Athletics

One of five events that has taken place at every modern Olympic Games; the others being fencing, cycling, swimming and gymnastics.

The sport with the largest number of participants will see 48 events contested, one more than in 2016, as a mixed 4×400-meter relay has been added.

The “track” portion consists of sprints, middle-distance and long-distance events, as well as hurdles, steeplechase and relays, while the “field” events are long, triple and high jumps, pole vault, shot put, discus, javelin and hammer throw. The men’s 10-event decathlon and the women’s eight-event heptathlon comprise elements of both track and field events. Women do not compete in the 50-kilometer race walk.

All events with the exception of the marathon and walking race take place on the 400-meter track at the new National Stadium, with the finish line being the same for all races.

The sprints in athletics are the 100-, 200- and 400-meter races, while hurdles are 110 and 100 meters for men and women, respectively, while both race the 400-meter hurdles.

The middle- and long-distance events are the 800-, 1,500-, 5,000- and 10,000-meter races. The 800-meter race requires runners to stay in an assigned lane for the first 100 meters, while the long distances feature a mass start from a curved line and runners are free to run in whatever lane they choose. The steeplechase is likely the least known track event; it is a 3,000-meter race with five barriers per lap, including one with water. Unlike the barriers used in the hurdling events, which fall over when hit, steeplechase barriers are immobile and competitors often “step” on them while going over. The water jump is 3.66 meters long and the water is 70 centimeters deep closest to the barrier and the pool slopes upward until it reaches the track.

The marathon and race walking events have been relocated to Sapporo, Hokkaido.

Athletics events run from July 30 to Aug. 8.

Venue and access information

Built on the site of the former National Stadium, which was home to the 1964 Olympic opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the athletics events, the new National Stadium was completed in November 2019. The stadium, which has a maximum capacity of 80,016, will be used for the opening and closing ceremonies, athletics events and football matches.

The stadium is about five minutes from Kokuritsu-kyogijo Station on the Toei Oedo Line and Sendagaya and Shinanomachi stations on the Sobu Line. The stadium can also be accessed by bus from various stations, including Shibuya and Meguro.


Marathon
Aug 7 | 7:00-10:15
Sapporo Odori Park
Women's Marathon Final
Women's Marathon Venue Ceremony. This is a non-ticketed event. The victory ceremony will take place at the Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony.

Aug 8 | 7:00-9:45
Sapporo Odori Park
Men's Marathon Final
Men's Marathon Venue Ceremony. This is a non-ticketed event. The victory ceremony will take place at the Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony.

Race Walk
Aug 5 | 16:30-18:05
Sapporo Odori Park
Men's 20km Race Walk Final
Men's 20km Race Walk Venue Ceremony. This is a non-ticketed event.

Aug 6 | 5:30-10:00
Sapporo Odori Park
Men's 50km Race Walk Final
Men's 50km Race Walk Venue Ceremony. This is a non-ticketed event.

Aug 6 | 16:30-18:15
Sapporo Odori Park
Women's 20km Race Walk Final
Women's 20km Race Walk Venue Ceremony. This is a non-ticketed event.

Track & Field
Jul 30 | 9:00-12:30
Olympic Stadium
Men's 3,000m Steeplechase Round 1
Men's High Jump Qualifying Round
Men's Discus Throw Qualifying Round
Women's 800m Round 1
Men's 400m Hurdles Round 1
Women's 100m Round 1

Jul 30 | 19:00-21:00
Olympic Stadium
Women's 5,000m Round 1
Women's Triple Jump Qualifying Round
Women's Shot Put Qualifying Round
Mixed 4 x 400m Relay Round 1
Men's 10,000m Final

Jul 31 | 9:00-12:00
Olympic Stadium
Women's 400m Hurdles Round 1
Women's Discus Throw Qualifying Round
Men's Pole Vault Qualifying Round
Men's 800m Round 1
Women's 100m Hurdles Qualifying Round
Men's 100m Preliminary Round

Jul 31 | 19:00-21:55
Olympic Stadium
Men's 10,000m Victory Ceremony
Men's Long Jump Qualifying Round
Women's 100m Semifinals
Men's 100m Round 1
Men's Discus Throw Final
Women's 800m Semifinals
Mixed 4 x 400m Relay Final
Women's 100m Final

Aug 1 | 9:10-12:00
Olympic Stadium
Women's Hammer Throw Qualifying Round
Women's 3,000m 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

