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Sun Yang lines up ‘perfect ending’ for swim career

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Sun Yang, the only swimmer to win Olympic 200m and 1500m freestyle titles, said he wants to end his career at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, according China’s Xinhua News Agency.

“I didn’t skip training for a single day [after Rio], and will keep training hard for the Tokyo Games, and I hope to win more gold medals there for a perfect ending of my swimming career,” Sun said, according to the report.

Sun, 24, won 200m free gold in Rio after taking the 400m free and 1500m free titles in 2012.

He is one of the most controversial swimmers in the world, having served a doping ban and angered other swimmers and his federation with his conduct.

Sun is also the most decorated Chinese swimmer in history with six Olympic medals and 12 long-course world championships medals, all in freestyle events.

Sun scored a reported 22 points with 18 rebounds in a basketball exhibition game in China over the weekend, playing with former NBA stars Chauncey BillupsStephon MarburyTracy McGrady and Jason Williams, as well as other Olympians.

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First Olympic women’s aerials champion Cheryazova dies at 50

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MOSCOW (AP) Lina Cheryazova, the first woman to win an Olympic aerials skiing gold medal, has died. She was 50.

Officials in the Russian city of Novosibirsk, where Cheryazova was living for the last two decades, said she died “following a lengthy illness,” without giving further details.

Competing for Uzbekistan, Cheryazova won gold with a triple flip when aerials skiing debuted on the Olympic program in 1994 in Lillehammer.

Shortly after winning, she learned her mother died three weeks before.

Cheryazova’s career was derailed later that year when she suffered a serious head injury while training in the United States, and spent days in a coma. She retired after failing to qualify for the 1998 Winter Olympics.

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Clare Egan notches first World Cup podium in biathlon season finale

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In the final biathlon event of the 2018-19 season, American Clare Egan recorded her first career World Cup podium finish, placing third in the mass start in Oslo, Norway. She hit 19 of 20 targets and crossed the finish line 10.4 seconds behind winner Hanna Oberg of Sweden. Norway’s Tiril Eckhoff finished second.

Egan, 31, made her Olympic debut at the 2018 PyeongChang Games, but considered retiring from biathlon at the end of the last season. “I decided that I wanted to do one more year, just for fun, just to see how much I could learn and how good a biathlete I could become,” Egan said in a U.S. Biathlon press release.

Her decision to continue has paid off: since the start of the 2018-19 season, Egan has posted the top eight finishes of her career (including three top-10 results). She concludes the season ranked 18th in the overall World Cup standings.

“I skied much faster this year than I have in the past and I think that was due to finally finding a good balance in my training, between working hard and resting. I did not train more, but the quality was much higher. I’m very excited for the next season,” Egan told U.S. Biathlon.