100 days to go: 100 things to know - Part 3

Sandra Sanchez Jaime of Spain competes at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.
Sandra Sanchez Jaime of Spain competes at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.

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 3: From Tokyo Aquatics Centre to Lebron James.

69. The Tokyo Aquatics Centre was the last of the eight newly-built venues to be completed, in February 2020.

70. In archery, the distance between the target and the athlete is 70m.

71. Sport climbing is one of the five new sports on the Olympic programme for Tokyo 2020, and will be a combined event of three disciplines: bouldering, speed and lead.

72. 26,000 beds will be used in the Athletes' Village. For the first time in Olympic and Paralympic history, the beds will be made almost entirely of renewable materials.

73. 12-year-old Syrian table tennis player Hend Zaza qualified for Tokyo Olympic Games in March 2020, when she was 11. She’ll be one of the youngest Olympians when she competes in Tokyo in 100 days.


74. The road cycling route will feature a lot of uphills and downhills: The total elevation will be 2,692m in the women’s race and 4,865m in the men’s race.

75. Tokyo was originally named Edo. It changed to Tokyo in 1868 when it became the capital of Japan.

76. Ryokans are traditional Japanese travel accommodation, where the comforts of a hotel are combined with local culture.

77. The Tokyo 2020 tennis competition will be held at Ariake Tennis Park, where an ATP 500 tournament is also held for men and a WTA tournament for women.

78. Japan’s first Olympic appearance was in 1912, when sprinter MISHIMA Yahiko and marathoner KANAGURI Shizo became the country’s first two Olympians.

79. A softball match featuring Australia and Japan will be the first Tokyo 2020 event and will be held on Wednesday 21 July at 9am (JST).

80. "Striving for your personal best", "Accepting one another" and "Passing on Legacy for the future" are the three core concepts of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

81. The canoe slalom course will be the first man-made course in Japan and will be newly-constructed on land adjoining the Kasai Rinkai Park.

82. The cherry blossom is the traditional symbol of Japan.

83. The traditional Japanese sport karate was first practised in Okinawa Prefecture.

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84. Tokyo’s Shibuya Crossing is said to be the busiest intersection of roads in the world.

85. One of Japan’s greatest exports, soy sauce, was created in Wakayama Prefecture.

86. The final medal event of the Games will be the men’s waterpolo final, which takes place on 8 August starting at 16:30 pm.

87. The modern form of the Olympic sport of judo was developed by Dr. KANO Jigoro in the Hyogo Prefecture of Japan.

88. The last time Japan hosted the summer Olympics in 1964, the host nation won 29 medals, 16 of which were gold.

89. The first torchbearers to carry the flame when the Olympic Torch Relay began in Japan on 25 March were members of the Nadeshiko Japan women's football team, who won the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

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90. Over 11,000 athletes are expected to take part in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

91. Tokyo 2020 will be the most gender-balanced Olympic Games in history, with over 48% female participation in sports.

92. Then Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, announced the Tokyo 2020 Games to the world by dressing up as Super Mario at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

93. There are estimated to be around 80,000 shrines scattered across the landscape of Japan.

94. Japan’s first Olympic gold medallist ODA Mikio won the triple jump competition at Amsterdam 1928.

95. Tokyo will become the eleventh city to have hosted an Olympics (Summer or Winter) more than once, when the Games begin in July 2021.

96. The slowest winning time in an Olympic marathon was set by the USA's Thomas Hicks who finished the St. Louis event in 3 hours 28 minutes and 53 seconds.

97. Tokyo 1964 was the last Olympic Games where a cinder running track was used, before they were replaced by synthetic tracks at Rome 1968.

98. MAEHATA Hideko became the first Japanese woman to win a gold medal when she triumphed in the 200m breaststroke event at the Berlin 1936 Games.

99. The women's heptatlon world record is 7291 points and was set by American Jackie Joyner-Kersee in 1988.

100. If American basketball superstar LeBron James participates at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, it will be his fourth appearance after Athens 2004 (bronze), Beijing 2008 (gold) and London 2012 (gold).

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