Event previews

Event by event previews for all of the athletics events at the Tokyo Olympics can be found below:

100m

Tokyo previews – Men’s 100m

The old guard may have left us but Tokyo will be exciting in crowning the new one and it is a likeable bunch indeed. The beaming Akani Simbine, a Trayvon Bromell in the midst of an epic comeback or the understated Ronnie … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Men’s 100m

Tokyo previews – Women’s 100m

Sha-Carri Richardson may be missing but the 100m is still one of Tokyo’s events to watch. Two of the five fastest women of all time, a host of genuine medal contenders and a British gold attempt, what’s not to like? Here’s our … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Women’s 100m

110m H/ 100m H

Tokyo previews – Men’s 110m Hurdles

Tokyo is denied one of its most exciting duels courtesy of Omar McLeod hitting the first hurdle and crashing in the Jamaican trials. In doing so he lost the opportunity to defend his Olympic title. Grant … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Men’s 110m Hurdles

Tokyo previews – Women’s 100m Hurdles

A first athletics gold for Puerto Rico through Jasmine Camacho-Quinn or will Kendra Harrison seal Olympic redemption (she failed to qualify for the USA in 2016 despite being the fastest in the world) for the USA? … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Women’s 100m Hurdles

200m

Tokyo previews – Men’s 200m

Though the US lead the charge, plenty more have hopes of a medal in an event where several could claim gold. Will it be … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Men’s 200m

Tokyo previews – Women’s 200m

USA versus the Caribbean with a certain British World Champion, the women’s 200m promises to be one of the events of the Olympic Games. … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Women’s 200m

400m

Tokyo previews – Men’s 400m

A US 1-2-3 in Tokyo? You know what it’s not off the cards. Here’s our men’s 400m preview for the Tokyo Olympics. … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Men’s 400m

Tokyo previews – Women’s 400m

With three of the four fastest in the world this year not in the event the stage is set for Shaunae Miller-Uibo? … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Women’s 400m

400m H

Tokyo previews – Men’s 400m Hurdles

Karsten Warholm’s Olympic procession? It could be but there’s plenty more capable of nabbing the gold. Here’s our men’s 400m Hurdles preview for the Tokyo Olympics. Schedule Friday … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Men’s 400m Hurdles

Tokyo previews – Women’s 400m Hurdles

Tokyo will feature three of the five fastest 400m hurdlers of all time. A fourth didn’t even manage to make the US team. That’s how stacked the Women’s … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Women’s 400m Hurdles

800m

Tokyo previews – Men’s 800m

It might not be the quickest half mile in a few years but it will sure be interesting. A resurgent Nijel Amos, a mercurial Clayton Murphy and a whole host of British prospects. Here’s our men’s 800m preview. Schedule … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Men’s 800m

Tokyo previews – Women’s 800m

The American’s lead the charge in an event where many women can make credible claims to a potential medal. Here’s our preview for the women’s 800m. Schedule Friday 30 July 01:55am (Heats), Saturday 31 July 12:50pm (Semifinals), Tuesday 3 … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Women’s 800m

1500m

Tokyo previews – Men’s 1500m

The 1500m is one of the most exciting of the entire games. Timothy Cheruiyot starts as a clear favourite but his recent fourth place in the Kenyan champs shows anything can happen on the day. Schedule … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Men’s 1500m

Tokyo previews – Women’s 1500m

The world’s greatest take on the metric mile. With it still undecided whether Sifan Hassan will run the distance regardless any medalist will have more than earnt the prize. Schedule Monday 2 August 01:35 UK Time … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Women’s 1500m

3000m Steeplechase

Tokyo preview – Men’s 3000m Steeplechase

Not since 1980 has anyone but a Kenyan won the men’s 3000m Steeplechase at the Olympics. 2021 looks like it might finally be the year, will the dominance continue or will it be nine and out … Continue reading Tokyo preview – Men’s 3000m Steeplechase

Tokyo previews – Women’s 3000m Steeplechase

Tokyo will have several athletes thinking they’ve got a shot of Olympic gold. The Steeple is one of the hardest to predict but we’ll give it a good go. Here’s our Women’s 3000m Steeplechase preview. Schedule … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Women’s 3000m Steeplechase

5000m

Tokyo previews – Men’s 5000m

This could be the event of the games with so many athletes in contention for gold. A world record holder, two prodigies and a Spaniard on fire this … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Men’s 5000m

Tokyo previews – Women’s 5000m

Hassan versus Tsegay versus Obiri. Throw in the rest of a stacked Ethiopian team and you have one of the races of the Olympics and one where a … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Women’s 5000m

10,000m

Tokyo previews – Men’s 10,000m

A straight shootout for Olympic gold and the opportunity to claim Mo Farah’s crown. World record holder Joshua Cheptegei will start as favourite but is … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Men’s 10,000m

Tokyo previews – Women’s 10,000m

One of the Olympic Games most anticipated clashes comes on the final night as world record holders former and present duel in the Tokyo twilight. … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Women’s 10,000m

Marathon

Men's Marathon preview

Tokyo previews – Men’s Marathon

The Men’s Marathon takes place on the island of Hokkaido to the north of Japan, in the city of Sapporo. Eliud Kipchoge will aim to defend his … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Men’s Marathon

Tokyo previews – Women’s Marathon

The subsequent banning of Jemima Sumgong will mean Tokyo crowns a new women’s marathon champion. World record holder Brigid Kosgei heads a Kenyan team featuring three of … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Women’s Marathon

