From Dina To Daley, Here's What's In Store For Week Two At Tokyo 2020

Athletics begins to take centre stage at the Olympic Games
16:58, 30 Jul 2021

The first week of Tokyo 2020 has been full of excitement and has produced some great entertainment. It has been an incredible start for Team GB who have so far attained 24 medals, including six golds, one of which was finally claimed by diver Tom Daley in the men’s synchronised 10m platform and he will be hoping for a second in week two.

Athletics takes precedence over the schedule of week two, with Great Britain’s stars Dina Asher-Smith and Katarina Johnson-Thompson in action, with a lot of hope and expectation on their shoulders.

Team GB’s athletics medal hopefuls 

Sprinter Asher-Smith could take part in the 100m final on Saturday and it is generating more excitement than the men’s event. This could provide the moment of the Games. She is currently the fastest woman in British history but she will face a tough test in her bid for Olympic gold. Jamaica’s two-time champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will be her main rival in her quest for glory, while Elaine Thompson-Herah and Marie-Josee Ta Lou will also be fancying their chances.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

Asher-Smith also takes part in the 200m final and it gives her a chance to win two medals but she will strive to become Olympic champion in both. The 200m final takes place on Tuesday.

On Thursday, Johnson-Thompson will hope to secure her first Olympic medal in the heptathlon, to fill the void left by London 2012 Champion Jessica Ennis-Hill. She faces extra pressure in the fact that Team GB have claimed a medal in this event at the last six Olympics. 

She has already represented Britain at two Games so she will already know what will be demanded of her if she wishes to add Olympic champion to her CV.

Other Team GB stars to lookout for

After securing his first Olympic gold last week, British diver Tom Daley will be hungry for a second when he competes in the men’s 10m platform which takes place on Saturday.

Max Whitlock will compete in the men’s pommel horse final on Sunday. Whitlock made history in 2016 as he became the first British gymnast to win gold in an individual event with his performance on the floor. A day had not even passed before he claimed his second on the pommel horse, which is now his specialised event.

Golden cycling couple Jason and Laura Kenny are in action on Tuesday in the men’s team sprint and women’s team pursuit finals respectively. Laura will be chasing her third gold in the event as Jason will aim to reach the men’s team sprint final. Alongside Jack Carlin and Ryan Owens, he claimed gold in the same event in the last three Olympics.

Laura And Jason Kenny
Laura And Jason Kenny

The pair have the opportunity to become the most decorated British Olympians of all time. Jason is currently one gold behind Sir Chris Hoy and Laura could have seven gold medals to her name if she triumphs in all three events she is competing in.

A lot of attention has been cast over young Sky Brown in the skateboarding ‘park’ event which will take place on Wednesday. She will be Britain’s youngest ever Olympian when she competes in the debuting sport at the Games. 

On the same day, Alice Dearing takes part in the 10km marathon event and will become Team GB’s first black swimmer to compete at the Olympic Games.

International stars to watch

American rock singer Bruce Springsteen’s daughter Jessica is about to make her Olympic debut in the individual jumping event which is on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, South African sprinter Wayde van Niekirk will be hoping for a successful Games after his explosive breakthrough in Rio five years ago. His attention has been focused on the 200m but he scraped qualifying for his usual 400m distance in June which he was very fortunate to get. After breaking Michael Johnson’s record in Rio, a lot of eyes will be cast on the South African star.

Sunday will be a big day for tennis with the men’s singles final as Karen Khachanov of the Russian Olympic Committee faces Germany’s Alexander Zverev, who defeated Wimbledon champion and world number one Novak Djokovic in the semi-final.

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