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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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Mo Farah focused on Chicago Marathon defense, not ruling out 10,000m double

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Mo Farah said all of his training focus is on defending his Chicago Marathon title on Oct. 13, but the British star also said Tuesday that he can wait until “the last minute” to change his mind and also enter the world championships 10,000m on Oct. 6.

“I am a reigning world champion, so I do get an automatic spot anyway,” Farah said of the 10,000m, where he is a three-time reigning world champion.

Farah transitioned to road racing after the 2017 season and was thought to be done with major track championships. Farah was the distance king for more than a half-decade, sweeping the 5000m and 10,000m at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

Farah said Tuesday that he didn’t know what the deadline would be to enter the world championships 10,000m.

“I really don’t know. I think the last minute,” he said. “As I said, I get an automatic spot anyway. I don’t know. My main target is to defend my [marathon] title, come out to Chicago. All the training is geared toward the marathon.”

An IAAF spokesperson said Farah must be entered as part of the British team by Sept. 16 to be eligible for worlds.

British Athletics said Wednesday that its team will be selected Sept. 2.

“Should Mo wish to race the 10,000m in Doha, he would need to advise the selection panel prior to this date,” a spokesperson said.

Farah enticed his followers about the 10,000m in a July 27 Instagram with the hashtag #doha10k, referencing the site of world championships in Qatar. Farah was asked Tuesday why he included the hashtag.

“Anything is possible,” he said. “I’m a reigning champion. I get an automatic spot. There’s nothing I have to do. I just thought why not?”

It’s not an unprecedented type of move to race a 10,000m one week before a marathon. Former training partner Galen Rupp placed fifth in the 2016 Olympic 10,000m on Aug. 13, then took bronze in the marathon on Aug. 21.

Farah said he hasn’t set any major racing plans beyond Chicago. He finished what he called a disappointing fifth in the London Marathon in 2:05.39 on April 28, three minutes behind winner Eliud Kipchoge. Farah said a satisfying result in Chicago would be a win above worrying about a specific time. The last man to repeat as Chicago champ was Kenyan Sammy Wanjiru in 2010.

The 2020 London Marathon is three and a half months before the Tokyo Olympic marathon, a tight turnaround.

“I think I can get back in form for the London Marathon before the Olympics, and then the Olympics, I guess, but I haven’t decided,” Farah said. “My main target now is just Chicago, then work from there.”

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Race Imboden, Gwen Berry get probation for Pan Am Games podium protests

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DENVER (AP) — The letter went to the two protesters. The message was meant for a much wider audience.

The CEO of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee sent letters of reprimand to hammer thrower Gwen Berry and fencer Race Imboden for protesting on the medals stand last week at the Pan American Games, but the 12-month probations that came with the letters also included a none-too-subtle signal for anyone vying for next year’s Olympics.

“It is also important for me to point out that, going forward, issuing a reprimand to other athletes in a similar instance is insufficient,” Sarah Hirshland wrote in the letters sent Tuesday. The Associated Press obtained copies of the documents.

Neither Berry’s raised fist nor Imboden’s kneel-down on the Pan Am medals stand were met with immediate consequences, in part because they happened at the tail end of the Games that were wrapping up in Lima, Peru.

Hirshland’s letter was as clear a sign as possible that athletes who try the same next year in Tokyo could face a different reaction.

It’s the IOC’s role to discipline athletes who break rules that forbid political protest at the Olympics — much the way the IOC triggered the ouster of John Carlos and Tommie Smith after their iconic protest in 1968 — though national federations can get into the mix, too. Before going to the Olympics, athletes sign forms stating they’re aware of the rules and won’t break them.

“We recognize that we must more clearly define for Team USA athletes what a breach of these rules will mean in the future,” Hirshland wrote. “Working with the (athletes and national governing body councils), we are committed to more explicitly defining what the consequences will be for members of Team USA who protest at future Games.”

Neither athlete immediately returned messages sent to them by AP via their social media accounts and agents.

Both will be eligible for the Olympics next summer, when the United States will be in the heat of a presidential campaign.

In a tweet sent shortly after his team’s medals ceremony at the Pan Am Games, Imboden said: “Racism, gun control, mistreatment of immigrants, and a president who spreads hate are at the top of a long list” of issues that need to be addressed.

Berry said she was protesting social injustice in America, and that it was “too important to not say something.”

Hirshland said she respected the perspectives of the athletes and would work with the IOC “to engage on a global discussion on these matters.”

“However, we can’t ignore the rules or the reasons they exist,” she wrote.

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