The Tokyo 2020 Olympics schedule is set and it's time to start getting excited. Here are our top picks from each day.

When will the Olympics be held in Japan?

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will take place from Friday, 24 July to Sunday, 9 August.

And the XXXII Olympiad organisers have released a detailed schedule.

With 33 sports and 339 events over 17 days, the most watched sporting event on the planet is bigger and better than ever.

The excitement is building and the clock ticking down, here's a day-by-day look at the events you simply can not miss.

*All times in Japan Standard Time (JST)

Friday 24 July - Opening Ceremony: Let the Games begin!

After the spectacular shows at Rio 2016 and PyeongChang 2018, will the Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony raise the bar once more?

We'll find out on 24 July.

Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony Date and Time:

When: Friday 24 July 20:00 - 23:00

Where: Olympic Stadium, Tokyo

Olympic action will actually begin two days before the Opening Ceremony on 22 July with softball and women's football kicking things off, then rowing and archery will take place on Friday 24, the day of the Opening Ceremony and the first gold medal will be awarded on Day 1 - 25 July.

Tokyo 2020 ceremonies to focus on 're-birth'

Tokyo 2020 ceremonies to focus on 're-birth'

Tokyo 2020 Day 1 - Saturday 25 July: the first golds of the Games

Women's 10m air rifle in the sport of shooting has the honour of receiving the first of 11 gold medals on the first full day of action.

Others will be awarded to the world's top athletes in archery, road cycling, fencing, judo, taekwondo and weightlifting.

Look out for the best judokas on the planet and Olympic-sized lifts as Day 1 showcases 21 different sports with beach volleyball, volleyball, equestrian dressage, table tennis, badminton, artistic gymnastics, swimming, water polo, 3x3 basketball, boxing, handball, hockey and tennis competition all getting underway.

Don't miss cycling's men's road race on Day 1 as it winds from Tokyo to Mount Fuji, giving Japan's unique mix of the modern and the eternal a stage to shine.

Our host has promised the 'most futuristic Games ever' and if you find yourself in need of help in Tokyo, you can always ask a robot:

Tokyo 2020 unveils robots to help visitors during Games

Tokyo 2020 unveils robots to help visitors during Games

Tokyo 2020 - Day 2 - Sunday 26 July: Skateboarding's golden moment

'Super Saturdays' hit the headlines after the release of the detailed schedule in April 2019, but 26 July has the makings of a 'Super Sunday' too.

There will be two types of skateboarding showcased at the Olympic Games street and park.

First up, on Day 2, the first ever skateboarding Olympic medals will be awarded to the best men's street skaters.

People like Nyjah Huston of USA and Brazil’s Leticia Bufoni both are aiming to etch their names in history to become the first Olympic gold medallists in skating.

Huston is an eight-time X Games champion in street and his video part ‘Til Death is an incredible showcase of his talents.

Nyjah Huston on Olympics, video part, and LeBron James comments

Nyjah Huston on Olympics, video part, and LeBron James comments

He’s part of the USA skateboarding team that is packed full of solid skaters like Louie Lopez, Jagger Eaton and Chris Joslin.

The women's contest will follow on Day 3.

Leticia Bufoni is an early front runner and a fitness fanatic. She's also one of the top women’s street skaters around.

She’s the 2018 Street League Skateboarding (SLS) runner up and a three-time X Games gold medallist.

The Brazilian is no stranger to taking women’s skateboarding to the absolute limit.

Her desire for domination is summed up by her nasty slam at the 2016 SLS Super Crown. (Beware: it’s not for the feint-hearted).

If you want to see some the world’s best skaters tackle stairs, handrails, curbs, benches, walls, and slopes with the first Olympic medals on the line – then make a mark in your calendar now.

Men's Skateboard Street at the Olympics Date and Time:

When: Sunday 26 July 9:00 - 13:55

Where: Ariake Urban Sports Park

Judo: Can Majlinda Kelmendi retain her crown?

One of the most powerful and emotional moments of Rio 2016 came when Majlinda Kelmendi won Kosovo's first ever gold medal and inspired a judo revolution in her country.

Can she double up at Tokyo 2020 in the -52kg category?

We'll find out on Day 2, Sunday 26 July, with the qualification and quarter finals in the morning session and the finals in the evening.

Judo -52kg Date and Time:

When: Sunday 26 July 10:30 - 14:30 (Morning) / 17:00 - 19:40 (Evening)

Where: Nippon Budokan

Swimming: Chase Kalisz in the 400m Individual Medley, Adam Peaty in the 100m Breaststroke

Sunday also stands out for the battle of the 400 I.M. with Kosuke Hagino hoping to defend his title in front of his home fans.

