It was the most thrilling of climaxes but, in the end, an agonising missed opportunity. 

Team GB’s men’s and women’s 4x100m relay teams both secured medals on a successful evening in Tokyo. 

Yet the British men’s team claimed silver after being beaten on the line by Italy by 0.01 seconds. 

Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, who ran the final leg, could not hide his despair after the race but, in truth, it was a superb performance by the men’s team. 

Earlier, Dina Asher-Smith completed her Olympic comeback with a bronze for the women. 

Those medals followed Laura Muir collapsing in agony after the Olympic 1,500 metres final – but when she dragged herself to her feet, with tears rolling down her face, she was able to celebrate the sheer brilliance of an Olympic silver medal.

Italy pip Britain's men to gold by one-hundredth of a second

Credit: Jewel Samad/AFP

The action on the track sealed a fantastic Friday of medals for Team GB, with Laura Kenny taking her place as Britain’s most decorated female Olympian as she and Katie Archibald absolutely destroyed the field in the inaugural women’s Madison. 

From bicycle golf to surviving a collapsed lung, Tom Cary analyses the making of Kenny, a British sporting great. 

After that Kate French put in a superb performance in the run and shoot to take an emphatic Olympic gold in the modern pentathlon.

It leaves Britain fourth in the medal table, but former European parliament Brexit chief Guy Verhofstadt is unlikely to be happy, after suggesting the EU should be top of the table. 

Many were quick to point out his flawed logic.

Cases fall across UK as first healthy 16-year-olds jabbed

The first coronavirus jabs are being given to healthy 16-year-olds, as the latest estimates show Covid infection levels in three of the UK’s four nations have tumbled. Infections have fallen again across most of Britain in an "encouraging" step for the battle against the delta variant, the latest Office for National Statistics estimate shows. Prevalence of Covid-19 infections in England is estimated to have fallen to 1 in 75 people in the week to July 31, down from 1 in 65 recorded the week before. There were also falls in Scotland and Wales but a rise in Northern Ireland. It comes as a government scientist said that wearing a face mask has become about making a political statement rather than public health. Meanwhile, the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has said vaccine certification will remain a "permanent" fixture for international travel for the "foreseeable future". Here are some of the best last-minute holidays to book.

How to save £241 on your energy bill before prices rise

Energy prices for 15m Britons are expected to rocket from October after the energy regulator said it would increase its cap on the most widely used tariffs by about 12pc, mainly due to soaring wholesale energy prices. Ofgem, the energy regulator, is advising households to shop around for better tariffs as it raised the cap on the default standard variable tariff from £139 to £1,277. This chart shows how prices have risen since 2010 and Ben Marlow analyses why the energy price cap is a disastrous piece of free-market government interference. Yet you need not pay more. Here is how to save £241 on your energy bill.

Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

Toddler death | A teenage mother who left her toddler daughter to starve to death while she partied in London and Coventry has been jailed for nine years. Verphy Kudi went to a 1990s music concert in Elephant and Castle and even had a DJ announce her birthday during her days-long jaunt away from home, a court heard. Her 20-month-old daughter, Asiah, died after she was left home alone in her flat in Brighton.

  • Coal mine joke | Red Wall Tories hit out at PM’s Thatcher comment
  • Wildfires | Hundreds evacuated by sea from Greek island
  • Arabic speaking badge | National Gallery guide sued employers
  • London riots | Ten years on – what happened next?
  • Weekly news quiz | Which new age group will be offered a Covid jab?

Around the world: Hezbollah fires rockets into Israel

Hezbollah launched a barrage of rockets into Israel this morning in a significant escalation of tensions between the Iranian-backed militant group and Lebanon’s southern neighbours. According to the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), 19 rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israeli territory just after 11am, 10 of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome and three falling within Lebanon. Read how the Israeli military responded and watch its Iron Dome defence system in action.

Friday interview

‘The Prince George cartoon is not as mean as people think’

Alan Cumming

Credit: BBC/Wall to Wall/Andrew Montgomery

As he returns to Edinburgh, Alan Cumming tells Chris Harvey about getting older, playing Prince George’s butler and spurning Hogwarts

Read the full interview

Comment and analysis

  • Tom Harris | His remark was crass but PM had a point about Thatcher
  • Ross Clark | Furlough deserves much blame for inflation crisis
  • Sophie Corcoran | Doling out A*s like confetti doesn’t benefit anyone
  • Judith Woods | Parents need confidence, not confusion, on kids’ jabs
  • Tom Garry | The closest Trump has come to bronze is his fake tan

Editor’s choice

  • Homophobia in films | Blame Martin Scorsese for Matt Damon’s ‘f-slur’ troubles
  • The Midults | My date is giving me mixed signals. How do I decode them?
  • Ineos Grenadier | The new 4×4 is a rough, tough truck that’s full of contradictions
  • Business and money briefing

    Global supply crunch | German factories are on their worst run since before the pandemic struck after suffering a third straight tumble in production as its ailing car giants delay the recovery. Details here.

    • Pre-emptive strike | Fortress raises Morrisons bid to almost £10bn
    • Typhoon fighter | BAE adds new weapons to jets in £135m deal
    • On top of markets | Live stocks and shares updates 24 hours a day

    Sport briefing

    England vs India | The tourists were all out for 278 after Ollie Robinson took his maiden Test match five-wicket haul for England. Follow how the hosts have replied as day three draws to a close at Trent Bridge.

    • Lionel Messi | Pochettino hints move to PSG ‘could happen’
    • Will Greenwood | How the Lions can beat the Springboks
    • ‘He’s like a scientist’ | Inside the mind of South Africa head coach

    Three things for tonight

    • Watch | Epic Wales: Valleys, Mountains & Coasts, Channel 4, 8pm
    • Fitness | How to train like an Olympic athlete
    • Puzzles | Enjoy today’s crossword and sudoku, plus much more

    And finally… for this evening’s downtime

    Julia Haart interview | In 2013 she left her ultra-Orthodox Jewish community for a new life – now she’s the star of a controversial reality show My Unorthodox Life. Meredith Blake finds out how Julia Haart went from Orthodox Jew to ball-busting fashion CEO.

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