The Olympics 2020

About

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All you need to know

The Olympic Games happen every four years and sees athletes from around the world competing against one another in a variety of sports - culminating in the awarding of gold, silver and bronze medals in each sport discipline.

Dating back to 1896, the games have been held in cities across the world giving us countless moments throughout the years and have helped catapult athletes into household names!

The Olympics are seen as the grandest stage of all for athletes and is often regarded as the world’s foremost sports competition.

 

Schedule

The games, this year, take place in Japan's capital Tokyo, delayed from last year due to the Covid pandemic, and will take place from Wednesday the 21st of July till Sunday the 8th of August with all the coverage available on BBC One, BBC Two and BFBS Sport!

Below you will find the current schedule.

Monday 2nd August

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Row of runners in row.

Athletics

Schedule

0100 UKT - Men's Hammer Throw Qualification

0135 UKT - Women's 1500m

0220 UKT - Men's Long Jump Final

0230 UKT - Women's 200m

0350 UKT - Women's 100m Hurdles Final

1120 UKT - Women's Pole Vault Qualification

1125 UKT - Women's 200m Semi-Finals

1200 UKT - Women's Discus Throw Final

1205 UKT - Men's 400m Semi-Finals

1235 UKT - Women's 400m Hurdles Semi-Finals

1315 UKT - Men's 3000m Steeplechase Final

1340 UKT - Women's 5000m Final

 

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Artistic Gymnastics

Schedule

0900 UKT - Men's Rings Final

0945 UKT - Women's Floor Exercise Final

10:54 UKT - Men's Vault Final

 

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Badminton

Schedule

0500 UKT - Women's Doubles Bronze Medal Match

Followed by the Women's Doubles Gold Medal Match

1200 UKT - Men's Singles Bronze Medal Match

Followed by the Men's Singles Gold Medal Match

 

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Baseball/Softball

Schedule

0400 UKT - Round 2

1100 UKT - Round 2

 

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Basketball

Schedule (Women's)

0200 UKT - Nigeria v Japan 

0540 UTK - France v United States

0920 UKT - China v Belgium

1300 UKT - Australia v Puerto Rico 

 

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Beach Volleyball

Schedule

0100 UKT - Men & Women's Round of 16 matches

Rest of matches to be played consecutively.

 

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Canoe Sprint

Schedule

0130 UKT - Women's Kayak Single 200m

0205 UKT - Men's Canoe Double 1000m

0300 UKT - Women's Kayak Double 500m

0345 UKT - Women's Kayak Single 200m Quarter-Finals

0406 UKT - Men's Canoe Double 1000m Quarter-Finals

0422 UKT - Men's Kayak Single 1000m Quarter-Finals

0445 UKT - Women's Kayak Double 500m Quarter-Finals

 

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Cycling Track

Schedule

0730 UKT - Women's Team Sprint Qualifying

0745 UKT - Women's Team Pursuit Qualifying

0850 UKT - Women's Team Sprint First Round

0902 UKT - Men's Team Pursuit Qualifying

1006 UKT - Women's Team Sprint Finals - Bronze

1009 UKT - Women's Team Sprint Finals - Gold

 

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Diving

Schedule

0700 UKT - Men's 3m Springboard Preliminary

 

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Equestrian

Schedule

0900 UKT - Eventing Jumping Team Final and Individual Qualifier

1045 UKT - Eventing Individual Jumping Final

 

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Football

Schedule

0900 UKT - Women's Semi-Final

1200 UKT - Women's Semi-Final

 

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Handball

Schedule (Women's Prelims)

0100 UKT - Republic of Korea v Angola

0300 UKT - France v Brazil

0615 UKT - Spain v ROC

0815 UKT - Hungary v Sweden

1130 UKT - Netherlands v Montenegro

1330 UKT - Norway v Japan

 

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Hockey

Schedule

0130 UKT - Women's Quarter-Final

0400 UKT -  Women's Quarter-Final

1230 UKT - Women's Quarter-Final

1300 UKT - Women's Quarter-Final

 

