Could U.S. lose Duel in the Pool for first time?

Katie Ledecky
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It looked like the U.S. was in trouble when the preliminary Duel in the Pool teams came out in October, but roster changes may have shifted the balance of power in the Ryder Cup-like meet.

The U.S. team is led by Katie Ledecky, 16, who won four World Championships this summer with two world records, and Tyler ClaryCullen Jones and Anthony Ervin. The European team features French Olympic champion Yannick Agnel and Dutch Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo.

The two-day event runs Friday (2 p.m. ET) and Saturday (9 a.m.) in Glasgow, Scotland, and will be televised by NBC on Sunday from 4-6 p.m. ET. It will be a short course meet, which is in a 25-meter pool rather than the Olympic size of 50 meters.

The U.S. has won all five previous duels handily, including a 181.5-80.5 whipping of a European all-star team at the last edition in 2011 in Atlanta. The first three duels were U.S.-Australia battles during the heyday of their rivalry in 2003, 2005 and 2007.

This shapes up to be the closest duel yet, and the U.S. could very well lose given it’s missing Michael PhelpsRyan Lochte and Missy Franklin, among others.

The U.S. roster is largely the same from October’s preliminary list, except for the major withdrawal of Lochte, who recently returned to swimming following his run-in with a fan.

The European roster might have suffered greater losses since October, though, with the scratches of French stars Camille MuffatFrederick BousquetFabien GilotFlorent Manaudou and Jeremy Stravius.

The duel features 30 total events — 15 men’s, 15 women’s with up to four swimmers for each side in each race — with scoring at five for first place, three for second place and one for third place in individual events. Seven points are given to the side that wins each of the four relays.

There are 262 total points available, meaning the first side to earn 132 points wins.

Here is the complete U.S. Duel in the Pool roster:

Women
Cammile Adams — 2012 Olympian
Kathleen Baker
Claire Donahue — 2012 Olympic champion
Jessica Hardy — 2012 Olympic champion
Megan Hawthorne
Sarah Henry
Breeja Larson — 2012 Olympic champion
Micah Lawrence — 2012 Olympian
Katie Ledecky — 2012 Olympic champion
Caitlin Leverenz — 2012 Olympic bronze medalist
Simone Manuel
Megan Romano
Gillian Ryan
Olivia Smoliga
Kendyl Stewart
Chloe Sutton — 2008, 2012 Olympian
Shannon Vreeland — 2012 Olympic champion

Men
Tyler Clary – 2012 Olympic champion
Kevin Cordes
Conor Dwyer — 2012 Olympic champion
Anthony Ervin — 2000 Olympic champion, 2012 Olympian
Jimmy Feigen — 2012 Olympic silver medalist
Nic Fink
Eugene Godsoe
Cullen Jones — 2008, 2012 Olympic champion
Chase Kalisz
Michael Klueh
Tom Luchsinger
Michael McBroom
Matt McLean — 2012 Olympic champion
Cody Miller
Shane Ryan
Tom Shields
Michael Weiss

Here is the complete European Duel in the Pool roster:

Women
Sophie Allen (GBR)
Simona Baumrtova (CZE)
Mireia Belmonte Garcia (ESP)
Jazmin Carlin (GBR)
Petra Chocova (CZE)
Michelle Coleman (SWE)
Melanie Costa (ESP)
Fiona Doyle (IRL)
Lotte Friis (DEN)
Francesca Halsall (GBR)
Femke Heemskerk (NED)
Franziska Hentke (GER)
Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED)
Hannah Miley (GBR)
Moniek Nijhuis (NED)
Jeanette Ottesen-Gray (DEN)
Lauren Quigley (GBR)
Aimee Willmott (GBR)
Daryna Zevina (UKR)

Men
Yannick Agnel (FRA)
Bence Biczo (HUN)
Adam Brown (GBR)
Damir Dugonjic (SLO)
James Guy (GBR)
Michael Jamieson (GBR)
Pal Joensen (FAR)
Radoslaw Kawecki (POL)
Marco Koch (GER)
Yannick Lebherz (GER)
Ivan Lendjer (SRB)
Craig McNally (GBR)
Roberto Pavoni (GBR)
Ben Proud (GBR)
Robbie Renwick (GBR)
Velimir Stjepanovic (SRB)
David Verraszto (HUN)
Chris Walker-Hebborn (GBR)
Andrew Willis (GBR)

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Ryan Crouser breaks world record in shot put at Los Angeles Grand Prix

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Two-time Olympic champion Ryan Crouser registered one of the greatest performances in track and field history, breaking his world record and throwing three of the six farthest shot puts of all time at the Los Angeles Grand Prix on Saturday.

Crouser unleashed throws of 23.56 meters, 23.31 and 23.23 at UCLA’s Drake Stadium. His previous world record from the Tokyo Olympic Trials was 23.37. He now owns the top four throws in history, and the 23.23 is tied for the fifth-best throw in history.

“The best thing is I’m still on high volume [training], heavy throws in the ring and heavy weights in the weight room, so we’re just starting to work in some speed,” the 6-foot-7 Crouser, who is perfecting a new technique coined the “Crouser slide,” told Lewis Johnson on NBC.

Sha’Carri Richardson won her 100m heat in 10.90 seconds into a slight headwind, then did not start the final about 90 minutes later due to cramping, Johnson said. Richardson is ranked No. 1 in the world in the 100m in 2023 (10.76) and No. 2 in the 200m (22.07).