Aug 1 | 19:00-21:55
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

Aug 2 | 9:00-11:55
Olympic Stadium
Men's Hammer Throw Qualifying Round
Women's 1,500m Round 1
Women's Triple Jump Victory Ceremony
Men's Long Jump Final
Women's 200m Round 1
Women's 100m Hurdles Final

Aug 2 | 19:00-22:00
Olympic Stadium
Men's 100m Victory Ceremony
Men's Long Jump Victory Ceremony
Women's Pole Vault Qualifying Round
Women's 200m Semifinals
Women's 100m Hurdles Victory Ceremony
Women's Discus Throw Final
Men's 400m Semifinals
Women's 400m Hurdles Semifinals
Men's 3,000m Steeplechase Final
Women's 5,000m Final

Aug 3 | 9:00-12:35
Olympic Stadium
Men's Triple Jump Qualifying Round
Men's 1,500m Round 1
Women's Javelin Throw Qualifying Round
Women's 400m Round 1
Women's Discus Throw Victory Ceremony
Men's 3,000m Steeplechase Victory Ceremony
Women's Long Jump Final
Men's 200m Round 1
Men's 400m Hurdles Final
Women's 5,000m Victory Ceremony

Aug 3 | 19:00-21:55
Olympic Stadium
Women's Long Jump Victory Ceremony
Men's 110m Hurdles Round 1
Men's Shot Put Qualifying Round
Men's Pole Vault Final
Men's 400m Hurdles Victory Ceremony
Men's 5,000m Round 1
Women's Hammer Throw Final
Men's 200m Semifinals
Women's 800m Final
Women's 200m Final

Aug 4 | 9:00-12:25
Olympic Stadium
Men's Decathlon 100m
Men's Javelin Throw Qualifying Round
Women's Heptathlon 100m Hurdles
Men's Decathlon Long Jump
Men's Pole Vault Victory Ceremony
Women's Heptathlon High Jump
Women's Hammer Throw Victory Ceremony
Women's 800m Victory Ceremony
Men's 110m Hurdles Semifinals
Women's 400m Hurdles Final
Men's Decathlon Shot Put
Women's 400m Hurdles Victory Ceremony

Aug 4 | 18:30-22:00
Olympic Stadium
Men's Decathlon High Jump
Women's 1,500m Semifinals
Women's Heptathlon Shot Put
Women's 400m Semifinals
Women's 200m Victory Ceremony
Women's 3,000m Steeplechase Final
Men's Hammer Throw Final
Women's Heptathlon 200m
Women's 3,000m Steeplechase Victory Ceremony
Men's 800m Final
Men's Decathlon 400m
Men's 200m Final

Aug 5 | 9:00-15:05
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

Aug 5 | 19:00-21:45
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 1,500m Semifinals
Men's 110m Hurdles Victory Ceremony
Men's 400m Final
Women's Heptathlon 800m
Men's Decathlon 1,500m

Aug 6 | 19:50-22:55
Olympic Stadium
Men's 20km Race Walk Victory Ceremony
Women's Pole Vault Victory Ceremony
Women's Heptathlon Victory Ceremony
Men's Decathlon Victory Ceremony
Men's 4 x 400m Relay Round 1
Women's Javelin Throw Final
Men's 5,000m Final
Men's 400m Victory Ceremony
Women's 400m Final
Women's 1,500m Final
Men's 5,000m Victory Ceremony
Women's 400m Victory Ceremony
Women's 4 x 100m Relay Final
Women's 1,500m Victory Ceremony
Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final

Aug 7 | 19:00-22:20
Olympic Stadium
Men's 50km Race Walk Victory Ceremony
Women's 20km Race Walk Victory Ceremony
Women's 4 x 100m Relay Victory Ceremony
Men's 4 x 100m Relay Victory Ceremony
Women's High Jump Final
Women's 10,000m Final
Men's Javelin Throw Final
Women's Javelin Throw Victory Ceremony
Men's 1,500m Final
Women's 10,000m Victory Ceremony
Men's 1,500m Victory Ceremony
Women's 4 x 400m Relay Final
Men's Javelin Throw Victory Ceremony
Men's 4 x 400m Relay Final
Women's High Jump Victory Ceremony
Women's 4 x 400m Relay Victory Ceremony
Men's 4 x 400m Relay Victory Ceremony

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