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SXSW apologizes for asking U.S. fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad to remove hijab

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U.S. fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who is set to become the first American to compete in a hijab at the Olympics, was asked by a SXSW volunteer to remove her hijab for an ID badge photo and later received an apology for the request from SXSW officials Saturday.

“It is not our policy that a hijab or any religious head covering be removed in order to pick up a SXSW badge,” SXSW said in a media statement. “This was one volunteer who made an insensitive request and that person has been removed for the duration of the event. We are embarrassed by this and have apologized to Ibtihaj in person, and sincerely regret this incident.”

Muhammad, 30, is ranked No. 7 in the world and reached the 2015 World Championships sabre round of 16, falling to Russian Sofiya Velikaya, who went on to win the title.

In 2012, she tore a ligament in her hand and missed making the London Games, according to the USOC.

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Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte duel; Olympic Trials Friday finals preview

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Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte face off for perhaps the final time, while Katie Ledecky takes aim at her toughest event at the Olympic Swimming Trials on Friday (8 p.m. ET, NBC and NBC Sports app).

Phelps and Lochte will go head-to-head in the 200m individual medley final, each looking to make his fourth straight Olympic team in the event. Phelps is the three-time reigning Olympic champion. Lochte is the four-time reigning world champion.

Lochte was faster in the semifinals (1:56.71 to Phelps’ 1:57.61), but Phelps has looked stronger this week.

Lochte, slowed by a groin injury, was third in the 400m individual medley and fourth in the 200m freestyle. So far, his only place on the Olympic team is in the 4x200m free relay.

Phelps won the 200m butterfly to make his record fifth Olympic team for a U.S. male swimmer.

Later Friday, Phelps swims the 100m butterfly semifinals. Lochte also qualified for semis but scratched out of it, according to Swimming World.

One other marquee final Friday is the women’s 100m freestyle. If Katie Ledecky finishes in the top two, she will be in line to become the second U.S. swimmer to contest four freestyle events at one Olympics. Her task will be tall, given Ledecky was seventh fastest in the semifinals.

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An event-by-event preview of Friday’s semifinals and finals:

Men’s 50m Freestyle Semifinals
Caeleb Dressel
, who on Thursday qualified to become the youngest U.S. man to swim the Olympic 100m free since 1976, was the fastest of 16 qualifiers from Friday morning. He was followed by 2000 co-Olympic champion Anthony Ervin, 2012 Olympic silver medalist Cullen Jones and 2015 World silver medalist Nathan Adrian. While Dressel, Ervin and Adrian are already on the Olympic team, this marks Jones’ last chance.

Women’s 200m Breaststroke Final
The fastest qualifiers into the final were Lilly King, who won the 100m breast already, and Micah Lawrence, who took the reins as the top U.S. female breaststroker following the retirement of Rebecca Soni. Lawrence earned silver and bronze medals in this event at the last two world championships after finishing sixth at the London Olympics.

Men’s 200m Backstroke Final
This is Olympic champion Tyler Clary‘s last chance to make the Olympic team after failed attempts in the 400m individual medley, 200m freestyle and 200m butterfly. He’s the No. 3 seed in this final after a 1:55.92 semifinal swim, ranking behind Ryan Murphy (1:55.04) and Jacob Pebley (1:55.18), who are former University of California teammates. Murphy won the 100m backstroke already.

Women’s 200m Backstroke Semifinals
This is Missy Franklin‘s final event of Trials, and it his her signature race. The Olympic champ and world-record holder was fastest in the morning preliminaries (2:09.69), ahead of Maya DiRado (2:09.76) and Elizabeth Beisel (2:10.01). Franklin missed the Olympic team in the 100m backstroke and 100m freestyle, but says she’s stronger in the 200 distances. She proved it by finishing second to Ledecky in the 200m freestyle.

Men’s 200m Individual Medley Final
Lochte and Phelps shouldn’t be challenged here. Lochte had the fastest semifinal time by nine tenths of a second, with Phelps next up while gliding into the wall the final several strokes. The No. 3 man in this final, David Nolan, was another .55 behind Phelps despite the 22-time Olympic medalist shutting it down considerably last night.

Women’s 100m Freestyle Final
If Ledecky finishes top two out of lane one, it will rank high on her list of accomplishments. Not quite world-record level, but darn impressive. Only six tenths of a second separate the eight swimmers here from their semifinal times. The spectrum ranges from 2012 Olympic champions in other events — Dana Vollmer and Allison Schmitt — to rising stars Kelsi Worrell and Simone Manuel to 30-year-old Amanda Weir, whose American record from 2009 still stands.

Men’s 100m Butterfly Semifinals
Phelps qualified sixth into the 16-swimmer semifinals. Make no mistake, Phelps is the favorite after winning the 200m butterfly. Lochte was ninth fastest in prelims. His reported scratch was a little bit of a risky move, given Lochte has not made the Olympic team in an individual event yet. It’s 200m IM or bust.

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Katie Ledecky romps into fourth final of Olympic Trials

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Katie Ledecky is four for four in qualifying for finals at the Olympic Trials.

The world’s most dominant swimmer won her 800m freestyle preliminary heat by 18.05 seconds in 8:10.91 on Friday morning, the third fastest of all time. The next fastest woman across all of the top heats swam 8:21.64. Ledecky now owns the 10 fastest 800m free times ever.

Ledecky, who won the 2012 Olympic 800m free at age 15, has already prevailed in the 200m and 400m frees in Omaha this week.

She is all but guaranteed to make the Olympic team in the 800m free in Saturday night’s final, leaving tonight’s 100m free final (8 ET, NBC and NBC Sports app) her only question mark. Should she decide to swim it.

Ledecky qualified seventh into the 100m free final, but only .57 separates her from top seed Abbey Weitzeil.

If Ledecky can finish top two in the 100m free final Friday night, she will be in line to become the second American to swim four freestyles at an Olympics. The first was Shirley Babashoff in 1976.

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Also Friday, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte qualified sixth and ninth, respectively, into the 100m butterfly semifinals. They’re slated to also swim the 200m individual medley final Friday night. Lochte later scratched out of the 100m butterfly semifinals, according to Swimming World.

Earlier Friday, University of Florida rising junior Caeleb Dressel led 16 qualifiers into Friday night’s men’s 50m freestyle semifinals.

Dressel, who on Thursday qualified to be the youngest U.S. man to swim the Olympic 100m free in 40 years, was followed in the 50m free prelims by 2000 co-Olympic champion Anthony Ervin, 2012 Olympic silver medalist Cullen Jones and 2015 World silver medalist Nathan Adrian.

Jones is the only one of that decorated quartet who has not made the Rio Olympic team yet. The 50m free is his last chance.

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