Tokyo 2020 athletics day 7: Finals galore on the seventh day of track and field action

EUGENE, OREGON - JUNE 18: Ryan Crouser competes in the Men's Shot Put final, throwing for a world record of 23.37 meters during day one of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 18, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
EUGENE, OREGON - JUNE 18: Ryan Crouser competes in the Men's Shot Put final, throwing for a world record of 23.37 meters during day one of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 18, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

With the finals of the men's triple jump,  men's shot put, men's 110m hurdles, men's 20km race walk, women's pole vault and men's 400m taking place, here’s everything you need to know about the seventh day of the Olympic athletics competition at Tokyo 2020 on 5 August 2021.

What’s happening?

The Tokyo 2020 athletics competition is in full swing on day 7. The morning session begins with the men's decathlon 110m hurdles, followed by the women's high jump qualifying round, the women's heptathlon long jump and the men's decathlon discus throw. Next up, round 1 of the women's 4x100m relay takes place before the first final of the day: the men's triple jump.

The gold medal for the men's shot put is next to be decided, before round 1 of the men's 400m relay. Attention will then turn to the men's 110m hurdles final, before two more disciplines of multi-sport events take place: the men's decathlon pole vault and the women's heptathlon javelin.

At 16:30 in the afternoon, the men's 20km race walk takes place before a busy evening schedule begins with the men's decathlon javelin throw, the women's pole vault final, round 1 of the women's 4x400m relay and the men's 1500m semi-finals.

The day will end with the highly-anticipated men's 400m final, the women's heptathlon 800m and the men's decathlon 1,500m.

Who should I expect to see?

A new Olympic champion will be crowned in the men’s triple jump, with Rio 2016 silver medallist Will Claye of the U.S. leading the charge looking to take the top step on the podium.

His challengers include Portugal’s Pedro Pichardo and Hugues Fabrice Zango of Burkina Faso, who boast the two best jumps coming into the Games.

Who can stop U.S. world record holder Ryan Crouser and his cannon for an arm in the men’s shot put? The defending Olympic champion will be difficult to stop, but compatriot Joe Kovacs and New Zealander Tom Walsh will undoubtedly give it a good go.

In the men’s 20km race walk, world champion YAMANISHI Toshikazu will lead a strong Japanese charge along with IKEDA Koki and TAKAHASHI Eiki.

The ROC’s Anzhelika Sidorova will be looking to take her world-title winning form into the final for a shot at the Olympic gold medal in the women’s pole vault. She will face defending champion Katerina Stefanidi of Greece and the U.S.’s world leader Katie Nageotte.

Reigning world champion Grant Holloway of the U.S. is the form man, and will be difficult to stop on his way to his first Olympic title in the men’s 110m final.

In the men’s 400m defending champion Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa failed to advance to the final. London 2012 gold medallist, Kirani James of Granada will fancy his chances of reclaiming the title against a quality field that includes U.S. star Michael Norman and Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas.

What happened in the Rio 2016 finals?

Men's triple jump final:

1- CHRISTIAN TAYLOR, 2- WILL CLAYE, 3- BING DONG

Men's shot put final:

1- RYAN CROUSER, 2- JOE KOVACS, 3- TOMAS WALSH

Men's 110m hurdles final:

1- OMAR MCLEOD, 2- ORLANDO ORTEGA, 3- DIMITRI BASCOU

Men's 20km race walk final:

1- ZHEN WANG 2- ZELIN CAI, 3- DANE BIRD-SMITH

Women's pole vault final:

1- EKATERINI STEFANIDI, 2- SANDI MORRIS, 3- ELIZA MCCARTNEY

Men's 400m final:

1- WAYDE VAN NIEKERK, 2- KIRANI JAMES, 3- LASHAWN MERRITT

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Competition schedule

Date and Time: Thu 5 Aug. 9:00 - 15:05

Venues: Olympic Stadium

  • Men's Decathlon 110m Hurdles
  • Women's High Jump Qualifying Round
  • Men's Hammer Throw Victory Ceremony
  • Women's Heptathlon Long Jump
  • Men's Decathlon Discus Throw
  • Women's 4 x 100m Relay Round 1
  • Men's 800m Victory Ceremony
  • Men's 200m Victory Ceremony
  • Men's Triple Jump Final
  • Men's Shot Put Final
  • Men's 4 x 100m Relay Round 1
  • Men's 110m Hurdles Final
  • Men's Decathlon Pole Vault
  • Women's Heptathlon Javelin Throw

Date and Time: Thu 5 Aug. 16:30 - 18:05

Venues: Sapporo Odori Park

  • Men's 20km Race Walk Final
  • Men's 20km Race Walk Venue Ceremony

Date and Time: Thu 5 Aug. 19:00 - 21:45

Venues: Olympic Stadium

  • Men's Shot Put Victory Ceremony
  • Men's Triple Jump Victory Ceremony
  • Men's Decathlon Javelin Throw
  • Women's Pole Vault Final
  • Women's 4 x 400m Relay Round 1
  • Men's 1500m Semifinals
  • Men's 110m Hurdles Victory Ceremony
  • Men's 400m Final
  • Women's Heptathlon 800m
  • Men's Decathlon 1500m