|Hosts: Tokyo, Japan Dates: 23 July-8 August|
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It’s the Olympics we have all waited patiently for, so what higher approach to plan your two weeks than with our day-by-day guide – all occasions BST.
Team GB named a squad of 376 athletes on 8 July – their largest ever for an abroad Games and with more women than men for the first time at a summer season Games.
- Thursday, 22 July – day minus one
- Friday, 23 July – day zero
- Saturday, 24 July – day one
- Sunday, 25 July – day two
- Monday, 26 July – day three
- Tuesday, 27 July – day 4
- Wednesday, 28 July – day 5
- Thursday, 29 July – day six
- Friday, 30 July – day seven
- Saturday, 31 July – day eight
- Sunday, 1 August – day 9
- Monday, 2 August – day 10
- Tuesday, 3 August – day 11
- Wednesday, 4 August – day 12
- Thursday, 5 August – day 13
- Friday, 6 August – day 14
- Saturday, 7 August – day 15
- Sunday, 8 August – day 16
Thursday, 22 July – day minus one
Medal occasions: None
Thursday sees the begin 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 remaining, when hosts Brazil beat Germany on penalties.
No Brits in motion. Team GB has solely as soon as entered a males’s soccer staff at the Olympics since 1960, in 2012 as the host nation. Ordinarily, the residence nations can’t agree on how to mix.
12:00: Honduras v Romania, with Romania again in the Olympic males’s soccer event for the first time since 1964.
12:30: Brazil v Germany, it is a rematch of the 2016 Olympic remaining, when hosts Brazil beat Germany on penalties.
Usually, males’s soccer groups at 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 Games. Yes, there will likely be VAR.
Friday, 23 July – day zero
Medal occasions: None
12:00: Opening ceremony – Live on BBC One, BBC Red Button and online
There’s all the time hypothesis about what type the opening ceremony will take. This 12 months, the uncertainty is just heightened by the Covid-19 pandemic and the ramifications it has on who’s in a position to attend and take part in the ceremony.
In 2016, Japan’s then-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dressed up as Mario for a Nintendo-inspired handover ceremony at the Rio Olympics. The 2020 opening ceremony is anticipated to be equally influenced by Japan’s place in the world of know-how.
Team GB’s six archers will compete in the rating spherical, which does not eradicate anybody however does decide seedings for the males’s and girls’s particular person archery tournaments.
Rowing, 4 Team GB boats are in motion. Of the 45 British rowers heading to Tokyo, solely eight are returning Olympians – one in all them, Rio silver medallist Vicky Thornley, will likely be in motion on Friday in the single sculls heats.
Norwegian rower Olaf Tufte, 45, is heading to his seventh Olympics however his first in 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 was only going to row for three weeks,” he stated. “It’s been 30 years. That should be enough.”
For the first 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 solely exceptions will likely be Greece and Japan. As 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 staff), biking (males’s highway race), fencing (girls’s epee, males’s sabre), judo (girls’s -48kg, males’s -60kg), taking pictures (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 highway 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 large open. Britain’s four-man staff includes Tao Geoghegan Hart, Geraint Thomas, Adam Yates and Simon Yates.
Britain’s girls’s soccer staff, who beat Chile 2-0 in their opening match, face hosts Japan at 11:30. Watch for Japan captain Saki Kumagai, who helped her nation to Olympic silver in 2012 and World Cup gold a 12 months earlier. She’s thought of one in all the finest gamers Japan has ever produced.
It’s males’s qualification day in creative gymnastics from 02:00 till 14:00. Britain’s males, fifth at 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. Expect Olympic and world champion Adam Peaty in the heats of the males’s 100m breaststroke at about 13:00.
Seonaid McIntosh might be a contender in the girls’s 10m air rifle (concluding about 08:00), by which she received a World Cup silver medal in 2019. This is anticipated to be the first gold medal awarded at Tokyo 2020.
At 10:30, Team GB’s males’s hockey gamers start their Olympic marketing campaign towards South Africa.
Earlier, from 00:30-04:30, rowing’s second morning of heats sees Helen Glover and Polly Swann in the girls’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 referred to as a “highly 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 amongst the big-hitters in the males’s event. The girls’s occasion is your solely probability to see Mongolia in a staff sport at Tokyo 2020.
From 03:00, the Olympic tennis event begins. Depending on the order of play, Saturday or Sunday will likely be your first alternative to see famous person Naomi Osaka take to the courtroom for hosts Japan in the girls’s singles.
In girls’s hockey, Ireland play South Africa from 13:15. It’s the first time Ireland’s girls have certified for the Olympic hockey event.
The biking highway race route takes in a few of the slopes of Mount Fuji, which hosts a 14-kilometre climb as the race strikes towards its climax. The race finishes at the Fuji Speedway, the place James Hunt received the 1976 F1 World Championship. The route normally is taken into account mountainous and favours climbers, whereas warmth might be an element, too. Average each day July highs in Tokyo are about 30C.
Sunday, 25 July – day two
Medal occasions: 18
Archery (girls’s staff), biking (girls’s highway race), diving (girls’s 3m synchro), fencing (girls’s foil, males’s epee), judo (girls’s -52kg, males’s -66kg), taking pictures (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. Expect the climax at about 13:00. Jones in the -57kg class and China’s Wu Jingyu in the -49kg class are every attempting to grow to be the first three-time Olympic taekwondo champions, in a sport that has been bumped up the Olympic schedule to the first week due to its huge Asian viewers.
Meanwhile, 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 Team GB’s hopes in the girls’s biking highway race (05:00-09:30), the place she’ll be racing with team-mate Anna Shackley. The Dutch staff, led by Annemiek van Vleuten and 2012 Olympic champion Marianne Vos – each four-time Olympians – will take some stopping.
