A fter a one-year delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Olympic Games are nearly over. More than 11,000 athletes have competed in almost 350 events over 16 days – with only one to go.
The viewing schedule below has been compiled by our Olympics experts to ensure that you know when to tune in for the key events. The full schedule for each day of competition can be found at the bottom of that particular day’s entry.
Sunday August 8
Five must-watch events
23:00 (Saturday) – 01:45 (Sunday): Athletics, men's marathon The final athletics event of the Olympics sees the world's best marathon runners do battle on the streets of Sapporo. Reigning Olympic champion and world-record holder Eliud Kipchoge remains the favourite despite a rare poor outing at the 2020 London Marathon. Britain's Callum Hawkins has his eye on a medal.
02:00-05:15: Cycling, men's keirin Taking over from Chris Hoy, who triumphed in 2008 and 2012, Jason Kenny added keirin gold to his already bulging Olympic medal collection in 2016. He had a poor outing at last year's World Championships though, and Netherlands' Harrie Lavreysen is the likely favourite.
03:30-06:00: Basketball, women's gold medal match Perhaps even more so than their male counterparts, the United States women's basketball team is utterly dominant at Olympic level, winning eight of the last nine gold medals. Anything other than victory against Japan in Tokyo would be a huge surprise.
06:00-07:55: Boxing, men's super heavyweight (+91kg) final He was Anthony Joshua's understudy in 2012 and omitted in favour of Joe Joyce in 2016, but in 2021 it was finally Frazer Clarke's turn to line up against the biggest men in Olympic boxing. He won Commonwealth gold in 2018 and, aged 29, had plenty of experience to call upon. In the end it would be bronze for the Briton, beaten at the semi-final stage by Bakhodir Jalolov. The Uzbekistan boxer will face off against American Richard Rorrez Jr for gold.
12:00-15:00: Closing ceremony Granted, the closing ceremony will have a very different look to it due to coronavirus restrictions and the fact all athletes must leave Japan 48 hours after their competition finishes. But you can be sure Tokyo organisers will still want to put on a show to round off what has been an epic undertaking. Plus there will be a glimpse of what Paris 2024 has to offer.
Brit to watch
Laura Kenny – Having already competed in the Madison and team pursuit in Tokyo, Laura Kenny rounds off her third Olympics by attempting to successfully defend the omnium title she has won at the past two Games. She returned from injury to win European omnium silver in November 2020.
Star in the making
Jack Carlin – The keirin is one of the more unique events of the Olympic cycling line-up and, heralding from Japan, will help close the track programme. Jason Kenny will be the older head of one of two British entrants into the two-day event but he will be riding alongside Jack Carlin, who is making his Olympic debut in Tokyo. Carlin won bronze in the event at the 2018 European Championships.
It's time to get into
Water polo – Dominated at the Olympics by eastern European countries, water polo is one of the most physically demanding sports, as well as having the capacity to turn brutal on occasion.
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