Naomi Osaka, Simone Biles, Adam Peaty and Dina Asher Smith

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 means 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 extra ladies than males for the first time at a summer time Games.

Thursday, 22 July – day minus one

Medal occasions: None

Highlights

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 ultimate, when hosts Brazil beat Germany on penalties.

Brit watch

No Brits in motion. Team GB has solely as soon as entered a males’s soccer crew at the Olympics since 1960, in 2012 as the host nation. Ordinarily, the residence nations can not agree on how to mix.

World watch

12:00: Honduras v Romania, with Romania again in the Olympic males’s soccer match for the first time since 1964.

12:30: Brazil v Germany, it is a rematch of the 2016 Olympic ultimate, when hosts Brazil beat Germany on penalties.

Expert information

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 shall be VAR.

Friday, 23 July – day zero

Medal occasions: None

12:00: Opening ceremony – Live on BBC One, BBC Red Button and on-line

There’s at all times hypothesis about what kind 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 predicted to be equally influenced by Japan’s place in the world of expertise.

Brit watch

Team GB’s six archers will compete in the rating spherical, which does not remove anybody however does decide seedings for the males’s and ladies’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 among them, Rio silver medallist Vicky Thornley, shall be in motion on Friday in the single sculls heats.

World watch:

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.”

Expert information

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 shall be Greece and Japan. As 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 crew), biking (males’s highway race), fencing (ladies’s epee, males’s sabre), judo (ladies’s -48kg, males’s -60kg), capturing (ladies’s 10m air rifle, males’s 10m air pistol), taekwondo (ladies’s -49kg, males’s -58kg), weightlifting (ladies’s -49kg).

Highlights

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 crew includes Tao Geoghegan Hart, Geraint Thomas, Adam Yates and Simon Yates.

Britain’s ladies’s soccer crew, who beat Chile 2-0 of 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 among the greatest gamers Japan has ever produced.

It’s males’s qualification day in inventive 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.

Max Whitlock
Max Whitlock made historical past at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games when he received Great Britain’s first medal in the all-around occasion for 108 years, earlier than changing into the first British gold medallist in inventive gymnastics with victory in the flooring and pommel horse occasions

Brit watch

Seonaid McIntosh could possibly be a contender in the ladies’s 10m air rifle (concluding about 08:00), during which she received a World Cup silver medal in 2019. This is predicted 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 in opposition to South Africa.

Earlier, from 00:30-04:30, rowing’s second morning of heats sees Helen Glover and Polly Swann in the ladies’s pair. Double Olympic champion Glover received coxless pairs gold at London 2012 and Rio 2016, then spent 4 years away from elite rowing earlier than finishing what she as soon as referred to as a “highly unlikely” comeback.

World watch

3×3 basketball – three-a-side basketball performed on a court docket with one hoop – makes its Olympic debut on Saturday. Latvia and Serbia are amongst the big-hitters in the males’s match. The ladies’s occasion is your solely likelihood to see Mongolia in a crew sport at Tokyo 2020.

From 03:00, the Olympic tennis match begins. Depending on the order of play, Saturday or Sunday shall be your first alternative to see celebrity Naomi Osaka take to the court docket for hosts Japan in the ladies’s singles.

In ladies’s hockey, Ireland play South Africa from 13:15. It’s the first time Ireland’s ladies have certified for the Olympic hockey match.

Expert information

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 generally is taken into account mountainous and favours climbers, whereas warmth could possibly be an element, too. Average day by day July highs in Tokyo are about 30C.

Sunday, 25 July – day two

Medal occasions: 18

Archery (ladies’s crew), biking (ladies’s highway race), diving (ladies’s 3m synchro), fencing (ladies’s foil, males’s epee), judo (ladies’s -52kg, males’s -66kg), capturing (ladies’s 10m air pistol, males’s 10m air rifle), skateboarding (males’s avenue), swimming (males’s 400m medley, males’s 400m free, ladies’s 400m medley, ladies’s 4×100 free relay), taekwondo (ladies’s -57kg, males’s -68kg), weightlifting (males’s 61kg, males’s 67kg).

Highlights

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 making an attempt to turn into 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 ladies’s biking highway race (05:00-09:30), the place she’ll be racing with team-mate Anna Shackley. The Dutch crew, led by Annemiek van Vleuten and 2012 Olympic champion Marianne Vos – each four-time Olympians – will take some stopping.

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 regulate GB’s Max Litchfield.

Brit watch

Chelsie Giles makes her Olympic debut in Tokyo competing in judo’s ladies’s -52kg (03:00-11:50). She has Grand Slam gold and silver below her belt this 12 months heading into the Olympic occasion.

In canoe slalom, Kimberley Woods (ladies’s K1) and Adam Burgess (males’s C1) have their heats from 05:00 to 08:45.

Archers Sarah Bettles, Naomi Folkard and Bryony Pitman go for girls’s crew gold from 01:30 until 09:25, having received world bronze collectively two years in the past in an occasion usually dominated by Asian nations.

Sunday’s hockey schedule sees GB’s ladies play Germany at 01:30.

In diving, Grace Reid and Katherine Torrance are Britain’s contenders for 3m synchro gold.

World watch

One of the greatest names in the world of skateboarding, Nyjah Huston, is predicted to star on the sport’s Olympic debut in the males’s avenue 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 among 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 crew in ladies’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 inventive gymnasts are making their Olympic debuts: Alice Kinsella, Amelie Morgan, and twin sisters Jennifer and Jessica Gadirova.

Don’t anticipate 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 crew in the occasion.

Caeleb Dressel shall be continually in contrast to Michael Phelps at these Olympics. With Phelps now out of the image, Dressel stands to turn into 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.

