100 days to go: 100 things to know - Part 1

Alexander Megos of Germany competes in Munich, Germany.
Alexander Megos of Germany competes in Munich, Germany.

To celebrate 100 days to go until the beginning of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in 2021, here are 100 facts about Japan and the Olympics that will make you seem like the smartest person in the room. Part 1: from the dates of the Olympic Games to the number of islands in Japan.

1. The Olympic Games will be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021.

2. The Olympic Stadium is built on the same premises as the main stadium of Tokyo's last Games in 1964.

3. There will be five new sports at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: karate, sports climbing, surfing, skateboarding and softball/baseball.

4. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world, with more than 37.393 million residents as of 2020.

5. The men's 100m world record is 9.58 seconds, set by Jamaica's Usain Bolt in 2009.

Men's 100m Final | Rio 2016 Replays

Jamaica's Usain Bolt wins gold for the third time in a row in the men's 100m, defeating 2004 Olympic champion Justin Gatlin from the USA.

6. Australia, USA and Spain are the three countries who have qualified the most teams in terms of team sports for Tokyo 2020.

7. Japan is the eleventh-most populous country in the world, as well as one of the most densely populated and urbanised.

8. The men's high jump world record is 2.45m, set by Cuba's Javier Sotomayor in 1993.

9. Japan is divided into 47 prefectures, each overseen by an elected governor and legislature.

10. The official cultural programme of the Tokyo 2020 Games is named NIPPON Festival and is held from April to September 2021.

11. The name of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games mascot is MIRAITOWA.

12. 33 sports will be contested at Tokyo 2020.

13. Nine new mixed events were introduced to the Olympic program for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in seven sports: judo (mixed team event), triathlon (mixed relay), athletics (4x400m relay), archery (mixed event), table tennis (mixed doubles), shooting (10m Air Rifle Mixed Team, 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team and Trap Mixed Team) and swimming (4x100m medley relay).

14. Around 5.000 Olympic medals will be made out of recycled old cell phones.

15. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch is designed after the shape of a sakura, or cherry blossom, a beautiful delicate flower beloved by Japanese people.

16. The women's 100m world record is 10.49 seconds and was set by the USA's Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988.

17. The Olympic Torch Relay lasts 121 days, from 25 March until 23 July.

Torch relay goes hi tech with robot torchbearer

It was in the streets of Anjo City, Aichi Prefecture that GOTO Akihito and a robot companion came together to carry the Olympic flame.

18. There will be 339 sporting events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

19. TADAHIRO Nomura is the only judo athlete to have won three Olympic titles (-60kg - Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004). French judoka Teddy Riner will try to join him in Tokyo 2020 after his London 2012 and Rio 2016 titles in the +100kg category.

20. 24.5 tons of used plastic were collected for the creation of Victory Ceremony Podiums.

21. For the first time ever there will be at least one female and one male athlete in every one of the 206 teams.

22. The women's high jump world record is 2.09m and was set by Bulgarian Stefka Kostadinova in 1987.

23. The Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held in 43 venues.

24. The men's marathon world record is 2 hours 1 minute and 39 seconds, set by Kenya's Eliud Kichoge in 2018.

25. The People's Republic of China women's volleyball team are the reigning Olympic champions and will try to win their fourth Olympic title. The first one was in Los Angeles 1984, with the legendary LANG Ping playing.

26. Mount Fuji is located on the island of Honshū and is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776.24m.

27. The Kokugikan Arena, where the boxing competition will take place, is located in the old Tokyo ward of Sumida, and is a regular arena for sumo events.

This is a view of Kokugikan Arena.
This is a view of Kokugikan Arena.
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28. The Olympic torchbearer uniforms are partly made from recycled plastic bottle.

29. Two sports will start before the opening ceremony: the first games in the football and baseball/softball competitions will be held on 21 July.

30. 20 official art posters have been created by 19 artists for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

31. The USA have won 23 basketball gold medals (15 men, 8 women) out of a possible 30.

32. Allyson Felix is the only woman in history to win six track and field gold medals.

33. The Nippon Budokan introduced judo to the Olympic programme in 1964 and this time will introduce another new sport: karate.

34. Japan has 6,852 islands, of which approximately 430 are inhabited.