Tokyo Olympics: Day-by-day information to the important thing occasions, huge stars and British medal hopes

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Hosts: Tokyo, Japan Dates: 23 July-8 August
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The Olympics are lastly right here so what higher option to plan your two weeks than with our day-by-day information (all occasions BST).

Tuesday, 3 August – day 11

Medal occasions: 26

Inventive gymnastics (males’s parallel bars, girls’s beam, males’s horizontal bar), athletics (girls’s lengthy leap, males’s 400m hurdles, males’s pole vault, girls’s hammer throw, girls’s 800m, girls’s 200m), boxing (girls’s feather, males’s welter), canoe dash (girls’s K1 200m, males’s C2 1,000m, males’s K1 1,000m, girls’s K2 500m), biking (girls’s group pursuit, males’s group dash), diving (males’s 3m springboard), crusing (girls’s skiff 49er FX, males’s skiff 49er, combined Nacra 17, males’s Finn), weightlifting (males’s 109kg), wrestling (girls’s freestyle 68kg, males’s Greco-Roman 77kg, males’s Greco-Roman 97kg).

Highlights

The girls’s 200m (13:50) takes place, however will likely be with out reigning world champion Dina Asher-Smith, who has withdrawn from the occasion due to damage. Nevertheless it nonetheless leaves the mouth-watering prospect of Elaine Thompson-Herah searching for to safe the 100m-200m dash double towards fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, US sprinter Gabby Thomas – the quickest girl over 200m this 12 months – and Shauna Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas.

Might this be Britain’s biggest day within the velodrome? Each Laura and Jason Kenny will likely be in motion because the girls’s group pursuit (09:26) and males’s group dash (09:44) medals are determined. Laura Kenny has received the group pursuit at two Olympics in a row and Jason Kenny has received the group dash at each Video games since Beijing 2008 – however what form are they on this 12 months?

There are huge medal alternatives on the water for Britain, too. Giles Scott, a Rio Olympic champion, defends his title within the Finn class medal race (06:30-07:00). Within the combined Nacra 17 class (07:30-08:00) Britain’s John Gimson and Anna Burnet are the 2020 world champions. In the meantime, team-mates Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey plus Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell compete for podium locations within the rescheduled girls’s and males’s skiff 49er medal races (04:30-05:00 and 05:30-06:00).

In the meantime, boxing palms out its first medals. Pat McCormack, the 2019 world silver medallist within the males’s welterweight division, takes on Cuba’s Roniel Iglesias within the Tokyo remaining (11:05). Caroline Dubois and Galal Yafai may assure themselves medals of their respective occasions (04:35 and 09:30).

Brit watch

Teenager Keely Hodgkinson, Jemma Reekie and Alex Bell will likely be on the beginning line collectively within the girls’s 800m remaining (13:25), and a number of of the trio may make it onto the rostrum. Hodgkinson received her semi-final whereas Reekie completed second in hers and Bell ran the quickest time of the three to say her place

As if there weren’t sufficient alternatives above, Jazmin Sawyers and Abigail Irozuru compete within the girls’s lengthy leap remaining (02:50-04:10), whereas Adam Gemili and Nathaneel Mitchell-Blake search to qualify for the boys’s 200m semi-finals (heats 03:05 and semi-finals 12:50).

Jack Laugher needed to accept second place in diving’s 3m springboard occasion in 2016. Tuesday brings his likelihood to go one higher (07:00-08:30). On the 2019 World Championships, he led heading into the ultimate spherical earlier than in the end choosing up bronze.

Joe Fraser is a medal risk for GB on the ultimate day of creative gymnastics. Fraser was the 2019 world champion on parallel bars and that remaining begins at 09:00.

Showjumping begins (11:00-14:45) with three Britons in motion: Ben Maher and Scott Brash, who every helped GB to a primary showjumping group Olympic title in 60 years at London 2012, are again alongside Holly Smith for Tokyo.

