Olympic Daily News: 6 September 2020
Get your daily update of Olympic news, trivia, and talking points including Cristiano Ronaldo's telling off, coronavirus at the US Open, and more!
Cristiano Ronaldo in the naughty corner!
It's been an exciting weekend in international football, with the return of the UEFA Nations League, featuring top stars in action all across Europe.
None of whom are bigger than Cristiano Ronaldo, but even without playing for Portugal he's in the headlines, with a video clip circulating online showing that not even football's greatest player can get away without wearing his face mask!
Despite missing their Athens 2004 Olympian, reigning European champions Portugal were in unstoppable form, registering a 4-1 win over Croatia at home, while Kylian Mbappe’s strike took France to a 1-0 away win in Sweden.
Raheem Sterling converted a late penalty to secure a 1-0 away victory for England over Iceland on Saturday, in a match that saw both teams have a player sent off in Kyle Walker (England) and Sverrir Ingi Ingason (Iceland).
COVID continues to play havoc at US Open
The coronavirus has struck at the US Open again, with women’s doubles top seeds Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Babos being forced to withdraw from the event.
Frenchwoman Mladenovic had to go into quarantine after being in close contact with compatriot Benoit Paire, who tested positive for the coronavirus.
The US Tennis Association said the quarantine means she cannot move from her hotel to Flushing Meadows.
It's better news for six-time US Open champion Serena Williams, who is into the last 16 after a come-from-behind victory over fellow American Sloane Stephens.
Williams, 38, lost the first set 2-6 after a slow start, before rallying to take the next two sets 6-2 6-2 in New York.
One and done in World Triathlon Series
Triathlon returned with a bang on Saturday 5th September with the first and only elite event of the 2020 World Triathlon Series in Hamburg, Germany.
As the event doubled up as the world championship, everything was on the line as Georgia Taylor-Brown stepped up to take the gold medal in the women’s race.
The Brit stayed with the pack until the run, where she decided to push early and held off the strong challenge from Bermudan two-time world champion Flory Duffy to take the victory in 54:16. Germany's Laura Lindemann claimed the bronze
In the men’s event, France's Vincent Luis pulled away in the final kilometre to successfully defend his world title in 49:13.
Portugal’s Vasco Vilaca sealed silver, while Leo Bergere of France took bronze.
The action continues on Sunday with the Mixed Relay World Championships, where France will be seeking a third consecutive title - with Luis having completed the anchor leg on each occasion. Follow all the action live on TriathlonLIVE.tv.
Calling all special memories of Sydney 2000!
On the 20th anniversary of the Sydney 2000 Olympics and Paralympics, the Australian Olympic Committee have launched a nostalgic social media campaign.
The idea is that fans and athletes from around the world send in photos or videos of any moments or memorabilia they have that encapsulated the spirit of those Games, which will be correlated for everyone to enjoy and reminisce at the hashtag #MySydney2000.
AOC CEO Matt Carroll said:
“By sharing our memories via social media with the #MySydney2000 tag, we have a great opportunity to remind ourselves of that Games’ spirit and reconnect with the wonderful feeling we all felt during those times."
Tadej Pogacar takes the Tour de France stage 9
Tour de France debutante Britain's Adam Yates has had the yellow jersey taken from him by Slovenian Primoz Roglic after Roglic's young compatriot Tadej Pogacar claimed stage victory.
The UAE-Team Emirates rider Pogacar won an exciting sprint finish on Stage 9 in the Pyrenees, with previous leader Yates finishing 54 seconds off the pace to drop down to eighth overall.
Pogacar told ITV afterwards:
"It is really crazy after that hard day to win the stage is incredible. My teammates did a really good job all day.
"I actually wanted to gain as much time as I could. I knew in the last few hundred metres that a stage win would give me 10 seconds as well."
Yesterday, we asked:
Rugby Union made its debut at which Olympic Games? The answer: Paris 1900. Rugby first appeared at the Olympics in its 15-a-side format, and the gold medal was won by hosts France. It made a return at Rio 2016 with the sevens event.
Here’s today’s question.
What was six-time athletics Olympic gold medallist Allyson Felix’s nickname?
- Long Legs
- Cheetah Legs
- Chicken Legs
- Fast Legs