Boston Marathon Bombing

Boston Marathon bombing voted AP sports story of the year

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The Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and injured more than 200 was selected The Associated Press sports story of the year.

Two bombs exploded near the finish line of the April 15 race at about 2:50 p.m. ET, 5 1/2 hours after the first wheelchair races set out on the 26.2-mile course.

Brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev carried out the bombings in retaliation to U.S. involvement in Muslim countries, according to the AP.

The tragedy led to an outpouring of support. The term “Boston Strong” became a motto. After the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, Jonny Gomes placed the trophy at the Boston Marathon finish line.

The 2014 Boston Marathon will be April 21. The 118th edition of the race will include room for about 5,000 runners who did not have the opportunity to cross the finish line this year.

In total, the field is set at 36,000, more than this year’s 27,000 and second only to the Centennial Boston Marathon in 1996, which had 38,708 entrants.

The 2013 champions of the race, Rita Jeptoo of Kenya and Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia, are expected to defend their titles.

The Boston Marathon bombings led a vote over other dark sports events in 2013. Here’s the AP’s top 10:

1. Boston Marathon Bombings
2. Lance Armstrong’s admission
3. NFL concussion settlement
4. Baseball drug bans
5. Aaron Hernandez’s arrest
6. Boston Red Sox win World Series
7. Baltimore Ravens win Super Bowl
8. Auburn Tigers turnaround
9. Manti Te’o’s hoax
10. Miami Heat win NBA Finals

Olympians at New York City Marathon reminded of Boston

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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