Social media best bits: Cycling with an Olympian?


Every week, Tokyo 2020 will bring you the best sport posts from the social media world. Find out what your favourite athletes have been getting up to during the lead-up to the Olympic Games (spoiler alert: it's not all training).

Keeping up with an Olympian

Colombian and London 2012 silver medallist Rigoberto Urán wasn't alone during his training after he was joined by a cyclist carrying a backpack and dressed in baggy khakis. When they stopped for a quick chat, Urán said he was "surprised" by the man's speed. The pair were riding at around 45km/h.

USA triathletes raise funds for pandemic efforts 🚴

Nine US elite triathletes, both Paralympians and Olympic hopefuls, are set to bike 483 miles (777.3km) in Colorado to raise money for the USA Triathlon Foundation, which will distribute proceeds to members of the sport community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Back to training 🏓

Mauritius lifted its lockdown with athletes in swimming, boxing, athletics and table tennis gradually returning to training. In table tennis, the federation has put some precautions in place to ensure the safety of the athletes.

Like mother, like son?

Australia's Sergei Evglevski is setting his sights on Tokyo 2020, not only to win a medal, but to equal and succeed the achievements of his mother Lalita - a six-time Olympian in pistol shooting.

Speaking to, Evglevski said: “The goal I’ve set for myself is to prove to people and the whole shooting world, not just to be Lalita’s son but being my own shooter."

Answering the Olympic call

Algeria's table tennis star Larbi Bouriah will make his Olympic debut next year. He is the ninth person from his country to secure a spot at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Whilst he had been openly talking about retiring from the sport in the future, he couldn't say no to do this for his country.

"I am 37 years old and when your country calls you, you can’t say no. It is always an honour."

Records shattered 🏃‍♂️

On Thursday, the Impossible Games, which is a repurposed version of the annual Diamond League meet in Norway's capital Oslo, saw two-time World Champion Karsten Warholm clock a 300m hurdle world record of 33.78 seconds. It shattered the previous record of 34.48 seconds set by Great Britain's Chris Rawlinson in 2002.

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OK day at the oval office... #worldbest

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Training with a gold medallist 🥇

Rio 2016 wrestling gold medallist Risako Kawai was feeling the burn and sweat during her training this week.

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. スナッチしか載せてなかったから今日はこれ。 汗かきすぎて顔テッカテカやけど ブルガリアンスクワットはお尻ともも裏がめっちゃきつくなります🏋🏻‍♂️ このトレーニングやるようになってからタックルのスピードが速くなった気がしてる(たぶん気のせい) でも、レスラーには必要なトレーニングだと思う . 数日前から後輩とウエイトやるようにしたので刺激を受けながら楽しくやってます🏋🏻‍♂️ あきえが頑張ってる後ろでふざけてる妹もいますが、この人もトレーニングは真面目にしてます笑 . #トレーニング

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Check out The Lowdown for more of the best posts from the past week: