Olympic Daily News: 7 September 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news, trivia, and talking points including Alistair Brownlee's double race weekend, Kai Sotto's preferred NBA team, Thailand withdraw from badminton championships

By ZK Goh

Two triathlons in two days in two countries? No problem for this Olympic champion

Most people give their bodies time to recover after swimming 1.5 km, biking 40 km, and running 10 km.

Not so double Olympic triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee.

The Briton took part in a one-off World Triathlon Series race in Hamburg, Germany, on Saturday, finishing ninth in an event that effectively doubled as this year's World Championship due to the enforced cancellation of other events on the calendar.

But that wasn't enough for the Yorkshireman, who travelled back to England to take part in the Helvellyn Triathlon, one of the UK's domestic mountain triathlons. In that event, he had to swim 1.6 km, cycle 61.2 km, then run 14.5 km up and down Helvellyn Fell in the Lake District.

To top things off, the temperature at the summit of the peak was a reported 0 degrees Celsius. And in an open first-to-the-line race, he had to make up 28 minutes and three seconds on the women who were given a head start on the men.

He did exactly that, winning the race to complete two very different races in two days in two countries. Chapeau.

Kai Sotto sets tongues wagging among San Antonio Spurs fans

Which team will take Filipino phenom Kai Sotto in the 2021 NBA Draft?

If the 18-year-old has any say in the matter, maybe fans in San Antonio could be seeing the 7-foot-1 centre next year.

Sotto, who is currently training with the NBA G League Ignite select team in California, named Olympic bronze medallist and San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan as his idol.

And, in an interview he recently gave a Brooklyn Nets fansite, he said if he could choose a team currently in the playoffs to play on, "I want to say the Spurs, but the Spurs are not in the playoffs anymore."

Thailand pull out of Thomas and Uber Cup Finals

Thailand have become the third country to withdraw from badminton's men's and women's team world championships, the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals scheduled to be held in October in Aarhus, Denmark.

The Badminton World Federation says the competitions will go ahead in a bio-secure "bubble", similar to what some U.S. sports are doing, including the NBA, US Open tennis, and NHL.

Chinese Taipei, featuring world number one women's player Tai Tzu-ying and men's world number two Chou Tien-chen, were the first Asian country to withdraw from the tournaments, citing the increasing coronavirus risk in Europe and the need to quarantine on return.

The other country to have withdrawn their participation in Aarhus is Australia.

Trivia Time

Yesterday, we asked you what was six-time athletics Olympic gold medallist Allyson Felix’s nickname.

Felix attended Los Angeles Baptist High School, California, where she was nicknamed "Chicken Legs" by her teammates, because the sprinter had skinny legs despite her strength.

Today's question is as follows: What was unique about Spain's silver medal in football at the Antwerp 1920 Games?

  1. They only sent nine players
  2. The team only arrived after the competition had started
  3. They lost to the gold medallists in the quarter-finals
  4. They were disqualified from the tournament and later reinstated