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It is the Olympics we have all waited patiently for, so what higher method to plan your two weeks than with our day-by-day information – all instances BST.
Crew 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 season Video games.
Thursday, 22 July – day minus one
Medal occasions: None
Thursday sees the beginning of the males’s soccer. The final sport to kick off, Brazil v Germany (12:30), stands out – it is a rematch of the 2016 Olympic ultimate, when hosts Brazil beat Germany on penalties.
No Brits in motion. Crew GB has solely as soon as entered a males’s soccer group on the Olympics since 1960, in 2012 because the host nation. Ordinarily, the house nations can not agree on learn how to mix.
12:00: Honduras v Romania, with Romania again within the Olympic males’s soccer match for the primary time since 1964.
12:30: Brazil v Germany, it is a rematch of the 2016 Olympic ultimate, 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 can be VAR.
Friday, 23 July – day zero
Medal occasions: None
12:00: Opening ceremony – Dwell on BBC One, BBC Purple Button and on-line
There’s at all times 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 anticipated to be equally influenced by Japan’s place on this planet of expertise.
Crew 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 Crew GB boats are in motion. Of the 45 British rowers heading to Tokyo, solely eight are returning Olympians – considered one of them, Rio silver medallist Vicky Thornley, can 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 lately picked up bronze in Rio. “I used to be solely going to row for 3 weeks,” he mentioned. “It has been 30 years. That needs to 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 can be Greece and Japan. Because the originating Olympic host nation, Greece at all times 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 (combined group), biking (males’s street race), fencing (girls’s epee, males’s sabre), judo (girls’s -48kg, males’s -60kg), capturing (girls’s 10m air rifle, males’s 10m air pistol), taekwondo (girls’s -49kg, males’s -58kg), weightlifting (girls’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 group contains Tao Geoghegan Hart, Geraint Thomas, Adam Yates and Simon Yates.
Britain’s girls’s soccer group, 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 probably the greatest 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 aren’t 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 may very well be a contender within the girls’s 10m air rifle (concluding about 08:00), by which she gained a World Cup silver medal in 2019. That is anticipated to be the primary gold medal awarded at Tokyo 2020.
At 10:30, Crew 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 girls’s pair. Double Olympic champion Glover gained 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 referred to 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 match. The ladies’s occasion is your solely likelihood to see Mongolia in a group sport at Tokyo 2020.
From 03:00, the Olympic tennis match begins. Relying on the order of play, Saturday or Sunday can be your first alternative to see famous person Naomi Osaka take to the courtroom for hosts Japan within the girls’s singles.
In girls’s hockey, Eire play South Africa from 13:15. It is the primary time Eire’s girls have certified for the Olympic hockey match.
The biking street race route takes in among 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 gained the 1976 F1 World Championship. The route generally is taken into account mountainous and favours climbers, whereas warmth may very well be an element, too. Common day by day July highs in Tokyo are about 30C.
Sunday, 25 July – day two
Medal occasions: 18
Archery (girls’s group), biking (girls’s street race), diving (girls’s 3m synchro), fencing (girls’s foil, males’s epee), judo (girls’s -52kg, males’s -66kg), capturing (girls’s 10m air pistol, males’s 10m air rifle), skateboarding (males’s road), swimming (males’s 400m medley, males’s 400m free, girls’s 400m medley, girls’s 4×100 free relay), taekwondo (girls’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 attempting to turn out to be 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 gained a world title in his -68kg class in Manchester two years in the past.
Lizzie Deignan leads Crew GB’s hopes within the girls’s biking street race (05:00-09:30), the place she’ll be racing with team-mate Anna Shackley. The Dutch group, 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 regulate GB’s Max Litchfield.
Chelsie Giles makes her Olympic debut in Tokyo competing in judo’s girls’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 (girls’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 group gold from 01:30 until 09:25, having gained world bronze collectively two years in the past in an occasion usually dominated by Asian nations.
Sunday’s hockey schedule sees GB’s girls 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 anticipated 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, probably the most adorned US gymnast of all time, will lead her group in girls’s qualifying (02:00-14:00). To date, 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 count on fireworks between China’s Solar Yang and Australia’s Mack Horton within the males’s 400m freestyle, after Horton referred to 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 group within the occasion.
Caeleb Dressel can be consistently in comparison with Michael Phelps at these Olympics. With Phelps now out of the image, Dressel stands to turn out to be Crew USA’s subsequent Olympic star within the pool. He gained 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 relies on wave circumstances. Organisers have put 4 backup days within the calendar as the game makes its Olympic debut. All being properly, Sunday will function the primary and second rounds of each the lads’s and girls’s occasions. (No British surfers certified for Tokyo 2020.)
There are two forms of skateboarding on present at this 12 months’s Olympics: road and park. Avenue entails city options like stairs, rails, partitions, slopes and benches. Park makes use of a curved course to encourage mid-air methods.
