Tokyo Olympics: Day-by-day schedule – when are Jade Jones, Adam Peaty, Dina Asher-Smith in action

After waiting patiently by an extra year, the time has come sports fans – two-action packed weeks of the Olympics are finally upon us.

The build up to the Olympics has been mired by Covid chaos but organisers of the Tokyo Games will be hoping that once the sporting events get underway, the doom and gloom will very much be lifted.

And ahead of the opening ceremony on Friday, Sportsmail has given fans an in-depth guide into the Olympic schedule.

All times BST: Tokyo is eight hours ahead of the UK. 

The Tokyo Olympics are finally upon us, with the opening ceremoney kicking us off on Friday

DAY 1 – Saturday, July 24  

One to watch…

Cycling (3am – 10.15am): The men’s road race, with Tao Geoghegan Hart, Geraint Thomas, Adam Yates and Simon Yates all in action for Britain.

Best of the rest… 

Rowing (12.30am – 4.30am): Helen Glover, 35, returns after retiring following her second straight title in Rio. She and her new rowing partner Polly Swann open their campaign in the women’s pair heats.

Shooting (12.30am – 8.30am): Seonaid McIntosh in the 10m air rifle. Likely to be the first medal of the Games.

Artistic Gymnastics (2am – 2pm): Max Whitlock, after two Rio golds, leads Britain’s men in qualification. 

3×3 Basketball (2.15am – 11.30am): The high-intensity game played casually around the world makes its Olympic debut.

Tennis (3am – 12pm): The singles and doubles first rounds will be played across days one and two. Andy Murray bids to win his third consecutive singles gold, and also plays doubles with Joe Salisbury.

Hockey (10.30am): Team GB’s men begin their Olympic journey against South Africa.

Swimming (11am): Adam Peaty should coast through 100m breaststroke heats.

Football (11.30am): GB take on Japan in second group game having beaten Chile 2-0 with two Ellen White goals.

Day 1 medal events: 11

DAY 2 – Sunday, July 25  

One to watch…

Taekwondo (11am – 2.30pm): Jade Jones is aiming to be the first British woman to win gold at three Olympics in a row. She competes in the 57kg category, while Bradley Sinden is a British medal hope in the men’s -68kg.

Best of the rest…

Surfing (Saturday 11pm – 8.20am): No British interest but a Games debut for the sport with the men’s and women’s shortboard.

Skateboarding (1am – 5.55am): The sport makes its Olympic debut with the men’s street preliminaries and final. Nyjah Huston (USA) is favourite to win the sport’s first ever gold.

Hockey (1.30am): GB Women begin the defence of their title against Germany.

Cycling (3am): 2012 silver medallist Lizzie Deignan leads the British charge in the women’s road race.

Archery (5.45am – 9.25am): The team event’s quarters, semis and medal matches. GB are led by new mum Naomi Folkard.

Day 2 medal events: 18

DAY 3 – Monday, July 26  

One to watch…

Swimming (2.30am – 4.30am): As close to a guaranteed gold for Britain as there can be, with Adam Peaty a white-hot favourite in the 100m breakstroke. It is an event in which the Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth champion has set the 15 fastest times in history… and he says another world record is in reach.

Best of the rest… 

Triathlon (Sunday 10.30pm – 1am): Jonny Brownlee, ranked ninth in the world, goes it alone without his double Olympic champion brother Alistair. Alex Yee, ranked 17, also goes for Britain.

Rugby Sevens (1am – 11.30am): The men’s pool stages begin, with GB playing their opening match against Canada. Britain won silver in Rio, beaten by Fiji in the final.

Diving (7am – 8am): Tom Daley is into his fourth Olympics after two bronze medals and goes in the 10am platform synchro with Matty Lee.

Artistic Gymnastics (11am – 2.10pm): Double gold medallist Max Whitlock should be leading GB in the men’s artistic team final, in which they finished fourth in Rio. Can they make the medals?

