EDITORS - With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. Shaul Ladany survived a concentration camp as a youngster, and returned to Germany as a racewalker for the 1972 Olympics. Now 84, he spoke to the AP in Israel.
Briton Rose, who captured the U.S. Open in 2013 and gold at the Olympics three years later, has not lifted a trophy since winning the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego last year. Having pushed the "reset button" after turning 40 last week, Rose made a steady start in his bid to claim only a second major by going four-under at Harding Park, a shot behind leaders Jason Day and Brendon Todd. "Nine times out of 10, we walk off slightly frustrated because we've left a few out there, but today was one of those days where I got all of it out," Rose, who was in a group of nine players with the same score, told reporters.
Japanese trampolinist Tetsuya Sotomura was pushing for his country's final qualification spot for the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year but his dream was shattered when the Games were postponed. At 35, he had already decided that the Olympics would be his last event and when organisers made the decision to postpone the Games until 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sotomura knew his body wouldn't hold up for another year. "Before corona, I already decided I would retire after the Tokyo Olympics, meaning this summer, 2020," Sotomura told Reuters at his office north of Tokyo.