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Cross-Country Skiing: Diggins, Caldwell advance to sprint semifinals 

Americans Jessie Diggins and Sophie Caldwell put themselves in good standing to challenge for an American medal in cross-country skiing.

The two members of team USA, as well as Sadie Bjornsen, all made the top 30 qualification cut to advance to the quarterfinals. Caldwell, who finished 12th in the qualification phase, finished behind Norway’s Maiken Falla to advance to the semifinals.

The American’s success perhaps gave some inspiration for Diggins, as she too surged to the front of the pack in her respective quarterfinal before finishing in second behind Sweden’s Hanna Falk.

Bjornsen failed to advance to the semifinals, having finished third in her quarterfinal group.

Update 7:30a.m. EST: Diggins finishes sixth overall in women’s sprint, Sweden’s Nilsson wins gold. Caldwell eliminated in first semifinal heat.

Short Track: Biney eliminated from 500m 

Maame Biney’s debut Olympics ended on Tuesday morning, as she finished fourth in her quarterfinal heat. The young track star was simply outclassed by more experienced competition. Medal favorite Fan Kexin finished second in Biney’s heat, behind OAR’s Sofia Prosvirnova.

NBCOlympics.com: WATCH: Maame Biney eliminated from 500m

The U.S. men finished third in their qualification group in the Men’s 5,000m Relay, finishing a distant third behind South Korea and Hungary. South Korea, led on by a raucous home crowd, skated an Olympic record 6:34.510.

Ice Hockey: CAN def. FIN 4-1 

Canada steamrolled past Finland, booking their much-expected place in the semifinals. The Canadians got off to a quick start and were in control for the entire game. Meghan Aghosta gave her nation the lead just over 30 seconds into the first period, continuing to climb up the Canadian all-time Olympic scoring record.

If the USA beat Olympic Athletes from Russia, then Finland will drop into the classification stage.

Full recap: Canada vs. Finland

Alpine Skiing: Ligety just misses out on medal

He certainly put up a good fight. Though he wasn’t considered to be a medal favorite this year, Ted Ligety made a good showing, finishing fifth overall. The American excelled in the slalom, placing fourth with a time of 46.61 seconds. That effort, though, fell just short of a podium placing.

Marcel Hirscher of Austria, whose victory was a long time coming, took home the gold. The six-time World Cup champion won gold with a combined time of 2:06:52.

Full recap and highlights here 

Luge: Germany sitting in gold and silver heading into final run, Hamlin on the outside

Erin Hamlin sits on the outside looking in heading into the final run of the women’s individual luge. After three runs, the American still finds herself standing in fifth as the medal contenders continued to maintain good form.

Natalie Geisenberger and Tatjana Huefner of Germany currently sit atop the standings heading into the fourth and final run.

 

Eliud Kipchoge wins London Marathon; no world record (video)

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Eliud Kipchoge won his eighth straight marathon (ninth if you count Nike’s sub-two attempt), but missed the world record at a steamy London Marathon by more than one minute on Sunday.

The Kenyan Olympic champion clocked 2:04:17, pulling away from Ethiopian Tola Kitata by 32 seconds. Mo Farah, the four-time Olympic track champ in his second marathon, finished third in 2:06:21.

Kipchoge and Kitata fell off Dennis Kimetto‘s world-record pace around the 20th mile. Kimetto ran 2:02:57 at the 2014 Berlin Marathon.

Full results are here.

The temperature eclipsed 70 degrees Farenheit during the race, making it one of the hottest London Marathons ever. Perhaps considering that, Kipchoge said he ran “a beautiful race” for his third London title in four years.

“The conditions, I can’t complain, because all of us were running in the same arena,” he told media in London. “No regrets at all.”

Farah was satisfied, too, achieving his primary goal of breaking the 33-year-old British record held by Steve Jones.

“If you looked at the field before the start of that race, you would never have put me third place,” said Farah, who ran nearly two minutes faster than his marathon debut in London in 2014. “You would put ahead of me so many other guys.”

No world record in the women’s race, either. Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot won in 2:18:31, passing pre-race favorite Mary Keitany in the 23rd mile. Cheruiyot won by 1 minute, 42 seconds over countrywoman Brigid Kosgei. Keitany slowed to fifth in 2:24:27.

Cheruiyot, a 34-year-old mom, made her marathon debut in London last year, finishing fourth. Before that, Cheruiyot earned four Olympic medals on the track, plus four world titles combined in the 5000m and 10,000m.

Paula Radcliffe‘s world record with male pacers — 2:15:25 from 2003 — was a target for Keitany. Last year, Keitany broke Radcliffe’s world record without male pacers by 41 seconds, winning her third London title in 2:17:01.

The other leading contender Sunday, Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba, stopped in the 20th mile.

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2018 London Marathon results

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Top finishers from the 38th London Marathon (full searchable results here) …

Men’s Elite
1. Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) 2:04:17
2. Tola Kitata (ETH) 2:04:49
3. Mo Farah (GBR) 2:06:21
4. Abel Kirui (KEN) 2:07:07
5. Bedan Karoki (KEN) 2:08:34
6. Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 2:08:53
7. Lawrence Cherono (KEN) 2:09:25
8. Daniel Wanjiru (KEN) 2:10:35
9. Amanuel Mesel (ERI) 2:11:52
10. Yohanes Gebregergish (ER) 2:12:09
17. Guye Adola (ETH) 2:32:35

Women’s Elite
1. Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 2:18:31
2. Brigid Kosgei (KEN) 2:20:13
3. Tadelech Bekele (ETH) 2:21:40
4. Gladys Cherono (KEN) 2:24:10
5. Mary Keitany (KEN) 2:24:27
6. Rose Chelimo (BRN) 2:26:03
7. Mare Dibaba (ETH) 2:27:45
8. Lily Partridge (GBR) 2:29:24
9. Tracy Barlow (GBR) 2:32:09
10. Stephanie Bruce (USA) 2:32:28
DNF. Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)

Men’s Wheelchair
1. David Weir (GBR) 1:31:15
2. Marcel Hug (SUI) 1:31:15
3. Daniel Romanchuk (USA) 1:31:16
4. Josh George (USA) 1:31:24
5. Kurt Fearnley (AUS) 1:31:24

Women’s Wheelchair
1. Madison de Rozario (AUS) 1:42:58
2. Tatyana McFadden (USA) 1:42:58
3. Susannah Scaroni (USA) 1:43:00
4. Manuela Schar (SUI) 1:43:01
5. Amanda McGrory (USA) 1:43:04

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