Hagino won three medals at Rio 2016, the others being silver behind Michael Phelps in the 200m medley, and bronze in the 4x200m freestyle relay.

He also took home a bronze from London 2012.

But the 24-year-old has struggled for form and focus since 2017 and recently pulled out of the Japanese nationals in March 2019.

"I’ve been unable to achieve the results I had hoped for since the 2017 season. As the gap between my targets and reality has widened, it has become harder for me to maintain my motivation." - Kosuke Hagino

Chase Kalisz has capitalised on Hagino's decline from grace with the American now known as 'the world's best all-round swimmer' after sweeping 200m and 400m medleys at the 2017 World Championships and 2018 Pan Pacific Championships.

The 400 I.M. looks like Kalisz's to lose, but could Hagino rediscover his mojo in front of a home crowd?

Swimming Men's 400m Individual Medley Final Date and Time:

When: Sunday 26 July 10:30 - 12:30

Where: Tokyo Aquatics Centre

In a break from tradition to try and beat the Tokyo heat, finals in many sports will take place during morning sessions.

Swimming is one of these sports, so look out for heats in the evening with corresponding finals the following morning.

Adam Peaty in the 100m breaststroke: Great Britain's great hope

At Rio 2016 Adam Peaty broke the 100m breaststroke world record in a qualifying heat, then broke it again in the final to take gold by a huge margin.

Having won this event at the 2017 World Championships and the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Britain will be holding its breath when Peaty steps up to the starting block.

He looks peerless, but anything can happen at the Olympics!

Swimming Men's 100m Breaststroke Final Date and Time:

When: Sunday 26 July 10:30 - 12:30

Where: Tokyo Aquatics Centre

Tokyo 2020 - Day 3 - Monday 27 July: Katie Ledecky to rule the pool?

There is plenty of excitement on the menu for Monday including the men's artistic gymnastics team final, men's triathlon, and the table tennis mixed doubles gold medal match.

The Katie Ledecky show

Katie Ledecky is the undisputed queen of middle and long-distance swimming and will race on Day 3 at the 2020 Olympic Games.

The American sprung to prominence at the age of 15 with gold in the 800m at London 2012.

At Rio 2016, she anchored the United States to silver in the 4x100m freestyle relay before winning gold in the 400 free, 200 free, 4x200m freestyle relay, and again in the 800 free.

And Ledecky has an extra gold to aim for at Tokyo 2020 with the 1500m freestyle - on the morning of Wednesday 29 July - in which she is the world record holder and three-time world champion - added to the programme.

In her sights is fellow American Jenny Thompson's record for a woman in the pool with eight golds and a total of 12 medals.

And Larisa Latynina's nine titles, the most of any woman in Olympic history, is definitely within reach.

Only Michael Phelps (23) has more gold medals than Latynina with the original 'Flying Finn' Paavo Nurmi and Americans Mark Spitz and Carl Lewis the other athletes on nine.

Swimming Women's 400m Freestyle Final Date and Time:

When: Monday 27 July 10:30 - 12:30

Where: Tokyo Aquatics Centre

The first table tennis gold medal: Chinese dynasty set to continue?

China have won every table tennis gold on offer at the last three Olympic Games.

It's a remarkable record and one the team is training hard to extend.

How do they do it?

Their biggest obstacle may well come from the hosts in Tokyo.

Look out for the mixed doubles gold medal match on Monday

Table Tennis Mixed Doubles Final Date and Time

When: Monday 27 July 20:00 - 22:10

Where: Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium

Tokyo 2020 - Day 4 - Tuesday 28 July: Softball gold at stake

Baseball and softball return to the Olympic Games in Tokyo having been dropped after Beijing 2008.

The host nation will be among the favourites in both, and can take inspiration from the last final in softball.

The United States had won all three previous gold medals, starting with the first at Atlanta 1996, and they took a 22-game winning streak into the 2008 final.

But Yukiko Ueno gave up just one run as Japan upset the favourites 3-1 to claim a first gold.

It was an incredible achievement by Ueno who pitched three complete games totalling 28 innings in the space of two days including the gold medal match.

Can Japan's next generation step up to the plate?

Softball Final

When: Tuesday 27 July 20:00 - 22:30

Where: Yokohama Baseball Stadium

It's not all rivalry and enmity between the Japan and U.S. softball teams, Monica Abbott has been playing in Japan's national league for eight years.

Her understanding and experience of Japan's thriving softball scene is a real eye opener. Watch her story below:

Equestrian Dressage: Isabell Werth and the Games - An Olympic love story

Day 4 will also see the first medals awarded in equestrian dressage with all eyes on Isabell Werth and Bella Rose.

