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Caster Semenya enters 2 individual races at world championships

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Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya is entered in both the 800m and 1500m at August’s world championships, her nation’s track federation said Tuesday.

Semenya has never raced multiple events at an Olympics or worlds. The South African said three weeks before the Rio Olympics that she believed she would race both the 400m and 800m in Rio but ended up only contesting the 800m (and winning convincingly).

Semenya, undefeated at 800m since September 2015, could try to become the first woman since Russian Svetlana Masterkova in 1999 to earn medals in both the 800m and 1500m at worlds.

The women’s 1500m final at worlds in London is Aug. 7. The 800m first round is Aug. 9. Semenya is also in the South African 4x400m relay pool.

Semenya has raced one 1500m this year, winning her national title, and last raced the event internationally in 2011, according to Tilastopaja.org.

Her personal best from 2016 would rank No. 15 in the world this year.

That would make her an underdog versus the likes of Rio gold medalist Faith Kipyegon of Kenya, world-record holder Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia and Ethiopian-born Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan, who has the three fastest times in the world this year.

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World downhill champion Ilka Stuhec tears ACL

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Lindsey Vonn’s top rival for downhill gold is in danger of missing the upcoming Olympics.

Ilka Stuhec, a world champion Alpine skier from Slovenia, suffered a torn ACL after a practice crash in Austria this weekend.

Stuhec had become a strong medal favorite for PyeongChang after winning FIS World Cup titles in downhill and Alpine combined last season. She also won a gold medal in downhill at the 2017 World Championships, where Vonn placed third.

According to a post on the FIS website, surgery is set for this Wednesday, with more information to come after that. But preliminary reports suggest that she is likely to miss the Olympics.

“For now it looks like Ilka Stuhec will have to miss a large part or maybe the whole World Cup season, including the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea,” a spokesperson for Struhec told Reuters.

In a tweet, Struhec acknowledged that she would be sidelined “for a few months.”

The Olympics start in less than four months.

 

U.S. Ski & Snowboard mourns after 17-year-old aerials skier found dead

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Mikey Lillis, a 17-year-old aerials skier, died in his sleep at his home in East Rochester, N.Y., overnight Saturday, according to U.S. Ski & Snowboard.

“We are a family, and as a family our entire team grieves for Mikey, his own family and his teammates,” U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Tiger Shaw said in a statement. “We’ll remember him for the pathway he was following and the goals he was beginning to achieve. Our condolences go out to his parents Bernie and Jamie and the entire Lillis family.”

Lillis was working his way to join his two older brothers at the elite international level. He made three podiums on the Nor-Am Cup tour between the last two seasons.

Jon Lillis, 23, is the reigning world champion in aerials. Chris Lillis, 19, won the FIS Rookie of the Year award last season with four top-10 finishes on the World Cup.