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Champions of the Olympic marathon will receive their medals at the closing ceremony

For the first time in history, the winners of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games marathon will receive their medals at the closing ceremony, scheduled for August 8, according to the competition schedule approved this Friday during the Session of the Olympic Committee International.

The IOC ratified this Friday the calendar of the highest event in world sport, postponed to the summer of 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, with some updates, such as the 42K medal presentation ceremony.

The Olympic marathon will be held in Sapporo, as well as the race walking events, as already announced last October, after the Doha World Championship, as a way to mitigate the effects of the intense heat of Tokyo in the summer. It will be the last day of a 10-day and 16 sessions schedule, which begin on July 30 with the 3000m steeplechase qualifying heats.

Athletics will be present in two of the so-called Super Saturdays, stellar days in which a significant number of finals will be played. In the one on July 31, there will be in stake the gold medals for the men’s discus throw, the women’s 100m and the mixed 4×400 relay, which will be held for the first time in the history of the Olympic Games. The Super Saturday of August 7, which will have a total of 34 finals, will include seven athletics.

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