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In this Hang Up and Listen Olympics Extra, Josh Levin speaks with ESPN the Magazine’s Mina Kimes about Ryan Lochte’s claim that he was robbed at gunpoint and why he might have lied about it. Plus, David Epstein of ProPublica explains how Jamaica is able to develop so many great sprinters.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Three U.S. women swept the 100-meter hurdles on Wednesday night.
- U.S. steeplechaser Emma Coburn borrowed a hair tie from male teammate Evan Jager and won bronze. Later, Jager used the same tie to secure his man bun and won silver.
- Reuters explained why taekwondo’s new octagonal mats are superior to the old rectangular ones.
- Mina Kimes is a writer for ESPN the Magazine. Follow her on Twitter.
- Read Mina’s reporting from Rio de Janeiro for ESPN.
- NBC aired a report about Ryan Lochte’s robbery claim on Wednesday night.
- As Slate has written, the Lochte robbery saga keeps getting weirder and weirder.
- BuzzFeed’s video compilation of Lochte’s dumbest interview answers.
- Follow David Epstein on Twitter and buy his book The Sports Gene.
- Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson won the 100-meter and 200-meter dash at the Rio Games.
- “Champs,” the boys and girls track and field championships, is the biggest sporting event in Jamaica.
- Josh’s after-torch: Instant-replay challenges in beach volleyball are killing the sport’s chill vibe, man.
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