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Sailing

Schedule

0405 UKT - Women's Two Person Dinghy

Followed by Women's Two Person Dinghy

0830 UKT - Women's Skiff

0835 UKT - Men's Two Person Dinghy

0733 UKT - Men's Skiff

Followed by Men's Two Person Dinghy

 

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Shooting

Schedule

0030 UKT - 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men's Qualification

0330 UKT - 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men's Qualification

0630 UKT - 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men's Final

0850 UKT - 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men's Final

 

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Table Tennis

Schedule 

TBC - Men's Round of 16

TBC - Women's Round of 16

TBC - Men's Quarter-Finals

TBC - Women's Quarter-Finals

 

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Volleyball

Schedule (Women's Prelims)

0100 UKT - Serbia v Republic of Korea

0305 UKT - United States v Italy

0620 UKT - ROC v Turkey

0825 UKT - China v Argentina

1140 UKT - Japan v Dominican Republic

1345 UKT - Brazil v Kenya

 

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Water Polo

Schedule (Men's Prelims)

0200 UKT - Hungary v Italy

0330 UKT - Greece v United States

0600 UKT - Serbia v Montenegro

0730 UKT - Spain V Croatia

1020 UKT - Japan v South Africa

1150 UKT - Australia v Kazakhstan

 

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Weightlifiting

Schedule

0350 UKT - Women's 87kg Group B

0350 UKT - Women's +87kg Group B

0750 UKT - Women's 87kg Group A

0750 UKT - Women's +87kg Group A

 

Tuesday 3rd August

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Artistic Gymnastics

Schedule

0900 UKT - Men's Parallel Bars Final

0950 UKT - Women's Balance Beam Final

1039 UKT - Men's Horizontal Bar Final

 

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Artistic Swimming

Schedule

1130 UKT - Duet Technical Routine

 

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Row of runners in row.

Athletics

Schedule

0100 UKT - Men's Triple Jump Qualification

0105 UKT - Men's 1500m

0120 UKT - Women's Javelin Throw Qualification

0145 UKT - Women's 400m

0250 UKT - Women's Long Jump Final

0305 UKT - Men's 200m

0420 UKT - Men's 400m Hurdles Final

1110 UKT - Men's 110m Hurdles

1115 UKT - Men's Shot Put Qualification

1120 UKT - Men's Pole Vault Final

1156 UKT - Men's 5000m

1235 UKT - Women's Hammer Throw Final

1250 UKT - Men's 200m Semi-Final

1325 UKT - Women's 800m Final

1350 UKT - Women's 200m Final

 

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Boxing

Schedule

0300 UKT - Men's Fly Quarter-Finals

0330 UKT - Men's Feather Semi-Final

0348 UKT - Men's Light Quarter-Finals

0418 UKT - Men's Heavy Semi-Finals

0435 UKT - Women's Light Quarter-Finals

0505 UKT - Women's Feather Final Bout

0900 UKT - Women's Light Quarter-Finals

0930 UKT - Men's Fly Quarter-Finals

1003 UKT - Men's Feather Semi-Final

1018 UKT - Men's Light Quarter-Finals

1050 UKT - Men's Heavy Semi-Final

1105 UKT - Men's Welter Final Bout

 

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Basketball

Schedule (Men's Quarter-Finals)

0200 UKT - Slovenia v Germany

0540 UKT - Spain v United States

0920 UKT - Italy v France

1300 UKT - Australia v Argentina

 

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Beach Volleyball

Schedule (Women's Quarter-Finals)

0100 UKT - Germany v United States

0200 UKT - Brazil v Switzerland

1300 UKT - Latvia v Canada

1400 UKT - Canada v Australia

 

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Canoe Sprint

Schedule

0130 UKT - Women's Kayak Single 200m Semi-Finals

0144 UKT - Men's Canoe Double 1000m Semi-Finals

0200 UKT - Men's Kayak Single 1000m Semi-Finals

0223 UKT - Women's Kayak Double 500m Semi-Finals

0330 UKT - Women's Kayak Single 200m Final

0345 UKT - Men's Canoe Double 1000m Final

0412 UKT - Men's Kayak Single 1000m Final

0439 UKT - Women's Kayak Double 500m Final

 

