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UPDATE: Gymnast Louis Smith denies retirement report

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British gymnast Louis Smith denied a report from The Mirror that he is giving up on the sport to pursue a career as a fashion designer.

Smith won bronze and silver on the pommel horse at the last two Olympics, missing out on gold in 2012 via a tiebreaker to Hungary’s Krisztian Berki.

He also helped Great Britain to team bronze in London.

Smith tweeted on Sunday that he has not retired.

The Mirror quoted Smith in its report, but none of Smith’s comments were 100 percent definitive that he has retired.

“I am over the moon with everything I have achieved in the sport,” Smith, winner of British TV show “Strictly Come Dancing,” said, according to The Mirror. “And I think it is best that I go out on top and don’t become a has been. A fashion line will hopefully be on the way.”

The Mirror‘s report agrees with a September article from the Daily Star quoting Smith saying, “I’m not training for gymnastics anymore and don’t have any ­competitions left. … I’m unofficially, officially retired.”

Four months later, Smith told Sky Sports News he was pondering making a run at the 2016 Olympics.

“Rio is definitely on the radar,” Smith said. “I just don’t know whether I will be watching or competing.”

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Kerri Walsh Jennings, April Ross beat top-ranked Brazilians for first time

Kerri Walsh Jennings, April Ross
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Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross beat Brazil’s best beach volleyball team for the first time and extended the longest winning streak of their partnership in winning the Moscow Grand Slam on Sunday.

“That just shows our growth,” Ross said. “We’re still on the up and up.”

Walsh Jennings, a three-time Olympic champion, and Ross, an Olympic silver medalist, beat Olympic qualifying top seed Larissa and Talita 22-20, 22-20 in the final for their third straight international title.

Walsh Jennings and Ross have now won 22 straight FIVB World Tour matches, the best run of their three-year parternship. Walsh Jennings last reached a streak this long from 2007 to 2010, when she won 78 straight international matches with Misty May-Treanor and Nicole Branagh, according to BVBInfo.com

The Americans had lost all three of their previous matches (one a one-set exhibition) versus Larissa and Talita:

Feb. 27, 2015 — 26-24 in Rio de Janeiro
Aug. 23, 2015 — 21-18, 21-16 in Long Beach, Calif.
March 20, 2016 — 22-20, 21-19 in Vitoria, Brazil

Larissa and Talita, seeking to become Brazil’s first Olympic women’s beach volleyball champions in 20 years, have won 12 of their 20 international tournaments since pairing in July 2014.

The FIVB World Tour continues in Hamburg, Germany, next week, the final event in Olympic qualifying. Walsh Jennings and Ross are expected to play there.

Walsh Jennings and Ross and Larissa and Talita are already qualified for the Rio Games.

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Joe Kovacs goes wild after winning Pre Classic shot put (video)

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Joe Kovacs put together an incredible series of throws to win the Pre Classic shot put on Friday night, and he topped it off with perhaps an even more impressive celebration.

The World champion Kovacs, who is listed at 6 feet and 276 pounds, let out bellowing roars and a “Hell yeah!” after his final throw of 22.13 meters.

Kovacs threw farther with every throw in Eugene, Ore., on Friday night:

20.41
20.49
21.26
21.57 (farthest in the world this year)
21.66 (farthest in the world this year)
22.13 (farthest in the world this year)

Kovacs has come a long way in four years. He finished fourth at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials with a then-personal-best throw of 21.08 meters. His last throw Friday night would have won the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.

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