Tokyo 2020 Olympics: athletics blasts off, swimming and more – live!
SportsJuly 30, 2021
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I, for one, am very excited about the early heats of the athletics. The worst runners at the Olympics are waaaaay faster than you (unless Usain Bolt is an unexpected fan of the Guardian’s liveblog). And when you see them in the early heats? They are crushed by the top sprinters. So what would those athletes do to you, mortal? It reminds me of this clip of members of the public confidently predicting they could beat NFL players in a 40-yard dash. With predictable results:
The golfers are the first out for the day, enjoying a casual round at the Kasumigaseki Country Club. A reminder of the leaders after round one – and they’re not exactly giants of the game. Sepp Straka of Austria leads at -8; Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond is-7, while Belgium’s Thomas Pieters and Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz are -6.
Hello! The athletics/track and field starts today as the end of the swimming looms into view (it’s not over just yet though). Here is my colleague Martin Belam with what’s hot and what’s also hot today at the Games:
All events are listed here in local Tokyo time. Add an hour for Sydney, subtract eight hours for Glasgow, 13 hours for New York and 16 hours for San Francisco. Confused? Surely not by now.
🌟If you only watch one thing: 9am-9pm Athletics – in some ways it never feels like the Olympics have truly got under way until there are people throwing things, jumping over things and running round in circles chasing each other in the main stadium. Call it athletics, call it track and field, whatever you want to call it, the real deal begins on Friday. There are qualifying rounds for the women’s 100m, 800m and 5,000m. Men go in qualifiers for the 400m hurdles, 4x400m relay and the 3000m steeplechase. There’s also men’s discus and high jump action, and the women are doing triple jump and shot put. The first track and field medal race will start at 8.30pm when the men race in the 10,000m. I can’t wait.
You can find our full interactive events schedule here. As well as telling you what is coming up, it carries scores and results throughout the day, like a live dashboard of whatever is happening. It’s brilliant.
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