Expert information

Surfing seems in Sunday’s schedule, however with an asterisk: all of it relies on wave situations. Organisers have put 4 backup days in the calendar as the sport makes its Olympic debut. All being properly, Sunday will characteristic the first and second rounds of each the males’s and ladies’s occasions. (No British surfers certified for Tokyo 2020.)

There are two forms of skateboarding on present at this 12 months’s Olympics: avenue and park. Street includes 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 crew), inventive gymnastics (males’s crew), canoe slalom (males’s C1), biking (males’s cross-country mountain bike), diving (males’s 10m synchro), fencing (ladies’s sabre, males’s foil), judo (ladies’s -57kg, males’s -73kg), capturing (ladies’s skeet, males’s skeet), skateboarding (ladies’s avenue), swimming (ladies’s 100m fly, males’s 100m breast, ladies’s 400m free, males’s 4x100m free relay), desk tennis (combined doubles), taekwondo (ladies’s -67kg, males’s -80kg), triathlon (males), weightlifting (ladies’s 55kg).

Highlights

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 together 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 crew 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 really 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, during which Daley received bronze with Daniel Goodfellow in Rio 5 years in the past. The ultimate runs from 07:00 to 08:00.

Britain’s gymnasts completed fourth in the males’s crew 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 characteristic the legendary Kohei Uchimura, who will seem at these Olympics as a person however is not in the squad for the crew occasion.

The lone Team GB fencer at Tokyo 2020 is Marcus Mepstead. On Monday, he has an outdoor likelihood 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.

Brit watch

In taekwondo, Britain’s consultant in the ladies’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 ultimate.

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 shall 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 enjoying twice, first in opposition to Canada after 01:00 then in opposition to hosts Japan after 08:30. Team GB shall be favourites in every of these video games. Overall, the likes of New Zealand, Fiji and South Africa shall be hoping to win the match.

In hockey, Britain’s males and ladies 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 in the double sculls and quarter-finals in the single sculls (01:00-03:20).

World watch

It’s not all Peaty in the pool. The ladies’s 400m freestyle ultimate, which follows instantly after Peaty’s ultimate 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 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 avenue occasion (01:00-05:55), the place Brazilian five-time X Games champion Leticia Bufoni shall be one among the greatest names. If you are ready for Sky Brown, who’ll make her Team GB debut having barely turned 13, her park occasion would not happen till 4 August, although the avenue occasion has equally younger opponents from different nations.

Table tennis provides an Olympic combined 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 combined doubles gold, however Britain will not be amongst them.

Expert information

The course for the mountain bike cross-country occasion (males’s occasion 07:00-09:00) has been hailed as one among the most stunning, numerous and difficult ever created at an Olympics. Watch out for a shocking TV shot that reveals riders “jumping” over Mount Fuji utilizing a digicam mounted at simply the proper angle.

Tuesday, 27 July – day 4

Medal occasions: 22

Artistic gymnastics (ladies’s crew), canoe slalom (ladies’s K1), biking (ladies’s cross-country mountain bike), diving (ladies’s 10m synchro), equestrian (dressage crew), fencing (ladies’s crew epee), judo (ladies’s -63kg, males’s -81kg), rowing (ladies’s quad sculls, males’s quad sculls), capturing (10m air rifle combined crew, 10m air pistol combined crew), softball, swimming (males’s 200m free, ladies’s 100m again, males’s 100m again, ladies’s 100m breast), taekwondo (ladies’s +67kg, males’s +80g), triathlon (ladies), weightlifting (ladies’s 59kg, ladies’s 64kg).

Highlights

Team GB head into the ladies’s triathlon (22:30 Monday to 01:00 Tuesday) with one among 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 among the trio’s essential rivals.

Bianca Walkden competes for Britain in taekwondo’s ladies’s +67kg class (02:00-14:30), having added two extra world titles to her 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 shall be one among 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 ultimate (02:45). He picked up world bronze in the occasion in 2019.

At Tokyo’s Ariake Gymnastics Centre, one among the Olympics’ greatest TV audiences shall be anticipated for the ladies’s crew ultimate (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 ultimate and discover a means to problem for a medal?

Brit watch

Team GB’s ultimate ladies’s soccer group sport is in opposition to Canada at 12:00. In a difficult group additionally that includes hosts Japan, it could possibly be make-or-break for qualification from the group stage.

At 09:30, Britain’s dressage riders will hope to problem for medals in the crew ultimate. The three-person crew for Tokyo ranges from 54-year-old Carl Hester, competing at his sixth Olympics, to 25-year-old Charlotte Fry making her debut. Charlotte Dujardin, who turns 36 simply earlier than the Olympics, shall be trying to add to her three Olympic titles.

Sarah Davies, who picked up a European silver medal in Moscow three months in the past, competes in weightlifting’s 64kg class from 11:50 to 14:00.

In diving, the ladies’s 10m synchro occasion (07:00-08:00) options GB’s Eden Cheng and Lois Toulson. They received the European title collectively in 2018, when Cheng was simply 15 years previous.

The ladies’s K1 canoe slalom ultimate (06:00-09:00) may characteristic GB’s Kimberley Woods.

Rowing reaches its first finals: the ladies’s and males’s quadruple sculls (00:30-04:00). Team GB has crews in every occasion who, whereas not main medal prospects, could possibly be contenders in fields which might be pretty open.

In hockey, Britain’s males face Germany at 02:00, whereas in rugby sevens Team GB face Fiji earlier than the knockout video games start.

World watch

It will not simply be Brits watching the males’s 200m freestyle ultimate (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 sooner.

