Tori Bowie pulls up at Birmingham Diamond League; recap

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source: Getty ImagesThe world’s fastest woman this year pulled up with an apparent injury at a Diamond League meet in Birmingham, England, on Sunday.

Tori Bowie had to be helped off the track after she came to a stop less than halfway through the 100m. Jamaican Kerron Stewart won in 11.22 seconds.

Bowie previously suffered a leg injury at the U.S. Championships in late June but came back to run a world-leading 10.80 seconds in Monaco on July 18. Bowie, primarily a long jumper until March, is also the second-fastest woman over 200m this year (22.18).

The women’s 100m was one of the marquee events of the meet, but Bowie’s injury came after Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was a non-starter and Olympic 200m champion Allyson Felix  failed to qualify for the final.

The Diamond League resumes with the first of two finals meets in Zurich on Thursday.

In other events Sunday, Beijing Olympic champion Dawn Harper-Nelson won the 100m hurdles in 12.66. London Olympic champion Sally Pearson was third in 12.85, and World champion Brianna Rollins was fifth in 12.95.

Kenyan Asbel Kiprop won a star-studded men’s mile in 3:51.89, beating world leader Ayanleh Souleiman (3:52.07). Americans Leo Manzano and Matthew Centrowitz were eighth and ninth.

Britain’s most famous active track and field athlete, Mo Farah, separated from the pack in the men’s two mile and won in 8:07.85, a new European record in the non-Olympic event.

Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha won a 600m race in 1:13.71.

World champion Christine Ohuruogu won the 400m in 51.40. Neither Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross nor world leader Francena McCorory was in the field.

Kirani James won the men’s 400m in 44.59, lacking competition without rival LaShawn Merritt on hand.

Qatar’s Mutaz Barshim won the high jump with a 2.38m clearance over Ukraine’s Bohdan Bondarenko. Both men failed at three attempts at 2.41m. The world record is 2.45m.

Jamaicans Kemar Bailey-Cole and Nickel Ashmeade took the men’s 100m and 200m in 10.08 and 20.33, respectively. They didn’t have to face Usain Bolt or Justin Gatlin.

Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor won the long jump at 8.09m, beating British Olympic champion Greg Rutherford and U.S. champion Jeff Henderson.

New Zealand’s Valerie Adams won her 55th straight shot put competition.

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Aleksander Aamodt Kilde wins Beaver Creek downhill

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BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde won his second straight World Cup downhill race to start the season, despite feeling under the weather.

Although dealing with an illness all week in training, Kilde powered through the challenging Birds of Prey course Saturday in a time of 1 minute, 42.09 seconds. It was enough to hold off Marco Odermatt of Switzerland by 0.06 seconds. James Crawford of Canada was third to earn his second career World Cup podium finish.

Kilde also won the opening downhill last weekend in Lake Louise, Alberta.

“It’s been a tough week,” Kilde said after the race. “I caught the flu in Lake Louise after a very, very nice weekend. It really hit me hard. Then I got a couple of days to rest and take it easy. … I felt OK. Still feeling it a little bit in my system.”

The Beaver Creek crew members had the course in solid shape a day after a downhill race was canceled due to high wind and snowfall.

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Kilde reached speeds around 75 mph in picking up his eighth World Cup downhill victory. That tied him with Kjetil Jansrud for the third-most downhill wins in the World Cup discipline among Norwegian men. The total trails only Aksel Lund Svindal (14) and Lasse Kjus (10).

“I found a really, really good set-up with my equipment and also with my skiing,” Kilde explained. “I believe in myself. I trust in myself. I have a good game plan. When I stand on the start, I don’t dwell on anything. I know that this plan is what I do and when I do that it’s going to be fast.”

Odermatt has been on the podium in all four World Cup races this season as he tries to defend his overall World Cup title. The 25-year-old finished third in the opening downhill of the season last weekend. He’s also won a giant slalom race and a super-G.

Ryan Cochran-Siegle wound up in seventh place for the top American finish. He was ninth in the downhill in Lake Louise.

“It’s been solid,” Cochran-Siegle said of his strides in the discipline. “A couple of little things here and there that pushed me off that top three. You have to ski with a lot of intensity and ski without abandon, in a sense. Today was a good step.”

Switzerland’s Beat Feuz, who won the Olympic downhill gold medal at the Beijing Games last February, tied for ninth.

The Beaver Creek stop on the circuit comes to a close Sunday with a super-G race. Odermatt will be the favorite after holding off Kilde in the opening super-G last weekend.

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Summer McIntosh, Canadian teen swimmer, caps record year with another historic time

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Summer McIntosh swam the fourth-fastest 400m individual medley in history on Friday, capping a year that already included world titles, Commonwealth Games titles and a victory over Katie Ledecky.

McIntosh, a 16-year-old Canadian whose mom swam at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, won the 400m IM in 4 minutes, 28.61 seconds at the U.S. Open in Greensboro, N.C. She prevailed by a Ledecky-like 13.24 seconds, breaking her own national record that was previously the fourth-fastest time in history.

“It’s still pretty early in the season, so I didn’t really know what to expect going into it,” she said on Peacock.

The only two women who ever went faster in the event known as the decathlon of swimming are Olympic gold medalists: Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu (world record 4:26.36 and 4:28.58) and China’s Ye Shiwen (4:28.43).

McIntosh has come a long way in a short time. Three years ago, she put all her eggs in the 1500m freestyle basket, thinking it was her best shot to merely qualify for the Tokyo Games in 2020. The one-year Olympic postponement was a blessing.

The rapidly improving McIntosh swam three individual events in Tokyo with a top finish of fourth in the 400m free, just missing becoming the youngest swimming medalist since 1996. She then told her coach she wanted to become an IMer.

At this past June’s world championships, McIntosh won two of the most grueling events — 400m IM and 200m butterfly — to become the youngest individual world champion since 2011. She also took silver to Ledecky in the 400m free, an event in which she later beat Ledecky in a short-course meet (25-meter pool rather than the 50-meter pool used for the Olympics).

A month after worlds, McIntosh swept the IMs at the Commonwealth Games, where she broke more world junior records and again took second in the 400m free (this time to Olympic champ and world record holder Ariarne Titmus of Australia).

McIntosh, who turned professional last year, now trains full-time in Sarasota, Florida, where she rents a house with her mom, Jill Horstead, who was ninth in the 200m fly at the 1984 Olympics (McIntosh, whose passions include the Kardashians and plants from Target, has seen video of her mom winning the B final at those Games). They’re a three-hour drive down Interstate 75 from Ledecky’s base in Gainesville.

Also Friday, Erin Gemmell celebrated her 18th birthday by nearly becoming the first American to beat Ledecky in a 200m freestyle in nearly nine years. Ledecky won by 42 hundredths of a second in 1:56.74 and said she had an off-day while also praising Gemmell, the daughter of her former coach.

NBC airs U.S. Open highlights on Dec. 10 at 4:30 p.m. ET.

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