In the pool, the first medal occasions see Japan’s Daiya Seto go for gold in the males’s 400m particular person medley (02:30-04:20). He has three world titles to his identify in the occasion however may solely end third at Rio 2016. Also control 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 below 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 staff 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 girls play Germany at 01:30.
In diving, Grace Reid and Katherine Torrance are Britain’s contenders for 3m synchro gold.
One of the greatest names in the world of skateboarding, Nyjah Huston, is anticipated to star on the sport’s Olympic debut in the males’s road contest (01:00-06:00). Huston, from the US, has 4 world titles and greater than a dozen X Games golds in the self-discipline.
Meanwhile, one in all the greatest names in the world of sport will make her first look at Tokyo 2020. Simone Biles, the most embellished US gymnast of all time, will lead her staff in girls’s qualifying (02:00-14:00). So far, the 24-year-old has 4 Olympic titles and a bronze medal to her identify. All 4 of Britain’s feminine creative gymnasts are making their Olympic debuts: Alice Kinsella, Amelie Morgan, and twin sisters Jennifer and Jessica Gadirova.
Don’t count on fireworks between China’s Sun Yang and Australia’s Mack Horton in the males’s 400m freestyle, after Horton referred to as Sun a “drug cheat” at Rio 2016 then refused to share a podium with him in 2019 – neither of them made it to Tokyo. Sun is serving a ban for breaking anti-doping guidelines whereas Horton failed to make the Australian staff in the occasion.
Caeleb Dressel will likely be always in contrast to Michael Phelps at these Olympics. With Phelps now out of the image, Dressel stands to grow to be Team USA’s subsequent Olympic star in the pool. He received two relay golds at Rio 2016 and has added 13 world titles to his identify since then. Tokyo’s swimming schedule runs in reverse formation – finals in the morning, heats for subsequent occasions in the night native time – so look ahead to Dressel in the males’s 4x100m freestyle relay heats at about 13:00.
Surfing seems in Sunday’s schedule, however with an asterisk: all of it is dependent upon wave situations. Organisers have put 4 backup days in the calendar as the sport makes its Olympic debut. All being properly, Sunday will function the first and second rounds of each the males’s and girls’s occasions. (No British surfers certified for Tokyo 2020.)
There are two varieties of skateboarding on present at this 12 months’s Olympics: road and park. Street 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 staff), creative gymnastics (males’s staff), 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), taking pictures (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 (blended doubles), taekwondo (girls’s -67kg, males’s -80kg), triathlon (males), weightlifting (girls’s 55kg).
Just after 03:00, Adam Peaty embarks on his mission to full 5 years of complete domination in the males’s 100m breaststroke. He has set world document after world document and received two world titles since his gold medal at Rio 2016 – can he sew up Tokyo gold to go along with it?
It wasn’t to be for one more of Team GB’s Rio 2016 champions. Alistair Brownlee was not chosen for the British triathlon staff in Tokyo, however that creates a chance for youthful brother Jonny Brownlee, who has twice completed behind his brother on the podium, in London and Rio. The males’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.
At the diving pool, Tom Daley begins his fourth Olympics. He’s paired with Olympic debutant Matty Lee in the males’s 10m synchro occasion, by which Daley received bronze with Daniel Goodfellow in Rio 5 years in the past. The remaining runs from 07:00 to 08:00.
Britain’s gymnasts completed fourth in the males’s staff occasion in Rio, edged off the podium 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 in the squad for the staff occasion.
The lone Team GB fencer at Tokyo 2020 is Marcus Mepstead. On Monday, he has an out of doors probability of a medal in the males’s foil occasion (01:00-08:20). Mepstead received world silver in the occasion two years in the past.
In taekwondo, Britain’s consultant in the girls’s -67kg is Lauren Williams (02:00-14:30, two periods). Williams has two European titles to her identify however was defeated by Croatia’s Matea Jelic on this 12 months’s European remaining.
Adam Burgess will hope to be concerned in 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 likely be aiming for gold in the males’s mountain bike cross nation (07:00-09:00). The 21-year-old, who has additionally shone on the highway this season, has recovered from a damaged collarbone.
There’s no Olympic soccer on Monday however rugby sevens kicks into gear with Britain’s males taking part in twice, first towards Canada after 01:00 then towards hosts Japan after 08:30. Team GB will likely be favourites in every of these video games. Overall, the likes of New Zealand, Fiji and South Africa will likely be hoping to win the event.
In hockey, Britain’s males and girls are each in motion. The GB males play Canada at 03:45 and the girls face South Africa at 10:30.
Rowing reaches the semi-final stage in the double sculls and quarter-finals in the single sculls (01:00-03:20).
It’s not all Peaty in the pool. The girls’s 400m freestyle remaining, which follows instantly after Peaty’s remaining at about 03:20, may 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 in the 2019 World Championships. This will not be Ledecky’s signature occasion – which is over 800m – so Monday could also be Titmus’ finest probability of victory.
Skateboarding strikes to the girls’s road occasion (01:00-05:55), the place Brazilian five-time X Games champion Leticia Bufoni will likely be one in all the greatest names. If you are ready for Sky Brown, who’ll make her Team 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.
Table tennis provides an Olympic blended doubles occasion for the first time (medal matches 12:00-14:10). That could also be excellent news for China, winners of 28 out of 32 gold medals since desk tennis was launched to the Games in 1988. Sixteen groups will strive 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 one in all the most stunning, numerous and difficult ever created at an Olympics. Watch out for a surprising TV shot that exhibits riders “jumping” over Mount Fuji utilizing a digital camera mounted at simply the proper angle.
Tuesday, 27 July – day 4
Medal occasions: 22
Artistic gymnastics (girls’s staff), canoe slalom (girls’s K1), biking (girls’s cross-country mountain bike), diving (girls’s 10m synchro), equestrian (dressage staff), fencing (girls’s staff epee), judo (girls’s -63kg, males’s -81kg), rowing (girls’s quad sculls, males’s quad sculls), taking pictures (10m air rifle blended staff, 10m air pistol blended staff), 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).
