Tyson Gay shines on dreary day in New York

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It was an unseasonably ugly day at the Adidas Grand Prix on New York’s Randall Island Saturday, with rain, wind, and cold temperatures slowing times all over the track. But American record holder Tyson Gay still somehow shined, winning the 100m and staying healthy, too.

Gay clocked 10.02-seconds into a headwind to dominate the competition, even though it was well off his 2013 world’s best of 9.86, which he ran down in Jamaica after replacing Bolt at the Kingston Invitational a few weeks ago.

“I’m happy with that,” Gay, the 2007 100m world champ said after the race. “I didn’t try to push myself too hard in these conditions.”

Portland native and London fifth place finisher Ryan Bailey ran 10.15 seconds, his best of the season, to take second in Saturday’s race, and Trinidad’s Keston Bledman rounded out the podium.

Gay, 31, the second fastest man in history after running 9.69 at the 2009 Shanghai Golden Grand Prix, has dealt with plenty of setbacks since his world title sprint, including being knocked out of the Beijing 200m with a hamstring injury, and nagging groin and hip injury that kept him out of competition.

But after finishing fourth in London and finally securing an Olympic medal when he led the U.S. to silver in the 4x100m, Gay seems to be the healthiest he has in years, and might be ready to challenge Usain Bolt.

Teddy Riner, dominant judoka, to skip 2018, 2019 Worlds

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French judoka Teddy Riner, arguably the world’s most dominant athlete, will reportedly skip the next two world championships before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

French coach Franck Chambily said Riner will compete a light international schedule the next two years ahead of what would be his fourth Olympics, according to Agence France-Presse.

Riner, a 29-year-old, 6-foot-8-inch native of Guadeloupe, is undefeated since 2010 with a reported 144-match winning streak. That includes Olympic titles in 2012 and 2016 and world titles in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Before the streak, Riner also earned world titles in 2007, 2009 and 2010, plus an Olympic bronze at age 19 in 2008.

He could compete through the 2024 Paris Games.

“When I am invincible, I will stop,” Riner said in 2013, according to The Associated Press.

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Maggie Nichols wins NCAA all-around title with perfect 10

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Even after a perfect 10 in the last rotation, Maggie Nichols didn’t know that she had won the NCAA all-around title. Her coach at Oklahoma, K.J. Kindler, had to tell her.

The reaction?

“Excitement,” Nichols said Friday night on ESPNU. “I just wanted to go out there and feel out the equipment, staying calm and doing my routines that I have been doing in training.”

Nichols, a 2015 World team champion who retired from elite gymnastics after missing the 2016 Olympic team (set back by a torn meniscus that year), became the first Sooner to win the NCAA all-around in 30 years.

The sophomore tallied 39.8125 points and topped Olympic alternate MyKayla Skinner of Utah by .0875 for the title in St. Louis. It came one year after Nichols was 29th in the all-around with a balance beam fall.

Oklahoma and Utah will be joined in Saturday night’s Super Six team finals by UCLA, LSU, Florida and Nebraska. The Sooners eye their third straight national title.

Nichols capped her night with one of two perfect scores between the two semifinal sessions, matching 2012 Olympic alternate Elizabeth Price‘s 10 on uneven bars. It gave Nichols a second career gym slam, a perfect score on every apparatus for the season.

On Jan. 9, Nichols came forward as “Athlete A,” who first reported to USA Gymnastics that she was sexually abused by Larry Nassar in summer 2015.

“She has had a really unique year probably like no one else, and her strength showed through,” Kindler said Friday, according to the University of Oklahoma. “It was tough, and to come out on this side this year is really special.”

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