Tokyo Olympics: Andy Murray out of tennis singles and Adam Peaty through to 100m breaststroke final

Andy Murray’s bid for a third straight Olympic men’s singles gold medal has ended after he withdrew ahead of his first match because of a thigh strain.

The 34-year-old tennis star had been due to take on ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada on day two of the Games today, but was replaced on the order of play by Australian Max Purcell.

However, he will continue to compete for Team GB in the men’s doubles tournament with Joe Salisbury.

Murray said: “I am really disappointed at having to withdraw but the medical staff have advised me against playing in both events, so I have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the singles and focus on playing doubles with Joe.”

But there was better news for Team GB swimmer Adam Peaty who powered through to the 100m breaststroke final with the fastest time on Sunday morning.

The 26-year-old world and Olympic champion won his semi-final comfortably in 57.63 seconds, slower than the 57.56 in Saturday’s evening heats but more than a second quicker than China’s Yan Zibei. American Michael Andrew was third in that heat, 1.36 off Peaty’s time.

While way off his world record 56.88, it meant he now has the top 16 fastest swims of all time in the event.

Peaty made a point of bowing when he appeared poolside despite the lack of spectators.

“It’s obviously very different to the worldwide perspective,” he said.

“When you’re actually here, everyone’s so welcoming and so happy. These are the Olympic Games, they are the greatest show on earth and obviously we want to show our mutual respect.”

Also on Sunday:

• Defending taekwondo champion Jade Jones suffered a defeat in the first round, but she still has a chance at the bronze medal later today. She was beaten by Refugee Team athlete Kimia Alizadeh

• Lizzie Deignan leads Britain’s hopes in the women’s cycling road race

• British swimmers Max Litchfield and Aimee Willmott missed out in the 400m individual medley

• Australian tennis player and Wimbledon champion Ash Barty was defeated in the first round by 48th-ranked Spanish opponent Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-4, 6-3

• Tunisian swimmer Ahmed Hafnaoui was the surprise winner in the men’s 400m freestyle

• Japanese swimmer Yui Ohashi won gold in the 400m individual medley, touching first with 4mins 32.08secs

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It comes as officials confirmed there had been 10 more confirmed new coronavirus infections, including two athletes, at Tokyo 2020, taking the total number of cases to 137 since 1 July.

Meanwhile, American golfer Bryson DeChambeau tested positive for COVID-19 before his departure for the Games and will be replaced in the US men’s golf team by Patrick Reed, USA Golf said.

DeChambeau said: “I am deeply disappointed not to be able to compete in the Olympics for Team USA.

“Representing my country means the world to me and it is was a tremendous honour to make this team. I wish Team USA the best of luck next week in Tokyo.

“I will now focus on getting healthy, and I look forward to returning to competition once I am cleared to do so.”

Also, the International Olympic Committee has confirmed there will be no relaxation on mask-wearing rules.

Spokesman Mark Adams said: “It’s not a ‘nice to have’, it’s a ‘must to have’.”

He was responding to a question about several swimmers removing their masks during medal ceremonies.

The Olympic teams from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan were also mostly maskless when they paraded through the stadium at Friday’s opening ceremony, despite other national teams covering their faces in according with COVID-19 rules.

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