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It is the Olympics we have all waited patiently for, so what higher solution to plan your two weeks than with our day-by-day information – all occasions BST.
Workforce GB named a squad of 376 athletes on 8 July – their largest ever for an abroad Video games and with more women than men for the primary time at a summer time Video games.
Thursday, 22 July – day minus one
Medal occasions: None
Thursday sees the beginning of the males’s soccer. The final recreation to kick off, Brazil v Germany (12:30), stands out – it is a rematch of the 2016 Olympic last, when hosts Brazil beat Germany on penalties.
No Brits in motion. Workforce GB has solely as soon as entered a males’s soccer crew on the Olympics since 1960, in 2012 because the host nation. Ordinarily, the house nations can’t agree on how one can mix.
12:00: Honduras v Romania, with Romania again within the Olympic males’s soccer event for the primary time since 1964.
12:30: Brazil v Germany, it is a rematch of the 2016 Olympic last, when hosts Brazil beat Germany on penalties.
Often, males’s soccer groups on the Olympics are restricted to gamers aged 23 and youthful with three older wildcards. This 12 months, that is been prolonged to 24 to account for the year-long delay in holding the Video games. Sure, there will probably be VAR.
Friday, 23 July – day zero
Medal occasions: None
12:00: Opening ceremony – Dwell on BBC One, BBC Crimson Button and on-line
There’s all the time hypothesis about what kind the opening ceremony will take. This 12 months, the uncertainty is barely heightened by the Covid-19 pandemic and the ramifications it has on who’s capable of attend and take part within the ceremony.
In 2016, Japan’s then-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dressed up as Mario for a Nintendo-inspired handover ceremony on the Rio Olympics. The 2020 opening ceremony is predicted to be equally influenced by Japan’s place on this planet of expertise.
Workforce GB’s six archers will compete within the rating spherical, which does not remove anybody however does decide seedings for the lads’s and girls’s particular person archery tournaments.
Rowing, 4 Workforce GB boats are in motion. Of the 45 British rowers heading to Tokyo, solely eight are returning Olympians – one in every of them, Rio silver medallist Vicky Thornley, will probably be in motion on Friday within the single sculls heats.
Norwegian rower Olaf Tufte, 45, is heading to his seventh Olympics however his first within the quad scull. The farmer and firefighter has gold medals from the Sydney and Athens Olympics and most not too long ago picked up bronze in Rio. “I used to be solely going to row for 3 weeks,” he stated. “It has been 30 years. That must be sufficient.”
For the primary time, groups will enter the opening ceremony in Japanese-language order (utilizing the katakana type of written Japanese). At prior Olympics held in Japan, English-language order was used. The one exceptions will probably be Greece and Japan. Because the originating Olympic host nation, Greece all the time enter first at any Olympics. Japan, as is custom, will enter final as this 12 months’s hosts.
Saturday, 24 July – day one
Medal occasions: 11
Archery (blended crew), biking (males’s street race), fencing (ladies’s epee, males’s sabre), judo (ladies’s -48kg, males’s -60kg), capturing (ladies’s 10m air rifle, males’s 10m air pistol), taekwondo (ladies’s -49kg, males’s -58kg), weightlifting (ladies’s -49kg).
The males’s biking street race (03:00-10:00) is Saturday’s greatest draw as greater than 20 Olympic sports activities roll into motion. The race is taken into account huge open. Britain’s four-man crew includes Tao Geoghegan Hart, Geraint Thomas, Adam Yates and Simon Yates.
Britain’s ladies’s soccer crew, who beat Chile 2-0 in their opening match, face hosts Japan at 11:30. Look ahead to Japan captain Saki Kumagai, who helped her nation to Olympic silver in 2012 and World Cup gold a 12 months earlier. She’s thought-about the most effective gamers Japan has ever produced.
It is males’s qualification day in creative gymnastics from 02:00 till 14:00. Britain’s males, fifth on the 2019 World Championships, are led by double Rio gold medallist Max Whitlock.
Elsewhere, swimming begins, though there are not any finals scheduled on Saturday, solely heats. Count on Olympic and world champion Adam Peaty within the heats of the lads’s 100m breaststroke at about 13:00.
Seonaid McIntosh could possibly be a contender within the ladies’s 10m air rifle (concluding about 08:00), through which she received a World Cup silver medal in 2019. That is anticipated to be the primary gold medal awarded at Tokyo 2020.
At 10:30, Workforce GB’s males’s hockey gamers start their Olympic marketing campaign in opposition to South Africa.
Earlier, from 00:30-04:30, rowing’s second morning of heats sees Helen Glover and Polly Swann within the ladies’s pair. Double Olympic champion Glover received coxless pairs gold at London 2012 and Rio 2016, then spent 4 years away from elite rowing earlier than finishing what she as soon as known as a “extremely unlikely” comeback.
3×3 basketball – three-a-side basketball performed on a courtroom with one hoop – makes its Olympic debut on Saturday. Latvia and Serbia are among the many big-hitters within the males’s event. The ladies’s occasion is your solely likelihood to see Mongolia in a crew sport at Tokyo 2020.
From 03:00, the Olympic tennis event begins. Relying on the order of play, Saturday or Sunday will probably be your first alternative to see celebrity Naomi Osaka take to the courtroom for hosts Japan within the ladies’s singles.
In ladies’s hockey, Eire play South Africa from 13:15. It is the primary time Eire’s ladies have certified for the Olympic hockey event.
The biking street race route takes in a few of the slopes of Mount Fuji, which hosts a 14-kilometre climb because the race strikes towards its climax. The race finishes on the Fuji Speedway, the place James Hunt received the 1976 F1 World Championship. The route usually is taken into account mountainous and favours climbers, whereas warmth could possibly be an element, too. Common each day July highs in Tokyo are about 30C.
Sunday, 25 July – day two
Medal occasions: 18
Archery (ladies’s crew), biking (ladies’s street race), diving (ladies’s 3m synchro), fencing (ladies’s foil, males’s epee), judo (ladies’s -52kg, males’s -66kg), capturing (ladies’s 10m air pistol, males’s 10m air rifle), skateboarding (males’s road), swimming (males’s 400m medley, males’s 400m free, ladies’s 400m medley, ladies’s 4×100 free relay), taekwondo (ladies’s -57kg, males’s -68kg), weightlifting (males’s 61kg, males’s 67kg).
Jade Jones goes for her third Olympic taekwondo title on Sunday. Count on the climax at about 13:00. Jones within the -57kg class and China’s Wu Jingyu within the -49kg class are every making an attempt to turn into the primary three-time Olympic taekwondo champions, in a sport that has been bumped up the Olympic schedule to the primary week due to its large Asian viewers.
In the meantime, Jones’ GB team-mate Bradly Sinden goes for Olympic taekwondo gold primary. The 22-year-old received a world title in his -68kg class in Manchester two years in the past.
Lizzie Deignan leads Workforce GB’s hopes within the ladies’s biking street race (05:00-09:30), the place she’ll be racing with team-mate Anna Shackley. The Dutch crew, led by Annemiek van Vleuten and 2012 Olympic champion Marianne Vos – each four-time Olympians – will take some stopping.
Within the pool, the primary medal occasions see Japan’s Daiya Seto go for gold within the males’s 400m particular person medley (02:30-04:20). He has three world titles to his title within the occasion however might solely end third at Rio 2016. Additionally control GB’s Max Litchfield.
Chelsie Giles makes her Olympic debut in Tokyo competing in judo’s ladies’s -52kg (03:00-11:50). She has Grand Slam gold and silver beneath her belt this 12 months heading into the Olympic occasion.
In canoe slalom, Kimberley Woods (ladies’s K1) and Adam Burgess (males’s C1) have their heats from 05:00 to 08:45.
Archers Sarah Bettles, Naomi Folkard and Bryony Pitman go for ladies’s crew gold from 01:30 until 09:25, having received world bronze collectively two years in the past in an occasion usually dominated by Asian nations.
Sunday’s hockey schedule sees GB’s ladies play Germany at 01:30.
In diving, Grace Reid and Katherine Torrance are Britain’s contenders for 3m synchro gold.
One of many greatest names on this planet of skateboarding, Nyjah Huston, is predicted to star on the game’s Olympic debut within the males’s road contest (01:00-06:00). Huston, from the US, has 4 world titles and greater than a dozen X Video games golds within the self-discipline.
In the meantime, one of many greatest names on this planet of sport will make her first look at Tokyo 2020. Simone Biles, essentially the most adorned US gymnast of all time, will lead her crew in ladies’s qualifying (02:00-14:00). Up to now, the 24-year-old has 4 Olympic titles and a bronze medal to her title. All 4 of Britain’s feminine creative gymnasts are making their Olympic debuts: Alice Kinsella, Amelie Morgan, and twin sisters Jennifer and Jessica Gadirova.
Do not anticipate fireworks between China’s Solar Yang and Australia’s Mack Horton within the males’s 400m freestyle, after Horton known as Solar a “drug cheat” at Rio 2016 then refused to share a podium with him in 2019 – neither of them made it to Tokyo. Solar is serving a ban for breaking anti-doping guidelines whereas Horton did not make the Australian crew within the occasion.
