Galal Yafai fights for gold as Holly Bradshaw holds GB medal hopes on Thursday
The big names may be falling by the wayside but Great Britain still have chances of increasing their medal tally as the Tokyo Olympics approach their final stretch.
It was supposed to be Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s night, but in the injury-enforced absence of the heptathlon world champion, attention shifts to pole-vaulter Holly Bradshaw, who has a chance to become Britain’s first Olympic medallist in the discipline. Bradshaw eased through qualifying by clearing 4.55m at her first attempt – one of only seven athletes to do so at the first time of asking. Andrew Pozzi goes in the men’s 110m hurdles final, but only qualified as a fastest loser.
The guaranteed medals may be rolling in for GB’s boxing team but they are still in search of their first gold. Flyweight Galal Yafai can take a step closer to breaking that duck when he faces Saken Bibossinov of Kazakhstan in his semi-final. Meanwhile, Ireland’s world champion Kellie Harrington goes in the women’s lightweight semi-final against Sudaporn Seesondee.
Liam Heath stands a strong chance in the men’s kayak single 200m, and enters the event as the defending champion from Rio 2016. Heath also medalled in the K2 event in Brazil, but that event was subsequently axed from the Olympic programme, leaving the 36-year-old to place his full focus into defending his title in the Japanese capital.
Katy Marchant represents Team GB’s best chance of adding to their cycling medal haul in Izu on Thursday, as she goes in the women’s keirin. Matt Walls also goes in the men’s omnium but is considered something of an outside bet to make the podium.
Lois Toulson and Andrea Spendolini Sirieix both compete in the women’s 10m platform competition. Negotiating the morning semi-final is probably the limit of the pair’s ambitions, although Toulson is a former European Games gold medallist while Spendolini Sirieix – daughter of TV’s star maitre d’ Fred – broke through with a bronze medal at last year’s European Championship.