Remember: Cross the finish line before you celebrate.
Two people forgot that lesson this week. The first one, Spanish cyclist Eloy Teruel, had an excuse. The finish for this particular stage of the Tour of California had multiple laps, and he didn’t realize he had one more.
And he maintained a sense of humor.
Less excusable: Taoufik Makhloufi. It’s only 800 meters. Don’t raise your arms after 795.
Also in track and field this week: Most of the Diamond League women’s steeplechase field decided not to go with the pacemaker. Too fast. American Emma Coburn took off with her. Everyone else waited for Coburn to crack and come back. She didn’t.
Daily Relay sums up what we learned from the Diamond League stop in Shanghai. The main takeaway: Blessing Okagbare is a legitimate triple threat.
Back to cycling: The overall winner of the Tour of California already has quite a few honors, even in his name.
The rest of the best and worst …
Best triathlete in Yokohama: Gwen Jorgensen won in the Japanese city for the second straight year.
Best catch: No, not baseball. Cricket. Your typical “catch, fling it in the air because you’re going over the boundary, jump back in and catch it again” play.
Best shooting mom: Olympic multimedalist Kim Rhode, who had a baby in the time between London 2012 and now, won her second straight skeet shooting World Cup.
Longest squash rally: As squash points go, this was the jam band/prog rock version.
Best equestrian 1-2:
Most exciting event to watch tomorrow:
Worst water: Olympic sailing in 2016 doesn’t look like a lot of fun.