Usain Bolt wins 200m in Ostrava; David Rudisha injured

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Usain Bolt won his second 200m race in the last 21 months, clocking 20.13 on a rained-on track in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on Tuesday.

Bolt’s time ranks him fourth fastest in the world this year in the 200m and was .07 faster than his time on April 11, his first 200m since August 2013.

“It was a little bit colder than I thought it would be,” Bolt told an on-track reporter. “It’s all about working on my technique, getting back into shape.”

The Ostrava field included zero of the expected top challengers to Bolt at the World Championships in Beijing on Aug. 29.

Earlier, Olympic 800m champion and world-record holder David Rudisha pulled up early in a 600m race, holding the front of his right thigh. Rudisha pulled a muscle, but the injury was not very serious, according to the Kenyan’s Twitter.

Rudisha, 26, went more than one year between races in 2013 and 2014 due to a right knee injury and returned to be the fifth fastest man in the world in the 800m last year.

Also Tuesday, Asafa Powell won a 100m in 10.04 seconds with a small headwind, well off his 9.84 from May 9.

Bolt ran a total of 400 meters in competition last season, one shortened due to foot surgery.

Bolt’s 200m world record from 2009 is 19.19, a mark he has said he hopes to break.

Bolt is scheduled to race at the Adidas Grand Prix in New York on June 13 (NBC, 1-3 p.m. ET).

Bolt’s biggest rival, American Justin Gatlin, is scheduled to race a 200m at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday (3:30-4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN; 4:30-6 on NBC).

Gatlin clocked 19.68 and 19.71 in 200m races in 2014, the fastest times in the world since Bolt ran 19.66 to win the 2013 World Championship.

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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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