Lindsey Vonn misses fifth straight win by .01

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Lindsey Vonn missed the first five-race winning streak of her career by one hundredth of a second.

Vonn took second behind Swiss Lara Gut in a World Cup super combined in Val d’Isere, France, on Friday. Full results are here.

Vonn entered the afternoon slalom run with a .38 lead over Gut with the fastest time in the morning downhill.

But Gut, better at speed events like Vonn, put down a blistering slalom — fifth-fastest of the day — to pressure Vonn, the last racer to go.

Vonn, who said before the race she would “wing it” on slalom with about two days of training in her least-favorite discipline, nonetheless had the ninth-fastest slalom run out of 33 finishers.

Vonn leaned at the finish line, saw the +.01 on the scoreboard and leaned her head back as she slowed down. She playfully jabbed third-place Austrian Michaela Kirchgasser and smiled at Gut in the finish area.

“I could analyze myself all day long, and I could find a hundredth on every single turn, but you know I gave it my best shot, and I think considering how much slalom I’ve trained, which is pretty much nothing, I think it was a really good performance,” Vonn said, according to media in Val d’Isere. “So, I’m happy with it. Maybe one hundredth faster would’ve been nice, but you know, you win and lose by hundredths all the time, so it’s just part of the sport.”

Vonn, a four-time World Cup overall champion, previously won two downhills, one super-G and one giant slalom this month. She skipped last Sunday’s World Cup slalom in Are, Sweden.

Vonn last won a super combined on Jan. 27, 2012, a little more than one year before the first of two major knee surgeries that kept her from defending her Olympic downhill title in Sochi.

Vonn will take another shot at her 72nd World Cup win in a Val d’Isere downhill on Saturday.

Vonn leads the World Cup overall standings by 102 points over Gut and is a huge favorite to take the overall title this season — the biggest prize this winter given no Olympics or World Championships.

The last two women to take the overall title — Slovenia’s Tina Maze and Austrian Anna Fenninger — are sitting out this season. Vonn’s top rival for the crown going into the season, Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin, is unlikely to race again this season after a crash Saturday.

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Olympian Derrick Mein ends U.S. men’s trap drought at shotgun worlds

Derrick Mein

Tokyo Olympian Derrick Mein became the first U.S. male shooter to win a world title in the trap event since 1966, prevailing at the world shotgun championships in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.

Mein, who grew up on a small farm in Southeast Kansas, hunting deer and quail, nearly squandered a place in the final when he missed his last three shots in the semifinal round after hitting his first 22. He rallied in a sudden-death shoot-off for the last spot in the final by hitting all five of his targets.

He hit 33 of 34 targets in the final to win by two over Brit Nathan Hales with one round to spare.

The last U.S. man to win an Olympic trap title was Donald Haldeman in 1976.

Mein, 37, was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo (and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event).

The U.S. swept the Tokyo golds in the other shotgun event — skeet — with Vincent Hancock and Amber English. Browning took silver in women’s trap.

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Mo Farah withdraws before London Marathon

Mo Farah

British track legend Mo Farah withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a right hip injury before what would have been his first 26.2-mile race in nearly two years.

Farah, who swept the 2012 and 2016 Olympic track titles at 5000m and 10,000m, said he hoped “to be back out there” next April, when the London Marathon returns to its traditional month after COVID moved it to the fall for three consecutive years. Farah turns 40 on March 23.

“I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance,” in London, Farah said in a press release. “However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line, but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

Sunday’s London Marathon men’s race is headlined by Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese, the second- and third-fastest marathoners in history.

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