Caster Semenya smashed Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘core crusher challenge’ record in the Nike Living Room Cup challenge.

In an initiative aiming to promote exercising indoors during the coronavirus pandemic, sports stars and social media users have been challenging each other in a core strength challenge which involves touching your toes as many times as possible whilst lying flat on your back.

The Juventus forward managed 142 reps in the 45-second challenge, only for it to be surpassed by an impressive 176 reps from Semenya.

The athletics star took to Instagram to share her achievement, saying: ‘Hola fellas thanks to @cristiano for his challenge, the beast himself did his best, I also manage to scoop 176 in that space of 45 seconds.

‘Not bad for a Sunday ke ya baba mfo.’

Other sports stars have been trying to beat Ronaldo’s record, including Manchester United’s Portuguese duo Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot, but the pair only managed a total of 117 and 105 reps respectively.

Semenya was hoping to compete in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo later this year, before the popular summer event was postponed by a year due to the virus outbreak.

The South African sprinter was preparing to rival Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith in the 200m discipline in the Japanese capital.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, was aiming to have a summer to remember too, as the Portugal superstar was aiming to lead his country’s defence of the European Championship trophy this summer.

However, this summer’s Euros were also pushed back a year due to coronavirus, while Ronaldo’s hopes to win this year’s Serie A and Champions League titles have also been put on hold.

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The forward is currently undergoing a period of self-isolation and social distancing after two of his Juventus team-mates were diagnosed with the virus last month.


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