London world records finally ratified

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It’s been nearly three months since the London Games, but David Rudisha’s incredible 800m run and Jamaica’s mad 4x100m dash were officially etched into the record books Wednesday after the results were ratified by the IAAF. Officially.

And while we genuinely have no idea what took so long, we like to imagine that an intern was tasked with watching the races frame-by-frame and filing many, many reports with his superiors.

Kenya’s Rudisha now holds the top-three and six of the top eight times ever run in men’s 800m history after finishing the London final in 1:40.91. He also became the first man ever to break the 1:41 mark.

Not to be outdone, the Jamaican men’s 4x100m team that included Michael Frater, Nesta Carter, 100m and 200m silver medalist Yohan Blake, and a young man named Usain Bolt, ran 36.84 seconds to shatter the previous mark of 37.04 they set at the 2011 world championships in Daegu.

The IAAF also named record holders Rudisha and Bolt as finalists for the World Athlete of the Year award earlier this week, along with American hurdler Aries Merritt, who finished first in London and broke the 110m hurdles record at the Brussels Diamond League meet in September.

With the holidays coming up we imagine his record won’t be ratified until sometime after the New Year.

Katie Ledecky wins by 28 seconds on 21st birthday to close NCAAs

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Katie Ledecky capped her second NCAA Championships with a win by 28 seconds in the 1,650-yard freestyle on her 21st birthday Saturday.

Last year, Ledecky lapped all but one swimmer through 1,000 yards of the 1650 final and won by 21.19 seconds.

Earlier this week, Ledecky anchored Stanford to an 800 freestyle relay title and won the 500 free by a record margin of more than eight seconds.

Then on Friday, teammate Ella Eastin beat Ledecky by 3.69 seconds in the 400 individual medley, an event that Ledecky never swims on the major international level. Eastin broke Ledecky’s NCAA record by 1.93 seconds.

Ledecky hasn’t discussed with Stanford whether she will return for her junior season or turn pro, according to the school.

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Mikaela Shiffrin wins final slalom for best career season (video)

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Mikaela Shiffrin won her 12th World Cup race this season and seventh slalom, both personal bests, at the World Cup Finals in Are, Sweden, on Saturday.

Shiffrin, who clinched her second World Cup overall title and fifth slalom season title before the last races of the campaign this weekend, prevailed by 1.58 seconds over Swiss Wendy Holdener. PyeongChang gold medalist Frida Hansdotter of Sweden was third.

“The slalom has always been really close to my heart,” said Shiffrin, who won the last two slaloms this season after a shocking fourth-place finish in PyeongChang. “To finish with a run like that was super special.”

Full results are here.

Shiffrin matched Lindsey Vonn‘s American record for World Cup wins in one season — 12 — with one more race Sunday. Only Swiss Vreni Schneider has more women’s World Cup wins in a single campaign with 14.

Shiffrin, who turned 23 on Tuesday, also moved into solo fifth place on the women’s World Cup wins list with 43, including 23 victories in the last two seasons.

If Shiffrin keeps it up, she can move into the top three next season, though Lindsey Vonn‘s record 82 is a ways off.

“I’m not thinking about that so much,” Shiffrin said. “It’s way too soon to set that as my goal.”

Shiffrin is also three World Cup slalom wins shy of the record 35 held by retired Austrian Marlies Schild, whom Shiffrin supplanted as the world’s top slalom skier in 2013.

The World Cup Finals conclude Sunday with the women’s giant slalom. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will air live coverage of the second run at 7:30 a.m. ET.

“After today I’m really looking forward to going to the start one more time this season and hammering down,” Shiffrin said.

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