Olympian earns first USA Swimming medal of world aquatics champs

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Olympian Jordan Wilimovsky earned the first USA Swimming medal of the world aquatics championships, taking silver in the open-water 10km in Hungary on Tuesday.

Wilimovsky, the 2015 World 10km champion, missed gold by one tenth of a second after nearly two hours of swimming on Lake Balaton. Olympic champion Ferry Weertman edged Wilimovsky in a sprint finish.

France’s Marc-Antoine Olivier earned bronze, just as he did in Rio. Full results are here.

“I had a little left at the end, but just got out-touched,” Wilimovsky said, according to USA Swimming. “I’m happy to get on the podium.”

Wilimovsky, 23, became the first American man to earn individual open-water medals at multiple world championships. Open-water events have been on the worlds program since 1991 and the Olympic program since 2008.

Wilimovsky just missed a medal in Rio, finishing fifth in the open-water 10km and fourth in the 1500m freestyle in the pool. A U.S. man has never earned an Olympic open-water medal.

It’s an impressive resumé for a man inspired to take up professional swimming after failing a swim test to attend a lifeguard camp at age 9.

The U.S.’ first medal in any event at aquatics worlds was a bronze in synchronized swimming’s mixed duet technical routine, which is not an Olympic event.

The swimming pool events at worlds start Sunday.

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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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