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Allyson Felix falls to track injured as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce sprints to win 200 meters (video)

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The anticipated showdown between Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Allyson Felix in the 200 meters at the World Championships ended after about 50 meters when Felix pulled up and fell to the track with a torn right hamstring.

Fraser-Pryce went on to win the final in 22.17 seconds. The Ivory Coast’s Murielle Ahoure got silver in 22.32, and Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare earned bronze in the same time.

As Fraser-Pryce celebrated, several people tried to help Felix onto a stretcher, but then brother Wes picked up Felix and carried her off the track. Felix was later put on a stretcher.

“I’m extremely devastated,” Felix said, according to USATF. “I was really hoping to go out there and put together a great race. Now I am consulting with doctors to figure out what is going on with my right hamstring. It is a serious injury, but I don’t know exactly to what extent. I wish all of my teammates the best for the rest of the meet.”

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The Jamaican Fraser-Pryce became the fourth woman to sweep the 100 and 200 at the World Championships, joining three Germans from 1983, 1987 and 1991.

“I was so nervous,” Fraser-Pryce told NBC Sports reporter Lewis Johnson on Universal Sports. “A couple years ago, I hated the 200. … I put my mind and energy and focus in the 200. It paid off.”

Felix, who shares the record for most career World Championship gold medals with eight, was thought to be a candidate for the 4×100 and/or 4×400 relays for the U.S. this weekend before the injury.

Felix, a three-time world champion in the 200, said before worlds that she would rather try to add the 400 meters to her schedule for the 2016 Olympics than the 100.

She ran the 100 and the 200 in London, winning the 200 and placing fifth in the 100. She ran the 400 at the 2011 World Championships and took silver in a personal best time, missing gold by .03 of a second.

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Serena Williams comments on 2020 Olympics during pregnancy

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Two weeks after learning she was pregnant, Serena Williams was unsure of committing to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Williams will be 38 in 2020, older than any previous Olympic singles player.

“I can’t promise that … Tokyo 2020 is a lot,” Williams told Wowow TV of Japan after winning the Australian Open on Jan. 28.

Williams said Tuesday in a Ted Talk that she learned of her pregnancy two days before the Australian Open (video here). She was about two months pregnant at the time.

Williams broke the news publicly last week on Snapchat but deleted the post. A spokesperson later confirmed that Williams was pregnant and planned to return to tennis next season.

“Actually, it was an accident,” Williams said Tuesday of the Snapchat. “I was on vacation, just taking some time for myself. I have this thing where I’ve been checking my status and taking pictures every week to see how far along I’ve been going. … You know how social media is, you press the wrong button and there it was. Thirty minutes later, I missed like four calls. I’m like, that’s weird. Then I picked it up, and I was like, oh no. But it was a good moment. I was going to wait, literally, just five or six more days. That’s OK.”

The four-time Olympic champion has made no public comments since last week about the 2020 Olympics.

Williams confirmed Tuesday that she played the entire Australian Open knowing she was pregnant. She won her 23rd Grand Slam singles title, beating older sister Venus in the final.

Williams said she was nervous after finding out she was pregnant two days before the tournament.

“I wasn’t quite sure what to think, but I just knew that at that moment, it was really important me to focus right there at the Australian Open,” she said. “I was definitely not sure what to do. I was like, can I play? I know it’s very dangerous, maybe, sometimes, in the first 12 weeks or so.”

Williams said she didn’t get sick during the tournament. She had heard about people getting tired, or really stressed out.

“I had to really take all that energy, put it in a paper bag, so to say, and throw it away,” she said. “Because I really felt like I didn’t have time to deal with any extra emotions, anything, because, pregnant or not, no one knew, and I was supposed to win that tournament, as I am every tournament that I show up, I am expected to win, and if I don’t win, it’s actually much bigger news.”

Williams is “excited to defy the odds” and return to the WTA Tour next season. She wouldn’t be the first elite player to compete after having a baby.

In January, Williams said Venus, who is 15 months older, is “crazy” and “something special” for targeting the 2020 Olympics.

“I’m really inspired by my sister,” Williams said Tuesday. “If she’s still playing, I know I can play. There’s so many. Roger Federer, he’s a little older than me, and he’s still winning everything, so I’m like, you know, I know I can do that, too. … My story is definitely not over yet. I was talking to my coach about it, and we were talking about. This is just a new part of my life. My baby’s going to be in the stands, and hopefully cheering for me, not crying too much.”

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Coaches to receive medals at World Track and Field Championships

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Coaches will receive medals at the World Track and Field Championships for the first time this summer.

London will host the 16th edition of the event in 100 days.

Coaches’ medals will be based on similar themes to athlete medals but will look different.

“The medals, gifted to successful athletes once they return from their ceremony, will be for them to hand to their coach or significant advisor in recognition of the unique and valued working relationship between athlete and coach,” the IAAF said in a press release.

Coaches do not receive Olympic medals.

The U.S. Olympic Committee established the Order of Ikkos medals starting with the 2008 Beijing Games, allowing medal-winning athletes to acknowledge one coach.

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