Raphael Martinetti, president of wrestling’s world governing body (FILA), resigned Saturday following the IOC’s recommendation to remove the sport from the 2020 Summer Olympics schedule.
Martinetti had been in the position since 2002, but was issued a vote of no confidence by FILA’s executive committee Saturday at a meeting in Thailand, and according to FILA member Rodica Yaksi of Turkey, was “given his resignation.”
FILA was blindsided by the decision to remove wrestling from the Olympics, as Modern Pentathlon and taekwondo were seen as the most likely to get the boot. All is not lost however, as wrestling now will go up against seven other prospective sports at an IOC executive meeting in St. Petersburg this May.
Those sports, including baseball/softball, wushu, wakeboarding, sportsclimbing, karate, squash, and roller sports, have had months to prepare their pitch, so FILA is scrambling to get their house in order.
“We will discuss in what ways we can bring wrestling back,” FILA vice president Tomiaki Fukuda told the BBC. “But if nothing is decided today, we’ll continue our discussions on Sunday.”
Katie Ledecky rewrote the Stanford Avery Aquatic Center pool record book in her first college home meet.
The five-time Olympic gold medalist broke pool records in winning the 200- and 500-yard freestyles in a dual meet with Washington State on Thursday.
Ledecky clocked 1:44.18 in the 200-yard free, which broke Olympic champion teammate Simone Manuel‘s mark of 1:44.34 from last year.
The NCAA Championships winning time from last season was 1:42.42. Ledecky’s personal best in the event is 1:41.04. The American record is 1:39.10 by Missy Franklin.
About 45 minutes later, Ledecky won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:36.43, breaking 2008 Olympian Julia Smit‘s pool record of 4:41.74.
The NCAA Championships winning time from last season was 4:31.33. Ledecky’s personal best is 4:26.58, which doubles as the American record.
Ledecky passed up millions in endorsement dollars to swim collegiately.
The Stanford women’s swim team hosts Texas on Nov. 12, streamed live.
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Nick Symmonds, the outspoken two-time U.S. Olympic 800m runner, said he thinks he’s going to try and compete one more season.
“I really want to make one more worlds team,” Symmonds said in a Facebook video Thursday. “I’ve just got to make sure my ankle holds up.”
Symmonds, 32, last raced May 18 and missed the Olympic Trials due to a left ankle injury. He said Thursday that he’s 100 percent healthy and running 40 miles per week.
On June 30, Symmonds said after withdrawing before the Olympic Trials that he “could possibly” compete one more year, but the decision would come down to whether his apparel sponsor, Brooks, wanted to extend his contract beyond 2016.
The 2013 World Championships silver medalist said he had accomplished all of his running goals except for winning an Olympic medal (he was fifth in 2012) and completing a marathon.
In 2015, Symmonds won his sixth U.S. 800m title but missed the world championships due to a contract dispute with USA Track and Field.
Once he retires, Symmonds has said he wants to climb the tallest mountain on every continent.
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