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Tatyana McFadden wins another Boston Marathon on special day

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BOSTON — Tatyana McFadden continued her domination of wheelchair racing, winning her second straight Boston Marathon on her 25th birthday on Monday.

McFadden, who swept the Boston, Chicago, London and New York City Marathons last year, won in 1 hour, 35 minutes, 6 seconds, for her sixth straight major marathon victory.

“It was definitely a great birthday present,” McFadden said on Universal Sports. “The last climb, around mile 23, my arms started to shake. I could feel the exhaustion.”

McFadden wore on her back the name of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy killed in last year’s bombing.

“I run for Martin,” she said. “I run for his family. I run for any others who were affected by the bombing last year.”

South African Ernst van Dyk, a 41-year-old six-time Paralympian, won his 10th career men’s wheelchair Boston Marathon, clocking an unofficial 1:20:36.

McFadden won last year in 1:45:25. She took the lead Monday by the 13 1/2-mile mark.

McFadden won a silver medal at the Sochi Paralympics in March, her Winter Paralympic debut. She’s a 10-time Summer Paralympic track and field medalist and, last year, became the first athlete to win six gold medals at a single IPC Athletics World Championships.

McFadden’s second title is still well shy of the record for women’s wheelchair victories in Boston — eight, held by the legendary American Jean Driscoll, who won every edition from 1990 through 1996 and again in 2000.

McFadden broke the course record in repeating as London Marathon champion on April 13. She had not yet committed to defending her titles in Chicago and New York City upon returning from Sochi in March.

McFadden expects to return to track racing, perhaps adding an event at the Rio Paralympics, and getting back to cross-country skiing.

Boston Marathon starts after moment of silence

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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