Team GB head into the girls’s triathlon (22:30 Monday to 01:00 Tuesday) with one in all the 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 probably going to be one in all the trio’s 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 identify since taking bronze at Rio 2016. She additionally received European gold in April. Meanwhile, Mahama Cho beat Lutalo Muhammad to choice for Team GB in the males’s +80kg class, which additionally takes place on Tuesday.
Duncan Scott will likely be one in all GB’s busiest swimmers, with six completely different occasions to his identify in Tokyo. On Tuesday, he’ll hope to line up in the males’s 200m freestyle remaining (02:45). He picked up world bronze in the occasion in 2019.
At Tokyo’s Ariake Gymnastics Centre, one in all the Olympics’ greatest TV audiences will likely be anticipated for the girls’s staff remaining (11:45-14:10). There’s no query that the United States, led by Simone Biles, are the favourites. Can Britain, sixth at the final World Championships, make it into the remaining and discover a approach to problem for a medal?
Team GB’s remaining girls’s soccer group sport is towards Canada at 12:00. In a difficult group additionally that includes hosts Japan, it might be make-or-break for qualification from the group stage.
At 09:30, Britain’s dressage riders will hope to problem for medals in the staff remaining. The three-person staff 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 likely be wanting 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 received the European title collectively in 2018, when Cheng was simply 15 years previous.
The girls’s K1 canoe slalom remaining (06:00-09:00) may function GB’s Kimberley Woods.
Rowing reaches its first finals: the girls’s and males’s quadruple sculls (00:30-04:00). Team GB has crews in every occasion who, whereas not main medal prospects, might be contenders in fields which might be pretty open.
In hockey, Britain’s males face Germany at 02:00, whereas in rugby sevens Team GB face Fiji earlier than the knockout video games start.
It will not simply be Brits watching the males’s 200m freestyle remaining (02:45) with curiosity. Japan’s Katsuhiro Matsumoto took world silver in the occasion in 2019 and the winner that day, China’s Sun, is serving a suspension throughout Tokyo 2020. That may clear a path for Matsumoto, who lowered his Japanese document earlier this 12 months, though Britain’s Scott has since gone quicker.
Later on Tuesday (1200-14:30), the hosts will hope to have involvement in the Olympic softball remaining. Japan shocked the United States by successful the final Olympic softball remaining 3-1 in 2008 – the US had received all three Olympic titles main up to that.
Zambia are the lowest-ranked staff in the Olympic girls’s soccer event at 104th, slightly below the likes of Tahiti and the Cook Islands. Having upset Cameroon to earn a spot at Tokyo 2020, the Copper Queens tackle Brazil (seventh in the world) in the group stage at 12:30 on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Angola’s girls’s handball staff have maintained a powerful 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 guide, earlier this 12 months). They play Norway at 11:30.
Wednesday, 28 July – day 5
Medal occasions: 23
Artistic 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 staff 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 received the Olympic coxless 4 contest on the previous 5 events. This time, the quartet of Sholto Carnegie, Oliver Cook, Rory Gibbs and Matthew Rossiter enter having positioned third at the previous two World Championships. But the boats forward of them modified every time, so the discipline may nonetheless be large open. The race is scheduled for 02:10.
The males’s rugby sevens event reaches the medal matches (08:30-11:00). Team GB took silver 5 years in the past after shedding to Fiji in the 2016 Olympic remaining, whereas Japan completed fourth. The hosts will likely be hoping to attain the podium this time round.
Road biking returns to the Fuji Speedway for the males’s and girls’s time trials (03:30-09:40). Geraint Thomas might be Britain’s finest hope of a medal. He races alongside Tao Geoghegan Hart in the males’s occasion, whereas Anna Shackley competes for GB in the girls’s occasion.
Jack Laugher and new accomplice Daniel Goodfellow will strive to retain the males’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 at 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 likely be making an attempt to win a 3rd successive particular person dressage Olympic title (09:30-13:25).
At the pool, it is males’s 4x200m freestyle relay time. The remaining is due off simply after 04:20. Britain, the 2017 world champions, completed fifth at the final world championships in 2019, however barely greater than a second cut up the high 5 groups.
Gemma Howell, a 2018 European bronze medallist, competes on Wednesday in the girls’s judo -70kg class (03:00-11:50).
In hockey, Britain’s girls face India (02:00) adopted by Ireland towards Germany. India’s girls knocked out the US in qualifying to attain the Olympic hockey event for under the third time, after 1980 and 2016. England, the highest-ranked of the residence nations, are fifth in hockey’s girls’s world rankings, whereas India are ninth.
Team USA’s Katie Ledecky could discover herself in not one however two finals on Wednesday: the girls’s 200m freestyle (02:42) and 1500m freestyle (03:51). The shorter of these distances may properly be one other battle towards Australia’s Ariarne Titmus. Ledecky received the 200m in Rio and has three world titles over 1500m.
The males’s all-around gymnastics remaining (11:15-14:10) was received by Japan’s Kohei Uchimura in 2016 however he is specializing in the particular person excessive bar contest this 12 months, which clears the approach for a brand new champion. Max Whitlock was the bronze medallist for Team 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 at 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 sport 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 staff. It’s the first time they’ve reached an Olympic baseball event since 1992, though the sport wasn’t contested in London or Rio. Japan, which has a thriving home baseball scene, has solely as soon as reached the Olympic baseball remaining, shedding to Cuba in 1996.
If the climate and waves have been type, this will likely be medal day in males’s and girls’s browsing. Japan’s Kanoa Igarashi has a sentimental connection to the venue, Tsurigasaki Beach – it is the place his dad did plenty of browsing, rising up, earlier than the household moved to the United States. Carissa Moore is taken into account a gold-medal contender for the US in the girls’s occasion.
