Trayvon Bromell continues incredible comeback with biggest 100m win in 7 years

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Trayvon Bromell, an afterthought in sprinting a year ago, is now an Olympic 100m medal contender. He might be the favorite for gold in Tokyo.

Bromell, a former teenage prodigy whose early pro career was derailed by injuries, earned his most significant 100m victory in seven years at the USATF Grand Prix at the Oregon Relays on Saturday.

Bromell, now 25, prevailed in 10.01 seconds into a small headwind in the first pro meet at the renovated Hayward Field, beating a field that included world 200m champion Noah Lyles (second in 10.17).

“What I’m doing here is not even about the times, it’s about the story behind it,” Bromell told Lewis Johnson on NBCSN. “It ain’t even about the injuries. That’s what I’m trying to get people to understand. I feel like we’re still blinded by seeing me back running. The story is God is powerful.”

Bromell’s last 100m win at a meet this big came seven years ago at Hayward in the 2014 NCAA Championships. A Baylor freshman, he became the first 18-year-old to break 10 seconds with legal wind (and still the only one to do so).

Bromell, who was eighth in the Rio Olympics, is coming back from career-threatening leg injuries, including two full years away from competition. More on his story here.

Bromell, Lyles, 2004 Olympic champion Justin Gatlin and Olympic and world medalist Andre De Grasse of Canada are the primary 100m contenders to succeed the retired Usain Bolt after the suspension of world champion Christian Coleman for missing drug tests.

Athletes are preparing for the U.S. Olympic Trials in two months, also at Hayward, where the top three in most individual events qualify for the Tokyo Games.

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In other events, Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas won the 400m in 49.08 seconds, the fastest time ever this early in a year. After, Miller-Uibo repeated that she is focusing on the 200m for the Tokyo Olympics, where the 200m and 400m overlap. Miller-Uibo’s request to get the Olympic schedule changed to better accommodate a 200m-400m double was denied.

Michael Norman held off training partner Rai Benjamin, 44.67 to 44.97, in the men’s 400m. Norman, who ran 43.45 in April 2019, was plagued by injuries later that year but remains an Olympic medal favorite. Benjamin is world silver medalist in the 400m hurdles.

Brit Laura Muir ran away with the 1500m in 4:01.54, prevailing by 2.82 seconds. Olympic bronze medalist Jenny Simpson, in her first 1500m since the October 2019 World Championships, dropped back in the last lap and finished ninth.

“I’ll call that a rust buster,” Simpson tweeted. “Not the kind of day I train for but that happens sometimes. Eyes on June.”

Allyson Felix finished seventh in the 100m — not one of her primary events — won by Nigerian Blessing Okagbare. Felix, the 2012 Olympic 200m champion and 2016 Olympic 400m silver medalist, has said she plans to enter both of those races at trials as she bids to make her fifth and final Olympics at age 35 and first as a mom.

“It’s not the greatest day for me,” Felix said. “The plan is just working on things. … There’s a lot of work to do.”

Earlier Saturday at the Drake Relays in the 100m hurdles, world-record holder Keni Harrison hit the first hurdle and fell through the second hurdle but walked off.

Dawn Harper-Nelson, the 36-year-old 2008 Olympic champion who unretired as a mom, was seventh in 13.28 in her second competition since September 2018. It will likely take faster than 12.6 to make the Olympic team.

Two-time world champion Sam Kendricks won an Olympic Trials pole vault preview over second- and third-ranked Americans Chris Nilsen and Jacob Wooten. Kendricks, the world’s second-ranked pole vaulter, cleared 5.86 meters.

Come Tokyo, Kendricks will look to upset 21-year-old, Louisiana-raised Swede Mondo Duplantis, who last year cleared the highest heights in history indoors and outdoors. Duplantis’ outdoor world best is 6.15 meters.

In Eugene, Rudy Winkler won the hammer with an 81.98-meter throw, the world’s best since July 2017. Winkler, now the second-best American in history behind 1996 Olympic silver medalist Lance Deal, will try this summer to become the first American to win an Olympic hammer medal since Deal.

