Sprinter Bryshon Nellum to carry U.S. flag in closing ceremonies

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LONDON — Olympic silver medalist Bryshon Nellum will carry the U.S. flag at Sunday’s closing ceremony of the London Olympics.

Nellum was told by doctors that he might never be an elite athlete again after he was shot in the legs while leaving a restaurant near the campus of Southern California in 2008. Four years later, he’s an Olympic medalist.

Nellum was part of the men’s 4x400-meter relay team, which finished second to the Bahamas on Friday night. He also competed in the 400-meter dash in London, making the semifinal round.

Nellum says he’s “humbled by this incredible privilege.”

U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun says Nellum’s courage “embodies the Olympic spirit.”

Nellum was selected flagbearer by other members of the U.S. Olympic team in London.

TRIATHLON: Sweden’s Olympic team is looking to get another Olympic gold medal, from the courts.

The Swedes appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday to award Lisa Norden a gold medal in the women’s triathlon after she finished second in a photo finish with Nicola Spirig, of Switzerland.

A CAS panel is expected to hear the Swedish case challenging how the International Triathlon Union judged the photo finish.

Norden and Spirig were both timed in 1 hour, 59 minutes, 48 seconds at the end of a 1,500-meter swim, a 43-kilometer bike ride and 10-kilometer run last Saturday.

An initial Swedish appeal to triathlon’s governing body was rejected Wednesday.

CAS said it aims to give a verdict by noon today.

CYCLING: Just days before the eight-year deadline expires, the IOC formally stripped American cyclist Tyler Hamilton of his 2004 gold for doping Friday and awarded the medal to a Russian rider who now becomes a three-time Olympic champion.

The medal will now go to Viatcheslav Ekimov, who already has two Olympic golds. American Bobby Julich will be moved up from bronze to silver, and Michael Rogers of Australia from fourth to bronze.

After years of denials, Hamilton told CBS’s 60 Minutes last year that he had repeatedly used performance-enhancing drugs.


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