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World Gymnastics Championships nominative lists announced

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The U.S. women’s team for the World Gymnastics Championships won’t be announced until Wednesday, but the International Gymnastics Federation released “nominative lists” of gymnasts for every nation.

These lists mean nothing for the U.S., but it’s interesting to note which names were submitted. Here they are:

Simone Biles — 2013 World all-around champion
Kyla Ross — 2013 World all-around silver medalist
Alyssa Bauman
Madison Desch
Madison Kocian
Ashton Locklear
Mykayla Skinner

Full women’s nominative list | Men’s nominative list

The World Championships in Nanning, China, start Oct. 3.

Last year, the four U.S. women on the nominative list ended up being the four U.S. women who flew to Antwerp, Belgium, for the event. The 2013 World Championships only included individual competition. This year, the team event returns, so nations can send seven gymnasts.

Biles and Ross are considered shoo-ins for the team. Ross is the only member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team who could make it with none of the other Fierce Five members active this year.

Brenna Dowell made the 2013 World Championships team with Biles, Ross and McKayla Maroney, but she did not compete in Antwerp in favor of the other three competing in all four events in qualifying.

Dowell did not make this year’s nominative list, but she is among 12 women attending next week’s U.S. National Team camp in Texas from which the World Championships team will be chosen. Here are the 12:

Simone Biles — on nominative list
Kyla Ross — on nominative list
Alyssa Bauman — on nominative list
Madison Desch — on nominative list
Madison Kocian 
— on nominative list
Ashton Locklear — on nominative list
Mykayla Skinner 
— on nominative list
Brenna Dowell
Felicia Hano
Veronica Hults
Amelia Hundley
Macy Toronjo

The U.S. women will be looking to win a second straight World Championships team gold, but the pool of gymnasts to choose from is shallower than hoped. The following gymnasts will not be competing in Nanning:

Maroney underwent surgery earlier this year.

Maggie Nichols, who finished third in the all-around behind Biles and Ross at the P&G Championships last month, dislocated a kneecap at the Pan American Championships.

Rachel Gowey, who is from the same gym that produced Shawn Johnson and Gabby Douglas, broke an ankle in training at the P&G Championships. Gowey was fourth at the Secret U.S. Classic behind Biles, Ross and Nichols.

Peyton Ernst, who replaced Biles at the Pacific Rim Championships in April, had shoulder surgery and missed the P&G Championships.

Lexie Priessman, the 2012 P&G junior all-around champion, withdrew from the Secret U.S. Classic after suffering an ankle injury, had surgery and did not compete at the P&G Championships.

Katelyn Ohashi, the 2011 P&G junior all-around champion, hasn’t competed in more than one year.

Elizabeth Price, the 2012 Olympic alternate and American Cup winner in March, retired from elite gymnastics.

The U.S.’ biggest competition should come from Olympic silver medalist Russia, expected to be led by veteran Aliya Mustafina.

The entire U.S. men’s team announced Aug. 24 is on the nominative list, along with Japan’s reigning all-around gold and silver medalists, Kohei Uchimura and Ryohei Kato.

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Eliud Kipchoge sets next marathon

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Eliud Kipchoge will race the London Marathon on April 26 before he is expected to defend his Olympic title in Japan on Aug. 9, which would mark the shortest break between marathons of his career.

Kipchoge, who in his last 26.2-mile effort became the first person to break two hours at the distance, won all four of his London Marathon starts, including breaking the course record in 2016 and 2019.

His time this past April 28 — 2:02:37 — is the third-fastest time in history. Kipchoge has the world record of 2:01:39 set at the 2018 Berlin Marathon. His sub-two-hour marathon in Vienna on Oct. 12 was not in a record-eligible race.

Kipchoge’s previous shortest break between marathons came in 2016, when he also ran London and the Olympics. The Olympics will be two weeks earlier in 2020 than in 2016.

Kipchoge, 35, has won 11 of 12 marathons since moving to road racing after failing to make Kenya’s 2012 Olympic track team.

He has yet to race the two most prestigious marathons in the U.S. — Boston and New York City — but has said they are on his bucket list.

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Canadians become first female doubles luge team in World Cup

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WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) — Caitlin Nash and Natalie Corless made luge history Saturday, becoming the first female team to compete in a World Cup doubles race.

The 16-year-olds from Whistler combined to finish 22nd in a field of 23 sleds, though that seemed largely irrelevant. There have been four-woman teams in what is typically called four-man bobsledding, but luge has never seen a pairing like this until now.

The German sled of Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken won the race in 1 minute, 16.644 seconds. Germany’s Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt finished second and the Russian team of Vsevolod Kashkin and Konstantin Korshunov placed third for their first medal of the season.

The U.S. team of Chris Mazdzer and Jayson Terdiman placed 11th.

But the story was the Canadian teens, who qualified for the World Cup event on Thursday. They were nearly a half-second behind any other finisher and almost 2.7 seconds back of Eggert and Benecken. But they’ll forever be able to say that they were winning the race at one point — a technicality because they were the first ones down the hill at the Whistler Sliding Center, but accurate nonetheless.

The only sled they beat was the Italian team of Ivan Nagler and Fabian Malleier, who crashed in the second heat.

There are women’s singles and men’s singles races on the World Cup luge circuit, but there is no rule saying doubles teams must be composed of two men. There have been more female doubles racers at the junior level in recent years, and it was generally considered to be just a matter of time before it happened at the World Cup level.

That time became Saturday.

Canada had the chance to qualify a second sled into the doubles field because some teams typically on the circuit chose to skip this weekend’s stop, and Nash and Corless got into by successfully finishing a Nations Cup qualifying race on Thursday.

They were 11th in that race out of 11 sleds, more than a full second behind the winner and nearly a half-second behind the closest finisher. But all they had to do was cross the line without crashing to get into Saturday’s competition, and earned their spot in the luge history books as a result.

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