1:42pm – Heartbreak for the Wellingtonian, who finishes with a time of 4:11.22s – two seconds slower than his qualifying time from Saturday night, whihc would have had him in line for silver.

American Chase Kalisz claims gold with a time of 4:09.42.

Silver goes to the US’ Jay Litherland (4:10.28) and bronze to Aussie’s Brandon Smith (4:10.38)

1:38pm – No medal for the Kiwi! It’s all over. Just unable to accelerate through the final freestyle leg and he falls to seventh.

1:37pm – Still in second in the freestyle, about to turn again.

1:36pm – Clareburt turns into second as the American streaks ahead in the breaststroke.

1:35pm – Clareburt pacing himself, moves into first place as the breatstroke begins.

1:34pm – Into backstroke, Clareburt surges into second.

1:33pm – Into the butterfly, Clareburt middle of the pack at the first turn.

And we are off!

1:30pm – Clareburt looking calm and composed as he acknowledges the ‘crowd’ during introductions, headphones in tow.

1:28pm – Clareburt makes his walk to the blocks. He’ll race through the middle of the pool in lane five.

1:25pm – We’re live at the pool now. Clareburt’s final will kick off today’s schedule.

1:14pm – The countdown is on for the Wellingtonian, as he prepares for his bid for gold. Anyone else nervous?

11:31am – The next Kiwi in action today is swimmer Lewis Clareburt in his big 400m individual medley final, which starts at 1:30pm, followed by the women’s quad rowers in the repechage at 1:50pm, and Michael Venus and Marcus Daniell in the tennis men’s doubles at 2pm.

Surfing: New Zealand’s Billy Stairmand in action in heat two.

RESULT: Stairman finishes third in heat, advances to repechage round two.

11:10am – And that elusive winning wave evades Stairmand, who pounds the water in frustration as the hooter sounds.

Only the top two from each sudden-death heat advance, meaning Stairmand moves into the repechage in round two, missing out on the chance to move directly to round three.

He’ll be back on the water at 4:40pm, when he’ll have another chance to progress.

Japan’s Kanoa Igarashi finsihed top of the heat with 12.77, followed by Peru’s Miguel Tudela (10.67), Stairmand (9.97) and  France’s Jeremy Flores (7.63)

11:07am – Two minutes left, Stairmand needs a clutch wave here to advance.

11:02am – Stairmand on to another wave, it’s another brief ride but does score. Igarashi clear in No. 1 with 12.77, followed by Tudela (10.67) and the Kiwi (9.97).

Five minutes left in the heat.

Plenty of support on the shore for the Raglan rider.

10:57am – Stairmand waiting patiently for the ideal wave to use his No. 1 priority. Here he goes, can’t get the speed he needs on the wave and the ride ends promptly.

Only the top two advance in the sudden death heats. Tudela with another impressive wave to widen the gap to Stairmand in third.

10:53am – Peru’s Tudela bumps Stairmand out of the lead with a superb ride. Igarashi scores as well, and Stairmand has dropped to third. 14 mins left.

10:49am – Stairmand’s 8.83 still leads, with Japan’s Igarahasi in second with 7.80. 19 minutes left in the heat.

10:47am – Igarashi gets up for a long wave, putting his local knowledge to good use. Huge air to finish, but may not have been enough for the judges to deem it complete.

10:44am – Stairmand nabs another left-hander, some big turns at the crest of the wave. There we go, 8.83 score to sit at the top of the heat. The best two wave combines for the scoring total.

10:42am – Stairmand up on his first wave, a trio of impressive backhand turns, that should score for him.

10:40am – Stairmand joins Igarashi and Flores on the right edge, awaiting that first swell to come off the bank.

10:38am – All of the surfers are now in the water and seated on their boards, awaiting the starting hooter. Countdown is on, and we are underway.

10:36am – Stairmand looking relaxed as he sits at water’s edge, big smile on his face as he soaks it all in.

10:34am – Here we go, Stairmand lines up alongside his competitors, as they prepare to hit the water for heat two.

He’ll be up against Japan’s Igarashi, France’s Flores, and Peru’s Tudelu.

10:31am – Ferreira makes his way back to shore with board tucked under arm, having locked up first place in the heat and a spot in the semi-finals.

Japan’s Hiroto Ohhara is second, followed by Italy’s Leonardo Fioravanti and Argentina’s Leandro Usuna.

10:27am – Brazil’s Ferreira currently in the lead in the opening heat ahead of the Japan, Italy and Argentina riders.

10am – NZ’s Stairmand is due in the water at 10:40am, where the waves look to be a little better than forecast, some decent two-to-three footers out there.

9:55am – First up for the NZ team this morning will be Billy Stairmand, who’ll take to the waves to become the first Kiwi surfer in Olympics history.

