Gay, Richards-Ross sprint to victories in Paris rain

Leave a comment

American sprinters Tyson Gay showed and Sanya Richards-Ross each made emphatic statements with victories on a rain-slicked track at the Montreuil meeting Monday.

Gay ran the 100m in 10.04 to beat 2008 Olympic silver medalist Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago by 0.12 in a 0.5-meter headwind.

Meanwhile, Richards-Ross, the 2012 Olympic champion in the 400, won that event in Paris, pulling away down the stretch to finish with a time of 51.12. She was happy with the victory, but apparently just as happy to have escaped the wet conditions without injury.

“I think the last time I ran in weather like this is probably Zurich 2005,” she told the Associated Press. “I tried to block it out, but it’s really hard to get going really fast, especially the first 50. A little bit more cautious. I do want to have a successful season, so I don’t want to risk an injury.”

Gay’s victory in Paris was his second appearance in competition since serving a one-year doping ban. In his first appearance last week, he finished second to fellow American Justin Gatlin in the 100 at the Diamond Leauge meet in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago, who won a photo finish in the 100 in last week’s event, won the women’s 100 in Paris in 11.32, overcoming a poor start to beat Jamaica’s Carrie Russell.

Full results here.

Gatlin wins 100m over Gay at Lausanne Diamond League

Eddy Alvarez, Olympic short track medalist, to play for Miami Marlins

Eddy Alvarez
Getty Images
Leave a comment

Eddy Alvarez realized his MLB dream, six years after earning a Winter Olympic medal, and during a global pandemic that affected his club more than any other U.S. professional sports franchise.

Alvarez, a 2014 U.S. Olympic short track speed skating medalist, is being added to the Miami Marlins roster for Tuesday’s restart of their abbreviated season, president of baseball operations Mike Hill said Monday, according to Marlins beat reporters.

The 30-year-old was among a group added after as many as 18 Marlins tested positive for the coronavirus last week, forcing the club to cancel seven games.

Alvarez is believed to be the first U.S. Winter Olympian to become a Major League Baseball player.

He may be the second Olympic medalist in a sport other than baseball to make it to the majors, joining Jim Thorpe. (Michael Jordan tried to do so with the Chicago White Sox, playing Double-A in 1994, but returned to the Chicago Bulls in 1995.)

Alvarez, a Miami native, played baseball in high school and at Salt Lake Community College before focusing on short track in 2012 for a 2014 Olympic run.

He came back from missing the 2010 Olympic team and surgeries on both knees, reportedly leaving him immobile and bedpan dependent for four to six weeks, to make the Sochi Winter Games. Eddy the Jet earned a silver medal in the 5000m relay.

Then Alvarez returned to baseball after three years away. He signed a minor-league contract with the Chicago White Sox in June 2014. He worked his way through the minors between that franchise and the Marlins system.

Alvarez was a Kannapolis Intimidator, a New Orleans Baby Cake and a Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.

Now, he’s a big leaguer.

“It definitely was a chance, picking up a kid who hasn’t played in three years who is starting at the age of 24,” Alvarez said in 2014. “It’s not your typical story, but I play like a 17-year-old kid. I’m running around everywhere. I’m diving around everywhere. I’m full of life. I definitely see my progression moving at a rapid pace.”

MORE: What Olympic baseball, softball return looks like in 2021

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

Katie Ledecky balances glass of chocolate milk on her head while swimming

Katie Ledecky
Getty Images
Leave a comment

Katie Ledecky will always remember Aug. 3 as the date she won her first Olympic gold medal, at age 15 in 2012.

Now, she can also associate it with the time she created another kind of buzz on social media.

The five-time Olympic champion posted video of her swimming the length of a pool while balancing a glass of chocolate milk on her head. Barely any, if any, milk spilled into the pool.

Ledecky swam as part of a new got milk? ad campaign.

“Hoooowww nervous were you when you did this?!” fellow Olympic champion and training partner Simone Manuel asked Ledecky on Instagram.

“I have never braced my core so hard,” Ledecky wrote. “It’s a great drill!”

“Try doing it breaststroke,” British Olympic 100m breaststroke champion and world-record holder Adam Peaty wrote.

“Is it wrong of me to think this is even more impressive than a few of your WR’s?!!!” wrote 1992 Olympic champion Summer Sanders.

MORE: The meet where Kathleen Ledecky became Katie Ledecky

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!