Monday, 26 July – day three
Medal occasions: 21
Archery (males’s group), creative gymnastics (males’s group), canoe slalom (males’s C1), biking (males’s cross-country mountain bike), diving (males’s 10m synchro), fencing (girls’s sabre, males’s foil), judo (girls’s -57kg, males’s -73kg), capturing (girls’s skeet, males’s skeet), skateboarding (girls’s road), swimming (girls’s 100m fly, males’s 100m breast, girls’s 400m free, males’s 4x100m free relay), desk tennis (combined doubles), taekwondo (girls’s -67kg, males’s -80kg), triathlon (males), weightlifting (girls’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 document after world document and gained 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 an additional of Crew GB’s Rio 2016 champions. Alistair Brownlee was not chosen for the British triathlon group in Tokyo, however that creates a possibility for youthful brother Jonny Brownlee, who has twice completed behind his brother on the rostrum, in London and Rio. The boys’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, by which Daley gained 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 group 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 function the legendary Kohei Uchimura, who will seem at these Olympics as a person however is not within the squad for the group occasion.
The lone Crew 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 gained world silver within the occasion two years in the past.
In taekwondo, Britain’s consultant within the girls’s -67kg is Lauren Williams (02:00-14:30, two periods). Williams has two European titles to her title however was defeated by Croatia’s Matea Jelic on this 12 months’s European ultimate.
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 can 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 isn’t any 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. Crew GB can be favourites in every of these video games. Total, the likes of New Zealand, Fiji and South Africa can be hoping to win the match.
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 isn’t all Peaty within the pool. The ladies’s 400m freestyle ultimate, which follows instantly after Peaty’s ultimate 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 significant 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 can be one of many greatest names. Should you’re ready for Sky Brown, who’ll make her Crew GB debut having barely turned 13, her park occasion does not happen till 4 August, although the road occasion has equally younger opponents from different nations.
Desk tennis provides an Olympic combined 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 combined 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 one of the vital stunning, various 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
Creative gymnastics (girls’s group), canoe slalom (girls’s K1), biking (girls’s cross-country mountain bike), diving (girls’s 10m synchro), equestrian (dressage group), fencing (girls’s group epee), judo (girls’s -63kg, males’s -81kg), rowing (girls’s quad sculls, males’s quad sculls), capturing (10m air rifle combined group, 10m air pistol combined group), softball, swimming (males’s 200m free, girls’s 100m again, males’s 100m again, girls’s 100m breast), taekwondo (girls’s +67kg, males’s +80g), triathlon (girls), weightlifting (girls’s 59kg, girls’s 64kg).
Crew GB head into the girls’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 most important rivals.
Bianca Walkden competes for Britain in taekwondo’s girls’s +67kg class (02:00-14:30), having added two extra world titles to her title since taking bronze at Rio 2016. She additionally gained European gold in April. In the meantime, Mahama Cho beat Lutalo Muhammad to choice for Crew GB within the males’s +80kg class, which additionally takes place on Tuesday.
Duncan Scott can be considered one of GB’s busiest swimmers, with six totally different occasions to his title in Tokyo. On Tuesday, he’ll hope to line up within the males’s 200m freestyle ultimate (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 can be anticipated for the ladies’s group ultimate (11:45-14:10). There isn’t any query that america, led by Simone Biles, are the favourites. Can Britain, sixth on the final World Championships, make it into the ultimate and discover a method to problem for a medal?
Crew GB’s ultimate girls’s soccer group sport is in opposition to Canada at 12:00. In a tough group additionally that includes hosts Japan, it may very well 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 group ultimate. The three-person group 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, can 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 girls’s 10m synchro occasion (07:00-08:00) options GB’s Eden Cheng and Lois Toulson. They gained the European title collectively in 2018, when Cheng was simply 15 years outdated.
The ladies’s K1 canoe slalom ultimate (06:00-09:00) might function GB’s Kimberley Woods.
Rowing reaches its first finals: the ladies’s and males’s quadruple sculls (00:30-04:00). Crew GB has crews in every occasion who, whereas not main medal prospects, may very well be contenders in fields which might be pretty open.
In hockey, Britain’s males face Germany at 02:00, whereas in rugby sevens Crew GB face Fiji earlier than the knockout video games start.
It will not simply be Brits watching the males’s 200m freestyle ultimate (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 document 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 ultimate. Japan shocked america by profitable the final Olympic softball ultimate 3-1 in 2008 – the US had gained all three Olympic titles main as much as that.
Zambia are the lowest-ranked group within the Olympic girls’s soccer match 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 girls’s handball group have maintained a formidable streak of appearances in a sport dominated by European nations. Tokyo is Angola’s seventh consecutive Olympic girls’s handball look (they’re additionally the African champions having overwhelmed Cameroon, who aren’t faring properly on this part of the information, earlier this 12 months). They play Norway at 11:30.
Wednesday, 28 July – day 5
Medal occasions: 23
Creative gymnastics (males’s all-around), basketball (girls’s 3×3, males’s 3×3), biking (girls’s time trial, males’s time trial), diving (males’s 3m synchro), equestrian (dressage particular person), fencing (males’s group sabre), judo (girls’s -70kg, males’s -90kg), rowing (girls’s double sculls, males’s double sculls, girls’s 4, males’s 4), rugby sevens (males’s), browsing (girls’s, males’s), swimming (girls’s 200m free, males’s 200m fly, girls’s 200m medley, girls’s 1500m free, males’s 4x200m free), weightlifting (males’s 73kg).
