Social media best bits: New sports and perfect training partners

Pedro Da Silva of Brazil competes during the Kayak (K1) Men's semi-final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Pedro Da Silva of Brazil competes during the Kayak (K1) Men's semi-final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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).

Wanna bet?

A spirited sprinting fan challenged the 100m king of the last three Olympic Games to show up at Tokyo 2020 and set a new world record. Will Usain Bolt take the bet?

More hidden talents of Olympians 🥞

Russian Federation artistic gymnast Anastasia Maksimova gave us a masterclass on how to make perfect pancakes and admitted to eating dozens of them... don't we all!

Staying Strong 💪

Brazilian canoe slalom athlete Pepe Gonçalves helped out his local community with donations of food and cleaning supplies. #StayStrong

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CONSEGUIMOS ❤️ JUNTOS SOMOS MAIS FORTES e esse tem que ser o leva nessa quarentena, juntos podemos muito mais e graças a todos vocês que doaram e compartilharam chegamos a marca de 3 toneladas e meia entre alimentos e produtos de limpeza. Hoje fiz a entrega em nome de todos vocês para a assistente social de Piraju, onde as famílias alvo serão ajudadas nesse momento tão delicado! Me sinto abençoado e honrado de com minha imagem e visibilidade chegar a todos vocês que ajudaram e fazer isso acontecer. MUITO OBRIGADO todos que ajudaram e doaram, obrigado também ao @supermercadogarrotepiraju que preparou com tanto carinho as cestas e nos ajudou no carregamento e entrega, obrigado ao Celso da @cadeveiculospiraju que disponibilizou um de seus carros e colocou a não na massa para ajudar, tirando a doação que fez também! É isso aí gente, estou feliz e emocionado com tudo isso, não tenho palavras para descrever, só agradecer!

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Grant Holloway: A Hurdler. A Sprinter. A Strongman? 🏋️‍♂️

US track athlete Grant Holloway has switched up his training and is trying the strongman log press. It’s always a good idea to keep fit and active but also entertained and challenged.

Tired of the tyre

Three-time Olympic weightlifting medallist Lidia Valentin Perez has been throwing down the gauntlet, showing us how to perform perfect tyre flip.

Fluffy White Ball 🐶

Meghan Beesley is getting by with a little help from a “fluffy white ball" as the European bronze medallist showed us who's been keeping her company during her lockdown training.

Paralympic World Cup Champions! 🏐

The Paralympics held a fun tournament to crown the most popular Paralympic sport as voted for by the fans with sitting volleyball taking home the gold.

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

  • Chris Thompson wins the Men's 5000m Final at the 2010 European Trials & UK Championships (Photo by John Gichigi/Getty Images)

    The Road to Tokyo: A week in quotes

  • MOELLHAUSEN Nathalie VS SUZUKI during the 2021 World Cup épée women's event in Kazan in March.

    The Road to Tokyo: A week in quotes

  • Jade Jones of Great Britain celebrates victory against Skylar Park of Canada in the Semi-final of the Women's -57kg during the 2019 World Taekwondo Championships. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images)

    Social media best bits: From Tokyo qualification to records