The German rider is the record-holder for most Olympic medals won by an equestrian athlete with six gold and four silver, claiming individual gold and team silver in Rio.

Werth also took double gold at the September 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina, crying tears of joy after her horse Bella Rose made a winning return to action after four years out injured.

Werth will be 51 when Tokyo 2020 rolls around, but shows no decline in desire and doesn't need to look far for extra motivation:

Two more medals for Werth in Tokyo would see her draw level with canoeist Birgit Fischer as her country's most decorated Olympian.

Look out for the team event on Tuesday 28 and the individual contest the following day.

Equestrian Dressage Team Grand Prix Special Date and Time

When: Tuesday 28 July 17:30 - 22:40

Where: Equestrian Park

Tokyo 2020 - Day 5 - Wednesday 29 July: Surf's up

Surfing's Olympic debut will see the world's top wave riders hit Tsurigasaki Beach with Olympic medals at stake for the first time.

Just qualifying is huge with 40 athletes (20 men and 20 women) making it to the Games and a maximum of four (two of each gender) from each country.

The competition will take place over four days, waves permitting, with the top two surfers in each heat (of either three or four athletes) going through to the next round.

John John Florence ready to prove doubters wrong

John John Florence ready to prove doubters wrong

Those who fail to make the first two will compete in a repechage phase to decide who goes through to the latter rounds and eventually, one-on-one medal deciders.

Surfing Women's and Men's Finals Date and Time

When: Wednesday 29 July

Where: Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach

Surf stars ready to put on an Olympic show

Surf stars ready to put on an Olympic show

Watch how surfing has returned to Fukushima, the site of the Tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011:

3x3 Basketball

Surfing isn't the only sport where Olympic golds will be awarded for the first time on Wednesday.

The last of five days of spectacular 3x3 basketball action sees the medals handed out in the men's and women's competitions.

3x3 Basketball Women's and Men's Finals Date and Time

When: Wednesday 29 July

Where: Aomi Urban Sports Park

Excited for 3x3 at Tokyo 2020? Look back at the best from YOG2018

Excited for 3x3 at Tokyo 2020? Look back at the best from YOG2018

Tokyo 2020 - Day 6 - Thursday 30 July: Simone Biles and Caeleb Dressel

Michael Phelps achieved Olympic immortality by winning 27 medals - 23 gold - to become the most decorated Olympian of all time.

With the pool (excuse the pun) of competition deeper than ever, his records look increasingly difficult to match.

But fellow American Caeleb Dressel will do his best to get close.

Dressel will be 23 at Tokyo 2020 and already has two relay gold medals from Rio 2016 including the 4x100m freestyle along with Phelps.

At the 2017 World Championships, he matched Phelps' record of seven golds with six of those in Olympic events including the new 4x100m mixed medley relay.

And he is favourite to add Olympic gold to his world title in the blue riband event, the 100m freestyle.

Caeleb Dressel celebrates gold in the 100m freestyle at the 2017 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest
Caeleb Dressel celebrates gold in the 100m freestyle at the 2017 World Aquatics Championships in BudapestCaeleb Dressel celebrates gold in the 100m freestyle at the 2017 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest

Swimming Men's 100m Freestyle Final Date and Time

When: Thursday 30 July 10:30 - 12:30

Where: Tokyo Aquatics Centre

Best of the best: Simone Biles in the all-around final Thursday 30 July

At Rio 2016, Simone Biles equalled the record haul of golds by a female artistic gymnast at an Olympic Games with four gold and one bronze.

But can she do even better at Tokyo 2020?

After taking some 18 months off, the American came back better than ever and even defied a kidney stone to win medals in all six events - four golds, a silver and a bronze - at the 2018 World Championships in Doha.

The record for Olympic gymnastics titles, and the most by any female athlete, is nine held by Larysa Latynina who represented the Soviet Union in 1956, 1960 and 1964.

Biles could match that with five golds in Tokyo, a number within her reach given that she claimed uneven bars silver and balance beam bronze in Doha.

No female gymnast has won five Olympic titles at a single Games, but the 21-year-old could be the first to achieve it.

Simone Biles

Simone Biles "proud" of her achievements in Doha

And perhaps she could even match Vitaly Scherbo's six golds at Barcelona 1992.

Three more medals of any colour in Tokyo would see Biles pass Shannon Miller's tally of seven and become the USA's most decorated Olympic gymnast of all time.

Artistic Gymnastics Women's Individual All-Around Final Date and Time

When: Thursday 30 July 19:50 - 22:00

Where: Ariake Gymnastics Centre

Women's table tennis singles final

Defending women's champion Ding Ning has already amassed three gold medals and one silver at Olympic Games.

