Things are cranking into full gear now at Tokyo 2020.

For Stats Perform's Peter Hanson, the first official weekday of competition was all about a trip to the pool, with Adam Peaty and Katie Ledecky the star attractions.

Oh look, a giant robot shooting some hoops too... that's not at all scary in any way.

For that and more, read on for the latest daily diary from Tokyo.


There was an extra spring in my step this morning. Partly because I stubbed my toe and was hopping around in pain.

Mainly, though, it was because today was my first at an actual venue - the Tokyo Aquatics Centre - and boy what a morning of racing I witnessed. Ariarne Titmus beat the great Ledecky in a 400m freestyle of the highest quality.

And there was a first gold medal of the Games for Team GB as Peaty added to his victory at Rio 2016, in the process becoming the first British swimmer to defend an Olympic title.

A session of such brilliance really did deserve a crowd, however. There was the din of applause and cheers from team-mates, but it was scant reward for the show put on. It remains surreal that such a big event is happening without fans in attendance.


Well, not really. Not yet anyway.

Japan is known for its forward thinking when it comes to technology and innovation, and those lucky enough to see the United States' shock loss to France in the basketball late on Sunday were treated to an eye-catching demonstration.

A human-sized robot was wheeled out onto court and, with unerring accuracy, drained buckets for the entertainment of those able to be in attendance.

I mean, it's not quite the same as watching Kevin Durant or Damian Lillard in action, but I certainly wouldn't fancy my own chances against this terrifying machine in a game of HORSE.


Back at home, I've earned the nickname 'Captain Direction'.

Okay, I say I've earned the nickname, it's actually one I gave myself... but for good reason, as directions and me just do not mix.

This is why I tend to show up to things nice and early. It was probably a good job this was the case today too, because finding my space in the press tribune at the swimming was no easy feat.

Eventually, after a battle with several flights of stairs and left considerably sweatier than when I started, I found what I assumed was the right place, a non-tabled seat (which you've probably figured out is a seat without a table) as per my ticket, plus a high-vis vest with "press" written on it.

On the bright side, I'm now an absolute shoo-in to win gold in a race walk event.


Down at Tokyo Bay, while most of us were still eating breakfast, the triathlon was getting underway at 6.30am. Almost comical scenes ensued...

As the starter sent triathletes on their way for the 1,500m swim, around a third of the field were still blocked by a camera boat!

It led to a rare false start, with several athletes remaining on the pontoon while those already in the water were headed off by boats and jet-skis.

Race winner Kristian Blummenfelt, who won Norway a first Olympic gold since London 2012, was unsure what had happened.

He said: "Was it the boat? I'm not sure if it was a false start, but I saw the boat like going past the pontoon and I was like surprised that I had this start so quickly and I saw on my left side that there was the camera boat in front of mid-group.

"So when I swam the first 50 metres I was aware that this couldn't be right and I was keeping a little bit steady and I looked at (it) as a positive thing, as I hadn't been swimming for 30 minutes. It was good practice."