Americans Biles, Raisman qualify for all-around final

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With the Olympics having a rule that only two athletes can represent a nation in the individual all-around competition, one of the United States’ outstanding gymnasts was bound to be left on the sidelines for the women’s final. Unfortunately for Gabby Douglas, who won gold in the all-around four years ago, she’s the odd woman out.

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Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and Douglas posted the top three scores of qualifying Sunday afternoon, with Biles’ score of 62.366 leading the way and Raisman in second with a score of 60.607. Part of the fourth qualifying subdivision, the United States posted the best team score of qualifying. Raisman beat out Douglas (60.131) by less than five tenths of a point for the second and final all-around spot available to the United States, with the final scheduled for Thursday evening.

Biles posted the highest score on the vault, balance beam and floor exercise, with teammate Madison Kocian having the highest qualifying score among competitors on the uneven bars. Laurie Hernandez competed in the vault, balance beam and floor exercise, with her score of 15.366 ranking second among the competitors.

The United States also has the highest team score of qualifying, with their overall tally of 185.238 being nearly ten points better than that of China (175.279). The team final is scheduled for Tuesday evening.

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

Derrick Mein

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

Mo Farah

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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