Olympic ‘muscle flex’ & Pokémon Go binges: Rio athlete ‘boredom’ kicks in ahead of Games (VIDEO)

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Olympic restlessness appears to be kicking in already for many athletes ahead of the Games in Brazil, with British sprinter Harry Aikines Aryeetey filling the void by flexing his muscles to pop music on the internet.

The 100m runner will be hoping to strike gold for Team GB during the games. 

However, the 27-year-old, like many of the top stars who have traveled to Brazil, must sit tight until Friday’s opening ceremony is out of the way and the competitors snap into action. 

The wait doesn’t seem to be very stimulating though, with Aikines Aryeetey resorting to posting a video of his muscles ‘dancing’ to Rihanna’s ‘Work’ single on social media. 

Other sporting stars have also taken to Twitter to post images of their efforts to entertain themselves and soak up some of that free time in the sun. 

While Aikines Aryeetey might already be weary of waiting for the starter’s gun, at least the sprinter’s bid to fight boredom isn’t threatening to leave a gaping hole in his bank balance. Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura has reportedly racked up a $5,000 bill from binging on Pokémon Go.

The Olympic medalist downloaded the popular augmented reality app to keep him busy during training camp downtime, reports the Japan Times. However, after failing to take into account steep roaming charges all Uchimura seemed to catch was a whopping phone charge.

Kenzo Shirai has described how his 27-year-old teammate looked “dead” after finding out about the bill. Uchimura’s mobile phone company have reportedly since dropped the massive charges to around $400.

News of Uchimura’s hefty bill comes as the creators of the game look to cash in on the huge numbers of people visiting the South American nation for the month long sporting event.

Its official Twitter page posted on Wednesday that technicians are “working hard” to roll out the app to Brazil – perhaps in a bid to alleviate some of that pre-Games athlete boredom.