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U.S. Alpine skiers wear climate change-themed race suits at world championships

U.S. Alpine Skiing Team Race Suit
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Looking cool is just the tip of the iceberg for Mikaela Shiffrin, Travis Ganong and the rest of the U.S. ski team when they debut new race suits at the world championships.

Even more, they want everyone thinking about climate change.

The team’s predominantly blue-and-white suits depict an image of ice chunks floating in the ocean. It’s a concept based on a satellite photo of icebergs breaking due to high temperatures. The suit was designed in collaboration with Kappa, the team’s technical apparel sponsor, and the nonprofit organization Protect Our Winters (POW).

The Americans will wear the suits throughout the world championships in Courchevel and Meribel, France, which started Monday with a women’s Alpine combined race and end Feb. 19.

“Although a race suit is not solving climate change, it is a move to continue the conversation and show that U.S Ski & Snowboard and its athletes are committed to being a part of the future,” said Sophie Goldschmidt, the president and CEO of U.S. Ski & Snowboard.

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Global warming has become a cold, hard reality in ski racing, with mild temperatures and a lack of snow leading to the postponement of several World Cup events this winter.

“I’m just worried about a future where there’s no more snow. And without snow, there’s no more skiing,” said Ganong, who grew up skiing at Lake Tahoe in California. “So this is very near and dear to me.”

What alarms Ganong is seeing the stark year-to-year changes to some of the World Cup circuit’s most storied venues.

“I mean, it’s just kind of scary, looking at how on the limit (these events) are even to being possible anymore,” said Ganong, who’s been on the U.S. team since 2006. “Places like Kitzbuehel (Austria), there’s so much history and there’s so much money involved with that event that they do whatever they can to host the event.

“But that brings up a whole other question about sustainability as well: Is that what we should be doing? … What kind of message do we need show to the public, to the world, about how our sport is adapting to this new world we live in?”

The suits feature a POW patch on the neck and the organization’s snowflake logo on the leg.

“By coming together, we can educate and mobilize our snowsports community to push for the clean energy technologies and policies that will most swiftly reduce emissions and protect the places we live and the lifestyles we love,” according to a statement from executive director Mario Molina, whose organization includes athletes, business leaders and scientists who are trying to protect places from climate change.

Ganong said a group of ski racers are releasing a letter to the International Ski Federation (FIS), with the hope the governing body will take a stronger stance on sustainability and climate change.

“They should be at the forefront of trying to adapt to this new world, and try to make it better, too,” Ganong said.

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12-year-old skateboarders earn medals at world championships

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At the world skateboarding championships, 12-year-olds Chloe Covell from Australia and Onodera Ginwoo from Japan earned silver and bronze medals, respectively, in Sunday’s street finals.

In the women’s event, Covell took silver behind Brazilian 15-year-old Rayssa Leal, who was a silver medalist herself at the Tokyo Games.

Frenchman Aurélien Giraud, a 25-year-old who was sixth in skateboarding’s Olympic debut in Tokyo, won the men’s final in the United Arab Emirates. Ginwoo was third behind Portugal’s Gustavo Ribeiro.

The top Americans were Olympic men’s bronze medalist Jagger Eaton in sixth and 15-year-old Paige Heyn in seventh in the women’s event.

Nyjah Huston, a six-time world champion who placed seventh in Tokyo, missed worlds after August surgery for an ACL tear.

Up to three men and three women per nation can qualify per event (street and park) for the 2024 Paris Games. World rankings come June 2024 determine which Americans qualify.

In Tokyo, four of the 12 skateboarding medalists were ages 12 or 13.

Japan’s Kokona Hiraki, then 12, won silver in women’s park to become the youngest Olympic medalist since 1936, according to Olympedia.org. Japan’s Momiji Nishiya, then 13, won women’s street and became the youngest gold medalist in an individual event since 1936.

Worlds conclude this week with the men’s and women’s park events. The finals are Saturday.

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