3×3 basketball concludes on Wednesday. Though the US normally locations nice emphasis on Olympic basketball – consider the Dream Team in 1992 – Team USA failed to qualify for the males’s contest, the first 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 staff reaches 21 factors. You rating one level for making a basket, or two for those who shoot efficiently from past the arc.
Thursday, 29 July – day six
Medal occasions: 17
Artistic gymnastics (girls’s all-around), canoe slalom (girls’s C1), fencing (girls’s staff 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), taking pictures (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 may, after 4 years away from the sport, return to the high step of a rowing podium on Thursday if she and Polly Swann win the girls’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 remaining, Britain’s girls’s hockey staff play the Netherlands at 11:00. Team GB pulled off a surprising victory in 2016 with goalkeeper Maddie Hinch the penalty shoot-out hero. The Dutch, thought of the finest staff in the world this 12 months, will need revenge. (Coincidentally, Britain’s males additionally play the Netherlands in hockey on Thursday at 04:15, which might be a key group sport.)
If she wins the girls’s all-around remaining (11:50-14:05), Simone Biles would grow to be the first lady in additional than half a century to retain that gymnastics title at the Olympics. Even for an athlete already thought of the best her sport could have ever seen, that will be some achievement. It’s arduous to see who stands in her approach.
GB’s Mallory Franklin, the 2017 world champion in the girls’s C1 slalom canoe, will hope to go for gold in the occasion’s Olympic remaining at the Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre (06:00-08:45).
The males’s 200m breaststroke remaining (02:45) might be a chance for Ross Murdoch and James Wilby, each have European medals in the occasion. It may, 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 type. Commonwealth champion Alys Thomas has a shot in the girls’s 200m butterfly (03:27).
Beyond the girls’s pair, look out for the GB light-weight girls’s double scull at the rowing (02:10). Emily Craig and Imogen Grant had been the world bronze medallists in 2019.
At the taking pictures, lure finals day (01:00-08:55) sees three Brits in motion. Matthew Coward-Holley and Aaron Heading are in the males’s occasion, whereas Kirsty Hegarty is Team GB’s consultant in the girls’s occasion. Coward-Holley is the 2019 world champion – the first Briton to win a world title in a person Olympic shotgun self-discipline.
Women’s sevens begins (01:00-11:30) with GB going through the Russian Olympic Committee’s staff, then New Zealand. Both will likely 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 opponents.
Potential successor to Michael Phelps’ crown Caeleb Dressel needs to be again for the US in the 100m freestyle remaining (03:35). Rio champion Kyle Chalmers, of Australia, has had damage hassle however delivered his quickest time in two years in the run-up to the Games.
Ireland 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 in the occasion at Rio 2016. Paul is again for Tokyo 2020 with new accomplice Fintan McCarthy.
Women’s singles desk tennis usually means an all-Chinese remaining, 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 Song-I – one in all 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).
In the previous, two of the 12 fencing occasions had to miss out at every Olympics. In Rio, girls’s staff foil was a kind 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 staff 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 all 4 for males’s Olympic golf at Kasumigaseki Country Club, 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 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 (girls’s particular person), athletics (males’s 10,000m), badminton (blended doubles), canoe slalom (males’s K1), biking (girls’s BMX racing, males’s BMX racing), fencing (males’s staff epee), judo (girls’s +78kg, males’s +100kg), rowing (girls’s single sculls, males’s single sculls, girls’s eight, males’s eight), taking pictures (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 remaining).
Athletics begins in Tokyo with males’s excessive bounce 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 remaining 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 outstanding gold medal. That might not be straightforward to replicate: the Brits had been solely third at the 2019 world championships. Events get below approach at 00:45 and run till 02:55, together with Vicky Thornley in the girls’s single sculls. The US may win a fourth consecutive gold in the girls’s eight.
Women’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 Page sprang into second place. This 12 months’s girls’s occasion (05:00-07:30) sees Page, the first Briton ever to win an Olympic trampoline medal, joined by Laura Gallagher.
Athletics could also be below approach however there isn’t any Mo Farah – the London and Rio 10,000m champion will not seem in 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 Team GB.
Speaking of lacking Rio champions, Joe Clarke was not chosen for Tokyo 2020 so will not have the opportunity to defend his 2016 Olympic canoe slalom K1 title. Bradley Forbes-Cryans, a 2018 world champion alongside Clarke and Christopher Bowers in the K1 staff occasion, races for GB as an alternative (06:00-09:00).
In swimming, British hopes on Friday embody Luke Greenbank, a 2019 world bronze medallist in the males’s 200m backstroke (02:40) and Freya Anderson, who’ll be attempting to attain the girls’s 100m freestyle remaining (03:25).
Eventing begins with two days of particular person and staff dressage (00:30-12:10). Laura Collett, Tom McEwen and Oliver Townend make up a British staff hoping to change issues after Team 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 in the girls’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 resolution, will hope to be in motion as the males’s welterweight division is amongst boxing occasions reaching their quarter-finals on Friday (03:00-12:10).
Women’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. Ireland’s girls play India at 03:45.
Men’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 flip 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 residence 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 will likely be given out (02:00-04:20). GB’s Kye Whyte was fifth at the 2019 world championships. The US will, nevertheless, be wanting to Connor Fields – the defending Olympic champion – to lead a sweep of the males’s and girls’s races. Colombian two-time Olympic gold medallist Mariana Pajon stands in the approach of American Alise Willoughby in the girls’s occasion.
The first tennis medals to be determined will are available in males’s doubles on Friday (04:00-12:00) whereas the males’s singles occasion reaches the semi-final stage. The top-ranked males’s doubles pairing in the world are Croatia’s Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic.