Later on Tuesday (1200-14:30), the hosts will hope to have involvement in the Olympic softball ultimate. Japan surprised the United States by profitable the final Olympic softball ultimate 3-1 in 2008 – the US had received all three Olympic titles main up to that.

Expert information

Zambia are the lowest-ranked crew in the Olympic ladies’s soccer match 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 ladies’s handball crew have maintained a formidable streak of appearances in a sport dominated by European nations. Tokyo is Angola’s seventh consecutive Olympic ladies’s handball look (they’re additionally the African champions having 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 (ladies’s 3×3, males’s 3×3), biking (ladies’s time trial, males’s time trial), diving (males’s 3m synchro), equestrian (dressage particular person), fencing (males’s crew sabre), judo (ladies’s -70kg, males’s -90kg), rowing (ladies’s double sculls, males’s double sculls, ladies’s 4, males’s 4), rugby sevens (males’s), browsing (ladies’s, males’s), swimming (ladies’s 200m free, males’s 200m fly, ladies’s 200m medley, ladies’s 1500m free, males’s 4x200m free), weightlifting (males’s 73kg).

Highlights

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 area may nonetheless be large open. The race is scheduled for 02:10.

The males’s rugby sevens match 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 ultimate, whereas Japan completed fourth. The hosts shall be hoping to attain the podium this time round.

Road biking returns to the Fuji Speedway for the males’s and ladies’s time trials (03:30-09:40). Geraint Thomas could possibly be Britain’s greatest hope of a medal. He races alongside Tao Geoghegan Hart in the males’s occasion, whereas Anna Shackley competes for GB in the ladies’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 shall be trying to win a 3rd successive particular person dressage Olympic title (09:30-13:25).

Charlotte Dujardin
Charlotte Dujardin has received three gold medals and one silver medal, making her Great Britain’s most profitable Olympic equestrian

Brit watch

At 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 at the final world championships in 2019, however barely greater than a second cut up the prime 5 groups.

Gemma Howell, a 2018 European bronze medallist, competes on Wednesday in the ladies’s judo -70kg class (03:00-11:50).

In hockey, Britain’s ladies face India (02:00) adopted by Ireland in opposition to Germany. India’s ladies knocked out the US in qualifying to attain the Olympic hockey match for under the third time, after 1980 and 2016. England, the highest-ranked of the residence nations, are fifth in hockey’s ladies’s world rankings, whereas India are ninth.

World watch

Team USA’s Katie Ledecky could discover herself in not one however two finals on Wednesday: the ladies’s 200m freestyle (02:42) and 1500m freestyle (03:51). The shorter of these distances may properly be one other battle in opposition to Australia’s Ariarne Titmus. Ledecky received the 200m in Rio and has three world titles over 1500m.

The males’s all-around gymnastics ultimate (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 means 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 crew. It’s the first time they’ve reached an Olympic baseball match 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 ultimate, shedding to Cuba in 1996.

If the climate and waves have been type, this shall be medal day in males’s and ladies’s browsing. Japan’s Kanoa Igarashi has a sentimental connection to the venue, Tsurigasaki Beach – it is the place his dad did numerous 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 ladies’s occasion.

Expert information

3×3 basketball concludes on Wednesday. Though the US often 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 crew reaches 21 factors. You rating one level for making a basket, or two should you shoot efficiently from past the arc.

Thursday, 29 July – day six

Medal occasions: 17

Artistic gymnastics (ladies’s all-around), canoe slalom (ladies’s C1), fencing (ladies’s crew foil), judo (ladies’s -78kg, males’s -100kg), rowing (males’s pair, ladies’s pair, males’s light-weight double sculls, ladies’s light-weight double sculls), capturing (ladies’s lure, males’s lure), swimming (males’s 800m free, males’s 200m breast, ladies’s 200m fly, males’s 100m free, ladies’s 4x200m free relay), desk tennis (ladies’s singles).

Highlights

Helen Glover may, after 4 years away from the sport, return to the prime 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 ladies’s hockey crew play the Netherlands at 11:00. Team GB pulled off a shocking victory in 2016 with goalkeeper Maddie Hinch the penalty shoot-out hero. The Dutch, thought of the greatest crew 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 could possibly be a key group sport.)

If she wins the ladies’s all-around ultimate (11:50-14:05), Simone Biles would turn into the first girl 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 may be some achievement. It’s laborious to see who stands in her means.

GB’s Mallory Franklin, the 2017 world champion in the ladies’s C1 slalom canoe, will hope to go for gold in the occasion’s Olympic ultimate at the Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre (06:00-08:45).

Brit watch

The males’s 200m breaststroke ultimate (02:45) could possibly 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 information this 12 months, maintains his kind. Commonwealth champion Alys Thomas has a shot in the ladies’s 200m butterfly (03:27).

Beyond the ladies’s pair, look out for the GB light-weight ladies’s double scull at the rowing (02:10). Emily Craig and Imogen Grant had been the world bronze medallists in 2019.

At the capturing, 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 ladies’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 crew, then New Zealand. Both shall be powerful video games however New Zealand, specifically, could also be laborious 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.

World watch

Potential successor to Michael Phelps’ crown Caeleb Dressel needs to be again for the US in the 100m freestyle ultimate (03:35). Rio champion Kyle Chalmers, of Australia, has had harm bother 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 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 Song-I – one among solely three North Korean medals that got here from sports activities aside from weightlifting. Ding Ning, China’s 2016 ladies’s singles champion, will not be returning for Tokyo 2020 however China nonetheless have the world primary and two heading into the occasion (medal video games 12:00-14:10).

