Two Olympic silver medalists out of U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials

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Lashinda Demus and Brigetta Barrett, two 2012 Olympic silver medalists, will miss the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in July and will not be able to return to the Games in August.

Demus, 33, took silver in the 400m hurdles in London, .07 behind Russian Natalya Antyukh.

Demus, also a four-time world championships medalist in the event, last competed June 28, 2015, finishing fourth at the U.S. Championships.

Since, she has been slowed by plantar fasciitis, vitamin deficiencies, a herniated disc in her lower back that required surgery, a broken right arm and meniscus and PCL tears in her knee, according to a blog post published Tuesday.

“I’ve struggled with injuries every single year since my silver medal, and you can see every bit of that in my performances,” Demus said in the post. “The athlete over these 4 years hasn’t come close to the athlete that I knew myself to be, and I think that’s what hurt my warrior soul the most.”

Demus said in the post she planned to come back next season.

The high jumper Barrett, on the other hand, has retired, according to her public relations and marketing agency.

She went from July 2014 to January 2016 without competing, according to Tilastopaja.org, reportedly undergoing hip surgery during that break.

She competed once this year but did not clear a height that would have automatically qualified her for the Olympic Trials. She was .01 off the needed height but still could have been invited to Trials.

Barrett took high jump silver at the 2012 London Games behind Russian Anna Chicherova, who recently failed a recent retest of a 2008 Beijing Olympic doping sample.

NBC Olympics track and field producer Seth Rubinroit contributed to this report.

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Ironman Kona World Championships return for first time in three years, live on Peacock

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The Ironman Kona World Championships return after a three-year hiatus with a new format, live on Peacock on Thursday and Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.

The Ironman, held annually in Hawaii since 1978, and in Kailua-Kona since 1981, was not held in 2020 or 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The world championships made a one-time-only stop in St. George, Utah, on May 7 to make up for the 2021 cancellation. The winners were Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt, the Tokyo Olympic triathlon champion, and Swiss Daniela Ryf, who bagged her fifth Ironman world title.

Both are entered in Kailua-Kona, where the races are now split between two days — Thursday for the women and Saturday for the men.

An Ironman includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and a marathon — totaling 140.6 miles of racing. It takes top triathletes eight hours to complete. Very arguably, it crowns the world’s fittest man and woman.

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Ryf, 35 and a 2008 and 2012 Olympian, can tie retired countrywoman Natascha Badmann for second place on the women’s list with at six Ironman world titles. Only Zimbabwean-turned-American Paula Newby-Fraser has more with eight.

The field also includes German Anne Haug, the 2019 Kona champ and only woman other than Ryf to win since 2015. Brit Lucy Charles-Barclay, the Kona runner-up in 2017, 2018 and 2019, returns after missing the St. George event due to a stress fracture in her hip.

Blummenfelt, 28 and in his Kona debut, will try to become the youngest male champion in Kona since German Normann Stadler in 2005. His top challengers include countryman Gustav Iden, the two-time reigning Half Ironman world champion, and German Patrick Lange, the 2017 and 2018 Ironman Kona winner.

Also racing Saturday is Dallas Clark, a retired All-Pro NFL tight end with the Indianapolis Colts, and Tony Kanaan, the 2013 Indy 500 champion who completed the 2011 Kona Ironman in 12 hours, 52 minutes, 40 seconds.

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Joan Benoit Samuelson, Olympic marathon champ in 1984, runs London Marathon at 65

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Joan Benoit Samuelson, the first Olympic women’s marathon champion in 1984, ran her first 26.2-mile race in three years at Sunday’s London Marathon and won her age group.

Benoit Samuelson, 65, clocked 3 hours, 20 minutes, 20 seconds to top the women’s 65-69 age group by 7 minutes, 52 seconds. She took pleasure in being joined in the race by daughter Abby, who crossed in 2:58:19.

“She may have beaten me with my replacement knee, but everybody said I wouldn’t do it! I will never say never,” Benoit Samuelson said, according to race organizers. “I am a grandmother now to Charlotte, and it’s my goal to run 5K with her.”

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Benoit Samuelson raced the 1987 Boston Marathon while three months pregnant with Abby. Before that, she won the first Olympic women’s marathon at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, plus the Boston Marathon in 1979 and 1983 and the Chicago Marathon in 1985.

Her personal best — 2:21:21 — still holds up. She ranks sixth in U.S. women’s history.

Benoit Samuelson plans to race the Tokyo Marathon to complete her set of doing all six annual World Marathon Majors. The others are Berlin, Boston, Chicago and New York City.

“I’m happy to finish this race and make it to Tokyo, but I did it today on a wing and a prayer,” she said, according to organizers. “I’m blessed to have longevity in this sport. It doesn’t owe me anything, but I feel I owe my sport.”

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