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Sydney Olympic Stadium to be torn down

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The Sydney Olympic Stadium will be demolished and replaced starting in 2019, according to Australian media.

Stadium Australia, as it was known during the 2000 Olympics, housed more than 100,000 people for the Opening Ceremony and evening track and field sessions (including Magic Monday).

Its capacity was trimmed after the Games closer to 80,000, regularly holding rugby and soccer matches as well as concerts.

It will be replaced by a rectangular stadium with a capacity of 75,000 that will open in 2022, according to the New South Wales government.

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Jason Day ‘definitely’ wants to play 2020 Olympics

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Australian golfer Jason Day, who skipped the Rio Olympics while ranked No. 1 in the world, said he “definitely wants to” play at the 2020 Tokyo Games, should he qualify.

Day, 30, withdrew one month before the Rio Olympics, citing Zika virus concerns.

The top four players in the world at the time skipped the Rio Games — Day, Dustin JohnsonJordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy.

“The biggest thing, it’s really unfortunate because I didn’t want it to come off the way it did,” Day said Wednesday. “It was just difficult because I know that if you’re in a certain sport sometimes you only get these opportunities once, and I’m in a sport where I can stick around for a very long time. If I’m good enough, I can be in multiple Olympic teams.”

Day struggled last season, going winless and falling to No. 12 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

If Olympic golf qualifying remains the same for 2020, Day must either stay ranked in the top 15 or be one of the top two ranked Aussies come 2020 to assure himself a spot on the team.

Marc Leishman is No. 13, followed by Adam Scott at No. 30. Both of them also skipped Rio.

“I want to represent Australia very much so,” Day said. “Japan’s one of my favorite countries to ever visit, so if I have the opportunity to get on the team, I’m getting my plane ticket straight away.

“I’m looking forward to playing.”

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Diver slips, falls on springboard, crashes into water (video)

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Australian Olympian Annabelle Smith sported a smile — and a large mark on her back — after a nasty fall at the FINA Diving Grand Prix in Gold Coast, Australia, on Sunday.

“Proud I became a meme last night,” was posted on Smith’s Instagram.

Smith, a Rio synchronized springboard bronze medalist, slipped while taking off from the board. She landed on the side of the board on her back and bottom and flopped like a rag doll into the pool.

The audience gasped.

Smith was shown on the broadcast getting out of the pool with a smile on her face. And a large mark on her back.

“At the moment [Smith’s] pride is hurt, but the main thing is she’s OK, she didn’t hurt herself,” Australian coach Ady Hinchcliffe said, according to the Gold Coast Bulletin. “Anabelle is experienced enough to be able to bounce back off this.”

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