Olympic Daily News: 5 September 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points with a celebration of facial fuzz, Lionel Messi ending a messy saga, a half marathon world record, and more.

By Andrew Binner

Today is World Beard Day!

While this may seem like a new phenomenon given that facial fuzz is only recently back in fashion, it is thought that Danish Vikings had a special day dedicated to the glorification of beards as far back as 800 AD.

All of which got us thinking, who has the best Olympic beard ever?

Australian shooter Daniel Repacholi sported an outstanding red beard at Rio 2016, while USA 400m hurdler Michael Tinsley’s effort in Brazil was a firm fan’s favourite.

Australian shooter Daniel Repacholi sporting his trademark beard.

Lionel Messi’s mind made up

It seems apt that on World Beard Day, one of its most celebrated sporting members in Lionel Messi has made a decision on his footballing future.

With rumours rife regarding his possible exit from Barcelona, the Beijing 2008 Olympic gold medallist has announced he'll will stay on with the Spanish giants for another year.

A possible legal dispute over whether he was able to leave the club this month, without a transfer fee, played a major part in the saga.

“I thought and was sure that I was free to leave, the president always said that at the end of the season I could decide if I stayed or not,” he exclusively told Goal.com

“Now they cling to the fact that I did not say it before June 10, when it turns out that on June 10 we were competing for La Liga in the middle of this awful coronavirus and this disease altered all the season."

“And this is the reason why I am going to continue in the club. Now I am going to continue in the club because the president told me that the only way to leave was to pay the €700 million ($823m) clause, and that this is impossible.” - Lionel Messi to Goal.com

Peres Jepchirchir smashes world record

Following on from the world record-breaking event at the Brussels Diamond League for Sifan Hassan and Mo Farah, Kenyan runner Peres Jepchirchir smashed the women-only race half marathon world record at the Prague 21.1KM on Saturday.

The 26-year-old clocked 1:05:34 over 16.5 laps of Letna Park’s oval course to obliterate Netsanet Gudeta’s previous best mark of 1:06:11.

To find out more about her amazing run, including why she feels she can go even faster, check out our report here.

Peres Jepchirchir smashes the women's only Half Marathon World Record in Prague, Czech Republic.

Happy Birthday Yuna Kim!

Figure skating Olympic champion Yuna Kim turned 30 today.

The Korean, also known as ‘Queen Yuna’ for her exploits on the ice, won gold at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, and silver four years later at Sochi 2014.

Outside of the Olympics, she secured two world championships titles, three Grand Prix finals, and was the 2009 Four Continents champion!

Yuna lit the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, but now it's her turn to blow the candles out on the cake.

Follow the Triathlon world final live

Live sport continues to return to the calendar, and there is a triathlon treat in store today.

COVID-related cancellations this season mean that the 2020 World Triathlon Series begins (and ends!), this weekend in Germany at the Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon.

The fun begins at 2:30pm CET, and despite several top athletes not being able to compete due to quarantine rules, the likes of Katie Zaferes, Georgia Taylor-Brown, Mario Mola and Jonathan Brownlee will ensure that there is plenty of star quality on show.

The action continues on Sunday 6th September with the Mixed Relay World Championships, where 20 teams will lock horns from 1:30pm CET.

You can follow all the action live on TriathlonLIVE.tv.

COVID fears delay US Open match

At the spectator-less US Open, German fifth-seed Alexander Zverev’s third-round match against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino was delayed by almost three hours due to COVID concerns with his opponent.

Mannarino had been around his countryman Benoit Paire, who tested positive for coronavirus, meaning health officials wanted to make sure Mannarino was in the clear before his match.

Zverev eventually won the clash in four sets, 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-2 6-2.

"There is a lot of room for improvement, I'm not at my best yet," said Zverev to reporters after, who faces Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina next.

Trivia Time

Yesterday, we asked, 'Which of the following is NOT a weight class in taekwondo?'. The answer? Lightweight.

Here’s today’s question.

Rugby Union made its debut at which Olympic Games?

  1. Paris 1900
  2. Antwerp 1920
  3. Sydney 2000
  4. Rio 2016