Tokyo 2020 Athletics day 3: Action-packed finals on the track and in the field; new 100m champion to be crowned

Mouthwatering finals are on the menu with the men's 100m, women's shot put and triple jump, and men's high jump taking place. Here’s everything you need to know about the third day of the Olympic athletics competition at Tokyo 2020 on 1 August 2021.

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What’s happening?

The third day of the athletics competition at Tokyo 2020 begins at 9:10am local time with the qualifying round of the women's hammer, before the first runners take to the track for round 1 of the women's 3000m steeplechase, and the women's long jump gets underway with the qualifying round. The first final of the day follows in the women's shot put, before the morning's events conclude with the round 1 heats in the men's 400m.

The evening session, which begins at the Olympic Stadium at 7pm, starts with the men's high jump final. The women's 100m hurdles semis follow, before the women's triple jump final and the men's 800m and men's 400m hurdles semis. Day 3 of athletics concludes with the big one – the men's 100m final.

Who should I expect to see?

A new men’s 100m Olympic champion will be crowned following the retirement of Bolt. Who will step into the void?

Not much separates the top candidates, with U.S. sprinters Trayvon Bromell and Ronnie Baker leading the charge with South Africa’s Akani Simbine. 

Bromell boasts a world-leading time of 9.77 seconds, the seventh-fastest time in history, while Simbine’s continental record of 9.84 ranks him second behind the American. 

Canada’s Andre de Grasse, who won bronze in the 100m and silver in the 200m in Rio 2016, has proven his championship credentials and is the only medallist from five years ago.

The indomitable Valerie Adams will be back for her fifth Olympic Games and will be looking to add to her long list of accomplishments in the shot put. 

Adams will go in search of an unprecedented third Olympic title or fourth medal of any colour after winning silver in Rio 2016 to add to the golds from Beijing 2008 and London 2012. 

No stranger to the podium either, defending world champion Gong Lijiao of the People’s Republic of China is considered among the favourites. She won silver in London in 2012 and bronze in Beijing in 2008. 

Qatar’s Mutaz Barshim is the dominant force in the men’s high jump but is yet to taste Olympic victory after winning bronze in London 2012 and silver in Rio 2016. To add to his pedigree he has won back-to-back world titles in 2017 and 2019. 

Venezuela's Yulimar Rojas has been equally dominant in the women's triple jump since she won the silver medal in Rio de Janeiro five years ago. It would take some doing to beat the double world champion.

What happened in the Rio 2016 finals?

Women's shot put final:

  1. Michelle Carter (USA)
  2. Valerie Adams (NZL)
  3. Anita Marton (HUN)

Men's high jump final:

  1. Derek Drouin (CAN)
  2. Mutaz Essa Barshim (QAT)
  3. Bohdan Bondarenko (UKR)

Women's triple jump final:

  1. Catherine Ibarguen (COL)
  2. Yulimar Rojas (VEN)
  3. Olga Rypakova (KAZ)

Men's 100m final:

  1. Usain Bolt (JAM)
  2. Justin Gatlin (USA)
  3. Andre De Grasse (CAN)

Competition schedule

Date and Time: Sun 1 Aug. 9:10 - 12:00

Venues: Olympic Stadium

  • Women's Hammer Throw Qualifying Round
  • Women's 3000m Steeplechase Round 1
  • Women's Long Jump Qualifying Round
  • Men's Discus Throw Victory Ceremony
  • Women's Shot Put Final
  • Men's 400m Round 1
  • Mixed 4 x 400m Relay Victory Ceremony

Date and Time: Sun 1 Aug. 19:00 - 21:55

Venues: Olympic Stadium

  • Women's 100m Victory Ceremony
  • Men's High Jump Final
  • Men's 100m Semifinals
  • Women's 100m Hurdles Semifinals
  • Women's Shot Put Victory Ceremony
  • Women's Triple Jump Final
  • Men's 800m Semifinals
  • Men's 400m Hurdles Semifinals
  • Men's High Jump Victory Ceremony
  • Men's 100m Final