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Result: Lewis Hamilton on verge of fourth Formula 1 title with victory at Japanese Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of the Formula 1 world title after victory in the Japanese Grand Prix while rival Sebastian Vettel retired early on in the race.

Lewis Hamilton has taken a giant stride towards his fourth Formula 1 world title with victory in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Title rival Sebastian Vettel retired early on, dropping out four laps into the race after slipping down the field from the start with an engine problem.

Victory for Hamilton sees the Mercedes driver leading Vettel by 59 points with 100 available in the remaining four races.

The Briton will clinch the title at the next race - the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas - if he wins and Vettel finishes lower than fourth.

Elsewhere in the rankings, the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were once again very strong and finished in second and third.

Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, meanwhile, finished fourth, one place ahead of Vettel's Ferrari colleague Kimi Raikkonen.

Japanese GP top 10:

1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
3. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)
4. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
5. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
6. Esteban Ocon (Force India)
7. Sergio Perez (Force India)
8. Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
9. Romain Grosjean (Haas)
10. Felipe Massa (Williams)

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Olympic medal table header
CountryGold medalSilver MedalBronze MedalT
ChinaChina32211669
United StatesUnited States25292276
JapanJapan2071239
AustraliaAustralia1541635
Great BritainGreat Britain14181547
Today's Olympic highlights header

Wednesday's key events


SKATEBOARDING
· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

SAILING
· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
· Team GB also have medal hopes in the women's event, with defending champion Hannah Mills looking to retain her crown alongside new teammate Eilidh McIntyre (7.33am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Great Britain's Frazer Clarke faces Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight with a place in the gold medal bout up for grabs (7.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also guaranteed a medal, but will look to ensure that is either gold or silver as he takes on Cuba's Arlen Lopez in the light heavyweight final (7.35am)

CYCLING
· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

> Today's schedule in full
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