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Jennifer Wu makes 2016 U.S. Olympic team in table tennis

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Jennifer Wu became the second athlete to qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic team, winning the Pan American Games table tennis title in Toronto on Saturday.

Wu, 25, beat Brazilian Lin Gui 4-3 in the winner-goes-to-Rio final.

Other U.S. men’s and women’s table tennis players can still later qualify for the Rio Games, with no more than two men and two women per nation in the Olympic field.

One American is ranked in the top 200 in the world in table tennis — 2012 Olympian Lily Zhang, who is No. 94 and lost to Gui in the semifinals in Toronto on Saturday.

The U.S. has never won an Olympic table tennis medal.

Modern pentathlete Nathan Schrimsher became the first member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic team last Sunday.

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Claressa Shields: I would fight Ronda Rousey

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Olympic champion boxer Claressa Shields and undefeated UFC star Ronda Rousey might just be the two most feared female fighters on the planet.

Shields, though, could see a set of circumstances where she would step into a ring and a cage with Rousey.

“I’m not ever doing mixed martial arts,” Shields said, according to ESPN.com. “I don’t understand the sport. Ronda is great at what she does, but, for one thing, I don’t know how to wrestle. I’m a straight boxer. I know the sweet science. I don’t know how to fight off the ground or be on the ground.

“But in the middle of my professional career [after turning pro following the 2016 Olympics], if Ronda wants to transfer over to boxing, I’ll box her and we can make a deal. First, she boxes me, then I go into the MMA ring … I know for a fact I would beat her in boxing. That’s simple. But MMA? Uh, no. I’d give [the win] to her, but I would give her a fight.”

Shields, 20, hasn’t lost since winning gold at the first Olympics to include women’s boxing in 2012. She has just one defeat overall and can run her record to 60-1 with a Pan Am Games title Friday, according to ESPN.com.

The Flint, Mich., native is so intimidating that her 2014 World Championships first-round opponent’s trainer threw in the towel to end the fight at the 11-second mark. She was named Outstanding Boxer of the Tournament across all divisions.

A challenge for Shields, who has sparred with a boyfriend, has been finding women willing to compete against her.

Rousey, too, is running out of opponents. The 2008 Olympic judo bronze medalist is 11-0 in four years since switching to mixed martial arts, her most recent bout ending in 14 seconds on Feb. 28.

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Ian Millar, 68, wins Pan American Games equestrian gold

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Canadian Ian Millar, 68, who competed in a record 10 Olympics, won Pan American Games gold in team jumping on Thursday, 36 years after taking his first Pan Am Games medal.

Millar said at the London 2012 Olympics that he wanted to continue on to the Rio 2016 Games. The oldest Olympian, not counting art competitions, was Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn, who was 72 at the Antwerp 1920 Games. Millar would have to compete in Tokyo 2020 to beat that record.

Millar debuted at the Pan American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1979, and at the Olympics in Munich in 1972.

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