World watch

Simone Biles will compete within the girls’s beam remaining (07:50) with the American taking over her remaining likelihood of a person medal at an Olympics the place she has withdrawn from 4 different finals. The American has not competed since final week’s group remaining, the place she carried out on vault earlier than pulling out to guard her psychological well being. In the meantime, Japan’s Daiki Hashimoto will search to provide one thing particular in creative gymnastics’ final occasion, the spectacular males’s horizontal bar remaining (10:40).

The males’s 400m hurdles (03:20) might be certainly one of Tokyo’s most entertaining finals as a bunch of stars bid to succeed Kerron Clement, who received gold in Rio however is not within the US group this time. Norwegian world champion Karsten Warholm is on the high of the checklist, having damaged the 400m hurdles world document – which was 29 years outdated – at first of July.

Brazil’s Thiago Braz delivered certainly one of Rio’s defining photos when he received the 2016 host nation’s solely athletics gold medal within the males’s pole vault (11:20). Braz hasn’t reached a serious podium since however may nonetheless be a contender in Tokyo, the place the principle risk is anticipated from Sweden’s world document holder Armand Duplantis. American world champion Sam Kendricks is lacking after having to withdraw after testing optimistic for Covid-19.

Rio 2016 champions Brazil face Mexico within the first of the males’s soccer semi-finals (09:00) and hosts Japan tackle Spain within the second (12:00).

It is the quarter-finals within the males’s basketball and the defending champions the United States tackle Spain (05:40).

Knowledgeable 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 would be the athlete who performs finest throughout all three. Velocity climbing will see athletes race head-to-head to tag a buzzer on the high of a climb, bouldering means navigating units of climbs with out a rope that emphasise bodily and gymnastic potential, 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

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

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 on the time). Each athletes who completed above her that day had been Japanese so the host nation additionally expects. Watch the motion from 01:00 to 05:30.

Sky Brown

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

In Rio, Nick Skelton turned the primary Briton ever to win particular person showjumping Olympic gold. (He was 58 on the time, greater than 4 occasions Sky Brown’s age in Tokyo.) Skelton retired the next 12 months however Ben Maher might be among the many contenders for GB at this 12 months’s occasion (11:00-13:40).

Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark took 470-class crusing silver in London then went one higher in Rio 4 years later. Mills received the world title with new companion Eilidh McIntyre in 2019 and will likely be hoping Wednesday’s medal race (07:30-08:00) brings house one other Olympic gold.

Brit watch

Adam Gemili was fourth within the males’s 200m (13:55) on the World Championships two years in the past having led late within the race. American Noah Lyles, although, has emerged because the 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 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 remaining at 07:35. Cuba’s Arlen Lopez, who has moved division since profitable middleweight gold in Rio 5 years in the past, might be a risk.

Britain has one likelihood of profitable a medal on climbing‘s Olympic debut: Shauna Coxsey within the girls’s mixed occasion. The world bronze medallist begins her problem in qualifying from 09:00 to 14:40.

Girls’s hockey reaches the semi-final stage, with video games at 02:30 and 11:00.

World watch

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 raise of 485kg in April this 12 months is the best complete recorded within the sport’s historical past. That is roughly the burden of an grownup dromedary camel.

Knowledgeable information

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 make sure the water high quality within the central Tokyo bay is suitable, whereas the race will happen at 06:30 native time to keep away from the worst of the summer time warmth. Look out for the backdrop of Tokyo’s Rainbow Bridge and a miniature Statue of Liberty. GB entrant Alice Dearing is ready to grow to be the primary black girl to swim for Britain on the Olympics.

