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tv   Sportsday  BBC News  July 24, 2021 7:45pm-8:01pm BST

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hello, welcome to sportsday. i'm austin halewood. coming up in the programme... they're under way, and it's been a solid start for some of team gb's best medal hopes on day one in tokyo. but geraint thomas�*s quest for another olympic medal disappeared after he crashed out of the men's road race. and away from the olympics, a famous win for the lions. they beat south africa in their first test match in cape town.
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good evening. it's been the first full day of action at the tokyo olympics — and we've seen some of team gb's medal hopes in action. for the second games in a row, though, cyclist geraint thomas crashed in the men's road race, but there was a great performance from swimmer adam peaty, as he began the defence of his title. our sports correspondent natalie pirks has more from tokyo. this road race was described as a war of attrition long, hot and hilly with an early crash. just like in rio, history repeated itself. thomas was determined to leave it on its road, but he was starting to flag. mount fuji beckoned it's all its
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brutish —— brutal beauty, but thomas was out in likely his last olympics. adam yates was the highest place britain, but richard carol has claimed ecuador�*s second goal —— richard carapaz. more big names today beginning their quest. peaty is as close to a medal as you can get. he's unbeaten in seven years of the 100 metre breaststroke. helen glover has won back—to—back gold and the women's pairs, but since rio, had three children. her partner is an nhs doctor and on the day of glover's sons�*s birthday, the pair
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came third. double olympic champion max whitlock was in action, through to the final. it’s max whitlock was in action, through to the final. �* , , ., ., to the final. it's been a long time waitin: , to the final. it's been a long time waiting. and _ to the final. it's been a long time waiting, and that's _ to the final. it's been a long time waiting, and that's why _ to the final. it's been a long time waiting, and that's why it - to the final. it's been a long time waiting, and that's why it feels i waiting, and that's why it feels surreal being here. at one point, we didn't know if it was going ahead or not. we're here and so relieved. e not. we're here and so relieved. 's are andy murray and partnerjoe salisbury has been handed a very tough opener. in the heat, the french had gone right off the boil. the britons not them straight out of the olympics in straight sets. so, no medals so far for great britain — but 11 golds were awarded on the first day, and there was a shock for the home nation. here's andy swiss with the highlights. aiming for glory. what drama in the
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last shot! the _ aiming for glory. what drama in the last shot! the first _ aiming for glory. what drama in the last shot! the first gold of— aiming for glory. what drama in the last shot! the first gold of the - last shot! the first gold of the names last shot! the first gold of the games went _ last shot! the first gold of the games went to _ last shot! the first gold of the games went to china's - last shot! the first gold of the games went to china's air - last shot! the first gold of the l games went to china's air rifle. last shot! the first gold of the i games went to china's air rifle. it was also the first chance to see the new covid friendly ceremonies. while the presentation might be different, the presentation might be different, the elation is still the same. it was soon japan's turned the elation is still the same. it was soonjapan�*s turned to experience it. one the first gold of the games. but not everyone went so well for them. the —— competing in his only event until his dreams came crashing down. previously announced he'd retire after these games, for a national hero, it could be the core list of endings. —— cruellest. there was also disappointment forjapan and
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football as team gb continued their winning start. ellen white with her third goal of the tournament will seal a victory which guarantees their progress into the knockout stage. but perhaps the star of the day was a 12—year—old table tennis player. the syrian is the youngest athlete of these games. although she lost to austria, more than three times her age, she said afterwards she hoped she could inspire other children to follow their dreams. and he sweats, bbc news. let's have a quick look at some of the day's other sports headlines. —— andy swiss. england's charley hull enjoyed an excellent third round of 66 at golf�*s evian championship in france. that took her to nine—under—par — but she's still nine shots behind
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the leader lee6, who has a five—stroke lead going into the final round. there was some superb bowling from marchant de lange as the trent rockets men secured their first win of the new hundred competition. he took five wickets, as the rockets restricted the southern brave to 126 for 8. and they chased down their target with 18 balls remaining. dawid malan top scoring with 62, as they won by nine wickets. but the women's game went the other way. the southern brave batted first, making 133—5. and in reply, the rockets fell 23 runs short, as captain anya shrubshole took four wickets forjust 13 runs. the details of all today's games are on the bbc sport website. away from the olympics, the british and irish lions test series is under way in south africa, and what a start it was for the lions. they came from behind to beat the boks by 22 points to 17 in cape town.
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so, a famous victory for the lions as they look to win a first series in south africa since 1997, as katie gornall reports. it's a game that many thought would never happen. covid and civil unrest has put us south africa close to breaking point. the lions run out in cape town and the springboks have plenty of emotional fuel. but what sets this fixture apart is physical. elliott daly was given an early taste of what was to come. this is big boys rugby. the lions look to muscle in but lacked discipline, leaving penalties or paul r to convert. but i have time, they trailed i2—3. after the break, the lions found their teeth —— at half—time. underthere lions found their teeth —— at half—time. under there somewhere to score. suddenly the game had been
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blown wide open. there was space at this time, it was south africa who pounce. but the swing of dan's boot swung the momentum. his kicks gave the lions the lead on the hour. while south africa tried to batter the red ball down, the lions held firm. now in the cape of good hope, the lions have every reason to be optimistic. katie gore bbc news. formula e rookiejake dennis won the first london e—prix of the weekend at the excel centre. he was ahead going into the final lap and crossed the line five seconds clear. that moved dennis up to second in the points table, with leader sam bird forced to retire with suspension damage. formula e was developed to make motor sport more sustainable and british development driver alice powell has been announced as an ambassador for cop26, the united nations climate conference in glasgow.
