Report: Yohan Blake’s camp to give status update Tuesday

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The Jamaican newspaper that reported Sunday that Yohan Blake will miss the track world championships wrote on Monday that Blake’s handlers will say “whether or not from their perspective he has any chance” of competing at worlds on Tuesday.

The initial report from the Jamaica Observer quoted an unnamed Jamaica athletics official saying, “He is definitely out of the world championship,” and that Blake would have unspecified surgery soon.

That report was quickly denied by Blake’s manager, Cubie Seegobin, who told Reuters and the Jamaica Gleaner, “There is absolutely no discussions or plans for any surgery and I don’t know where that information is coming from. The coach has not yet decided on pulling him from the World Championships.”

At the time, Seegobin did not detail Blake’s chances of competing at worlds in Moscow in August.

The Observer’s Monday report cited Seegobin saying Blake flew to Germany on Wednesday to see a doctor about a “bothersome hamstring.” It”s the same hamstring Blake reportedly tore in April. He missed two months, ran in early June but then pulled out of Jamaica’s trials later last month.

Blake, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 100 and 200 meters, missed his chance to qualify in the 200 for the world championships, but, as reigning world champion, has a wild card into the 100 meters.

If Blake can’t make it to Moscow, Usain Bolt‘s biggest competition will be narrowed to Americans Tyson Gay (100 and 200) and Justin Gatlin (100) and Jamaican Warren Weir (200). The Jamaica 4×100-meter relay team, world champs in 2009 and 2011, would also take a hit, having already lost Asafa Powell, who did not make the worlds roster.

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Justin Schoenefeld gets U.S.’ first men’s aerials World Cup win in 4 years

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Justin Schoenefeld ended a four-year U.S. men’s aerials drought with his first World Cup win Saturday in Belarus.

Schoenfeld, 21, hit a double full-full-full in the super final to beat a field that included world champion Maxim Burov of Russia. Burov was fourth, one spot behind another American, Chris Lillis. Full results are here.

“I’m pretty speechless right now,” Schoenefeld said, according to U.S. Ski & Snowboard. “I’m just shocked. It just all came so quick, all of a sudden the two finals were over, and I was on top of the podium. I probably landed two of my training jumps yesterday, but I managed to land all of my comp jumps down to my feet.”

Schoenefeld’s best previous World Cup finish was fourth, in Belarus last season.

Lillis earned the U.S.’ last World Cup men’s aerials victory on Feb. 20, 2016, also in Belarus. The four-year gap between wins marked the longest for the U.S. men since aerials was added as an Olympic medal sport in 1994.

Schoenefeld also became the first American of either gender to win a World Cup aerials event in two years, since Kiley McKinnon on Jan. 6, 2018. That gap was the longest for the U.S. since 2005.

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Kaillie Humphries wins bobsled world title in first season for U.S.

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Two-time Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries won a bobsled world title in her first season since switching allegiance from Canada to the U.S., ending recent German dominance.

Humphries, with brakewoman Lauren Gibbs, edged German junior world champ Kim Kalicki by .37 of a second combining times from four runs between Friday and Saturday in Altenberg, Germany.

“I love this track. It’s very challenging, one of the hardest in the world,” Humphries said, according to U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton. “It demands a lot of focus, a lot of respect every minute you’re on that track. So to be able to win here, I know the Germans and the spectators, everybody, have worked so hard and this week, no exceptions. I’m proud of all of the girls.”

Canadian Christine de Bruin took bronze for a second straight year. Full results are here.

Humphries, who married a former U.S. bobsledder, was released by Canada in September after filing verbal abuse and harassment claims against a coach, saying she no longer felt safe with the program. As a Canadian, Humphries won 2010 and 2014 Olympic titles, plus 2012 and 2013 World titles.

Humphries joined German Sandra Kiriasis as the only female drivers to win three world titles. She is already the only female driver with multiple Olympic titles.

German Mariama Jamanka, the reigning Olympic champion and defending world champion, finished fourth in Altenberg.

Triple U.S. Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor didn’t compete as she sits out the season due to pregnancy. Meyers Taylor and Gibbs teamed for silver in PyeongChang.

The world championships continue Sunday with the conclusion of the two-man competition. German Francesco Friedrich, eyeing his sixth straight world title, leads after the first two of four runs.

A full TV and live stream schedule is here.

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