Richard Browne, IPC World champion sprinter, details getting hit by truck

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Richard Browne jokes about it now, but the ringing and the flashes are serious reminders.

The U.S.’ best Paralympian sprinter and world-record holder counts himself fortunate after he said a pickup truck ran a red light and slammed into the passenger side where he was sitting in a Ford Fusion in early January.

“I’m happy it was on my prosthetic [leg] side, because if it was on my good side, I probably would have lost another leg,” he said, laughing, inside the Beverly Hills Hilton on Wednesday.

In 2007, Browne ripped his right leg when crashing through a glass door. He endured 13 surgeries before choosing amputation over the constant pain in 2010. He earned a Paralympic silver medal two years later and swept the 100m and 200m at the 2015 IPC World Championships in world-record times.

Browne’s story was profiled by USA Track and Field in a video published in October.

In January, the 24-year-old Browne was the lone passenger in a car driven by a friend in Orlando. He remembers pieces of the crash — a shower of broken glass and airbags deploying.

“Ringing, just a lot of ringing,” he said. “It was just like flashes. I remember an ambulance getting there and then … not much after, not much after.”

Browne suffered two broken ribs, another cracked rib and a concussion. The driver did not accrue major injuries.

“She walked out like it was nothing, kept apologizing” he said, adding that they both wore seat belts.

Browne’s manager put out a press release later that week after Browne was released from the hospital. Former NFL quarterback Daunte Culpepper, Usain Bolt and Browne’s chief rival, Brit Jonnie Peacock, reached out to check on him.

“It was really able to keep me upbeat,” Browne said. “I was more worried about missing so much training.”

The concussion kept him out three weeks.

“You literally can’t do anything except drink water,” he said. “Being around my [three] kids, they make loud noises, that hurt.”

This week, Browne joined more than 100 other U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls in Beverly Hills, Calif., for a pre-Games media summit.

Despite the crash, he’s sticking to a goal of competing in the U.S. Olympic trials 200m in Eugene in July. Browne broke the IPC world record in his division when he clocked 21.27 seconds to win the World title on Oct. 25.

He said Wednesday that he has run even faster, 21.0. The USA Track and Field qualifying standard to get into the trials is 20.50 seconds.

Can he knock off another half-second in the next three months, after what he’s been through?

“That’s easy,” Browne said.

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Diana Taurasi returns to U.S. national basketball team

Diana Taurasi

Diana Taurasi is set to return to the U.S. national basketball team next week for the first time since the Tokyo Olympics, signaling a possible bid for a record-breaking sixth Olympic appearance in 2024 at age 42.

Taurasi is on the 15-player roster for next week’s training camp in Minnesota announced Tuesday.

Brittney Griner is not on the list but is expected to return to competitive basketball later this year with her WNBA team, the Phoenix Mercury (also Taurasi’s longtime team, though she is currently a free agent), after being detained in Russia for 10 months in 2022.

Taurasi said as far back as the 2016 Rio Games that her Olympic career was likely over, but returned to the national team after Dawn Staley succeeded Geno Auriemma as head coach in 2017.

In Tokyo, Taurasi and longtime backcourt partner Sue Bird became the first basketball players to win five Olympic gold medals. Bird has since retired.

After beating Japan in the final, Taurasi said “see you in Paris,” smiling, as she left an NBC interview. That’s now looking less like a joke and more like a prediction.

Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve succeeded Staley as head coach last year. In early fall, she guided the U.S. to arguably the best FIBA World Cup performance ever, despite not having stalwarts Bird, Griner, Tina Charles and Sylvia Fowles.

Taurasi was not in contention for the team after suffering a WNBA season-ending quad injury in the summer. Taurasi, who is 38-0 in Olympic games and started every game at the last four Olympics, wasn’t on a U.S. team for an Olympics or worlds for the first time since 2002.

Next year, Taurasi can become the oldest Olympic basketball player in history and the first to play in six Games, according to Spain’s Rudy Fernandez could also play in a sixth Olympics in 2024.

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Mo Farah likely to retire this year

Mo Farah

British track legend Mo Farah will likely retire by the end of this year.

“I’m not going to go to the Olympics, and I think 2023 will probably be my last year,” the 39-year-old Farah said, according to multiple British media reports.

Farah, who swept the 5000m and 10,000m golds at the Olympics in 2012 and 2016, was announced Tuesday as part of the field for the London Marathon on April 23.

Last May, Farah reportedly said he believed his career on the track was over, but not the roads.

London might not be his last marathon. Farah also said that if, toward the end of this year, he was capable of being picked to run for Britain again, he would “never turn that down,” according to Tuesday’s reports.

It’s not clear if Farah was referencing the world track and field championships, which include a marathon and are in Budapest in August. Or selection for the 2024 British Olympic marathon team.

The fastest British male marathoner last year ran 2:10:46, ranking outside the top 300 in the world. Farah broke 2:10 in all five marathons that he’s finished, but he hasn’t run one since October 2019 (aside from pacing the 2020 London Marathon).

Farah withdrew four days before the last London Marathon on Oct. 2, citing a right hip injury.

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’s best London Marathon finish in four starts was third place in 2018.

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

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