Caeleb Dressel will probably be continually in comparison with Michael Phelps at these Olympics. With Phelps now out of the image, Dressel stands to turn into Workforce USA’s subsequent Olympic star within the pool. He received two relay golds at Rio 2016 and has added 13 world titles to his title since then. Tokyo’s swimming schedule runs in reverse formation – finals within the morning, heats for subsequent occasions within the night native time – so look ahead to Dressel within the males’s 4x100m freestyle relay heats at about 13:00.
Browsing seems in Sunday’s schedule, however with an asterisk: all of it is dependent upon wave circumstances. Organisers have put 4 backup days within the calendar as the game makes its Olympic debut. All being nicely, Sunday will characteristic the primary and second rounds of each the lads’s and girls’s occasions. (No British surfers certified for Tokyo 2020.)
There are two sorts of skateboarding on present at this 12 months’s Olympics: road and park. Road includes city options like stairs, rails, partitions, slopes and benches. Park makes use of a curved course to encourage mid-air tips.
Monday, 26 July – day three
Medal occasions: 21
Archery (males’s crew), creative gymnastics (males’s crew), canoe slalom (males’s C1), biking (males’s cross-country mountain bike), diving (males’s 10m synchro), fencing (ladies’s sabre, males’s foil), judo (ladies’s -57kg, males’s -73kg), capturing (ladies’s skeet, males’s skeet), skateboarding (ladies’s road), swimming (ladies’s 100m fly, males’s 100m breast, ladies’s 400m free, males’s 4x100m free relay), desk tennis (blended doubles), taekwondo (ladies’s -67kg, males’s -80kg), triathlon (males), weightlifting (ladies’s 55kg).
Simply after 03:00, Adam Peaty embarks on his mission to finish 5 years of complete domination within the males’s 100m breaststroke. He has set world file after world file and received two world titles since his gold medal at Rio 2016 – can he sew up Tokyo gold to go together with it?
It wasn’t to be for one more of Workforce GB’s Rio 2016 champions. Alistair Brownlee was not chosen for the British triathlon crew in Tokyo, however that creates a chance for youthful brother Jonny Brownlee, who has twice completed behind his brother on the rostrum, in London and Rio. The lads’s triathlon truly begins late on Sunday night UK time (22:30), ending simply earlier than 01:00 in a bid to beat Tokyo’s warmth by staging a morning race.
On the diving pool, Tom Daley begins his fourth Olympics. He is paired with Olympic debutant Matty Lee within the males’s 10m synchro occasion, through which Daley received bronze with Daniel Goodfellow in Rio 5 years in the past. The ultimate runs from 07:00 to 08:00.
Britain’s gymnasts completed fourth within the males’s crew occasion in Rio, edged off the rostrum by Japan, Russia and China. Japan will hope to efficiently defend that title on Monday (11:00-14:10) however the occasion will not characteristic the legendary Kohei Uchimura, who will seem at these Olympics as a person however is not within the squad for the crew occasion.
The lone Workforce GB fencer at Tokyo 2020 is Marcus Mepstead. On Monday, he has an outdoor likelihood of a medal within the males’s foil occasion (01:00-08:20). Mepstead received world silver within the occasion two years in the past.
In taekwondo, Britain’s consultant within the ladies’s -67kg is Lauren Williams (02:00-14:30, two classes). Williams has two European titles to her title however was defeated by Croatia’s Matea Jelic on this 12 months’s European last.
Adam Burgess will hope to be concerned within the first canoe slalom medal racing of Tokyo 2020. C1 class semi-finals start at 06:00 with medals determined nearer to 08:00.
Tom Pidcock will probably be aiming for gold within the males’s mountain bike cross nation (07:00-09:00). The 21-year-old, who has additionally shone on the street this season, has recovered from a damaged collarbone.
There is no Olympic soccer on Monday however rugby sevens kicks into gear with Britain’s males taking part in twice, first in opposition to Canada after 01:00 then in opposition to hosts Japan after 08:30. Workforce GB will probably be favourites in every of these video games. General, the likes of New Zealand, Fiji and South Africa will probably be hoping to win the event.
In hockey, Britain’s women and men are each in motion. The GB males play Canada at 03:45 and the ladies face South Africa at 10:30.
Rowing reaches the semi-final stage within the double sculls and quarter-finals within the single sculls (01:00-03:20).
It is not all Peaty within the pool. The ladies’s 400m freestyle last, which follows instantly after Peaty’s last at about 03:20, might ignite the Tokyo rivalry between Australia’s Ariarne Titmus and American nice Katie Ledecky. Titmus handed Ledecky her first defeat over this distance at a serious occasion within the 2019 World Championships. This isn’t Ledecky’s signature occasion – which is over 800m – so Monday could also be Titmus’ greatest likelihood of victory.
Skateboarding strikes to the ladies’s road occasion (01:00-05:55), the place Brazilian five-time X Video games champion Leticia Bufoni will probably be one of many greatest names. Should you’re ready for Sky Brown, who’ll make her Workforce GB debut having barely turned 13, her park occasion would not happen till 4 August, although the road occasion has equally younger rivals from different nations.
Desk tennis provides an Olympic blended doubles occasion for the primary time (medal matches 12:00-14:10). That could be excellent news for China, winners of 28 out of 32 gold medals since desk tennis was launched to the Video games in 1988. Sixteen groups will attempt to win the first-ever blended doubles gold, however Britain will not be amongst them.
The course for the mountain bike cross-country occasion (males’s occasion 07:00-09:00) has been hailed as some of the lovely, numerous and difficult ever created at an Olympics. Be careful for a surprising TV shot that exhibits riders “leaping” over Mount Fuji utilizing a digicam mounted at simply the suitable angle.
Tuesday, 27 July – day 4
Medal occasions: 22
Inventive gymnastics (ladies’s crew), canoe slalom (ladies’s K1), biking (ladies’s cross-country mountain bike), diving (ladies’s 10m synchro), equestrian (dressage crew), fencing (ladies’s crew epee), judo (ladies’s -63kg, males’s -81kg), rowing (ladies’s quad sculls, males’s quad sculls), capturing (10m air rifle blended crew, 10m air pistol blended crew), softball, swimming (males’s 200m free, ladies’s 100m again, males’s 100m again, ladies’s 100m breast), taekwondo (ladies’s +67kg, males’s +80g), triathlon (ladies), weightlifting (ladies’s 59kg, ladies’s 64kg).
Workforce GB head into the ladies’s triathlon (22:30 Monday to 01:00 Tuesday) with one of many world’s strongest line-ups: Rio bronze medallist Vicky Holland, 2020 world champion Georgia Taylor-Brown and 2019 world silver medallist Jess Learmonth. Bermuda’s Flora Duffy is prone to be one of many trio’s important rivals.
Bianca Walkden competes for Britain in taekwondo’s ladies’s +67kg class (02:00-14:30), having added two extra world titles to her title since taking bronze at Rio 2016. She additionally received European gold in April. In the meantime, Mahama Cho beat Lutalo Muhammad to choice for Workforce GB within the males’s +80kg class, which additionally takes place on Tuesday.
Duncan Scott will probably be one in every of GB’s busiest swimmers, with six completely different occasions to his title in Tokyo. On Tuesday, he’ll hope to line up within the males’s 200m freestyle last (02:45). He picked up world bronze within the occasion in 2019.
At Tokyo’s Ariake Gymnastics Centre, one of many Olympics’ greatest TV audiences will probably be anticipated for the ladies’s crew last (11:45-14:10). There is no query that the US, led by Simone Biles, are the favourites. Can Britain, sixth on the final World Championships, make it into the ultimate and discover a solution to problem for a medal?
Workforce GB’s last ladies’s soccer group recreation is in opposition to Canada at 12:00. In a tough group additionally that includes hosts Japan, it could possibly be make-or-break for qualification from the group stage.
At 09:30, Britain’s dressage riders will hope to problem for medals within the crew last. The three-person crew for Tokyo ranges from 54-year-old Carl Hester, competing at his sixth Olympics, to 25-year-old Charlotte Fry making her debut. Charlotte Dujardin, who turns 36 simply earlier than the Olympics, will probably be trying so as to add to her three Olympic titles.
Sarah Davies, who picked up a European silver medal in Moscow three months in the past, competes in weightlifting’s 64kg class from 11:50 to 14:00.
In diving, the ladies’s 10m synchro occasion (07:00-08:00) options GB’s Eden Cheng and Lois Toulson. They received the European title collectively in 2018, when Cheng was simply 15 years previous.
The ladies’s K1 canoe slalom last (06:00-09:00) might characteristic GB’s Kimberley Woods.
Rowing reaches its first finals: the ladies’s and males’s quadruple sculls (00:30-04:00). Workforce GB has crews in every occasion who, whereas not main medal prospects, could possibly be contenders in fields which might be pretty open.
