Lindsey Vonn breaks women’s World Cup downhill wins record

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Lindsey Vonn broke the women’s World Cup downhill wins record with her 37th victory in the discipline in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, on Saturday.

Vonn prevailed by .28 of a second over Canadian Larisa Yurkiw, with Swiss Lara Gut taking third in the Dolomites resort. Full results are here.

“There was a lot of pressure,” Vonn told media in Cortina. “The more people talk about the records, the harder it is to break them.”

It marked Vonn’s 74th World Cup win overall, moving closer to retired Swede Ingemar Stenmark‘s record 86, her 10th victory in Cortina and seventh this season.

“No, no, no, no, stop talking about Ingemar,” Vonn said. “I can’t start calculating the numbers because it just gets in my head, and it makes it a lot harder than it needs to be. I just need to ski solid and not have any mistakes and then the results will come, and then the records will come. But you can’t put the cart before the horse.”

Vonn surpassed retired Austrian Annemarie Moser-Pröll‘s mark of 36 career World Cup downhill wins.

The 2010 Olympic downhill champ also moved within 10 points of Gut in the standings for the World Cup overall title, the biggest prize in the sport this season with no Olympics or World Championships. The season is a little past the halfway point and will end in March.

Vonn will pass Gut if she wins her 75th World Cup race Sunday, a super-G in Cortina (NBC Sports Live Extra, 5:30 a.m. ET).

MORE: Vonn may cut back on races next season

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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