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Carmelita Jeter runs first races since August

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Olympic 100m silver medalist Carmelita Jeter quietly returned to competition for the first time since August, running 11.27 and 11.32 seconds in the last week, according to the Times of San Diego.

Jeter, 34, backed up her London Olympic silver by winning bronze at the World Championships in August, after a quadriceps injury had bothered her since May.

The U.S. women’s sprinting scene is quite different this year. Jeter’s 11.27 ranks outside the top 20 Americans, but last year’s top two from the U.S. Championships (which Jeter missed due to injury) haven’t been impressive either.

English Gardner has run a season’s best of 11.25, and Octavious Freeman clocked 11.35.

The star this year so far has been Tori Bowie, who was primarily a long jumper through the indoor season. Bowie has run 11.05 in the 100m, .01 behind U.S. leader Morolake Akinosun, and a world-leading 22.18 in the 200m.

Allyson Felix has said she’s focusing more on the 400m than the 100m this season.

The 100m world leader this year is Veronica Campbell-Brown, the only woman to break 11 seconds at 10.86. Olympic and World champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has struggled with injury.

Jeter has declared her intention to compete in the 100m at next week’s U.S. Championships in Sacramento, Calif.

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Chinese figure skating judges banned for biased Olympic scoring

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Two Chinese figure skating judges were suspended by the International Skating Union for biased judging at the PyeongChang Olympics.

Chen Weiguang and Huang Feng had “preferential marking” for top Chinese skaters Jin Boyang (fourth place in PyeongChang) and the silver medalist pairs’ team of Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, respectively, according to the ISU.

Chen was banned two years and excluded from the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Huang got a one-year ban.

Chen awarded her highest grades of execution scores of the men’s competition to Jin, as well as her second-highest program components scores, trailing only gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu. Both sets of scores, in both the short and long programs, were out of line with the other eight judges.

“There is evidence of preference for the Chinese skater and prejudice against his strongest competitors,” an ISU report read. “Her marks were completely unrealistic.”

The pairs’ judge Huang “obviously favored his pair also vis-à-vis the other top candidates for the Olympic gold medal,” the ISU said in a report, referencing inflated scores for Sui and Han and lower scores for gold and bronze medalists Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany and Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada.

Huang was warned one month before the Olympics by the ISU for biased judging at the December 2017 Grand Prix Final pairs’ event.

Both suspensions are subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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Javier Fernandez to skip Grand Prix, still compete next season

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Javier Fernandez, who in PyeongChang became the first Spanish Olympic figure skating medalist, will skip the fall Grand Prix series but return for January’s European Championships, which could be his final competition.

Europeans will be Fernandez’s focus for the season, his agent said Tuesday.

Fernandez, 26, added an Olympic bronze medal to his 2015 and 2016 World titles. He has said that his third Olympics in PyeongChang would be his last. But Fernandez did not say he would retire after the Winter Games, though he did skip the world championships in March.

Fernandez now plans to compete in his 13th straight European Championships in Minsk in January. He won the last six titles. It’s unknown if he will continue on to the world championships in Saitama, Japan, in March.

In Fernandez’s absence, the top male singles skaters in the fall Grand Prix season should be double Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu, PyeongChang silver medalist Shoma Uno and American Nathan Chen, who was fifth at the Olympics after a disastrous short program but ran away with March’s world title by the largest margin in history.

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