Britain’s males have gained 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 boys’s rugby sevens match reaches the medal matches (08:30-11:00). Crew GB took silver 5 years in the past after dropping to Fiji within the 2016 Olympic ultimate, whereas Japan completed fourth. The hosts can 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 may very well 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 girls’s occasion.
Jack Laugher and new companion Daniel Goodfellow will attempt to retain the lads’s 3m synchro diving title Laugher gained with Chris Mears in Rio 5 years in the past. Laugher and Goodfellow have 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 can 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 girls’s judo -70kg class (03:00-11:50).
In hockey, Britain’s girls face India (02:00) adopted by Eire in opposition to Germany. India’s girls knocked out the US in qualifying to achieve the Olympic hockey match for under the third time, after 1980 and 2016. England, the highest-ranked of the house nations, are fifth in hockey’s girls’s world rankings, whereas India are ninth.
Crew USA’s Katie Ledecky might 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 properly be one other battle in opposition to Australia’s Ariarne Titmus. Ledecky gained the 200m in Rio and has three world titles over 1500m.
The males’s all-around gymnastics ultimate (11:15-14:10) was gained by Japan’s Kohei Uchimura in 2016 however he is specializing in the person excessive bar contest this 12 months, which clears the best way for a brand new champion. Max Whitlock was the bronze medallist for Crew 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 gained the all-around amongst three world titles in 2019, is a number one contender for gold.
With softball over, baseball begins. The opening sport sees Japan host the Dominican Republic at 04:00. The 24-strong Dominican Republic baseball squad makes up virtually half of the nation’s Olympic group. It is the primary time they’ve reached an Olympic baseball match 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 ultimate, dropping to Cuba in 1996.
If the climate and waves have been sort, this can 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 lots of browsing, rising up, earlier than the household moved to america. Carissa Moore is taken into account a gold-medal contender for the US within the girls’s occasion.
3×3 basketball concludes on Wednesday. Although the US normally locations nice emphasis on Olympic basketball – consider the Dream Crew in 1992 – Crew 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 folks, one hoop, a 12-second shot clock, and the sport ends both after 10 minutes or when a group reaches 21 factors. You rating one level for making a basket, or two in case you shoot efficiently from past the arc.
Thursday, 29 July – day six
Medal occasions: 17
Creative gymnastics (girls’s all-around), canoe slalom (girls’s C1), fencing (girls’s group foil), judo (girls’s -78kg, males’s -100kg), rowing (males’s pair, girls’s pair, males’s light-weight double sculls, girls’s light-weight double sculls), capturing (girls’s lure, males’s lure), swimming (males’s 800m free, males’s 200m breast, girls’s 200m fly, males’s 100m free, girls’s 4x200m free relay), desk tennis (girls’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 positively achievable. Glover goes for her third Olympic title.
In a repeat of the Rio ultimate, Britain’s girls’s hockey group play the Netherlands at 11:00. Crew GB pulled off a surprising victory in 2016 with goalkeeper Maddie Hinch the penalty shoot-out hero. The Dutch, thought-about the very best group 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 may very well be a key group sport.)
If she wins the ladies’s all-around ultimate (11:50-14:05), Simone Biles would turn out to be the primary girl 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 might have ever seen, that might be some achievement. It is arduous to see who stands in her approach.
GB’s Mallory Franklin, the 2017 world champion within the girls’s C1 slalom canoe, will hope to go for gold within the occasion’s Olympic ultimate on the Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre (06:00-08:45).
The males’s 200m breaststroke ultimate (02:45) may very well be a possibility 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 data this 12 months, maintains his kind. Commonwealth champion Alys Thomas has a shot within the girls’s 200m butterfly (03:27).
Past the ladies’s pair, look out for the GB light-weight girls’s double scull on the rowing (02:10). Emily Craig and Imogen Grant have been the world bronze medallists in 2019.
On the capturing, lure 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 Crew GB’s consultant within the girls’s occasion. Coward-Holley is the 2019 world champion – the primary Briton to win a world title in a person Olympic shotgun self-discipline.
Girls’s sevens begins (01:00-11:30) with GB dealing with the Russian Olympic Committee’s group, then New Zealand. Each can be powerful video games however New Zealand, specifically, 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 opponents.
Potential successor to Michael Phelps’ crown Caeleb Dressel needs to be again for the US within the 100m freestyle ultimate (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 gained 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 companion Fintan McCarthy.
Girls’s singles desk tennis typically means an all-Chinese language ultimate, however nations can now solely enter two athletes every, so the bronze-medal match has taken on extra that means. In Rio, after that change took impact, it meant a medal for North Korea’s Kim Tune-I – considered one of solely three North Korean medals that got here from sports activities aside from weightlifting. Ding Ning, China’s 2016 girls’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, girls’s group 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 ladies’s group 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 considered one 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 prime golfers. First-round play begins at 23:30 on Wednesday UK time, operating by until 08:00 on Thursday.
