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Sally Pearson, Olympic 100m hurdles champion, retires

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Sally Pearson, the 2012 Olympic 100m hurdles champion, has retired, citing recent injuries limiting her from contending for more gold medals.

“When you count six injuries this year that no one knows about, and another whole year to go of training for the Olympics to try and win gold, I have major doubts that my body will make it,” Pearson said on Australia’s Seven Network.

Pearson, 32, mentioned separate quad, calf and hamstring tears in 2019, plus a knee injection to allow her to hurdle and a recurrence of an Achilles injury that kept her out of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“Every day I think about the injuries that I might get in a week’s time or the next time I step back on the track,” she said. “If you can guarantee me another year with no injuries, I’d be gladly, happy to do it. No one can guarantee me that.”

Pearson said two weeks ago that she hoped to return in late August and to defend her world title in Doha in October, according to Australian media.

She also broke a wrist in a race fall in 2015 and tore a hamstring in 2016, preventing her from defending her Olympic title in Rio.

Despite all that, Pearson earned her second world title in 2017, six years after she took her maiden crown in a personal-best 12.28 seconds. She last raced on the top-level Diamond League in 2017, but had competed in lower-level meets as recently as June 14.

Pearson retires as the sixth-fastest woman in history. She is Australia’s lone female Olympic track and field champion since Cathy Freeman won the 400m at Sydney 2000.

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David Rudisha escapes car crash ‘well and unhurt’

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David Rudisha, a two-time Olympic champion and world record holder at 800m, is “well and unhurt” after a car accident in his native Kenya, according to his Facebook account.

Kenyan media reported that one of Rudisha’s tires burst on Saturday night, leading his car to collide with a bus, and he was treated for minor injuries at a hospital.

Rudisha, 30, last raced July 4, 2017, missing extended time with a quad muscle strain and back problems. His manager said last week that Rudisha will miss next month’s world championships.

Rudisha owns the three fastest times in history, including the world record 1:40.91 set in an epic 2012 Olympic final.

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Tokyo Paralympic medals unveiled with historic Braille design, indentations

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The Tokyo Paralympic medals, which like the Olympic medals are created in part with metals from recycled cell phones and other small electronics, were unveiled on Sunday, one year out from the Opening Ceremony.

In a first for the Paralympics, each medal has one to three indentation(s) on its side to distinguish its color by touch — one for gold, two silver and three for bronze. Braille letters also spell out “Tokyo 2020” on each medal’s face.

For Rio, different amounts of tiny steel balls were put inside the medals based on their color, so that when shaken they would make distinct sounds. Visually impaired athletes could shake the medals next to their ears to determine the color.

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The design is centered around the motif of a traditional Japanese fan, depicting the Paralympic Games as the source of a fresh new wind refreshing the world as well as a shared experience connecting diverse hearts and minds. The kaname, or pivot point, holds all parts of the fan together; here it represents Para athletes bringing people together regardless of nationality or ethnicity. Motifs on the leaves of the fan depict the vitality of people’s hearts and symbolize Japan’s captivating and life-giving natural environment in the form of rocks, flowers, wood, leaves, and water. These are applied with a variety of techniques, producing a textured surface that makes the medals compelling to touch.

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