In hockey, Britain’s males face Germany at 02:00, whereas in rugby sevens Workforce GB face Fiji earlier than the knockout video games start.
It will not simply be Brits watching the males’s 200m freestyle last (02:45) with curiosity. Japan’s Katsuhiro Matsumoto took world silver within the occasion in 2019 and the winner that day, China’s Solar, is serving a suspension throughout Tokyo 2020. That would clear a path for Matsumoto, who lowered his Japanese file earlier this 12 months, though Britain’s Scott has since gone sooner.
Afterward Tuesday (1200-14:30), the hosts will hope to have involvement within the Olympic softball last. Japan shocked the US by profitable the final Olympic softball last 3-1 in 2008 – the US had received all three Olympic titles main as much as that.
Zambia are the lowest-ranked crew within the Olympic ladies’s soccer event at 104th, slightly below the likes of Tahiti and the Cook dinner Islands. Having upset Cameroon to earn a spot at Tokyo 2020, the Copper Queens tackle Brazil (seventh on this planet) within the group stage at 12:30 on Tuesday.
In the meantime, Angola’s ladies’s handball crew have maintained a powerful streak of appearances in a sport dominated by European nations. Tokyo is Angola’s seventh consecutive Olympic ladies’s handball look (they’re additionally the African champions having crushed Cameroon, who aren’t faring nicely on this part of the information, earlier this 12 months). They play Norway at 11:30.
Wednesday, 28 July – day 5
Medal occasions: 23
Inventive gymnastics (males’s all-around), basketball (ladies’s 3×3, males’s 3×3), biking (ladies’s time trial, males’s time trial), diving (males’s 3m synchro), equestrian (dressage particular person), fencing (males’s crew sabre), judo (ladies’s -70kg, males’s -90kg), rowing (ladies’s double sculls, males’s double sculls, ladies’s 4, males’s 4), rugby sevens (males’s), browsing (ladies’s, males’s), swimming (ladies’s 200m free, males’s 200m fly, ladies’s 200m medley, ladies’s 1500m free, males’s 4x200m free), weightlifting (males’s 73kg).
Britain’s males have received the Olympic coxless 4 contest on the previous 5 events. This time, the quartet of Sholto Carnegie, Oliver Cook dinner, Rory Gibbs and Matthew Rossiter enter having positioned third on the previous two World Championships. However the boats forward of them modified every time, so the sphere might nonetheless be huge open. The race is scheduled for 02:10.
The lads’s rugby sevens event reaches the medal matches (08:30-11:00). Workforce GB took silver 5 years in the past after shedding to Fiji within the 2016 Olympic last, whereas Japan completed fourth. The hosts will probably be hoping to achieve the rostrum this time round.
Highway biking returns to the Fuji Speedway for the lads’s and girls’s time trials (03:30-09:40). Geraint Thomas could possibly be Britain’s greatest hope of a medal. He races alongside Tao Geoghegan Hart within the males’s occasion, whereas Anna Shackley competes for GB within the ladies’s occasion.
Jack Laugher and new associate Daniel Goodfellow will attempt to retain the lads’s 3m synchro diving title Laugher received with Chris Mears in Rio 5 years in the past. Laugher and Goodfellow had been silver medallists behind China on the 2019 world championships. Diving begins at 07:00.
Can a brand new horse carry GB’s Charlotte Dujardin to extra Olympic glory? Tokyo is her first Olympics with Mount St John Freestyle, aka Mrs Valegro. Dujardin will probably be trying to win a 3rd successive particular person dressage Olympic title (09:30-13:25).
On the pool, it is males’s 4x200m freestyle relay time. The ultimate is due off simply after 04:20. Britain, the 2017 world champions, completed fifth on the final world championships in 2019, however barely greater than a second cut up the highest 5 groups.
Gemma Howell, a 2018 European bronze medallist, competes on Wednesday within the ladies’s judo -70kg class (03:00-11:50).
In hockey, Britain’s ladies face India (02:00) adopted by Eire in opposition to Germany. India’s ladies knocked out the US in qualifying to achieve the Olympic hockey event for under the third time, after 1980 and 2016. England, the highest-ranked of the house nations, are fifth in hockey’s ladies’s world rankings, whereas India are ninth.
Workforce USA’s Katie Ledecky could discover herself in not one however two finals on Wednesday: the ladies’s 200m freestyle (02:42) and 1500m freestyle (03:51). The shorter of these distances might nicely be one other battle in opposition to Australia’s Ariarne Titmus. Ledecky received the 200m in Rio and has three world titles over 1500m.
The males’s all-around gymnastics last (11:15-14:10) was received by Japan’s Kohei Uchimura in 2016 however he is specializing in the person excessive bar contest this 12 months, which clears the way in which for a brand new champion. Max Whitlock was the bronze medallist for Workforce GB 5 years in the past however will not be taking up this occasion. Joe Fraser – making his Olympic debut this 12 months – was the highest-placed Briton on the final world championships, ending eighth. Russian Nikita Nagornyy, who received the all-around amongst three world titles in 2019, is a number one contender for gold.
With softball over, baseball begins. The opening recreation sees Japan host the Dominican Republic at 04:00. The 24-strong Dominican Republic baseball squad makes up nearly half of the nation’s Olympic crew. It is the primary time they’ve reached an Olympic baseball event since 1992, though the game wasn’t contested in London or Rio. Japan, which has a thriving home baseball scene, has solely as soon as reached the Olympic baseball last, shedding to Cuba in 1996.
If the climate and waves have been sort, this will probably be medal day in males’s and girls’s browsing. Japan’s Kanoa Igarashi has a sentimental connection to the venue, Tsurigasaki Seashore – it is the place his dad did numerous browsing, rising up, earlier than the household moved to the US. Carissa Moore is taken into account a gold-medal contender for the US within the ladies’s occasion.
3×3 basketball concludes on Wednesday. Although the US normally locations nice emphasis on Olympic basketball – consider the Dream Workforce in 1992 – Workforce USA did not qualify for the lads’s contest, the primary time the US has ever missed out on an Olympic basketball occasion.
3×3 makes use of modified basketball guidelines. There are two groups of three individuals, one hoop, a 12-second shot clock, and the sport ends both after 10 minutes or when a crew reaches 21 factors. You rating one level for making a basket, or two when you shoot efficiently from past the arc.
Thursday, 29 July – day six
Medal occasions: 17
Inventive gymnastics (ladies’s all-around), canoe slalom (ladies’s C1), fencing (ladies’s crew foil), judo (ladies’s -78kg, males’s -100kg), rowing (males’s pair, ladies’s pair, males’s light-weight double sculls, ladies’s light-weight double sculls), capturing (ladies’s entice, males’s entice), swimming (males’s 800m free, males’s 200m breast, ladies’s 200m fly, males’s 100m free, ladies’s 4x200m free relay), desk tennis (ladies’s singles).
Helen Glover might, after 4 years away from the game, return to the highest step of a rowing podium on Thursday if she and Polly Swann win the ladies’s pair (01:30). They’re this 12 months’s European champions, so it is undoubtedly achievable. Glover goes for her third Olympic title.
In a repeat of the Rio last, Britain’s ladies’s hockey crew play the Netherlands at 11:00. Workforce GB pulled off a surprising victory in 2016 with goalkeeper Maddie Hinch the penalty shoot-out hero. The Dutch, thought-about the perfect crew on this planet this 12 months, will need revenge. (Coincidentally, Britain’s males additionally play the Netherlands in hockey on Thursday at 04:15, which could possibly be a key group recreation.)
If she wins the ladies’s all-around last (11:50-14:05), Simone Biles would turn into the primary lady in additional than half a century to retain that gymnastics title on the Olympics. Even for an athlete already thought-about the best her sport could have ever seen, that will be some achievement. It is arduous to see who stands in her means.
GB’s Mallory Franklin, the 2017 world champion within the ladies’s C1 slalom canoe, will hope to go for gold within the occasion’s Olympic last on the Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre (06:00-08:45).
The males’s 200m breaststroke last (02:45) could possibly be a chance for Ross Murdoch and James Wilby, each have European medals within the occasion. It would, although, flip right into a celebration for the hosts if 20-year-old Shoma Sato, who has been smashing Japanese nationwide information this 12 months, maintains his kind. Commonwealth champion Alys Thomas has a shot within the ladies’s 200m butterfly (03:27).
Past the ladies’s pair, look out for the GB light-weight ladies’s double scull on the rowing (02:10). Emily Craig and Imogen Grant had been the world bronze medallists in 2019.
On the capturing, entice finals day (01:00-08:55) sees three Brits in motion. Matthew Coward-Holley and Aaron Heading are within the males’s occasion, whereas Kirsty Hegarty is Workforce GB’s consultant within the ladies’s occasion. Coward-Holley is the 2019 world champion – the primary Briton to win a world title in a person Olympic shotgun self-discipline.
Ladies’s sevens begins (01:00-11:30) with GB dealing with the Russian Olympic Committee’s crew, then New Zealand. Each will probably be robust video games however New Zealand, particularly, could also be arduous to beat after a dominant 2020.
