Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs goes on Arsenio Hall (video)

Jordan Burroughs

Olympic champion freestyle wrestler Jordan Burroughs spent some time with talk show host Arsenio Hall before a World Cup event in Inglewood, Calif., this weekend.

Hall made references to professional wrestling, like WWE, and asked if there’s cheating in Olympic-style wrestling. Burroughs answered the question with a story from last year’s World Championships.

In his 74kg semifinal, his opponent from Belarus was disqualified for punching Burroughs in the face.

“I don’t like to retaliate, but at the time, I was like, dang, this dude just punched me in the face. What should I do?” Burroughs said. “Just suck it up and move forward.”

Hall also asked Burroughts if he might try mixed martial arts after his wrestling career. Burroughs, as he has said in the past, is not interested.

“I’m a lover, not a fighter,” Burroughs said. “I don’t want to get punched in the face.”

Burroughs also reflected on his 2012 Olympic title. He said he carried his gold medal in his back pocket for three weeks after winning.

“I had to be that guy at the bar,” Burroughs said. “Like, check this out. You ever see one of these before? But then after a while, I kind of stopped doing it. I didn’t want people to be like, look at this guy, who is this guy showing off his medal? He’s a tool.”

Burroughs also had Olympic memories outside of competition. Such as flag carrying etiquette ingrained in U.S. Olympians.

“Whenever you see someone with a flag draped over their shoulders after winning an Olympic gold medal, it’s a big no-no,” Burroughs said. “Right way and a wrong way. You’re supposed to hold it up over your shoulders. You have the stars on your right side, stripes going left. You’re not supposed to drape it down at all.”

Burroughs said his first meal after winning Olympic gold was McDonald’s. He entered a long line and, in an effort to cut to the front, took out his gold medal and waved it.

He ordered a Quarter Pounder with cheese, large fries and an orange soda. The food was so greasy that the bottom of the bag fell out after he took one bite of the Quarter Pounder.

“It was in the box, so I saved that,” Burroughs said. “I lost all the fries.”

Burroughs is set to compete at The Forum this weekend after seeing his 69-match winning streak snapped last month.

This story has been updated to clarify Burroughs’ response to Hall’s question about cheating.

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Olympian Derrick Mein ends U.S. men’s trap drought at shotgun worlds

Derrick Mein

Tokyo Olympian Derrick Mein became the first U.S. male shooter to win a world title in the trap event since 1966, prevailing at the world shotgun championships in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.

Mein, who grew up on a small farm in Southeast Kansas, hunting deer and quail, nearly squandered a place in the final when he missed his last three shots in the semifinal round after hitting his first 22. He rallied in a sudden-death shoot-off for the last spot in the final by hitting all five of his targets.

He hit 33 of 34 targets in the final to win by two over Brit Nathan Hales with one round to spare.

The last U.S. man to win an Olympic trap title was Donald Haldeman in 1976.

Mein, 37, was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo (and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event).

The U.S. swept the Tokyo golds in the other shotgun event — skeet — with Vincent Hancock and Amber English. Browning took silver in women’s trap.

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Mo Farah withdraws before London Marathon

Mo Farah

British track legend Mo Farah withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a right hip injury before what would have been his first 26.2-mile race in nearly two years.

Farah, who swept the 2012 and 2016 Olympic track titles at 5000m and 10,000m, said he hoped “to be back out there” next April, when the London Marathon returns to its traditional month after COVID moved it to the fall for three consecutive years. Farah turns 40 on March 23.

“I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance,” in London, Farah said in a press release. “However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line, but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

Sunday’s London Marathon men’s race is headlined by Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese, the second- and third-fastest marathoners in history.

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