Victor Ahn charges late for short track 500m gold; Celski 6th

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In the men’s 500m final, Russia’s Victor Ahn rallied from the back to claim his second gold in Sochi and his fifth Olympic gold overall. With the win, he’s now the first skater to win all four individual events in Olympic short track history.

Ahn, the Korea-born competitor who won three golds at the ’06 Torino Games but became a Russian citizen in 2011, made an outside move for second and then went to the inside of China’s Wu Dajing for the lead on the final lap. Dajing tried to make one last rally but was unable to complete a pass.

Ahn’s previous Sochi triumph in the men’s 1000m was met with mixed reactions in his homeland.

Officials from Korea’s skating union were severely criticized by fans and media alike after that win, and South Korea’s president called for an investigation into how the skater once known as Ahn Hyun-Soo got away from the country’s program.

Ahn himself didn’t take much criticism compared to the officials, but even so, you have to wonder how his 500m win will go over.

Of course, you don’t have to wonder about the Russians’ thoughts on that – they’re loving it.

Dajing got the silver in the end, while Canada’s Charle Cournoyer got the bronze.

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As for Team USA’s J.R. Celski, the world record holder in the 500m, he wound up sixth overall after finishing outside the top two in his semifinal heat and then finishing runner-up in the “B” Final.

1. Victor Ahn (RUS), 41.312
2. Wu Dajing (CHN), 41.516
3. Charle Cournoyer (CAN), 41.617
4. Wenhao Liang (CHN), 1:13.590

6. J.R. Celski (USA), 2nd in B Final

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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