Watch 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games athletics live and free in Australia

Posted: 21 July 2021 5:26 pm
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The flagship program of every Summer Olympics, athletics is set to introduce a new generation of stars to the world at Tokyo 2020.

Colossal. That's what it will be.

The world's greatest sporting event – the Summer Olympics athletics program – might be about to put on its greatest show of all time. Yes, even after the retirement of its greatest showman, Jamaican legend Usain Bolt.

That's a lot of "greatest" in a single paragraph, we know, but that's what you're in for from track and field in Tokyo. Lots and lots of great stuff.

When do the Tokyo Olympics start?

Delayed almost a full year due to the pandemic, the Games formally get underway on Friday 23 July with the opening ceremony. It all concludes on Sunday 8 August.

When and where is athletics held?

The crack of the starter's pistol to start heat 1 of round 1 of the men's 3,000m steeplechase at 10am AEST on Friday 30 July also signifies the beginning of athletics at Tokyo 2020. The men's marathon, beginning at 8am AEST on Sunday 8 August, rounds out the schedule.

Much of the athletics program will take place inside Tokyo's National Stadium, the main stadium of both these and Tokyo's previous Games in 1964. The marathons and race walking will take place in Sapporo, where temperatures are expected to be lower than Tokyo.

How to watch Tokyo Olympics athletics live streams in Australia

The Olympics Games in 2021 are being broadcast on Channel 7. On television, the network will be spreading the action across its main 7 channel, plus 7Two and 7mate. Veteran broadcaster Bruce McAvaney heads the coverage in what will be his 11th Olympics.

Can you watch 2021 Olympics on 7plus?

Yes you can. Channel 7 will be streaming live Olympic content on 7plus. A 24/7 live stream and a dedicated Olympic channel featuring replays, highlights, interviews and more will be in operation across the games.

How many medals are there in athletics?

There are 48 gold medals up for grabs in athletics at Tokyo 2020. It's made up of 24 golds in men's events, 23 for women's – there is no women's 50km walk – and a new mixed 4x400m relay.

There were 47 events at the Rio Games where the USA dominated, claiming 32 of a possible 141 medals comprising 13 gold, 10 silver and 9 bronze.

Athletics stars to watch at Tokyo 2020

With headline act Usain Bolt in retirement and just 18 winners from the 43 individual events contested in Rio back to defend their titles, a gap has opened up for new names to inspire the world.

For the first time since 2004 a name other than Bolt's will appear in the winners' list in both the 100m and 200m men's sprints. The men's 100m in particular is considered wide open. There's a sense of "in with the new" across an absolute plethora of track and field events at these Games.

Athletes like 21-year-old Sydney McLaughlin, the world record holder in the 400m hurdles, sprinter Erriyon Knighton and Swedish pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis are likely to launch themselves – some literally – into the public eye in Japan. Here's a quick guide from the team at World Athletics.

Are world records expected on the track in Tokyo?

Yes. There are 2 certainties pertaining to track events – records will tumble and it will certainly be in part because of new shoes or "super spikes" as they're known. Long story short, track shoes are better than they've ever been and helping athletes run really, really fast.

Given the reluctance of brands to share performance data of their products, there's no way of knowing for certain just how big an advantage super spikes are. But don't be fooled, these shoes have already changed running. Just how much should become clearer in Tokyo.

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Australia's athletics hopes at the Olympics

An Australian team of 64 athletes is set to don the green and gold at Tokyo 2020, the biggest squad Australia has sent to an overseas Olympics.

Australia won 1 silver and 1 bronze medal in Athletics in Rio. The last Australian man to win athletics gold at an Olympics was walker Jared Tallent when he set an Olympic record winning the men's 50km walk at London 2012.

At the same Games, Sally Pearson dominated the competition in the women's 100m hurdles, also setting an Olympic record in the final. Pearson is the last Australian woman to win athletics gold at an Olympics.

The team for Tokyo 2020 contains the best Australian running team "in years" according to those in the know, particularly in middle distance events. Keep an eye out for 1,500m runners Oliver Hoare and Linden Hall, the only Australian woman to break the 4-minute barrier. Both are good medal chances in their events.

In field events, look no further than current javelin world champion Kelsey-Lee Barber. The 29-year-old launched a 66.56m throw in the last round of the event at the 2019 World Championships in Doha to win gold and is the athlete to beat in Tokyo. High jumper Brandon Starc has also hit form, setting a mark of 2.33m at a meet in Italy recently, equal fourth in the world this year.

