David Rudisha

Could David Rudisha beat Bolt?

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Usain Bolt may be the “world’s fastest man,” but if we could put money down on just one Olympic athlete to win his event it would be Kenyan 800 meters runner David Rudisha, who took gold this summer in world record fashion.

Not surprisingly, Rudisha agrees. He told the Press Trust of India Friday that he thinks he’d have a 50-50 shot against the famous Jamaican sprinter.

“[Bolt] is quick in 100 and 200 meters and is really unmatchable,” Rudisha said. “But over the distance I hold the edge. If I prepare for more speed, who knows? I may be capable of beating him.”

Apparently the two friends were planning to go head-to-head for a leg of the 4x400m relay in the London final, but neither country made it that far. Now Rudisha is hinting that he and Bolt, ever the showman, could meet in an exhibition race at some point in the future, much like when Atlanta gold medalists Michael Johnson and Donovan Baily raced 150 meters in 1997.

“Maybe you will see ‘Bolt vs. Rudisha’ for some showpiece event,” Rudisha suggested. “It could be for fun.”

Russian pairs skater slices leg in worlds practice, needs 10 stitches (video)

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Russian pairs skater Yevgenia Tarasova needed 10 stitches after her partner’s skate sliced her leg in practice Wednesday.

Hours later, Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov skated to third place in the short program at the world championships in Helsinki.

“We were thinking about withdrawing because after this incident we left the ice immediately, there was a long break off the ice, we didn’t know how I would feel in skates,” Tarasova said afterward. “But when I was asked, ‘Will you skate?’ I said, ‘I will!’ And I wasn’t thinking about the pain during our performance.”

Morozov called her “a hero.”

In Thursday’s free skate, Tarasova and Morozov will be largely tasked with keeping Russia from going three straight years without world championships pairs medalists, which would be the longest drought for Soviet and Russian pairs since their dominance began in the 1960s.

Tarasova and Morozov trail Chinese leaders Sui Wenjing and Han Cong by 1.86 points and second-place Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany by .47.

Another Russian pair is in fifth place going into the free skate (1 p.m. ET, NBCSN, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app).

Full worlds short program results are here.

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World Cup champ lands first quad cork 1800 (video)

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Switzerland’s Andri Ragettli landed what’s being touted as the first ski quad cork 1800 in a video published recently.

Ragettli, 18, is one of the leading slopestyle skiers in the world. He won the World Cup season title in 2015-16 and placed second this year, in addition to fifth- and sixth-place finishes at the last two Winter X Games.

Previously, Ragettli became the first slopestyle skier to land back-to-back triples in a full competition at the 2016 Winter X Games, according to ESPN.com.

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