Tokyo Olympics: Top Events For Australian Fans, And When To See Them | Tokyo Olympic Games 2020


Sunday 25th July

Time: 8:00 a.m.
Surfing, Tsurigasaki surf beach

If there were a sport tailored for Australia, it would take place on the waves, and Sally Fitzgibbons, Stephanie Gilmore, Julian Wilson and Owen Wright will all be eager to make their mark on surfing’s Olympic debut. The quartet were selected based on the World Surf League rankings – the top two Australian men and women – ahead of the Covid-induced postponement of the games last year, which means their inclusion is based on their form for 2019. This increases the pressure, especially since their performance has fluctuated since then. But it seems like the right time for Fitzgibbons, who won their first WSL event of the season on Rottnest Island in May before winning the final qualifying event in El Salvador in June. Depending on the wave conditions, the first and second rounds of both men and women will take place on Sunday, with medal competitions scheduled for July 28th.

Time: 6:20 p.m.
Basketball: Australia – Nigeria, Saitama Stadium

Ben Simmons will be a world away from Tokyo to train his game after an unfortunate end to his NBA season with the Philadelphia 76ers. But that Boomers squad still has seven other NBA players, including Patty Mills and Joe Ingles. Last week, for the second time in their 55-year history, they defeated number 1 in the world rankings Team USA and elevated them to the realm of real gold medal contenders. They play in a different group than the USA, which could lead to a high-profile duel in the later course of the tournament if Australia beats Group B opponents Nigeria, Italy (July 28th, 6:20 pm) and Germany (July 31, 6:20 pm) come over.

Monday July 26th

Time: from 10 a.m.
Skateboarding: Frauenstrasse, Ariake Urban Sports Park

Australia has five athletes taking part in this new Olympic sport that may seem like a first, but their inclusion confirms the elitist nature of modern day skateboarding. Hayley Wilson, 19, will contest the women’s street discipline on July 26th, consisting of stairs, rails, walls, ramps and benches. Fellow Victorian Shane O’Neill will skate in the men’s street event on July 25, while the park discipline, which uses a course of pools and steep ramps to encourage tricks in the air, will be on August 4-5 running.

Time: 12.20 p.m.
Women’s 400m Freestyle Final, Tokyo Aquatics Center
One of the Games’ greatest rivalries will culminate when Australian Ariarne Titmus takes on American great Katie Ledecky. This won’t be the only time they’ll compete against each other, but the distance is a favorite for Titmus while Ledecky, who prefers the 800m, won Rio 2016 gold in the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle. Titmus stunned Ledecky in the 400m final at the 2019 World Championships in South Korea and at the Australian Trial in June, the 20-year-old Tasmanian almost broke the American’s 400m world record. The pair will also compete in the 200m freestyle (July 28th, 11:41 am) and 800m freestyle (July 31st, 11:46 am), and most likely the relays. Titmus is generally full of praise for Ledecky, who seems to be pretending Titmus doesn’t exist. The stage is ready.

Tuesday July 27th

Time: from 3 p.m.
Canoe Slalom: Kayak Semi-Finals and Women’s Finals, Kasai Canoe Slalom Center
Jess Fox could add a gold medal to her silver in London 2012 and bronze in Rio 2016 at this event. The 27-year-old seven-time world champion will also compete in the canoe; the women’s semi-finals are scheduled for July 29th from 3 p.m.

Sam Kerr and her Matildas team have struggled for the past few months, but they have the potential to wreak havoc at the Games. Photo: Masashi Hara / Getty Images

Time: 6 p.m.
Soccer: USA – Australia, Kashima Stadium

The Matildas will have already played against New Zealand (July 21, 9:30 p.m. in Tokyo) and Sweden (July 24 in Saitama) by this point, but that’s the big one. The eternal world number one and reigning world champions remain the team to beat, and Australia has only managed that once – a 1-0 result at the Tournament of Nations in 2017. Since then it has been a tough trot with several manager changes and a round of 16 -Out at the 2019 World Cup. The results under the new coach Tony Gustavsson, a former assistant to the USA, were unspectacular, with four defeats – with 14 goals conceded – and one goalless draw against number 5 in the world rankings Sweden. The Matildas have significant potential, but they’re ninth now for a reason, and even with the hugely successful goalscorer Sam Kerr it’s going to be tough to get out of Group G.

Wednesday July 28th

Time: 11.10 a.m.
Rowing: Men’s 4 Final, Sea Forest Waterway

It’s been a long time since the 1992 Oarsome Foursome gold medals and Atlanta 1996 gold medals earned Australian rowing a seat at the table. Since then, no four-man without a helmsman has stood at the top of the podium, with Australia finishing second behind Great Britain in the last three games. The Tokyo crew – made up of debutants Jack Hargreaves and Alex Purnell, and Rio Olympians Alex Hill and Spencer Turrin – are well on their way to buck this trend. The men’s four-man combinations have only lost one race in the current Olympic cycle, although it was the most important: the 2019 World Cup final, in which they finished sixth. Also, watch out for the helmsmanless foursome who are world champions. Australia will send a team of 38 rowers, the competition will begin ahead of the opening ceremony on July 23rd.

