McKayla Maroney, out since 2013, will miss P&G Championships

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McKayla Maroney cannot compete at August’s P&G Championships after not entering the last qualifying meet for the event, making it unlikely she’ll return in 2015.

Maroney, the Olympic vault silver medalist who hasn’t competed since 2013, is not in the field for the Secret U.S. Classic on July 25 (full field here). That competition in Hoffman Estates, Ill., will mark the first domestic meet for Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman since the London 2012 Olympics.

USA Gymnastics confirmed that Maroney cannot petition into the P&G Championships, which are Aug. 13-16 in Indianapolis. She can, however, petition into a later World Championships selection camp. The World Championships are Oct. 23-Nov. 1 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Maroney, the Olympic vault silver medalist, won the World Championships vault title on Oct. 5, 2013 and hasn’t competed since. She missed all of 2014 following knee surgery that March.

A representative from her longtime California gym said Wednesday that Maroney hasn’t been training there due to a slow recovery from that injury.

She also suffered from adrenal fatigue, according to International Gymnast magazine in April.

Maroney said she was unable to get out of bed due to the energy-sapping medical condition.

“Pretty much since 2013, I had burned out everything in my body,” Maroney said, according to the magazine. “With adrenal fatigue, everything in your body is just burned out. It messes up your hormones and goes into things that people don’t understand.”

She took about two months off and returned to training at the beginning of this year, according to the magazine.

“I’ve gotten a lot of IVs that have all these minerals in them,” she said. “I’ve been doing yoga and meditation and everything to heal my body, because I want to go to the next Olympics.”

The fourth member of the five-gymnast 2012 U.S. Olympic champion team — Kyla Ross — is competing at the Secret U.S. Classic along with Douglas and Raisman.

The fifth member, Jordyn Wieber, has retired.

Maroney was adamant in an August interview that she’s determined to make the 2016 Olympic team.

“For people who don’t think I’m, like, really serious about this, you’re wrong,” Maroney said in a USA Gymnastics interview while attending the 2014 Secret Classic. “I want this so bad. I’m not just messing around, chilling, acting. I’ll do that later.”

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

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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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