China’s grasp on the badminton medal desk might be slipping. Mixed doubles pair Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong are thought of favourites to win Olympic gold in Tokyo, however Japan – which began making inroads into China’s dominance in 2016 – may problem them on residence 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. Meanwhile, GB’s Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith are thought of 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, girls’s 100m), badminton (males’s doubles), fencing (girls’s staff sabre), judo (blended staff), rugby sevens (girls), crusing (girls’s RS:X, males’s RS:X), taking pictures (lure blended staff, girls’s 50m rifle 3 positions), swimming (males’s 100m fly, girls’s 200m again, girls’s 800m free, blended 4x100m medley relay), tennis (girls’s singles), trampoline (males), triathlon (blended relay), weightlifting (males’s 81kg, males’s 96kg).
Dina Asher-Smith will likely be hoping to line up for Britain in the remaining of the girls’s 100m (13:50), an occasion by 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. Also be careful for the 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 girls on every staff should in flip swim for 300m, cycle for eight kilometres, then run for 2 kilometres. The complete factor is over in lower than 90 minutes. GB had been third at the newest world championship.
The girls’s singles remaining might be an enormous second for host-nation hero Naomi Osaka if she makes it that far. Serena and Venus Williams are amongst the names not competing in the Olympic event and that will make Osaka’s route simpler. Expect one in all Japan’s greatest moments at their residence Games if she reaches Saturday’s remaining (04:00-12:00 alongside different matches).
Women’s sevens concludes on Saturday. Britain’s girls had been fourth in Rio 5 years in the past, shedding to New Zealand then Canada as they narrowly missed the podium. There’s motion from 01:00 till 11:00.
It’s a big day for blended relays. In 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 United States. Ben Proud is probably going to function for GB in the males’s 50m freestyle semi-finals simply beforehand.
In taking pictures, Seonaid McIntosh takes on an occasion the place she has demonstrated she will win main worldwide titles: the girls’s 50m rifle 3 positions (04:00-09:10), the place opponents shoot whereas kneeling, then mendacity down, and lastly whereas standing. Meanwhile, the blended lure staff occasion will function GB’s three lure 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.
Five years in the past, the males’s discus introduced a Harting-to-Harting second in Rio. For the first time in Olympic historical past, one brother succeeded one other as champion of the similar occasion when Germany’s Christoph Harting received gold, 4 years after brother Robert Harting did the similar. 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 remaining runs from 12:15 to 13:25.
Not wanting to miss out on all the blended motion, judo launches its blended staff occasion on Saturday (03:00-11:50). This is new for Tokyo 2020 and entails groups of six athletes – your staff has to win no less than 4-2 towards the different nation to progress. A 3-3 draw means a ‘golden rating’ contest to discover a winner.
The first crusing medals of Tokyo 2020 are selected Saturday in the RS:X windsurfing class. Tom Squires is racing for GB in the males’s occasion. In the girls’s racing, 22-year-old Emma Wilson could have to end fifth or greater to be the finest 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
Artistic gymnastics (males’s ground, girls’s vault, males’s pommel horse, girls’s uneven bars), athletics (girls’s shot put, males’s excessive bounce, girls’s triple bounce, males’s 100m), badminton (girls’s singles), biking (girls’s BMX freestyle, males’s BMX freestyle), diving (girls’s 3m springboard), fencing (males’s staff 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, blended doubles), weightlifting (girls’s 76kg).
For the first time since 2004, a males’s 100m remaining (13:50) will happen at the Olympics with out Usain Bolt. Who will present the drama this time? The US has Noah Lyles although he could also be a fair 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 about to lead 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 received by Max Whitlock in 2016. Whitlock is the world champion on pommel horse, whereas Ireland’s Rhys McClenaghan will likely be in Tokyo after successful world bronze in the similar occasion two years in the past. The girls’s vault (09:45) is one in all the Olympics’ extra spectacular occasions – count on fireworks from Simone Biles.
Earlier in the day, count on the return of Adam Peaty as Britain strive to flip their males’s 4x100m medley relay world title into an Olympic gold (03:30). Their nearest challengers in 2019 had been the United States and Russia. From 02:30 watch the 50m freestyle finals to see the world’s quickest sprinters in a one-length dash for glory, presumably that includes GB’s Ben Proud and Anna Hopkin.
The males’s singles remaining leads a packed day of tennis (04:00-12:00) with the girls’s doubles and blended doubles finals additionally to come.
It’s additionally the remaining spherical of the males’s golf event (consequence anticipated round 08:00). Hideki Matsuyama, the first 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 girls’s shot put remaining, starting at 02:35, will function Britain’s Sophie McKinna, who set a brand new indoor private finest at the begin of this 12 months.
BMX freestyle (02:10-04:50) is new for Tokyo 2020. While you have seen common BMX racing at the Olympics earlier than, the freestyle occasion focuses as an alternative on a minute-long sequence of methods and abilities. GB’s Charlotte Worthington gave up a profession as a chef to practice full-time when freestyle was added to the Olympics, and 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 first 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 Young (Laser Radial), who’s attempting to enhance on an eighth-place end in Rio after she broke her ankle in the build-up to these Games.
Grace Reid dives for Britain as a 2018 European champion in the 3m springboard occasion (07:00) alongside team-mate Scarlett Mew Jensen.
Men’s hockey reaches the quarter-final stage.
Qatar have by no means received an Olympic title however that might change in the males’s excessive bounce (11:10-13:00), the place the first man ever to efficiently defend the excessive bounce world title – Mutaz Barshim – will compete. Maksim Nedasekau, from Belarus, will likely be one in all Barshim’s big 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 better of build-ups. In a Latin American duel, she’s possible 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, may 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 in 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 influence. The cross-country will run early in the Tokyo morning (23:45 Saturday to 03:10 Sunday UK time) and over a shortened course to shield the well being of people and horses. It’s not the first time that change has been made: Beijing 2008’s cross-country course was equally shortened.
