And that is all from me. Now handing over to my esteemed colleague, Emma Kemp. Thanks for your company and banter today. Bye for now.
Am at the cavernous Tokyo Olympic Stadium, which in normal times would now be packed with 68,000 people but is now largely empty – save for a few thousand officials, media and volunteers.
Not a bad atmosphere mind, thanks to the top French DJ – sorry, I don’t know his name – that World Athletics have recruited. The British 800m women have all just finished their heats, with Jemma Reekie looking particularly impressive in winning hers in 1:59.97.
Meanwhile, the Australian Brandon Starc and Britain’s Tom Gale both qualified for the high jump final.
Hello all. Thanks Tom. We are now in the sweet spot of the Olympics where athletics and swimming cross. And while there is understandably much excitement at the commencement of action at the National Stadium, for the next hour or so we will be concentrating on events at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, where four medal events – the women’s 200m breaststroke, men’s 200m backstroke, women’s 100m freestyle and men’s 200m IM – will be bookended by semi-finals in the men’s 100m butterfly and women’s 200m backstroke.
Without further ado…