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Full guide to Team GB Olympic highlights including what’s on and when

The greatest show on earth starts on Friday when the Tokyo 2020 Olympics opening ceremony takes place.

There are 17 days, 33 sports, and 339 events, with Team GB again looking to make history after a record-breaking Rio Games.

We have taken our biggest team ever to Japan, with more women than men for the first time.

The BBC will be bringing live coverage across BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, radio and online.

Here is our armchair guide to cheering on our Great British hopes – and the best of the rest.

Friday

Olympic opening ceremony.

Midday: In 2016, Japan’s then-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dressed up as Mario for a Nintendo-inspired handover ceremony at the Rio Olympics.

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The National Stadium is the main venue of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics

The Tokyo ceremony is expected to be influenced by Japan’s place in the world of technology.

On TV:12:00-16:00 – Opening ceremony, BBC One

Sat 24 July: Day 1

Medal events: 11

00.30-04.30: Rowing’s second morning of heats sees Helen Glover and Polly Swann , women’s pair.

0300-00.10: Twin brothers Adam and Simon Yates are competing for Team GB in the four-man road along with Tao Geoghegan Hart and Geraint Thomas.

Adam Peaty will be flash in his tash as Team GB's top gold medal hope
Adam Peaty will be flash in his tash as Team GB’s top gold medal hope

Pat McCormick fights for a medal in the boxing
Pat McCormick fights for a medal in the boxing

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13:00:Adam Peaty in the heats of the men’s 100m breaststroke.

On TV:00:10-13:40 – BBC One; 00:00-23:59 – Red Button; 13:40-13:55 – BBC Two; 13:55-18:00 – BBC One.Highlights:19:00-20:30 – BBC One

Sun 25 July: Day 2

Medal events: 18

05:00-09:30:Lizzie Deignan leads Team GB in the women’s cycling road race with Anna Shackley.

13:00:Jade Jones goes for her third Olympic taekwondo title in the -57kg class and China’s Wu Jingyu in the -49kg class are trying to become the first three-time Olympic taekwondo champions.

02:00-14:00: Simone Biles, the most decorated US gymnast of all time, will lead her team in women’s qualifying.

On TV:00:00-12:00 – BBC One; 00:00-23:59 – Red Button.Highlights:19:30-21:00 – BBC One

Mon 26 July: Day 3

Medal events: 21

03:00:Adam Peaty goes for gold in the men’s 100m breaststroke.

22:30-01:00:Jonny Brownlee goes in the men’s triathlon.

Jonny Brownlee (L) and Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain pose with their medals before a Rio 2016 Victory Parade for the British Olympic and Paralympic teams on October 17, 2016 in Manchester, England.
Jonny and Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain pose with their medals before a Rio 2016 Victory Parade in 2016

07:00-08:00:Tom Daley pairs with Olympic debutant Matty Lee in the men’s 10m synchro dive event.

On TV:00:00-12:00 – BBC One; 00:00-23:59 – Red Button.Highlights:19:30-21:05 – BBC One; 21:05-22:00 – BBC Two, Olympics 2020 – Extra

Tues 27 July: Day 4

Medal events: 22

22:30-01:00: Team GB women’s triathlon has one of the world’s best line-ups: Rio bronze medallist Vicky Holland , 2020 world champion Georgia Taylor-Brown , 2019 world silver medallist Jess Learmonth .

02:00-14:30:Bianca Walkden competes for Britain in taekwondo’s women’s +67kg category.

02:45:Duncan Scott will hope to line up in the final of the men’s 200m freestyle.


09:30: Dressage: Charlotte Dujardin , 36, will be looking to add to her three Olympic titles.

On TV:00:00-12:00 – BBC One; 00:00-23:59 – Red Button.Highlights:19:30-21:00 – BBC One; 21:00-22:00 – BBC Two, Olympics 2020 – Extra

Weds 28 July: Day 5

Medal events: 23

02:10: Britain’s men have won the Olympic coxless four on the past five occasions. This time, the quartet of Sholto Carnegie , Oliver Cook , Rory Gibbs and Matt Rossiter look to make history.

03:30-9:40: Road cycling trials. Geraint Thomas races alongside Tao Geoghegan Hart in the men’s event, while Anna Shackley competes for GB in the women’s event.

07:00:Jack Laugher , and partner Daniel Goodfellow try to retain the men’s 3m synchro diving title Laugher won with Chris Mears in Rio.

