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IT’S THE OLYMPICS... BUT NOT AS WE KNOW IT! All the latest from Tokyo
Surfing makes its debut, plus all the highlights of the week ahead in our day-by-day guide
TODAY, JULY 25
DON’T MISS Making its debut at the Olympics, surfing begins at Tsurigasaki Beach, with a forecast typhoon poised to have a significant impact on events.
BEST OF BRITISH Known as the Headhunter because of the ruthless accuracy with which she aims kicks to the face, British taekwondo star Jade Jones will be aiming to become the first British woman to win gold at three successive Games. She competes in the -57kg category.
STAR QUALITY Skateboarder Nyjah Huston could be the biggest star at the Games you have never heard of. With almost 5million Instagram followers and five world titles, the Californian is the highest-paid skateboarder in the world, with an estimated worth of £9million. He contests the street event.
WHAT TO WATCH
11pm (last night)-8.20am: Surfing, men’s and women’s round 1 and 2
1.30am: Hockey, women’s pool stages, Britain v Germany
2.30am: Swimming, women’s 400m individual medley final
4.25am: Skateboarding, men’s street final 5am: Cycling, Women’s road race
Former world champion Lizzie Deignan carries British hopes.
1.30pm: Taekwondo, women’s -57kg gold medal contest.
TOMORROW, JULY 26
DON’T MISS Easily Britain’s strongest gold medal hope, Britain’s Adam Peaty has travelled to Tokyo in formidable form, winning four golds at the European Championships. The defending champion in the 100m breaststroke and multiple world champion, he should surely retain his title. BEST OF BRITISH Jonny Brownlee carries British hopes in the absence of older brother Alistair, the double Olympic champion. The younger of the pair struck form with victory at Italy’s World Cup in May. That he was then disqualified in Leeds for ‘ducking’ a rival swimmer is best overlooked. STAR QUALITY Britain’s Tom Pidcock has blazed a trail through cycling’s youth ranks, winning junior world titles in cyclo-cross and the road time trial. Signed to Sir Dave Brailsford’s Ineos Grenadiers, the 21-year-old competes in the mountain-bike event in Tokyo. ‘I’m going there to win,’ he says. WHAT TO WATCH 10.30pm (Sunday)-1am: Triathlon, men’s race
1am: Rugby sevens, men’s pool competition.
Britain begin their pool campaign against Canada aiming to improve on silver in Rio. 2.30am: Swimming, women’s 100m breaststroke semi-finals and men’s final. 3.20am: Swimming, women’s 400m freestyle final.
5.30am: Taekwondo, women’s -67kg round of 16.
Lauren Williams starts her campaign and will hope to be in the final at 1.30pm. 7am: Cycling, Men’s mountain bike.
7am: Diving, men’s 10m platform synchro final.
Tom Daley hopes to add to his two Olympic bronze medals with partner Matty Lee, but faces tough opposition from the Chinese. 11am: Gymnastics, men’s artistic team final.
Double Olympic champion Max Whitlock leads the British squad, who only narrowly missed out on the podium last time out.
TUESDAY, JULY 27
DON’T MISS With her trusted Valegro now retired, double Olympic champion
Charlotte Dujardin will hope to guide
Britain to success in the team dressage final on new horse Gio, before turning to the individual event. Carl Hester, competing in his sixth Games, and debutant Charlotte Fry make up a strong squad.
BEST OF BRITISH Britain is sending a formidable line-up to the women’s triathlon, comprising Rio bronze medallist Vicky Holland, world champion Georgia Taylor-Brown and Jess Learmonth, runner-up in the worlds. ‘All three have a shout of a medal,’ says performance director Mike Cavendish.
STAR QUALITY Simone Biles is the headline gymnast in the women’s team final, but the Games will showcase an exciting new talent in team-mate Sunisa Lee, the 18-year-old who recently became the first woman in eight years to outpoint Biles in a one-day score.
WHAT TO WATCH
10.30pm (Monday)-1.05am: Triathlon, women’s race.
7am: Diving, women’s 10m platform synchro British pair Lois Toulson and Eden Cheng go into the Games on the back of secondplace finishes at the World Cup and the European Championships.
9am: Equestrianism, team dressage final 11.45am: Gymnastics, women’s artistic team final.
1.30pm: Taekwondo, women’s -67kg final followed by men’s +80kg final.
