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Olympics tips: Daily schedule highlights and best bets for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games


We've picked out the best bets for every day of the Olympics, as well as details of key events and medals so you don't miss an opportunity at Tokyo 2020.

  • This page will be updated throughout the Olympic Games

Daily Olympics best bets

Saturday July 31

AKANI SIMBINE TO WIN THE MEN'S 100m

  • When to bet: By 1217 BST on Saturday

Rory Jiwani

AKANI SIMBINE has drifted to a very backable price for the men's 100m. The South African has been consistently quick this season and won at this month’s Gyulai István Memorial in Hungary, pulverising a decent field in 9.84. It was only when I saw those odds on offer with Unibet that I really started to delve into the race properly.

He was beaten by Baker in Monaco three days later with Bromell suffering his first defeat of the season. What puts me off Baker is that he has never previously run in a major global competition while Simbine has just missed the podium at the last two Worlds and at Rio 2016 where he was fifth. Most of the runners who have finished in front of him - Usain Bolt, Christian Coleman, Jason Gatlin - aren’t about. One who has, Andre de Grasse, hasn’t been in great form over 100m. I think Simbine will be right in the mix and he’s a big price to take gold.


Daily highlights and medals

Saturday July 31

Athletics' blue riband event really hots up on Saturday with the women's 100m final and men's 100m heats.

Unlike in the pool, where finals have been alarm-clock jobs, track golds are handed out at night in Tokyo and that means Dina Asher-Smith will be going for glory at 1350 BST, assuming she comes through her semi-final shortly after 1100.

Although there's an even-money favourite for men's gold in Trayvon Bromell, the general feeling is this is an open renewal in which British pair Zharnel Hughes and Chijindu Ujah are outside medal hopefuls. Oliver Dustin also flies the flag for Team GB in the men's 800m, for which heats begin in the early hours of the morning our time, with Jessica Turner an outsider to medal in the women's 400m as that event gets under way.

Events in the field include the women's discus and men's pole vault prelims, with the men's long jump qualification rounds taking place around lunchtime in the UK, just as Asher-Smith heads to the start line in no doubt the highlight of the day.

Away from the Olympic Stadium, Karriss Arntingstall fights for bronze at around 1124, right after Lauren Price's bid for more than that continues in the women's middleweight quarter-finals. Galal Yafai and Luke McCormack are also in the ring on a busy day of boxing.

At 1245, GB's women's hockey team face Ireland in a make-or-make pool game, and by the we'll already know whether their rugby counterparts have won a medal in the sevens. GB women play their semi-final against the USA in the early hours with the final scheduled for 1000.

If you are up early four more golds are on offer in swimming but the only British hope comes in the mixed 4x100m medley relay at 0343, by which time we may well know whether GB have won the triathlon relay, which begins late on Friday night UK time.

Other golds are on offer in weightlifting, boxing, doubles badminton, the men's trampoline final, tennis, judo, sailing, shooting, archery and fencing.

How to watch on TV or stream online

Saturday July 31

  • BBC One: 2305-1500 BST
  • Eurosport: 0030-1630 BST
  • Streaming: BBC iPlayer, Eurosport Player

Sunday August 1

  • BBC One: 0010-1500 BST
  • Eurosport: 0200-1630 BST
  • Streaming: BBC iPlayer, Eurosport Player

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