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LIVE | Tokyo Olympics Day 1: Team SA sees hockey, waterpolo sides beaten as Gallagher, Houlie miss out in the pool

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Team SA schedule (SA times):

Saturday, 24 July

  • Rowing: Men's Pair heat 1 (Luc Daffarn, Jake Green) - finished 5th - REPORT
  • Men's Cycling Road Race: Stefan de Bod - finished 52nd, Nic Dlamini - DNF, Ryan Gibbons - DNF - REPORT
  • Rowing: Men's Four heat 1 (Lawrence Brittain, Kyle Schoonbee, John Smith, Sandro Torrente) - finished 5th - REPORT
  • Judo: Geronay Whitebooi lost by Ippon to Argentina's Paula Pareto
  • 11:20 - Women's Waterpolo: South Africa 4-29 Spain
  • 11:30 - Men's Hockey: South Africa 1-3 Great Britain - REPORT
  • 12:30 - Women's 100m butterfly: Erin Gallagher - REPORT
  • 13:32 - Men's 100m breaststroke heats: Michael Houlie - REPORT
  • 14:15 - Women's Hockey: South Africa v Ireland - REPORT

Sunday, 25 July

  • 02:00 - Rowing: Men's Repechage (TBA)
  • 03:00 - Men's Waterpolo: South Africa v Italy
  • From 03:00 - Men's street skateboarding heats/final: Brandon Valjalo
  • From 03:00 - Women's Surfing: Bianca Buitendag
  • 03:40-03:46 - Women's 100m butterfly semi-final (TBA - Gallagher)
  • 04:33-04:39 - Men's 100m breaststroke semi-final (TBA - Houlie)
  • From 04:00 - Artistic Gymnastics (Cailtin Rooskrantz and Naveen Daries)
  • From 06:00 - Women's Cycling Road Race: Ashleigh Pasio-Moolman, Carla Oberholzer 
  • Men's Sailing (TBA)
  • 08:00 - Diving women's 3m springboard: Julia Vincent and Micaela Bouter
  • 10:00 - Football: South Africa v France
  • 12:45 - Women's 100m breaststroke Heat 5 - Tatjana Schoenmaker
  • 13:10 - Men's 100m backstroke Heat 5 - Pieter Coetze
  • 14:15 - Men's Hockey: South Africa v Netherlands

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36m ago

Hockey update

Full-time: Ireland women have beaten South Africa's women 2-0.

1h ago

Hockey update

Ireland lead the SA women's hockey team 1-0.

The game is currently in the second quarter.

1h ago

Peaty on fire but Seto sinks in Olympic pool

2h ago

SA men's hockey put on brave display but lose to Great Britain

The South African men's hockey team started their campaign at the Tokyo Olympics with a 3-1 loss to Great Britain.


2h ago

RESULT | The SA men's hockey team have lost their opener at the Tokyo Olympics. 

SA 1-3 Great Britan

3h ago

Can't make the opening ceremony? No problem! 

The Blitzboks, preparing for the Sevens tournament in Tokyo, were unable to attend Friday's opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium. 

So, they did this ...


3h ago

10 minutes to go in the hockey, where the SA men's team still trails 2-1 to Great Britain. 

3h ago

Team South Africa's wait for some good news at the Tokyo Olympics continues after Erin Gallagher finished in 8th place in her 100m butterfly heat on Saturday. 

3h ago

Hockey update 

Ansell scores for Great Britain and they lead 2-1 in the third period.

3h ago

Hockey update (half-time)

The Group A hockey clash between Great Britain and South Africa is still locked at 1-1 with Matthew Guise-Brown on the score sheet for SA.

SA giving an excellent account of themselves so far. 

4h ago

Hockey update

The Group A hockey clash between Great Britain and South Africa is currently locked at 1-1 with Matthew Guise-Brown on the score sheet for SA.

4h ago


South Africa's rowers had a disappointing start to their Olympic campaign as they finished last in both the men's pair and men's fours heats, however, they progress to the repechage on Sunday.


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5h ago

Stefan de Bod was the best-placed South African in the men's cycling road race at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday.

He finished in 52nd position while compatriots Nic Dlamini and Ryan Gibbons did not complete the course.

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SA's Stefan de Bod finishes 52nd in men's cycling road race at Tokyo Olympics

6h ago

South African surfer Bianca Buitendag acknowledged that she is feeling a bit overwhelmed as she makes her Olympic debut.

Surfing will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo at the Tsurigasaki Beach with an elite field of 20 men and 20 women. Buitendag will be making history by becoming South Africa's first and only surfer at the Tokyo Olympics after SA star surfer Jordy Smith withdrew due to injury.

