Gabby Douglas wins Jesolo Trophy; Aly Raisman sixth

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Gabby Douglas is two for two in the Olympic year, beating a field that included Olympic teammate Aly Raisman at the Jesolo Trophy in Italy on Saturday.

The 2012 Olympic all-around champion Douglas won the Jesolo all-around with 59.65 points. Douglas competed for the second time this year, after winning the AT&T American Cup two weeks earlier.

“I need to work on being more confident, and just believing in myself a little bit more and being a little bit more aggressive,” Douglas said. “But overall I think I did well. Still more improvements to come.”

Raisman, the 2012 Olympic floor exercise champion, totaled 57.85 for sixth place Saturday, falling on a difficult Amanar vault. Douglas scored higher with a less difficult vault.

Douglas and Raisman both returned to competition at last year’s Jesolo Trophy for the first time since the London Games. They are attempting to become the first U.S. women to make back-to-back Olympic gymnastics teams since 1996 and 2000.

In five competitions together in their comeback, Douglas holds a 3-2 head-to-head edge over Raisman in all-around finishes. Neither Douglas nor Raisman has beaten Simone Biles, the three-time reigning World all-around champion who is a heavy favorite for gold in Rio.

Biles is expected to make her 2016 competition debut at the Pacific Rim Championships in April.

Douglas, Raisman and Biles were the three U.S. gymnasts chosen to perform in the all-around at the World Championships last October, with Biles and Douglas taking gold and silver.

Raisman was fifth in qualifying but didn’t advance because a nation can’t have more than two gymnasts in an Olympic or Worlds individual final.

Douglas, Raisman and Biles are favorites to make the five-woman Olympic team that will be named after July’s trials.

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South Korea’s first gold medalist of 2018 PyeongChang Olympics to compete for China

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Lim Hyo-Jun, a short track speed skater who won South Korea’s first gold medal of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, has been cleared to skate for China and was reportedly named to the national team Monday.

Lim, who won the 1500m on the first day of medal competition at the PyeongChang Games, began the process of switching to China after a June 2019 incident where he pulled down a teammate’s trousers, leaving him standing, exposed, in front of female teammates.

Lim, the 2019 World overall champion, was banned from the team for a year and later found guilty of sexual harassment before the verdict was overturned on appeal.

It was reported in March 2021 that Lim was in the process of trying to gain Chinese nationality to compete at the Beijing Winter Olympics, but Lim was not cleared to switch by the International Skating Union until this July. His Chinese name is Lin Xiaojun.

Another star South Korean skater, triple 2006 Olympic gold medalist Ahn Hyun-Soo, switched to Russia after not making the 2010 Olympic team. He then won three golds for the host nation as Viktor Ahn at the 2014 Sochi Games.

China’s national team for the upcoming season reportedly does not include veterans Wu Dajing, the nation’s lone gold medalist across all sports at the 2018 Olympics, and Fan Kexin, a three-time Olympic medalist.

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Brigid Kosgei, world record holder, to miss London Marathon

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World record holder Brigid Kosgei withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon due to a right hamstring injury that has bothered her for the last month.

“My training has been up and down and not the way I would like to prepare to be in top condition,” was posted on Kosgei’s social media. “We’ve decided it’s best I withdraw from this year’s race and get further treatment on my injuries in order to enter 2023 stronger than ever.”

Kosgei, a 28-year-old Kenyan mother of twins, shattered the world record by 81 seconds at the 2019 Chicago Marathon. She clocked 2:14:04 to smash Brit Paula Radcliffe‘s record from 2003.

Since, Kosgei won the 2020 London Marathon, took silver at the Tokyo Olympics, placed fourth at the 2021 London Marathon and won this past March’s Tokyo Marathon in what was then the third-fastest time in history (2:16:02).

Ethiopian Tigist Assefa moved into the top three by winning the Berlin Marathon last Sunday in 2:15:37.

The London Marathon women’s field includes Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei, a winner in New York City (2019) and London (2021), and Yalemzerf Yehualaw, who was the Ethiopian record holder until Assefa won in Berlin.

The men’s field is headlined by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest male marathoner in history, and Brit Mo Farah, a four-time Olympic champion on the track.

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