Andy Murray: I’ve watched more Olympic tennis replays than 2013 Wimbledon

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Andy Murray said he’s watched more replays of his tennis matches from the 2012 Olympics, where he won gold, than of his drought-ending 2013 Wimbledon triumph considered the hallmark of his career.

“I’ve watched my match with Novak [Djokovic] at the Olympics a couple of times, and the final with Roger [Federer] quite a few times, rather than Wimbledon [2013],” Murray said, according to British reports.

Murray, 28, beat Djokovic 7-5, 7-5 in the 2012 Olympic semifinals and then topped Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the gold-medal match, both also on Wimbledon’s Centre Court.

Djokovic has been ranked No. 1 for most of the last four years. Murray swept Djokovic in the 2013 Wimbledon final, becoming the first British man to lift the singles trophy since 1936.

Federer owns a record 17 Grand Slam singles titles, his last coming over Murray in the 2012 Wimbledon final, one month before Murray returned the favor at the London Games.

The Rio 2016 Olympic tennis tournaments will be played on hard courts, which could put 2008 Olympic champion Rafael Nadal at a disadvantage against the likes of Murray, Djokovic and Federer.

No singles player has repeated as Olympic champion.

Federer, who will turn 35 during the 2016 Olympics, has never won an Olympic singles gold medal and said in March he was still figuring out his plans for the Rio Games.

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2022 Ironman Kona World Championships results

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2022 Ironman Kona World Championship top-10 results and notables (full, searchable pro and age group results are here) …

Pro Women
1. Chelsea Sodaro (USA) — 8:33:46
2. Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR) — 8:41:37
3. Anne Haug (GER) — 8:42:22
4. Laura Philipp (GER) — 8:50:31
5. Lisa Norden (SWE) — 8:54:43
6. Fenella Langridge (GBR) — 8:56:26
7. Sarah Crowley (AUS) — 9:01:58
8. Daniela Ryf (SUI) — 9:02:26
9. Skye Moench (USA) — 9:04:31
10. Laura Siddall (GBR) — 9:07:49
16. Heather Jackson (USA) — 9:22:17
DNF. Sarah True (USA)

Pro Men
Race is on Saturday, live on Peacock at 12 p.m. ET.

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Chelsea Sodaro wins Ironman Kona World Championship, ends American drought

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Chelsea Sodaro was the surprise winner of the Ironman Kona World Championships women’s race, ending the longest American victory drought in the event’s 44-year history.

Sodaro, a 33-year-old mom to an 18-month-old, prevailed in an unofficial 8 hours, 33 minutes, 46 seconds on Hawaii’s Big Island.

“My mind is a little bit blown right now,” she said in a finish area interview 25 minutes later, standing next to her daughter, Skylar. “This is the culmination of things being right in my life and having perspective. … This is freakin’ incredible, but the greatest gift at the end of the finish line is my little 18-month-old.”

Sodaro was in fifth place after the 2.6-mile swim and 112-mile bike, then recorded one of the fastest 26.2-mile marathon runs in event history (2:51:45) to win by 7 minutes, 50 seconds over Brit Lucy Charles-Barclay.

Swiss Daniela Ryf, who was eyeing her sixth Ironman world title, led after the bike but faded quickly on the run.

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Sodaro, whose lone previous full Ironman was a second-place finish at June’s European Championships (reportedly in the second-fastest Ironman distance debut in history), became the first American to win in Kona since Tim DeBoom in 2002 and the first American to win the women’s race since Zimbabwean-turned-American Paula Newby-Fraser in 1996.

She is the first woman or man to win in their Kona debut since Brit Chrissie Wellington took the first of her four titles in 2007.

Sodaro (née Reilly) was an All-America runner at Cal, then placed 19th in the 10,000m at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

She turned to triathlon in 2017, made podiums on the World Cup circuit (just below the top-level World Series for Olympic hopefuls) and moved up to long-distance racing in 2018.

At the half Ironman distance, she was fourth at the 2019 World Championships, her last major championship start before the pandemic, pregnancy, childbirth and a move up to the full Ironman this year.

“I’m pretty stoked that I think I maybe get to take the rest of the year off and be a mom for a month or so,” Sodaro said.

The pro men’s race is Saturday, live on Peacock at 12 p.m. ET.

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