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i'm really excited, i'm really proud to be asked to become an ambassador for the i—step greener. we only have one planet, one home, and it's about time we really tried as a whole to make a difference. small steps, big step sc — it doesn't matter, every single step counts in the race against climate change. finally, let's return to the olympics — and team gb�*s chef de mission, mark england admits the heat is an ongoing concern for the british athletes in tokyo, but he's confident everyone has prepared correctly to be able to cope with it. the humidity and the heat is already having an impact on certain events — having an impact on certain events, but england insists it's not having an adverse effect on team gb. they had a great opening ceremony last night, — they had a great opening ceremony last night, and although numbers were _ last night, and although numbers were low— last night, and although numbers were low because of guidelines, i think_ were low because of guidelines, i think everybody can appreciate that most from — think everybody can appreciate that most from the team, both world
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champions. did a fantasticjob. hopefully everyone's excited. it's very hot — hopefully everyone's excited. it's very hot and humid. the marathon was pushed. _ very hot and humid. the marathon was pushed. as_ very hot and humid. the marathon was pushed, as were the endurance events, — pushed, as were the endurance events, but for the athletes down here that — events, but for the athletes down here that will be competing in the heat of— here that will be competing in the heat of the day — not just our athletes. _ heat of the day — not just our athletes, but also our horses as well - _ athletes, but also our horses as well - we — athletes, but also our horses as well — we have worked tirelessly with the — well — we have worked tirelessly with the specialist back in the uk, the technical specialists. to make sure that — the technical specialists. to make sure that our heat mitigation measures are of the absolute best. we know _ measures are of the absolute best. we know that they're good because our athletes perform well in the testaments, in particular, triathlon -- the _ testaments, in particular, triathlon -- the test — testaments, in particular, triathlon —— the test events. but we know that they're _ —— the test events. but we know that they're in _ —— the test events. but we know that they're in good shape and we know our heat _ they're in good shape and we know our heat mitigation measures are good, _ our heat mitigation measures are good, but — our heat mitigation measures are good, but we're not resting on that. it is important. it's pretty warm and humid~ _
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we've only had one full day of competition, of course, but here's the tokyo medals table. and it's china at the top, with three golds already, then italy and hosts japan are tied second with one gold and one silver each. nothing as of yet for team gb but there'll be plenty of opportunities to come. and of course there's much more from the games on the bbc sport website — but that's all from sportsday. have a very good night. good evening. the weather story is on the change, and we've seen signs of that today with some contrasting conditions out there. yes, there were early—morning thunderstorms across southern england, and then those eased to a legacy of cloud for much of the day. further north and west, we've had some beautiful sunshine, and yet again, some warmth — not the extreme warmth,
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but 25 degrees. that's 77 fahrenheit. it looks likely that we see that north—south divide through the night with clearer skies to the northwest. but low pressure really dominating the story over the next few days, and that could trigger off further thundery downpours overnight tonight for southern england and for south wales, and that'll continue into the early hours of sunday morning. so, at risk, then, of some showers here. there'll be quite a lot of cloud as well spilling in off north sea coasts, the clearer skies the further north and west. it's not going to be a cold night. temperatures will hold up quite widely into double figures, perhaps quite a humid feel generally down to the south, with 16 degrees to start off sunday morning. so, sunday, once again, we could see some sharp, thundery downpours first thing in the morning, with this area of low pressure really not going very far, very fast at all. the best of the dry, bright or whether it is likely to be further north and west.
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the lion's share of the sunshine will be in scotland and northern ireland. early—morning cloud should thin and break across northeast england, the risk of those showers across east anglia and down to the southeast are likely to linger for much of the day. if you keep some sunshine, the highest values are likely to be once again into the mid—20s. now, this more unsettled theme is set to continue into monday with the low pressure just drifting its way further north and east up through the north sea. that means the further east is likely to see more in the way of showers. so, monday is a messy mix, really, of sunny spells and scattered showers. the best of the sunshine is likely to be out to the west, and we could see temperatures once again into the mid—20s. but some of these showers could bring a lot of heavy rain in a short space of time, so the weather story is certainly on the change. last week, it was extreme heat and lots of sunshine. our week ahead keeps those showers and certainly, a notable difference to the feel of the weather, with temperatures just below where they should be for the time of year.
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this is bbc news, i'm lukwesa burak. these are the latest headlines in the uk and around the world. the olympic host nation, japan, has picked up its first medals, winning a gold and a silver injudo. that was after ecuador�*s richard carapaz won the gold in the men's olympic cycling road race, making it the country's second ever top medal at a summer olympics. great britain's adam yates finished ninth. but it was bad news for geraint thomas, who retired from the race for a second successive games after a crash. the uk government attempts to tackle disruption to key services in england, as hundreds of thousands of people are told to self—isolate by the nhs covid app. afghanistan imposes a curfew across almost the entire country,
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in an attempt to stop the taliban infiltrating its cities.

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