Lindsey Vonn wins No. 65, crystal globe in sight

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Lindsey Vonn snapped an eight-race winless streak, captured her record-extending 65th World Cup victory and retook the World Cup super-G standings lead in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Sunday.

Vonn prevailed in her former Christmas holiday spot by two tenths of a second over Slovenian Tina Maze. Austrian Anna Fenninger was third. American Julia Mancuso did not start due to illness.

Vonn had not won since Jan. 25, her eight-race drought (including four at the World Championships) matching her longest spell off the top of a podium since 2009.

With her victory in Garmisch, Vonn moved from 32 points behind Fenninger to eight points above the Austrian in the World Cup super-G standings with one race left at the World Cup Finals in Meribel, France, next week.

Vonn, a four-time World Cup overall champion, is looking for her fifth World Cup super-G crystal globe to tie German Katja Seizinger‘s record.

Vonn also notched her 111th World Cup podium finish Sunday, moving into solo second place all time among women. Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell reached 113 podiums.

The women’s Alpine skiing World Cup continues with Mikaela Shiffrin back in action in a giant slalom and slalom in Are, Sweden, next weekend.

In men’s action Sunday, Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud won a super-G in Kvitfjell, Norway, to clinch the World Cup super-G title, his first career crystal globe. The top American was two-time Olympic medalist Andrew Weibrecht in fifth, matching his best career World Cup finish.

The men’s Alpine skiing World Cup continues with a giant slalom and slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, next weekend.

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Brigid Kosgei, world record holder, to miss London Marathon

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World record holder Brigid Kosgei withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon due to a right hamstring injury that has bothered her for the last month.

“My training has been up and down and not the way I would like to prepare to be in top condition,” was posted on Kosgei’s social media. “We’ve decided it’s best I withdraw from this year’s race and get further treatment on my injuries in order to enter 2023 stronger than ever.”

Kosgei, a 28-year-old Kenyan mother of twins, shattered the world record by 81 seconds at the 2019 Chicago Marathon. She clocked 2:14:04 to smash Brit Paula Radcliffe‘s record from 2003.

Since, Kosgei won the 2020 London Marathon, took silver at the Tokyo Olympics, placed fourth at the 2021 London Marathon and won this past March’s Tokyo Marathon in what was then the third-fastest time in history (2:16:02).

Ethiopian Tigist Assefa moved into the top three by winning the Berlin Marathon last Sunday in 2:15:37.

The London Marathon women’s field includes Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei, a winner in New York City (2019) and London (2021), and Yalemzerf Yehualaw, who was the Ethiopian record holder until Assefa won in Berlin.

The men’s field is headlined by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest male marathoner in history, and Brit Mo Farah, a four-time Olympic champion on the track.

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Dmitriy Balandin, surprise Olympic swimming champion, retires

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Dmitriy Balandin, the Kazakh swimmer who pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the 2016 Rio Olympics, retired at age 27.

“Today I would like to announce the end of my sports career,” Balandin said last week, according to Kazakhstan’s Olympic Committee. “I am still inspired. A new phase of my life begins. I have a lot of cool projects in my head that will soon be implemented.”

Balandin reportedly has coaching aspirations.

In 2016, he won the Olympic men’s 200m breaststroke out of lane eight as the last qualifier into the final. He edged American Josh Prenot by seven hundredths of a second and became Kazakhstan’s first Olympic swimming medalist.

He followed that up with 11th- and 17th-place finishes in the breaststrokes in Tokyo last year.

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