Tokyo 2020 - Elliot Giles cruises into semi-finals of 800m, Jessie Knight suffers heartbreak with fall in 400m hurdles
Elliot Giles will have high hopes of challenging for a medal on the back of his exploits on the indoor circuit earlier this year. He did what was required in the heat by qualifying with the minimum of fuss. Tougher tests lie ahead. You want it? We have it. Stream every Olympic event live on discovery+.
Elliot Giles in action in the 800m at Tokyo 2020, July 31, 2021
Elliot Giles eased into the semi-finals of the 800 metres with a polished effort in his heat.
The Brit’s heat was run at a furious pace, which was good for those relying on a fastest-loser spot. That was not a consideration for Giles who positioned himself well and moved into third on the home straight before easing off the gas.
Giles’ heat was won in impressive fashion by Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich in a time of 1:43.75, and the 800m looks a red-hot affair.
Giles' team-mate Oliver Dustin found the pace too hot in Heat 2, with Marco Arop making things hard in qualifying in a time of 1:45.26.
Daniel Rowden joined Giles in the sems, as he finished third in his heat behind United States’ big hope for gold - Clayton Murphy.
Meghan Beesley failed to advance from the heats of the 400 metres hurdles, as she could only secure seventh place, in a time of 55.91, behind Anna Ryzhykova.
There was huge disappointment for GB’s Jessie Knight in the same event, as she slipped heading to the first hurdle, crashed into the obstacle and was unable to finish.
Great Britain's Jessie Knight
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It was a heat won by world number one Sydney McLaughlin in a time of 54.65.
Team GB will have representation in the semi-finals of the 400m hurdles, as Jessica Turner finished fourth in Heat 4 behind Femke Bol. The main story from that heat was the disqualification of Ronda Whyte for a false start.
Team GB’s Cindy Sember and Tiffany Porter both advanced to the semi-finals of the 100m hurdles.
Porter (12.85) took fourth place behind Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (12.41), while Sember (13.00) filled the same spot in a heat won by Andrea Carolina Vargas (12.71).
GB’s Harry Coppell made a bright start to pole vault qualification with three clean jumps, but he failed to clear 5.75m. However, his efforts earlier in qualifying were enough to take him into the final.
Renauld Lavillenie struggled early on and was in danger of failing to clear a height, but the gold medallist from London 2012 corrected a technical fault to book his place in the final - as did world record holder Armand Duplantis.
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