Daily routine: Five things to do - 3 May

Stay strong with Olympic Channel's top 5 things to try during lockdown this Sunday including home pole vaulting with Bumblebee as Mondo Duplantis competes in his garden.

By Olympic Channel

As countries start to ease their COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, the world of sport makes its first steps towards normality.

Before the virus exerted its grip on global affairs, Mondo Duplantis established himself as the hottest property in athletics.

The super Swede competes in a unique competition this Sunday against two of his top pole vault rivals.

There's also a world record from powerlifting to bring you up to speed with, plus cooking tips from sport stars.

Here are our five things for today...

1) Top pole vaulters compete from their back gardens

Mondo Duplantis is the undisputed star of athletics right now after his pole vault exploits earlier this year.

The 20-year-old broke Renaud Lavillenie's world record in Torun, Poland in early February with a successful clearance at 6.17m before going a centimetre higher in Glasgow the following week.

Duplantis admitted a couple of weeks ago that he was struggling for motivation following the postponement of Tokyo 2020 until next year, but he competes against the Frenchman and two-time reigning world champion Sam Kendricks in 'The Ultimate Garden Clash'.

All three have pole vault bars and mats in their back gardens.

With no official adjudicators available due to lockdown restrictions, the three have agreed to clear five metres as many times as possible in the space of 30 minutes.

The action will be live-streamed on World Athletics' YouTube, Facebook and Twitter sites from 17:00 CEST (15:00 UTC).

Lavillenie spoke to Olympic Channel recently about his close friendship with Duplantis who he first met back in 2013.

The London 2012 Olympic champion failed to qualify for the final of last year's Worlds in Doha, but believes he can still mix it with the best in major competitions.

While retirement is not in his immediate thoughts, the 33-year-old says he will follow his passion of motorbike racing after he quits athletics.

Elsewhere, the Exo Tennis tournament is into its third day of four in Hoehr-Grenzhausen.

Dustin Brown suffered his first defeat to Yannick Hanfman on Saturday, but the man who once beat Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon produced the shot of the day.

Check out this 'tweener lob volley' against Britain's Jan Choinski which deserves a bigger audience.

Hanfman's win over Brown on Saturday evening means the world number 143 is the only player left with a 4-0 record.

Here are the best of the highlights from Day 2.

2) Pole vaulting at home with Bumblebee

If you don't have a pole vault set-up in your garden - and let's face it, why would you? - breaking star Bumblebee shows how you can try the sport in your own home.

The Buenos Aires YOG gold medallist made a good clearance using a mop as the pole and his bed as a crash mat.

Not bad at all!

Bumblebee has already shown he's a dab hand at improvising with everyday home appliances.

Here he is using an ironing board and a step ladder, among other objects, in a full home workout.

3) Game of Thrones star sets new powerlifting mark

Icelandic man mountain Hafthor Bjornsson performed the biggest deadlift in history on Saturday with a massive 501kg.

The 31-year-old, who plays Gregor 'The Mountain' Clegane in popular TV series Game of Thrones, broke Eddie Hall's previous mark of 500kg at Thor's Power Gym in Kopvagur, just south of the capital Reykjavik.

Afterwards, the 2.05m-strongman called out his old rival Hall for a head-to-head contest with the Briton accepting on social media.

That looks set to be a grudge match with Hall, aka The Beast, saying he had never forgotten Bjornsson calling him "a cheat" at World's Strongest Man 2017 which Hall won.

4) Cooking up a storm

Baking has been an extremely popular activity during lockdown.

Check out how to make what looks like a wonderful fruity berry-topped cake courtesy of German pairs figure skater Annika Hocke.

With the main tennis tours brought to a halt by COVID-19, Rio 2016 gold medallist Monica Puig has been spending more time in the kitchen.

Here's Puerto Rico's sole Olympic champion serving up what looks a really tasty quiche.

"I love cooking and I love baking. It's something that I've definitely discovered about myself this quarantine." - Olympic tennis champion Monica Puig to Tennis Channel

Don't forget there are plenty of recipes to check out on Olympic Channel's Transform My Meal.

In this episode, Olympic archery gold medallist Mauro Nespoli teams up with chef Enrico Crippa to make "tomato-flavoured white pasta with aubergines plus a little surprise".

5) Watch how Jordan ruled basketball

Episode Five of The Last Dance, the 10-part Netflix series documenting the career of basketball hero Michael Jordan, premieres in the United States tonight and the rest of the world tomorrow.

It features Jordan's last game for the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden, where he indulged in some trash-talking with New York Knicks fan and film director Spike Lee.

The show also includes the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games, where Jordan led the Dream Team to gold, and a tribute to the late Kobe Bryant.

The LA Lakers star and double Olympic champion, who was killed in a helicopter crash in January, was interviewed for the series last July.

Olympic Channel has been taking an in-depth look at those Barcelona Games courtesy of Dream Team 1992 Revisited.

Tom Kirkland and Rob Perez have been calling a Dream Team match in real time every week with USA's third win of the tournament against Germany the most recent.

Remember there's plenty of other great content to enjoy on Olympic Channel in the form of the Classic Finals Channel and the Olympic Ceremonies Channel.