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The Grand Prix Final field is nowhere near set going into the sixth and final qualifying event, the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow this week.

The Trophee Bompard winners last weekend — Patrick ChanAshley WagnerPang Qing and Tong Jian and Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir — all clinched spots in the Fukuoka, Japan, event from Dec. 5-6.

The Grand Prix Final field — six skaters in every discipline — will be completed after the Rostelecom Cup. The U.S. is likely to have two automatic entrants — Wagner and Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

Here are the standings pages, and here’s the outlook going into Moscow (likelihood of result in parentheses):

Men

IN: Patrick Chan, Yuzuru Hanyu, Daisuke Takahashi, Yan Han
ON THE BUBBLE: Nobunari Oda, Adam Rippon
COMPETING IN MOSCOW (with a chance to get in): Tatsuki Machida, Maksim Kovtun

If Machida gets at least fourth place in Moscow, he’s in (very likely).

If Kovtun gets at least second in Moscow, he’s in (questionable). If Kovtun gets third, he must score at least 247.52 total points in Moscow to get in (8.87 more than he earned at the Cup of China).

Women

IN: Mao Asada, Ashley Wagner, Anna Pogorilaya, Adelina Sotnikova
ON THE BUBBLE: Yelena Radyonova, Akiko Suzuki
COMPETING IN MOSCOW (with a chance to get in): Yulia Lipnitskaya, Carolina Kostner, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, Kanako Murakami

If Lipnitskaya is fourth or better in Moscow, she’s in (likely).

If Kostner wins, she’s in (questionable). If she’s second, she’ll need to skate a personal-best points total and get some help.

Tuktamysheva and Murakami are in if either wins in Moscow (very unlikely).

Pairs

IN: Tatyana Volosozhar/Maksim Trankov, Pang Qing/Tong Jian
ON THE BUBBLE: Meaghan Duhamel/Josh Radford, Peng Cheng/Zhang Hao, Sui Wenjing/Han Cong, Stefania Berton/Ondrej Hotarek
COMPETING IN MOSCOW (with a chance to get in): Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy, Kirsten Moore-Towers/Dylan Moscovitch, Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov, Vera Bazarova/Yuri Laryonov

If Savchenko/Szolkowy are fourth or better in Moscow, they’re in (very likely).

If Moore-Towers/Moscovitch are second or better in Moscow, they’re in. If third, they’re in if their total score is 173.08 or better (likely).

If Stolbova/Klimov win in Moscow, they’re in (very unlikely). If second, they could get in depending on results and total scores.

If Bazarova/Laryonov win in Moscow, they’re in (very unlikely).

Ice Dance

IN: Meryl Davis/Charlie White, Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir, Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat, Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte
ON THE BUBBLE: Yelena Ilinykh/Nikita Katsalapov, Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani
COMPETING IN MOSCOW (with a chance to get in): Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje, Yekaterina Bobrova/Dmitry Soloviev, Madison Chock/Evan Bates, Yekaterina Riazanova/Ilia Tkachenko

If Weaver/Poje or Bobrova/Soloviev are second or better in Moscow, they’re in (likely). If either is third or fourth, they can still get in with help.

If Chock/Bates win in Moscow, they’re in. If they’re second, they’re in if Weaver/Poje, Bobrova/Soloviev and Riazanova/Tkachenko don’t win (very unlikely).

If Riazanova/Tkachenko win, they’re in (very unlikely).

Video: Ashley Wagner, Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir dazzle in Paris

Eliud Kipchoge breaks marathon world record in Berlin

Eliud Kipchoge Berlin Marathon
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Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge broke his own world record in winning the Berlin Marathon, clocking 2:01:09 to lower the previous record time of 2:01:39 he set in the German capital in 2018.

Kipchoge, 37 and a two-time Olympic champion, earned his 15th win in 17 career marathons to bolster his claim as the greatest runner in history over 26.2 miles.