Thursday, 5 August – day 13

Medal occasions: 27

Athletics (males’s triple leap, males’s shot put, males’s 110m hurdles, males’s 20km race stroll, girls’s pole vault, males’s 400m, girls’s heptathlon, males’s decathlon), boxing (males’s feather), canoe dash (males’s K1 200m, girls’s C1 200m, girls’s K1 500m, males’s K2 1,000m), biking (girls’s keirin, males’s omnium), diving (girls’s 10m platform), hockey (males), karate (girls’s kata, girls’s kumite -55g, males’s kumite -67kg), marathon swimming (males), skateboarding (males’s park), sport climbing (males), desk tennis (girls’s group), wrestling (girls’s freestyle 57kg, males’s freestyle 57kg, males’s freestyle 86kg).

Highlights

Katarina Johnson-Thompson‘s two-day heptathlon quest involves an finish with the lengthy leap (01:40-02:20), javelin (04:35-06:30) and the grand finale, the 800m (13:20). Johnson-Thompson’s build-up has been affected by her restoration from a critical Achilles damage however she’s nonetheless anticipated to mount a critical medal problem. Her predominant 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 as much as be a formidable rival.

The males’s hockey remaining begins at 11:00. Britain are nonetheless ready to succeed in the Olympic males’s podium on this sport for the primary time since profitable the title in 1988. Hosts Japan have solely made the ultimate as soon as earlier than, in 1932 – helped that 12 months by the actual fact solely three groups entered within the first place.

Brit watch

Matthew Partitions 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 someday’s racing, together with a brand new tempo race the place riders can rating factors by sprints on virtually each lap.

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

The males’s marathon swim (which ends shortly earlier than 01:30) will characteristic GB’s Hector Pardoe, who received an Olympic qualifier in Portugal to e book his place. Pardoe’s coaching regime consists of swimming 90km per week.

In boxing, world bronze medallist Peter McGrail will hope to combat for GB because the medals are determined within the males’s featherweight division (07:35).

Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix and Lois Toulson dive for GB within the girls’s 10m platform occasion (07:00-08:30).

World watch

Ashton Eaton has retired after profitable the decathlon in 2012 and 2016, so the crown within the 10-event athletics bonanza is up for grabs. Contenders embody France’s Kevin Mayer, Canadian Damian Warner, German world champion Niklas Kaul and Estonia’s Maicel Uibo are all within the combine. The deciding 1500m race begins at 13:40.

In the meantime, the males’s shot put remaining (03:05-04:15) will characteristic Ryan Crouser, the American who broke the occasion’s 31-year-old world document within the weeks main as much as the Video games. Crouser appropriately described breaking that document as “an enormous weight lifted”.

A custom-built park on Tokyo Bay will welcome the males’s park skateboarding finalists (04:30-05:20). Hawaiian Heimana Reynolds is a number one contender for gold after profitable the world title in 2019, his breakthrough 12 months. Reynolds’ favorite coaching approach is rock working: choosing up a heavy rock then utilizing it to run, weighed down, alongside the ocean ground off the coast of Hawaii.

Knowledgeable information

Karate is without doubt one of the remaining sports activities to get beneath approach in Tokyo (02:00-13:40) because it makes its Olympic debut. There are two disciplines. In kata, you compete by yourself and show offensive and defensive strikes towards a digital opponent. You rating factors for approach, timing and athleticism. In kumite, which not like kata is split into weight lessons, 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), trendy pentathlon (girls), sport climbing (girls), desk tennis (males’s group), wrestling (girls’s freestyle 53kg, males’s freestyle 74kg, males’s freestyle 125kg).

Highlights

Girls’s soccer reaches its Olympic remaining at 03:00. America have received 4 of the six Olympic girls’s soccer tournaments, and Workforce GB have by no means reached the rostrum. In equity, they’ve solely entered a group as soon as earlier than: London 2012, the place Canada beat them 2-0 within the quarter-finals. Will that document change this 12 months? The US are the world’s primary group with Germany second heading into Tokyo 2020.

