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Tokyo 2020: Your Ultimate ‘Events to Watch’ Schedule

Having waited what seems like a lifetime for the Tokyo Olympics to begin, it’s finally here. We are now within touching distance of the Opening Ceremony on the 23rd of July and, more importantly, the sporting action starting.

There is never a dull day at the Olympics, but there are a few days that promise to be unmissable.

28th July

Surfing makes its debut in Tokyo and the reigning women’s world champion, Carissa Moore is tipped to win her sport’s first Olympic title, although she will face stiff competition from the most-decorated active female surfer, Stephanie Gilmore.

Aug 1, 2019; Huntington Beach, CA, USA; Stephanie Gilmore, of Australia, comes out of the water after completing competition during Round 3 of the WomenÕs Qualifying Series of the Vans US Open of Surfing competition  at Surf Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 1, 2019; Huntington Beach, CA, USA; Stephanie Gilmore, of Australia, comes out of the water after completing competition during Round 3 of the WomenÕs Qualifying Series of the Vans US Open of Surfing competition at Surf Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

On the men’s side, Kanoa Igarashi, a Californian with dual Japanese citizenship has home advantage.

Jun 18, 2021; Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Katie Ledecky swims in the Women’s 800m Freestyle prelims during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Swimming competition at CHI Health Center Omaha. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 18, 2021; Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Katie Ledecky swims in the Women’s 800m Freestyle prelims during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Swimming competition at CHI Health Center Omaha. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

The men’s rugby 7s winners will be crowned while in the pool, US star, Katie Ledecky, is favored to add her first Olympic 1500m gold to her collection.

1st August

In a crowded field, this day promised to perhaps be the most exciting of all.

A new champion of the Olympics’ blue riband event, the men’s 100m, will be crowned following the retirement of Usain Bolt, who won gold in the event at the last three Olympic Games.

Trayvon Bromell, center, wins the men's 100 meter dash flanked by Ronnie Baker in second, left, and Fred Kerley, right, placing third during the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene.

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Trayvon Bromell, center, wins the men’s 100 meter dash flanked by Ronnie Baker in second, left, and Fred Kerley, right, placing third during the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene. Eug 062021 Trials 05

Reigning world champion, Christian Coleman, is absent due to a doping ban, which leaves the door open for his fellow Americans, Trayvon Brommell, Ronnie Baker and Fred Kerley, as well as Canadian Andre de Grasse.

The men’s golf champion will be decided, with Spanish world number one Jon Rahm favorite for gold, while world number three, Justin Thomas, leads the American charge. Recently crowned Masters champion, Hideki Matsuyama, will be the home favorite.

Jun 17, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; Hideki Matsuyama lines up a putt on the fifth green during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 17, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; Hideki Matsuyama lines up a putt on the fifth green during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

In the pool, one of the stars of the US team, Caeleb Dressel, will be going for gold in both the 50m freestyle and the 4x100m medley relay.

Men’s tennis world number one, Novak Djokovic, is looking to add the final missing piece of the puzzle in the shape of Olympic gold and American gymnastics starlet, Simone Biles, has her sights set on successfully defending the vault title she won in Rio five years ago.

Jun 27, 2021; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Simone Biles (114) looks on after being announced to the Olympic team during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Gymnastics competition at The Dome at America's Center. Mandatory Credit: Grace Hollars-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 27, 2021; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Simone Biles (114) looks on after being announced to the Olympic team during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Gymnastics competition at The Dome at America’s Center. Mandatory Credit: Grace Hollars-USA TODAY Sports

4th August

Skateboarding makes its first Olympic appearance in Tokyo and today, Nyjah Huston is tipped to claim the men’s park gold.

Jun 16, 2019; Long Beach , CA, USA; Nyjah Huston of the USA competes during the semifinals of the Men's Street finals of DEW TOUR Long Beach skate event at Long Beach Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 16, 2019; Long Beach , CA, USA; Nyjah Huston of the USA competes during the semifinals of the Men’s Street finals of DEW TOUR Long Beach skate event at Long Beach Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

On the track, recent world-record breaker, Sydney McLaughlin of the US, is looking for her first Olympic title but she will be pushed hard by compatriot and reigning champion, Dalilah Muhammad in the 400m hurdles final.

6th August

The women’s football competition features the best of the best in the sport.

USA have long been the most dominant nation but a disastrous campaign in 2016 saw the side fail to even make the podium.

The squad, headed by Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd, will be looking to make amends in Tokyo and reclaim the title they won in 2004, 2008 and 2012.

On the track, five-time Olympian, Allyson Felix, is after a tenth Olympic medal in the 400m final, three years after the birth of her daughter.

Aug 17, 2019; Manhattan Beach, CA, USA; Alix Klineman (front) and April Ross celebrate after scoring a point in a match with Terese Cannon and Kelly Reeves during the AVP Manhattan Beach Open at Manhattan Beach Pier. Klineman and Ross won the match 2-1 to advance to the semi-finals of the tournament. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 17, 2019; Manhattan Beach, CA, USA; Alix Klineman (front) and April Ross celebrate after scoring a point in a match with Terese Cannon and Kelly Reeves during the AVP Manhattan Beach Open at Manhattan Beach Pier. Klineman and Ross won the match 2-1 to advance to the semi-finals of the tournament. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

In beach volleyball, Alix Klineman and April Ross are fancied for gold in today’s final.

7th August

Basketball has provided some of the most enduring memories of past Olympics – who can forget the Soviet Union’s final second victory over the US in Munich in 1972 or the Dream Team in Barcelona twenty years later?

May 6, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA;  Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) warms up before the game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
May 6, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) warms up before the game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

USA has dominated both the men’s and women’s Olympic basketball tournaments and today, the US men, spearheaded by Brooklyn Nets forward, Kevin Durant, will aim to win their fourth consecutive Olympic title.

Also on today is the baseball final – the dream match-up would be USA versus host country, Japan – and diving legend, David Boudia, will aim to add to his four Olympic medals in the 10m platform final.

David Boudia practices on the diving boards, Thursday, June 27, 2019 at Purdue University's Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center in West Lafayette. Boudia and three other divers that train at Purdue have qualified for the FINA World Championships next month in South Korea.

Purdue Divers Qualify For Fina World Championships In South Korea
David Boudia practices on the diving boards, Thursday, June 27, 2019 at Purdue University’s Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center in West Lafayette. Boudia and three other divers that train at Purdue have qualified for the FINA World Championships next month in South Korea. Purdue Divers Qualify For Fina World Championships In South Korea

The women’s golf champion will be crowned, with world number one, recent Women’s PGA winner and Florida native, Nelly Korda, the player of the moment.

Susan is a former world top-20 badminton player who represented Scotland at international level for over ten years, amassing almost 100 caps. She competed at three Commonwealth Games, winning two bronze medals and was also a member of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games. She now is now a sports journalist for The Herald and Sunday Herald and also appears regularly on Radio Scotland.

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