In the previous, two of the 12 fencing occasions had to miss out at every Olympics. In Rio, ladies’s crew foil was a kind of left off the schedule. This 12 months, in a change, all 12 are on the record and Thursday marks the return of girls’s crew foil after 9 years (02:50-13:30). Italy are the reigning Olympic champions from 2012, whereas Russia are the world champions heading into the occasion.

Expert information

Thursday is day one among 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 prime golfers. First-round play begins at 23:30 on Wednesday UK time, working by means of until 08:00 on Thursday.

Friday, 30 July – day seven

Medal occasions: 21

Archery (ladies’s particular person), athletics (males’s 10,000m), badminton (combined doubles), canoe slalom (males’s K1), biking (ladies’s BMX racing, males’s BMX racing), fencing (males’s crew epee), judo (ladies’s +78kg, males’s +100kg), rowing (ladies’s single sculls, males’s single sculls, ladies’s eight, males’s eight), capturing (ladies’s 25m pistol), swimming (ladies’s 200m breast, males’s 200m again, ladies’s 100m free, males’s 200m medley), desk tennis (males’s singles), tennis (males’s doubles), trampoline (ladies’s ultimate).

Highlights

Athletics begins in Tokyo with males’s excessive leap and discus qualifying alongside the early rounds of the ladies’s 800m, males’s 400m hurdles, and ladies’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 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 will not be straightforward to replicate: the Brits had been solely third at the 2019 world championships. Events get below means at 00:45 and run till 02:55, together with Vicky Thornley in the ladies’s single sculls. The US may win a fourth consecutive gold in the ladies’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 ladies’s occasion (05:00-07:30) sees Page, the first Briton ever to win an Olympic trampoline medal, joined by Laura Gallagher.

Brit watch

Athletics could also be below means however there is no 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 find a way to defend his 2016 Olympic canoe slalom K1 title. Bradley Forbes-Cryans, a 2018 world champion alongside Clarke and Christopher Bowers in the K1 crew occasion, races for GB as a substitute (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 making an attempt to attain the ladies’s 100m freestyle ultimate (03:25).

Eventing begins with two days of particular person and crew dressage (00:30-12:10). Laura Collett, Tom McEwen and Oliver Townend make up a British crew hoping to 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 ladies’s +78kg class (09:00-11:50) after being handed an entry by means of a continental quota place.

Pat McCormack, who misplaced a 2019 world title battle by a cut up choice, will hope to be in motion as the 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 ladies 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 alternative for Tyrrell Hatton, who withdrew in June.

World watch

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 during which his private life – and admission of an affair – has made headlines in his residence nation, Japan. He’ll anticipate to face Michael Andrew, who’s now the third-fastest American over the 200m medley distance after Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte.

BMX racing medals shall be given out (02:00-04:20). GB’s Kye Whyte was fifth at the 2019 world championships. The US will, nonetheless, be trying to Connor Fields – the defending Olympic champion – to lead a sweep of the males’s and ladies’s races. Colombian two-time Olympic gold medallist Mariana Pajon stands in the means of American Alise Willoughby in the ladies’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.

Expert information

China’s grasp on the badminton medal desk could possibly 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 means 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 attainable 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, ladies’s 100m), badminton (males’s doubles), fencing (ladies’s crew sabre), judo (combined crew), rugby sevens (ladies), crusing (ladies’s RS:X, males’s RS:X), capturing (lure combined crew, ladies’s 50m rifle 3 positions), swimming (males’s 100m fly, ladies’s 200m again, ladies’s 800m free, combined 4x100m medley relay), tennis (ladies’s singles), trampoline (males), triathlon (combined relay), weightlifting (males’s 81kg, males’s 96kg).

Highlights

Dina Asher-Smith shall be hoping to line up for Britain in the ultimate of the ladies’s 100m (13:50), an occasion during 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 means of a 30-day suspension associated to hashish use. Also be careful for the new 4x400m combined relay (13:35), the place the US are world champions and Britain completed fourth in 2019.

Dina Asher Smith
Dina Asher Smith is the quickest British ladies in recorded historical past and was a part of the 4x100m relay crew that received bronze in Rio 2016

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 ladies on every crew should in flip swim for 300m, cycle for eight kilometres, then run for 2 kilometres. The entire factor is over in lower than 90 minutes. GB had been third at the newest world championship.

The ladies’s singles ultimate could possibly 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 match and that will make Osaka’s route simpler. Expect one among Japan’s greatest moments at their residence Games if she reaches Saturday’s ultimate (04:00-12:00 alongside different matches).

Women’s sevens concludes on Saturday. Britain’s ladies had been fourth in Rio 5 years in the past, shedding to New Zealand then Canada as they narrowly missed the podium. There’s motion from 01:00 till 11:00.

Brit watch

It’s a big day for combined relays. In the pool, the 4x100m combined medley relay guarantees to ship an exhilarating 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 characteristic for GB in 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 lastly whereas standing. Meanwhile, the combined lure crew occasion will characteristic GB’s three lure shooters, who’ve the calibre to be medal contenders (01:00-06:50).

World watch

The males’s soccer match 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 identical occasion when Germany’s Christoph Harting received gold, 4 years after brother Robert Harting did the identical. Christoph has barely competed over the previous couple of years and his brother has retired, so there could also be a parting from Harting in 2021. The ultimate runs from 12:15 to 13:25.

Not wanting to miss out on all the combined motion, judo launches its combined crew occasion on Saturday (03:00-11:50). This is new for Tokyo 2020 and includes groups of six athletes – your crew has to win at the very least 4-2 in opposition to the different nation to progress. A 3-3 draw means a ‘golden rating’ contest to discover a winner.