The mayhem that’s BMX racing begins on Thursday (02:00-04:00). Kye Whyte and 2017 junior world champion Beth Shriever are GB’s rivals.
Potential successor to Michael Phelps’ crown Caeleb Dressel must be again for the US within the 100m freestyle last (03:35). Rio champion Kyle Chalmers, of Australia, has had harm hassle however delivered his quickest time in two years within the run-up to the Video games.
Eire have a medal hope in rowing’s males’s light-weight double sculls (01:50). Paul and Gary O’Donovan received the nation’s first-ever Olympic rowing medal by taking silver behind France within the occasion at Rio 2016. Paul is again for Tokyo 2020 with new associate Fintan McCarthy.
Ladies’s singles desk tennis typically means an all-Chinese language last, however nations can now solely enter two athletes every, so the bronze-medal match has taken on extra which means. In Rio, after that change took impact, it meant a medal for North Korea’s Kim Tune-I – one in every of solely three North Korean medals that got here from sports activities apart from weightlifting. Ding Ning, China’s 2016 ladies’s singles champion, will not be returning for Tokyo 2020 however China nonetheless have the world primary and two heading into the occasion (medal video games 12:00-14:10).
Up to now, two of the 12 fencing occasions needed to miss out at every Olympics. In Rio, ladies’s crew foil was a type of left off the schedule. This 12 months, in a change, all 12 are on the checklist and Thursday marks the return of girls’s crew foil after 9 years (02:50-13:30). Italy are the reigning Olympic champions from 2012, whereas Russia are the world champions heading into the occasion.
Thursday is day one in every of 4 for males’s Olympic golf at Kasumigaseki Nation Membership, 40 minutes north of Tokyo. The membership’s East Course was first designed in 1929 then overhauled 5 years in the past in preparation for the Olympics, primarily so as to add size to the course prepared for the world’s high golfers. First-round play begins at 23:30 on Wednesday UK time, working by way of until 08:00 on Thursday.
Friday, 30 July – day seven
Medal occasions: 21
Archery (ladies’s particular person), athletics (males’s 10,000m), badminton (blended doubles), canoe slalom (males’s K1), biking (ladies’s BMX racing, males’s BMX racing), fencing (males’s crew epee), judo (ladies’s +78kg, males’s +100kg), rowing (ladies’s single sculls, males’s single sculls, ladies’s eight, males’s eight), capturing (ladies’s 25m pistol), swimming (ladies’s 200m breast, males’s 200m again, ladies’s 100m free, males’s 200m medley), desk tennis (males’s singles), tennis (males’s doubles), trampoline (ladies’s last).
Athletics begins in Tokyo with males’s excessive bounce and discus qualifying alongside the early rounds of the ladies’s 800m, males’s 400m hurdles, and ladies’s 100m – which means an opportunity to see GB’s world silver medallist Dina Asher-Smith in motion (03:40-04:30).
The ultimate day of rowing brings a chance for the British males’s eight to repeat their Rio efficiency, the place they capped off the week with an excellent gold medal. That might not be straightforward to copy: the Brits had been solely third on the 2019 world championships. Occasions get beneath means at 00:45 and run till 02:55, together with Vicky Thornley within the ladies’s single sculls. The US might win a fourth consecutive gold within the ladies’s eight.
Ladies’s soccer reaches the quarter-final stage with video games at 09:00, 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00.
Trampoline was the supply of a shock British medal in 2016 when Bryony Web page sprang into second place. This 12 months’s ladies’s occasion (05:00-07:30) sees Web page, the primary Briton ever to win an Olympic trampoline medal, joined by Laura Gallagher.
Athletics could also be beneath means however there is not any Mo Farah – the London and Rio 10,000m champion will not seem within the occasion in Tokyo (12:40-13:10) after failing to hit the British choice time in June. Mark Scott and Sam Atkin have been chosen to run for Workforce GB.
Talking of lacking Rio champions, Joe Clarke was not chosen for Tokyo 2020 so will not be capable to defend his 2016 Olympic canoe slalom K1 title. Bradley Forbes-Cryans, a 2018 world champion alongside Clarke and Christopher Bowers within the K1 crew occasion, races for GB as an alternative (06:00-09:00).
In swimming, British hopes on Friday embrace Luke Greenbank, a 2019 world bronze medallist within the males’s 200m backstroke (02:40) and Freya Anderson, who’ll be making an attempt to achieve the ladies’s 100m freestyle last (03:25).
Eventing begins with two days of particular person and crew dressage (00:30-12:10). Laura Collett, Tom McEwen and Oliver Townend make up a British crew hoping to vary issues after Workforce GB missed out on medals in 2016.
In judo, GB’s Sarah Adlington lastly makes her Olympic debut after near-misses for London and Rio. She competes within the ladies’s +78kg class (09:00-11:50) after being handed an entry by way of a continental quota place.
Pat McCormack, who misplaced a 2019 world title battle by a cut up choice, will hope to be in motion as the lads’s welterweight division is amongst boxing occasions reaching their quarter-finals on Friday (03:00-12:10).
Ladies’s rugby sevens additionally reaches the quarter-finals after Britain play Kenya (01:00-11:30).
In hockey, GB’s males face Belgium at 13:15. Eire’s ladies play India at 03:45.
Males’s golf enters its second spherical (23:30 Thursday to 08:00 Friday), that includes GB’s Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood. Fleetwood is a late alternative for Tyrrell Hatton, who withdrew in June.
Daiya Seto, the males’s 200m particular person medley world champion, will look to show that into an Olympic title on Friday (03:10) after a 12 months through which his private life – and admission of an affair – has made headlines in his house nation, Japan. He’ll anticipate to face Michael Andrew, who’s now the third-fastest American over the 200m medley distance after Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte.
BMX racing medals will probably be given out (02:00-04:20). GB’s Kye Whyte was fifth on the 2019 world championships. The US will, nonetheless, be seeking to Connor Fields – the defending Olympic champion – to guide a sweep of the lads’s and girls’s races. Colombian two-time Olympic gold medallist Mariana Pajon stands in the way in which of American Alise Willoughby within the ladies’s occasion.
The primary tennis medals to be determined will are available males’s doubles on Friday (04:00-12:00) whereas the lads’s singles occasion reaches the semi-final stage. The highest-ranked males’s doubles pairing on this planet are Croatia’s Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic.
China’s grasp on the badminton medal desk could possibly be slipping. Blended doubles pair Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong are thought-about favourites to win Olympic gold in Tokyo, however Japan – which began making inroads into China’s dominance in 2016 – might problem them on house soil by way of Watanabe Yuta and Higashino Arisa. Japan had been just one medal away from equalling China’s badminton success in Rio 5 years in the past. In the meantime, GB’s Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith are thought-about potential contenders for a medal (01:00-13:30).
Saturday, 31 July – day eight
Medal occasions: 21
Archery (males’s particular person), athletics (males’s discus, blended 4x400m relay, ladies’s 100m), badminton (males’s doubles), fencing (ladies’s crew sabre), judo (blended crew), rugby sevens (ladies), crusing (ladies’s RS:X, males’s RS:X), capturing (entice blended crew, ladies’s 50m rifle 3 positions), swimming (males’s 100m fly, ladies’s 200m again, ladies’s 800m free, blended 4x100m medley relay), tennis (ladies’s singles), trampoline (males), triathlon (blended relay), weightlifting (males’s 81kg, males’s 96kg).
Dina Asher-Smith will probably be hoping to line up for Britain within the last of the ladies’s 100m (13:50), an occasion through which she received world silver behind Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in 2019. Sha’Carri Richardson, quickest over 100m at US Olympic trials in June, will miss the race by way of a 30-day suspension related to cannabis use. Additionally be careful for the brand new 4x400m blended relay (13:35), the place the US are world champions and Britain completed fourth in 2019.
Triathlon’s blended relay makes its Olympic debut in Tokyo on Saturday (23:30 Friday till 01:30 Saturday UK time). Two males and two ladies on every crew should in flip swim for 300m, cycle for eight kilometres, then run for 2 kilometres. The entire thing is over in lower than 90 minutes. GB had been third on the newest world championship.
The ladies’s singles last could possibly be an enormous second for host-nation hero Naomi Osaka if she makes it that far. Serena and Venus Williams are among the many names not competing within the Olympic event and which will make Osaka’s route simpler. Count on one in every of Japan’s greatest moments at their house Video games if she reaches Saturday’s last (04:00-12:00 alongside different matches).
Ladies’s sevens concludes on Saturday. Britain’s ladies had been fourth in Rio 5 years in the past, shedding to New Zealand then Canada as they narrowly missed the rostrum. There’s motion from 01:00 till 11:00.
It is a huge day for blended relays. Within the pool, the 4x100m blended medley relay guarantees to ship an exciting begin to the day at 03:35. Britain had been the 2019 world bronze medallists on this occasion, behind Australia and the US. Ben Proud is prone to characteristic for GB within the males’s 50m freestyle semi-finals simply beforehand.
