The fastest marathoner in American history, Ryan Hall, spent Monday morning doing what he does best: disappointing everyone.
Following his failure to make it to the twelfth mile of the London Olympics marathon before grabbing his thigh and pulling out of the race, the California native has officially dropped out of November’s New York City Marathon, too, according to Velonews.com.
“I was hoping that after some time off and treatment after the Games, the string of nagging injuries I’ve been dealing with this year would be behind me,” Hall said. “After trying to run through, I came to the realization when keeping the big picture in mind, that I needed to take a longer break to let things heal and not rush the training. “
Hall became the first American to break the 2 hours 5 minutes mark in 2011 and has finished in the top-4 of the Boston marathon three times, but he’s never won an international event and, at 29, London was likely his best chance at medaling. Maybe it’s time he moved on to Reality TV.
Spanish basketball star Pau Gasol is the latest athlete to announce publicly thoughts about skipping the Rio Olympics due to the Zika virus.
Gasol, a two-time Olympic silver medalist, held a press conference and wrote a column in Spanish newspaper El Pais titled “Olympic dream or medical nightmare?” on Monday.
“Returning to Spain after eight months in the United States, I am struck by how few people in Europe are talking about the Zika virus and its consequences,” Gasol wrote in the column. “From my conversations with both U.S. and Spanish experts, my conclusion is that Zika is a much bigger and more serious threat than we think.”
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London Olympians Nic Long and Alise Post became the first members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic BMX team by capturing bronze medals at the World Championships in Medellín, Colombia, on Sunday.
Long, eliminated in the London Olympic quarterfinals, earned his first World Championships medal.
He finished third in Medellín behind France’s Joris Daudet and the Netherlands’ Niek Kimmann, the latter just missing in a bid to become the first BMX rider to repeat as World champion since the sport was added to the Olympic program in 2008.
Post, tearfully eliminated in the London Olympic semifinals, earned her third World Championships medal.
She was second for most of the final behind eventual Colombian winner and 2012 Olympic champion Mariana Pajón and was passed by Australian Caroline Buchanan on the final straight.
The U.S. can send two women and three men to Rio in BMX.
Long and Post bring the entire list of U.S. athletes qualified to Rio to 147 members.
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