For sixteen days, the planet will vibrate to the rhythm of sporting exploits. Here are the unmissable events of the Olympic Games.
Special envoy to Tokyo
● Saturday July 24
The first medal of these Games is expected to come in the women’s 10m rifle shooting event. Judo will begin, as traditionally, with the categories of – 48 kg for women and – 60 kg for men. With two titles already for Japan? In fencing, ladies’ swordsmen and swordsmen will open the ball.
● Sunday July 25
At 2 p.m. (French time), Rudy Gobert’s France will challenge the American ogre for their first match in the basketball tournament. To follow in less than 52 kg the probable duel between the French Amandine Buchard and the Japanese Uta Abe, two of the best judokats in the world today. First medals awarded in the Olympic swimming pool, notably the final of the women’s 4 × 100 m freestyle relay (3 h 30).
● Monday July 26
Beginning of the harvest for Katie Ledecky? The American will compete in the 400m freestyle final (3:30 am), before competing in the 1,500m heats in the evening. Also to follow, Caeleb Dressel, who will lead the American relay in the 4 × 100 m freestyle (3 h 30).
● Tuesday July 27
Four times titled in Rio, the American gymnast Simone Biles begins the defense of her record with the all-around team competition (12:45 p.m.). In judo, all eyes will be on the French Clarisse Agbegnenou in less than 63 kg. Four swimming finals, including the men’s 200m (3:30).
● Wednesday July 28
New for these Games, the 3 × 3 basketball tournaments will end with the men’s and women’s finals (from 1:45 p.m.). Ditto for surfing with a women’s final (3 hours), then a men’s (3:30). Five swimming titles to come, possibly two for Ledecky in the 200 and 1,500m.
● Thursday July 29
The holy grail of gymnast Biles with the final of the individual all-around (12:50 p.m.). In swimming, five more finals, including that, always awaited, of the 100 m men. In judo, world champion in 2019 in Tokyo in less than 78 kg, Madeleine Malonga will try to do as well at the Games.
● Friday July 30
The day of glory for the judoka Teddy Riner over 100 kg? The finals block will be followed from 10 a.m. Beginning of athletics with only one final on the program, that of the 10,000m (1:30 p.m.), and many series and / or qualifications. In swimming, to follow in particular the final of the women’s 100m (3:30).
● Saturday July 31
In athletics, the women’s 100m will conclude the day at the Olympic Stadium (2:50 p.m.). In judo, hostilities will end with an unprecedented team competition, which could end with a France-Japan duel in the final (10 hours). In tennis, women’s singles final with, perhaps, one of the local stars, Naomi Osaka.
● Sunday 1er August
Crazy Sunday day with the 100m final which should electrify the Olympic stadium (2:50 p.m.). Last day in the pool with in particular the finals of the women’s and men’s 50 m. The fencing events also ended with the men’s team foil final, not to mention the men’s tennis final. Tempting France-Norway in men’s handball (7:15 a.m.).
● Monday August 2
Five finals in athletics, including that of the women’s discus with the French Mélina Robert-Michon, present for her sixth Games. End of the eventing competition in equitation, both individually and in teams. Beginning of the festivities at the Vélodrome with a final, that of team speed.
● Tuesday August 3
Will Armand Duplantis be the superstar of the day? The Swede will be eagerly awaited in any case at the Olympic stadium with the pole vault final (start at 12:20), while the day will end in athletics with the final of the women’s 200m. In the velodrome, two fine finals to follow with the men’s team speed (10:39 a.m.) and the women’s team pursuit speed (10:26 a.m.).
● Wednesday August 4
Five gold medals will be awarded in athletics, including the coveted one in the men’s 200m (2:55 p.m.). Sailing will tidy up its boats with two final final regattas in 470 men and women (from 7:30 am). In horse riding, the show jumping final (12 hours) will be held.
● Thursday August 5
Will Frenchman Kevin Mayer get the Olympic gold he covets? Answer around 3 p.m., after the 1500 m, the ultimate decathlon event. Also to be seen at the Olympic Stadium, the finals of the 110m hurdles (4.55am) and the men’s 400m (2pm). The skateboard will close the chapter of its first Games with the final of the men’s park and its spectacular figures.
● Friday August 6
Athletics will vibrate in particular to the rhythm of the finals of the two 4 × 100m relays (3:30 p.m. for the female, 3:50 p.m. for the male). Queen of track cycling events, speed will deliver its verdict at 11:05 am. In football, two years after their world title in France, the Americans will aim for a double if they reach the final (4 hours).
● Saturday August 7
Great favorites to achieve the pass of four Olympic titles in a row, the Americans, led by Kevin Durant, should be at the rendezvous of the basketball final (13 hours). A penultimate day that will satisfy aficionados of men’s team sports with also the finals of handball (2 p.m.), football (1:30 p.m.), volleyball (2:15 p.m.) and … baseball, one of the finals. kings sports in the Japanese archipelago.
● Sunday August 8
Relocated to Sapporo to avoid the hot weather, the marathon will start at dawn (midnight in France), with a huge favorite: the Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, defending champion, world record holder in the discipline and the only man to have covered the 42.195 km in less than two hours (excluding official competition). Boxing will deliver its last medals, including that of + 91 kg, a category that saw the coronation of Tony Yoka four years ago in Rio. In track cycling, the keirin, an event born in Japan in 1948, should provide a spectacle for the last day of the Games.