Marv Albert to call Olympic basketball for first time since 1996

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Marv Albert will call Olympic basketball this summer for the first time since 1996.

He is set to be joined in Rio de Janeiro by analyst Doug Collins and reporter Craig Sager for the U.S. team’s games, NBC announced Tuesday.

Albert was the voice of the “Dream Team” run to gold during the 1992 Olympics. He also worked boxing for NBC at the 1988, 1996 and 2000 Games. The lead NBA play-by-play announcer for TNT since 1999, Albert started calling boxing matches again for NBC last year.

Albert “ranks in the pantheon of all-time play-by-play voices,” said Jim Bell, NBC Olympics’ executive producer.

This will be the fifth straight Olympics for both Collins, the former NBA All-Star and coach who now works as a studio analyst for ESPN, and Sager. Sager, the popular TNT sideline reporter, has continued to work as he battles a recurrence of cancer.

VIDEO: The last time Marv Albert called Olympic basketball

Hall of Famer Ann Meyers will also be calling her fifth straight Olympics when she serves as the analyst for women’s basketball. She will be joined by two first-timers: play-by-play announcer Marc Zumoff, the voice of the Philadelphia 76ers, and reporter Ros Gold-Onwude, a former Stanford player who now works Golden State Warriors games.

Zumoff’s and Gold-Onwude’s regular jobs are both at Comcast SportsNet regional channels that are part of NBC Sports.

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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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