Swimming - 15th FINA World Championships: Day Ten

Video: Ruta Meilutyte breaks world record in 100 breaststroke

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Ruta Meilutyte broke the world record by one tenth, the first world record set this year. Meilutyte, who stunned Rebecca Soni to win Olympic gold at age 15, was .07 off the world record in the prelims. Jessica Hardy was the previous world-record holder and looks likely to fight for a bronze. Meilutyte is a huge gold-medal favorite, and Yuliya Efimova is a clear pick for silver going into Tuesday’s final.

Advanced To Final
1. Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) 1:04.45 WR
2. Yuliya Efimova (RUS) 1:05.29
3. Rikke Moller Pedersen (DEN) 1:05.99
4. Jessica Hardy (USA) 1:06.10
5. Breeja Larson (USA) 1:06.61
6. Viktoria Solnceva (UKR) 1:06.67
7. Jennie Johansson (SWE) 1:06.96
8. Marina Garcia (ESP) 1:07.12

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IOC extends provisional measures against Russia

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee has decided to extend the provisional sanctions imposed on Russia over allegations of widespread doping.

The IOC executive board says the sanctions imposed on July 19 have been extended “until further notice.”

Under the measures, the IOC will not organize or “give patronage” to any sports events or meetings in Russia.

In addition, the IOC urges all Olympic winter sports federations to “freeze their preparations for major events in Russia,” including world championships and World Cups and “to actively look for alternative organizers.”

The measures had originally been designed to apply until the end of this year.

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Yelena Isinbayeva to oversee Russia Anti-Doping Agency

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MOSCOW (AP) — Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has been chosen to chair the new supervisory board of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, which is struggling to recover its reputation after repeated doping scandals.

The agency, known as RUSADA, said in a statement on Wednesday that Isinbayeva would head a 10-person board including sports executives, academics, and a Russian sports ministry official.

Isinbayeva was part of the Russian athletics team which was banned from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro for widespread drug use, though she has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

Isinbayeva’s appointment could cause tension with the World Anti-Doping Agency, which she has sharply criticized, saying its accusations against Russia are unproven, and calling for athlete-turned-whistleblower Yulia Stepanova to be banned for life.

Isinbayeva’s first task at Rusada will be to persuade WADA to restore the agency’s compliance status, allowing it to conduct testing again.

“The effectiveness with which that fight (against doping) will be carried out in Russia depends on when Rusada gets back its compliance,” Isinbayeva said in a statement. “That is what we see our main task to be, and we will put maximum effort into it.”

RUSADA was suspended in November 2015 after a WADA commission report accused its officials of colluding to cover up doping and giving athletes advance warning for supposedly no-notice tests. Since February, the United Kingdom anti-doping agency has handled testing in Russia.

Isinbayeva’s appointment comes as she is a candidate to head the All-Russia Athletics Federation, which remains suspended from international competition. It was not immediately clear whether she planned to withdraw from the federation elections on Friday.

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