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Tokyo Olympics Day One schedule, highlights, UK times and more


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year later than planned, the Tokyo Olympics officially opened on Friday when Naomi Osaka lit the Olympic flame in a poignant opening ceremony.

Here’s all you need to know ahead of Day One at the Games when more than 20 sports roll into action…

Day One highlights

The biggest draw on Saturday is the men’s cycling road race, when Geraint Thomas has what will probably be his last chance at Olympic glory.

The 2018 Tour de France winner crashed in 2016 in Rio when he looked set for gold and will be hoping the lay that ghost to rest this time.

Britain’s four-man team for the wide-open race comprises Thomas, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Adam Yates and Simon Yates, while Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar will be in the mix.

Team GB women’s football team are back in action against hosts Japan. After beating Chile 2-0 in their opening match, a win for Britain would all-but secure a place in the knockout stage.

As the tennis tournament begins, Andy Murray starts the defence of his Olympic title against Felix Auger-Aliassime in the men’s singles.

Heather Watson also starts her singles campaign, while Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury plus Jamie Murray and Neil Skupski play in the doubles. Wimbledon champions Novak Djokovic and Ash Barty are also in action.

The swimming starts in the pool, where Olympic and world champion Adam Peaty will begin the defence of his title in the heats of the men’s 100m breaststroke alongside his training partner James Wilby, who is another medal bet.

Britain will be action in the men’s 4x100m individual medley heats, led by Max Litchfield who swum the fifth fastest time in the world at the British trials. There is also the women’s 4x100m individual medley heats.

It’s men’s qualification day in artistic gymnastics. Britain’s men are led by double Rio gold medallist Max Whitlock.


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