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Tokyo Olympics schedule for Wednesday: Here’s when to watch swimming finals, Olyroos and Boomers

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The Australian Boomers are back in action on day 5, while Ariarne Titmus goes up against rival Katie Ledecky once again in the pool.

The Olyroos also return to the field as they fight for a place in the next round of the competition.

The Tokyo Olympics are broadcast in Australia on free-to-air TV on Channel Seven, as well as streaming platform 7Plus.

The ABC will be live blogging events every day of the Olympics.

Here are the events to watch on Wednesday, July 28.

Swimming: Titmus v Ledecky 2.0

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Australia’s Ariarne Titmus laughs with her biggest rival, American Katie Ledecky, after the 400m freestyle final.(

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The rivalry continues when Ariarne Titmus takes on American Katie Ledecky once again in the women’s 200m freestyle final at 11:41am AEST.

After Titmus stormed home to win in a thrilling 400m freestyle final, she then qualified fastest for the 200m final with a time of 1:54.82.

Ledecky will also compete in the Olympic’s first-ever women’s 1500m freestyle final at 12:54pm after qualifying fastest on Monday night.

Australians Maddy Gough and Kiah Melverton will be in lanes 1 and 8 for the final after scraping into the top eight.

Football: Olyroos take on Egypt

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Australia’s Daniel Arzani in action for the Olyroos against Spain.(

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The Olyroos will be fighting for a place in the next round of the competition when they take on Egypt in their final men’s group C match at 9:00pm.

After pushing Spain for 80 minutes in their last game, the Australian side eventually went down 1-0 in their second group game.

But that came after a stunning 2-0 win over Argentina with goals to Lachlan Wales and Marco Tilio.

It places the Olyroos in second position in their group, but they’ll need to take at least a point from their clash against Egypt to progress.

Basketball: Boomers back on court

An Australian male basketballer scores a basket with a slam dunk at the Tokyo Olympics.An Australian male basketballer scores a basket with a slam dunk at the Tokyo Olympics.
Matisse Thybulle of Australia slam dunks against Nigeria on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.(

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Fresh from a comfortable win over Nigeria in their first game of the campaign, the Australian Boomers take on Italy next at 6:20pm.

Patty Mills was the star last time out, dropping 25 points, while Joe Ingles and Dante Exum were next best with 11-points apiece as the Boomers won 84-67.

Italy come into the match after a solid victory over Germany, winning 92-82 on Sunday.

Simone Fontecchio top-scored for the Italian side with 20-points while Stefano Tonut and Atlanta Hawks forward Danilo Gallinari had 18 points each.

Rowing: Medals up for grabs

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Australia’s women’s quadruple sculls rowing team.(

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Australia’s best rowing teams will be in finals action on Wednesday with the men’s and women’s four finals from 10:50am.

The women will be represented by Annabelle McIntyre, Jess Morrison, Rosemary Popa and Lucy Stephan in the event.

Alexander Purnell, Spencer Turrin, Jack Hargreaves and Alex Hill will line up for the men.

The men’s and women’s quadruple sculls finals are scheduled to follow from 11:30am.

Jack Cleary, Caleb Antill, Cameron Girdlestone and Luke Letcher will compete for the men, while, Ria Thompson, Rowena Meredith, Harriet Hudson and Caitlin Cronin will line up for the women.

Cycling: Porte, Dennis headline time trial

Richie Porte and Rohan Dennis headline the medal hopes for Australia in the men’s individual time trial.

The men’s event is scheduled to start at 3:00pm.

Porte also competed in the men’s road race last Saturday and finished in 48th position, while Dennis decided against competing in the road race to focus on the time trial.

The women’s individual time trial will begin at 12:03pm, with 20-year-old Sarah Gigante and 29-year-old Grace Brown lining up for Australia.

Beach Volleyball: Australia top of their pool

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Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy in action for Australia in beach volleyball.(

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The Australian women are in action again in the beach volleyball. They’ll play another preliminary clash at 10:00pm.

They are up against Italian duo Marta Menegatti and Viktoria Orsi Toth.

If they can win today’s match it will bring them closer to a place in the knockouts.

The Australian men also up today, taking on Spain at 6:00pm.

Boxing: Skye Nicolson fights for medal chance

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Australia’s Skye Nicolson in action against Aeji Im of South Korea in featherweight boxing.(

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Australian Skye Nicolson will fight for a quarter-final win in women’s featherweight boxing to get her into the medal round.

She’ll take on Great Britain’s Karriss Artingstall at 6:00pm.

Australian Caitlin Parker will also be in action in her first bout of the Tokyo games in middle weight boxing.

She takes on Panama’s Atheyna Bylon at 12:48pm.

Hockey: Will Australia continue to dominate?

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The Hockeyroos were far too good for China in their clash this afternoon.(

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The undefeated Hockeyroos are in action again, taking on Japan at 7:30pm.

The Australian women’s side looks to be the team to beat so far, most recently smashing China 6-0 on Monday.

The Kookaburras will also be hoping to keep their winning ways going when they take on New Zealand at 10:15pm.

The men’s side go into the clash after dismantling Argentina 5-2 on Tuesday.

What else is happening?

Swimming: Kyle Chalmers returns to the pool for the 100m freestyle semi-finals at 11:35am.

He finished first in his heat last night with a time of 47.77 seconds.

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Kyle Chalmers will contest the 100 metres freestyle semi-finals on Wednesday morning.(

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Australia wil be up for a medal again in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay final at 1:26pm.

Canoe: Jess Fox is in action again in the women’s canoe slalom from 1:50pm.

Tokyo drifting

By Cody Atkinson and Sean Lawson

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Does it look like Olympic Games medalists are getting younger?(

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If it seems like the athletes at the Tokyo Olympics look younger than ever, you might be onto something. So far in Tokyo, 19 athletes with an age starting with “1” have won medals, including 13 individuals and 6 team members. And there looks like more to come shortly.

Today, 18-year-old Tunisian Ahmed Hafnaoui will be going for his second gold medal of the Olympics, in the 800m freestyle.

On the range, 17-year-old South Korean Kim Je-deok will be marching towards his third gold medal of the Olympics — looking to become the first ever triple gold medallist in archery at a single Olympics.

Kim is aiming to join an elite club of 22 under-18 triple gold medallists. He would be the first since Missy Franklin in 2012, and the first ever outside of swimming and gymnastics.

The first running of the women’s street skateboard final also broke a longstanding Olympic record.

As a group, the three on top of the dias represented the youngest combined Olympic podium ever.

At just 13 years and 330 days old, gold medalist Momiji Nishiya was the fourth youngest Summer Olympic gold medalist ever, and silver medallist Rayssa Leal was the fifth youngest silver medallist at 13 years and 203 days old.

The only younger winner in a solo sport was Marjorie Gestring in the 3 metre springboard diving at the Berlin Olympics in 1936.

It begs the question: What if we only counted the medals of those younger than 20 years old?

All time, the USA and Russia have provided the most young medal winners. Australia is well represented in third, ahead of China and both Germanys.

Household names like Shane Gould, Ian Thorpe, Murray Rose and Betty Cuthbert won medals as teenagers, and they’re joined in Tokyo by Mollie O’Callaghan and Meg Harris in the 4x100m freestyle relay. 

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