Time: 3 p.m.
Road Cycling: Men’s Individual Time Trial, Fuji International Speedway

Rohan Dennis starts as a real medal contender if he can stand up to Italian challenger Filippo Ganna. The 31-year-old has had a turbulent five years after driving in Rio with an injured hand after a training accident, but in 2019 he won the time trial at the World Road Championships.

Thursday July 29th

Time: 12:37 p.m.
Swimming: Men’s 100m Freestyle, Tokyo Aquatics Center
Kyle Chalmers has had an injury-ridden time setting his fastest time in two years at the national championships and the 23-year-old is in a strong position to win this blue ribbon event and become the first Australian to do the it achieves gold in the 100m freestyle at two consecutive Olympic Games. To do this, he must defeat Caeleb Dressel, who is referred to as the new Michael Phelps of the American team. Dressel, 24, was part of the U.S. gold medalists 4x100m freestyle and 4x100m medley relay, but has since won a number of world championship freestyle and butterfly competitions. The couple become friends very quickly, so there won’t be sore losers.

Kyle Chalmers comes to the Olympics in good shape, but faces tough competition from American Caeleb DresselKyle Chalmers comes to the Olympics in good shape, but faces tough competition from American Caeleb Dressel. Photo: Dave Hunt / AAP

Friday July 30th

Time: TBC
Sevens Rugby: Women’s Quarter Finals, Tokyo Stadium

The team that returned from Rio in 2016 as gold medalists have changed, particularly the omission of Ellia Green, but the Australians have another chance – if they can beat the world’s No. 1 New Zealand, which is on fire. They avoid their Kiwi rivals in the group stage, where they face hosts Japan (July 29, 11:30 a.m.), China (July 29, 6:30 p.m.) and the United States (July 30, 11:30 a.m.). Phases.

Saturday July 31st

Time: 8.30 a.m.
Triathlon: Mixed Relay, Odaiba Marine Park

The event’s Olympic debut offers Australia a strong chance for gold after gaining international success in short course team racing (300m swim, 6.8km bike, 2km run) with two men and two women. It promises to get mad quick and a lot of fun to watch. Overall, Australia sends a strong squad consisting of the Rio Olympians Ashleigh Gentle and Aaron Royle as well as the Olympic debutants Jake Birtwhistle, Matt Hauser, Jaz Hedgeland and Emma Jeffcoat, who will also contest the individual competitions (the men’s 1.5 km swim, 40th km cycling.). and 10 km run triathlon on July 26th and the women’s run on July 27th). Royle, who finished ninth in Rio 2016, and Birtwhistle, the only man to have won two World Triathlon Series races in 2019, will try to break their country’s male medal drought. Only women have been on the podium since the sport was introduced in 2000 – the highlight was Emma Snowsills Gold in Beijing in 2008.

Time: TBC
Tennis: Women’s Singles Finals, Ariake Tennis Park
Call it presumptuous to mark an Ash Barty final on our calendar before the competition has even started, but injuries aside, few would bet against her being there. Straight from a sweeping Wimbledon win, the world number 1 has miraculously recovered from her hip injury that ended her Roland Garros campaign prematurely and appears to be fit for that hard court hit-out. She has to get past the local hero and number 2 in the world rankings Naomi Osaka, who is celebrating her comeback and will lead a strong field with Aryna Sabalenka, Iga Swiatek, Garbine Muguruza and Barty’s Wimbledon victim Karolina Pliskova. Ajla Tomljanovic is also in action for the Australian squad. Nick Kyrgios, who decided not to visit Tokyo due to the lack of spectators, and Alex de Minaur, who withdrew after suffering from Covid 19, are missing. Particularly noteworthy is Samantha Stosur, who will play her fifth Olympic Games in singles and doubles with her partner Ellen Perez.

Ash Barty wants to win a gold medal after her Wimbledon victory in TokyoAsh Barty wants to win a gold medal after her Wimbledon victory in Tokyo. Photo: Steven Paston / PA

Thursday 5th August

Time: 8:20 p.m.
Athletics: Women’s Pole Vault Final, Olympic Stadium
Nina Kennedy lands in fantastic shape in Tokyo thanks to her Australian record 4.82 m at the Sydney Track Classic in March, which is fifth in the world this year. That would have earned her a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games, fourth place at the 2019 World Championships and should have been enough for the final at her first games in Tokyo. A medal is a big question because the highest jump this year is 4.93 m from American Katie Nageotte. But Kennedy is the youngest in the top echelons of the discipline at 24 and if she doesn’t come home from Japan with something around her neck, Paris 2024 could be her time.
Also look out for: Australia’s leading athletics medal hopes Nicola McDermott in the women’s high jump (final on August 7th, 8:35 p.m.) and Stewart McSweyn in the men’s 1,500 m (final on August 7, 9:40 p.m.), 5,000 m (final on August 6, 8:35 p.m.) August), 10 p.m.) and 10,000 m (final on July 30, 9:30 p.m.).