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Jordyn Wieber ‘still deciding’ on gymnastics return

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Olympic champion gymnast Jordyn Wieber hasn’t competed since the London Games. It’s going to stay that way for at least the near future.

Wieber, 19 and a rising UCLA sophomore, was asked about a possible resumption of her career on WVOX radio Tuesday morning.

“I’m still sort of deciding what I want to do at this point,” she said.

Wieber won the all-around title at the 2011 World Championships, which set her up as a cornerstone of the U.S. team in London.

She could not vie for the Olympic all-around gold after finishing fourth overall in qualifying, but third among Americans. Rules dictate no more than two athletes per nation can compete in the Olympic all-around finals.

Gabby Douglas went on to win the all-around title and garner the fame that went with the most prestigious medal in gymnastics.

Wieber said Tuesday that missing out had her thinking about trying to qualify for the Rio Olympics, but that she “learned to accept” the disappointment.

She returned to training at home in Michigan after London, but having turned professional, was not eligible to compete for UCLA when she enrolled there last year.

Douglas is expected to return to competition later this summer for the first time since the London Games. Olympic teammates McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross competed in 2013, and Aly Raisman is back training with an eye on returning to a national team camp in the fall.

No U.S. female gymnast has made back-to-back Olympic Teams since Dominique Dawes and Amy Chow in 1996 and 2000.

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WATCH LIVE: London Marathon

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Watch the world’s best distance runners chase world records at the London Marathon, live on NBCSN and commercial free on the NBC Sports Gold “Track and Field Pass” for subscribers on Sunday at 3:30 a.m. ET.

NBCSN coverage also streams on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app for subscribers.

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Sunday’s race start times (ET)
3:55 – Elite Wheelchair Races
4:00 – World Para Athletics Marathon World Cup ambulant races
4:15 – Elite Women’s Race
5:00 – Elite Men’s Race, Mass Race

The men’s field features arguably the two greatest distance runners of all time — Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge and Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele.

Kipchoge, the Rio Olympic marathon champ, ran the fastest marathon ever recorded — 2:00:25 in Nike’s sub-two-hour attempt last May in non-record-eligible conditions.

Bekele is the second-fastest marathoner in history under legal conditions, having run six seconds shy of Kenyan Dennis Kimetto‘s world record of 2:02:57 from 2014.

In the women’s race, Kenyan Mary Keitany, already the world-record holder in a women’s-only race, looks to take down Brit Paula Radcliffe‘s world record with male pacers set in London 15 years ago. That time is 2:15:25.

Keitany is challenged by Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba, the third-fastest female marathoner in history behind Keitany and Radcliffe.

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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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