Do Great Britain have a realistic chance of beating New Zealand in the Men's Coxed Eight?

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GENERAL OVERVIEW

When is the Tokyo 2020 Olympics taking place? The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is taking take place between 23rd July, 2021 and 8th August 2021, although some preliminary events began on 21st July, 2021.

Where is the Tokyo 2020 Olympics taking place? While the vast majority of Olympic action will naturally take place in Tokyo or the surrounding areas, the likes of Yokohama, Saitama, Sendai, Kashima and Sapporo are also hosting events.

Where can I get tickets for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics? Many events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are be taking place without spectators, but not all. For full information, your best bet is to head here for the latest information.

What TV channel is the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on in the UK? Televised Olympic coverage is shared between BBC and Eurosport so it is worth checking their schedules for the full breakdown.

Where can I stream the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the UK? Unlike in previous Olympic Games, the Beeb can only show two live events at any one time, which are viewable on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website & app. Eurosport subscribers can stream the action on Eurosport Player, while the biggest offering is available for subscribers of discovery+, the new player in town. For those not inclined, the BBC have a highlights programme at 19:30 every evening.

EVENT OVERVIEW

What time is the Men’s Coxed Eight taking place? 02:25 on Friday 30th July

Where is the Men’s Coxed Eight taking place? Sea Forest Waterway

Who are the reigning Olympic champions in the Men’s Coxed Eight? Great Britain

What is the current world record of the Men’s Coxed Eight? Five minutes and 18.68 seconds set by Germany in 2017

WHO ARE THE LEADING MEDAL CONTENDERS?

Great Britain managed a bronze medal in this event in London 2012 and then went a couple places better to win gold in Rio four years later. They come into this race in Tokyo needing to go through the repechage to qualify as they finished last in their semi-final. Despite that gold in Rio, it would be a surprise if Team GB were to replicate that given the eight rowers are completely different this time around.

On top of that churn in personnel, they are coming up against what would appear to be an unstoppable force for this event with the German team qualifying with ease in their semi-final and they are the world record holders as well when they hit the five minute and 18.68 second mark in the Rowing World Cup of 2017.

TSZ’S PREDICTION

New Zealand and Great Britain posted relatively fast times in their repechage in order to qualify for this final but there will be a knowledge that, much like New Zealand in the Women’s Pair on Thursday morning, Germany have the ability to step it up a notch and take the race away from everybody else.

TSZ Tip: GERMANY TO WIN

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