Monday, 2 August – day 10
Medal occasions: 22
Artistic gymnastics (males’s rings, girls’s ground, males’s vault), athletics (males’s lengthy bounce, 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 staff dash), equestrian (eventing staff, eventing particular person), crusing (49er FX girls, 49er males), taking pictures (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 observe biking begins with qualifying in the staff pursuits and the complete girls’s staff dash competitors (07:30-10:30). There’s no British illustration in that occasion, the place Germany and Australia are amongst the favourites, however each GB pursuit groups will likely be in motion.
Eventing reaches its climax with the staff and particular person gold medals being awarded (09:00-14:25). Britain are present holders of the staff world title though solely Tom McEwen from that success is heading to Tokyo (Piggy March, additionally in the world gold medal-winning staff, is a Tokyo alternate for Team GB). McEwen will likely be joined in the staff occasion by Oliver Townend and Laura Collett.
The big athletics occasion of the day is the girls’s 5,000m (13:40-14:00). Eilish McColgan, who not too long ago broke Paula Radcliffe’s British document, leads Team 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.
Women’s soccer reaches the semi-final stage with video games at 09:00 and 12:00.
Monday’s crusing contains medal races in the girls’s 49er FX and males’s 49er (04:00-10:00). Saskia Tidey, who sailed for Ireland at Rio 2016, will as an alternative symbolize GB at Tokyo 2020 alongside Charlotte Dobson in 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 type.
Women’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 in the 200m (02:30-03:20) and Laura Muir in the early levels of the 1500m (01:35-02:05).
The girls’s 100m hurdles (03:50) presents an opportunity at redemption for Keni Harrison after a five-year wait. Harrison failed to acquire choice for Team USA at Rio 2016 regardless of occurring to break the world document simply days earlier than the Olympics. At Tokyo 2020, Harrison will lead the US problem and can count on 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 likely be watching from residence 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 one in all the Olympics’ defining pictures of power 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.
Meanwhile, the girls’s ground occasion (09:45) is one other probability for a Simone Biles masterclass. GB’s Jessica Gadirova enters Tokyo 2020 as the 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 males’s gold for hosts Japan in the face of stiff Chinese competitors. China’s double Olympic champion Lin Dan retired final 12 months, however Chen Long may emulate Lin in successful back-to-back titles if he provides a Tokyo victory to his Rio gold.
Artistic swimming, previously often known as synchronised swimming, begins on Monday (11:30-13:45). This and rhythmic gymnastics are the two Olympic sports activities by which solely girls compete. There’s a duet occasion with two athletes and a staff occasion with eight. Swimmers are judged on technical and creative benefit and should not allowed to contact the backside or sides of the pool. Russia have received each out there Olympic gold medal in creative swimming since Sydney 2000.
Tuesday, 3 August – day 11
Medal occasions: 22
Artistic gymnastics (males’s parallel bars, girls’s beam, males’s horizontal bar), athletics (girls’s lengthy bounce, 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 staff pursuit, males’s staff dash), diving (males’s 3m springboard), crusing (blended 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) might be a part of a big day for Team 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 in the world this 12 months, US sprinter Gabby Thomas.
This might be Britain’s second in the velodrome, too. Both Laura and Jason Kenny will likely be in motion as the girls’s staff pursuit (09:05) and males’s staff dash (09:35) medals are determined. Laura Kenny has received the staff pursuit at two Olympics in a row. Jason Kenny has received the staff dash at each Games since Beijing 2008.
Jack Laugher, in contrast, had to accept second place in diving’s 3m springboard occasion in 2016. Tuesday brings his probability to go one higher (07:00-08:30). At the 2019 World Championships, he led heading into the remaining spherical earlier than finally selecting up bronze.
There are big medal alternatives on the water for Britain, too. Giles Scott, a Rio Olympic champion, defends his title in the Finn class medal race (06:30-07:00). He’s a five-time world champion in the occasion. In the blended Nacra 17 class (07:30-08:00) Britain’s John Gimson and Anna Burnet are the 2020 world champions.
Meanwhile, boxing arms out its first medals. Pat McCormack, the 2019 world silver medallist in the males’s welterweight division, will hope to attain the Tokyo remaining (11:05). Earlier in the day, girls’s featherweight world bronze medallist Karriss Artingstall might be in motion (05:05).
As if there weren’t sufficient alternatives above, Joe Fraser is an actual medal risk for GB on the remaining day of creative gymnastics. Fraser was the 2019 world champion on parallel bars and that remaining begins at 09:00. Immediately after that you could count on Simone Biles in the beam remaining and Japan’s Kohei Uchimura may produce one thing particular in the final occasion, the spectacular males’s horizontal bar remaining.
Showjumping begins (11:00-14:45) with three Britons in motion: Ben Maher and Scott Brash, who every helped GB to a primary showjumping staff 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 may but contain Team GB.
The girls’s 800m remaining (13:25) is an opportunity to watch Uganda’s Halimah Nakaayi, who carried out a victory dance with team-mate Winnie Nanyondo after successful world gold in 2019. They had been the first Ugandan girls to attain a middle-distance world remaining. GB’s Laura Muir withdrew from the 800m to focus on the 1500m, so Keely Hodgkinson and Jemma Reekie are joined by Alexandra Bell in the British contingent.
The males’s 400m hurdles (03:20) might be one in all Tokyo’s most entertaining finals as a number of stars bid to succeed Kerron Clement, who received gold in Rio however is not in the US staff this time. Norwegian world champion Karsten Warholm is at the high of the checklist, having damaged the 400m hurdles world document – which was 29 years previous – at the begin of July.
