Gatlin wins 100m over Gay at Lausanne Diamond League

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American Justin Gatlin finished first with a world-leading time of 9.80 seconds in the highly-anticipated men’s 100m at the Diamond League meet in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Tyson Gay, returning to competition after a one-year doping ban, finished second in 9.93. Third place was taken by U.S. champion Michael Rodgers, another American with a failed drug test and suspension in his past.

Gatlin himself was banned from 2006 to 2010 for doping, but returned to earn a bronze medal in this event with a personal-best time of 9.79 at the 2012 London Olympics. Gold was won by Usain Bolt, whose leg injury kept him from competing in Lausanne.

In the men’s 400m, the rivalry between Olympic champion Kirani James of Grenada and American LaShawn Merritt continued, with James running 43.74 to Merritt’s 43.92. They are still the only men this year to race under 44 seconds in the 400m.

All eyes were on Yohan Blake in the men’s 200m. A hamstring injury prevented Blake from competing for most of last season, and he hadn’t raced this distance in almost two years. Blake started strong but faded to finish in sixth place.

Alonso Edward of Panama took first place in 19.84s, and Nickel Ashmeade of Jamaica came in second with 20.06s.

The women’s 100m saw late withdrawals from two stars, seven-time Olympic medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown and American Tori Bowie. Bowie went sub-11s for the first time in her career in a semi-final at the U.S. Championships, but an injury forced her out of the finals and she did not recover in time for Lausanne.

The race still proved exciting with Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye and the Ivory Coast’s Murielle Ahouré clocking identical times of 10.98. After an examination of the photo finish, Ahye was deemed the winner.

In the men’s long jump, American Jeff Henderson out-jumped 2012 Olympic champion Greg Rutherford of Great Britain to take first place.

 

WATCH LIVE: Nathan Chen in U.S. Figure Skating Championships free skate

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Nathan Chen tries to become the first man to win four straight U.S. figure skating titles since 1988, live on NBC Sports on Sunday.

NBC Sports Gold streams live coverage of the men’s free skate for subscribers starting at 2:30 p.m. ET in Greensboro, N.C. NBC joins with TV coverage at 3.

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Chen, a 20-year-old Yale sophomore, is undefeated since placing fifth at the PyeongChang Olympics. He can become the seventh man since World War II to win four straight national titles.

Five of the previous six went on to earn Olympic gold, including Dick ButtonScott Hamilton and, most recently, Brian Boitano in 1988.

Chen carries a substantial 13.14-point lead from Saturday’s short program, where he landed two quadruple jumps on one week of full training following a flu bout.

The anticipated drama Sunday comes in the battle for silver and bronze medals and the last two world championships team spots.

Jason BrownAndrew TorgashevVincent Zhou and Tomoki Hiwatashi are separated by 8.78 points. Brown, the 2015 U.S. champion, and Zhou, the 2019 World bronze medalist, are the only men in the field other than Chen with world team experience.

Key Skate Times
5:01 p.m. (ET) — Vincent Zhou
5:18 — Tomoki Hiwatashi
5:26 — Andrew Torgashev
5:35 — Nathan Chen
5:43 — Jason Brown

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Mikaela Shiffrin, with 66th World Cup win, moves one shy of career dream

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Mikaela Shiffrin has said one of her career dreams is to win in every discipline in one season. She is now one victory shy of realizing it.

Shiffrin earned her 66th World Cup victory — and her second in three days — at a super-G in Bansko, Bulgaria, on Sunday.

She prevailed by .29 of a second over Italian Marta Bassino and .70 over Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami. Gut-Behrami, the last skier other than Shiffrin to win a World Cup overall title back in 2016, earned her first podium in exactly one year.

Full results are here.

“Perfect weekend for me,” said Shiffrin, who moved one shy of recently retired Austrian Marcel Hirscher for third place on the World Cup career wins list. “The whole team is excited about the whole weekend, but especially today.”

She is en route to a fourth straight World Cup overall title. And she is a combined victory away from wins in all five disciplines in one season. Only Marc GirardelliPetra KronbergerJanica Kostelic and Tina Maze have done it.

“The thing that I’m most proud of right now is that I know how to win in slalom, [giant slalom], super-G and downhill, which I never expected that would really happen,” she said.

Shiffrin struggled with confidence during a winless stretch in early January, trying not to compare herself to last season, when she won a record 17 times. She still leads the men’s and women’s tours with six victories this season, a little more than halfway through.

“Every race is such a big fight, and I haven’t been the one on top of this fight every time,” she said. “Certainly I’ve been like sometimes the expectations that I have or that other people might have, I’m not quite living up to that. Sometimes it’s hard not to feel like I’m failing sometimes, even though this is still just an incredible season.”

There are two combined races left this season for Shiffrin to achieve the dream — Feb. 23 in Switzerland and March 1 in Italy. While combined — mixing a speed run and a technical run — might seem perfect for Shiffrin, she has one victory in four starts in the discipline between the World Cup and Olympics.

And Shiffrin is careful about her race schedule. She is undecided on entering a downhill and super-G next weekend at the 2014 Olympic venue in Russia.

“After this weekend my brain is a little bit dead,” she joked.

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