Olympic sports headlines: May 12

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A look at what’s making news in Olympic sports this morning, in addition to OlympicTalk posts:

Alpine Skiing: Canadian Larisa Yurkiw, third in last season’s World Cup downhill standings, surprisingly retired. (Instagram)

Archery: A profile of 19-year-old Collin Klimitchek, eyeing his first Olympic team. (AP)

Badminton: A Q&A with newly minted U.S. Olympian Howard Shu. (NBC Olympics)

Basketball: The U.S. select team of young players who train with the senior national team is taking shape. (ProBasketballTalk)

Diving: A look at Chinese springboard superstar Wu Minxia. (Olympic.org)

Golf: Canada unveils Olympic uniforms.

Gymnastics: Childhood photos of Simone Biles. (NBC Olympics)

Gymnastics: A profile of U.S. Olympic hopeful Donnell Whittenburg. (NBC Olympics)

Pyeongchang 2018: The organizing committee elected its new president, which it nominated last week. (AP)

Rio 2016: Olympic grass is being laid at the Maracanã. (Globo)

Rio 2016Video of the Olympic flame paragliding into Governador Valadares. (Globo)

Rio 2016: What’s new in the sports program for the Games. (Olympic.org)

Rowing: A profile of doctor and two-time Olympian in singles sculls Gevvie Stone. (New York Times)

Sochi 2014: The IOC “would not hesitate” to retest doping samples after a report that Russian gold medalists were doping. (AP)

Swimming: A profile of U.S. Olympic butterfly hopeful Kelsi Worrell. (USA Today)

Tokyo 2020: French prosecutors confirm $2 million associated with Tokyo’s Olympic bid was paid to an account linked to the son of the disgraced former IAAF president, though Tokyo organizers deny it. (AP)

Track and Field: USATF lays out the Americans competing in the Shanghai Diamond League meet Saturday. (USATF)

Track and FieldWillie Gault, the Super Bowl XX champion wide receiver, is USATF Athlete of the Week. (USATF)

Track and Field: An agent alleges North Korean runners cut a marathon course to qualify for the Olympics. (Race Results Weekly)

Track and Field: An interview with Olympic bronze medalist Reese Hoffa, lover of turkey legs. (Track and Field News)

Track and Field: The quest for the two-hour marathon. (New York Times)

Triathlon: Who will make the U.S. Olympic team? (NBC Olympics)

Triathlon: A look back at the only American to earn an Olympic medal. (NBC Olympics)

VolleyballHelen Hunt will star in a film about an Iowa high school volleyball team’s march to a state title after the death of its starting setter. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Wrestling: A glance at all 14 U.S. Olympians now that qualifiers are over. (NBC Olympics)

Have any more headlines? Email nick.zaccardi@nbcuni.com

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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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