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Gymnast Louis Smith suspended after Islam video

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LONDON (AP) — Two-time Olympic silver medalist Louis Smith was suspended for two months by the British gymnastics federation on Tuesday after appearing to mock Islam in a video.

An independent panel found that Smith’s behavior was “a breach of the standards of conduct.”

Smith and former British teammate Luke Carson appeared in a leaked video laughing and pretending to pray while shouting “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for “God is greatest.”

Smith apologized for the incident.

Smith had been warned in June after a previous, unrelated case of misconduct. Following the latest breach, the disciplinary panel “determined a cumulative penalty was appropriate and ordered a two-month period of suspension.”

Carson was handed a “reprimand” because he had no previous cases. The reprimand will remain on his record for two years, the federation said.

Smith won silver medals in the pommel horse at the 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. He won bronze in the pommel horse at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a team bronze in London.

Carson, who has competed for Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games and other international events, retired last year because of injuries.

The two-month suspension won’t have much impact on the 27-year-old Smith. No major competitions are scheduled before the end of the year. The only domestic event he would miss is the British Club Team Championships in December.

Britain won seven gymnastics medals in Rio.

“It is regrettable that following a historic summer of achievement, the organization finds itself in this difficult position with two high-profile members in breach of our standards of conduct,” British Gymnastics chief executive Jane Allen said in a statement.

“Whilst both individuals showed remorse following the incident, we hope in the future they use their profile to have a positive impact on sport and communities.”

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Joseph Schooling eyes Michael Phelps’ world record at world champs

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Shortly after Joseph Schooling upset Michael Phelps in the Rio Olympic 100m butterfly, the Singapore swimmer made his next goal quite clear.

Take Phelps’ 100m butterfly world record.

Schooling repeated that claim after returning to the University of Texas for his junior season in November and again following March’s NCAA Championships, where he was beaten by Caeleb Dressel in the 100-yard butterfly.

The goal is apparently an imminent one.

Schooling said he believes he can break Phelps’ record at the world championships in Budapest in July, according to Channel News Asia. It would require lowering his personal best by more than a half-second.

“I’m looking forward to that race, and deep down I think if I do what I know I can do, if I execute everything well perfectly, I’d have a really good shot,” Schooling said Thursday, according to the report.

Schooling, 21, hasn’t raced a 100m butterfly since the Olympics, where he clocked 50.39 seconds. That broke Phelps’ Olympic record of 50.58 set at the 2008 Olympics. It’s the fifth-fastest time ever.

All of the top four times, including Phelps’ world record of 49.82, were set in 2009 at the peak of the high-tech swimsuit era.

“My dad told me 50.39 is a world record in a textile suit, but I want the world record on paper,” Schooling reportedly said less than a week after his Olympic title in August. “My next goal is breaking 49.8.”

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Aly Raisman calls out airport worker for ‘muscles’ comment

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Three-time Olympic champion Aly Raisman called out a male airport security worker who she says questioned whether she had enough muscles to be a gymnast.

Raisman posted on Twitter on Wednesday that after a female Transportation Security Administration worker said she recognized Raisman by her biceps, a male employee said, “I don’t see any muscles.” Raisman called the encounter “rude & uncomfortable.”

Raisman, who turned 23 Thursday, says she works “very hard to be healthy & fit.” She says that if a man can’t compliment a girl’s muscles, he’s sexist.

Raisman didn’t say where or when the airport exchange took place.

Raisman previously authored a powerful social media post about body image, shouting out “to all the boys from 5th-9th grade who made fun of me for being ‘too strong’” in November.

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