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Lewis Hamilton claims pole ahead of Japanese Grand Prix

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton claims the 71st pole position of his career, this time for Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton has earned another pole position, this time ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix which takes place on Sunday.

Hamilton holds a 34-point lead in the drivers' standings, and the British driver headed a one-two for Mercedes in Suzuka as Valtteri Bottas claimed the second-fastest time.

However, Bottas must serve a five-place grid penalty, resulting in Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel moving up to the front of the grid alongside Hamilton.

It means that Red Bull pairing Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen are promoted up to the second row, and Kimi Raikkonen and Force India's Esteban Ocon are fifth and sixth respectively.

McLaren's Fernando Alonso will start in 10th place, while British representative Jolyon Palmer is 14th in the Renault.

Full Standings

1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
3. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)
4. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
5. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
6. Esteban Ocon (Force India)
7. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) (After five-place grid penalty)
8. Sergio Perez (Force India)
9. Felipe Massa (Williams)
10. Fernando Alonso (McLaren)
11. Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren)
12. Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)
13. Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
14. Jolyon Palmer (Renault)
15. Carlos Sainz Jr (Toro Rosso)
16. Romain Grosjean (Haas)
17. Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso)
18. Lance Stroll (Williams)
19. Marcus Ericsson (Sauber)
20. Pascal Wehrlein (Sauber)

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Olympic medal table header
CountryGold medalSilver MedalBronze MedalT
JapanJapan114520
ChinaChina105823
United StatesUnited States99927
Olympics flagOlympic Athletes from Russia77418
AustraliaAustralia61714
Great BritainGreat Britain46414
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Wednesday's key events


ROWING
· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
· Team GB were by far the fastest qualifiers for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final and will therefore be favourites for another gold in the pool (4.26am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

CYCLING
· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
· Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart have medal ambitions for Great Britain in the men's road time trial, although both will need to recover from the crash they suffered on Saturday (6am)

DIVING
· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Charlotte Dujardin will look to add to her already legendary status with a third successive Olympic individual dressage title (9.30am-1.25pm)

> Today's schedule in full
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