Olympic Daily News: 25 June 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points including Murakami Mai on Tokyo 2020 goals, FIFA Women's World Cup host and expansion announcement.

By Scott Bregman

Olympians: they’re just like us!

No, no, no. Just kidding. Two-time Olympic champion Caeleb Dressel is making the rest of us feel bad about our lockdown hobbies. The American swimming star, who picked up six gold medals at the 2019 world championships, has checked off a bucket list item while at home: learning a front and back flip.

Japan’s Murakami Mai on back injury, missing Worlds: “It hurt more having to watch other athletes take the podium.”

Japanese gymnast Murakami Mai missed out on helping her team qualify to the Olympics Games last year due to a back injury that kept her out of Japan’s world trials.

"More than the pain in my back, it hurt more having to watch other athletes take the podium," said Murakami, the 2017 World floor exercise champion and 2018 all-around runner up to Simone Biles.

"[Teramoto Asuka] told me, 'We're going there to qualify. Don't worry.' It meant a lot,” she added, according to NHK.

Teramoto and her teammates made good on that promise, and now Murakami is focused on next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

"Not just athletes but everyone in Japan is looking forward to the Tokyo Olympics. I want to be able to meet the expectations and win a gold medal which has been my goal."

2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup to be hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

FIFA have announced that the joint bid of Australia and New Zealand have won the right to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup. They beat Colombia in the final vote, after Japan pulled out earlier this week.

The tournament will be the first WWC with 32 teams, and the result ensures a first cross-continent Women's World Cup, as New Zealand competes in the Oceania Football Confederation and Australia in the Asian Football Confederation.

On 10 June, the joint Australia-NZ bid earned top marks from FIFA, with a score of 4.1 out of 5 on the organizer’s plan. Colombia earned 2.8.

A Colombian World Cup would have been the first women’s World Cup in South America,

Squash’s Raneem El Welily announces retirement

The first Arab female to become the world no. 1 in any sport Raneem El Welily announced her retirement from squash Thursday. The 31-year-old Egyptian has spent the past 19 months as the world’s best player.

“What a ride it has been. When this journey started, I never thought that it would take me this far,” said El Welily in an Instagram post. “I have been so fortunate to have witnessed many generations play the game, to have been inspired by so many legends, and to have been a part of such a great era.”

El Welily ends her storied career with eight career World Championships medals, including a 2017 title. She was twice the world junior champion in 2005 and 2007.

Trivia Time!

Yesterday, we asked which female gymnast last won back-to-back gold medals in the all-around. That historic distinction belongs to Vera Caslavska of the Czech Republic in 1964 and 1968.

Only one other gymnast has matched the feat, Larisa Latynina (1956-60), but American Simone Biles is the heavy favorite to defend her 2016 title in Tokyo next year.

Here’s today’s question:

How many of the 10 fastest 200m times run at the Olympic Games belong to Usain Bolt?

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