Tokyo Olympics: What is the time difference to the UK and Ireland?

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We’ve had to wait an extra year for the 2020 Olympic Games but viewers in the United Kingdom and Ireland still need to go the extra mile to catch all the action.

Why? Well, thanks to Japan pretty much being on the other side of the planet an Olympics day will be getting underway just as we’re heading to bed.


Tokyo is eight hours ahead of the United Kingdom and Ireland so a lot of the competition takes place at extreme times for us.

The opening event of the Olympics – the women’s softball – starts at 01:00 BST on Wednesday July 21 so you’ll probably have to chug down an energy drink or get on the coffee to keep your eyes open for that.

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In fact, the first medals of the Games will be dished out in the early hours of Saturday July 24 so if you want to see who claims the first gold you’ll have to stay up late once again.

Plenty of action featuring the biggest names in the Olympics will happen while we’re busy snoozing but there’ll still be lots to watch until mid-afternoon.

Luckily, the 100m finals are slated for reasonable times with the women’s showpiece happening at 13:50 BST on Saturday July 31 and the men’s being held at the same time the following day.

The Opening Ceremony is also on at a convenient time with the three-hour fiesta starting at 12:00 on Friday July 23 while the Closing Ceremony takes place at the same time on Sunday August 8.

The beauty of the Olympics is the sheer variety of sports and events that you’d otherwise have little interest in – and Paddy’s top traders have priced up betting markets for everything from the men’s 100m to women’s synchronised swimming to mixed gender sailing.

The USA have finished top of the medal table at the last two Olympics and are 1/10 to bag the most gold medals in Tokyo.

Team GB pipped China to second in the medal table five years ago in Brazil but are fifth favourites at 40/1 to leave Japan with the most golds.

Team Ireland are sending over their ever largest squad of 116 athletes and Paddy’s offering odds of 500/1 that they scoop the most medals.

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