British track cyclist Sir Chris Hoy seems to be having a pretty good 2012.
He was named his country’s flagbearer at his hometown Games, won gold in team sprint and keirin, joined fellow cyclist Bradley Wiggins as Britain’s most decorated Olympian of all-time with seven career medals, and on Sunday was awarded the Freedom of Edinburgh.
“I’m immensely proud, but this award is for all the people who have helped me through the years,” Hoy told Sky News. “It’s been an amazing journey. It’s quite hard to take it all in, it’s an emotional day and one that I will never forget.”
Lord Provost Donald Wilson presented Hoy with the award following a parade for the six-time gold medalist through the streets of Edinburgh. It was Hoy’s third such parade of the week, but he said that seeing the support of those from home town made this one special.
“It’s very emotional to see just what it means to the public… it’s just amazing,” Hoy added. “You can’t really put it into words what it means but it’s our chance to thank everybody for their support.”
The hono(u)r – which has been granted to a select few including the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Sir Sean Connery, and Nelson Madelav – is given to someone who distinguishes him or herself through their work and efforts and is held in high esteem by the people of a city.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the American sprinters whose raised-fist salutes at the 1968 Olympics are an ageless sign of race-inspired protest, will join the U.S. Olympic team at the White House next week for its meeting with President Barack Obama.
Smith and Carlos were sent home from the Olympics after raising their black-gloved fists in a symbolic protest during the U.S. national anthem. They called it a “human rights salute.”
USOC CEO Scott Blackmun asked them to serve as ambassadors as the federation tries to bring more diversity to its own ranks. They will join the team at the White House next Wednesday, then later that evening at an awards celebration in Washington.
The sprinters have been referenced frequently in the recent protests, spurred by Colin Kaepernick, during national anthems at NFL games. One player, Marcus Peters of the Chiefs, raised his own black-gloved fist before Kansas City’s season opener.
“I think Tommie and John have played an important and positive role in the evolution of our attitudes about diversity and inclusion, not only in the United States but around the world,” Blackmun said Friday night at a dinner to celebrate the U.S. performance in Brazil this summer.
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The men’s marathon world record has been broken five of the last nine years at the Berlin Marathon.
Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang, who broke the world record at the 2013 Berlin Marathon, believes that he can do it again on Sunday, when the race will stream live on the NBC Sports app beginning at 2:30 a.m. ET.
“I’ve trained well and, three years down the line from my world record here, I feel good and believe I have the potential to attempt the world record once more,” he said at today’s press conference, according to the IAAF. “Running at the top level, there is a lot of wear and tear on the body, especially when you are running for a time, but I am very focused on the world record.”
Kipsang clocked 2 hours, 3 minutes, 23 seconds when he broke the world record in 2013. A year later, fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto lowered it to 2:02:57 on the same course. Kimetto will not race in Berlin this year.
Kipsang will be challenged by Kenyan compatriot Emmanuel Mutai, who has the fastest time (2:03:13) in the field, and Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele.
Bekele is a three-time Olympic track champion and the 5000m and 10,000m world-record holder, but acknowledged that his marathon personal best of 2:05:04 places him a distant fourth in the field.
“I consider my personal best of 2:05 to be slow compared to the best runners,” he said. “I want to run as fast as I can on Sunday and beat my best.”
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