Olympic Daily News: 31 July 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points featuring Aly Raisman joining JVN's podcast and Ash Barty saying she'll skip U.S. Open

By Scott Bregman

On this day 92 years ago, American Elizabeth Robinson equalled her own world record time in the 100m at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam. That time – 12.2 seconds – made Robinson, then just 16 years old, the first female Olympic athletics champion ever.

Take a look at that historic moment below.

Aly Raisman on Jonathan Van Ness’ podcast ‘Getting Curious’

Three-time Olympic gymnastics champion Aly Raisman was a guest this week of the ‘Getting Curious’ podcast, hosted by ‘Queer Eye’ star Jonathan Van Ness.

“Something just clicked differently for me,” said Raisman of her performance at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio where she won team gold before finishing behind only teammate Simone Biles in the all-around and floor exercise finals.

Raisman admitted that in the lead-up to those Rio Games, including the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, she feels she put too much pressure on herself.

“Leading up to the 2016 Olympics, I just wasn’t really myself,” Raisman said. “I felt like I wasn’t doing well under pressure. I really learned now that I’m away from the sport how important it is to make mistakes and to fall because that’s how you learn, that’s how you become a better competitor.”

Adding, “I knew that if I worked really hard and did the best that I could, that had to be enough. I just stopped obsessing over winning or getting this score or being better than I was in 2012 and I just focused on doing it for myself and of course for my teammates in the team final.”

Rio silver medallist Hidilyn Diaz wins virtual weightlifting competition

Filipino Hidilyn Diaz, who took Olympic silver in 53kg weightlifting at Rio 2016, returned to competitive action this week victoriously.

The 29-year-old won the 2020 Eleikja Email International Lifters Tournament, lifting 216 kilos (95kg in the snatch and 121kg in the clean and jerk). Diaz, who has been training in Malaysia during the COVID-19 pandemic, was announced the winner Thursday.

“I want to thank my support system #TeamHD for not leaving me during the pandemic, I was lost and had no direction in my life,” Diaz wrote in a Facebook post earlier this week, which included the winning lift.

The post marked the day that would have been Diaz’ competition day, under the original dates of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“I was supposed to compete today in #Tokyo2020, I already imagined the crowd would be full of Filipinos cheering for my win in Olympics but because of the Covid-19 Pandemic the Olympics was moved to July 23-Aug 8,2021 that imagination got blurred,” she said.

World’s No. 1 women’s tennis player Ash Barty will skip U.S. Open

The world’s top-ranked female tennis player, Australia’s Ash Barty, said Thursday that she will not participate in next month’s U.S. Open tennis tournament.

“My team and I have decided that we won’t be travelling to the ... Western & Southern Open and the U.S. Open this year,” Barty said, according to the Associated Press. “I love both events so this was a difficult decision, but there are still significant risks involved due to COVID-19 and I don’t feel comfortable putting my team and I in that position.

“I wish the USTA all the best for the tournaments and I look forward to being back in the U.S. next year."

Barty is the biggest name in the sport to say she will not participate in what will be the first major tennis tournament since the coronavirus postponed the French Open and cancelled Wimbledon. Four-time Olympic champion Serena Williams has said she will play in the U.S. Open, saying “I really cannot wait to return to New York and play the U.S. Open 2020,” in a video message in June.

Double Olympic champion Andy Murray said he expects more top names to follow Barty in skipping the tournament.

“I have heard some of the top male players aren’t going to play. I would expect that would be the case,” Murray told British media.

“It’s everyone’s personal decision. If they don’t feel safe, and don’t feel comfortable, travelling and going there and putting themselves and their team at an increased risk, then it’s completely understandable.”


On Thursday, we asked what are the only two countries who have won Olympic gold in women’s basketball. The correct answer is the Soviet Union (and the Unified Team in 1992) and Team USA.

Here’s today’s question.

Which of the following is not an event in modern pentathlon?

  1. Fencing

  2. Freestyle swimming

  3. Discus throw

  4. Equestrian show jumping