Day 3 medal events: 21

Adam Peaty is a white-hot favourite in the 100m breastroke on day three at the Olympics

Adam Peaty is a white-hot favourite in the 100m breastroke on day three at the Olympics

DAY 4 – Tuesday, July 27  

One to watch…

Equestrian (9am – 2.40pm): After gold and silver at the past two Games the British riders, led by Charlotte Dujardin, have high hopes in the team dressage.

Best of the rest… 

Taekwdono (11am – 2.30pm): Mahama Cho goes in the men’s +80kg. Bianca Walkden, who won a bronze in Rio, is in the +67kg.

Triathlon (Monday 10.30pm – 1.05am): Georgia Taylor-Brown (2020 world champion), Vicky Holland (2016 Olympic bronze) and Jess Learmoth (2019 world silver) lead an impressive British charge.

Artistic Gymnastics (11.45am – 2.10pm): American Simone Biles won four golds in Rio and is the worldwide superstar of the women’s team final.

Softball (5am – 2pm): The bronze and gold medal matches in the women’s-only event, which is back on the Olympic platform for the first time since 2008.

Diving (7am – 8am): Lois Toulson and Eden Cheng compete in the women’s 10m platform synchro, having won silver in both the World Cup and European Championships this year.

Day 4 medal events: 22

DAY 5 – Wednesday, July 28  

One to watch…

Road cycling (3.30am – 9.40am): The men’s and women’s time trials get under way. Geraint Thomas could be GB’s best hope of a medal as he races alongside 2020’s Giro d’Italia winner Tao Geoghegan Hart in the men’s event. Anna Shackley is GB’s lead contender in the women’s.

Best of the rest…

Rowing (2.10am): Britain’s men have won the coxless four contest on the past five occasions but go into this Games having placed third at the last two World Championships. But don’t write off their quartet of Sholto Carnegie, Oliver Cook, Rory Gibbs and Matthew Rossiter.

Diving (7am): Jack Laugher and new partner Daniel Goodfellow aim to retain the men’s 3m synchro diving title that Laugher won with Chris Mears in Rio. The pair also won silver at the 2019 Worlds.

Rugby Sevens (8.30am – 11.30am): The men’s bronze and gold medal matches. GB will hope to go one better than in Rio, where they lost heavily to Fiji in the final.

Dressage (9.30am – 1.25pm): GB’s three-time gold medal winner Charlotte Dujardin has a new horse — Mrs Valegro — but will be aiming to win another Olympic title in the individual dressage.

Day 5 medal events: 23

DAY 6 – Thursday, July 29   

One to watch…

Rowing (1.30am): After four years away from the sport, what a story it will be if Helen Glover can win gold again. She’s paired with Polly Swann in the women’s pair. They’re this year’s European champions and Glover, a mother of three, is going for her third Olympic title.

Best of the rest… 

Hockey (11am): GB women play Holland in a repeat of the 2016 Rio final, where the Brits pulled off a stunning penalty shootout win. Earlier, at 4.15am, Britain’s men also play Holland in what should be a key group game.

BMX Racing (2am – 4am): Has delivered constant drama since becoming an Olympic sport in 2008. Kye Whyte and Beth Shriever represent Team GB.

Swimming (3.35am): Caeleb Dressel is a potential successor to Michael Phelps’ crown in the 100m freestyle final.

Canoeing (6am – 8.45am): GB’s Mallory Franklin, the 2017 world champion, will go for gold in the final.

Gymnastics (11.50am – 2.05pm): Simone Biles could become the first woman in more than 50 years to win back-to-back all-round titles.

Day 6 medal events: 17

It will be quite the story if Helen Glover (L) wins gold with Polly Swann in the women's pair

It will be quite the story if Helen Glover (L) wins gold with Polly Swann in the women’s pair

DAY 7 – Friday, July 30  

One to watch…

Women’s 100m (3.40am – 4.30am): Athletics begins with the men’s high jump and the early rounds of the women’s 800m, the men’s 400m hurdles and, of course, the women’s 100m which means a chance to see Dina Asher-Smith, Team GB’s world silver medallist.