In hockey, it is a totally different story. Britain clinched Olympic gold in dramatic style in 2016, profitable a late-night penalty shootout towards the Netherlands in Rio. However issues have not been really easy for the house nations since. England, crushed 2-0 by the Netherlands within the quarter-finals of 2018’s World Cup, are actually ranked fifth on the earth and the Dutch have been dominant. The ultimate takes place on Friday from 11:00.

Laura Muir has been there or thereabouts for a medal within the girls’s 1500m (13:50) for years with out managing to succeed in the rostrum at outside world or Olympic degree. For Tokyo, Muir has dropped the 800m distance to focus purely on changing her 1500m potential right into a medal. Kenya’s Religion Kipyegon could also be tough to dislodge from the highest step of the rostrum – the Rio champion lowered her nationwide document simply earlier than this 12 months’s Video games.

On the velodrome, the madison has been restored to the Olympic programme (the boys’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 techniques and endurance. If you have not watched it earlier than, you will in all probability be counting on the commentators to observe what’s occurring. Katie Archibald and Laura Kenny journey within the madison for GB at 09:15.

Friday might be Shauna Coxsey’s huge day after years of build-up to the Olympic debut of her sport, climbing (10:30-14:20). Anticipate her to excel within the pace and bouldering sections, which means her success may rely on how she handles the lead climbing, which measures how far up a wall she will get. The large unknown is how she has recovered from a persistent again damage. Slovenia’s Janja Garnbret is broadly anticipated to take gold.

Brit watch

Everyone 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 within the easy passing (or not) of a baton. Britain has had an affordable quantity of relay success recently – each groups took world silver in 2019 and the boys had been world champions two years earlier.

In boxing, Cheavon Clarke is Britain’s heavyweight hope. Clarke competed for Jamaica on the Commonwealth Video games seven years in the past however has since switched allegiance, incomes a European bronze medal in 2019. The heavyweight remaining is at 07:05.

World watch

Usually talking, seaside volleyball has been dominated on the Olympics by the US and Brazil – each being nations the place enjoying volleyball on a seaside has a sure attraction. However that is altering. Three of the previous 4 world titles within the girls’s occasion (02:00-04:50) have gone to different nations, the most recent being received by Canada. Friday’s medal video games will assist to light up whether or not that shift in energy has reached the Olympic stage.

Rhythmic gymnastics begins on Friday with particular person all-around qualification (02:20-09:45). This sport is mainly ‘the opposite gymnastics’ to British viewers used to watching solely creative gymnastics, since Britain has barely ever entered the Olympic rhythmic gymnastics, which includes routines accomplished with ribbons, hoops, balls and golf equipment to enrich 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.

Knowledgeable information

Perennially one of many least penetrable Olympic sports activities, trendy pentathlon’s girls’s occasion takes place on Friday. In a nutshell, athletes swim, fence and journey a horse to finish up with a factors rating that provides them a time handicap for a remaining occasion that is a bit just like the Winter Olympics sport of biathlon: they need to run a cross-country course whereas often taking pictures at targets. The primary one over the road after the run wins.

The showjumping is normally a spotlight as pentathlon’s guidelines require that the rider can’t use their very own horse however as an alternative will get provided 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.

Regardless of pentathlon’s unlikely line-up of disciplines – designed to duplicate the talents a soldier may need wanted a century in the past – Britain has a fantastic pedigree within the girls’s sport, with a number of Olympic medallists. Kate French and Jo Muir will compete for GB in Tokyo, and each have a shot at a medal. Occasions run from 06:30 to 12:15.

Saturday, 7 August – day 15

Medal occasions: 34

Inventive swimming (group), athletics (girls’s marathon, girls’s excessive leap, girls’s 10,000m, males’s javelin, males’s 1500m, girls’s 4x400m relay, males’s 4x400m relay), baseball, basketball (males), 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 group), soccer (males), golf (girls), handball (males), karate (girls’s kumite +61kg, males’s kumite +75kg), trendy pentathlon (males), rhythmic gymnastics (particular person), volleyball (males), water polo (girls), wrestling (girls’s freestyle 50kg, males’s freestyle 65kg, males’s freestyle 97kg).

