Olympic Daily News: 25 July 2020
Your daily update of Olympic news, including a Tokyo 2020 look forward, Shaunae Miller-Uibo's sizzling new PB, and a mouth-watering wrestling clash in Texas.
On this day in 2021... surfing will make its debut at the Olympic Games in Tokyo!
In a time where COVID-19 has dashed the dreams of so many Olympians around the world, it’s important to keep looking forward to the excitement that is in store.
Also on the agenda exactly a year from today in Japan, skateboarding will also make its Olympic debut, while medals will be awarded in ten sports!
Check out the full Tokyo 2020 Olympic schedule here.
Today USA Skateboarding has also presented the trailer of the documentary 'Road to Tokyo', which will premiere in autumn.
The film follows the American team through the past 16 months of training, trials, and tribulations.
Wrestling is back with a bang!
On top of the fact that both men have unbelievable senior records, the American and the Italian have been trash-talking each other in the run-up to their match, in what has looked more like a high-profile boxing event at stages.
But the fun doesn’t stop there. Former world champion David Taylor will take on former NCAA champion Myles Martin in the night’s other event.
The bouts begin from 20:00 Eastern Time on July 25 (02:00 CET July 26) on Flowrestling.
Shaunae Miller-Uibo breaks 10 seconds
Reigning 400m Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo’s talent knows no boundaries!
The Bahamian clocked a sizzling 10.98-second 100m time en route to victory in Friday’s Back to the Track event in Clermont, Florida, having ran a personal best of 11.03s half an hour earlier in the semis.
The performance will raise more question marks over which events Miller-Uibo will enter at the Tokyo Olympics, having previously hinted that she is considering giving up her 400m crown in favour of concentrating on the 200m due to the close proximity of the events in the race schedule.
Elsewhere in Florida, Noah Lyles ran 9.93s in the men’s race to beat Canadian Andre DeGrasse.
Baseball players put hand-sanitising safety first
Despite the intense nature of a season-opening MLB match, there was a moment of light-hearted relief when Chicago Cubs took on Milwaukee Brewers.
In the next best alternative to social distancing, first baseman Anthony Rizzo dispensed some hand sanitiser from his pocket for opposition player Orlando Arcia's hands!
In the end it didn’t help the Brewers much, who suffered a 3-0 loss.
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Test your knowledge
Yesterday's question was: Which of these sports featured at the Paris 1900 Olympic Games?
The answer is equestrian long jump, which was won by a Belgian rider named Constant van Langhendonck with a leap of approximately 6.10 metres.
Today we are asking:
The first 12 ancient Olympics featured only one event. What was it?
- Chariot racing
We'll have the answer tomorrow.