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Jon Hamm jokes about Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps with Win McMurry, more ESPYs highlights

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The ESPY awards provided a few Olympian storylines, especially among swimmers, on Wednesday night.

Actor and host Jon Hamm praised the U.S. Olympic team in his opening monologue. Well, not all of it was praise.

“Congratulations to the U.S. Olympic team for their absolutely dominant performance at the London Games,” Hamm said. “Women’s gymnastics team gold. Women’s soccer team gold. Men’s basketball team gold.

“The U.S. team was absolutely the story of the Games, winning 104 total medals. Other countries did well, too. Russia took home 82 medals. They only won 77, but they took home 82.

Michael Phelps won four more gold medals, bringing his total to 16 and setting the all-time record for most gold jewelry owned by a non-Italian.

(UPDATE: Phelps, of course, has 18 gold medals, not 16, Mr. Hamm.)

“It was an amazing Olympics. Usain Bolt proved that he is the fastest man on land. Michael Phelps proved that he is the fastest man in the water.

“And Ryan Lochte proved that he is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. … He’s adorable. Lochte won five medals in London, and only two of them were damaged when he tried to find out if there was chocolate inside.”

Watch the full monologue here.

Lochte was not at the Nokia Theater to respond, as he is getting ready for the world championships in Barcelona, but it made Phelps chuckle.

Speaking of Phelps, he was the subject of plenty of chatter, particularly mentioning the woman sitting next to him — Golf Channel’s Win McMurry.

Phelps caddied for McMurry at the PGA Tour Wives Classic at The Players Championship in May. Another public appearance together has led to speculation that they are more than friends, though nothing official has been said yet. Stay tuned.

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Phelps won two ESPYs — best record-breaking performance (breaking the record for most all-time Olympic medals with 22) and best male Olympic athlete. In an acceptance speech, he thanked retired Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis for helping him end his career the way he wanted to.

Phelps beat out Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton and Lochte for the best male Olympic athlete award. For the record-breaking performance, he won over Drew Brees (most consecutive games with a touchdown pass), Calvin Johnson (most receiving yards in one season) and Abby Wambach (most international goals in a career).

Watch Phelps’ acceptance speech here.

Phelps was also nominated for best male athlete, won by LeBron James.

Best female Olympic athlete went to another swimmer, Missy Franklin, who won five medals (four gold) in London. Franklin, like Lochte, is prepping for worlds in Barcelona.

Franklin beat Fierce Five members Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman. Franklin and Douglas were also nominated for best female athlete, won by Serena Williams.

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Raisman was the only U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team member who did not attend. She’s in Israel for the Maccabiah Games.

The Fierce Five were nominated for best team, won by the Miami Heat.

Best international athlete went to triple Olympic champion Bolt over tennis player Novak Djokovic, boxer Juan Manuel Marquez and soccer players Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Another swimmer, 12-time Paralympic champion Jessica Long, won best female athlete with a disability. Long won eight medals in London, including five gold.

Paralympic discus champion Jeremy Campbell won best male athlete with a disability.

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Eliud Kipchoge wins Berlin Marathon; no world record

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Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge won the Berlin Marathon but missed the world record by 35 seconds, slowed by rain and humidity.

The Kenyan clocked 2:03:32, just missing the three-year-old record of 2:02:57. Countryman Dennis Kimetto set that mark at the 2014 Berlin Marathon.

Kipchoge, who has won nine of his 10 career marathons, said Sunday marked the toughest conditions under which he has run 26.2 miles.

“My mind was to run at least a world record,” the 32-year-old said. “Next time. Tomorrow is a [new] day. … I still have a world record in my legs.”

The two other men chasing the record — Kenenisa Bekele and Wilson Kipsang — dropped out after 18 miles.

Instead, the runner-up was surprise Ethiopian Guye Adola, who ran the fastest debut marathon ever on a record-eligible course in an unofficial 2:03:46.

Adola stuck with Kipchoge until the last mile as both men trailed off Kimetto’s world-record pace.

Kenyan Gladys Cherono won the women’s race by 18 seconds in 2:00:23. It’s her second Berlin win in three years.

Many expected to see a men’s world record Sunday. Kipchoge, Bekele and Kipsang had all run within 16 seconds of the mark in the last two years but had never raced together in the German capital.

Berlin is the world’s fastest marathon. The men’s world record has been lowered six times since 2003, each time in the shadow of the Brandenburg Gate.

Kipchoge was the pre-race favorite.

On May 6, he ran 2:00:25 in Nike’s staged sub-two-hour marathon attempt on an Italian Formula One track. It was contested under special conditions that made it ineligible for record purposes with pacers entering mid-race.

Kipchoge won Berlin in 2015 in 2:04:00 despite insoles flopping out the back of his shoes the last half of the race.

Bekele and Kipsang teased the world record in a memorable Berlin duel last year, with Bekele winning six seconds shy of it.

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Yuzuru Hanyu falters as Javier Fernández wins opener

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Even Yuzuru Hanyu can struggle in September.

The Olympic and world champion singled his first jump, doubled a few more and fell in the free skate of his opening event of the Olympic season on Saturday. Video is here.

He squandered an 11.52-point lead over two-time world champion Javier Fernández from Friday’s short program at the Autumn Classic in Montreal.

Hanyu ended up 10.83 points behind Fernández overall, even though the Spaniard also fell in his free skate.

Full scores are here.

It’s a familiar feeling for Hanyu, who saw Fernández pass him in the free skate at the 2015 and 2016 Worlds.

The Japanese megastar also been known to have clunker programs at fall events in past seasons. In every one of his senior seasons, Hanyu has been beaten in one of his first two competitions.

Hanyu came to Montreal with a sore knee, which reportedly led him to take the quadruple loop out of his repertoire for one weekend.

Still, Hanyu was marvelous in the short program. His score was the second-highest under the 13-year-old judging system.

Showdowns like Hanyu-Fernández are usually reserved for, at the earliest, the Grand Prix series in late October and November. The Autumn Classic is a lower-level event.

Hanyu, 22, next skates at the Rostelecom Cup in four weeks. He will face 18-year-old U.S. champion Nathan Chen, who beat Hanyu at the Four Continents Championships at the PyeongChang Olympic venue in February.

The figure skating season continues next weekend with Nebelhorn Trophy in Germany, the final Olympic qualifying competition. North Korea could clinch its first spots in any sport for the Olympics in the pairs event.

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