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Mo Farah prevails, Galen Rupp beaten at Prefontaine Classic

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Mo Farah was unhappy after he won the 10,000m, while training partner Galen Rupp finished third in the 5000m, getting passed with 300 meters left at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., on Friday night.

Farah, the British Olympic and World 5000m and 10,000m champion, pulled away from Kenyans Paul Tanui and Geoffrey Kamworor in the last 100 meters to conclude the first of two days of action at the Diamond League meet at Hayward Field.

Farah clocked 26 minutes, 50.97 seconds, which was 4.40 seconds slower than his personal best from 2011. He won by .89 (race video here) but was discouraged with both the pacemaking and not having a pacemaker for the final half of the race.

“I wasn’t so happy,” Farah told media in Eugene. “With the pacemaking, it was tough to be able to just go alone all the way [the last 5,000m].”

Earlier, Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha, 17, won the 5000m in 13:10.54, on the final lap passing Rupp, who was third in 13:12.36. Two-time Olympic medalist Bernard Lagat, 40, was fourth in 13:14.97. Kejelcha, the World Junior champion, chopped 14.65 seconds off his personal best (race video here).

“It’s May, so I know what I need to do, gives me some good information moving forward the rest of the summer,” Rupp, whom Farah called his greatest challenger in the 10,000m, told media in Eugene. “I really wanted to see how I stacked up.”

U.S. champion Joe Kovacs won the shot put with a 22.12m throw, the farthest in the world this year. Kovacs, who also had the farthest throw in the world in 2014, defeated a field that included all three 2012 Olympic medalists.

Tianna Bartoletta, the U.S. 100m champion, won the long jump with a wind-aided 7.11m leap. Olympic and World champion Brittney Reese was fifth (6.69m).

The Prefontaine Classic concludes Saturday. NBCSN will have live coverage from 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET, followed by NBC from 4:30-6. NBC Sports Live Extra will stream the entire broadcast window. The full schedule and entry lists can be found here.

Prefontaine Classic preview of Saturday’s action

World champion wins doping case citing bodily fluids from boyfriend

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A world champion canoeist won a doping case Monday after persuading a tribunal that her positive test was caused by bodily fluid contamination from her boyfriend.

The International Canoe Federation (ICF) ended its investigation into 11-time world champion Laurence Vincent Lapointe, who tested positive for a steroid-like substance in July. She faced a four-year ban and could have missed her event’s Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games.

The Canadian canoe sprint racer and her lawyer detailed in a news program that laboratory analysis of hair from her then-boyfriend showed he was likely responsible for a tiny presence of ligandrol in her doping sample.

“The ICF has accepted Ms. Vincent Lapointe’s evidence which supports that she was the victim of third-party contamination,” the governing body said in a statement, clearing her to return to competition.

The legal debate is similar to tennis player Richard Gasquet’s 2009 acquittal in the “cocaine kiss” case. The Court of Arbitration for Sport accepted Gasquet’s defense that kissing a woman who had taken cocaine in a Miami nightclub, after he had withdrawn injured from a tournament, caused his positive test.

The 27-year-old Vincent Lapointe was provisionally suspended for almost six months and missed the 2019 World Championships, which was a key qualifying event for the Tokyo Olympics. American 17-year-old Nevin Harrison won the 200m world title in her absence.

She can still qualify for the Olympic debut of women’s canoe sprint events with victory at a World Cup event in May in Germany.

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U.S. women’s soccer team begins Olympic qualifying, which should rest on one match

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The U.S. women’s soccer team has never been in danger in Olympic qualifying, but that doesn’t change this fact: It must win on Feb. 7 to reach the Tokyo Games.

The CONCACAF tournament begins Tuesday in Houston, where the world champion Americans face world No. 72 Haiti. The last two group games are against No. 68 Panama on Friday and No. 37 Costa Rica on Feb. 3. The top two nations from the group advance to Feb. 7 semifinals.

The U.S. roster, with 18 of its 20 players coming from the 2019 World Cup team, is here.

Since CONCACAF qualifies two nations to the Olympics, the semifinals are the deciding games.

Should the U.S. win its group, it would face the runner-up from the other group in a winner-goes-to-Tokyo match. The other group (world ranking):

Canada (8)
Mexico (37)
Jamaica (53)
St. Kitts and Nevis (127)

Chaos could result in the unlikely event that either the U.S. or Canada finishes second in its group, and the two North American powers play a semifinal.

The U.S. is undefeated in Olympic qualifying history, since the tournament format began in 2004 — 15-0 with a goal differential of 88-1 (not counting matches played once they’ve already clinched qualification). The lone goal allowed came in a group-stage match in 2008, when the U.S. was already assured a spot in the semifinals.

Still, the U.S. knows the feeling of one poor outing in an important match. In 2010, it lost to Mexico in a winner-to-the-World Cup match. The U.S. was forced to win a last-chance, home-and-home playoff against a UEFA team — Italy — for the last spot in the World Cup.

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