evan Dunfee was third in 3:50:59.

Cowley was the only Australian in the field and he performed admirably, breaking his personal best to finish eighth in 3:52.01.


Aussies chasing their own golden legacy

Australia's Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy want to create their own golden legacy on the sand to inspire generation next - just like Natalie Cook and Kerri Pottharst did for them.

Artacho del Solar and Clancy will take on Americans April Ross and Alix Klineman in Friday women's beach volleyball gold medal match (12:30pm AEST) at the Tokyo Olympics, hoping to win Australia's second gold in the sport.

The first was won by Cook and Pottharst on Bondi Beach 21 years ago, and it was the spark that ignited the flame for Australia's latest combination.

"It means a huge amount, we want to get our sport back on the international stage. In Australia we want to inspire the next generation," Artacho del Solar said.

"This is where my dream started by watching them (Cook and Pottharst) ... that's how simple these moments can be."

For Clancy, an indigenous athlete from rural Queensland, the Sydney Olympics provided a different yet equally poignant motivator.

"I'm so proud of who I am. And I want to let all my people feel the same way," Clancy said.

"My journey started from watching Cathy Freeman and the Sydney Olympics. As an eight-year-old, that was me.

"When we get to have these opportunities, we hope we inspire the future to become Olympic athletes."

One more gold medal would make this Australia's most successful Games, and they will have a triple threat in the women's javelin final (9:50pm AEST) with reigning world champion Kelsey-Lee Barber, 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Kathryn Mitchell and MacKenzie Little all involved.

It is the first time in Olympic history that Australia will have a full complement of three athletes in any throwing final.

The green and gold will also be well represented in the women's 1500m title race (10:50pm AEST) by Jessica Hull and Linden Hall, who have taken it in turns to hold the national record over the past couple of years.

The record currently sits with Hull, who took it back from Hall with a time of three minutes 58.81 seconds in the semi-finals on Wednesday.

The morning starts with Rhydian Cowley up early to beat the heat for the gruelling 50km race walk (6:30am AEST). The women's 20km race walk (5:30pm AEST) will see Jemima Montag, Rebecca Henderson and Katie Hayward representing Australia.

At the velodrome Georgia Baker and Annette Edmondson will be riding for gold in the women's madison final (6:15pm AEST)

Already guaranteed a medal, Harry Garside will take on Cuban Andy Cruz in the men's lightweight semi-final (3:47pm AEST) for the right to fight in the gold medal bout.

Australia has never won boxing gold at Olympic level, the best result being Grahame 'Spike' Cheney's silver in 1988.

Hannah Green (9:54am AEST) and Minjee Lee (8:54am AEST) remain in contention heading into the third round of the women's golf, Sam Fricker and Cassiel Rousseau will begin their campaign on the 10m diving platform (4pm AEST), while Marina Carrier is mid-field heading into the last day of the modern pentathlon (from 3:36pm AEST).