Tokyo Olympics: Team eventing gold for GB while Laura Kenny and Laura Muir progress

Track drama, a long jump shock and an Olympic first
Dates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8
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Great Britain won the Olympic team eventing title for the first time in 49 years to clinch an 11th gold medal in Tokyo and could add to that tally in the individual competition later on Monday.

World number one Oliver Townend, Laura Collett and Tom McEwen sealed victory in the final show jumping stage for Team GB’s 33rd medal of the Games.

Laura Kenny’s bid to become Britain’s most decorated female Olympian also got off to a promising start in the women’s cycling team pursuit.

A quartet of Kenny, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Josie Knight qualified second fastest, behind only Germany’s new world-record pace.

Britain were hoping to compete for podium places in the sailing, but a lack of wind in Enoshima has seen both the women’s 49er FX and men’s 49er races postponed until Tuesday.

Emily Campbell is also aiming to become the first British woman to win an Olympic weightlifting medal, with the +87kg category beginning at 11:50 BST.

Gold medal ‘a dream come true’

Tokyo Olympics: Townend leads GB to gold medal in eventing

It was an impressive performance from the GB eventing team to win gold for the first time since 1972 and the riders are poised for more medals on day 10.

Townend is second in the individual standings with McEwen third and Collett fifth before the final round of jumping (12:45).

The Olympic debutants opened a lead of 17.9 penalties after faultless rounds in Sunday’s cross-country phase and retained top spot in Monday’s final stage.

Australia finished second while France took the bronze medal.

“Unreal, it still has not sunk in,” Townend told BBC One. “There will be a big celebration and I don’t think it’ll be with a cup of tea and a biscuit.”

It capped a remarkable comeback for team-mate Collett, who was placed in an induced coma for six days after a heavy fall in 2013.

“Just to be here was more than a dream come true,” she said.

“To be standing here, with a gold medal, I look back where I was eight years ago… I knew I was lucky to be alive yet alone do the job I love.

“I am super grateful to be on a team with these two guys. It has been an unbelievable week and roll on the celebrations.”

Kenny chases gold

Germany smash world record as GB finish second fastest in team pursuit

As the final week of the Olympics rolls in it brings the start of the track cycling at the Izu Velodrome.

Kenny, looking to win gold for a third successive Games, was part of the team pursuit quartet who set the world record in Rio five years ago.

That mark remained until earlier on Monday when the German team set a blistering new world-leading target of 4:07.307.

The GB four began their team pursuit defence in 4:09.022, which would have broken their previous record and was enough for second in qualifying.

It means they will race against the USA in the first round on Tuesday.

Kenny already has four gold medals and could overtake Charlotte Dujardin, who has six medals, as Britain’s most decorated female Olympian at this Games.

The 29-year-old is also set to compete in the omnium and madison this week.

The men were fourth fastest in their team pursuit qualifying round, with Ed Clancy, Ollie Wood, Ethan Hayter and Ethan Vernon clocking GB’s best-ever time of 3:47.507.

Britain – Olympic champions at the last three Games – will take on world record holders Denmark for a shot at the gold medal.

How have Team GB fared on day 10?

Medal hope Laura Muir clocked four minutes 3.89 seconds to finish second in her 1500m heat and reach the semi-finals, saying she felt “more prepared than ever”.

Team-mate Katie Snowden also progressed in 4:02.77 but Revee Walcott-Nolan came seventh to miss out.

Beth Dobbin ran 22.85 in the women’s 200m semi-finals to finish fifth, meaning she failed to make Tuesday’s final.

Twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova finished sixth and seventh respectively in the women’s gymnastics floor final, while James Heatly and Jack Laugher reached the men’s diving 3m springboard semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Britain’s Nick Miller made the hammer final and Deborah Kerr qualified for the women’s kayak single 200m semi-finals.

Britain face Spain in the women’s hockey quarter-finals at 13:00.

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