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27 July 2020, 3pm

Medal presentations to be held during closing ceremony

Olympic Marathon award ceremonies

World Athletics have announced that for the first time in Olympic history the women’s and men’s marathon victory ceremonies will both be held during the Closing Ceremony at the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Inclusion of the marathon medal presentations in the Closing Ceremony will cap the 10-day athletics programme which follows the timetable previously announced for the 32nd Summer Olympic Games prior to their postponement in March.

The men’s Marathon takes place on the final day of the Games, Sunday 8 August, in Sapporo, capital of the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. The women’s race is 24 hours earlier. Apart from the Marathons and race walks athletics competition will be spread over 16 sessions at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium.

As announced in October Sapporo will host the marathons and race walks as part of a wide range of measures taken by Tokyo 2020 organisers in consultation with the IOC and international federations to mitigate the effects of the high temperatures which may occur in Tokyo.

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