Russia wins men’s biathlon relay; Bjoerndalen denied record 9th gold

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A tough final leg for Emil Hegle Svendsen in today’s biathlon men’s relay spelled the end of fellow Norwegian Ole Einar Bjoerndalen’s bid to win a record ninth Winter Olympic gold medal.

Bjoerndalen was on the third leg of the relay for Norway and went 10-for-10 in shooting before giving Svendsen, your Sochi mass start winner, a slim lead.

He was able to keep it through the prone shooting range, but in standing position, Svendsen missed multiple shots and was forced to take a penalty lap.

That effectively finished the race for the Norwegians, who finished fourth and out of the medals.

Bjoerndalen, known as the “Biathlon King,” was seeking to break his gold medal tie with cross-country skier Bjorn Daehlie. In the mixed relay earlier this week, he passed Daehlie as the most decorated Winter Olympian ever by earning his 13th medal and eighth gold.

Instead, it was Russia, Germany and Austria on the podium, with Russia’s Anton Shipulin (pictured) holding off Germany’s Simon Schempp on the final straightaway to give the host nation its 11th gold in these Games.

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MEN’S BIATHLON – 4X7.5KM RELAY
1. Russia, 1:12:15.9
2. Germany, +3.5 seconds
3. Austria, +29.8 seconds

16. United States, +5:23.2

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

Bobby Joe Morrow
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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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