Elaine Thompson wins 17th straight 100m race at Diamond League Rabat

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Elaine Thompson extended her winning streak to 17 consecutive 100m victories by winning Sunday’s Diamond League meet in Rabat, Morocco, with a time of 10:87 seconds. The reigning Olympic champion in the 100m and 200m posted a meet record time to outrun Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Côte d’Ivoire and Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago, who finished second and third respectively.

The lone American in the field, Aaliyah Brown, crossed the finish line in eighth place.

Other notable results:

Women’s 400m

Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo, the Rio Olympic champion in the 400m, ran 49.80 to win the women’s 400m race. Other competitors included South African Caster Semenya, who won Olympic gold in the 800m in Rio.

It was the first time in recent history, and perhaps ever, that the reigning 400m and 800m Olympic champions raced against each other in an individual race. Semenya faltered in Rabat, however, finishing seventh with a time of 51.53 seconds.

They won’t face off again at next month’s world championships; Miller-Uibo is planning to run the 200m and 400m, while Semenya will contest only the 800m.

Miller-Uibo has now won the 400m at 10 straight meets since losing to Allyson Felix at the 2015 World Championships. Felix, who did not race in Rabat, is ranked No. 1 in the 400m this year.

Coming in behind Miller-Uibo in Rabat were two U.S. sprinters: Natasha Hastings was second with 50.86 seconds and U.S. 400m national champion Quanera Hayes was third with 51.08.

Men’s 200m

Canadian Andre de Grasse ran 20.03 seconds to win the event. The sprinter, whose three medals from the Rio Olympics includes a 200m silver behind Usain Bolt, swept both the 100m and 200m at last week’s Canadian Championships.

Finishing second was U.S. 200m champion Ameer Webb with a time of 20.18. Third with a time of 20.22 was Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes, a longtime training partner of Bolt.

Men’s 800m

Winner Nijel Amos of Botswana continued his comeback in Rabat. The 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 800m failed to make the final at the 2015 Worlds and 2016 Olympics, but posted the fasted 800m time in the world this year, 1:43.18 seconds, a week ago in London.

He took 800m gold in Rabat with a time of 1:43.91. Finishing second and third were Kenya’s Kipyegon Bett, just 19 years old, and Donavan Brazier, the 800m U.S. champion.

Men’s long jump

The U.S.’ Jarrion Lawson posted a season’s best distance of 8.33m, but finished second by just 2cm behind South Africa’s Ruswahl Samaai.

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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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