Friday, 30 July – day seven
Medal occasions: 21
Archery (girls’s particular person), athletics (males’s 10,000m), badminton (combined doubles), canoe slalom (males’s K1), biking (girls’s BMX racing, males’s BMX racing), fencing (males’s group epee), judo (girls’s +78kg, males’s +100kg), rowing (girls’s single sculls, males’s single sculls, girls’s eight, males’s eight), capturing (girls’s 25m pistol), swimming (girls’s 200m breast, males’s 200m again, girls’s 100m free, males’s 200m medley), desk tennis (males’s singles), tennis (males’s doubles), trampoline (girls’s ultimate).
Athletics begins in Tokyo with males’s excessive leap and discus qualifying alongside the early rounds of the girls’s 800m, males’s 400m hurdles, and girls’s 100m – that 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 possibility 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 simple to duplicate: the Brits have been solely third on the 2019 world championships. Occasions get beneath approach at 00:45 and run till 02:55, together with Vicky Thornley within the girls’s single sculls. The US might win a fourth consecutive gold within the girls’s eight.
Girls’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 girls’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 approach however there isn’t 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 Crew GB.
Talking of lacking Rio champions, Joe Clarke was not chosen for Tokyo 2020 so will not have the ability to defend his 2016 Olympic canoe slalom K1 title. Bradley Forbes-Cryans, a 2018 world champion alongside Clarke and Christopher Bowers within the K1 group 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 attempting to achieve the ladies’s 100m freestyle ultimate (03:25).
Eventing begins with two days of particular person and group dressage (00:30-12:10). Laura Collett, Tom McEwen and Oliver Townend make up a British group hoping to alter issues after Crew 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 girls’s +78kg class (09:00-11:50) after being handed an entry by a continental quota place.
Pat McCormack, who misplaced a 2019 world title battle by a cut up resolution, 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).
Girls’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 girls 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 substitute 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 by which his private life – and admission of an affair – has made headlines in his dwelling nation, Japan. He’ll count on 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 can 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 steer a sweep of the lads’s and girls’s races. Colombian two-time Olympic gold medallist Mariana Pajon stands in the best way of American Alise Willoughby within the girls’s occasion.
The primary tennis medals to be determined will are available in 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 may very well be slipping. Combined 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 dwelling soil by Watanabe Yuta and Higashino Arisa. Japan have 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, combined 4x400m relay, girls’s 100m), badminton (males’s doubles), fencing (girls’s group sabre), judo (combined group), rugby sevens (girls), crusing (girls’s RS:X, males’s RS:X), capturing (lure combined group, girls’s 50m rifle 3 positions), swimming (males’s 100m fly, girls’s 200m again, girls’s 800m free, combined 4x100m medley relay), tennis (girls’s singles), trampoline (males), triathlon (combined relay), weightlifting (males’s 81kg, males’s 96kg).
Dina Asher-Smith can be hoping to line up for Britain within the ultimate of the girls’s 100m (13:50), an occasion by which she gained 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 a 30-day suspension related to cannabis use. Additionally be careful for the brand new 4x400m combined relay (13:35), the place the US are world champions and Britain completed fourth in 2019.
Triathlon’s combined relay makes its Olympic debut in Tokyo on Saturday (23:30 Friday till 01:30 Saturday UK time). Two males and two girls on every group 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 have been third on the newest world championship.
The girls’s singles ultimate may very well 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 match and that will make Osaka’s route simpler. Count on considered one of Japan’s greatest moments at their dwelling Video games if she reaches Saturday’s ultimate (04:00-12:00 alongside different matches).
Girls’s sevens concludes on Saturday. Britain’s girls have been fourth in Rio 5 years in the past, dropping to New Zealand then Canada as they narrowly missed the rostrum. There’s motion from 01:00 till 11:00.
It is a massive day for combined relays. Within the pool, the 4x100m combined medley relay guarantees to ship an exciting begin to the day at 03:35. Britain have been the 2019 world bronze medallists on this occasion, behind Australia and america. Ben Proud is prone to function 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 opponents shoot whereas kneeling, then mendacity down, and eventually whereas standing. In the meantime, the combined lure group occasion will function GB’s three lure shooters, who’ve the calibre to be medal contenders (01:00-06:50).
The males’s soccer match 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 gained 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 desirous to miss out on all of the combined motion, judo launches its combined group occasion on Saturday (03:00-11:50). That is new for Tokyo 2020 and entails groups of six athletes – your group has to win at the least 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 girls’s racing, 22-year-old Emma Wilson must end fifth or increased to be the very best 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
Creative gymnastics (males’s ground, girls’s vault, males’s pommel horse, girls’s uneven bars), athletics (girls’s shot put, males’s excessive leap, girls’s triple leap, males’s 100m), badminton (girls’s singles), biking (girls’s BMX freestyle, males’s BMX freestyle), diving (girls’s 3m springboard), fencing (males’s group foil), golf (males), crusing (laser radial girls, laser males), swimming (males’s 50m free, girls’s 50m free, males’s 1500m free, girls’s 4x100m medley relay, males’s 4x100m medley relay), tennis (males’s singles, girls’s doubles, combined doubles), weightlifting (girls’s 76kg).