09:30-13:25:Charlotte Dujardin with new horse Mount St John Freestyle goes for a third successive individual dressage title.

On TV:00:00-12:00 – BBC One; 00:00-23:59 – Red Button.Highlights:19:30-21:00 – BBC One; 21:00-22:00 – BBC Two, Olympics 2020 – Extra

Thurs 29 July: Day 6

Medal events: 17

01:30:Helen Glover and Polly Swann in the women’s pair rowing race. Glover is going for her third Olympic title.

02:45: Men’s 200m breaststroke final may see Team GB’s Ross Murdoch and James Wilby .

On TV:00:00-12:00 – BBC One; 00:00-23:59 – Red Button.Highlights:19:30-21:10 – BBC One; 21:10-22:00 – BBC Two, Olympics 2020 – Extra

Helen Glover has launched an impressive come back
Helen Glover has launched an impressive come back

Fri 30 July: Day 7

Medal events: 21

00:45-02:45: Rowing: British men’s eight to repeat their Rio performance, where they capped off the week with a superb gold medal. Vicky Thornley in the women’s single sculls.

03:40-4:30: Athletics begins in with the women’s 100m, and a chance to see GB’s world silver medallist Dina Asher-Smith in action.

On TV:00:00-12:00 – BBC One; 00:00-23:59 – Red Button.Highlights:19:30-21:05 – BBC One; 21:05-22:00 – BBC Two, Olympics 2020- Extra

Sat 31 July: Day 8

Medal events: 21

13:50:Dina Asher-Smith will be hoping to line up for Britain in the final of the women’s 100m.


13:35: The new 4x400m mixed relay, where Team GB stand a good chance of a medal.

On TV:00:00-12:40 – BBC One; 00:00-23:59 – Red Button.Highlights:19:30-21:00 – BBC One; 21:00-22:00 – BBC Two, Olympics 2020 – Extra

Sun 1 August: Day 9

Medal events: 25

13:50: First men’s 100m final since 2004 without Usain Bolt. Trayvon Bromell, who won US Olympic trials, among the favourites. Zharnel Hughes is set to lead the British bid for a medal with Reece Prescod and Chijindu Ujah.

09:00 and 10:30: Two gymnastic finals where Max Whitlock took gold five years ago. Whitlock is the world champion on pommel horse, while Ireland’s Rhys McClenaghan won world bronze in the same event two years ago.

Max Whitlock is current Olympic gymnast champ
Max Whitlock is current Olympic gymnast champ

03:00: 4x100m medley relay sees the return of Adam Peaty with Britain’s world championship
winning team.

04:00-12:00: Tennis finals, with Novac Djokovic desperate to succeed for Serbia.

On TV:00:00-12:05 – BBC One; 00:00-23:59 – Red Button.Highlights:19:30-21:00 – BBC One; 21:00-22:00 – BBC Two, Olympics 2020: Extra

Mon 2 August: Day 10

Medal events: 22

13:40-14:00: Women’s 5,000m: Eilish McColgan , who recently broke Paula Radcliffe’s British record, leads Team GB’s hopes alongside Jessica Judd and Amy-Eloise Markovc .

On TV:00:00-12:00 – BBC One; 00:00-23:59 – Red Button.Highlights:19:30-21:05 – BBC One; 21:05-22:00 – BBC Two, Olympics 2020 – Extra

Tues 3 August: Day 11

Medal events: 22 (Big day for GB)

09:00: Finals for artistic gymnastics, times to be confirmed – Jack Fraser is a real medal hope.

09:05 and 09:35: Both Laura and Jason Kenny in action in the women’s team pursuit then men’s team sprint. Laura has won the team pursuit at two Olympics. Jason has won the team sprint in every Games since 2008.

07:00-08:30:Jack Laugher who took silver in 3m springboard in 2016 gets his chance to go one better.

06:30-07:00:Giles Scott , a Rio Olympic champion, defends his title in the Finn class medal race.

07:30-8:00: In the mixed Nacra 17 class: Britain’s John Gimson and Anna Burnet are the 2020 world champions.

11:05: Boxer Pat McCormack , the 2019 world silver medallist in the men’s welterweight division, will hope to reach the Tokyo final.

13:50: Women’s 200m final: Dina Asher-Smith is back but faces the daunting prospect of Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and USA’s Gabby Thomas.