Heat one is about to get underway at Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach where the waves are…  rather small. Not ideal conditions for the event’s Olympic debut.

9:45am – Morena, sport fans, and welcome to another busy day of Olympics action from Nippon.

The big event to circle today will be the final of the men’s 400m individual medley at 1:30pm, where Kiwi Lewis Clareburt looms as a hot favourite for gold, after a superb qualifying swim on Saturday night.


Kia ora, good morning and welcome to Newshub’s live coverage of the Tokyo Olympics, with day two offering Kiwi action across a wide array of sports.

First up, surfing will make its Games debut, with Billy Stairmand and Ella Williams carrying NZ hopes.

Rio 2016 silver medallist Luuka Jones opens her account in canoe slalom, our rowing scullers try to advance closer to medal races, while Laser specialist Sam Meech is the first Kiwi sailor on the water.

Both hockey teams take to the turf, with our women opening their account against the second-ranked Argentinians.

Later tonight, the OlyWhites seek to build on their historic opening win against South Korea, when the face Rio semi-finalists Honduras.

Sunday, July 25


Women’s K1 slalom heats – Luuka Jones 5:42pm & 7:50pm NZ


Men’s first round – OlyWhites v Honduras 8pm NZ


Women’s Pool B – Black Sticks v Argentina 3:15pm NZ

Men’s Pool A – Black Sticks v Spain 11:45pm NZ


Women’s quad sculls repechage – Olivia Loe, Eve MacFarlane, Georgia Nugent-O’Leary & Ruby Tew 3:50pm NZ

Women’s single sculls quarter-finals – Emma Twigg 2:30pm NZ

Men’s single sculls quarter-finals – Jordan Parry 3:10pm NZ

Women’s double sculls semi-finals – Brooke Donoghue & Hannah Osborne 3:20pm NZ

Men’s doubles sculls semi-finals – Chris Harris & Jack Lopas 3:40pm NZ


Men’s Laser – Sam Meech 5:35pm NZ


Women’s skeet qualifying 1 – Chloe Tipple noon NZ


Men’s Round 1 & 2 – Billy Stairmand 10am & 4:40pm NZ

Women’s Round 1 & 2 – Ella Williams 1:20pm & 6pm NZ


Men’s 400m individual medley final – Lewis Clareburt 1:30pm NZ

Men’s 400m freestyle final – Zac Reid 1:52pm NZ

Women’s 100m backstroke heats – Ali Galyer 10:04pm NZ

Women’s 400m freestyle heats – Erika Fairweather 11:24pm NZ


Men’s -68kg Round of 16 – Tom Burns v Bradly Sinden (Great Britain) 3:34pm NZ


Men’s doubles first round – Marcus Daniell & Michael Venus v Gerasimov/Ivashka (Belarus) 2pm NZ


Kiwi swimmer Clareburt shows medley medal quality



Kiwi medley specialist Lewis Clareburt has lived up to his billing as an Olympic medal chance, with a thrilling heat win over 400m at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

Racing in the third of four heats, the Wellingtonian clocked 4m 09.49s – a national and Oceania record – finishing second fastest of the eight qualifiers for Sunday’s final.

He was surpassed by Australian Brendon Smith’s 4m 09.27s in the fourth heat, but now looms as a very real hope of breaking the 25-year Kiwi medal drought in the pool. The last Olympics success for NZ swimming was Danyon Loaders freestyle double at Atlanta 1996.

Clareburt drew an ideal lane next to former world champion and Rio 2016 silver medallist Chase Kalisz, and those two duelled throughout the journey, swapping the lead several times.

The Kiwi fell behind over the breastroke leg, but roared back over the final 100m of freestyle to finish 0.16s clear of his rival.

Lewis Clareburt in action during 400m medley heats
Lewis Clareburt in action during 400m medley heats. Photo credit: Photosport


The next race began at world record pace, with Japanese Daiya Seto leading the way, but Smith charged home over the final length of freestyle, as Seto faded to fifth and out of the final.

Clareburt’s medal chance will come at 1:20pm NZ Sunday.

Countryman Zac Reid was well off the pace over 400m freestyle, clocking 3m 49.85s and finishing 23rd from a field of 36.

Menawhile, the Football Ferns had little response for the world champion USA women, slumping to a 6-1 defeat that included two own goals and several other goals disallowed for offside.

The Kiwis did well to hold their much-vaunted opponents to one goal with halftime in sight, but conceded another seconds before the break and could not stem the tide in the second half.

Their only consolation came in the 73rd minute, when Paige Stachell pounced on a defensive error from the Americans, drew the keeper and delivered a pinpoint cross to Betsy Hassett, who slotted the Ferns’ only goal.

That brought them to 3-1 down, but three more goals in the final moments provided USA with a morale-boosting margin, after a shock 3-0 loss to Sweden in their tournament opener.