VIDEO: The Weeknd Releases Sneak Peek Into New Tokyo Olympics Single Ahead of Track Finals

Published 08/03/2021, 5:30 AM EDT


The Olympics are arguably one of the most culturally diverse sporting events on the globe. And the ongoing Tokyo Olympics is no different to that tradition. With over 200 countries taking part, there is no better place to witness the intermingling of cultures than Tokyo at the moment.

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Hence, it’s no surprise to see musicians around the world jump in with tunes to cheer athletes on. Earlier today, popular Canadian singer The Weeknd joined this trend to produce a single specifically for Team USA’s track athletes.

The Weeknd launches one-off single for USA track stars competing in the Tokyo Olympics

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For the last few years, The Weeknd has shot into the limelight with several famous albums. The three-time Grammy award winner features among the world’s best-selling artists, with his 2016 album ‘Starboy’ known as one of his most popular albums.

As the Tokyo Olympics enter its last week of competition, the track and field events now look to take center stage. With Team USA having multiple athletes across the track events, The Weeknd launched a new single to cheer them on.

Titled “Take My Breath”, the Canadian shared a snippet of the song on Twitter earlier today. During the video, some of the USA’s best female track stars make brief appearances. Those stars include Sydney McLaughlin, Dalilah Muhammad, Athing Mu, and Gabrielle Thomas.

In addition, The Weeknd also mentioned a short line during the video: “These women take your breath away.” The Canadian also revealed Friday, August 6 as the release date for this single.

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McLaughlin to battle Muhammad in the women’s 400m hurdles final tomorrow

Along with having these athletes, the video also highlighted the various finals they will take part in this week. One of the key battles will be between McLaughlin and Muhammad in the 400m hurdles final, which takes place at 11:30 am local time.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Women’s 400m Hurdles – Semifinal – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 2, 2021. Sydney McLaughlin of the United States in action REUTERS/Aleksandra Szmigiel

While their battle takes place tomorrow, other American track stars will be in action today. Athing Mu will take part in the 800m final at 9:25 pm local time, while Gabrielle Thomas will take part in the 200m final at 9:50 pm local time.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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