Best of the rest…

Rowing (12.45am – 2.55am): The GB men’s eight look to repeat their Rio gold on the final day of the rowing races, though they were only third at the 2019 World Championships. Vicky Thornley is in action in the women’s single sculls.

Swimming (2.40am): Luke Greenbank is a medal hope for GB in the men’s 200m backstroke. Greenbank took bronze at the worlds in 2019, and silver at the Europeans earlier this year.

Trampolining (5am – 7.30am): Remember Bryony Page landing Britain’s first ever medal in the sport with a sensational silver in Rio? Well, she is now going again with fellow Brit Laura Gallagher.

Football (9am – 2pm): The women’s football reaches the quarter-final stage at venues around Japan.

Judo (9am – 11.50am): After narrowly missing out on a place at London and Rio, Sarah Adlington finally gets to make her Olympic bow in the +78kg category.

Day 7 medal events: 21

DAY 8 – Saturday, July 31  

One to watch… 

Athletics (1.50pm): Dina Asher-Smith will hope to lead GB on to the podium in the final of the women’s 100m, the event in which she won world silver. She will also look to take advantage of the absence of US gold medal hopeful Sha’Carri Richardson, who is serving a cannabis ban.

Best of the rest… 

Triathlon (Friday 11.30pm – 1.30am): The mixed relay makes its Olympic debut. Two men and two women take turns in a 300m swim, 8km bike ride and 2km run.

Rugby Sevens (1am – 11am): Crunch time in the women’s event with a stacked day of action. Team GB missed out on a medal in Rio, finishing fourth. Can they go at least one better?

Tennis (4am – 12pm): Naomi Osaka could provide one of Japan’s biggest moments of the Games if she reaches the women’s singles final.

Shooting (4am – 9.10am): Seonaid McIntosh, 25, is one of Britain’s most decorated rifle shooters and will target the podium in the women’s 50m rifle three positions — where competitors shoot while kneeling, then lying down, and finally standing.

Sailing (6.33am): Emma Wilson in the RS:X windsurfing looks to better her mum’s sixth-placed finish at Barcelona 1992.

Day 8 medal events: 21

Dina Asher-Smith will be desperate to strike gold in the women's 100m final on July 31

Dina Asher-Smith will be desperate to strike gold in the women’s 100m final on July 31

DAY 9 – Sunday, August 1  

One to watch…

Athletics (1.50pm): The men’s 100 metres final will take place without Usain Bolt for the first time since 2004. Who will take the mantle? World champion Christian Coleman is banned after missing drugs tests. Zharnel Hughes leads Team GB’s medal hopes while Bolt believes US sprinter Trayvon Bromell will be the one to take his crown.

Best of the rest… 

Golf (12am – 8am): Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy will all be hoping for a lead heading into the final round of the men’s tournament. Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama will be cheered on by a golf-loving home nation.

Swimming (3.30am): Adam Peaty will try to turn GB’s men’s 4 x 100m relay world title into Olympic gold.

Tennis (4am-12pm): The men’s singles final tops the bill, but there’s also the women’s doubles and mixed doubles finals to enjoy.

Diving (7am-8.25am): 2018 European champion Grace Reid dives for Team GB alongside her new team-mate Scarlett Mew Jensen in the 3m springboard event.

Gymnastics (9am-12.10pm): Max Whitlock will be out for a repeat of five years ago when he won both the men’s floor and men’s pommel horse finals. Simone Biles will steal the show on the women’s vault.

Day 9 medal events: 25

DAY 10 – Monday, August 2

One to watch…

Gymnastics (9.45am): Simone Biles will put on a masterclass in the women’s floor event. Biles won four gold medals in Rio to go with her 25 world titles. Team GB hopeful Jessica Gadirova arrives as new European champion.

Best of the rest…

Weightlifting (3.50am – 2pm): Laurel Hubbard will make history as the first transgender Olympian in the +87kg women’s event. GB’s Emily Campbell won the European title four months ago, so will fancy her chances of medalling.

Badminton (5am – 3pm): Plenty of medals on offer, with the women’s doubles and men’s singles concluding.

