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Michael Phelps explains ‘Boomer’ name

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Michael Phelps was in tears when his son was born Thursday night.

“The coolest experience that I’ve ever had,” Phelps said in a video on his Facebook page Sunday. “As soon as he was born, he kind of had both of his arms up in the air and was super excited to see the world.”

Phelps also explained why he and fiancée Nicole Johnson named their baby Boomer Robert Phelps.

“Nicole and I just wanted something different and something cool,” Phelps said. “Boomer, I had just heard it. It’s kind of a pretty neat name. Nicole and I both kind of agreed to it. We have a couple nicknames in mind that we’ll look to share farther down the road, once he gets older.”

The middle name was chosen for “Bob,” the same name as Phelps’ longtime coach, Bob Bowman.

Boomer was born three weeks early, weighs 6 pounds, 12 ounces, and has a 1-year-old’s swimsuit waiting for him when he’s ready.

Phelps said Boomer fell asleep in his arms on Saturday while he watched a Washington Capitals-Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Playoffs game.

“The skin to skin’s been the best so far,” said Phelps, who hopes to have more kids. “Just kind of having him right next to your heart.”

Phelps is next scheduled to compete the first weekend of June in Austin, Texas, followed by the U.S. Olympic Trials from June 26-July 3 in Omaha, Neb.

Phelps said Boomer will travel to Omaha and to Rio, should Phelps qualify for his fifth Olympics.

VIDEO: Phelps’ interview with Matt Lauer

Posted by Michael Phelps on Sunday, May 8, 2016

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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