On TV:00:00-12:00 – BBC One; 00:00-23:59 – Red Button.Highlights: 19:30-21:00 – BBC One; 21:00-22:00 – BBC Two, Olympics
2020 – Extra

Jason and Laura Kenny are also some of Britain's bright medal hopes
Jason and Laura Kenny are also some of Britain’s bright medal hopes

Wednesday 4 August: D ay 12

Medal events: 17

01:00-05:30:Sky Brown , born a month before the Beijing 2008 Olympics, competes in skateboarding. She is the youngest ever summer Team GB Olympian.

09:45-10:15: Men’s cycling team pursuit: Ed Clancy , who helped Britain to Olympic pursuit gold at the past three Games, is back. Denmark won the last world title in record time.

11:00-13:40:Ben Maher could be among the contenders for GB at showjumping.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson is the GB hope in the heptathlon
Katarina Johnson-Thompson is the GB hope in the heptathlon

07:30-08:00:Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark took 470-class sailing silver in London then went one better in Rio four years later. Mills won the world title with new partner Eilidh McIntyre in 2019 and will be hoping Wednesday’s medal race brings home another Olympic gold.

Other events: World champ Katarina Johnson-Thompson goes in heptathlon Day One.

On TV:00:00-12:00 – BBC One; 00:00-23:59 – Red Button.Highlights:19:30-21:00 – BBC One; 21:00-22:00 – BBC Two, Olympics 2020 – Extra

Thurs 5 August: Day 13

Medal events: 27

01:40-06:30:Katarina Johnson-Thompson ’s two-day heptathlon quest comes to an end with the long jump (01:40-02:20), javelin (04:35-06:30) and the grand finale, the 800m (13:20). Her main rival is Rio 2016 champion Nafi Thiam of Belgium.

07:30-10:30:Matthew Walls will ride for GB in track cycling’s omnium after picking up world bronze last year.

On TV:00:00-12:00 – BBC One; 00:00-23:59 – Red Button.Highlights:19:30-21:05 – BBC One; 21:05-22:00 – BBC Two, Olympics 2020 – Extra

Fri 6 August: Day 14

Medal events: 23

01:00:Laura Muir goes for gold in women’s 1500m final.

09:15: At the velodrome, Katie Archibald and Laura Kenny ride in the madison for GB.

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10:30-14:20: It could be Shauna Coxsey ’s big day in the Olympic debut of her sport, climbing.

On TV:00:00-12:00 – BBC One; 00:00-23:59 – Red Button.Highlights:19:30-21:05 – BBC One; 21:05-22:00 – BBC Two, Olympics 2020 – Extra

Sat 7 August: Day 15

Medal events: 34, Super Saturday with more than 30 gold medals up for grabs.

07:00-08:30:Tom Daley has probably his last opportunity to claim the Olympic 10m platform title.

11:00: Showjumping’s team event reaches its conclusion with Ben Maher and Scott Brash going for gold. Jessica Springsteen – daughter of Bruce – is in the USA team.

13:30-14:00: Athletics features the men’s and women’s 4x400m relays.

On TV:00:00-13:00 – BBC One; 00:00-23:59 – Red Button.Highlights:19:00-20:30 – BBC One

Tom Daly is hoping to add to his medal haul
Tom Daly is hoping to add to his medal haul

Sun 8 August: day 16

Medal events: 13

12:00: Tokyo says goodbye with its closing ceremony.

06:00-07:55: Boxing finals: Lauren Price in women’s middleweight. Luke McCormack , twin brother of GB team-mate Pat, competes in the men’s lightweight division. Youth Olympic champion Caroline Dubois, one of 11 siblings, fights in the women’s lightweight event.

02:00-05:15: Men’s keirin: Jason Kenny or Jack Carlin could be medal contenders, with Katy Marchant in the women’s sprint and Laura Kenny in the women’s omnium.

On TV:00:00-11:40 – BBC One; 00:00-23:59 – Red Button.Highlights:19:30-21:00 – BBC One

Peaty: I’ll go like flash in my tash

Swim ace Adam Peaty keeps faith in his moustache on Thursday – despite earlier blaming it for slowing him down.

The 100m breaststroke star, 26, joked he would shave it off after winning gold in this year’s European Championships.

He said: “I wasn’t in my best form.

File photo dated 16-06-2021 of Adam Peaty during the kitting out session for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 at the Birmingham NEC, UK
Adam Peaty is not joking around

“I still had my hairy moustache.

“But going into these Games I’m the most liberated I’ve been.”

Meanwhile, athletes claim the Tokyo Bay venue for the open water event “smells like a loo”. Officials insisted it was safe.




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