Former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell withdrew from Monday’s historic Stawell Gift in Australia, citing the same hamstring injury that forced him out of the Olympic final last summer.
Now the Jamaican sprinter is out of an upcoming race in Melbourne, too. Powell was sore after a warm-up race Saturday in Victoria, where he finished third after being unable to run full speed.
He told the Stawell Athletic Club that he wouldn’t be able to compete on Monday, which earned him an automatic 14-day suspension, knocking him out of this weekend’s IAAF Melbourne Track Classic.
Powell, who has run more sub-10-second 100m races than anyone else in history but never earned an individual world or Olympics gold medal (BOLT!), will have an MRI Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury. But according to an interview that admittedly happened last week, the sprinter still thinks his best is yet to come.
The 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the final competition to determine the Pyeongchang Olympic team, will be in San Jose, California, at the SAP Center, concluding Jan. 7.
It appears to be the earliest the U.S. Figure Skating Championships will end in an Olympic year in at least 50 years.
The competition will be broadcast live on NBC and streamed live on Icenetwork.com.
San Jose previously hosted the U.S. Championships in 1996 and 2012, but it has never hosted in an Olympic year.
Sochi Olympian Polina Edmunds is from San Jose and figures to receive a boost of crowd support. Edmunds, 18, begins classes at nearby Santa Clara University next month.
The January 2017 U.S. Championships will be in Kansas City. The international figure skating season starts next month, with Skate America kicking off the Grand Prix season in October.
Recent Nationals host cities in Olympic years were Boston in 2014 and Spokane, Washington, in 2010.
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Olympic coaches don’t receive gold medals. Fiji Olympic men’s rugby coach Ben Ryan may have gotten something better anyway.
Ryan’s reward for guiding Fiji to its first Olympic medal in any sport — gold in rugby sevens’ Olympic debut — included three acres of land in Fiji and a new name, Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara, according to Fijian reports.
Ryan, a London native, is stepping down as coach of the Fijian team. The 44-year-old coached the team for three years after leading the England national sevens team for six years.
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