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Galen Rupp won’t run marathon until after Rio

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While London gold medalist Mo Farah is set to attempt the 10000m/marathon double in Rio, his friend and training partner Galen Rupp won’t join him on the road until after the Olympics.

Coach Alberto Salazar said his silver medalist has a chance for gold in 2016, so he’ll stay away from the torturous 26.2-mile distance until after the Games.

“You move up when you feel you’ve sort of plateaued at the lower distance,” Salazar told during a podcast. “And only when you feel you’re not a medalist at the shorter distance.”

Salazar, who trains both runners, said he called that the two would go “1-2” in some order the night before the race in London, and believes that the British star has brought the 26-year-old’s game up a notch… “or several notches.”

“Neither [Farah nor Rupp] had any lack of confidence that they could close that fast,” Salazar added. “Nobody had outkicked Mo that season… and Galen was right with him in all of our training.”

Boules bids for 2024 Olympic inclusion

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 (AP) — The sport of boules has launched a bid to be included in the 2024 Olympics.

The Bowls Sports World Confederation, which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee, is campaigning on behalf of three disciplines: the French petanque, the Boule Lyonnaise and the Raffa, a version of the game popular in Italy.

According to the international world games association, about 20 million people regularly play boules in France and Italy, and more than 2 million players are licensed in 150 other countries.

Under new IOC rules, Olympic host cities can propose the addition of one or more sports to their games. Paris and Rome are among the five cities bidding for the 2024 Games, along with Los Angeles, Budapest and Hamburg.

MORE: Complete 2024 Olympic bidding coverage

South Korean rhythmic gymnast throws another acrobatic first pitch (video)

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South Korean Olympic gymnast Shin Soo-ji made a triumphant return to the mound over the weekend and outdid her acrobatic 2013 first pitch.

Shin, who finished 12th in rhythmic gymnastics at Beijing 2008, added another gymnastics move to her wind-up before tossing a little bit high.

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