Brazil’s Thiago Braz delivered one in all Rio’s defining pictures when he received the 2016 host nation’s solely athletics gold medal in the males’s pole vault (11:20). Braz hasn’t reached a serious podium since however may nonetheless be a contender in Tokyo, the place the important risk 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 will likely be the athlete who performs finest throughout all three. Speed climbing will see athletes race head-to-head to tag a buzzer at the high of a climb, bouldering means navigating units of climbs with out a rope that emphasise bodily and gymnastic capacity, and lead climbing will measure how far athletes stand up a taller wall with every handhold incomes a degree. 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
Artistic 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 staff 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 at the time). Both 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’s just a few years since GB’s observe cyclists received the males’s staff 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 at the previous three Games, is again in the staff for Tokyo. Denmark received the final world title in a world document time, whereas Australia are perennial contenders.
In Rio, Nick Skelton turned the first Briton ever to win particular person showjumping Olympic gold. (He was 58 at the time, greater than 4 occasions Sky Brown’s age in Tokyo.) Skelton retired the following 12 months however Ben Maher might be amongst the 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 accomplice Eilidh McIntyre in 2019 and will likely be hoping Wednesday’s medal race (07:30-08:00) brings residence one other Olympic gold.
Adam Gemili was fourth in the males’s 200m (13:55) at the World Championships two years in the past having led late in the race. American Noah Lyles, although, has emerged as the more than likely 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 remaining at 07:35. Cuba’s Arlen Lopez, who has moved division since successful middleweight gold in Rio 5 years in the past, might be a risk.
Britain has one probability of successful a medal on climbing‘s Olympic debut: Shauna Coxsey in the girls’s mixed occasion. The world bronze medallist begins her problem in qualifying from 09:00 to 14:40.
Women’s hockey reaches the semi-final stage, with video games at 02:30 and 11:00.
The girls’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 elevate of 485kg in April this 12 months is the highest complete recorded in the sport’s historical past. That’s roughly the weight 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 will likely be used to guarantee the water high quality in 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 grow to be the first black lady to swim for Britain at 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, 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 staff), wrestling (girls’s freestyle 57kg, males’s freestyle 57kg, males’s freestyle 86kg).
Katarina Johnson-Thompson‘s two-day heptathlon quest comes to 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 critical Achilles damage however she’s nonetheless anticipated to mount a critical medal problem. Her 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 remaining at 03:25. Heath has since added two world titles however Hungary’s Sandor Totka is shaping up to be a formidable rival.
The males’s hockey remaining begins at 11:00. Britain are nonetheless ready to attain the Olympic males’s podium on this sport for the first time since successful the title in 1988. Hosts Japan have solely made the remaining as soon as earlier than, in 1932 – helped that 12 months by the reality solely three groups entered in the first place.
Matthew Walls will trip for GB in observe 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 in the future’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 at the final world championships and fifth in Rio, competes in 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 received an Olympic qualifier in Portugal to e-book his place. Pardoe’s coaching regime contains swimming 90km per week.
In boxing, world bronze medallist Peter McGrail will hope to battle for GB as the medals are determined in the males’s featherweight division (07:35).
Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix and Lois Toulson dive for GB in the girls’s 10m platform occasion (07:00-08:30).
Ashton Eaton has retired after successful the decathlon in 2012 and 2016, so the crown in the 10-event athletics bonanza is up for grabs. Contenders embody France’s Kevin Mayer, Canadian Damian Warner, German world champion Niklas Kaul and Estonia’s Maicel Uibo are all in the combine. The deciding 1500m race begins at 13:40.
Meanwhile, the males’s shot put remaining (03:05-04:15) will function Ryan Crouser, the American who broke the occasion’s 31-year-old world document in the weeks main up to the Games. Crouser appropriately described breaking that document as “a huge 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 successful the world title in 2019, his breakthrough 12 months. Reynolds’ favorite coaching method is rock working: selecting up a heavy rock then utilizing it to run, weighed down, alongside the ocean ground off the coast of Hawaii.
Karate is one in all the remaining sports activities to get below approach in Tokyo (02:00-13:40) because it makes its Olympic debut. There are two disciplines. In kata, you compete by yourself and exhibit offensive and defensive strikes towards a digital opponent. You rating factors for method, timing and athleticism. In kumite, which not like kata is split into weight courses, you spar towards 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), seaside 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), fashionable pentathlon (girls), sport climbing (girls), desk tennis (males’s staff), wrestling (girls’s freestyle 53kg, males’s freestyle 74kg, males’s freestyle 125kg).
Women’s soccer reaches its Olympic remaining at 03:00. The United States have received 4 of the six Olympic girls’s soccer tournaments, and Team GB have by no means reached the podium. In equity, they’ve solely entered a staff as soon as earlier than: London 2012, the place Canada beat them 2-0 in the quarter-finals. Will that document change this 12 months? The US are the world’s primary staff with Germany second heading into Tokyo 2020.
In hockey, it is a completely different story. Britain clinched Olympic gold in dramatic trend in 2016, successful a late-night penalty shootout towards the Netherlands in Rio. But issues have not been really easy for the residence nations since. England, overwhelmed 2-0 by the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of 2018’s World Cup, at the moment are ranked fifth in the world and the Dutch have been dominant. The remaining takes place on Friday from 11:00.
Laura Muir has been there or thereabouts for a medal in the girls’s 1500m (13:50) for years with out managing to attain the podium at outside 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 Faith Kipyegon could also be tough to dislodge from the high step of the podium – the Rio champion lowered her nationwide document simply earlier than this 12 months’s Games.
At the velodrome, the madison has been restored to the Olympic programme (the males’s madison was dropped after 2008, whereas the girls’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 may in all probability be counting on the commentators to observe what’s occurring. Katie Archibald and Laura Kenny trip in the madison for GB at 09:15.
Friday might be Shauna Coxsey’s big day after years of build-up to the Olympic debut of her sport, climbing (10:30-14:20). Expect her to excel in the velocity and bouldering sections, that means her success may rely upon how she handles the lead climbing, which measures how far up a wall she will get. The big unknown is how she has recovered from a persistent again damage. Slovenia’s Janja Garnbret is extensively anticipated to take gold.