The Chinese ace will be 30 years old in Tokyo and aiming for a record five Olympic titles.

All she has to do is repeat her double gold performance in Rio.

Sounds simple right?

Table Tennis Women's Singles Final Date and Time

When: Thursday 30 July 20:00 - 22:10

Where: Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium

Olympic Channel was given exclusive action to one of table tennis' top tournaments in China to see could we find out the Chinese secret to success.

How did the top players perform under pressure at the Marvellous 12 competition? Olympic qualification was at stake...

WATCH: Behind the scenes at “One of the toughest tournaments in the world”

WATCH: Behind the scenes at “One of the toughest tournaments in the world”

Tokyo 2020 - Day 7 - Friday 31 July: Mo Farah, Teddy Riner, G.O.A.T.?

Friday morning starts with swimming and the women's 100m freestyle where there are two defending champions.

Remember when Canada's Penny Oleksiak and the USA's Simone Manuel touched the wall at the exact same time in Rio 2016?

They simultaneously broke the Olympic record in a time of 52.70 seconds.

Watch what happens in one of the most unpredictable races on the Olympic swim calendar.

Swimming Women's 100m Freestyle Final Date and Time

When: Friday 31 July 10:30 - 12:30

Where: Tokyo Aquatics Centre

Mo Farah's 10,000m trilogy

Mo Farah is a British hero.

That's hardly a surprise as Britain's most decorated track athlete of modern times after all, and he's the reigning double Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion.

The Somali-born star quit the track after the 2017 World Championships to pursue his marathon ambitions.

But he admitted in November 2018 that he was tempted to defend his 10,000m crown back on the track.

“Yes, there is a chance... Our career is so short... I want to collect as many medals as I can and do it for my country.” - Mo Farah in 2018

If he were to complete a hat-trick of 10,000m titles, that would surely cement his reputation as the greatest long-distance runner in modern history.

Athletics Men's 10,000m Final Date and Time

When: Friday 31 July 19:00 - 21:10

Where: Olympic Stadium

Teddy Riner Judo Heavyweight Master

The last time Teddy Riner lost a judo bout was 13 September 2010.

The French +100kg ace has looked unbeatable since then, adding two Olympic golds to his bronze from Beijing 2008 and scooping a record haul of 10 world titles.

Riner will be 31 at Tokyo 2020 and still has years ahead of him in the sport.

He even says he would like to be around for Paris 2024 in the city he was raised after being born in Guadeloupe.

'Big Ted' has yet to make his return since winning the 2017 World Judo Open in Marrakech, Morocco.

But he remains a hot favourite for Tokyo 2020 where victory would see him join Tadahiro Nomura on a record three golds, and become the most successful judoka in Olympic history thanks to that Beijing bronze.

Here's another important date for the diary with the qualification and quarter finals taking place in the morning session and the final in the evening:

Judo +100kg Final Date and Time

When: Friday 31 July 17:00 - 19:40

Where: Nippon Budokan

Riner: I will do my very best to compete until 2024

Riner: I will do my very best to compete until 2024

Men's Singles Table Tennis final: Ma Long to further his legacy?

Ma Long took individual gold at Rio 2016 to become the fifth player to complete a career Grand Slam comprising the Olympic Games, the World Championships and World Cup.

He also claimed his second team gold to take his tally to three, one short of the record jointly held by Wang Nan, Deng Yaping and Zhang Yining.

Ma is the outstanding player of his generation with his Rio gold coming during his record 34 consecutive months at the top of the world rankings.

Team-mate Zhang Jike, Ma's victim in the Rio 2016 final, also has three Olympic golds.

And with China overwhelming favourites for the team title, whoever wins the individual crown could become a history maker.

Zhang may sense an opportunity with Ma recovering from a lengthy knee injury which was much more serious than originally thought.

He was seen limping at China's famous Marvellous 12 tournament in April 2019, but Ma is intent on booking his date with history at Tokyo 2020.

Tokyo 2020 - Day 8 - Saturday 1 August: 'Super Saturday' Episode 1

No fewer than 21 gold medals are up for grabs on Saturday.

One of the first will be awarded in the men's 100m butterfly swim.

Joseph Schooling stunned the world when he beat Michael Phelps in the Rio 2016 final to give Singapore its first ever gold medal.

It looks like Schooling will have to face down another U.S. giant in Caeleb Dressel at Tokyo 2020 if he's to write another chapter in his fairy-tale.

And he could only take bronze at the 2017 Worlds in Budapest with Dressel winning gold from Italy's Piero Codia.

