Tokyo Olympics Day 7, 30th July Athletics LIVE: Disappointing start for Indians on the opening day of athletics - Updates, results, commentary, blog
Follow all the latest news and updates as Indians compete in women's 100m, men's 3000m steeplechase and 400m hurdles
It was a disappointing start for the Indian contingent on day one of athletics events at the Tokyo Olympics. Avinash Sable, MP Jabir, Dutee Chand, and the mixed relay team were all knocked out from the heats.
Avinash Sable did set a new national record and was also a bit unlucky as he finished 13th fastest overall but was knocked out because of the level of competition in heat 2.
That's all from the opening day of the athletics.
Thank you very much for joining in and I hope you get a good night's sleep before the start of our coverage tomorrow.
- 30 July 2021 10:58 AM GMT
The event which will be making its debut at the Olympics made its World Championship debut at the 2019 Doha World Championships.
In Doha, all the team went with the system of starting with two females and ending with the two men. The only exception was Poland.
The Polish put their women sprinter Justyna Swiety Ersetic on the anchor leg and the USA's male flew past her in the finals.
Will we see any teams trying something similar at the Tokyo Olympics?
- 30 July 2021 10:27 AM GMT
Many of the athletes weren't able to get up from the track after the end of the race and the winner Sifan Hassan was also seen struggling.
It just shows how difficult the conditions are for the athletes to perform at the maximum level, especially in these long-distance events.
- 30 July 2021 10:23 AM GMT
End of the first heat.
Sifan Hassan from the Netherlands finishes first, followed by Kenya's Jebet Tirop Agnes in second. The two Ethiopians Senbere Teferi and Ejgayehu Taye finish third and fourth respectively.
Kasait Rengeruk Lilian from Kenya was the fifth and final athlete from heat 1 to secure direct qualification to the final.