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Usain Bolt not on Jamaica team for IAAF World Relays

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The world’s best sprinter is not going to the first IAAF World Relays, but just about every other top Jamaican man is.

Jamaica’s track and field association announced its team Wednesday for the Nassau, Bahamas, event from May 24-25.

It includes every member of Jamaica’s 4x100m relay teams that won gold at the 2012 Olympics and 2013 World Championships, except Usain Bolt, who is not expected to make his 2014 debut until June.

Jamaica should still be favored to win the 4x100m and perhaps the 4x200m at the IAAF World Relays without him. Their arsenal includes Olympic 4x100m relay champions Yohan BlakeNesta CarterMichael Frater and Kemar Bailey-Cole and Nickel AshmeadeOshane Bailey and Warren Weir, who were on the 2013 World Championship-winning 4x100m team.

Blake, who missed much of last season with hamstring problems, said the injury is behind him. He looks like his “old self,” his coach says. Blake beat Bolt at the 2012 Jamaican Olympic Trials in both the 100m and 200m but took silver in the Olympic races.

The U.S., silver medalists at the Olympics (pending the Tyson Gay issue) and World Championships, will be without Gay and Olympic 100m bronze medalist Justin Gatlin at the IAAF World Relays.

The World Relays consist of 4x100m, 4x200m, 4x400m, 4x800m and 4x1500m races for men and women.

The Jamaican women’s team, also the reigning world 4x100m champions, includes the top active sprinter, triple 2013 world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. She’ll be joined by every member of the Jamaican 4x100m relay team at the 2013 World Championships that beat the U.S. by nearly 1.5 seconds.

Missing is Olympic sprint medalists Veronica Campbell-Brown and the suspended Sherone Simpson.

The U.S. women’s team is without its top 100m and 200m runners from the 2012 Olympics — Carmelita Jeter and Allyson Felix.

U.S. roster highlights for IAAF World Relays

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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