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Tokyo 2020 athletics day 9: Busy medal day with women’s 10,000m

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With the finals of the women’s marathon, women’s high jump, women’s 10,000m, men’s javelin, men’s 1,500m, women’s 4x400m relay and men’s 4x400m relay taking place, here’s everything you need to know about the ninth day of the Olympic athletics competition at Tokyo 2020 on 7 August 2021.

What’s happening?

Day nine of the Tokyo 2020 athletics event will be packed with events, starting with the women’s marathon final, the high jump final and the 10,000m final. The javelin and men’s 1,500m finals will continue and then the relay races will commence, including the men’s and women’s 4x400m finals.

Who should we expect to see?

The women’s marathon, to be held north of Tokyo in Sapporo and Hokkaido, has been an Olympic event since 1984 and Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei will be favourites alongside the Ethiopian trio of Birhane Dibaba, Rose Dereje and Zeineba Yimer.

In the women’s high jump, three-time world champion Maria Lasitskene of the ROC team is worth a look.

Team USA’s Emily Sisson and New Zealand’s Camille Bascombe, along with Ethiopia’s Tsehai Gemechu, will compete in the 10,000m final.

In the men’s race, Johannes Vetter of Germany will be aiming for a medal in the javelin, as will Finn Lassi Etelatalo, while young Team USA colleague Cole Hawker (from the University of Oregon) will be aiming to shock the professionals in the 1500m final.

In the relay, the US men’s team will set the pace in the preliminary 4x400m, while in the women’s race Alisson Felix and Team USA will also be among the favourites.

Hellen Obiri

Ethiopia’s Tsegay, Kenya’s Obiri go 1-2 in women’s 5K prelim. Event world-leader Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia wont Heat 2 of the women’s 5000m prelims in 14:55.74, finishing ahead of two-time reigning world champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya; USA’s Elise Cranny placed fourth to advance.

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