Long Jump

Tokyo previews – Men’s Long Jump

All Rio’s medalists are not on the plane to Tokyo meaning a new cohort will be crowned in a wide open long jump competition. Two young sensations hoping to battle it out for Olympic glory, here’s … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Men’s Long Jump

Tokyo previews – Women’s Long Jump

A small chocolate bar in length separates the best in the world this year with a whole host of women capable of winning the gold. Here’s our women’s long jump preview for Tokyo. Schedule Sunday 1 … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Women’s Long Jump

Triple Jump

Tokyo preview – Men’s Triple Jump

With Christian Taylor failing to qualify for Tokyo and Will Claye not quite reaching top form the men’s triple jump looks up for grabs. Athletes from Portugal, Cuba and Burkina Faso will all be gunning for … Continue reading Tokyo preview – Men’s Triple Jump

Tokyo previews – Women’s Triple Jump

Venezuela have never won a gold medal in athletics. Yulimar Rojas will do everything in her power to change that. Here’s our preview of the women’s triple jump in Tokyo. Schedule Friday 30 July 11:05 UK … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Women’s Triple Jump

High Jump

Tokyo previews – Men’s High Jump

The Men’s high jump title at the Tokyo Olympics is up for grabs. Reigning champ Derek Drouin of Canada is out but there and there will be plenty hoping to … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Men’s High Jump

Tokyo previews – Women’s High Jump

Mariya Lasitskene may be appearing under a neutral flag but millions of Russians will be hoping to see her crowned Olympic champion for the first time. To do so she … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Women’s High Jump

Pole Vault

Tokyo previews – Men’s Pole Vault

Probably the friendlist event in athletics, it’s also one that’s been flying over the last couple of years. World record holder Armand “Mondo” Duplantis will start as favourite but a win in Tokyo would be his … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Men’s Pole Vault

Tokyo previews – Women’s Pole Vault

The pole vault title is up for grabs and there will be plenty with dreams of standing on top of the podium. Dare I say it one of them will be Britain’s own Holly Bradshaw. Here’s … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Women’s Pole Vault

Discus

Tokyo previews – Men’s Discus

Sweden have high hopes for the men’s discus and with good reason. World Champ Daniel Ståhl is throwing as well as ever and has … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Men’s Discus

Tokyo previews – Women’s Discus

Sandra Perković will aim to make it threw Olympic titles in a row. If she does she will be the first female athlete in … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Women’s Discus

Hammer

Tokyo previews – Men’s Hammer

Four men have broken eighty metres in a significant improvement from Rio. Some of the sport’s most established stars face the challenge of a twenty-year-old with momentum. Could Mykhaylo Kokhan be Tokyo’s breakout star? Here’s our … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Men’s Hammer

Tokyo previews – Women’s Hammer

On paper the women’s hammer would appear to be the USA’s to lose but there are plenty of subplots to what should be an exciting throws competition. Here’s our women’s hammer preview for the Tokyo Olympics. … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Women’s Hammer

Javelin

Tokyo previews – Men’s Javelin

Will Tokyo see Jan Železný’s 25 year old Javelin world record broken? Don’t write it off. Johannes Vetter is flying and the rest of the world will try their best to catch up. Here’s our … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Men’s Javelin

Tokyo previews – Women’s Javelin

Can Barbora Špotáková win a third Olympic title at the age of forty? It’s not beyond the realms of possibility. Here’s our women’s javelin preview for Tokyo. Schedule Tuesday 3 August 01:20 UK Time (Qualification) … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Women’s Javelin

Shot Put

Tokyo previews – Men’s Shot Put

Fresh from his world record Ryan Crouser will aim to defend his Olympic title. He will be challenged by an elite level field right up there with … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Men’s Shot Put

Tokyo previews – Women’s Shot Put

China versus the USA? World Champs versus the next big thing? An intriguing battle will take place for Olympic honours, here’s our women’s Shot Put preview. Schedule … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Women’s Shot Put

Combined Events

Tokyo previews – Men’s Decathlon

Ten events is hard enough. Couple it with the humidity of Tokyo in summer and you can see why decathletes are some of the toughest in … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Men’s Decathlon

Tokyo previews – Women’s Heptathlon

Nafissatou (Nafi) Thiam and Katerina Johnson-Thompson have won the last three major champs between them. Will anyone challenge the duopoly or will it be another duel … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Women’s Heptathlon

4 x 100m Relay

Tokyo previews – Men’s 4 x 100m Relay

A team full of superstars or a well oiled engine? The men’s 4 x 100m isn’t quite as simple as it seems. While the USA possess by far the fastest … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Men’s 4 x 100m Relay

Tokyo previews – Women’s 4 x 100m Relay

Jamaica lead the charge by virtue of a quartet which includes the winners of the last three 100m Olympic titles. A whole host of countries will be hoping to seize … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Women’s 4 x 100m Relay

4 x 400m Relay

Tokyo previews – 4 x 400m Mixed

If they can carry the baton round you’d be brave (insert delusional) to think the USA won’t win this. The five fastest times in the … Continue reading Tokyo previews – 4 x 400m Mixed

Tokyo preview – Men’s 4 x 400m Relay

The USA look set to be the team to beat in Tokyo but a wide open race will mean an almighty fight for the rest … Continue reading Tokyo preview – Men’s 4 x 400m Relay

Tokyo previews – Women’s 4 x 400m Relay

Ludicrous strength in depth once more resides in the USA but this could be tight. Despite US riches, Jamaica have a strong team and could … Continue reading Tokyo previews – Women’s 4 x 400m Relay

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