Crashed Dutch cyclist updates condition: “Most of all super disappointed”

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Her crash was scary, and some of the reports that followed up were even worse.

But Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten wants you to know she’s going to be okay after smashing off the course on the perilous descent of the women’s road race at the Olympics on Sunday.

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Van Vleuten had a healthy lead on Team USA’s Mara Abbott before the crash. Initial reports had her “conscious and responsive”, but Netherlands Cycling had an update.

From Sky Sports:

After being taken to hospital for checks, the Royal Dutch Cycling Federation (KNWU) confirmed that Van Vleuten was conscious and communicating but had sustained concussion and three fractures to her spine. It added that she would have to be kept in intensive care overnight.

The KNWU tweeted: “Update Annemiek van Vleuten: heavy concussion and three small fractures in her lumbar spine. She continues another 24 hours on i.c. She is conscious and talking.”

The 33-year-old took to Twitter to sort everyone out late last night, and updated folks early this morning. Both updates on her physical condition showed the disappointment of competition as well.

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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