For the primary time since 2004, a males’s 100m ultimate (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 gained US Olympic trials, is the favorite. Zharnel Hughes is about to steer 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 ground (09:00) and males’s pommel horse (10:30), each gained by Max Whitlock in 2016. Whitlock is the world champion on pommel horse, whereas Eire’s Rhys McClenaghan can be in Tokyo after profitable world bronze in the identical occasion two years in the past. The ladies’s vault (09:45) is likely one of the Olympics’ extra spectacular occasions – count on fireworks from Simone Biles.
Earlier within the day, count on 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 have been america 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 ultimate leads a packed day of tennis (04:00-12:00) with the girls’s doubles and combined doubles finals additionally to return.
It is also the ultimate spherical of the males’s golf match (outcome anticipated round 08:00). Hideki Matsuyama, the primary Japanese participant to win the Masters, is a house favorite. Of the world’s prime 10, solely Dustin Johnson will not be taking part in in Tokyo.
The girls’s shot put ultimate, starting at 02:35, will function Britain’s Sophie McKinna, who set a brand new indoor private greatest at 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 methods and expertise. 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 girl 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 attempting 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 gained an Olympic title however that might change within the males’s excessive leap (11:10-13:00), the place the primary man ever to efficiently defend the excessive leap world title – Mutaz Barshim – will compete. Maksim Nedasekau, from Belarus, can be considered one of Barshim’s massive rivals.
Colombia’s flagbearer, Caterine Ibarguen, will defend her Olympic triple leap title (12:20-1340) though by her personal admission she hasn’t had the very best 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 document 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 isn’t 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
Creative gymnastics (males’s rings, girls’s ground, males’s vault), athletics (males’s lengthy leap, girls’s 100m hurdles, girls’s discus, males’s 3,000m steeplechase, girls’s 5,000m), badminton (girls’s doubles, males’s singles), biking (girls’s group dash), equestrian (eventing group, eventing particular person), crusing (49er FX girls, 49er males), capturing (males’s 25m fast hearth pistol, males’s 50m rifle 3 positions), weightlifting (girls’s 87kg, girls’s +87kg), wrestling (girls’s freestyle 76kg, males’s Greco-Roman 60kg, males’s Greco-Roman 130kg).
Monday is day one inside Tokyo’s Izu Velodrome. Every week of monitor biking begins with qualifying within the group pursuits and the complete girls’s group dash competitors (07:30-10:30). There isn’t any British illustration in that occasion, the place Germany and Australia are among the many favourites, however each GB pursuit groups can be in motion.
Eventing reaches its climax with the group and particular person gold medals being awarded (09:00-14:25). Britain are present holders of the group world title though solely Tom McEwen from that success is heading to Tokyo (Piggy March, additionally on this planet gold medal-winning group, is a Tokyo alternate for Crew GB). McEwen can be joined within the group occasion by Oliver Townend and Laura Collett.
The massive athletics occasion of the day is the girls’s 5,000m (13:40-14:00). Eilish McColgan, who lately broke Paula Radcliffe’s British document, leads Crew GB’s hopes alongside Jessica Judd and Amy-Eloise Markovc. Kenya’s Hellen Obiri gained the previous two world titles however has by no means taken the 5,000m Olympic title.
Girls’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 girls’s 49er FX and males’s 49er (04:00-10:00). Saskia Tidey, who sailed for Eire at Rio 2016, will as an alternative symbolize 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 gained weightlifting’s +87kg European title solely 4 months earlier than her Olympic occasion (11:50-14:00) so she reaches Tokyo in glorious kind.
Girls’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 levels of the 1500m (01:35-02:05).
The girls’s 100m hurdles (03:50) provides an opportunity at redemption for Keni Harrison after a five-year wait. Harrison failed to realize choice for Crew USA at Rio 2016 regardless of occurring to interrupt the world document simply days earlier than the Olympics. At Tokyo 2020, Harrison will lead the US problem and might count on competitors from Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, who has set among the 12 months’s quickest instances. Reiging world champion Nia Ali can be watching from dwelling together 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 likely 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 girls’s ground 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 girls’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.
Creative swimming, previously generally known as synchronised swimming, begins on Monday (11:30-13:45). This and rhythmic gymnastics are the 2 Olympic sports activities by which solely girls compete. There is a duet occasion with two athletes and a group occasion with eight. Swimmers are judged on technical and creative benefit and should not allowed to the touch the underside or sides of the pool. Russia have gained each out there Olympic gold medal in creative swimming since Sydney 2000.
