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Elaine Thompson will not double at world championships

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Olympic 100m and 200m champion Elaine Thompson will not race the 200m at the world track and field championships in August, her coach reportedly said this week.

Thompson entered only the 100m at the Jamaican Championships this weekend and won, easily, in 10.71 seconds on Friday night (video here). Just .01 off her shared national record.

“It was never intended for her to double as this was said several times last year that she would not have doubled at a major championships before Tokyo [2020],” coach Stephen Francis said, according to the Jamaica Gleaner.

Thompson, 24, now owns the two fastest 100m times in the world this year. The second-ranked woman, Murielle Ahoure of Cote d’Ivoire, has run 10.83.

Thompson also owns three of the eight fastest 200m times this year, which makes it perplexing that she isn’t racing the 200m at the Jamaican Championships.

In her last 200m race, Thompson ran 21.98 to finish third at the Prefontaine Classic on May 27, behind Olympic 200m bronze medalist Tori Bowie (21.77) and Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo (21.91).

In Thompson’s absence, the top 200m runners in the world are Bowie, Miller-Uibo, Olympic silver medalist Dafne Schippers and 2012 Olympic champion Allyson Felix.

Bowie and Felix will try to qualify for worlds in the 200m at the USATF Outdoor Championships this weekend.

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After accident, Olympian Jamie Nieto walks at his wedding

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After two-time Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto suffered a spinal cord injury while attempting a standing back flip in April 2016, he decided to set a goal for himself. Nietro was determined to walk down the aisle at his own wedding.

On Saturday, July 22, 2017, Nieto walked to the altar in front of everyone gathered at Christ Temple Apostolic Church in east San Diego – something his doctors said might not be possible.

Nieto, with some assistance, entered the church where he then married his bride, Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart, exactly how he set out to – on his feet.

Images courtesy of Ramon Galindo/NBC San Diego

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Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocates shoulder in Poland (video)

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Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocated her shoulder during the semifinals of a beach volleyball tournament in Poland and forfeited the bronze medal match.

Walsh Jennings and new partner Nicole Branagh were tied in the third set of their match against Canada on Saturday when Walsh Jennings dove for the ball with her right arm and twisted her hand in the sand. After a four-minute delay, Canada went on to win the third set 16-14 and advance to the gold medal match.

“I just went for a short dig and the surface in Europe is so shallow and so hard and there’s no give for our bodies,” Walsh Jennings explained after the match in an interview with her shoulder wrapped in ice.

Walsh Jennings had surgery on the same shoulder during the run-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she and April Ross won the bronze medal. Walsh Jennings won three gold medals with Misty May Treanor.

Walsh Jennings said she is looking forward to returning to the FIVB World Tour in Vienna in one week.

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