Our rowing team has had to deal with quite a bit of expectation, but as the finals begin in the water in Tokyo, they’ve already proved themselves up for the challenge. The Irish women’s four of Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe, Fiona Murtagh and Emily Hegarty took bronze this morning, and it augurs well for the next two days.

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Kurt Walker had a stunning victory in the ring this morning as well, but outside of our Irish bubble, the biggest story of the entire Games was unfolding yesterday as Simone Biles stepped away from the team gymnastics event, won’t compete in the all-around tomorrow, and her mental health will be assessed between now and the individual events next week.

We talk to former gymnast, and journalist with Slate.com, Rebecca Schuman, about Biles, her decision, and the heart-breaking shadow cast by Larry Nassar, the child sex abuser who operated with impunity in Team USA Gymnastics for years.


Plus there’s Fiji gold, jaunty red cards, the McDevitt Method and the Skerries talent conveyor belt.

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