Patrick Chan wins Four Continents Championship with personal best

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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Three-time World champion Patrick Chan of Canada produced a personal-best score to win the Four Continents championship, edging China’s Jin Boyang, who became the first skater to complete four quadruple jumps in one free skating program in international competition.

Chan, fifth after the short program, received 203.99 points in Sunday’s free skate to finish with a total of 290.21, less than one point ahead of short-program leader Jin. Chinese skater Han Yan was third with 271.55.

“I didn’t panic,” Chan said. “I took my time and kept focused on the things that make me successful in practice and competition, and today is a result of that.”

Skating last in the group, Chan opened his routine with a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination and nailed two triple Axels as well as another quad toe loop.

It was Chan’s third win at the Four Continents, adding to titles in 2009 and 2012. His win will be a boost for his confidence heading to the March 28-April 3 World Championships in Boston.

After taking a year off, Chan appears to have regained the form that allowed him to win three worlds from 2011 to 2013.

“I feel like all the work and stress has paid off,” Chan said. “It all came out in this program as it’s supposed to be. This year has been so successful for the first year back. We’ve definitely exceeded expectations.”

With a quad Lutz, quad Salchow and two quad toe loops, Jin is the first skater to land three kinds of quadruple jumps in one program.

“I performed quite well, and I landed all the quads,” Jin said. “I did them before at the national Winter Games, and it gave me confidence for this competition. But the quality of the jumps was not as good as today.”

Skate America champion Max Aaron of the United States was seventh followed by compatriot Grant Hochstein in eighth.

The International Skating Union’s Four Continents championships feature skaters from the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania.

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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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