In capturing, Seonaid McIntosh takes on an occasion the place she has demonstrated she will win main worldwide titles: the ladies’s 50m rifle 3 positions (04:00-09:10), the place rivals shoot whereas kneeling, then mendacity down, and at last whereas standing. In the meantime, the blended entice crew occasion will characteristic GB’s three entice shooters, who’ve the calibre to be medal contenders (01:00-06:50).
The males’s soccer event reaches the quarter-final stage with video games at 09:00, 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00.
5 years in the past, the lads’s discus introduced a Harting-to-Harting second in Rio. For the primary time in Olympic historical past, one brother succeeded one other as champion of the identical occasion when Germany’s Christoph Harting received gold, 4 years after brother Robert Harting did the identical. Christoph has barely competed over the previous couple of years and his brother has retired, so there could also be a parting from Harting in 2021. The ultimate runs from 12:15 to 13:25.
Not eager to miss out on all of the blended motion, judo launches its blended crew occasion on Saturday (03:00-11:50). That is new for Tokyo 2020 and includes groups of six athletes – your crew has to win a minimum of 4-2 in opposition to the opposite nation to progress. A 3-3 draw means a ‘golden rating’ contest to discover a winner.
The primary crusing medals of Tokyo 2020 are selected Saturday within the RS:X windsurfing class. Tom Squires is racing for GB within the males’s occasion. Within the ladies’s racing, 22-year-old Emma Wilson must end fifth or larger to be the perfect Olympic windsurfer in her circle of relatives. Her mum, Penny, completed sixth at Barcelona 1992 and seventh in Atlanta 4 years later.
Sunday, 1 August – day 9
Medal occasions: 25
Inventive gymnastics (males’s flooring, ladies’s vault, males’s pommel horse, ladies’s uneven bars), athletics (ladies’s shot put, males’s excessive bounce, ladies’s triple bounce, males’s 100m), badminton (ladies’s singles), biking (ladies’s BMX freestyle, males’s BMX freestyle), diving (ladies’s 3m springboard), fencing (males’s crew foil), golf (males), crusing (laser radial ladies, laser males), swimming (males’s 50m free, ladies’s 50m free, males’s 1500m free, ladies’s 4x100m medley relay, males’s 4x100m medley relay), tennis (males’s singles, ladies’s doubles, blended doubles), weightlifting (ladies’s 76kg).
For the primary time since 2004, a males’s 100m last (13:50) will happen on the Olympics with out Usain Bolt. Who will present the drama this time? The US has Noah Lyles although he could also be an excellent higher guess over 200m, the place he is the world champion. Canada’s Andre de Grasse completed third in Rio. Bolt himself thinks Trayvon Bromell, who received US Olympic trials, is the favorite. Zharnel Hughes is ready to guide the British bid for a medal alongside Reece Prescod and Chijindu Ujah. Christian Coleman, the reigning world champion, is banned.
In gymnastics there are two finals the place Brits took gold 5 years in the past: the males’s flooring (09:00) and males’s pommel horse (10:30), each received by Max Whitlock in 2016. Whitlock is the world champion on pommel horse, whereas Eire’s Rhys McClenaghan will probably be in Tokyo after profitable world bronze in the identical occasion two years in the past. The ladies’s vault (09:45) is without doubt one of the Olympics’ extra spectacular occasions – anticipate fireworks from Simone Biles.
Earlier within the day, anticipate the return of Adam Peaty as Britain attempt to flip their males’s 4x100m medley relay world title into an Olympic gold (03:30). Their nearest challengers in 2019 had been the US and Russia. From 02:30 watch the 50m freestyle finals to see the world’s quickest sprinters in a one-length dash for glory, probably that includes GB’s Ben Proud and Anna Hopkin.
The males’s singles last leads a packed day of tennis (04:00-12:00) with the ladies’s doubles and blended doubles finals additionally to come back.
It is also the ultimate spherical of the males’s golf event (outcome anticipated round 08:00). Hideki Matsuyama, the primary Japanese participant to win the Masters, is a house favorite. Of the world’s high 10, solely Dustin Johnson will not be taking part in in Tokyo.
The ladies’s shot put last, starting at 02:35, will characteristic Britain’s Sophie McKinna, who set a brand new indoor private greatest in the beginning of this 12 months.
BMX freestyle (02:10-04:50) is new for Tokyo 2020. Whilst you’ve seen common BMX racing on the Olympics earlier than, the freestyle occasion focuses as an alternative on a minute-long sequence of tips and abilities. GB’s Charlotte Worthington gave up a profession as a chef to coach full-time when freestyle was added to the Olympics, and he or she enters this occasion as a world bronze medallist. If 19-year-old two-time world champion Hannah Roberts wins for the US, she’ll be the primary teenage lady ever to take an Olympic biking title. GB’s males’s contender is Declan Brooks.
In crusing, the medal races happen in Laser and Laser Radial (04:00-10:00). GB’s representatives are Elliott Hanson (Laser) and Alison Younger (Laser Radial), who’s making an attempt to enhance on an eighth-place end in Rio after she broke her ankle within the build-up to these Video games.
Grace Reid dives for Britain as a 2018 European champion within the 3m springboard occasion (07:00) alongside team-mate Scarlett Mew Jensen.
Males’s hockey reaches the quarter-final stage.
Qatar have by no means received an Olympic title however that might change within the males’s excessive bounce (11:10-13:00), the place the primary man ever to efficiently defend the excessive bounce world title – Mutaz Barshim – will compete. Maksim Nedasekau, from Belarus, will probably be one in every of Barshim’s huge rivals.
Colombia’s flagbearer, Caterine Ibarguen, will defend her Olympic triple bounce title (12:20-1340) though by her personal admission she hasn’t had the perfect of build-ups. In a Latin American duel, she’s prone to be challenged by Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas, who has defeated Ibarguen to win the previous two world titles. The world file on this occasion, which has stood for greater than 1 / 4 of a century, might fall.
Greco-Roman wrestling begins on Sunday (from 03:00). Wrestlers contributed two of Cuba’s 5 gold medals at Rio 2016, together with one from Ismael Borrero within the males’s 60kg class, which leads off the Tokyo wrestling schedule. Borrero has reportedly recovered from Covid-19 to compete.
Sea Forest Park, an island of reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay, ought to show a spectacular venue for the eventing cross-country stage – though the anticipated warmth has already had an affect. The cross-country will run early within the Tokyo morning (23:45 Saturday to 03:10 Sunday UK time) and over a shortened course to guard the well being of people and horses. It is not the primary time that change has been made: Beijing 2008’s cross-country course was equally shortened.
Monday, 2 August – day 10
Medal occasions: 22
Inventive gymnastics (males’s rings, ladies’s flooring, males’s vault), athletics (males’s lengthy bounce, ladies’s 100m hurdles, ladies’s discus, males’s 3,000m steeplechase, ladies’s 5,000m), badminton (ladies’s doubles, males’s singles), biking (ladies’s crew dash), equestrian (eventing crew, eventing particular person), crusing (49er FX ladies, 49er males), capturing (males’s 25m speedy fireplace pistol, males’s 50m rifle 3 positions), weightlifting (ladies’s 87kg, ladies’s +87kg), wrestling (ladies’s freestyle 76kg, males’s Greco-Roman 60kg, males’s Greco-Roman 130kg).
Monday is day one inside Tokyo’s Izu Velodrome. Per week of monitor biking begins with qualifying within the crew pursuits and the complete ladies’s crew dash competitors (07:30-10:30). There is no British illustration in that occasion, the place Germany and Australia are among the many favourites, however each GB pursuit groups will probably be in motion.
Eventing reaches its climax with the crew and particular person gold medals being awarded (09:00-14:25). Britain are present holders of the crew world title though solely Tom McEwen from that success is heading to Tokyo (Piggy March, additionally on this planet gold medal-winning crew, is a Tokyo alternate for Workforce GB). McEwen will probably be joined within the crew occasion by Oliver Townend and Laura Collett.
The large athletics occasion of the day is the ladies’s 5,000m (13:40-14:00). Eilish McColgan, who not too long ago broke Paula Radcliffe’s British file, leads Workforce GB’s hopes alongside Jessica Judd and Amy-Eloise Markovc. Kenya’s Hellen Obiri received the previous two world titles however has by no means taken the 5,000m Olympic title.
Ladies’s soccer reaches the semi-final stage with video games at 09:00 and 12:00.
Monday’s crusing consists of medal races within the ladies’s 49er FX and males’s 49er (04:00-10:00). Saskia Tidey, who sailed for Eire at Rio 2016, will as an alternative signify GB at Tokyo 2020 alongside Charlotte Dobson within the 49er FX. GB’s 49er representatives are Stuart Bithell and Dylan Fletcher, the 2017 world champions.
Emily Campbell received weightlifting’s +87kg European title solely 4 months earlier than her Olympic occasion (11:50-14:00) so she reaches Tokyo in glorious kind.
Ladies’s hockey reaches the quarter-final stage, with video games ranging from 01:30 to 10:30.
