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Australia Olympic legend blasts Adam Scott for skipping Rio Games

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Australian Olympic swimming legend Dawn Fraser criticized golfer Adam Scott‘s decision to skip the Rio Games in a Facebook post Wednesday.

“Well done Adam great to put your country on hold so that you can fulfill your own schedule,” was posted on Fraser’s page, “how much money do you want in life not showing much for your country.

“I guess working 3 jobs a week to secure my place as a Olympic swimmer has giver [sic] me the strength to say what I feel about sporstmen [sic] and women that do this.”

Earlier, the Australian Scott announced he would skip golf’s return to the Olympics due to his “extremely busy playing schedule around the time of the Olympics and other commitments, both personal and professional.”

Scott has been an outspoken critic of professional golfers in the Olympics for many months.

Fraser, an eight-time medalist and four-time gold medalist from 1956-64, has criticized Australian stars in multiple sports.

In July, she apologized for comments about tennis players Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic.

In 2013, she said she was disrespected by 2008 Olympic swim champion Stephanie Rice.

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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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