Tuesday, 3 August – day 11
Medal occasions: 22
Creative gymnastics (males’s parallel bars, girls’s beam, males’s horizontal bar), athletics (girls’s lengthy leap, males’s 400m hurdles, males’s pole vault, girls’s hammer throw, girls’s 800m, girls’s 200m), boxing (girls’s feather, males’s welter), canoe dash (girls’s K1 200m, males’s C2 1,000m, males’s K1 1,000m, girls’s K2 500m), biking (girls’s group pursuit, males’s group dash), diving (males’s 3m springboard), crusing (combined Nacra 17, males’s Finn), weightlifting (males’s 109kg), wrestling (girls’s freestyle 68kg, males’s Greco-Roman 77kg, males’s Greco-Roman 97kg).
Dina Asher-Smith is again. The girls’s 200m (13:50) may very well be a part of an enormous day for Crew 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 girl over 200m on this planet this 12 months, US sprinter Gabby Thomas.
This may very well be Britain’s second within the velodrome, too. Each Laura and Jason Kenny can be in motion because the girls’s group pursuit (09:05) and males’s group dash (09:35) medals are determined. Laura Kenny has gained the group pursuit at two Olympics in a row. Jason Kenny has gained the group 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 selecting up bronze.
There are massive 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 combined Nacra 17 class (07:30-08:00) Britain’s John Gimson and Anna Burnet are the 2020 world champions.
In the meantime, boxing arms out its first medals. Pat McCormack, the 2019 world silver medallist within the males’s welterweight division, will hope to achieve the Tokyo ultimate (11:05). Earlier within the day, girls’s featherweight world bronze medallist Karriss Artingstall may very well be in motion (05:05).
As if there weren’t sufficient alternatives above, Joe Fraser is an actual medal menace for GB on the ultimate day of creative gymnastics. Fraser was the 2019 world champion on parallel bars and that ultimate begins at 09:00. Instantly after you could count on Simone Biles within the beam ultimate and Japan’s Kohei Uchimura might produce one thing particular within the final occasion, the spectacular males’s horizontal bar ultimate.
Showjumping begins (11:00-14:45) with three Britons in motion: Ben Maher and Scott Brash, who every helped GB to a primary showjumping group Olympic title in 60 years at London 2012, are again alongside Holly Smith for Tokyo.
On prime of all that, males’s hockey reaches the semi-finals (02:30 and 11:00), which might but contain Crew GB.
The girls’s 800m ultimate (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 have been the primary Ugandan girls to achieve a middle-distance world ultimate. 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) may very well be considered one of Tokyo’s most entertaining finals as a number of stars bid to succeed Kerron Clement, who gained gold in Rio however is not within the US group this time. Norwegian world champion Karsten Warholm is on the prime of the checklist, having damaged the 400m hurdles world document – which was 29 years outdated – at the beginning of July.
Brazil’s Thiago Braz delivered considered one of Rio’s defining photos when he gained the 2016 host nation’s solely athletics gold medal within the males’s pole vault (11:20). Braz hasn’t reached a significant podium since however might nonetheless be a contender in Tokyo, the place the primary menace is anticipated 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. Pace climbing will see athletes race head-to-head to tag a buzzer on the prime of a climb, bouldering means navigating units of climbs and not using a rope that emphasise bodily and gymnastic skill, 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
Creative swimming (duet), athletics (girls’s 400m hurdles, girls’s 3,000m steeplechase, males’s hammer, males’s 800m, males’s 200m), boxing (males’s light-heavy), biking (males’s group pursuit), equestrian (particular person), marathon swimming (girls), crusing (girls’s 470, males’s 470), skateboarding (girls’s park), weightlifting (males’s +109kg), wrestling (girls’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 have been Japanese so the host nation additionally expects. Watch the motion from 01:00 to 05:30.
It is a couple of years since GB’s monitor cyclists gained the males’s group 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 group for Tokyo. Denmark gained the final world title in a world document 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 instances Sky Brown’s age in Tokyo.) Skelton retired the next 12 months however Ben Maher may very well 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 gained the world title with new companion Eilidh McIntyre in 2019 and can be hoping Wednesday’s medal race (07:30-08:00) brings dwelling 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 probably candidate to take the title Usain Bolt gained thrice 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 leap, 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 ultimate at 07:35. Cuba’s Arlen Lopez, who has moved division since profitable middleweight gold in Rio 5 years in the past, may very well be a menace.
Britain has one likelihood of profitable a medal on climbing‘s Olympic debut: Shauna Coxsey within the girls’s mixed occasion. The world bronze medallist begins her problem in qualifying from 09:00 to 14:40.
Girls’s hockey reaches the semi-final stage, with video games at 02:30 and 11:00.
The girls’s golf match 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 best complete recorded within the sport’s historical past. That is roughly the load of an grownup dromedary camel.
Marathon swimming begins with the girls’s 10km race (22:30 Tuesday to 01:30 Wednesday). Organisers say a system of underwater filters can be used to make sure the water high quality within the central Tokyo bay is appropriate, whereas the race will happen at 06:30 native time to keep away from the worst of the summer season warmth. Look out for the backdrop of Tokyo’s Rainbow Bridge and a miniature Statue of Liberty. GB entrant Alice Dearing is about to turn out to be the primary black girl to swim for Britain on the Olympics.