Jamaican Ackeem Blake won the men’s 100m in a personal best 9.89 seconds. He now ranks third in the world this year behind Kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala and American Fred Kerley, who meet in the Diamond League in Rabat, Morocco on Sunday (2-4 p.m. ET, CNBC, NBCSports.com/live, the NBC Sports app and Peacock).

The next major meet is the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in early July, when the top three in most individual events qualify for August’s world championships.

Richardson will bid to make her first global championships team, two years after having her Olympic Trials win stripped for testing positive for marijuana and one year after being eliminated in the first round of the 100m at USATF Outdoors.

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Also Saturday, Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico won the 100m hurdles in 12.31, the fastest time ever this early in a year. Nigerian Tobi Amusan, who at last July’s worlds lowered the world record to 12.12, was eighth in the eight-woman field in 12.69.

Maggie Ewen upset world champion Chase Ealey in the shot put by throwing 20.45 meters, upping her personal best by more than three feet. Ewen went from 12th-best in American history to third behind 2016 Olympic champion Michelle Carter and Ealey.

Marileidy Paulino of the Dominican Republic ran the fastest women’s 400m since the Tokyo Olympics, clocking 48.98 seconds. Paulino is the Olympic and world silver medalist. Olympic and world champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas is on a maternity break.

Rio Olympic bronze medalist Clayton Murphy won the 800m in 1:44.75, beating a field that included most of the top Americans in the event. Notably absent was 2019 World champion Donovan Brazier, who hasn’t raced since July 20 of last year amid foot problems.

CJ Allen won the 400m hurdles in a personal best 47.91, consolidating his argument as the second-best American in the event behind Olympic and world silver medalist Rai Benjamin, who withdrew from the meet earlier this week.

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Primoz Roglic set to win Giro d’Italia over Geraint Thomas

106th Giro d'Italia 2023 - Stage 20
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Primož Roglič all but secured the Giro d’Italia title on Saturday by overtaking leader Geraint Thomas on the penultimate stage despite having a mechanical problem on the mountain time trial.

Roglič started the stage 26 seconds behind Thomas — who was trying to become the oldest Giro champion in history — but finished the route 40 seconds quicker than the British cyclist after the demanding climb of the Monte Lussari.

That saw Roglič move into the leader’s pink jersey, 14 seconds ahead of Thomas going into the race’s mainly ceremonial final stage.

Roglič was cheered on all the way by thousands of fans from just across the border to his native Slovenia. They packed the slopes of the brutal ascent up Monte Lussari, which had an elevation of more than 3,000 feet and gradients of up to 22%.

The 33-year-old Roglič celebrated at the end with his wife and son, who was wearing a replica of the pink jersey.

“Just something amazing, eh? It’s not at the end about the win itself, but about the people, and the energy here, so incredible, really moments to live and to remember,” said Roglič, who had tears in his eyes during the post-stage television interview, which he did with his son in his arms.

It will be a fourth Grand Tour victory for Roglič, who won the Spanish Vuelta three years in a row from 2019-2021

Roglič also almost won the Tour de France in 2020, when he was leading going into another mountain time trial on the penultimate stage. But that time it was Roglič who lost time and the race to compatriot Tadej Pogačar in one of the most memorable upsets in a Grand Tour in recent years.

It appeared as if the Jumbo-Visma cyclist’s hopes were evaporating again when he rode over a pothole about halfway through the brutal climb up Monte Lussari and his chain came off, meaning he had to quickly change bicycles.

His teammates and staff had their hands over their heads in disbelief.

Despite that setback, Roglič — who had been 16 seconds ahead of Thomas at the previous intermediate time check — went on to increase his advantage.

“I dropped the chain, I mean it’s part of it,” he said. “But I got started again and I just went … I had the legs, the people gave me extra (energy).”

The 33-year-old Roglič won the stage ahead of Thomas. Joao Almeida was third, 42 seconds slower.

For Thomas, his bad luck at the Giro continued. In 2017, he was involved in a crash caused by a police motorbike, and three years later he fractured his hip after a drinks bottle became lodged under his wheel – being forced to abandon both times.

Thomas turned 37 on Thursday. The Ineos Grenadiers cyclist had seemed poised to become the oldest Giro winner in history — beating the record of Fiorenzo Magni, who was 34 when he won in 1955.

“I could feel my legs going about a kilometer and a half from the top. I just didn’t feel I had that real grunt,” Thomas said. “I guess it’s nice to lose by that much rather than a second or two, because that would be worse I think.

“At least he smashed me and to be honest Primoz deserves that. He had a mechanical as well, still put 40 seconds into me so chapeau to him. If you’d told me this back in (February), March, I would have bit your hand off but now I’m devastated.”

Thomas and Roglič exchanged fist bumps as they waited their turn to ride down the ramp at the start of the 11.6-mile time trial.

The Giro will finish in Rome on Sunday, with 10 laps of a seven-mile circuit through the streets of the capital, taking in many of its historic sites.

“One more day to go, one more focus, because I think the lap is quite hard, technical. So it’s not over til it’s finished,” Roglič said. “But looks good, voila.”

The route will pass by places such as the Altare della Patria, the Capitoline Hill, the Circus Maximus and finish at the Imperial Forums, in the shadow of the Colosseum.

The Tour de France starts July 1, airing on NBC Sports and Peacock.

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