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Video: Jordan Burroughs rips phone book in half

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U.S. wrestler Jordan Burroughs has quite the résumé building — two-time NCAA champion, world champion and 2012 Olympic champion.

He can also tout “the ability to rip a phone book in half” in the special skills department.

Burroughs needed all of eight seconds to accomplish the feat in a YouTube video posted Tuesday.

Burroughs better be careful, though. Former MLB knuckleballer Steve Sparks once dislocated his shoulder attempting to tear a phone book in half. It’s likely he had a bit harder time than Burroughs did, though.

This comes on the heels of Monday’s announcement that Burroughs won the 2012 John Smith Award given by USA Wrestling to its freestyler wrestler of the year for the second straight year.

Joe Williams (2001-02) and Cael Sanderson (2003-04) are the only other men to win it twice. The John Smith Award has been handed out every since 1992.

But back to phone books. Is it more impressive than two years ago, when Burroughs ripped a thinner Colorado Springs, Colo., phone book in half in about four seconds inside a U.S. Olympic Training Center dorm?

Bobby Joe Morrow, triple Olympic sprint champion, dies at 84

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Bobby Joe Morrow, one of four men to win the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at one Olympics, died at age 84 on Saturday.

Morrow’s family said he died of natural causes.

Morrow swept the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, joining Jesse Owens as the only men to accomplish the feat. Later, Carl Lewis and Usain Bolt did the same.

Morrow, raised on a farm in San Benito, Texas, set 11 world records in a short career, according to World Athletics.

He competed in one Olympics, and that year was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year while a student at Abilene Christian. He beat out Mickey Mantle and Floyd Patterson.

“Bobby had a fluidity of motion like nothing I’d ever seen,” Oliver Jackson, the Abilene Christian coach, said, according to Sports Illustrated in 2000. “He could run a 220 with a root beer float on his head and never spill a drop. I made an adjustment to his start when Bobby was a freshman. After that, my only advice to him was to change his major from sciences to speech, because he’d be destined to make a bunch of them.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Johnny Gregorek runs fastest blue jeans mile in history

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Johnny Gregorek, a U.S. Olympic hopeful runner, clocked what is believed to be the fastest mile in history for somebody wearing jeans.

Gregorek recorded a reported 4 minutes, 6.25 seconds, on Saturday to break the record by more than five seconds (with a pacer for the first two-plus laps). Gregorek, after the record run streamed live on his Instagram, said he wore a pair of 100 percent cotton Levi’s.

Gregorek, the 28-year-old son of a 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic steeplechaser, finished 10th in the 2017 World Championships 1500m. He was sixth at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

He ranked No. 1 in the country for the indoor mile in 2019, clocking 3:49.98. His outdoor mile personal best is 3:52.94, ranking him 30th in American history.

Before the attempt, a fundraiser was started for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, garnering more than $29,000. Gregorek ran in memory of younger brother Patrick, who died suddenly in March 2019.

“Paddy was a fan of anything silly,” Gregorek posted. “I think an all out mile in jeans would tickle him sufficiently!”

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