Jonah Gorevic

Fifth grader runs 5:01 mile, fastest ever for 10-year-old

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Jonah Gorevic broke a world record at the Adidas Grand Prix in front of friends, family and his babysitter.

Gorevic, a rising sixth grader from Rye, N.Y., ran the fastest-ever mile by a 10-year-old at Icahn Stadium in New York on Saturday. Gorevic covered four laps on the blue track in 5 minutes, 1.55 seconds, breaking the previous mark of 5:05.3.

He set his sights on the world record after he ran a 5:09 mile in April, when he was told he was just four seconds off the mark.

“I just wanted to break it so badly,” Gorevic told a group of reporters while wearing his race bib and holding his winner’s flower bouquet (video interview here).

Gorevic said he ran his first mile at age 3 or 4, but that “it was only in a Turkey Trot, so it wasn’t that competitive.” A soccer player, he trains 10-12 miles a week, including a hard interval session on Thursday nights and a long trail run on Saturdays.

His coach, Carl Curran, said Gorevic could have broken 5 minutes in less windy and cooler conditions.

“I was thinking that the 71.5 [seconds for the first 400m lap] was out a little bit fast,” Curran said. “We were hoping at around a 73. But he maintained his middle two laps, which was the really tough ones, and he brought it home in a 73. He had an amazing race. I’m really proud of him.”

The 11-and-under age group record is 4:55, Curran said. That’s the next goal.

“[Gorevic is] just a sponge,” said Curran, who coaches 20 to 25 kids, including two other young All-Americans. “I just point him in a direction, and he just goes.”

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Martina Hingis loses another Olympic doubles partner

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Martina Hingis‘ Olympic return is off to a rough start, and the Games are still nine days away.

Hingis, the five-time Grand Slam singles champion who is set to go 20 years between Olympic appearances, has lost her slated doubles and mixed doubles partners on consecutive days. Hingis is not playing singles in Rio.

Belinda Bencic became the fourth female tennis player ranked in the top 20, and the second Swiss player of either gender in as many days, to withdraw from the Olympics on Wednesday.

Bencic, a 19-year-old ranked No. 16, is behind in training following a wrist injury suffered at Wimbledon last month, according to her social media.

On Tuesday, Roger Federer‘s withdrew from the Olympics, citing a knee injury.

Women’s top 20 players out of the Olympics
No. 5 Simona Halep (Zika concern)
No. 7 Victoria Azarenka (Pregnancy)
No. 17 Karolina Pliskova (Zika concern)

MORE: Complete U.S. Olympic team roster

Bubba Watson, U.S. golfers get pep talk from Olympic legend Dan Jansen

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The world’s best golfers are in Springfield, N.J., this week for the season’s final major, the PGA Championship, which was pushed up a couple weeks to accommodate golf’s return to the Olympics.

The four men set to represent the U.S. – Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar – attended an Olympic meeting, where they were able to try on their Team USA gear and speak with an Olympic legend, speed skater Dan Jansen. Watson left inspired.

“He’s a legend; he’s a legend for America,” Watson said. “Some of the things that he battled, he talked about what he battled. Not just winning. Who cares about winning a medal. Just what he battled trying to get there, what he battled in family life and things like that. It was pretty amazing to hear his stories and how he came through it.”

Jansen won a 1,000m speed skating gold medal at the 1994 Lillehammer Games, the shining moment in a career that had previously been defined by disappointment. He finished fourth in the 500m in 1984, and fell in both the 500m and 1,000m in 1988. Those mishaps came after he learned of the death of his sister, Jane, who died of leukemia the morning of the 500m final.

He just missed a medal again with a fourth-place result in the 500m in 1992, where he finished 26th in the 1,000m. Two years later, after the Winter Games shifted to be in even years not coinciding with the Summer Games, Jansen placed eighth in the 500m. But in the final event of his Olympic career, he set a 1,000m world record en route to his first and only Olympic medal.

You can see more of Jansen’s story here.

Jansen acknowledged that the golfers didn’t grow up dreaming about playing golf in the Olympics since it wasn’t in the program until recently. But now that they’re going, they’re representing their country just like everyone else on Team USA.

“All four of us are pretty passionate about it,” Watson said. “Any time you can play and represent your country to that level; obviously we represent our country this week, but to that level, a higher level, it’s pretty special.”

Watson reiterated his stance on having no reservations about going to the Rio Games, while the top four golfers in the world, and many others, pulled out, mostly due to concerns over the Zika virus.

“I mean, if they would have asked me to be the towel boy, I would have went to the Olympics. But again, my situation is different than everybody else’s. I can’t have kids. We adopted our kids and I’m not fearful of crime or anything like that. So there was no fear at all. It was a go,” he said.

The U.S. golfers are getting their custom USA gear ready:

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