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Chan takes huge lead with world record short program

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Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan all but locked up his third straight world title Wednesday with a world record performance in his short program.

His 98.37, highlighted by a quad-toe, triple-toe opening combo, was enough to put him nearly seven points up on the field heading into Friday.

“I got into my last spin and there was this rush of tingling,” said Chan, who shook his fists with excitement following his performance. “It was amazing, you can only feel that once in a lifetime.”

Denis Ten of Kazakhstan currently sits in second with 91.56 points, and Chan’s national teammate Kevin Reynolds is more than 13 points back in third place. U.S. national champ Max Aaron is in eight
with a lot of ground to make up.

Allyson Felix expects to be near 100 percent in Rio

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U.S. runner Allyson Felix says she expects to be close to 100 percent when 400m qualifying begins on Aug. 13.

Felix, who hurt her right ankle during training this spring, was at less than 100 percent earlier this month when she ran in the U.S. Olympic Trials.

She failed to qualify for her favorite race, the 200m, and will not have a chance to defend her Olympic title at that distance.

At the U.S. training camp on Friday, Felix said she doesn’t think she’ll ever get past the disappointment of not getting to go for the 200m-400m double, but she’s focused on the task at hand. The 400m final is Aug. 15.

MORE: How Felix handled the minutes after she missed the Olympic 200m team

Entire Russian weightlifting team banned from Olympics

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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The International Weightlifting Federation has banned the Russian federation and all its weightlifters from the Rio Olympics.

The IWF said Friday the multiple cases of doping by Russian weightlifters have “seriously damaged” the integrity of the sport. The eight Russian Olympic spots have been offered to other countries.

The IWF said the doping results produced by Russian weightlifters are “extremely shocking and disappointing.”

Russia, China, North Korea and Kazakhstan are the world’s top four weightlifting nations.

MORE: U.S. Olympic weightlifting team complete