Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte split duels in Mesa

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Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte each notched wins in their two head-to-head swims on the final night of competition at the Pro Swim Series at Mesa, Ariz., on Saturday.

“Like old times,” Lochte told media in Mesa.

Phelps, in his first meet since August, took the 100m freestyle in 49.72 seconds, out-touching Lochte by .05. Conor Dwyer was third (full meet results). Phelps also won the 100m butterfly Thursday.

Phelps clocked 48.45 in the 100m free at his best in 2014, the second-fastest time among Americans behind Olympic champion Nathan Adrian. Adrian wasn’t in the field in Mesa.

Earlier Saturday, Lochte captured the 200m individual medley in 1:58.7, ahead of Dwyer (1:59.04) and Phelps (2:00.01).

“That was the best day of my meet here,” said Phelps, who also swam Friday morning, failing to make the top final in the 400m freestyle. “It’s a good starting point. … It doesn’t really matter where we are at this given day. It kind of really matters where we are a year from now.”

Lochte and Phelps ranked Nos. 2 and 3 in the world in the 200m IM last year, behind Japan’s Kosuke Hagino. Hagino, 20, recorded 1:56.30 on April 7 at the Japanese Championships.

Lochte and Hagino could go head-to-head at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia, in August. Phelps was taken off the U.S. roster for Worlds as punishment following his September DUI arrest.

Also Saturday, Katie Ledecky was under her world-record pace in the 800m freestyle through 500 meters but fell off and finished in 8:13.02. She prevailed by 18.63 seconds. Her world record from last year is 8:11.00.

“There was a stretch of three weeks where I don’t think I had a bad practice,” Ledecky said. “Before that, I think I had a bad practice once a week.”

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu captured the women’s 200m IM. Zimbabwe’s Kirsty Coventry took the 200m backstroke, which she also won at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.

The Pro Swim Series continues in Charlotte from May 14-17. Phelps is expected to compete there.

Michael Phelps jokingly challenges Katie Ledecky to race

Danielle Perkins is first U.S. boxer to win world title in 3 years

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Danielle Perkins became the U.S.’ first world champion boxer in this Olympic cycle, taking the heavyweight crown in Russia on Sunday.

Perkins, a 37-year-old who played college basketball at George Mason and St. John’s, improved from bronze in 2018 to earn her first world title, blanking defending world champion Yang Xiaoli of China 5-0 in Sunday’s final.

Video of the bout is here.

Perkins was slated to fight Yang in the 2018 World semifinals but withdrew due to medical reasons, according to USA Boxing.

The heavyweight division is 81+kg, but the heaviest Olympic weight division is capped at 75kg.

The last American to earn a world title was Claressa Shields in 2016, before she repeated as Olympic champion in Rio and moved to the professional ranks.

The Olympic trials are in December in Louisiana, after which winners will fight internationally in early 2020 in bids to qualify for the Tokyo Games.

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Brigid Kosgei shatters marathon world record in Chicago

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Kenyan Brigid Kosgei shattered a 16-year-old world record in the women’s marathon by 81 seconds, winning the Chicago Marathon in 2:14:04 on Sunday.

Brit Paula Radcliffe had held the record of 2:15:25 set at the 2003 London Marathon. Kenyan Mary Keitany holds the female-only record of 2:17:01 from the 2017 London Marathon. Both Kosgei and Radcliffe, the only women to break 2:17, ran with men in their record races.

Radcliffe’s record was the longest-standing for the men’s or women’s marathon of the last 50 years.

Kosgei did it one day after Eliud Kipchoge became the first person to run a sub-two-hour marathon in a non-record-eligible event in Vienna. She won by a gaping 6 minutes, 47 seconds over Ethiopian Ababel Yeshaneh.

Kosgei, who won Chicago in 2018 and the London Marathon in April, came in highly favored. The 25-year-old tuned up with the fastest half-marathon ever by a woman (by 23 seconds) on Sept. 8 on a non-record-eligible course.

“2:10 is possible for a lady,” Kosgei said after Sunday’s record.

Jordan Hasay, the top U.S. woman in the field, stopped after feeling a sharp hamstring strain after two miles. Hasay, who was coached by Alberto Salazar before his ban in a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency case, is one of several women in contention for the three Olympic spots at the Feb. 29 trials in Atlanta.

Kenyan Lawrence Cherono won the men’s race by one second over Ethiopian Dejene Debela in 2:05:45.

The U.S.’ top marathoner, Galen Rupp, dropped out around mile 23 after straining a calf around the sixth mile. Rupp, who was also coached by Salazar, was racing for the first time since the 2018 Chicago Marathon and Achilles surgery.

Mo Farah, the defending champion and four-time Olympic track gold medalist, finished eighth in 2:09:58. He also dropped from the leaders before the halfway point.

American Daniel Romanchuk and Swiss Manuela Schar won the wheelchair races.

Romanchuk, 21, repeated as champion. He has also won Boston London and New York City in the last year. Schar distanced decorated American Tatyana McFadden by 4:14, though McFadden did qualify for the Tokyo Paralympics with her runner-up finish (as did Romanchuk).

The fall major marathon season concludes with the New York City Marathon on Nov. 3, featuring defending champions Mary Keitany and Lelisa Desisa and 2018 Boston Marathon champion Des Linden.

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