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Cycling Track

Schedule

0730 UKT - Women's Team Pursuit

0758 UKT - Men's Team Sprint Qualifying

0822 UKT - Men's Team Pursuit First Round

0850 UKT - Men's Team Sprint First Round

0905 UKT - Women's Team Pursuit Finals

0919 UKT - Women's Team Pursuit Finals - Bronze

0926 UKT - Women's Team Pursuit Finals - Gold

0935 UKT - Men's Team Sprint Finals

0941 UKT - Men's Team Sprint Finals - Bronze

0944 UKT - Men's Team Sprint Finals - Gold

 

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Diving

Schedule

0200 UKT - Men's 3m Springboard Semi-Finals

0700 UKT - Men's 3m Springboard Final

 

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Person riding a horse.

Equestrian

Schedule

1100 UKT - Jumping Individual Qualifier

 

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Football

Schedule (Men's Semi-Finals)

1100 UKT - Mexico v Brazil

1200 UKT - Japan v Spain

 

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Handball

Schedule (Men's Quarter-Finals)

0130 UKT - France v Bahrain

0515 UKT - Sweden v Spain

0900 UKT - Denmark v Norway

1245 UKT - Germany v Egypt

 

 

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Hockey

Schedule (Men's Semi-Finals)

0230 UKT - India v Belgium

1100 UKT - Australia v Germany

 

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Close up of team sailing a boat in an ocean.

Sailing

Schedule

0406 UKT - Women's Two Person Dinghy

0415 UKT - Men's Two Person Dinghy

0433 UKT - Women's Skiff Medal Race

Followed by Women's Two Person Dinghy and Men's Two Person Dinghy.

0533 UKT - Men's Skiff

0633 UKT - Men's One Person Dinghy Medal Race

0733 UKT - Mixed Multihull Medal Race

 

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Sport Climbing

Schedule

0900 UKT - Men's Combined, Speed Qualification

1000 UKT - Men's Combined, Bouldering Qualification

1310 UKT - Men's Combined, Lead Qualification

 

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Table Tennis

Schedule

0200 UKT - Japan v Sweden (Men's Quarter-Final)

0200 UKT - TBD v Germany (Women's Quarter-Final)

0630 UKT - China v Singapore (Women's Quarter-Final)

0630 UKT - Chinese Taipei v Germany (Men's Quarter-Final)

1130 UKT - Hong Kong v TBC (Women's Semi-Final)

 

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Ground of hands reaching for a volleyball mid-air.

Volleyball

Schedule (Men's Quarter-Finals)

0100 UKT - Canada v ROC

0300 UKT - Japan v Brazil

0900 UKT - Italy v Argentina

1330 UKT - Poland v France

 

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Close up of someone hitting a ball with their hand in water polo.

Water Polo

Schedule (Women's Quarter-Finals)

0600 UKT - Canada v United States

0730 UKT - Spain v China

1220 UKT - Netherlands v Hungary

1150 UKT - Australia v ROC

 

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Weightlifting

Schedule

0550 UKT - Men's 109kg Group B

1150 UKT - Men's 109kg Group A

 

Did you know?

A few fun facts

  1. Only three modern Olympic Games have been cancelled - these were due to World War I (1916) and World War II (1940 & 1944).

  2. At least one of the Olympic Rings' colors appears in every national flag (admit it, you're going to check this now aren't you?!).

  3. Athletes in the ancient Olympic Games competed in the nude.

  4. Swimmer Johnny Weismuller was a five-time gold medalist in swimming who also played Tarzan in 12 movies.

  5. The longest wrestling match in the history of the games took more than 11 hours - this took place in 1912 between Martin Klein of Russia and Alfred Asikainen of Finland.

  6. Swimmer Michael Phelps, from the USA, holds the record for most gold medals won by a single person - he won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

  7. The tradition of awarding gold, silver and bronze medals was introduced in 1904.

  8. USA lead the way when it comes to medals - 1,022 gold, 795 silver and 705 bronze.

  9. The UK is ranked 4th with 274 gold, 299 silver and 310 bronze.

 

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