Lindsey Jacobellis wins snowboardcross event, meets Olympic criteria

Lindsey Jacobellis

Lindsey Jacobellis made her first World Cup podium in nearly two years and met Olympic selection criteria, boosting her chances of making her third U.S. Olympic Team on Saturday.

Jacobellis, 28, won a World Cup snowboardcross event in Lake Louise, Alberta, with a broken right thumb.

“I’m having a hard time getting good pulls out of the gate because I broke my thumb last race,” Jacobellis said, according to The Associated Press. “I really was dependent on working the features to try and get back out ahead.”

It’s the latest injury for the 2006 Olympic silver medalist who missed all of the 2012-13 season after tearing an ACL at the January 2012 Winter X Games.

Jacobellis met Olympic selection criteria, but she isn’t yet fully assured of making the U.S. Olympic Team with more World Cup events in January.

Jacobellis won a final loaded with stars. Canada’s Dominique Maltais, the 2006 Olympic bronze medalist, took second. Norway’s Helene Olafsen, fourth at the 2010 Olympics, was third.

Reigning Olympic champion Maelle Ricker of Canada crashed and was fourth as she continues to come back from a concussion.

Ricker, Maltais and Olafsen went one-two-three at the World Championships in January.

In the men’s race, two-time U.S. Olympian Nate Holland took seventh two weeks after breaking his collarbone. Two-time Olympic champion Seth Wescott has yet to race this season as he recovers from ACL surgery.

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Brigid Kosgei, world record holder, to miss London Marathon

Brigid Kosgei

World record holder Brigid Kosgei withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon due to a right hamstring injury that has bothered her for the last month.

“My training has been up and down and not the way I would like to prepare to be in top condition,” was posted on Kosgei’s social media. “We’ve decided it’s best I withdraw from this year’s race and get further treatment on my injuries in order to enter 2023 stronger than ever.”

Kosgei, a 28-year-old Kenyan mother of twins, shattered the world record by 81 seconds at the 2019 Chicago Marathon. She clocked 2:14:04 to smash Brit Paula Radcliffe‘s record from 2003.

Since, Kosgei won the 2020 London Marathon, took silver at the Tokyo Olympics, placed fourth at the 2021 London Marathon and won this past March’s Tokyo Marathon in what was then the third-fastest time in history (2:16:02).

Ethiopian Tigist Assefa moved into the top three by winning the Berlin Marathon last Sunday in 2:15:37.

The London Marathon women’s field includes Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei, a winner in New York City (2019) and London (2021), and Yalemzerf Yehualaw, who was the Ethiopian record holder until Assefa won in Berlin.

The men’s field is headlined by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest male marathoner in history, and Brit Mo Farah, a four-time Olympic champion on the track.

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Dmitriy Balandin, surprise Olympic swimming champion, retires

Dmitriy Balandin

Dmitriy Balandin, the Kazakh swimmer who pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the 2016 Rio Olympics, retired at age 27.

“Today I would like to announce the end of my sports career,” Balandin said last week, according to Kazakhstan’s Olympic Committee. “I am still inspired. A new phase of my life begins. I have a lot of cool projects in my head that will soon be implemented.”

Balandin reportedly has coaching aspirations.

In 2016, he won the Olympic men’s 200m breaststroke out of lane eight as the last qualifier into the final. He edged American Josh Prenot by seven hundredths of a second and became Kazakhstan’s first Olympic swimming medalist.

He followed that up with 11th- and 17th-place finishes in the breaststrokes in Tokyo last year.

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