Greek swimmer who was in, then out, of Rio Games is back in

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The Greek swimmer who was invited and then uninvited to the Rio Games has been invited once again, according Greek newspaper Kathimerini.

Kristel Vourna received a formal invite to the Games from FINA on July 6, but then had it rescinded July 14 due to an administrative error. On Wednesday, however, FINA reinstated the Greek 100m butterfly champion “following consultations with the International Olympic Committee.”

Vourna placed 12th in the women’s 100m butterfly at the London Games and swam in Greece’s 4x100m relay team, but had only achieved the B-standard time during the 2016 Olympic qualification period. So she was surprised by the initial invite.

She was later angered when FINA alerted her of the error and instead offered her a chance to attend the Olympics as a spectator. But now the 24-year-old, who competed at the University of Alabama, will again be a competitor.

Said Greek swimming federation president, Dimitris Diathesopoulos: “This time, personally as the head of the Greek federation, I would like to thank both FINA and Cornel Marculescu (FINA’s executive director) for their extraordinary action in favor of Vourna.”

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Olympian Derrick Mein ends U.S. men’s trap drought at shotgun worlds

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Tokyo Olympian Derrick Mein became the first U.S. male shooter to win a world title in the trap event since 1966, prevailing at the world shotgun championships in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.

Mein, who grew up on a small farm in Southeast Kansas, hunting deer and quail, nearly squandered a place in the final when he missed his last three shots in the semifinal round after hitting his first 22. He rallied in a sudden-death shoot-off for the last spot in the final by hitting all five of his targets.

He hit 33 of 34 targets in the final to win by two over Brit Nathan Hales with one round to spare.

The last U.S. man to win an Olympic trap title was Donald Haldeman in 1976.

Mein, 37, was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo (and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event).

The U.S. swept the Tokyo golds in the other shotgun event — skeet — with Vincent Hancock and Amber English. Browning took silver in women’s trap.

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Mo Farah withdraws before London Marathon

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British track legend Mo Farah withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a right hip injury before what would have been his first 26.2-mile race in nearly two years.

Farah, who swept the 2012 and 2016 Olympic track titles at 5000m and 10,000m, said he hoped “to be back out there” next April, when the London Marathon returns to its traditional month after COVID moved it to the fall for three consecutive years. Farah turns 40 on March 23.

“I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance,” in London, Farah said in a press release. “However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line, but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

Sunday’s London Marathon men’s race is headlined by Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese, the second- and third-fastest marathoners in history.

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