Oksana Chusovitina, 40 years old, competes at World Gymnastics Championships

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Oksana Chusovitina continued to defy age by competing in her 14th World Championships on Friday.

The 40-year-old Uzbekistan gymnast first competed at Worlds in 1991, for the Soviet Union.

She’s won 11 Worlds medals in her career, which has also included Olympic or Worlds appearances for the Unified Team and Germany, the last podium finish in 2011. She had said she’d retire after finishing fifth in the London Olympics vault final.

“We are women,” Chusovitina said through a translator Friday, according to The Associated Press. “We say one thing and we change our mind. It happens all the time.”

Chusovitina has said she hopes to break the record she currently shares by competing in a seventh Olympics in Rio next year, but she likely won’t find out if she qualifies until next spring.

Chusovitina was in seventh place in the vault standings after the first day of qualifying in Glasgow, Scotland, on Friday. She landed on her butt on one of her two vaults (video here).

The top eight after qualifying finishes Saturday go to the final the following weekend, but Chusovitina will likely be bumped out with the Americans and Chinese still to come in qualifying.

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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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