Schooling clearly has work to do but, given his Rio heroics, this could be a race to savour.

Swimming Men's 100m Butterfly Final Date and Time

When: Saturday 1 August 10:30 - 12:30

Where: Tokyo Aquatics Centre

Athletics: Women's 100m Final

It's one of the Olympic events that the world stops to watch with the tag of 'fastest woman alive' up for grabs.

Jamaica's sprint empire dominated at Rio 2016 with Elaine Thompson winning gold and London 2012 winner Shelly Ann-Pryce taking bronze.

Tori Bowie had to settle for silver between the two Jamaicans, but she did anchor Team USA to gold in the 4 x 100m relay.

Bowie became world champion in 2017 with Ivorian sprinter Marie-Josee Ta Lou and Britain's Dina Asher-Smith also genuine medal contenders.

Look out too for Jamaica's future superstar Briana Williams to cause a shock in the 100m.

Briana Williams: the next Jamaican sprint hope

Briana Williams: the next Jamaican sprint hope

She'll only be 18 at the Games but already has lofty ambitions.

“I want to be as great as Usain Bolt and be the greatest female athlete…" - Briana Williams

Will Jamaica rise to the top again or is Tokyo set up for Tori Bowie's moment?

Athletics Women's 100m Final Date and Time

When: Saturday 1 August 19:00 - 21:10

Where: Olympic Stadium

Tokyo 2020 - Day 9 - Sunday 2 August: Who will wear Usain Bolt's crown?

The great man is gone and we all just have to accept it.

After three consecutive golds at 100m and 200m, Usain Bolt has left a giant hole in the track world.

But his retirement heralds a new era and the contenders are on their marks.

The evening session final on Sunday 2 August will give us a new 100m champion for the first time since Athens 2004.

American sprinters Christian Coleman and Noah Lyles are thought by most watchers to be in a two way race for the grand title.

Coleman, silver medalist behind Jason Gatlin at the 2017 Worlds, won the Brussels Diamond League in August 2018 with the fastest 100m for three years.

But Lyles took victory at the USATF Championships in 9.88 seconds, making him the youngest US national 100m champion in 34 years.

Lyles turns 23 days before the final while Coleman will be 24.

This could be a rivalry that lasts a generation.

Athletics Men's 100m Final Date and Time

When: Sunday 2 August 19:00 - 21:55

Where: Olympic Stadium

Noah Lyles exclusive:

Noah Lyles exclusive: "I am hugely into creating"

Golf at Tokyo 2020: Tiger on the prowl?

Sunday 2 August is also D-day for the biggest names in golf.

The men's individual stroke play concludes after four days (starting Thursday 30 July).

Michael Jordan called Tiger Woods' Masters win "the greatest comeback I've ever seen" in April 2019, but can Tiger take that form into the Olympics?

Britain's defending champion Justin Rose may have something to say about that.

Remember how he gave the Olympics its first ever hole-in-one in Rio?

Golf Men's Final Round Date and Time

When: Sunday 2 August 7:30 - 16:00

Where: Kasumigaseki Country Club

Women's badminton final - Carolina Marin to double Spanish delight?

On Sunday, you'll need to multi-screen.

Another unmissable event taking place on 2 August is the women's badminton gold medal match.

At Rio 2016 Carolina Marin penned a new Spanish fairytale when she beat India's darling P.V. Sindhu to win her country's first ever gold medal in the discipline.

Marin defeated Sindhu to claim her second world title in Nanjing, China in 2018, but she had to undergo knee ligament surgery in January 2019.

She has promised to "be back stronger", and with the Spaniard's steely focus, would you be brave enough to doubt her?

Marin is an inspiration to many in the sport, and sent a message of support to rival Sindhu after their World Championship final showdown.

"You have my support" - Champion Marin encourages beaten rival Sindhu

Sindhu and Marin are not the only shuttlers prospecting for gold at Tokyo.

Akane Yamaguchi became Japan's first world number one in April 2018 and took bronze at the Worlds.

And team-mate 2017 world champion Nozomi Okuhara will hope to go better than her bronze from Rio 2016.

Japan's first ever badminton gold came at Rio when school friends Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi broke the Chinese monopoly on the women's doubles event that they held since Atlanta 1996.

The friends inspired a generation which could provide more Olympic glory on home soil.

Badminton Women's Singles Final Date and Time

When: Sunday 2 August 20:30 - 23:00

Where: Musashino Forest Sport Plaza

Tokyo 2020 - Day 10 - Monday 3 August: From nightmare cancer treatment to Olympic podium?

Men's badminton champion: Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, Viktor Axelsen, Chen Long?

