Little matters that Simone Biles is 1.42m in her shod, the American is expected to be a giant at these Games postponed in the event of a pandemic as she offers to add to the four gold medals she she won at the 2016 Games in Rio.
Here are some other key moments and athletes to watch in Tokyo 2020 when the sport kicks off in earnest on Saturday :
There should be a lot of Japanese smiles at skateboarding byk because hosts are likely to dominate both the skate park and street disciplines at Tokyo 2020, an event supporters hope to make the activity more widely accepted in the country. Particular emphasis will be placed on the rivalry between hometown favorite Yuto Horigome and American superstar Nyjah Huston.
Huston, who has an outsized personality and a large number of Instagram followers, has a signature flair on and off the skatepark, while Horigome is known for his intense work ethic. Teenage girls will be headlining the female park competition, with UK prodigy Sky Brown and Kokona Hiraki in particular likely to be the center of attention. Brown took a fatal fall last year and spent the pandemic preparing for Tokyo.
SURF 'S UP
The most connected sport isits Olympic debut in Tokyo, and a battle between traditional powers such as the United States and Australia and emerging nations like Brazil is expected. Beware of mind games - often a right-of-way athlete may try to appear disinterested before suddenly jumping on a wave in an attempt to deter competitors. It will be typh A season in the height of Japanese summer, which could change the weather conditions.
AN OLD NEW FACE ON THE TRACK?
Tokyo to crown new 100m champion for the first time since 2004, Usain Bolt no longer lighting up the sprint sky - but it could be the same man who won gold in Athens 17 years ago, at 39-year-old Justin Gatlin.
JAPANESE SMILE A LOT NEEDED
More Japanese smiles should bee displayed at Makuhari Messe when the women's wrestling begins. Having won 11 of 18 possible gold medals in the last three Olympic Games, Japan is the most dominant team in the women's version of the sport. With reigning Olympic champions Risako Kawai and Sara Dosho, Japan hope to succeed.
NOVAK EYES STEFFI FEAT
Fresh from success on the Wimbledon lawns, Novak Djokovic continues his quest to become the first man to win the Golden Slam on the calendar - all four Grand Slam tournaments and Olympic gold in the same year. Only Steffi Graf pulled it off in 1988, but if Djokovic wins in Tokyo, he will only need the US Open in August to win it.
NBA STARDUST IN TOWN - AND BEGINNING STYLE STREET
The American “Dream Team” will once again carry everything in front of them while she transfers theNBA star dust on Olympic basketball courts. American women also appear to be extremely dominant, tapping into a massive WNBA talent pool that includes Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart, widely regarded as the world's best player, and WNBA's Most Valuable Player A 'ja Wilson.
This time around, however, the sport will also have more of a street feel, with the introduction of 3x3 basketball, played over a half -field with three players on each side.
NO HELP, BUT WE HAVE TO DOMINATE AGAIN
The United States topped the medal table at the Rio pool with 33 (16 gold), ahead of Australia in 10 (three gold). This time, however, for the first time since 1996, they will be without Michael Phelps. Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel have a plethora of medals, however,and Ledecky 's 400m clash with Australian world champion Ariarne Titmus is expected to be one of the clashes of the Games. Rikako Ikee will tell hosts a heartwarming story after his strong recovery from leukemia. Additional reporting by Mari Sato, edited by Ed Osmond
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