His pacing was not ideal. Kipchoge slowed over the second half, running 61:18 for the second half after going out in 59:51 for the first 13.1 miles. He still won by 4:49 over Kenyan Mark Korir.

Ethiopian Tigist Assefa won the women’s race in 2:15:37, the third-fastest time in history. Only Brigid Kosgei (2:14:14 in Chicago in 2019) and Paula Radcliffe (2:15:25 in London in 2003) have gone faster.

American record holder Keira D’Amato, who entered as the top seed, was sixth in 2:21:48.

MORE: Berlin Marathon Results

The last eight instances the men’s marathon world record has been broken, it has come on the pancake-flat roads of Berlin. It began in 2003, when Kenyan Paul Tergat became the first man to break 2:05.

The world record was 2:02:57 — set by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2014 — until Kipchoge broke it for the first time four years ago. The following year, Kipchoge became the first person to cover 26.2 miles in under two hours, doing so in a non-record-eligible showcase rather than a race.

Kipchoge’s focus going forward is trying to become the first runner to win three Olympic marathon titles in Paris in 2024. He also wants to win all six annual World Marathon Majors. He’s checked off four of them, only missing Boston (run in April) and New York City (run every November).

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2022 Berlin Marathon Results

2022 Berlin Marathon
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2022 Berlin Marathon top-10 results and notable finishers from men’s and women’s elite and wheelchair races. Full searchable results are here. ..

Men
1. Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) — 2:01:09 WORLD RECORD
2. Mark Korir (KEN) — 2:05:58
3. Tadu Abate (ETH) — 2:06:28
4. Andamiak Belihu (ETH) — 2:06:40
5. Abel Kipchumba (ETH) — 2:06:40
6. Limenih Getachew (ETH) — 2:07:07
7. Kenya Sonota (JPN) — 2:07:14
8. Tatsuya Maruyama (JPN) — 2:07:50
9. Kento Kikutani (JPN) — 2:07:56
10. Zablon Chumba (KEN) — 2:08:01
DNF. Guye Adola (ETH)

Women
1. Tigist Assefa (ETH) — 2:15:37
2. Rosemary Wanjiru (KEN) — 2:18:00
3. Tigist Abayechew (ETH) — 2:18:03
4. Workenesh Edesa (ETH) — 2:18:51
5. Meseret Sisay Gola (ETH) — 2:20:58
6. Keira D’Amato (USA) — 2:21:48
7. Rika Kaseda (JPN) — 2:21:55
8. Ayuko Suzuki (JPN) — 2:22:02
9. Sayaka Sato (JPN) — 2:22:13
10. Vibian Chepkirui (KEN) — 2:22:21

Wheelchair Men
1. Marcel Hug (SUI) — 1:24:56
2. Daniel Romanchuk (USA) — 1:28:54
3. David Weir (GBR) — 1:29:02
4. Jetze Plat (NED) — 1:29:06
5. Sho Watanabe (JPN) — 1:32:44
6. Patrick Monahan (IRL) — 1:32:46
7. Jake Lappin (AUS) — 1:32:50
8. Kota Hokinoue (JPN) — 1:33:45
9. Rafael Botello Jimenez (ESP) — 1:36:49
10. Jordie Madera Jimenez (ESP) — 1:36:50

Wheelchair Women
1. Catherine Debrunner (SUI) — 1:36:47
2. Manuela Schar (SUI) — 1:36:50
3. Susannah Scaroni (USA) — 1:36:51
4. Merle Menje (GER) — 1:43:34
5. Aline dos Santos Rocha (BRA) — 1:43:35
6. Madison de Rozario (BRA) — 1:43:35
7. Patricia Eachus (SUI) — 1:44:15
8. Vanessa De Souza (BRA) — 1:48:37
9. Alexandra Helbling (SUI) — 1:51:47
10. Natalie Simanowski (GER) — 2:05:09

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