Expert information

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 ladies’s racing, 22-year-old Emma Wilson could have to end fifth or larger to be the greatest Olympic windsurfer in her family. 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 flooring, ladies’s vault, males’s pommel horse, ladies’s uneven bars), athletics (ladies’s shot put, males’s excessive leap, ladies’s triple leap, males’s 100m), badminton (ladies’s singles), biking (ladies’s BMX freestyle, males’s BMX freestyle), diving (ladies’s 3m springboard), fencing (males’s crew foil), golf (males), crusing (laser radial ladies, laser males), swimming (males’s 50m free, ladies’s 50m free, males’s 1500m free, ladies’s 4x100m medley relay, males’s 4x100m medley relay), tennis (males’s singles, ladies’s doubles, combined doubles), weightlifting (ladies’s 76kg).

Highlights

For the first time since 2004, a males’s 100m ultimate (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 an excellent higher wager over 200m, the place he is the world champion. Canada’s Andre de Grasse completed third in Rio. Bolt himself thinks Trayvon Bromell, who received US Olympic trials, is the favorite. Zharnel Hughes is ready to 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 flooring (09:00) and males’s pommel horse (10:30), each received by Max Whitlock in 2016. Whitlock is the world champion on pommel horse, whereas Ireland’s Rhys McClenaghan shall be in Tokyo after profitable world bronze in the identical occasion two years in the past. The ladies’s vault (09:45) is one among the Olympics’ extra spectacular occasions – anticipate fireworks from Simone Biles.

Earlier in the day, anticipate 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.

Adam Peaty
Adam Peaty received gold in the 100m breaststroke at the Rio 2016 Olympics and is the present world document holder in the 50m and 100m breaststroke occasions

The males’s singles ultimate leads a packed day of tennis (04:00-12:00) with the ladies’s doubles and combined doubles finals additionally to come.

It’s additionally the ultimate spherical of the males’s golf match (consequence anticipated round 08:00). Hideki Matsuyama, the first Japanese participant to win the Masters, is a house favorite. Of the world’s prime 10, solely Dustin Johnson will not be enjoying in Tokyo.

Brit watch

The ladies’s shot put ultimate, starting at 02:35, will characteristic Britain’s Sophie McKinna, who set a brand new indoor private greatest 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 a substitute on a minute-long sequence of methods and abilities. GB’s Charlotte Worthington gave up a profession as a chef to prepare 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 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 Young (Laser Radial), who’s making an attempt 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.

World watch

Qatar have by no means received an Olympic title however that might change in the males’s excessive leap (11:10-13:00), the place the first man ever to efficiently defend the excessive leap world title – Mutaz Barshim – will compete. Maksim Nedasekau, from Belarus, shall be one among Barshim’s big 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 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.

Expert information

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 in the Tokyo morning (23:45 Saturday to 03:10 Sunday UK time) and over a shortened course to defend 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, ladies’s flooring, males’s vault), athletics (males’s lengthy leap, ladies’s 100m hurdles, ladies’s discus, males’s 3,000m steeplechase, ladies’s 5,000m), badminton (ladies’s doubles, males’s singles), biking (ladies’s crew dash), equestrian (eventing crew, eventing particular person), crusing (49er FX ladies, 49er males), capturing (males’s 25m fast hearth pistol, males’s 50m rifle 3 positions), weightlifting (ladies’s 87kg, ladies’s +87kg), wrestling (ladies’s freestyle 76kg, males’s Greco-Roman 60kg, males’s Greco-Roman 130kg).

Highlights

Monday is day one inside Tokyo’s Izu Velodrome. Per week of monitor biking begins with qualifying in the crew pursuits and the whole ladies’s crew 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 shall be in motion.

Eventing reaches its climax with the crew and particular person gold medals being awarded (09:00-14:25). Britain are present holders of the crew world title though solely Tom McEwen from that success is heading to Tokyo (Piggy March, additionally in the world gold medal-winning crew, is a Tokyo alternate for Team GB). McEwen shall be joined in the crew occasion by Oliver Townend and Laura Collett.

The big athletics occasion of the day is the ladies’s 5,000m (13:40-14:00). Eilish McColgan, who not too long ago broke Paula Radcliffe’s British 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.

Eilish McColgan
Eilish McColgan shattered Paula Radcliffe’s 5,000m British ladies’s document, which had stood for 17 years, at a Diamond League assembly in Oslo in February

Women’s soccer reaches the semi-final stage with video games at 09:00 and 12:00.

Brit watch

Monday’s crusing contains medal races in the ladies’s 49er FX and males’s 49er (04:00-10:00). Saskia Tidey, who sailed for Ireland at Rio 2016, will as a substitute characterize 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 wonderful kind.

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).

World watch

The ladies’s 100m hurdles (03:50) provides an opportunity at redemption for Keni Harrison after a five-year wait. Harrison failed to achieve 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 anticipate competitors from Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, who has set a few of the 12 months’s quickest occasions. Reiging world champion Nia Ali shall be watching from residence 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 one among the Olympics’ defining pictures 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.

Meanwhile, the ladies’s flooring occasion (09:45) is one other likelihood for a Simone Biles masterclass. GB’s Jessica Gadirova enters Tokyo 2020 as the new European champion.

Badminton concludes with the gold medal matches in ladies’s doubles and males’s singles (05:00-15:00). World primary and two-time world champion Kento Momota will hope to win the 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 profitable back-to-back titles if he provides a Tokyo victory to his Rio gold.