In athletics heats, look ahead to Dina Asher-Smith within the 200m (02:30-03:20) and Laura Muir within the early phases of the 1500m (01:35-02:05).
The ladies’s 100m hurdles (03:50) presents an opportunity at redemption for Keni Harrison after a five-year wait. Harrison failed to realize choice for Workforce USA at Rio 2016 regardless of happening to interrupt the world file simply days earlier than the Olympics. At Tokyo 2020, Harrison will lead the US problem and may anticipate competitors from Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, who has set a few of the 12 months’s quickest occasions. Reiging world champion Nia Ali will probably be watching from house along with her new child son (whose father is Canadian sprinter Andre de Grasse).
Two of gymnastics‘ showpiece occasions are staged on Monday. The males’s rings occasion (09:00) is without doubt one of the Olympics’ defining photos of energy as athletes carry out manoeuvres whereas suspending themselves from a set of rings. Greece’s Eleftherios Petrounias, the Rio 2016 gold medallist, might be the favorite however Ibrahim Colak is the reigning world champion after taking Turkey’s first gymnastics world title in 2019.
In the meantime, the ladies’s flooring occasion (09:45) is one other likelihood for a Simone Biles masterclass. GB’s Jessica Gadirova enters Tokyo 2020 as the brand new European champion.
Badminton concludes with the gold medal matches in ladies’s doubles and males’s singles (05:00-15:00). World primary and two-time world champion Kento Momota will hope to win the lads’s gold for hosts Japan within the face of stiff Chinese language competitors. China’s double Olympic champion Lin Dan retired final 12 months, however Chen Lengthy might emulate Lin in profitable back-to-back titles if he provides a Tokyo victory to his Rio gold.
Inventive swimming, previously often known as synchronised swimming, begins on Monday (11:30-13:45). This and rhythmic gymnastics are the 2 Olympic sports activities through which solely ladies compete. There is a duet occasion with two athletes and a crew occasion with eight. Swimmers are judged on technical and creative benefit and aren’t allowed to the touch the underside or sides of the pool. Russia have received each obtainable Olympic gold medal in creative swimming since Sydney 2000.
Tuesday, 3 August – day 11
Medal occasions: 22
Inventive gymnastics (males’s parallel bars, ladies’s beam, males’s horizontal bar), athletics (ladies’s lengthy bounce, males’s 400m hurdles, males’s pole vault, ladies’s hammer throw, ladies’s 800m, ladies’s 200m), boxing (ladies’s feather, males’s welter), canoe dash (ladies’s K1 200m, males’s C2 1,000m, males’s K1 1,000m, ladies’s K2 500m), biking (ladies’s crew pursuit, males’s crew dash), diving (males’s 3m springboard), crusing (blended Nacra 17, males’s Finn), weightlifting (males’s 109kg), wrestling (ladies’s freestyle 68kg, males’s Greco-Roman 77kg, males’s Greco-Roman 97kg).
Dina Asher-Smith is again. The ladies’s 200m (13:50) could possibly be a part of a giant day for Workforce GB if issues go to plan. Asher-Smith is the 200m world champion however faces the daunting prospect of Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and the quickest lady over 200m on this planet this 12 months, US sprinter Gabby Thomas.
This could possibly be Britain’s second within the velodrome, too. Each Laura and Jason Kenny will probably be in motion because the ladies’s crew pursuit (09:05) and males’s crew dash (09:35) medals are determined. Laura Kenny has received the crew pursuit at two Olympics in a row. Jason Kenny has received the crew dash at each Video games since Beijing 2008.
Jack Laugher, against this, needed to accept second place in diving’s 3m springboard occasion in 2016. Tuesday brings his likelihood to go one higher (07:00-08:30). On the 2019 World Championships, he led heading into the ultimate spherical earlier than finally choosing up bronze.
There are huge medal alternatives on the water for Britain, too. Giles Scott, a Rio Olympic champion, defends his title within the Finn class medal race (06:30-07:00). He is a five-time world champion within the occasion. Within the blended Nacra 17 class (07:30-08:00) Britain’s John Gimson and Anna Burnet are the 2020 world champions.
In the meantime, boxing fingers out its first medals. Pat McCormack, the 2019 world silver medallist within the males’s welterweight division, will hope to achieve the Tokyo last (11:05). Earlier within the day, ladies’s featherweight world bronze medallist Karriss Artingstall could possibly be in motion (05:05).
As if there weren’t sufficient alternatives above, Joe Fraser is an actual medal risk for GB on the ultimate day of creative gymnastics. Fraser was the 2019 world champion on parallel bars and that last begins at 09:00. Instantly after you could anticipate Simone Biles within the beam last and Japan’s Kohei Uchimura might produce one thing particular within the final occasion, the spectacular males’s horizontal bar last.
Showjumping begins (11:00-14:45) with three Britons in motion: Ben Maher and Scott Brash, who every helped GB to a primary showjumping crew Olympic title in 60 years at London 2012, are again alongside Holly Smith for Tokyo.
On high of all that, males’s hockey reaches the semi-finals (02:30 and 11:00), which might but contain Workforce GB.
The ladies’s 800m last (13:25) is an opportunity to look at Uganda’s Halimah Nakaayi, who carried out a victory dance with team-mate Winnie Nanyondo after profitable world gold in 2019. They had been the primary Ugandan ladies to achieve a middle-distance world last. GB’s Laura Muir withdrew from the 800m to focus on the 1500m, so Keely Hodgkinson and Jemma Reekie are joined by Alexandra Bell within the British contingent.
The males’s 400m hurdles (03:20) could possibly be one in every of Tokyo’s most entertaining finals as a bunch of stars bid to succeed Kerron Clement, who received gold in Rio however is not within the US crew this time. Norwegian world champion Karsten Warholm is on the high of the checklist, having damaged the 400m hurdles world file – which was 29 years previous – in the beginning of July.
Brazil’s Thiago Braz delivered one in every of Rio’s defining photos when he received the 2016 host nation’s solely athletics gold medal within the males’s pole vault (11:20). Braz hasn’t reached a serious podium since however might nonetheless be a contender in Tokyo, the place the principle risk is predicted from Sweden’s Armand Duplantis and American Sam Kendricks.
Sport climbing makes its Olympic debut with qualification for the males’s mixed occasion (09:00-14:40). There are three disciplines and the winner would be the athlete who performs greatest throughout all three. Velocity climbing will see athletes race head-to-head to tag a buzzer on the high of a climb, bouldering means navigating units of climbs with no rope that emphasise bodily and gymnastic means, and lead climbing will measure how far athletes stand up a taller wall with every handhold incomes some extent. Combining these three into one occasion is a reasonably new idea, and turns the Olympic occasion right into a type of climbing triathlon.
Wednesday, 4 August – day 12
Medal occasions: 17
Inventive swimming (duet), athletics (ladies’s 400m hurdles, ladies’s 3,000m steeplechase, males’s hammer, males’s 800m, males’s 200m), boxing (males’s light-heavy), biking (males’s crew pursuit), equestrian (particular person), marathon swimming (ladies), crusing (ladies’s 470, males’s 470), skateboarding (ladies’s park), weightlifting (males’s +109kg), wrestling (ladies’s freestyle 62kg, males’s Greco-Roman 67kg, males’s Greco-Roman 87kg).
Sky Brown, born a month earlier than the Beijing 2008 Olympics, competes in skateboarding’s park contest for GB. Born in Japan, 13-year-old Brown is a world bronze medallist on this occasion (she was 11 on the time). Each athletes who completed above her that day had been Japanese so the host nation additionally expects. Watch the motion from 01:00 to 05:30.
It is a number of years since GB’s monitor cyclists received the males’s crew pursuit world title (09:45-10:15), however their maintain on the Olympic title has been regular since 2008. Ed Clancy, who helped Britain to Olympic pursuit gold on the previous three Video games, is again within the crew for Tokyo. Denmark received the final world title in a world file time, whereas Australia are perennial contenders.
In Rio, Nick Skelton grew to become the primary Briton ever to win particular person showjumping Olympic gold. (He was 58 on the time, greater than 4 occasions Sky Brown’s age in Tokyo.) Skelton retired the next 12 months however Ben Maher could possibly be among the many contenders for GB at this 12 months’s occasion (11:00-13:40).
Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark took 470-class crusing silver in London then went one higher in Rio 4 years later. Mills received the world title with new associate Eilidh McIntyre in 2019 and will probably be hoping Wednesday’s medal race (07:30-08:00) brings house one other Olympic gold.
Adam Gemili was fourth within the males’s 200m (13:55) on the World Championships two years in the past having led late within the race. American Noah Lyles, although, has emerged because the most definitely candidate to take the title Usain Bolt received 3 times in a row.
The heptathlon begins on Wednesday. World champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson, who completed sixth in Rio, begins with the 100m hurdles part of the seven-discipline occasion at 01:35. Wednesday additionally options the heptathlon’s excessive bounce, the place Johnson-Thompson is at her strongest, shot put and 200m.
