Monday Myriad, May 19: I win… oops …

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.

Woly Award: Gwen Jorgensen, triathlon

Gwen Jorgensen didn’t take up triathlon until 2010. She took to it rather quickly, qualifying for the 2012 Olympics. She was unlucky there, suffering a flat tire on the bike stage.

This year, she became the first U.S. woman to win a World Triathlon Series event in April. Then she did again. And again, over the weekend in Stockholm, where she blasted her way through the 10k running phase to win by 49 seconds.

That’s three wins and the No. 1 overall ranking headed into the series finale. And she’ll take this week’s Woly Award, given to the best U.S. performance in Olympic sports.

The playlist includes Jorgensen’s win, Lashawn Merritt and David Oliver (but not Francena McCorory, for whom I couldn’t find video) winning in their penultimate Diamond League races, a bit of archery and rugby, and a surprising amount of winter sports. Yes, it’s beginning to look a lot like Sochi. New Zealand welcomed a lot of skiers and snowboarders last week, including such snowboard dignitaries as Kelly Clark and Gretchen Bleiler.

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Other items you’ll find in the Team USA roundup: a medal for the U.S. slalom kayakers, AVP beach volleyball, U.S. short-track speedskating qualifiers, and a fifth-place mixed-relay finish in modern pentathlon.

World Championships this week: Rowing, judo, mountain bike, rhythmic gymnastics, more modern pentathlon. Also half of the Diamond League track and field finals. Yes, half. I don’t make the rules. I’ll have a preview of sorts later in the week.