Britain’s triple world champion Bianca Walkden will be targeting gold, while Mahama Cho edged out Rio silver-medallist Lutalo Muhammad to make the men’s team.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 28
DON’T MISS Jack Laugher, who with Chris Mears won Britain’s first ever Olympic diving gold in Rio, partners Dan Goodfellow on the 3m synchro event this time round. They won silver at last year’s World Championships and triumphed in the World Cup in Tokyo in May. BEST OF BRITISH History weighs heavily on the men’s coxless four, with Britain having won the event at every Games since Sydney 2000. But the signs are promising for Ollie Cook, Matt Rossiter, Rory Gibbs and Sholto Carnegie: they recently won the European title and the World Rowing Cup II.
STAR QUALITY It is incredible to think that Katie Ledecky is only 24. The American swimmer is a veteran of two Games and already has five golds in her locker. She is hoping for another four in the individual events alone in Tokyo, including in today’s 200m freestyle final.
WHAT TO WATCH
2.10am: Rowing, men’s four final.
2.41am: Swimming, women’s 200m freestyle final.
6am: Cycling, men’s time trial.
Grand-tour winners Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart carry the flag for Britain.
7am: Diving, men’s 3m synchro.
8.30am: Rugby sevens, men’s medal matches. 9.30am: Equestrian, dressage individual freestyle final.
Charlotte Dujardin will hope to retain the title she won at the past two Games.
12.45pm: 3x3 basketball, men’s and women’s finals.
THURSDAY, JULY 29
DON’T MISS Helen Glover will complete one of the Games’ most unlikely success stories if she retains her title in the women’s pair. The British rower has had three children since Rio and announced her return to the sport only this year. She partners Polly Swann.
BEST OF BRITISH Mallory Franklin will be aiming for a medal at least in the inaugural staging of the women’s canoe slalom at the Games. The former world champion must overcome her great rival Jessica Fox, the Australian with 10 world titles on her record. STAR QUALITY Biles promises to light up the Games much as she did the last one, winning four individual golds and triumphing in the gymnastics team event. Fans will be hoping the American attempts the outrageous vault that she recently debuted in the US (see panel, left). WHAT TO WATCH 1.30am: Rowing, women’s pair final. 3.37am: Swimming, men’s 100m freestyle final.
The blue-riband event pitches Australia’s defending champion Kyle Chalmers against Caeleb Dressel, the brilliant American. 7.55am: Canoe slalom, women’s final
11am: Hockey, Great Britain v Holland, Women’s pool match.
11.50am: Gymnastics: women’s all-around individual.
FRIDAY, JULY 30
DON’T MISS The first black woman to win an Olympic swimming title, Simone Manuel was diagnosed with ‘overtraining syndrome’ this year, the symptoms of which include insomnia, anxiety and depression. Yet she still qualified for the Games at the last attempt and could add to her two Rio golds in the 50m freestyle. BEST OF BRITAIN Keely Hodgkinson is one of Britain’s most exciting young athletes. The 19-year-old won gold in the European indoor 800m this year, broke the Under-20s world record and shocked seasoned rivals Laura Muir and Jemma Reekie to win the British title. Her heats begin today.
STAR QUALITY Teddy Riner, the judoka who won heavyweight gold at the past two Games, is aiming for an unprecedented third in the country that gave the world his martial art. That the Frenchman tore cruciate ligaments earlier this year has not deterred him. WHAT TO WATCH 1.55am: Athletics, women’s 800m heats. 2.05am: Rowing, women’s and men’s eight finals.
Moe Sbihi, part of the victorious coxless four in Rio, will be hoping to emulate that feat in Britain’s bigger boat.
4am: Tennis, men’s doubles gold medal match.
9am: Judo, men’s +100kg final.
11.19am: Swimming, women’s 50m freestyle heats.
SATURDAY, JULY 31
DON’T MISS BMX freestyle is another of the Olympic debutant sports chosen to lend the Games a more youthful appeal. Competitors are given 60 seconds to execute as many tricks as possible over skate-park obstacles including walls, box jumps and spines.
BEST OF BRITISH By competing in Tokyo, windsurfer Emma Wilson will emulate mum Penny, who contested the same event at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. She goes into the RS:X competition hoping to medal, having finished fourth at the World Championships and Olympic test event. STAR QUALITY Britain’s poster girl Dina Asher-Smith pits her talent against Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jamaica’s double Olympic champion, in what promises to be an electric women’s 100m competition. Defending champion Elaine Thompson-Herah is coming into form, too. WHAT TO WATCH
11.30pm (Friday)-1.25am: Triathlon, mixed relay.
2.10am: BMX freestyle, men’s and women’s first round.
2.30am: Swimming, women’s 800m freestyle final.
4am: Tennis, women’s singles final. 6.33am: Windsurfing, women’s RS:X final. 1.50pm: Athletics, women’s 100m final.
All times BST