Olympics 2021: Five unmissable events on Day 10 and when to watch

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Madison Mae Fitzpatrick, pictured here in action for the Hockeyroos at the Olympics.
Madison Mae Fitzpatrick in action for the Hockeyroos at the Olympics. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Week 2 of the Games begins and there are stories aplenty to be found across a range of sports. 

As always, there are a couple of good medal chances for the green and gold army.

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Here are five events to watch on Day 10 of the Tokyo Olympics.

Australia v India, women’s hockey quarter-final, 1pm AEST

The Hockeyroos haven’t had a better finish than fifth since we won our third gold from four Olympics in 2000, but we’re just two wins away from a gold medal playoff as the hockey tournament reaches the pointy end.

Australia and Netherlands finished the group stages as the clear standouts in their respective groups, and all roads lead to them meeting for the gold medal on Friday.

The Hockeyroos conceded just one goal through the preliminary stages and face an Indian team that scored just two wins in the group stages, and they came against the bottom two teams in their group, Ireland and South Africa.

25m rapid fire pistol men’s final, 3.30pm AEST

It’s fair to say Sergei Evglevski was born to shoot at the Olympics.

His mother Lalita Yauhleuskaya is a six-time Olympian – twice for Belarus, including a bronze medal in Sydney; and four times for Australia. 

His father Sergei Sr has been the Australian Olympic team’s gunsmith.

So now young Evglevski gets his chance to write his own Olympic story for Australia, and he’s a genuine medal prospect. 

He won gold in the 25m rapid fire pistol at the Oceania championships in 2017, and silver at the Commonwealth Games the next year to put his name in contention.

He would continue an amazing family Olympic legacy with a medal today.

Women’s team sprint, cycling, from 4.30pm

It’s the first day of action at the Izu Velodrome as the cyclists take to the track for the first time. 

The first medals up for grabs today are in the women’s team sprint event and Australia should be in the running for a medal here.

Kaarle McCulloch’s experience and success will be crucial in how she and Ashlee Ankudinoff perform. 

McCulloch is a four-time world champion in the team sprint, having partnered with cycling legend Anna Meares and Stephanie Morton previously. 

She and Meares won a bronze medal in this event in London 2012.

The Germans will be the red-hot favourites to take gold in this one, while we might be battling the Russians and China for a medal.

Laurel Hubbard, pictured here in action at the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
Laurel Hubbard in action at the Commonwealth Games in 2018. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Women’s 87kg-plus weightlifting, 8.50pm AEST

History gets made today when the first transgender athlete competes at an Olympic Games.

And despite being 43, making her the fourth oldest weightlifter ever at an Olympics, New Zealander Laurel Hubbard is considered a genuine medal chance in the super heavyweight 87kg-plus category.

Hubbard is ranked number seven in the world in the +87kg category and won a silver medal in the +90kg category at the 2017 world championships.

Her qualification for Tokyo has not been without controversy, including criticism from fellow competitors, scientists and women’s advocacy group Fair Play for Women, who believe Hubbard has an unfair advantage.

However it plays out, it will be fascinating viewing.

Australia v Sweden, women’s football semi-final, 9pm AEST

An extraordinary come-from-behind win over Great Britain on Friday night gives the Matildas this incredible opportunity at an Olympic medal.

After being 2-1 down in the final minutes against the Brits, Sam Kerr stepped up to send the game into extra time, and from there the Aussies put two more in the back of the net to set up a remarkable 4-3 win.

A win tonight against the Swedes gives us a shot at gold, while a loss will put us at least into the bronze medal playoff. 

This is the first time we’ve ever advanced past the quarters at an Olympics.

How much will the Matildas have left in the tank to take it up to the Swedes, the fifth ranked team in the world?

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