Thursday, 5 August – day 13
Medal occasions: 27
Athletics (males’s triple leap, males’s shot put, males’s 110m hurdles, males’s 20km race stroll, girls’s pole vault, males’s 400m, girls’s heptathlon, males’s decathlon), boxing (males’s feather), canoe dash (males’s K1 200m, girls’s C1 200m, girls’s K1 500m, males’s K2 1,000m), biking (girls’s keirin, males’s omnium), diving (girls’s 10m platform), hockey (males), karate (girls’s kata, girls’s kumite -55g, males’s kumite -67kg), marathon swimming (males), skateboarding (males’s park), sport climbing (males), desk tennis (girls’s group), wrestling (girls’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 leap (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 critical Achilles harm however she’s nonetheless anticipated to mount a critical medal problem. Her most important rival is Rio 2016 champion Nafi Thiam of Belgium.
GB’s reigning Olympic champion Liam Heath is anticipated to begin dash canoeing’s males’s K1 200m ultimate 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 ultimate 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 journey for GB in monitor biking’s omnium (07:30-10:30), after selecting 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 someday’s racing, together with a brand new tempo race the place riders can rating factors by sprints on virtually each lap.
Holly Bradshaw, fourth on the final world championships and fifth in Rio, competes within the girls’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 function GB’s Hector Pardoe, who gained an Olympic qualifier in Portugal to e-book 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 girls’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 ultimate (03:05-04:15) will function Ryan Crouser, the American who broke the occasion’s 31-year-old world document within the weeks main as much as the Video games. Crouser appropriately described breaking that document 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 method is rock operating: selecting up a heavy rock then utilizing it to run, weighed down, alongside the ocean ground off the coast of Hawaii.
Karate is likely one of the ultimate sports activities to get beneath approach in Tokyo (02:00-13:40) because it makes its Olympic debut. There are two disciplines. In kata, you compete by yourself and show offensive and defensive strikes in opposition to a digital opponent. You rating factors for method, timing and athleticism. In kumite, which not like kata is split into weight lessons, 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 (girls’s 20km race stroll, males’s 50km race stroll, girls’s javelin, males’s 5,000m, girls’s 400m, girls’s 1500m, girls’s 4x100m relay, males’s 4x100m relay), seashore volleyball (girls), boxing (males’s heavy), biking (girls’s madison, males’s dash), soccer (girls), hockey (girls), karate (males’s kata, girls’s kumite -61kg, males’s kumite -75kg), trendy pentathlon (girls), sport climbing (girls), desk tennis (males’s group), wrestling (girls’s freestyle 53kg, males’s freestyle 74kg, males’s freestyle 125kg).
Girls’s soccer reaches its Olympic ultimate at 03:00. The US have gained 4 of the six Olympic girls’s soccer tournaments, and Crew GB have by no means reached the rostrum. In equity, they’ve solely entered a group as soon as earlier than: London 2012, the place Canada beat them 2-0 within the quarter-finals. Will that document change this 12 months? The US are the world’s primary group with Germany second heading into Tokyo 2020.
In hockey, it is a totally different story. Britain clinched Olympic gold in dramatic vogue 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, overwhelmed 2-0 by the Netherlands within the quarter-finals of 2018’s World Cup, are actually 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 girls’s 1500m (13:50) for years with out managing to achieve the rostrum at out of doors world or Olympic degree. 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 document 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 entails groups of two riders, is all about techniques and endurance. If you have not watched it earlier than, you will in all probability be counting on the commentators to observe what’s taking place. Katie Archibald and Laura Kenny journey within the madison for GB at 09:15.
Friday may very well be Shauna Coxsey’s massive 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 pace and bouldering sections, that means her success might rely on how she handles the lead climbing, which measures how far up a wall she will get. The massive unknown is how she has recovered from a persistent again harm. Slovenia’s Janja Garnbret is broadly anticipated to take gold.
Everyone loves the drama of an excellent 4x100m relay (14:30-14:50), the monitor equal of a penalty shootout. Names could be made, heroes and villains created within the easy passing (or not) of a baton. Britain has had an affordable quantity of relay success these days – each groups took world silver in 2019 and the lads have 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 ultimate is at 07:05.
Typically talking, seashore volleyball has been dominated on the Olympics by america and Brazil – each being international locations the place taking part in volleyball on a seashore has a sure attraction. However that is altering. Three of the previous 4 world titles within the girls’s occasion (02:00-04:50) have gone to different nations, the newest being gained 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 mainly ‘the opposite gymnastics’ to British viewers used to watching solely creative gymnastics, since Britain has barely ever entered the Olympic rhythmic gymnastics, which entails routines accomplished with ribbons, hoops, balls and golf equipment to enrich the efficiency. Russia dominates rhythmic gymnastics – this 12 months, Dina and Arina Averina might drive statisticians to search for the final time, if ever, twins took first and second place in a summer season Olympic particular person occasion.