World bronze medallist Ben Whittaker will hope to be concerned as boxing’s males’s light-heavyweight division reaches its last at 07:35. Cuba’s Arlen Lopez, who has moved division since profitable middleweight gold in Rio 5 years in the past, could possibly be a risk.
Britain has one likelihood of profitable a medal on climbing‘s Olympic debut: Shauna Coxsey within the ladies’s mixed occasion. The world bronze medallist begins her problem in qualifying from 09:00 to 14:40.
Ladies’s hockey reaches the semi-final stage, with video games at 02:30 and 11:00.
The ladies’s golf event begins (23:30 on Tuesday to 08:00 on Wednesday). All three medallists from Rio are again, world primary Nelly Korda of the US will participate alongside sister Jessica, and Japan’s hopes are led by Nasa Hataoka.
On weightlifting‘s final day, we transfer to the heaviest weight class: the males’s +109kg (11:50-14:00). Georgia’s Lasha Talakhadze is the favorite. Talakhadze’s raise of 485kg in April this 12 months is the very best complete recorded within the sport’s historical past. That is roughly the burden of an grownup dromedary camel.
Marathon swimming begins with the ladies’s 10km race (22:30 Tuesday to 01:30 Wednesday). Organisers say a system of underwater filters will probably be used to make sure the water high quality within the central Tokyo bay is suitable, whereas the race will happen at 06:30 native time to keep away from the worst of the summer time warmth. Look out for the backdrop of Tokyo’s Rainbow Bridge and a miniature Statue of Liberty. GB entrant Alice Dearing is ready to turn into the primary black lady to swim for Britain on the Olympics.
Thursday, 5 August – day 13
Medal occasions: 27
Athletics (males’s triple bounce, males’s shot put, males’s 110m hurdles, males’s 20km race stroll, ladies’s pole vault, males’s 400m, ladies’s heptathlon, males’s decathlon), boxing (males’s feather), canoe dash (males’s K1 200m, ladies’s C1 200m, ladies’s K1 500m, males’s K2 1,000m), biking (ladies’s keirin, males’s omnium), diving (ladies’s 10m platform), hockey (males), karate (ladies’s kata, ladies’s kumite -55g, males’s kumite -67kg), marathon swimming (males), skateboarding (males’s park), sport climbing (males), desk tennis (ladies’s crew), wrestling (ladies’s freestyle 57kg, males’s freestyle 57kg, males’s freestyle 86kg).
Katarina Johnson-Thompson‘s two-day heptathlon quest involves an finish with the lengthy bounce (01:40-02:20), javelin (04:35-06:30) and the grand finale, the 800m (13:20). Johnson-Thompson’s build-up has been affected by her restoration from a severe Achilles harm however she’s nonetheless anticipated to mount a severe medal problem. Her important rival is Rio 2016 champion Nafi Thiam of Belgium.
GB’s reigning Olympic champion Liam Heath is predicted to start out dash canoeing’s males’s K1 200m last at 03:25. Heath has since added two world titles however Hungary’s Sandor Totka is shaping as much as be a formidable rival.
The males’s hockey last begins at 11:00. Britain are nonetheless ready to achieve the Olympic males’s podium on this sport for the primary time since profitable the title in 1988. Hosts Japan have solely made the ultimate as soon as earlier than, in 1932 – helped that 12 months by the very fact solely three groups entered within the first place.
Matthew Partitions will trip for GB in monitor biking’s omnium (07:30-10:30), after choosing up world bronze final 12 months. The omnium format has modified for Tokyo 2020: shorter dash disciplines have been dropped and it is now a mixture of 4 endurance occasions unfold over sooner or later’s racing, together with a brand new tempo race the place riders can rating factors by way of sprints on nearly each lap.
Holly Bradshaw, fourth on the final world championships and fifth in Rio, competes within the ladies’s pole vault (11:20-13:30). This 12 months’s world primary is American Katie Nageotte, who ought to problem Greek Rio 2016 champion Katerina Stefanidi and world champion Anzhelika Sidorova for gold.
The males’s marathon swim (which ends shortly earlier than 01:30) will characteristic GB’s Hector Pardoe, who received an Olympic qualifier in Portugal to guide his place. Pardoe’s coaching regime consists of swimming 90km per week.
In boxing, world bronze medallist Peter McGrail will hope to battle for GB because the medals are determined within the males’s featherweight division (07:35).
Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix and Lois Toulson dive for GB within the ladies’s 10m platform occasion (07:00-08:30).
Ashton Eaton has retired after profitable the decathlon in 2012 and 2016, so the crown within the 10-event athletics bonanza is up for grabs. Contenders embrace France’s Kevin Mayer, Canadian Damian Warner, German world champion Niklas Kaul and Estonia’s Maicel Uibo are all within the combine. The deciding 1500m race begins at 13:40.
In the meantime, the males’s shot put last (03:05-04:15) will characteristic Ryan Crouser, the American who broke the occasion’s 31-year-old world file within the weeks main as much as the Video games. Crouser appropriately described breaking that file as “an enormous weight lifted”.
A custom-built park on Tokyo Bay will welcome the males’s park skateboarding finalists (04:30-05:20). Hawaiian Heimana Reynolds is a number one contender for gold after profitable the world title in 2019, his breakthrough 12 months. Reynolds’ favorite coaching approach is rock working: choosing up a heavy rock then utilizing it to run, weighed down, alongside the ocean flooring off the coast of Hawaii.
Karate is without doubt one of the last sports activities to get beneath means in Tokyo (02:00-13:40) because it makes its Olympic debut. There are two disciplines. In kata, you compete by yourself and reveal offensive and defensive strikes in opposition to a digital opponent. You rating factors for approach, timing and athleticism. In kumite, which not like kata is split into weight courses, you spar in opposition to rivals in a format extra acquainted to individuals who’ve seen the likes of judo or taekwondo. GB will not have any athletes on this 12 months’s karate occasions.
Friday, 6 August – day 14
Medal occasions: 23
Athletics (ladies’s 20km race stroll, males’s 50km race stroll, ladies’s javelin, males’s 5,000m, ladies’s 400m, ladies’s 1500m, ladies’s 4x100m relay, males’s 4x100m relay), seashore volleyball (ladies), boxing (males’s heavy), biking (ladies’s madison, males’s dash), soccer (ladies), hockey (ladies), karate (males’s kata, ladies’s kumite -61kg, males’s kumite -75kg), trendy pentathlon (ladies), sport climbing (ladies), desk tennis (males’s crew), wrestling (ladies’s freestyle 53kg, males’s freestyle 74kg, males’s freestyle 125kg).
Ladies’s soccer reaches its Olympic last at 03:00. The US have received 4 of the six Olympic ladies’s soccer tournaments, and Workforce GB have by no means reached the rostrum. In equity, they’ve solely entered a crew as soon as earlier than: London 2012, the place Canada beat them 2-0 within the quarter-finals. Will that file change this 12 months? The US are the world’s primary crew with Germany second heading into Tokyo 2020.
In hockey, it is a completely different story. Britain clinched Olympic gold in dramatic style in 2016, profitable a late-night penalty shootout in opposition to the Netherlands in Rio. However issues have not been really easy for the house nations since. England, crushed 2-0 by the Netherlands within the quarter-finals of 2018’s World Cup, at the moment are ranked fifth on this planet and the Dutch have been dominant. The ultimate takes place on Friday from 11:00.
Laura Muir has been there or thereabouts for a medal within the ladies’s 1500m (13:50) for years with out managing to achieve the rostrum at out of doors world or Olympic stage. For Tokyo, Muir has dropped the 800m distance to focus purely on changing her 1500m potential right into a medal. Kenya’s Religion Kipyegon could also be tough to dislodge from the highest step of the rostrum – the Rio champion lowered her nationwide file simply earlier than this 12 months’s Video games.
On the velodrome, the madison has been restored to the Olympic programme (the lads’s madison was dropped after 2008, whereas the ladies’s madison is making its debut in Tokyo). The madison, which includes groups of two riders, is all about ways and endurance. If you have not watched it earlier than, you will most likely be counting on the commentators to comply with what’s occurring. Katie Archibald and Laura Kenny trip within the madison for GB at 09:15.
Friday could possibly be Shauna Coxsey’s huge day after years of build-up to the Olympic debut of her sport, climbing (10:30-14:20). Count on her to excel within the velocity and bouldering sections, which means her success might depend upon how she handles the lead climbing, which measures how far up a wall she will get. The large unknown is how she has recovered from a persistent again harm. Slovenia’s Janja Garnbret is broadly anticipated to take gold.
All people loves the drama of 4x100m relay (14:30-14:50), the monitor equal of a penalty shootout. Names will be made, heroes and villains created within the easy passing (or not) of a baton. Britain has had an affordable quantity of relay success currently – each groups took world silver in 2019 and the lads had been world champions two years earlier.
In boxing, Cheavon Clarke is Britain’s heavyweight hope. Clarke competed for Jamaica on the Commonwealth Video games seven years in the past however has since switched allegiance, incomes a European bronze medal in 2019. The heavyweight last is at 07:05.