Expert information

Artistic swimming, previously often called synchronised swimming, begins on Monday (11:30-13:45). This and rhythmic gymnastics are the two Olympic sports activities during which solely ladies compete. There’s a duet occasion with two athletes and a crew occasion with eight. Swimmers are judged on technical and inventive advantage and will not be allowed to contact the backside or sides of the pool. Russia have received each accessible Olympic gold medal in inventive swimming since Sydney 2000.

Tuesday, 3 August – day 11

Medal occasions: 22

Artistic gymnastics (males’s parallel bars, ladies’s beam, males’s horizontal bar), athletics (ladies’s lengthy leap, males’s 400m hurdles, males’s pole vault, ladies’s hammer throw, ladies’s 800m, ladies’s 200m), boxing (ladies’s feather, males’s welter), canoe dash (ladies’s K1 200m, males’s C2 1,000m, males’s K1 1,000m, ladies’s K2 500m), biking (ladies’s crew pursuit, males’s crew dash), diving (males’s 3m springboard), crusing (combined Nacra 17, males’s Finn), weightlifting (males’s 109kg), wrestling (ladies’s freestyle 68kg, males’s Greco-Roman 77kg, males’s Greco-Roman 97kg).

Highlights

Dina Asher-Smith is again. The ladies’s 200m (13:50) could possibly 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 girl over 200m in the world this 12 months, US sprinter Gabby Thomas.

This could possibly be Britain’s second in the velodrome, too. Both Laura and Jason Kenny shall be in motion as the ladies’s crew pursuit (09:05) and males’s crew dash (09:35) medals are determined. Laura Kenny has received the crew pursuit at two Olympics in a row. Jason Kenny has received the crew dash at each Games since Beijing 2008.

Jack Laugher, against this, had to accept second place in diving’s 3m springboard occasion in 2016. Tuesday brings his likelihood to go one higher (07:00-08:30). At the 2019 World Championships, he led heading into the ultimate spherical earlier than in the end choosing 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 combined Nacra 17 class (07:30-08:00) Britain’s John Gimson and Anna Burnet are the 2020 world champions.

Meanwhile, boxing fingers out its first medals. Pat McCormack, the 2019 world silver medallist in the males’s welterweight division, will hope to attain the Tokyo ultimate (11:05). Earlier in the day, ladies’s featherweight world bronze medallist Karriss Artingstall could possibly be in motion (05:05).

Brit watch

As if there weren’t sufficient alternatives above, Joe Fraser is an actual medal risk for GB on the ultimate day of inventive gymnastics. Fraser was the 2019 world champion on parallel bars and that ultimate begins at 09:00. Immediately after that you could anticipate Simone Biles in the beam ultimate and Japan’s Kohei Uchimura may produce one thing particular in 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 crew 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 may but contain Team GB.

World watch

The ladies’s 800m ultimate (13:25) is an opportunity to watch Uganda’s Halimah Nakaayi, who carried out a victory dance with team-mate Winnie Nanyondo after profitable world gold in 2019. They had been the first Ugandan ladies to attain a middle-distance world ultimate. GB’s Laura Muir withdrew from the 800m to deal with the 1500m, so Keely Hodgkinson and Jemma Reekie are joined by Alexandra Bell in the British contingent.

The males’s 400m hurdles (03:20) could possibly be one among 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 crew this time. Norwegian world champion Karsten Warholm is at the prime of the record, having damaged the 400m hurdles world document – which was 29 years previous – at the begin of July.

Brazil’s Thiago Braz delivered one among 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 essential risk is predicted from Sweden’s Armand Duplantis and American Sam Kendricks.

Expert information

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 shall be the athlete who performs greatest throughout all three. Speed climbing will see athletes race head-to-head to tag a buzzer at the prime of a climb, bouldering means navigating units of climbs with no rope that emphasise bodily and gymnastic means, and lead climbing will measure how far athletes stand up a taller wall with every handhold incomes some extent. Combining these three into one occasion is a reasonably new idea, and turns the Olympic occasion right into a type of climbing triathlon.

Wednesday, 4 August – day 12

Medal occasions: 17

Artistic swimming (duet), athletics (ladies’s 400m hurdles, ladies’s 3,000m steeplechase, males’s hammer, males’s 800m, males’s 200m), boxing (males’s light-heavy), biking (males’s crew pursuit), equestrian (particular person), marathon swimming (ladies), crusing (ladies’s 470, males’s 470), skateboarding (ladies’s park), weightlifting (males’s +109kg), wrestling (ladies’s freestyle 62kg, males’s Greco-Roman 67kg, males’s Greco-Roman 87kg).

Highlights

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.

Sky Brown
13-year-old Sky Brown will turn into GB’s youngest ever summer time Olympian when she competes in Tokyo

It’s a number of years since GB’s monitor cyclists received the males’s crew pursuit world title (09:45-10:15), however their maintain on the Olympic title has been regular since 2008. Ed Clancy, who helped Britain to Olympic pursuit gold at the previous three Games, is again in the crew for Tokyo. Denmark received the final world title in a world document time, whereas Australia are perennial contenders.

In Rio, Nick Skelton grew to become 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 could possibly 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 shall be hoping Wednesday’s medal race (07:30-08:00) brings residence one other Olympic gold.

Brit watch

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 most certainly 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 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, could possibly be a risk.

Britain has one likelihood of profitable a medal on climbing‘s Olympic debut: Shauna Coxsey in the ladies’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.

World watch

The ladies’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 highest complete recorded in the sport’s historical past. That’s roughly the weight of an grownup dromedary camel.

