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Today at the Olympics: Hannah Mills, Mohamed Sbihi named GB flag bearers

Today at the Olympics: Hannah Mills, Mohamed Sbihi named GB flag bearers
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Andy Murray to face Felix Auger-Aliassime in the first round of the tennis tournament and the opening ceremony's show director has been dismissed.

Olympic champions Hannah Mills and Mohamed Sbihi were unveiled as Team GB's first ever joint flag bearers for Friday's opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games.

The duo will share the honour following a directive by the International Olympic Committee in March and were selected by a Team GB panel following nominations from their respective sports.

Mills won sailing gold in 2016 in the women's 470 class alongside Saskia Clark, and will defend the title in Tokyo with a new team-mate, Eilidh McIntyre, while Sbihi won gold in the men's coxless fours in Rio and will compete in the men's eight in the Japanese capital.

Elsewhere, Andy Murray learned who he would face in the first round as he defends his men's singles tennis title while, just a day out from the opening ceremony, the show director has been dismissed.

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Novak Djokovic, seeking to become the first man in history to win a Golden Slam of all four grand slam titles and Olympic singles gold in the same year, trains in Tokyo (Mike Egerton/PA)
Novak Djokovic, seeking to become the first man in history to win a Golden Slam of all four grand slam titles and Olympic singles gold in the same year, trains in Tokyo (Mike Egerton/PA)

Mills and Sbihi to fly the flag for Britain

Only around 30 of around 200 Team GB athletes are expected to march at the opening ceremony, with many reluctant to take part because of coronavirus concerns so close to their events. Pickings were therefore slim for those responsible for selecting which man and woman would fly the flags for Britain, but it speaks volumes for the country's past recent success that the panel was able to select two Olympic champions.

Murray given tough opener

The Scot, who is the only tennis player to win back-to-back gold medals at an Olympics following his triumphs at London 2012 and Rio 2016, will go up against ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime. Murray could play second seed Daniil Medvedev in the quarter-finals but he has avoided being drawn in the same half as old nemesis, world number one and overwhelming favourite Novak Djokovic. The Serbian, seeking to become the first man in history to win a Golden Slam of all four grand slam titles and Olympic singles gold in the same year, will take on Bolivia's Hugo Dellien first up. In the women's draw, home favourite and second seed Naomi Osaka, who will play her first match since withdrawing from the French Open, will play Zheng Saisai of China.

Opening ceremony plunged into further chaos

Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto confirmed to media that opening ceremony show director Kantaro Kobayashi has been sacked on the eve of the event due to alleged anti-Semitic jokes he made during a comedy routine in 1998. The show's composer Keigo Oyamada was forced to resign earlier this week after footage emerged of interviews in which he admitted bullying disabled children during his schooldays. And its executive creative director Hiroshi Sasaki stepped down in March following criticism of his suggestion that plus-size model Naomi Watanabe dress up as a pig during the ceremony.

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Olympic medal table header
CountryGold medalSilver MedalBronze MedalT
ChinaChina21131246
JapanJapan175830
United StatesUnited States16171346
Olympics flagOlympic Athletes from Russia11151137
AustraliaAustralia1031427
Great BritainGreat Britain891128
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Sunday's key events


GOLF
· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

CYCLING - BMX
· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

SWIMMING
· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

TENNIS
· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

SAILING
· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

> Today's schedule in full
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