Alistair Brownlee flirting with open 10k

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Running a sub-30-minute 10k is world class for anyone. Running that same time as the third leg of the Olympic triathlon is something otherworldly, which is why London gold medal triathlete Alistair Brownlee thinks he might be able to compete in the open event at the next Commonwealth Games.

“I wasn’t far off [gold medalist Mo Farah’s time], but it is still hundreds of miles away in terms of making that time up,” Brownlee told BBC Sport. “But I would love to give it a go. Over the next few years, if anything gives me a chance to try some different things, new challenges, [I’d be keen to try them].”

Brownlee would have finished only 97 seconds behind his British teammate Farah in the 10000m and thinks he could be competitive if he focused on the event, but added that he won’t abandon the triathlon just because he’s won Olympic gold.

“I want to try do some 10km races on the road and see how that goes, but definitely, I’m a triathlete through and through and that is always going to be my priority.”

Maybe most importantly, the 24-year-old said he plans to defend his Olympic title in Rio, and hopes he and his brother Jonny, who took the bronze in London, can finish 1-2 this time. We’re almost certain Jonny agrees, but would like to see the final positions reversed.

Lucas Braathen, world’s top male slalom skier, in doubt for world championships

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Norway’s Lucas Braathen, the world’s top male slalom skier this season, is doubtful to compete in the world championships slalom on Feb. 19 after appendix surgery on Tuesday.

“It’s been a tough couple of days fighting after surprisingly finding out about quite an intense infection on my appendix,” Braathen, a 22-year-old soccer convert with a Brazilian mom, posted on social media. “I’ve been through surgery and I’m blessed that it went successfully.”

The Norway Alpine skiing team doctor said Braathen’s recovery will take a few weeks, but there is a small possibility he can make it back for the world championships slalom, which is on the final day of the two-week competition.

Braathen has two slalom wins and one giant slalom win this World Cup season. He will miss Saturday’s slalom in Chamonix, France, the last race before worlds. Countryman Henrik Kristoffersen and Swiss Daniel Yule can overtake him atop the World Cup slalom standings in Chamonix.

Braathen entered last year’s Olympics as the World Cup slalom leader and skied out in the first run at the Games.

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Sifan Hassan sets marathon debut

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Sifan Hassan, who won 5000m and 10,000m gold and 1500m bronze at the Tokyo Olympics in an unprecedented triple, will make her 26.2-mile debut at the London Marathon on April 23.

Hassan, a 30-year-old Dutchwoman, said she will return to the track after the race, but how the London Marathon goes will play into whether she bids for the Olympic marathon in 2024.

“I want to see what I can do on the marathon distance, to make future decisions,” she posted on social media. “We’ll see if I will finish the distance or if the distance will finish me.”

Exhausted by her Olympic feat, Hassan reportedly went at least seven months after the Tokyo Games between training in track spikes. She finished fourth in the 10,000m and sixth in the 5000m at last July’s world championships in Eugene, Oregon.

“I really needed a break after the Tokyo Olympics,” Hassan said at worlds. “I was mentally crashed. I didn’t even care about running.”

London, billed as the best women’s marathon field in history, also boasts Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya, world record holder Brigid Kosgei of Kenya, 2016 Olympic 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia, 1500m world record holder Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia and the two fastest Americans in history, Emily Sisson and Keira D’Amato.

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