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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

Friday July 30


  • When to bet: By 0030 BST on Friday

By Megan Williamson

It's no surprise that Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class are made individual favourite based on their Kentucky success in the spring. That is by far the best piece of form to go off and with a stellar record in recent 5* events, they rightly have the target on their back.

The second main challenge competitors face this year are the conditions, with the cross-country element due to take place in over 30c and 60% humidity. As a result, the examination may not be as stiff as one would expect at this level and concessions have already been made with a shorter target time.

Taking this into account, preference is for Townend’s primary rival in the market – serial winner and defending Olympic champion MICHAEL JUNG. This year he brings European silver medalist Chipmunk FRH, who moved from his teammate Julia Krajewski two years ago. A winning machine since, at the prices they need to be kept onside.


  • When to bet: By 1000 BST on Friday

By Joe Rindl

Team GB have been very impressive so far in their first tournament since London 2012. They were utterly dominant against Chile in their opener, winning 2-0 with over 20 shots peppered at the South Americans’ goal.

Against Japan they were professional, edging the possession and territory in a 1-0 win. In their final group game, Riise rested three-goal Ellen White and made five changes as a late leveller saw them rescue a 1-1 draw with Canada.

They topped Group E with seven points; four goals scored and just one conceded.

Against Australia, GB should be strong favourites and the value play is to back GB TO WIN AND UNDER 2.5 GOALS. That punt has come through twice already for the home nations in this tournament, while Australia have failed to score in three of their past five games since mid-June.

Expect GB to progress with a tense, narrow win.

Daily highlights and medals

Friday July 30

Athletics enters the fray in Tokyo on Friday with Team GB's world silver medallist Dina Asher-Smith in action in the women 100m heats (0340-0430), while the women's 800m and men's 400m hurdles heats also take place alongside the men's high jump and discus qualifying.

Team GB will be hoping the men's eight can repeat their Rio Olympics heroics, and though another gold might just prove a bridge too far on this occasion, they ought to hold medal claims once again. The rowing begins at 0045 and Vicky Thornley will also be in action in the women's single sculls.

It's quarter-finals day in the women's football – with the first match kicking off at 0900 – while the men's golf enters its second round (2330 Thursday-0800 Friday) with British hopes resting with Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood.

In the absence of Mo Farah, Mark Scott and Sam Atkin will fly the flag for Team GB in the 10,000m, while 2018 world champion Bradley Forbes-Cryans goes for glory in the K1 canoe slalom.

In the pool, Luke Greenbank features in the men's 200m backstroke (0240) and Freya Anderson in the women's 100m freestyle final (0325).

Sarah Adlington makes her Olympic debut after missing out in London and Rio, and she starts out in the women's judo +78kg category (0900-1150).

Boxer Pat McCormack, who lost a world title fight by a split decision in 2019, will be on show in the men's welterweight division as the quarter-finals take place from 0300 to 1210.

Men's 200m individual medley world champion Daiya Seto will bid for an Olympic gold medal in the pool (0310), but he faces a strong challenge from Michael Andrew, now the third-fastest American over the 200m medley distance after Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte.

BMX racing medals will be given out (0200-0420), with Team GB's Kye Whyte hoping to be in the mix against America's defending champion Connor Fields. The US holds a strong hand in the BMX racing with Alise Willoughby a leading fancy in the women's event.

The first tennis medals will be handed out courtesy of the men's doubles (0400-1200), while the men's singles event reaches the semi-finals stage.

How to watch on TV or stream online

Friday July 30

  • BBC One: 2350-1500 BST
  • Eurosport: 0200-1630 BST
  • Streaming: BBC iPlayer, Eurosport Player

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