Tokyo 2020 is firmly on the homeward bend now.

The events are being wrapped up thick and fast, and the medals are being stuffed in carry-ons ready to travel home with the winning athletes.

But Stats Perform's man on the ground, Peter Hanson, isn't quite done yet.

Here's how Thursday played out for him...


Late in the early hours of this morning I was still knocking around in the media centre at the Olympic Stadium, having sat in for the press conferences for the men's 200m final.

At the end of the session, I walked out into the hall and almost quite literally bumped into the new champion Andre De Grasse.

Here's where my sensational conversation skills kicked in...

"Congratulations, Andre," I said. "Thank you, man," he replied. Real Shakespearean prose stuff.


One of the disappointments for Team GB this week was the news Dina Asher-Smith would not be able to add to the world title she won in the 200m.

It was revealed she had been contending with a hamstring injury in failing to make the 100m final, but she was on track with her team-mates for the 4x100m relay heats where a national record 41.55s was clocked.

Not bad on a scorching hot morning in Tokyo. "We're Brits so we have to regulate our internal body temperature, because we're not natural warm weather people," Asher-Smith said.

You can say that again. It was touching 36 degrees today...thank heavens I had deodorant in my bag!


So, here's a bit of behind the scenes for our hotels it's not just the media who stay there, there are various officials and coaches et cetera from the competing countries.

People are heading home on the daily now the Games are coming to an end and it's been really noticeable for me.

Previously, all the buses connecting the hotel to the media centre and the competition venues were reasonably full.

The last two days I've had several buses all to myself...travelling around A-list style in Tokyo, it's not a bad life!


I'm one of those people who absolutely loves sports but is pretty much hopeless at any sort of athletic skill.

Others are seemingly good at whatever they do. Take Canada's Vincent De Haitre, who helped his country to fifth in the men's team pursuit in track cycling this week.

Fresh from that venture, De Haitre is headed back to Calgary to prepare for next year's Winter Olympics in speed skating. Coincidentally, he is his country's record holder over 1,000m in both track cycling and speed skating.

"Last year, I was doing 50 per cent cycling and 50 per cent skating," he said. "I wouldn't recommend it, especially during a pandemic! I know what I can do as an athlete. Now it's time for me to prove it to everyone else."

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