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David Rudisha equals world lead in Glasgow; Felix, Fraser-Pryce beaten (video)

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David Rudisha is rounding into form quite nicely in his return from injury, while Allyson Felix and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce have more competition as they get back to full strength.

The Kenyan Rudisha won an 800m race in 1 minute 43.34 seconds at a Diamond League meet in Glasgow, Scotland, on Saturday. The Olympic champion and world-record holder prevailed by 2.31 seconds, less than two months into his competitive return from a knee injury that sidelined him for more than one year.

“I was expecting to run the fastest time this year in the 800 meters,” Rudisha told the BBC. “I’m glad I accomplished that.”

His time matched the world lead by countryman Asbel Kiprop, who may eye the 1500m world record at the next Diamond League stop in Monaco on Friday.

Rudisha’s world record, set at the 2012 Olympics, is 1:40.91.

Two other London Olympic champions, recently beset by injuries, were run down in sprints Saturday.

Felix was edged by .01 by Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers in the 200m. Schippers broke the Dutch national record after breaking the national record in the 100m earlier in the day.

Felix, working her way back from a torn hamstring at last year’s World Championships, lost by .02 in a 200m in Paris one week earlier and is the fourth-fastest American this year.

Fraser-Pryce fell behind Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye, who won in 11.01 to stay undefeated this season, according to the BBC. Fraser-Pryce won 2012 Olympic and 2013 Worlds 100m gold. Ahye, who didn’t advance past the Olympic or Worlds semifinals, is the fastest woman this year.

Still, Fraser-Pryce’s time on Saturday was her best this year, moving to No. 18 in the world after a left leg injury hampered her early season.

“It has been a rough two months for me, but I’m really pleased today that I executed,” Fraser-Pryce told the BBC.

Queen Harrison won the 100m hurdles in 12.58, followed by Lolo Jones (12.68) and Olympic champion Sally Pearson (12.87). World leader Dawn Harper-Nelson and World champion Brianna Rollins were not in the field.

Fabiana Murer continues to look like Brazil’s top track and field athlete as the Rio 2016 Olympics approach 750 days to go. She won her second straight Diamond League pole vault, clearing 4.65m and beating Olympic gold and silver medalists Jenn Suhr and Yarisley Silva.

Emma Coburn broke the American record in the 3000m steeplechase with her second-place 9:11.42, making her the third-fastest woman this year and 11th all time.

Olympic champion Christian Taylor got the better of Will Claye in their ongoing triple jump rivalry, 17.36m to 17.27m.

Video: Yohan Blake falls in 100m, ends Glasgow Diamond League wheeled off in chair

Hayato Sakamoto, Japanese baseball MVP, tests positive for coronavirus

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Hayato Sakamoto, an MVP of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) league, is one of two players from the Yomiuri Giants to test positive for the coronavirus, according to several Japanese media reports.

Sakamoto, a 31-year-old shortstop, and catcher Takumi Oshiro tested positive ahead of the NPB’s planned June 19 start to the season that had been delayed to the coronavirus.

The tests showed traces of the coronavirus, according to Kyodo News.

The Giants canceled Wednesday’s practice game with the Seibu Lions to limit the spread of the virus.

Sakamoto is the reigning Central League MVP. He has been called the Derek Jeter of Japan for playing the same position as the Yankee great and being the veteran captain of Japan’s equivalent club, the Giants, which own a record 22 Japan Series titles.

Sakamoto, who played in the last two World Baseball Classics, has been considered a lock for Japan’s baseball team at the Tokyo Games in 2021 as the most well known active player who hasn’t left for Major League Baseball. MLB is not expected to allow its top players to participate in the Olympics, which would keep the likes of Shohei Ohtani and Masahiro Tanaka off the Olympic roster.

The sport returns to the Olympic program for the first time since 2008, though it is not on the 2024 Olympic program nor guaranteed a place at the 2028 Los Angeles Games.

Japan reached the semifinals of all five Olympic baseball tournaments when the sport was previously on the medal program but never took gold.

In a 2018 survey, Sakamoto was ranked as Japan’s eighth-most popular athlete across all sports, foreign or domestic, active or retired.

Sky Brown, 11-year-old Olympic skateboard hopeful, suffers serious injuries in fall

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Sky Brown, an 11-year-old British Olympic skateboarding hopeful, recently suffered her worst fall, requiring surgery, she said in a video posted from a hospital bed.

Brown suffered skull fractures and broke her left wrist and hand and was at first unresponsive upon arrival to a hospital, according to the BBC, which quoted her father.

Video of the fall from a skateboarding ramp was posted on her social media. She appeared to be wearing a helmet in the video.

“I don’t usually post my falls or talk about them because I want people to see the fun in what I do,” Brown said. “But this was my worst fall, and I just want everyone to know that, it’s OK, don’t worry. I’m OK. It’s OK to fall sometimes. I’m just going to get back up and push even harder. I know there’s a lot of things going on in the world right now. I want everyone to know that whatever we do, we’ve just go to do it with love and happiness.”

Brown is the 2019 World bronze medalist in the new Olympic sport’s park discipline.

Later Tuesday, Brown reposted an Instagram post from what appeared to be her father’s account. The caption of that post said Brown fell 15 feet to flat concrete.

“I held her in my arms and she bled helplessly moaning in and out of consciousness waiting for the helicopter to take her to the Hospital,” the caption read. “We spent the night sick and terrified not knowing if Sky was going to make it through the night, as the ICU team tried to get her conscious and kept her alive.

“4 days later Sky sits across from me with her full memory back, smiling, watching TikTok while Eating her favorite bad snacks.”

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Last week the worst thing I could ever ever imagined happened to @skybrown . She fell about 15ft off the side of a vert ramp to flat concrete. I held her in my arms and she bled helplessly moaning in and out of consciousness waiting for the helicopter to take her to the Hospital. We spent the night sick and terrified not knowing if Sky was going to make it through the night, as the ICU team tried to get her conscious and kept her alive. We prayed and begged God to give Sky another chance. Word came back while she was still unconscious, multiple fractures to her skull, a broken left arm, which she broke into pieces because she used it to break her fall, broken right fingers and lacerations to her heart and lungs. 4 days later Sky sits across from me with her full memory back, smiling, watching TikTok while Eating her favorite bad snacks. More importantly her Doctors and the trauma team say it’s a miracle how well she is dealing with the pain and recovering incredibly fast. They said it’s shocking and believe it’s because of her grit, positivity and attitude. Skys brother @oceanbrown has been so brave. He saw his sister fall to the ground lying in a pool of blood and was screaming in tears that night outside of the hospital. He has still not allowed into the hospital to see her. They miss each-other dearly, but no siblings are allowed to enter the hospital because of coronavirus. They’ve been spending hours a day on FaceTime with each other making funny faces to one another in fits of giggles and laughter. Sky promises Ocean daily that she will make a fast recovery so they can be together again. Sky is constantly joking and smiling and it’s hurts my heart to even imagine for a second a world without Sky; extremely thankful that I don’t have to. Thank you to the heroes that are the doctors, nurses and hospital staff that have tirelessly worked on her and helped her get to this point.

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