Everybody loves the drama of an excellent 4x100m relay (14:30-14:50), the observe equal of a penalty shootout. Names might be made, heroes and villains created in 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 males had been world champions two years earlier.
In boxing, Cheavon Clarke is Britain’s heavyweight hope. Clarke competed for Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games seven years in the past however has since switched allegiance, incomes a European bronze medal in 2019. The heavyweight remaining is at 07:05.
Generally talking, seaside volleyball has been dominated at the Olympics by the United States and Brazil – each being nations the place taking part in volleyball on a seaside has a sure enchantment. But that is altering. Three of the previous 4 world titles in the girls’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 illuminate 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 different 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 complement the efficiency. Russia dominates rhythmic gymnastics – this 12 months, Dina and Arina Averina may pressure statisticians to lookup the final time, if ever, twins took first and second place in a summer season Olympic particular person occasion.
Perennially one in all the least penetrable Olympic sports activities, fashionable pentathlon’s girls’s occasion takes place on Friday. In a nutshell, athletes swim, fence and trip a horse to find yourself with a factors rating that provides them a time handicap for a remaining occasion that is a bit like the Winter Olympics sport of biathlon: they need to run a cross-country course whereas sometimes taking pictures at targets. The first one over the line 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, typically with sudden penalties. A horse named Pingping had an notorious meltdown at Beijing 2008, destroying the hopes of Belarusian rider Yahor Lapo.
Despite pentathlon’s unlikely line-up of disciplines – designed to replicate the abilities a soldier may need wanted a century in the past – Britain has a effective pedigree in 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. Events run from 06:30 to 12:15.
Saturday, 7 August – day 15
Medal occasions: 34
Artistic swimming (staff), athletics (girls’s marathon, girls’s excessive bounce, girls’s 10,000m, males’s javelin, males’s 1500m, girls’s 4x400m relay, males’s 4x400m relay), baseball, basketball (males), seaside 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 staff), soccer (males), golf (girls), handball (males), karate (girls’s kumite +61kg, males’s kumite +75kg), fashionable pentathlon (males), rhythmic gymnastics (particular person), volleyball (males), water polo (girls), wrestling (girls’s freestyle 50kg, males’s freestyle 65kg, males’s freestyle 97kg).
More than 30 gold medals can be found on Saturday so there’s going to be motion nearly anyplace you look. The males’s soccer remaining (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 at the previous 4 Games. Hosts Japan reached the bronze-medal sport in London 9 years in the past and will hope to do higher in 2021.
Tom Daley has what might be his final alternative to declare 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 May.
Athletics options the males’s and girls’s 4x400m relays (13:30-14:00). The US received each these titles at the 2019 World Championships. Britain’s girls had been lower than a second off the podium that 12 months – the males acquired a DNF after a baton handoff catastrophe.
It’s the remaining 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 fashionable pentathlon (06:30-12:15) options Team GB’s Jamie Cooke, the 2018 world and 2019 European champion, alongside Joe Choong. However, this might be a late Valentine’s Day reward for France – Valentin Belaud and Valentin Prades each have a strong probability of taking gold.
Four boxing titles are awarded on Saturday (06:00-07:55). Among them, Charley Davison will strive to win the girls’s flyweight title lifted by Nicola Adams in 2012 and 2016.
Men’s madison day at the observe biking sees Ethan Hayter and Oliver Wood staff up for Britain. The pair, European bronze medallists in 2018, are thought of an out of doors guess for a medal.
Showjumping’s staff occasion reaches its conclusion (11:00) with Ben Maher and Scott Brash hoping to replicate their roles in incomes GB gold at London 2012. Holly Smith is the third staff member. Switzerland have a powerful shot at gold with two of the world’s main riders, whereas Jessica Springsteen – daughter of singer Bruce – is in the US staff.
The males’s basketball remaining (03:30) is ordinarily a coronation for the United States, who’ve received six of the seven Olympic titles since NBA gamers started competing at the Games in 1992. The indisputable fact 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 want to learn about American confidence of their staff.
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 may show an excessive amount of for such a demanding occasion. Covid-19 measures will imply the uncommon 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 remaining takes place at 13:00. France, Denmark and Norway will all count on to be in 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 damage.
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 sport is big in Hungary, the place the males have received Olympic gold 9 occasions, though Hungary’s girls have by no means reached the podium since their introduction in 2000. This 12 months’s girls’s remaining (08:30) may contain a resurgent Hungarian staff and may be very possible to function the United States, who’re dominant.
Sunday, 8 August – day 16
Medal occasions: 13
Athletics (males’s marathon), basketball (girls), boxing (girls’s mild, males’s mild, 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 extensively anticipated to function closely in the remaining athletics occasion of Tokyo 2020 (conclusion shortly after midnight on Sunday). Kipchoge stated he’s “still hungry” at 36 in the build-up to these Games and dismissed issues about the warmth. He stated situations in Sapporo, some 500 miles north of Tokyo, will likely 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. Exactly what type that can take relies upon to some extent 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 Price in girls’s middleweight (06:00-07:55). Luke McCormack, twin brother of GB team-mate Pat, competes in the males’s light-weight division. Youth Olympic champion Caroline Dubois, one in all 11 siblings, fights in the girls’s light-weight occasion.
Lang Ping received volleyball gold as a participant in 1984 then returned as coach to guide her nationwide staff, 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 staff may face Japan in Sunday’s girls’s remaining (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), understanding the observe 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 received the previous three Olympic keirin titles for GB. Kenny or Jack Carlin might be medal contenders for Britain this time round. Meanwhile, Katy Marchant goes in the girls’s dash and Laura Kenny rides the girls’s omnium.