Steven Holcomb snaps World Cup bobsled drought

Steven Holcomb

Steven Holcomb made his first World Cup bobsled podium in nearly two years, winning a two-man event in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Friday.

Holcomb, the 2010 Olympic four-man champion and two- and four-man bronze medalist at Sochi 2014, prevailed by .11 of a second over two runs with push athlete Carlo Valdes.

“It’s overwhelming,” Holcomb said. “I kind of started the season off bad; 2015 just wasn’t my year so I’m really glad to put that behind me. I’m starting 2016 off pretty well, and hopefully can keep this going. Today is just overwhelming with emotions.”

Holcomb, 35, had struggled since Sochi, making zero podiums across 18 World Cup and World Championships races last season. His last podium came in a victory Jan. 26, 2014.

He came into this season still recovering from the torn Achilles that slowed him in Sochi and then, in the first World Cup stop in November, suffered a quadriceps strain that rendered him unable to push his sled.

German Francesco Friedrich, the two-time reigning World champion who won the three previous two-man races this season, finished eighth on Friday.

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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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