Typically talking, seashore volleyball has been dominated on the Olympics by the US and Brazil – each being nations the place taking part in volleyball on a seashore has a sure enchantment. However that is altering. Three of the previous 4 world titles within the ladies’s occasion (02:00-04:50) have gone to different nations, the newest being received by Canada. Friday’s medal video games will assist to light up whether or not that shift in energy has reached the Olympic stage.
Rhythmic gymnastics begins on Friday with particular person all-around qualification (02:20-09:45). This sport is principally ‘the opposite gymnastics’ to British viewers used to watching solely creative gymnastics, since Britain has barely ever entered the Olympic rhythmic gymnastics, which includes routines accomplished with ribbons, hoops, balls and golf equipment to enhance the efficiency. Russia dominates rhythmic gymnastics – this 12 months, Dina and Arina Averina might pressure statisticians to search for the final time, if ever, twins took first and second place in a summer time Olympic particular person occasion.
Perennially one of many least penetrable Olympic sports activities, trendy pentathlon’s ladies’s occasion takes place on Friday. In a nutshell, athletes swim, fence and trip a horse to finish up with a factors rating that provides them a time handicap for a last occasion that is a bit just like the Winter Olympics sport of biathlon: they have to run a cross-country course whereas often capturing at targets. The primary one over the road after the run wins.
The showjumping is normally a spotlight as pentathlon’s guidelines require that the rider can’t use their very own horse however as an alternative will get equipped with one at random, generally with surprising penalties. A horse named Pingping had an notorious meltdown at Beijing 2008, destroying the hopes of Belarusian rider Yahor Lapo.
Regardless of pentathlon’s unlikely line-up of disciplines – designed to copy the talents a soldier may need wanted a century in the past – Britain has a wonderful pedigree within the ladies’s sport, with a number of Olympic medallists. Kate French and Jo Muir will compete for GB in Tokyo, and each have a shot at a medal. Occasions run from 06:30 to 12:15.
Saturday, 7 August – day 15
Medal occasions: 34
Inventive swimming (crew), athletics (ladies’s marathon, ladies’s excessive bounce, ladies’s 10,000m, males’s javelin, males’s 1500m, ladies’s 4x400m relay, males’s 4x400m relay), baseball, basketball (males), seashore volleyball (males), boxing (ladies’s fly, males’s fly, ladies’s welter, males’s center), canoe dash (ladies’s C2 500m, males’s C1 1,000m, ladies’s K4 500m, males’s K4 500m), biking (males’s madison), diving (males’s 10m platform), equestrian (leaping crew), soccer (males), golf (ladies), handball (males), karate (ladies’s kumite +61kg, males’s kumite +75kg), trendy pentathlon (males), rhythmic gymnastics (particular person), volleyball (males), water polo (ladies), wrestling (ladies’s freestyle 50kg, males’s freestyle 65kg, males’s freestyle 97kg).
Greater than 30 gold medals can be found on Saturday so there’s going to be motion nearly wherever you look. The males’s soccer last (12:30-15:00) will set up whether or not the gold medal is once more heading to Latin or South America, having been received by Argentina twice, Mexico and Brazil on the previous 4 Video games. Hosts Japan reached the bronze-medal recreation in London 9 years in the past and can hope to do higher in 2021.
Tom Daley has what might be his final alternative to assert the Olympic 10m platform title that has to date eluded him (07:00-08:30). A bronze medallist at London 2012, Daley has received the occasion’s world title twice, most not too long ago in 2017. Daley received 10m gold at a check occasion for Tokyo 2020 in Might.
Athletics options the males’s and girls’s 4x400m relays (13:30-14:00). The US received each these titles on the 2019 World Championships. Britain’s ladies had been lower than a second off the rostrum that 12 months – the lads acquired a DNF after a baton handoff catastrophe.
It is the ultimate spherical of the ladies’s Olympic golf contest from 23:30 on Friday till 07:30 on Saturday. Mel Reid and Jodi Ewart Shadoff are GB’s two representatives. Reid’s world rating has sensationally rebounded in recent times to a profession excessive of thirtieth this 12 months.
The males’s trendy pentathlon (06:30-12:15) options Workforce GB’s Jamie Cooke, the 2018 world and 2019 European champion, alongside Joe Choong. Nonetheless, this could possibly be a late Valentine’s Day reward for France – Valentin Belaud and Valentin Prades each have a stable likelihood of taking gold.
4 boxing titles are awarded on Saturday (06:00-07:55). Amongst them, Charley Davison will attempt to win the ladies’s flyweight title lifted by Nicola Adams in 2012 and 2016.
Males’s madison day on the monitor biking sees Ethan Hayter and Oliver Wooden crew up for Britain. The pair, European bronze medallists in 2018, are thought-about an outdoor guess for a medal.
Showjumping’s crew occasion reaches its conclusion (11:00) with Ben Maher and Scott Brash hoping to copy their roles in incomes GB gold at London 2012. Holly Smith is the third crew member. Switzerland have a powerful shot at gold with two of the world’s main riders, whereas Jessica Springsteen – daughter of singer Bruce – is within the US crew.
The males’s basketball last (03:30) is ordinarily a coronation for the US, who’ve received six of the seven Olympic titles since NBA gamers started competing on the Video games in 1992. The truth that the gold-medal recreation takes place nicely earlier than the bronze-medal recreation – to accommodate US prime-time TV – tells you all the things you have to find out about American confidence of their crew.
The ladies’s marathon takes place in Sapporo, capital of the northern island of Hokkaido nicely away from Tokyo, after concern that Tokyo’s summer time warmth might show an excessive amount of for such a demanding occasion. Covid-19 measures will imply the bizarre sight of the marathon going down with none spectators lining the streets. Britain’s contenders are Steph Twell, Jess Piasecki and Stephanie Davis.
Handball’s males’s last takes place at 13:00. France, Denmark and Norway will all anticipate to be within the combine for medals in a sport dominated by European nations. France’s hopes could relaxation on talismanic star Nikola Karabatic’s restoration from a knee harm.
Water polo includes 4 eight-minute durations through which gamers cannot contact the pool’s sides or backside, so should tread water all through utilizing a specialised eggbeater kick. The game is huge in Hungary, the place the lads have received Olympic gold 9 occasions, though Hungary’s ladies have by no means reached the rostrum since their introduction in 2000. This 12 months’s ladies’s last (08:30) might contain a resurgent Hungarian crew and could be very prone to characteristic the US, who’re dominant.
Sunday, 8 August – day 16
Medal occasions: 13
Athletics (males’s marathon), basketball (ladies), boxing (ladies’s gentle, males’s gentle, ladies’s center, males’s super-heavy), biking (males’s keirin, ladies’s dash, ladies’s omnium), handball (ladies), rhythmic gymnastics (group), volleyball (ladies), water polo (males).
Eliud Kipchoge, the defending Olympic marathon champion and world file holder, is broadly anticipated to characteristic closely within the last athletics occasion of Tokyo 2020 (conclusion shortly after midnight on Sunday). Kipchoge stated he’s “nonetheless hungry” at 36 within the build-up to those Video games and dismissed issues in regards to the warmth. He stated circumstances in Sapporo, some 500 miles north of Tokyo, would be the similar for everybody and will not be an element. Callum Hawkins, Ben Connor and Chris Thompson run for GB.
The males’s super-heavyweight division wraps up boxing at Tokyo 2020 (06:00-07:55). Commonwealth champion Frazer Clarke is the British entrant however Uzbekistan’s Bakhodir Jalolov is the favorite to win gold.
From 12:00, Tokyo says goodbye to the Olympics in its closing ceremony. Precisely what kind that may take relies upon to a point on the pandemic and related public well being measures in Japan.
There are three different boxing finals on Sunday with potential British curiosity in all, led by 2019 world champion Lauren Worth in ladies’s middleweight (06:00-07:55). Luke McCormack, twin brother of GB team-mate Pat, competes within the males’s light-weight division. Youth Olympic champion Caroline Dubois, one in every of 11 siblings, fights within the ladies’s light-weight occasion.
Lang Ping received volleyball gold as a participant in 1984 then returned as coach to information her nationwide crew, China, to the Olympic title in Rio 5 years in the past. Nicknamed the ‘Iron Hammer’ in a subsequent documentary, Lang is again to defend that title in Tokyo. Her crew might face Japan in Sunday’s ladies’s last (05:30), which might imply a reunion with Japan coach Kumi Nakada, one other veteran of Los Angeles 1984 – she performed as Japan took bronze.
Schedulers have held again the males’s keirin till the final day of the Olympics (02:00-05:15), realizing the monitor biking self-discipline has an enormous Japanese following. The keirin, the place riders are paced by a motorised scooter for a number of laps earlier than a dash end, was invented in Japan and added to the Olympics in 2000 after Japanese strain. Chris Hoy (2008, 2012) and Jason Kenny (2016) have received the previous three Olympic keirin titles for GB. Kenny or Jack Carlin could possibly be medal contenders for Britain this time round. In the meantime, Katy Marchant goes within the ladies’s dash and Laura Kenny rides the ladies’s omnium.