Mo Farah spent 4 days in hospital after collapse

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Olympic distance running champion Mo Farah collapsed in a bathroom after a hard training run in Park City, Utah, and was hospitalized for four days last month.

His coach, three-time New York City Marathon champion Alberto Salazar, said paramedics initially thought Farah was having a heart attack, he told the Oregonian.

“In my mind I’m thinking, ‘Is this like Hank Gathers?'” Salazar told the newspaper. “Is this a heart defect that has been there all along.”

Gathers was a star Loyola Marymount basketball player who collapsed during a game in 1990 and died due to a heart condition.

The Brit Farah, the Olympic and World champion in the 5000m and 10,000m, told the BBC he had a tooth removed before the training run and collapse, and that the area of his mouth had become infected. Unable to eat solid food, he was likely dehydrated and weak, Salazar told the Oregonian.

Farah said he returned from his run and collapsed in a bathroom, “completely knocked out.”

He said his phone was on him, so when Farah woke up, he called his training partner, who helped him into a bed. Farah was taken to a Park City hospital, then airlifted to a Salt Lake City trauma center, according to the Oregonian.

“It was scary at times,” Farah said. “But at the same time, things happen and you deal with it.”

Farah then pulled out of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

He is scheduled to run the 5000m and 10,000m at the European Championships in Zurich this week.

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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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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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