Olympic Daily News: 16 August 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points. Malaysia's Lee Zii Jia shares likes and dislikes, Olympic bronze medallist pulls out of NHL playoffs, Bhutan's love for archery in New York

By ZK Goh

For some of us, the weekend is almost over; for others the working week has begun. However, as always, we're here with the Olympic Daily to keep you updated on everything going on around the Olympic world.

On 16 August 2008, the world watched in awe as Usain Bolt set a new men's 100m world record of 9.69 seconds at the Beijing 2008 final.

It was a mark he would lower again a year later in Berlin, to the present 9.58 seconds.

Why not re-live that magical night in the Bird's Nest stadium?

Lee Zii Jia: "I hate running"

Malaysian national number one badminton player Lee Zii Jia has revealed his likes and dislikes in a video released by the BWF.

"Running for training, yeah, I hate running more than 5 km," he admits.

Like many athletes, Lee has to keep to a strict diet – but does enjoy having a cheat meal every now and then.

"Korean food," he says of his favourite cuisine. "(Korean) barbecue. Pork belly or something like that."

NHL goalie Tuukka Rask withdraws from postseason

Sochi 2014 ice hockey bronze medallist Tuukka Rask withdrew from the National Hockey League playoffs on Saturday, shortly before his Boston Bruins team was due to play the third game of their quarter-final series against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Despite the NHL postseason being played in two bio-secure "bubble" situations in Edmonton and Toronto in Canada, the Finnish goaltender decided to prioritise the health of his family.

"With a newborn and two other young girls it's been challenging," the Bruins' general manager Don Sweeney explained, according to ESPN.

Rask's teammate Patrice Bergeron, a two-time Olympic champion with Canada, also backed the decision. "Family comes first, we've always said that. We're a tight group in this locker room we've been together for a while and supporting each other so obviously we're thinking about him and we're supporting that decision.

Bhutan's national sport helping tide immigrants through pandemic in New York

There is nothing that stirs the passions in Bhutan quite like the national sport archery, which has a role in the legend of the country's history.

Last year, the small landlocked Himalayan state qualified its first-ever Olympic archer, with Karma set to represent the kingdom at Tokyo 2020 assuming she meets the minimum ranking score requirements.

Far away from Thimphu, in New York City, a group of Bhutanese immigrants have been trying to keep their spirits up through the coronavirus pandemic through archery.

The New York Times met a group of the expats, mostly drivers for ride-hailing services, recently for a feature.

Trivia time

Yesterday, we asked you who won swimming's "Race of the Century" – the men's 200m freestyle final at the Athens 2004 Olympics?

Of course, it was Australian legend the "Thorpedo", Ian Thorpe. Pieter van den Hoogenband won silver and Michael Phelps bronze.

Today's teaser is the following:

All of the following royals have taken part at the Games. But which of them took part at the Winter Olympics and not the summer Games?

  1. Anne, Princess Royal (Great Britain)
  2. Prince Albert II of Monaco
  3. King Harald V of Norway
  4. King Felipe VI of Spain