Olympics 2021: Five unmissable events on Day 11 and when to watch

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Annette Edmondson, Ashlee Ankudinoff, Georgia Baker and Amy Cure, pictured here at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in 2019.
Annette Edmondson, Ashlee Ankudinoff, Georgia Baker and Amy Cure at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in 2019. (Photo by PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images)

Get all your screens set up, we’re in for a big night of cheering for our Aussie athletes across a range of sports.

Start your day following Brooke Stratton in the women’s long jump final this morning (11.50am AEST), where she’ll need her best to be in medal contention. 

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Then strap yourself in and warm up your vocal cords for a huge night.

Here are five events to watch on Day 11 of the Tokyo Olympics.

Women’s team pursuit, Cycling, from 4.30pm AEST

The Aussie women won gold in the team pursuit at the 2019 world championships and will be right in the medal mix here.

Annette Edmondson, Ashlee Ankudinoff and Georgia Baker, who were part of that world champion team, will be competing for us here in Tokyo, so we have the experience to perform today.

The Americans, who won the title at the most recent world championships last year, are the team to beat, but we’ll be right in this. 

Heats are from 4.30pm AEST, and the gold medal race will be at 6.26pm.

Australia v Germany, men’s hockey semi-final, 8pm

Game faces on, we’ve reached the business end of the hockey tournament.

It took a penalty shootout win over the Dutch for the Kookaburras to advance to the semi-finals but we’re within striking distance now of getting another crack at gold in the men’s hockey.

Australia won a medal at six straight Olympics until Rio, so there is plenty to play for here. 

The Germans have won two of the past three Olympic gold medals, so they know how to get it done at this point in the competition. 

A gold medal playoff awaits the winner.

Men’s pole vault final, 8.20pm AEST

Can Kurtis Marschall channel his hero Steve Hooker and produce a moment to remember in the men’s pole vault final?

Even at 24, he’s already a great story of perseverance. After finishing seventh at the 2017 world championships, Marschall suffered a couple of years of terrible injuries. 

He broke both his heels in a failed landing in 2018, then had shoulder problems and back stress fractures in 2019, which ruled him out of the world championships.

But with a bit of continuity he’s really putting together some good results, including clearing 5.80m four times this season, which is just shy of his personal best of 5.81m. 

If he can produce that today he’ll be in medal contention.

Kurtis Marschall, pictured here in action at the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
Kurtis Marschall in action at the Commonwealth Games in 2018. (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Australia v Russian Olympic Committee, women’s water polo quarter-final, 8.50pm

Back in our happy place in the water. Will it be as good to us here as it was in the first week of the Games?

The Aussie Stingers finished second in Group A, the only loss having come to group leader Spain. 

We haven’t been as high scoring as some of the other teams in this tournament so far, so it’s time to step it up a gear now.

The Russians won bronze at the water polo World League Super Final in June, but finished third in their group in Tokyo, so they might not be quite at their best here.

The winner will face the victor of the Canada-USA quarter-final.

Australia v Argentina, men’s basketball quarter-final, 10pm

Put the kettle on, we’re in for the long haul here. A huge opportunity for the Boomers to advance deep into an international tournament.

We topped our group with three wins from three games and now face an Argentinian side whose only group win came against home nation Japan. 

Argentina finished third in its group.

Still, they’re ranked fourth in the world, just one spot below the Aussies, so complacency is not an option here for Patty Mills and his team.

A win here and we face the winner of the battle between the top two ranked teams in the world, Spain and USA.

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