Highlights

Greater than 30 gold medals can be found on Saturday so there’s going to be motion virtually anyplace you look. The males’s soccer 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 on the previous 4 Video games. Hosts Japan reached the bronze-medal recreation in London 9 years in the past and can hope to do higher in 2021.

Tom Daley has what might be his final alternative to say 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 just lately in 2017. Daley received 10m gold at a check occasion for Tokyo 2020 in Might.

Tom Daley

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

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

Brit watch

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

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

Males’s madison day on the monitor biking sees Ethan Hayter and Oliver Wooden group up for Britain. The pair, European bronze medallists in 2018, are thought of an out of doors wager for a medal.

Showjumping’s group occasion reaches its conclusion (11:00) with Ben Maher and Scott Brash hoping to duplicate their roles in incomes GB gold at London 2012. Holly Smith is the third group member. Switzerland have a powerful shot at gold with two of the world’s main riders, whereas Jessica Springsteen – daughter of singer Bruce – is within the US group.

World watch

The males’s basketball remaining (03:30) is ordinarily a coronation for the US, who’ve received six of the seven Olympic titles since NBA gamers started competing on the Video games in 1992. The truth that the gold-medal recreation takes place effectively earlier than the bronze-medal recreation – to accommodate US prime-time TV – tells you every part it’s essential to find out about American confidence of their group.

The girls’s marathon takes place in Sapporo, capital of the northern island of Hokkaido effectively 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 weird 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 within the combine for medals in a sport dominated by European nations. France’s hopes could relaxation on talismanic star Nikola Karabatic’s restoration from a knee damage.

Knowledgeable information

Water polo includes 4 eight-minute intervals by which gamers cannot contact the pool’s sides or backside, so should tread water all through utilizing a specialised eggbeater kick. The game is huge in Hungary, the place the boys have received Olympic gold 9 occasions, though Hungary’s girls have by no means reached the rostrum since their introduction in 2000. This 12 months’s girls’s remaining (08:30) may contain a resurgent Hungarian group and could be very prone to characteristic the US, who’re dominant.

Sunday, 8 August – day 16

Medal occasions: 13

Athletics (males’s marathon), basketball (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).

Highlights

Eliud Kipchoge, the defending Olympic marathon champion and world document holder, is broadly anticipated to characteristic closely within the remaining athletics occasion of Tokyo 2020 (conclusion shortly after midnight on Sunday). Kipchoge mentioned he’s “nonetheless hungry” at 36 within the build-up to those Video games and dismissed issues concerning the warmth. He mentioned situations in Sapporo, some 500 miles north of Tokyo, would 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. Precisely what kind that may 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 doable British curiosity in all, led by 2019 world champion Lauren Value in girls’s middleweight (06:00-07:55). Luke McCormack, twin brother of GB team-mate Pat, competes within the males’s light-weight division. Youth Olympic champion Caroline Dubois, certainly one of 11 siblings, fights within the girls’s light-weight occasion.

World watch

Lang Ping received volleyball gold as a participant in 1984 then returned as coach to information her nationwide group, China, to the Olympic title in Rio 5 years in the past. Nicknamed the ‘Iron Hammer’ in a subsequent documentary, Lang is again to defend that title in Tokyo. Her group 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.

Knowledgeable information

Schedulers have held again the males’s keirin till the final day of the Olympics (02:00-05:15), realizing the monitor biking self-discipline has an enormous Japanese following. The keirin, the place riders are paced by a motorised scooter for a number of laps earlier than a dash end, was invented in Japan and added to the Olympics in 2000 after Japanese 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. In the meantime, Katy Marchant goes within the girls’s dash and Laura Kenny rides the girls’s omnium.

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