Expert information

Marathon swimming begins with the ladies’s 10km race (22:30 Tuesday to 01:30 Wednesday). Organisers say a system of underwater filters shall 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 time warmth. Look out for the backdrop of Tokyo’s Rainbow Bridge and a miniature Statue of Liberty. GB entrant Alice Dearing is ready to turn into the first black girl to swim for Britain at 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, ladies’s pole vault, males’s 400m, ladies’s heptathlon, males’s decathlon), boxing (males’s feather), canoe dash (males’s K1 200m, ladies’s C1 200m, ladies’s K1 500m, males’s K2 1,000m), biking (ladies’s keirin, males’s omnium), diving (ladies’s 10m platform), hockey (males), karate (ladies’s kata, ladies’s kumite -55g, males’s kumite -67kg), marathon swimming (males), skateboarding (males’s park), sport climbing (males), desk tennis (ladies’s crew), wrestling (ladies’s freestyle 57kg, males’s freestyle 57kg, males’s freestyle 86kg).

Highlights

Katarina Johnson-Thompson‘s two-day heptathlon quest comes to 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 severe Achilles harm however she’s nonetheless anticipated to mount a severe medal problem. Her essential rival is Rio 2016 champion Nafi Thiam of Belgium.

GB’s reigning Olympic champion Liam Heath is predicted 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 up to be a formidable rival.

The males’s hockey ultimate begins at 11:00. Britain are nonetheless ready to attain the Olympic males’s podium on this sport for the first 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 truth solely three groups entered in the first place.

Brit watch

Matthew Walls will journey for GB in monitor biking’s omnium (07:30-10:30), after choosing up world bronze final 12 months. The omnium format has modified for Tokyo 2020: shorter dash disciplines have been dropped and it is now a mixture of 4 endurance occasions unfold over at some point’s racing, together with a brand new tempo race the place riders can rating factors by means of sprints on nearly each lap.

Holly Bradshaw, fourth at the final world championships and fifth in Rio, competes in the ladies’s pole vault (11:20-13:30). This 12 months’s world primary is American Katie Nageotte, who ought to problem Greek Rio 2016 champion Katerina Stefanidi and world champion Anzhelika Sidorova for gold.

The males’s marathon swim (which ends shortly earlier than 01:30) will characteristic GB’s Hector Pardoe, who received an Olympic qualifier in Portugal to ebook 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 ladies’s 10m platform occasion (07:00-08:30).

World watch

Ashton Eaton has retired after profitable 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 ultimate (03:05-04:15) will characteristic 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 profitable the world title in 2019, his breakthrough 12 months. Reynolds’ favorite coaching approach is rock working: choosing up a heavy rock then utilizing it to run, weighed down, alongside the ocean flooring off the coast of Hawaii.

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Karate is one among the ultimate sports activities to get below means in Tokyo (02:00-13:40) because it makes its Olympic debut. There are two disciplines. In kata, you compete by yourself and reveal offensive and defensive strikes in opposition to a digital opponent. You rating factors for approach, timing and athleticism. In kumite, which in contrast to 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 (ladies’s 20km race stroll, males’s 50km race stroll, ladies’s javelin, males’s 5,000m, ladies’s 400m, ladies’s 1500m, ladies’s 4x100m relay, males’s 4x100m relay), seaside volleyball (ladies), boxing (males’s heavy), biking (ladies’s madison, males’s dash), soccer (ladies), hockey (ladies), karate (males’s kata, ladies’s kumite -61kg, males’s kumite -75kg), trendy pentathlon (ladies), sport climbing (ladies), desk tennis (males’s crew), wrestling (ladies’s freestyle 53kg, males’s freestyle 74kg, males’s freestyle 125kg).

Highlights

Women’s soccer reaches its Olympic ultimate at 03:00. The United States have received 4 of the six Olympic ladies’s soccer tournaments, and Team GB have by no means reached the podium. In equity, they’ve solely entered a crew 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 crew with Germany second heading into Tokyo 2020.

In hockey, it is a completely different story. Britain clinched Olympic gold in dramatic trend in 2016, profitable a late-night penalty shootout in opposition to 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 ultimate takes place on Friday from 11:00.

Laura Muir has been there or thereabouts for a medal in the ladies’s 1500m (13:50) for years with out managing to attain the podium 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 Faith Kipyegon could also be tough to dislodge from the prime 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 ladies’s madison is making its debut in Tokyo). The madison, which includes groups of two riders, is all about ways and endurance. If you have not watched it earlier than, you may most likely be counting on the commentators to observe what’s occurring. Katie Archibald and Laura Kenny journey in the madison for GB at 09:15.

Friday could possibly 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 pace and bouldering sections, that means her success may rely on 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 harm. Slovenia’s Janja Garnbret is broadly anticipated to take gold.

Brit watch

Everybody loves the drama of an excellent 4x100m relay (14:30-14:50), the monitor equal of a penalty shootout. Names will be made, heroes and villains created in the easy passing (or not) of a baton. Britain has had an affordable quantity of relay success currently – each groups took world silver in 2019 and the 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 ultimate is at 07:05.

World watch

Generally talking, seaside volleyball has been dominated at the Olympics by the United States and Brazil – each being international locations the place enjoying volleyball on a seaside has a sure attraction. But that is altering. Three of the previous 4 world titles in the ladies’s occasion (02:00-04:50) have gone to different nations, the newest being received by Canada. Friday’s medal video games will assist to 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 inventive gymnastics, since Britain has barely ever entered the Olympic rhythmic gymnastics, which includes 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 power statisticians to search for the final time, if ever, twins took first and second place in a summer time Olympic particular person occasion.