The battle for men's badminton gold will be equally exhilarating and you can see it unfold in the evening session of Monday 3 August.

Imagine what it would mean to Lee Chong Wei and his legions of adoring fans in Malaysia and beyond to see him make a full recovery from cancer and finally win gold in Tokyo after three consecutive silver medals.

But there are plenty with claims to the title and China's resurgent star Lin Dan is seeking to become badminton's first three-time individual Olympic champion.

Lin beat Lee Chong Wei in the final at Beijing 2008, and did the same at London 2012 to retain his title.

'Super Dan' retains Olympic title at London 2012

'Super Dan' retains Olympic title at London 2012

The Malaysian had his revenge in the Rio 2016 semi-finals before Lin went down to future world champion Viktor Axelsen in the bronze medal play-off.

Despite some calling for his retirement, all-time great Lin Dan may well prove he still has one last trick up his sleeve and end his career on a high.

It was a tearful bronze for Viktor Axelsen at Rio, and he's kept busy since then.

The Dane won the 2017 world title, and challenged X-Men's Hugh Jackman to a badminton match, and struggled with injuries and allergies.

But make no mistake, the 1.94m Dane is a towering contender.

So will Lin Dan bow out in style? Will Lee Chong Wei make one of the greatest comebacks in Olympic memory? Is it to be Axelsen's golden moment? Or will Rio 2016 champ Chen Long retain his title?

Badminton Men's Singles Final Date and Time

When: Monday 3 August 20:00 - 23:00

Where: Musashino Forest Sport Plaza

Artistic Gymnastics

Look out for the Greek gymnast Eleftherios Petrounias on Monday in the men's rings final.

Unsurprisingly, the Rio 2016 has attracted the nickname the 'Lord of the Rings', but his story is truly inspirational.

Simone Biles should be in action too in the women's floor final where she'll defend her gold from Rio.

Artistic Gymnastics Men's Rings and Women's Floor Exercise Finals Date and Time

When: Monday 3 August 20:00 - 23:00

Where: Musashino Forest Sport Plaza

Tokyo 2020 - Day 11 - Tuesday 4 August: Allyson Felix is back and Cycling track thrills

Jason Kenny and the Men's Team Sprint Finals

He's won six Olympic gold medals and one silver, and Jason Kenny needs one more at Tokyo 2020 to become the most successful cyclist in Olympic history.

Kenny took silver behind team-mate Chris Hoy at Beijing 2008 with the pair joining forces for gold in the team sprint.

He then clinched double gold at London 2012 before retaining both titles at Rio 2016, and taking the keirin which Hoy had won at the previous two Games.

Kenny actually retired after his third Olympic appearance, but returned to training a year later saying "a break breathed new life into me".

He was in Great Britain's team sprint trio at the 2019 World Championships in Poland, losing out to eventual winners the Netherlands in the quarter-finals.

The husband of four-time Olympic champion Laura Kenny (nee Trott) will be 32 at Tokyo 2020, but he's an expert at preparing for the Olympics.

One more medal of any colour would take him to eight medals, matching Britain's most decorated Olympian Bradley Wiggins.

Kenny and Great Britain will have their work cut out in Tokyo with France and the Netherlands looking particularly strong.

Track Cycling Men's Team Sprint Final Date and Time

When: Tuesday 4 August 20:00 - 23:00

Where: Izu Velodrome

Is there any stopping Allyson Felix?

The most successful woman in Olympic athletics history is to back for more at Tokyo 2020.

As an 18-year-old, Allyson Felix secured silver at Athens 2004 before coming second at Beijing 2008 again, where she also took gold in the 4x400m relay.

It was third time lucky at London 2012 as she finally won the 200m, adding golds in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays.

And at Rio 2016, she won both relays again and took silver in the 400m behind Shaunae Miller-Uibo's spectacular dive over the finish line.

Felix gave birth to her first child in November eight weeks prematurely after playing a key role in the Los Angeles 2024/2028 candidature, saying that her baby was "by far my greatest accomplishment."

"I didn't care if I ever ran track again." - Allyson Felix

But Felix, who will be 34 at the Tokyo Games, has history in her sights with her tally of nine just one behind the American track and field record held by Carl Lewis.

And with six gold medals already to her name, Felix could match Usain Bolt's eight.

Look out for Felix in the USA relay teams, the 400m, and the 200m.

Athletics Women's 200m Final Date and Time

When: Tuesday 4 August 19:00 - 21:55

Where: Olympic Stadium

Tokyo 2020 - Day 12 - Wednesday 5 August: Breathe

Day 12 sees the final day of sailing, the men's 200m final and the start of the women's heptathlon in athletics, the men's weightlifting heavyweight final, the women's 10k marathon swimming, equestrian jumping, artistic swimming duet finals.