Schedule

Start time (AEST)LocationEvent
Mon, 2 August
10:00 AMOlympic Stadium - Long ThrowsMen's Hammer Throw Qualification - Group A
10:35 AMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 1500m Round 1 - Heat 1
10:43 AMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 1500m Round 1 - Heat 2
10:51 AMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 1500m Round 1 - Heat 3
11:20 AMOlympic Stadium - Long Jump AMen's Long Jump Final
11:30 AMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 200m Round 1 - Heat 1
11:30 AMOlympic Stadium - Long ThrowsMen's Hammer Throw Qualification - Group B
11:38 AMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 200m Round 1 - Heat 2
11:46 AMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 200m Round 1 - Heat 3
11:54 AMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 200m Round 1 - Heat 4
12:02 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 200m Round 1 - Heat 5
12:10 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 200m Round 1 - Heat 6
12:18 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 200m Round 1 - Heat 7
12:50 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 100m Hurdles Final
8:20 PMOlympic Stadium - Pole Vault AWomen's Pole Vault Qualification - Group A
8:20 PMOlympic Stadium - Pole Vault BWomen's Pole Vault Qualification - Group B
8:25 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 200m Semi-Final 1
8:32 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 200m Semi-Final 2
8:39 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 200m Semi-Final 3
9:00 PMOlympic Stadium - Long ThrowsWomen's Discus Throw Final
9:05 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 400m Semi-Final 1
9:13 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 400m Semi-Final 2
9:21 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 400m Semi-Final 3
9:35 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 400m Hurdles Semi-Final 1
9:45 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 400m Hurdles Semi-Final 2
9:55 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 400m Hurdles Semi-Final 3
10:15 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 3000m Steeplechase Final
10:40 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 5000m Final
Tue, 3 August
10:00 AMOlympic Stadium - Triple Jump AMen's Triple Jump Qualification - Group A
10:00 AMOlympic Stadium - Triple Jump BMen's Triple Jump Qualification - Group B
10:05 AMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 1500m Round 1 - Heat 1
10:16 AMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 1500m Round 1 - Heat 2
10:20 AMOlympic Stadium - Long ThrowsWomen's Javelin Throw Qualification - Group A
10:27 AMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 1500m Round 1 - Heat 3
10:45 AMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 400m Round 1 - Heat 1
10:53 AMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 400m Round 1 - Heat 2
11:01 AMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 400m Round 1 - Heat 3
11:09 AMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 400m Round 1 - Heat 4
11:17 AMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 400m Round 1 - Heat 5
11:25 AMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 400m Round 1 - Heat 6
11:50 AMOlympic Stadium - Long Jump AWomen's Long Jump Final
11:50 AMOlympic Stadium - Long ThrowsWomen's Javelin Throw Qualification - Group B
12:05 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 200m Round 1 - Heat 1
12:13 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 200m Round 1 - Heat 2
12:21 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 200m Round 1 - Heat 3
12:29 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 200m Round 1 - Heat 4
12:37 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 200m Round 1 - Heat 5
12:45 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 200m Round 1 - Heat 6
12:53 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 200m Round 1 - Heat 7
1:20 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 400m Hurdles Final
8:10 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 110m Hurdles Round 1 - Heat 1
8:15 PMOlympic Stadium - Shot Put AMen's Shot Put Qualification - Group A
8:18 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 110m Hurdles Round 1 - Heat 2
8:20 PMOlympic Stadium - Pole Vault AMen's Pole Vault Final
8:26 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 110m Hurdles Round 1 - Heat 3
8:34 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 110m Hurdles Round 1 - Heat 4
8:42 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 110m Hurdles Round 1 - Heat 5
9:00 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 5000m Round 1 - Heat 1
9:20 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 5000m Round 1 - Heat 2
9:35 PMOlympic Stadium - Long ThrowsWomen's Hammer Throw Final
9:40 PMOlympic Stadium - Shot Put BMen's Shot Put Qualification - Group B
9:50 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 200m Semi-Final 1
9:58 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 200m Semi-Final 2
10:06 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 200m Semi-Final 3
10:25 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 800m Final
10:50 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 200m Final
Wed, 4 August
10:00 AMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's Decathlon 100m - Heat 1
10:05 AMOlympic Stadium - Long ThrowsMen's Javelin Throw Qualification - Group A
10:08 AMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's Decathlon 100m - Heat 2
10:16 AMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's Decathlon 100m - Heat 3
10:35 AMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's Heptathlon 100m Hurdles - Heat 1
10:43 AMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's Heptathlon 100m Hurdles - Heat 2
10:51 AMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's Heptathlon 100m Hurdles - Heat 3
10:55 AMOlympic Stadium - Long Jump AMen's Decathlon Long Jump - Group A
10:55 AMOlympic Stadium - Long Jump BMen's Decathlon Long Jump - Group B
