Five years, three children and one retirement since Helen Glover won her second Olympic gold in Rio, she has the chance to complete a historic hat-trick this morning in the final of the women’s coxless pairs.
Alongside new partner Polly Swann, they qualified third fastest so have work to do to win more than a minor medal.
35-year-old Glover has already made history as the first mother and British Rower to compete at the Olympics, though in an interview with Telegraph Sport she rejected the tag of ‘supermum’.
“It’s just important for this story to not seem like this fairytale thing,” Glover said. “So much has been circumstance, so much has been trial and error, so much has been this is quite a big leap of faith, but it was always in the effort and trying that was the most important thing, rather than just the execution.”
In the shooting, Great Britain have an outstanding chance of claiming a first gold of the Games on the shooting range, as Matt Coward-Holley goes into the men’s trap competition as the 2019 world champion and reigning world number one.
Later in the swimming, GB’s remarkable success in the pool in Tokyo could continue after James Wilby qualified in second place for the men’s 200m breaststroke final, although Australian favourite Izaac Stubblety-Cook will take some beating.
The first round of the golf in Tokyo will also soon be under way. The event is 72 holes of strokeplay, just like a regular Tour event, with 60 players in the men’s and women’s field. The individual who wins will take gold for their country. Justin Rose claimed that title for GB in Rio but newly crowned Open Champion Collin Morikawa is the favourite to deliver for the United States. Rory McIlroy is representing the Republic of Ireland alongside Shane Lowry.