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Magnussen to make Indycar debut

Magnussen to make Indycar debut
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Kevin Magnussen will step up into Indycar this weekend.

Kevin Magnussen will step up into Indycar this weekend.

As he lost his Formula 1 seat with Haas at the end of last year, the Dane said he would hopefully use his move into US sports cars as a springboard to the country's premier open-wheel category.

"My father has been racing in the States for 20 years and I've been to many races with him," said the 28-year-old at the time.

"You never know what the future holds."

Magnussen is getting his one-off chance after McLaren's Indycar regular Felix Rosenqvist was ruled out of the Road America event following a stuck throttle and major crash in Detroit.

"It really sucks to miss out at Road America, but I have to focus on getting back to 100 percent," Rosenqvist said.

"Meanwhile it's great to see Kevin Magnussen get a shot at Indycar."

Magnussen said it will be a "big challenge to go straight into a race having never driven an Indycar before".

"But I couldn't say no to the opportunity," he added.

Meanwhile, as predicted on Tuesday, Alpine has confirmed that Esteban Ocon is staying with the Renault-owned Formula 1 team on a new "three-year agreement".

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CountryGold medalSilver MedalBronze MedalT
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Olympics flagOlympic Athletes from Russia11151137
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Sunday's key events

· 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)

· 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

· 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)

· 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)

· 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)

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

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

· 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)

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

> Today's schedule in full
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