11:35 AMOlympic Stadium - High Jump AWomen's Heptathlon High Jump - Group A
11:35 AMOlympic Stadium - High Jump BWomen's Heptathlon High Jump - Group B
11:35 AMOlympic Stadium - Long ThrowsMen's Javelin Throw Qualification - Group B
12:00 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 110m Hurdles Semi-Final 1
12:08 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 110m Hurdles Semi-Final 2
12:16 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 110m Hurdles Semi-Final 3
12:30 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 400m Hurdles Final
12:40 PMOlympic Stadium - Shot Put AMen's Decathlon Shot Put - Group A
12:40 PMOlympic Stadium - Shot Put BMen's Decathlon Shot Put - Group B
7:30 PMOlympic Stadium - High Jump AMen's Decathlon High Jump - Group A
7:30 PMOlympic Stadium - High Jump BMen's Decathlon High Jump - Group B
8:00 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 1500m Semi-Final 1
8:05 PMOlympic Stadium - Shot Put AWomen's Heptathlon Shot Put - Group A
8:05 PMOlympic Stadium - Shot Put BWomen's Heptathlon Shot Put - Group B
8:12 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 1500m Semi-Final 2
8:30 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 400m Semi-Final 1
8:38 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 400m Semi-Final 2
8:46 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 400m Semi-Final 3
9:00 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 3000m Steeplechase Final
9:15 PMOlympic Stadium - Long ThrowsMen's Hammer Throw Final
9:30 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's Heptathlon 200m - Heat 1
9:38 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's Heptathlon 200m - Heat 2
9:46 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's Heptathlon 200m - Heat 3
10:05 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 800m Final
10:30 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's Decathlon 400m - Heat 1
10:38 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's Decathlon 400m - Heat 2
10:46 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's Decathlon 400m - Heat 3
10:55 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 200m Final
Thu, 5 August
10:00 AMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's Decathlon 110m Hurdles - Heat 1
10:08 AMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's Decathlon 110m Hurdles - Heat 2
10:10 AMOlympic Stadium - High Jump AWomen's High Jump Qualification - Group A
10:10 AMOlympic Stadium - High Jump BWomen's High Jump Qualification - Group B
10:16 AMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's Decathlon 110m Hurdles - Heat 3
10:40 AMOlympic Stadium - Long Jump AWomen's Heptathlon Long Jump - Group A
10:40 AMOlympic Stadium - Long Jump BWomen's Heptathlon Long Jump - Group B
10:50 AMOlympic Stadium - Long ThrowsMen's Decathlon Discus Throw - Group A
11:00 AMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 4 x 100m Relay Round 1 - Heat 1
11:09 AMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 4 x 100m Relay Round 1 - Heat 2
11:55 AMOlympic Stadium - Long ThrowsMen's Decathlon Discus Throw - Group B
12:00 PMOlympic Stadium - Triple Jump AMen's Triple Jump Final
12:05 PMOlympic Stadium - Shot Put AMen's Shot Put Final
12:30 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 4 x 100m Relay Round 1 - Heat 1
12:39 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 4 x 100m Relay Round 1 - Heat 2
12:55 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 110m Hurdles Final
1:30 PMOlympic Stadium - Long ThrowsWomen's Heptathlon Javelin Throw - Group A
1:45 PMOlympic Stadium - Pole Vault AMen's Decathlon Pole Vault - Group A
1:45 PMOlympic Stadium - Pole Vault BMen's Decathlon Pole Vault - Group B
2:40 PMOlympic Stadium - Long ThrowsWomen's Heptathlon Javelin Throw - Group B
5:30 PMSapporo Odori ParkMen's 20km Race Walk Final
8:15 PMOlympic Stadium - Long ThrowsMen's Decathlon Javelin Throw - Group A
8:20 PMOlympic Stadium - Pole Vault AWomen's Pole Vault Final
8:25 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 4 x 400m Relay Round 1 - Heat 1
8:37 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 4 x 400m Relay Round 1 - Heat 2
9:00 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 1500m Semi-Final 1
9:10 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 1500m Semi-Final 2
9:20 PMOlympic Stadium - Long ThrowsMen's Decathlon Javelin Throw - Group B
10:00 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 400m Final
10:20 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's Heptathlon 800m - Heat 1
10:30 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's Heptathlon 800m - Heat 2
10:40 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's Decathlon 1500m - Heat 1
Fri, 6 August
6:30 AMSapporo Odori ParkMen's 50km Race Walk Final
5:30 PMSapporo Odori ParkWomen's 20km Race Walk Final
9:25 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 4 x 400m Relay Round 1 - Heat 1
9:37 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 4 x 400m Relay Round 1 - Heat 2
9:50 PMOlympic Stadium - Long ThrowsWomen's Javelin Throw Final
10:00 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 5000m Final
10:35 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 400m Final
10:50 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 1500m Final
11:30 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 4 x 100m Relay Final
11:50 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 4 x 100m Relay Final
Sat, 7 August
8:00 AMSapporo Odori ParkWomen's Marathon Final
8:35 PMOlympic Stadium - High Jump AWomen's High Jump Final
8:45 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 10,000m Final
9:00 PMOlympic Stadium - Long ThrowsMen's Javelin Throw Final
9:40 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 1500m Final
10:30 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackWomen's 4 x 400m Relay Final
10:50 PMOlympic Stadium - TrackMen's 4 x 400m Relay Final
Sun, 8 August
8:00 AMSapporo Odori ParkMen's Marathon Final

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