Cycling (7.30am – 10.30am): Action gets under way at Tokyo’s distinctive Izu Velodrome. There will be qualifying for the team pursuits, and the women’s team sprint competition.

Equestrian (9am – 2.25pm): Tom McEwan is the only member of the GB team who won the world title as he looks to add Olympic team eventing gold.

Athletics (1.40pm – 2pm): Eilish McColgan recently broke Paula Radcliffe’s 17-year British 5,000m record and leads the Team GB hopes.

Day 10 medal events: 22

DAY 11 – Tuesday, August 3

One to watch…

Cycling (9.05am): It’s time for The Kenny Show. Laura and Jason will be in action as the women’s team pursuit and men’s team sprint are decided. Laura has won gold in this event and the omnium at the last two Olympics and husband Jason has won six gold medals, including the team sprint in every Games since Beijing.

Best of the rest…

Sailing (6.30am – 8am): Giles Scott looks to defend his Finn class title, an event in which he’s a five-time world champion. John Gimson and Anna Burnet are reigning world champions in the Nacra 17 class who bid for Olympic glory.

Diving (7am – 8.30am): Jack Laugher will look to go one better than his Rio silver in the 3m springboard. At the last World Championships, he ended with bronze despite leading going into the last round.

Showjumping (11am – 2.45pm): Ben Maher and Scott Brash helped GB to their first showjumping team gold in 60 years in 2012 and they are back alongside Holly Smith.

Boxing (11.05am): Expect to see Britain’s Pat McCormack in the men’s welterweight final.

Athletics (1.50pm): Dina Asher-Smith is the women’s 200m world champion and is fancied for gold but faces stiff competition from US sprinter Gabby Thomas, fastest in the world this year at the event.

Day 11 medal events: 22

It's time for the Kenny Show on August 3 with both Laura and Jason Kenny in action

It’s time for the Kenny Show on August 3 with both Laura and Jason Kenny in action 

DAY 12 – Wednesday, August 4  

One to watch…

Skateboarding (1am – 5.30am): Britain’s youngest ever summer Olympian Sky Brown, 13, takes centre stage in the park category. Brown — who has made a remarkable recovery from a fractured skull last year — is seen as a genuine medal contender.

Best of the rest…

Swimming (Tuesday 10.30pm – 1.10am): Alice Dearing, 24, will become Britain’s first black female swimmer at the Olympics when she competes in the women’s 10k marathon.

Golf (Tuesday 11.30pm – 8am): Mel Reid and Charley Hull — ranked 37th and 38th in the world — compete for Britain in the opening day of the women’s golf, in which South Korea’s Inbee Park, world No 3, will have hgh hopes of defending the title she won at the sport’s inaugural Games in Rio.

Sailing (7.30am – 8am): Hannah Mills defends the crown she won at Rio in the 470-class, this time with new partner Eilidh McIntyre. The pair won the the world title in 2019.

Athletics (10.30am – 2pm): The 200m final might feel more low key now Usain Bolt has left the scene but it’s time for American Noah Lyles — who already has the fourth fastest run in history at 19.50sec — to cement his place as sprinting’s new superstar. Adam Gemili runs for Britain, looking to better his fourth-place finish in Rio.

Day 12 medal events: 17

DAY 13 – Thursday, August 5  

One to watch…

Athletics (1am – 1.45pm): Katarina Johnson-Thompson embarks on the second and final day of the heptathlon with the long jump (1.40am), javelin (4.30am) and 800m (1.20pm). The men’s 400m final (1pm), 100m hurdles final (3.55am) and women’s pole vault final (9.20am) are among the other highlights.

Best of the rest… 

Canoeing (1.30am – 5.05pm): Liam Heath may not be as big a name as Adam Peaty but he’s just as dominant in his sport and will expect to win gold. He defends his Rio title in the men’s K1 200m final (3.25am), having added two world titles since that 2016 triumph.

Diving (2am – 8.25am): Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix — daughter of First Dates star Fred — and Lois Toulson dive in the women’s 10m platform. At 16, Spendolini-Sirieix is the youngest diver on the team but has real medal potential, having won bronze at this year’s European Championship in this discipline shortly after finishing fourth in the Tokyo test event.

