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Allyson Felix eyes 200m as she works toward 2020 Olympics

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Allyson Felix wants to race at a fifth Olympics in 2020 but, now at age 31, plans to compete less and repeated that the 200m is her “baby” and “favorite event.”

“Yes, I think I want to do it [compete at Tokyo 2020],” Felix said at the Los Angeles Sports Awards on Tuesday night. “Now, I have all this experience that I can use. I remember when I was the youngest on the team. Now, I’m one of the oldest. … I can train smarter. I think now, less is more. We were talking about competing less. That is really key as well.”

Last year, Felix took silver in the Olympic 400m, edged by the Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller by .07.

Felix had hoped to race the 200m and 400m in Rio, but she missed the Olympic team by .01 in the 200m at the Olympic Trials in July, slowed by partially tearing two ligaments in her right ankle in late April.

The nine-time Olympic medalist said in September that she wasn’t committing to going for a 200m-400m double at the 2017 World Championships. Nor did she consider herself a 400m runner.

“I’m always hanging onto the 200m,” Felix said in September. “I just feel like I haven’t ran it [the 200m] in the past few years, for one reason or the other [neither at the 2015 Worlds due to a tight schedule nor 2016 Olympics due to not qualifying]. The opportunity hasn’t quite been there. I’m excited, looking forward to this year [2017]. I’m not sure exactly what I’m going to do, but I know that I’m not done with the 200m yet.”

Miller said earlier this month that she hopes to race both the 200m and 400m at the world championships in London in August, when the 400m final comes about 2 1/2 hours after the 200m heats end.

Felix said in September that the missed opportunity in 2016 only made her more emboldened to go for the double in the future.

“Because my training was going so well before [the injury],” she said. “I’m just so curious what I could have done. That’s the thing that really eats me up, to know that I wasn’t at my best to be able to do it. To see where I would be in four years, I don’t know. Or at a world championships [in 2017 or 2019], I’m not sure.”

In 2020, Felix could try to become the oldest U.S. women’s Olympic medalist in an individual track and field event, beating the mark set by Jackie Joyner-Kersee at Atlanta 1996. By making the Olympic team, she would match the record for U.S. Olympic track and field appearances at five with Gail DeversAmy Acuff and Willye White.

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Sarah Hammer, four-time Olympic cycling medalist, retires

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Three-time Olympian Sarah Hammer, one of the most decorated track cyclists in U.S. history, is retiring after a prolific career spanning more than two decades.

The 34-year-old Hammer announced Monday that she’s stepping away from competitive riding to focus on the training facility that she founded in Colorado Springs with her coach and husband, Andy Sparks.

Hammer began riding at age 8 and won her first junior title in 1995. She briefly walked away from the sport in 2003, citing burnout, but returned to make the U.S. team for the 2008 Beijing Games.

Focusing on endurance events, Hammer won four Olympic medals and eight world titles and set two world records. Her team pursuit of a silver medal at the 2012 London Games — won with teammates Jennie Reed, Dotsie Bausch and Lauren Tamayo — was chronicled in the documentary “Personal Gold: An Underdog Story.”

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How to watch Berlin Marathon world-record attempt

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The 26.2-mile world record could fall at the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold.

The NBC Sports Gold stream starts at 2:30 a.m. ET, with NBCSN coverage beginning at 3 a.m.

The time to beat is 2:02:57, the world record set by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2014, also in Berlin.

Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge is the headliner of three candidates to lower that mark.

He won Berlin in 2015 in 2:04:00 with his insoles infamously slipping out the back of his shoes and flopping the last half of the race.

Kipchoge then prevailed at the 2016 London Marathon in 2:03:05, eight seconds shy of Kimetto’s world record, and the Rio Olympics in 2:08:44 in conditions not suitable for a fast time. He won the Olympic marathon by 70 seconds, the largest margin of victory since Frank Shorter won in 1972.

Then on May 6, Kipchoge ran 2:00:25 on an Italian Formula One race track in a bid to become the first person to run 26.2 miles in under 2 hours. It was contested under special conditions that made it ineligible for record purposes with pacers entering mid-race.

Berlin is the world’s fastest record-eligible marathon.

With its pancake-flat roads, the German capital was the site of the last six times the men’s 26.2-mile world record was lowered in the last 14 years, coming down from 2:05:38 to the current mark of 2:02:57.

Kipchoge will also benefit from a strong field.

He will likely be pushed to a fast time, if not beaten, by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, who won the 2016 Berlin Marathon in 2:03:03, the second-fastest time ever.

And by Kenyan Wilson Kipsang, who ran three of the eight fastest marathons ever.

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