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Perennially one among the least penetrable Olympic sports activities, trendy pentathlon’s ladies’s occasion takes place on Friday. In a nutshell, athletes swim, fence and journey a horse to find yourself with a factors rating that offers them a time handicap for a ultimate occasion that is a bit like the Winter Olympics sport of biathlon: they have to run a cross-country course whereas sometimes capturing at targets. The first one over the line after the run wins.

The showjumping is often a spotlight as pentathlon’s guidelines require that the rider can not use their very own horse however as a substitute will get equipped with one at random, typically with surprising 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 might need wanted a century in the past – Britain has a superb pedigree in the ladies’s sport, with a number of Olympic medallists. Kate French and Jo Muir will compete for GB in Tokyo, and each have a shot at a medal. Events run from 06:30 to 12:15.

Saturday, 7 August – day 15

Medal occasions: 34

Artistic swimming (crew), athletics (ladies’s marathon, ladies’s excessive leap, ladies’s 10,000m, males’s javelin, males’s 1500m, ladies’s 4x400m relay, males’s 4x400m relay), baseball, basketball (males), seaside volleyball (males), boxing (ladies’s fly, males’s fly, ladies’s welter, males’s center), canoe dash (ladies’s C2 500m, males’s C1 1,000m, ladies’s K4 500m, males’s K4 500m), biking (males’s madison), diving (males’s 10m platform), equestrian (leaping crew), soccer (males), golf (ladies), handball (males), karate (ladies’s kumite +61kg, males’s kumite +75kg), trendy pentathlon (males), rhythmic gymnastics (particular person), volleyball (males), water polo (ladies), wrestling (ladies’s freestyle 50kg, males’s freestyle 65kg, males’s freestyle 97kg).

Highlights

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 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 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 thus far 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 take a look at occasion for Tokyo 2020 in May.

Tom Daley
Tom Daley grew to become GB’s second-youngest ever Olympian at Beijing 2008 and shall be competing in his fourth Olympic Games in Tokyo

Athletics options the males’s and ladies’s 4x400m relays (13:30-14:00). The US received each these titles at the 2019 World Championships. Britain’s ladies had been lower than a second off the podium that 12 months – the males obtained a DNF after a baton handoff catastrophe.

It’s the ultimate spherical of the ladies’s Olympic golf contest from 23:30 on Friday till 07:30 on Saturday. Mel Reid and Jodi Ewart Shadoff are GB’s two representatives. Reid’s world rating has sensationally rebounded lately to a profession excessive of thirtieth this 12 months.

Brit watch

The males’s trendy pentathlon (06:30-12:15) options Team GB’s Jamie Cooke, the 2018 world and 2019 European champion, alongside Joe Choong. However, this could possibly be a late Valentine’s Day reward for France – Valentin Belaud and Valentin Prades each have a strong likelihood of taking gold.

Four boxing titles are awarded on Saturday (06:00-07:55). Among them, Charley Davison will strive to win the ladies’s flyweight title lifted by Nicola Adams in 2012 and 2016.

Men’s madison day at the monitor biking sees Ethan Hayter and Oliver Wood crew up for Britain. The pair, European bronze medallists in 2018, are thought of an outdoor wager for a medal.

Showjumping’s crew 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 crew member. Switzerland have a powerful shot at gold with two of the world’s main riders, whereas Jessica Springsteen – daughter of singer Bruce – is in the US crew.

World watch

The males’s basketball ultimate (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 incontrovertible fact that the gold-medal sport takes place properly earlier than the bronze-medal sport – to accommodate US prime-time TV – tells you all the pieces you want to learn about American confidence of their crew.

The ladies’s marathon takes place in Sapporo, capital of the northern island of Hokkaido properly away from Tokyo, after concern that Tokyo’s summer time 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 ultimate takes place at 13:00. France, Denmark and Norway will all anticipate to be in the combine for medals in a sport dominated by European international locations. France’s hopes could relaxation on talismanic star Nikola Karabatic’s restoration from a knee harm.

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Water polo includes 4 eight-minute durations during 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 ladies have by no means reached the podium since their introduction in 2000. This 12 months’s ladies’s ultimate (08:30) may contain a resurgent Hungarian crew and may be very possible to characteristic the United States, who’re dominant.

Sunday, 8 August – day 16

Medal occasions: 13

Athletics (males’s marathon), basketball (ladies), boxing (ladies’s gentle, males’s gentle, ladies’s center, males’s super-heavy), biking (males’s keirin, ladies’s dash, ladies’s omnium), handball (ladies), rhythmic gymnastics (group), volleyball (ladies), water polo (males).

Highlights

Eliud Kipchoge, the defending Olympic marathon champion and world document holder, is broadly anticipated to characteristic closely in the ultimate 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, shall be the identical 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 kind that can take relies upon to a point on the pandemic and related public well being measures in Japan.

Brit watch

There are three different boxing finals on Sunday with attainable British curiosity in all, led by 2019 world champion Lauren Price in ladies’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 among 11 siblings, fights in the ladies’s light-weight occasion.

World watch

Lang Ping received volleyball gold as a participant in 1984 then returned as coach to guide her nationwide crew, China, to the Olympic title in Rio 5 years in the past. Nicknamed the ‘Iron Hammer’ in a subsequent documentary, Lang is again to defend that title in Tokyo. Her crew may face Japan in Sunday’s ladies’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.

Expert information

Schedulers have held again the males’s keirin till the final day of the Olympics (02:00-05:15), understanding 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 received the previous three Olympic keirin titles for GB. Kenny or Jack Carlin could possibly be medal contenders for Britain this time round. Meanwhile, Katy Marchant goes in the ladies’s dash and Laura Kenny rides the ladies’s omnium.

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