Social media best bits: New talents and thrilling wins

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning championship point during his Men's Singles Final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the 2020 French Open (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning championship point during his Men's Singles Final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the 2020 French Open (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Every week, Tokyo 2020 will bring you the best sport posts from the social media world. This week, take a look at how athletes are keeping fit and more...

Run, jump, fly 🚀

France's Kevin Mayer brought new meaning to 'flying into the new week'.

A thrilling conclusion 🚴‍♂️

From working in a bike shop to winning the Giro d'Italia, Tao Geoghegan thought it was going to just a regular Sunday. It was far from it as he secured his maiden victory in a Grand Tour.

Trophy handover 🏆🐯

World no.1 Ash Barty, a long-time supporter of Australian Football Rules (AFL) Richmond Tigers, had the job of handing over the Premiership trophy to them after winning the Grand Final.

Nadal's new talent 🏌️‍♂️

It was just two weeks ago that Rafael Nadal was winning his 20th Grand Slam title but this week he finished sixth at the Balearic Golf Championship. Not too shabby considering in the field of 60 golfers, 23 were professionals.

Thankful 🙏

Judo is back and Amandine Buchard took home gold at the Hungary Grand Slam. It's been a long time (8 months) away from competition and the French athlete was thankful to everyone's efforts in organising the event and seeing her friends again.

"Thank you again and again and see you very soon on the international tatami mats, I hope."

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• I’m very happy to have been able to win the Grand Slam in Budapest. 🇭🇺🥇 • It was not an easy day, I haven't fought internationally since 8 months, I had lost my travel habits, bag preparation, feelings in competitions... 🛩🧳🥋 It was a new way to prepare and fight with all this Covid protocol, with a lot of stress... 🦠 And a big thought for my friends from the Italian team too... 🇮🇹🙏🏽 I would like to thank the International Judo Federation and Hungary for having managed to organize this Grand Slam, it was not an easy challenge with the current situation. Thank you for allowing me to fight and feel safe despite this pandemic. I hope we can participate in other competitions in the coming months. 👏🏽👍🏽 I was very happy and nostalgic to see again some of my friends and people from my judo world, it gave me hope and a second wind. 🥰 Finally, I would like to thank all the people who have supported me and support me everyday, you are a big strength for me. Thank you again and again and see you very soon on the international tatami mats, I hope. 🙏🏽❤️

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Who needs a training partner? 🤼‍♀️

No training partner, no worries for Canadian wrestler Samantha Stewart.

First competition feeling 🏊‍♂️

After seven months of not competing, Panama swimmer Egar Crespo was excited to be able to finally race again.

Paralympic legends message 💬

It's been a tough year so retired Paralympian Kurt Fearnley shared a special message to the Australian Paralympic community.

Up and over 🦘

Australian Kurtis Marschall shared his progression with his training.

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6 step series. Building. 🧱

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Special win 🏅

Canadian Michael Woods claimed his second career win at the Vuelta a Espana this week. It was a hilly 159.7km ride but it was a special win for the cyclist.

Happy 300 days 📅🎆

This week we celebrated 300 days until the Paralympic Games and Paralympic champion Beatrice Vio shared a memory from her last time in the host nation.

The hard grind 😫

Training as a triathlete is never easy especially across three disciplines - swimming, cycling and running - but Portugal's Joao Pereira enjoys the feeling of a tough session.

Table tennis back on! 🏓

Puerto Ricantable tennis player Adriana Diaz is off to Weihai for the 2020 ITTF Women's World Cup.

Dreaming of Tokyo 🗼💭

Mexican diver Alejandra Orozco is dreaming of competing in both synchro and individual events at Tokyo 2020.

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