Not even a chance to catch your breath.

Wednesday will see an Olympic first as the women's skateboard park event will have its first ever Olympic champion.

Take a look at these Olympic skateboarders who could light up Tokyo 2020.

Tokyo 2020 - Day 13 - Thursday 6 August: first medals in karate and sport climbing

A big day for women's diving with the 10m platform semi-finals in the morning session and the finals in the evening.

The men's 10k marathon swim takes place on Thursday morning too (a 7am start!), as does the men's 110m hurdles on the track at around 2pm Japan time.

The women's football bronze medal match kicks off at 5pm with the men's hockey final starting at 7pm.

And two new sports will have their chance to shine.

Karate comes home

The home of karate will host the first Olympic competition in 2020.

Japan was the top nation at last November's World Championships in Madrid and much will be expected of their athletes on home soil.

There are six kumite events in Tokyo - three for each gender in different weight divisions - which see two opponents engage in combative sparring.

Men: 67kg, 75kg, +75kg

Women: 55kg, 61kg, +61kg

In addition, there are two kata competitions - one per gender - where the two opponents take it in turns to perform a routine consisting of a series of punches and kicks.

It is in kata where the host nation will be fancied to fare particularly well with Ryo Kiyuna clinching his third consecutive world title in Madrid, while Kiyou Shimizu was denied a hat-trick by home favourite Sandra Sanchez.

Japan confirm their dominance at karate world championships

Japan confirm their dominance at karate world championships

Kata Queen Sandra Sanchez faces fight of her life against Kiyou Shimuzu

World champion Sandra Sanchez will face a stern test against Japanese crowd favourite Kiyou Shimuzu.

At 32, Sandra Sanchez was jobless in Spain, living at home and told that she'd never make it in karate.

At 38, she'll compete for gold at Tokyo 2020.

But two-time world champion Shimuzu stands in her way, knowing that a chance to win gold at a home Olympics comes around once in a lifetime.

Karate Women's Kata Final Date and Time

When: Thursday 6 August 17:00 - 21:30

Where: Nippon Budokan

Sport Climbing's coming of age

Sport climbing. is an exciting addition to Olympic sporting family and its first Olympic medals will be awarded on Day 13 of Tokyo 2020.

Janja Garnbret is a hot favourite to take gold in the women's event.

In 2018, the Slovenian won the World Championships in both the Bouldering and Combined formats to become the poster girl for the sport.

Janja Garnbret celebrates winning the 2018 combined world title in Innsbruck (courtesy of Johann Groder/EXPA Pictures)
Janja Garnbret celebrates winning the 2018 combined world title in Innsbruck (courtesy of Johann Groder/EXPA Pictures)Janja Garnbret celebrates winning the 2018 combined world title in Innsbruck (courtesy of Johann Groder/EXPA Pictures)

But it's the men's event which comes first on Thursday evening, with the women's to follow on Friday.

Jakob Schubert is a strong contender with the Austrian a three-time world champion, and the owner of 20 World Cup winners medals.

But keep an eye out for a Czech challenge from Adam Ondra and Japanese contenders Kai Harada and Tomoa Narasaki.

Sport Climbing Men's Final Date and Time

When: Thursday 6 August 17:30 - 22:20

Where: Aomi Urban Sports Park

Tokyo 2020 - Day 14 - Friday 7 August: Olympic Friday Feeling

If you had any plans for Friday, probably best to cancel now as this Olympic day of A-listers and headline hitters is all you'll need

The women's and men's 400m and 4 x 100m relay finals are during the evening session, towards the end of the 20:00 - 21:55 block.

In the morning women's football gold will be decided.

Germany are the holders having beaten Sweden 2-1 at Rio 2016.

But a lot changes in four years of football: the USA are always a clear and present danger, an in-form Great Britain have improved hugely, and 2016 finalists Sweden all have a claim and will test the German defence of their title.

It's a morning kick-off which is prime time in the USA, so set that reminder and enjoy what is set to be a real footballing feast.

Football Women's Final Date and Time

When: Friday 7 August 11:00 - 14:00

Where: Olympic Stadium

Tokyo 2020 women's hockey final

Great Britain made hockey history at Rio 2016 by winning their first women's Olympic title with Alex Danson finishing the tournament as top scorer.

But hockey powerhouse The Netherlands won the 2018 World Cup Final in London with a convincing 6-0 victory over surprise finalists Ireland.

Spain finished third after they topped Australia 3-1, but it's the Dutch who look strong candidates to regain the title they won at London 2012.