Perennially one of many least penetrable Olympic sports activities, trendy pentathlon’s girls’s occasion takes place on Friday. In a nutshell, athletes swim, fence and journey a horse to finish up with a factors rating that provides them a time handicap for a ultimate 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 not use their very own horse however as an alternative will get equipped with one at random, generally with sudden 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 duplicate the abilities a soldier might need wanted a century in the past – Britain has a effective pedigree within the girls’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
Creative swimming (group), athletics (girls’s marathon, girls’s excessive leap, girls’s 10,000m, males’s javelin, males’s 1500m, girls’s 4x400m relay, males’s 4x400m relay), baseball, basketball (males), seashore volleyball (males), boxing (girls’s fly, males’s fly, girls’s welter, males’s center), canoe dash (girls’s C2 500m, males’s C1 1,000m, girls’s K4 500m, males’s K4 500m), biking (males’s madison), diving (males’s 10m platform), equestrian (leaping group), soccer (males), golf (girls), handball (males), karate (girls’s kumite +61kg, males’s kumite +75kg), trendy pentathlon (males), rhythmic gymnastics (particular person), volleyball (males), water polo (girls), wrestling (girls’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 virtually anyplace you look. The males’s soccer ultimate (12:30-15:00) will set up whether or not the gold medal is once more heading to Latin or South America, having been gained by Argentina twice, Mexico and Brazil on the previous 4 Video games. Hosts Japan reached the bronze-medal sport 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 say the Olympic 10m platform title that has up to now eluded him (07:00-08:30). A bronze medallist at London 2012, Daley has gained the occasion’s world title twice, most lately in 2017. Daley gained 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 gained each these titles on the 2019 World Championships. Britain’s girls have 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 girls’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 lately to a profession excessive of thirtieth this 12 months.
The males’s trendy pentathlon (06:30-12:15) options Crew GB’s Jamie Cooke, the 2018 world and 2019 European champion, alongside Joe Choong. Nevertheless, this may very well be a late Valentine’s Day reward for France – Valentin Belaud and Valentin Prades each have a strong likelihood of taking gold.
4 boxing titles are awarded on Saturday (06:00-07:55). Amongst them, Charley Davison will attempt to win the girls’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 group up for Britain. The pair, European bronze medallists in 2018, are thought-about an outdoor guess for a medal.
Showjumping’s group occasion reaches its conclusion (11:00) with Ben Maher and Scott Brash hoping to duplicate their roles in incomes GB gold at London 2012. Holly Smith is the third group 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 group.
The males’s basketball ultimate (03:30) is ordinarily a coronation for america, who’ve gained six of the seven Olympic titles since NBA gamers started competing on the Video games in 1992. The truth that the gold-medal sport takes place properly earlier than the bronze-medal sport – to accommodate US prime-time TV – tells you every little thing you must learn about American confidence of their group.
The girls’s marathon takes place in Sapporo, capital of the northern island of Hokkaido properly away from Tokyo, after concern that Tokyo’s summer season warmth might show an excessive amount of for such a demanding occasion. Covid-19 measures will imply the weird sight of the marathon happening with none spectators lining the streets. Britain’s contenders are Steph Twell, Jess Piasecki and Stephanie Davis.
Handball’s males’s ultimate takes place at 13:00. France, Denmark and Norway will all count on to be within the combine for medals in a sport dominated by European international locations. France’s hopes might relaxation on talismanic star Nikola Karabatic’s restoration from a knee harm.
Water polo entails 4 eight-minute intervals by which gamers cannot contact the pool’s sides or backside, so should tread water all through utilizing a specialised eggbeater kick. The game is massive in Hungary, the place the lads have gained Olympic gold 9 instances, though Hungary’s girls have by no means reached the rostrum since their introduction in 2000. This 12 months’s girls’s ultimate (08:30) might contain a resurgent Hungarian group and could be very prone to function america, who’re dominant.
Sunday, 8 August – day 16
Medal occasions: 13
Athletics (males’s marathon), basketball (girls), boxing (girls’s gentle, males’s gentle, girls’s center, males’s super-heavy), biking (males’s keirin, girls’s dash, girls’s omnium), handball (girls), rhythmic gymnastics (group), volleyball (girls), water polo (males).
Eliud Kipchoge, the defending Olympic marathon champion and world document holder, is broadly anticipated to function closely within the ultimate athletics occasion of Tokyo 2020 (conclusion shortly after midnight on Sunday). Kipchoge mentioned he’s “nonetheless hungry” at 36 within the build-up to those Video games and dismissed considerations in regards to the warmth. He mentioned 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 Value in girls’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, considered one of 11 siblings, fights within the girls’s light-weight occasion.
Lang Ping gained volleyball gold as a participant in 1984 then returned as coach to information her nationwide group, 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 group might face Japan in Sunday’s girls’s ultimate (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), figuring out 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 stress. Chris Hoy (2008, 2012) and Jason Kenny (2016) have gained the previous three Olympic keirin titles for GB. Kenny or Jack Carlin may very well be medal contenders for Britain this time round. In the meantime, Katy Marchant goes within the girls’s dash and Laura Kenny rides the girls’s omnium.