Cycling (7.30am – 10.50am): Matthew Walls goes for Britain in the omnium after winning world bronze and there are heats in other disciplines.

Boxing (6am – 8.10am): Peter McGrail will expect to be in medal contention for Britain in the featherweights.

Karate (10am – 9.40pm): No British entries here, but the sport is sure to attract interest as it makes its debut.

Hockey (11am): The men’s final follows the bronze medal match (2.30am) — Belgium, Australia, Germany and the Netherlands are among the favourites for gold.

Day 13 medal events: 27

Katarina Johnson-Thompson embarks on the final day of the heptathlon on August 5

Katarina Johnson-Thompson embarks on the final day of the heptathlon on August 5

DAY 14 – Friday, August 6

One to watch…

Cycling (7.30am – 11.15am): The men’s sprint final (10.35am) is the highlight of the evening session, with Jason Kenny aiming to win another gold. Katie Archibald and Laura Kenny ride in the madison (9.15am).

Best of the rest… 

Football (3am – 6am): Women’s final in Tokyo, with USA — runners-up in 2016 — favourites despite their shock early defeat by Sweden.

Sport Climbing (10.30am – 2.20pm): Big things are expected of Shauna Coxsey, who has every chance of winning a medal in her sport’s first Olympic appearance. The 28-year-old landed double bronze at the 2019 World Championships.

Hockey (11am – 1.10pm): Britain’s women hope to be in the final again after a memorable win over the Netherlands in 2016 — but their stock has fallen and the Dutch are big favourites having dominated the sport since.

Athletics (1.50pm): Laura Muir goes in an extremely competitive women’s 1,500m field, with Britain also hopeful of medals in the women’s and men’s 4 x 100m relay finals (2.30pm & 2.50pm). Jamaica and the USA will be their biggest threats.

Day 14 medal events: 23

DAY 15 – Saturday, August 7

One to watch…

Diving (7am – 8.25am): Tom Daley signs off his Games in the 10m platform, the event in which he regained his world title in 2017. The 27-year-old has never won Olympic gold, but hopes are high here given he did win the test event in Tokyo in May.

Best of the rest… 

Golf (Friday 11.30pm – 8.30am): The women’s event concludes, with British duo Mel Reid and Jodi Ewart Shadoff hoping to be in contention.

Athletics (1.45am): Going for GB in the women’s marathon to the north in Sapporo are Steph Twell, Jess Piasecki and Stephanie Davis.

Boxing (6am – 7.55am): Flyweight Charley Davison will hope to win the gold on her debut in a weight class dominated by golden girl Nicola Adams in 2012 and 2016. The 32-year-old is hoping to complete her return to the sport with Olympic glory after a seven-year absence in which she had three children.

Cycling (7.30am – 10.25am): Ethan Hayter and Oliver Wood in the madison.

Equestrian (11am – 1.30pm): It’s the men’s jumping team final with 2012 champions Ben Maher and Scott Brash challenging for gold.

Football (12.30pm): Men’s final, Yokohama. Champions Brazil, with Everton’s Richarlison scoring a hat-trick, beat Germany 4-2 in their opening match, a repeat of Rio final when hosts won on penalties.

Day 15 medal events: 34

Tom Daley will sign off his Games in the 10m platform on August 7 - the penultimate day

Tom Daley will sign off his Games in the 10m platform on August 7 – the penultimate day

DAY 16 – Sunday, August 8  

One to watch…

Boxing (6am – 7.55am): Multiple GB hopes, including Commonwealth champion Frazier Clarke (super heavyweight), plus star lightweight Caroline Dubois — sister of pro heavyweight Daniel — and favourite Lauren Price in middleweights.

Best of the rest… 

Athletics (Saturday 11pm – 1.45am): Men’s marathon in Sapporo, with Brit Callum Hawkins.

Cycling (2am – 5.15am): Golden couple Laura and Jason Kenny are the standout Team GB entrants on the final day.

Day 16 medal events: 13

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