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SA's lone surfer Bianca Buitendag to make Olympic history: 'I can't brag about my country enough'

6h ago

6h ago

Chinese shooter wins first gold of Tokyo Olympics as storm threat looms

Chinese shooter Yang Qian won the first gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday as the coronavirus-hit Games braced for a potentially disruptive tropical storm heading towards the Japanese capital.

Yang snatched a dramatic last-shot victory from Russia's Anastasiia Galashina in the women's 10-metre air rifle as attention switched from the troubled build-up to the event to the sporting action.

Elsewhere on the first full day of competition, Japanese gymnastics star Kohei Uchimura crashed out of the horizontal bars competition.

6h ago

Now 37km to go on the men's cycling road race, and SA's Nic Dlamini has fallen back in the field and appears to be out of the running for a medal. 

7h ago

Medvedev calls for later starts as tennis stars toil in Tokyo heat

Daniil Medvedev suggested organisers delay the start times of Olympic tennis matches until the evening as players laboured in the sweltering Tokyo summer heat on the opening day of the tournament.

The world number two defeated Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik 6-4, 7-6 (10/8) in the first round on Saturday, but admitted afterwards the conditions were "some of the worst" in which he had ever played.

"I think, like they do in Mexico, the matches should maybe start at like 6pm because the heat actually gets much lighter," said Medvedev, whose match began just after midday in Japan with temperatures hovering around 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit).

"We're here and we know the matches will be early and you couldn't practise at this time. I don't think they're going to change it in the middle of the tournament, but that's what can be done and the fact we have only one minute between changeovers is a joke.

7h ago

Medvedev wins Olympic opener as Djokovic begins gold medal bid

7h ago

Tokyo Olympics rowing rescheduled over tropical storm

Tokyo Olympic organisers brought forward rowing events as a "protective measure" Saturday as a tropical storm heads towards the Japanese capital.

Tropical Storm Nepartak, with gusts up to 90 kilometres (56 miles) per hour, was still about 1,800 kilometres south of Tokyo on Saturday, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

But it is on course to arrive in the Olympic host city by Tuesday, the weather agency said.

Olympic organisers said they were following the track of the storm and had decided to hold rowing events scheduled for Monday over the weekend instead.

"Unlike an earthquake, we're able to predict the path of a typhoon so we're able to prepare in advance," Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya told reporters.


7h ago

China's Hou wins first weightlifting gold of Tokyo 2020

China's Hou Zhihui took the first weightlifting gold of Tokyo 2020 on Saturday as she dashed India's hopes of an elusive first women's Olympic title.

The 24-year-old world championship silver medallist Hou dominated the 49kg competition, opening up a 7kg advantage over India's Chanu Saikhom Mirabai after the opening three lifts.

Hou's 94kg third attempt was below her own snatch world record but it gave her a healthy cushion over Mirabai, who could only manage 87kg, failing with her final attempt at 89kg.


9h ago

South Africa's Nic Dlamini is one of the six leaders in the men's cycling road race with just over 118km to go!

9h ago

The men's road cycling is still ongoing with 139km still to go with South Africa's Nic Dlamini in the mix

11h ago

South Africa's rowers had a disappointing start to their Olympic campaign as they finished last in both the men's pair and men's fours heats, however, they progress to the repechage on Sunday...
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11h ago

Not the best morning for South Africa's rowing team as they finish last in the men's four heats (Lawrence Brittain, Kyle Schoonbee, John Smith, Sandro Torrente) with a time of 6:25.34.

They do, however, qualify for the repechage.

11h ago

The men's cycling road race is currently under way with three South Africans competing - Nic Dlamini, Stefan de Bod and Ryan Gibbons

13h ago


South Africa's Luc Daffarn and Jake Green finish last and fifth in the rowing men's pair heat in a time of 7:04.03 as Romania finishes first (6:33.86)

14h ago

First up is the Rowing men's pair heat 1 with South Africa's Luc Daffarn and Jake Green set to get South Africa's campaign under way at 03:50 SA time

14h ago

Good morning and welcome to Sport24's live coverage of Day 1 of the Tokyo Olympics.

Today, there's only one potential medal race for South Africa in the men's cycling road race.

Nic Dlamini, Stefan de Bod and Ryan Gibbons will be taking part of the event, which is scheduled to get under way from 04:00 SA time.

23 July 16:40

The torch to light the Olympic flame has now arrived at the stadium ...

23 July 16:19

The wait was long for South African fans - Team SA was the 179th team to appear in order of the Japanese alphabet - but eventually, Chad le Clos and Phumelela Mbande emerged as their country's flag bearers.

It didn't take long for Team SA's choice of attire to get social media going, either. 

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