Hockey Women's Final Date and Time:

When: Friday 7 August 19:00 - 21:30

Where: Oi Hockey Stadium - Pitch 1

Women's Beach Volleyball Final

The only four-time Olympic medallist in beach volleyball, Kerri Walsh Jennings, is hoping for more hardware at Tokyo 2020.

The 1.91m American star, aka Six Feet of Sunshine, won gold at Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 with partner Misty May-Treanor.

May-Treanor's retirement ended the greatest partnership in women's beach volleyball history, and Walsh-Jennings took bronze at Rio 2016 with April Ross.

Walsh will be 41 when Tokyo comes around, but she's back for more with a new partner in Brooke Sweat.

The pair took third in the 3* event in Sydney in March, and the veteran is "laser focused" on making another big statement on sport's greatest stage.

But they may not be among the favourites for gold with Canadian duo Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson currently heading the world rankings.

Beach Volleyball Women's Final Date and Time

When: Friday 7 August 10:00 - 12:50

Where: Shiokaze Park

Tokyo 2020 - Day 15 - Saturday 8 August: Super Saturday Part 2

It's the type of Saturday that sports fans dream of:

Finals in men's basketball, football, freestyle super-heavyweight wrestling and beach volleyball.

Plus the climax of modern pentathlon, women's golf, team equestrian jumping, women's water polo and kumite karate.

There's also the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-round final with identical twin sisters Dina and Arina Averina bidding to succeed fellow Russian Margarita Mamun.

There's something for everyone on Saturday.

LeBron to equal Carmelo's record at Tokyo 2020?

LeBron James is out to match Carmelo Anthony's record of three golds and one bronze in men's Olympic basketball.

The LA Lakers star was in the USA side which was stunned by Argentina in the Athens 2004 semi-finals,as told in the Olympic Channel film 'The Golden Generation'.

Normal service was restored in Beijing as the USA took gold before retaining the title at London 2012 and Rio 2016.

James missed Rio 2016 through fatigue after guiding the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first NBA title.

But with coach Gregg Popovich at the helm, King James says he's keen to pull on the US jersey again at Tokyo 2020.

Basketball Men's Final Date and Time

When: Sat 8 Aug. 11:30 - 13:30

Where: Saitama Super Arena

Baseball is back

When Ichiro Suzuki came to Japan with his MLB team the Seattle Mariners for the 2019 regular season opener against the Oakland Athletics, the reaction to the Hall of Famer's presence said everything about baseball culture in Japan.

"Mr. Ichiro is like a God. He's the most famous person in Japan."- Japan baseball player Yu Darvish of the Chicago Cubs to ESPN

Baseball was brought back in as a sport for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to the delight of Japanese fans.

Beijing 2008 was the last time baseball was on the schedule at an Olympics, and it was a tournament of shocks.

South Korea stunned Japan and Cuba ousted the United States in the semi-finals, before South Korea caused another upset by beating Cuba 3-2 to claim gold in the final.

Cuba have been in all five previous finals, winning three of them, and they are sure to be contenders again while the United States will be hoping to add to their gold from Sydney 2000.

Japan took bronze in 1992 and 2004, and silver in 1996 where they went down to Cuba in the gold medal match.

A maiden gold at home would be an unforgettable moment for Japan's baseball faithful.

Baseball Men's Final Date and Time

When: Saturday 8 August 19:00 - 22:00

Where: Yokohama Baseball Stadium

Artistic Swimming: Russia, China, Japan?

It was gold for Russia, silver for China, and bronze for Japan at Rio 2016 in the team artistic swimming event.

In the duets it was gold for Russia, silver for China, and bronze for Japan.

Breaking into the big three will be tough at Tokyo 2020, but look out for something different from Team USA and Austria's Alexandri triplets.

Russia are expected to dominate again and they have been boosted by the return of Svetlana Romashina with the five-time gold medallist victorious on her comeback nearly three years after her last competition at the Rio Games.

Tokyo 2020 - Day 16 - Sunday 9 August: Closing Ceremony

The Closing Ceremony will bring the curtain down on the XXXII Olympiad and starts at 8pm Tokyo time.

But there's plenty of sporting action before that.

Keeping with tradition, the men's marathon will be held on the final day of the Games.

This gets underway at 6am to beat the heat, and the top three will receive their medals during the Closing Ceremony.

At Rio 2016, gold went to Eliud Kipchoge who has since broken the marathon world record.

Make sure you check in daily to the Olympic Channel, home of the Olympics, for all the latest news, views, interviews and highlights before, during, and after the Tokyo 2020 Games.

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