Phil Dalhausser to miss World Beach Volleyball Championships

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Beijing Olympic champion Phil Dalhausser will miss the World Beach Volleyball Championships that start in three weeks due to a muscle tear suffered last week, partner Sean Rosenthal said.

“Phil is out for a little while, probably at least until Japan,” Rosenthal, a two-time U.S. Olympian, said in this video interview at an FIVB World Tour event in Croatia. The World Tour event in Yokohama, Japan, is July 21-26.

Rosenthal said he will continue playing with Stafford Slick during Dalhausser’s absence on the World Tour but does not yet have a replacement partner lined up for Worlds. Rosenthal and Slick are playing in Croatia this week and Norway next week.

Last week, Dalhausser, 35 and the two-time reigning World Tour player of the year, said he tore his left oblique a little bit during the first set of his last pool-play match at the World Tour Moscow Grand Slam. Dalhausser said he probably made the injury worse by playing through it and underwent an MRI, according to an FIVB press release.

Dalhausser and Rosenthal teamed after Dalhausser and Todd Rogers were eliminated in the 2012 Olympic round of 16, failing to become the first repeat men’s Olympic beach volleyball champions.

Dalhausser and Rosenthal qualified as the No. 2 seed into Worlds but were the top team for all intents and purposes, since the top seed automatically went to a pair from the host nation Netherlands.

They won three World Tour events last season, more than any other pair. At the last World Championships in 2013, they were eliminated in the round of 16.

Rogers, 41, is still active but has said he’s scaling back his international play. Neither Rogers nor Slick is one of the players on the four U.S. pairs entered in the World Championships. Rogers and Slick paired to finish fourth at the season-opening World Tour event in Fuzhou, China, in April, the only semifinal finish by a U.S. duo through the first three events of the season.

Kerri Walsh Jennings also injured

Katie Ledecky out-touches new rival at swimming’s U.S. Open, extends streak

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It was a rare sight: Katie Ledecky being matched stroke for stroke in a distance race in an American pool. She was up for the challenge.

Ledecky out-touched emerging 16-year-old Canadian Summer McIntosh by eight hundredths of a second in the 400m freestyle at the U.S. Open in Greensboro, N.C., on Thursday night.

Ledecky and McIntosh were tied at the 300-meter mark. Ledecky ended up clocking 3:59.71 to McIntosh’s 3:59.79 to extend a decade-long win streak in freestyle races of 400 meters or longer in U.S. pools.

“I know we’ll have a lot more races ahead of us,” Ledecky said on Peacock. “We bring the best out of each other.”

The U.S. Open continues Friday with live finals coverage on Peacock at 6 p.m. ET.

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At the Tokyo Olympics, McIntosh placed fourth in the 400m free at age 14.

She accelerated this year, taking silver behind Ledecky at the world championships and silver behind Tokyo gold medalist Ariarne Titmus of Australia at the Commonwealth Games.

Then in October, McIntosh outdueled Ledecky in a 400m free — also by eight hundredths — in a short-course, 25-meter pool at a FINA World Cup meet in Toronto. Long-course meets like the Olympics and the U.S. Open are held in 50-meter pools.

McIntosh also won world titles in the 200m butterfly and 400m individual medley, becoming the youngest individual world champion since 2011.

A potential showdown among Ledecky, Titmus and McIntosh at the 2024 Paris Games is already being compared to the “Race of the Century,” the 2004 Olympic men’s 200m free where Australian Ian Thorpe edged Dutchman Pieter van den Hoogenband and Michael Phelps.

In other events Thursday, Regan Smith, an Olympic and world medalist in the backstroke and butterfly, won a 200m individual medley in a personal best 2:10.40, a time that would have placed fifth at June’s world championships. She beat 16-year-old Leah Hayes, who took bronze in the event at worlds.

Olympic 400m IM champ Chase Kalisz won the men’s 200m IM in 1:56.52, his best time ever outside of major summer meets. Frenchman Léon Marchand won the world title in 1:55.22 in June, when Kalisz was fourth.

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Eliud Kipchoge, two races shy of his target, to make Boston Marathon debut

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World record holder Eliud Kipchoge will race the Boston Marathon for the first time on April 17.

Kipchoge, who at September’s Berlin Marathon lowered his world record by 30 seconds to 2:01:09, has won four of the six annual major marathons — Berlin, Tokyo, London and Chicago.

The 38-year-old Kenyan has never raced Boston, the world’s oldest annual marathon dating to 1897, nor New York City but has repeated in recent years a desire to enter both of them.

Typically, he has run the London Marathon in the spring and the Berlin Marathon in the fall.

Kipchoge’s last race in the U.S. was the 2014 Chicago Marathon, his second of 10 consecutive marathon victories from 2014 through 2019.

He can become the first reigning men’s marathon world record holder to finish the Boston Marathon since South Korean Suh Yun-Bok set a world record of 2:25:39 in Boston in 1947, according to the Boston Athletic Association.

In 2024 in Paris, Kipchoge is expected to race the Olympic marathon and bid to become the first person to win three gold medals in that event.

The Boston Marathon field also includes arguably the second- and third-best men in the world right now — Kipchoge’s Kenyan training partners Evans Chebet and Benson Kipruto. Chebet won Boston and New York City this year. Kipruto won Boston last year and Chicago this year.

American Des Linden, who won Boston in 2018, headlines the women’s field.

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