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Five events to watch at Zurich Diamond League

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The Diamond League season continues in Zurich on Thursday, four nights removed from the conclusion of the World Championships in Beijing.

Many World champions are in action at the first of two finals meets, where Diamond League titles will be determined. More on those season-long title races here. The full Zurich schedule and entry lists are here.

Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin won’t race in Zurich but could line up in Brussels on Sept. 11, although in separate events. Allyson Felix is also scheduled for Brussels and not Zurich.

Here are five events to watch in Zurich on Thursday (all times Eastern):

Men’s long jump — 2:20 p.m.

Christian Taylor, fresh off winning the World triple jump title with the second-farthest mark in history, will try to test Olympic and World champion Greg Rutherford in the long jump.

Rutherford, who won the World title with an 8.41-meter leap, is unlikely to worry about Taylor, whose personal best in the shorter jump is 8.19 meters. Instead, Americans Jeff Henderson, Marquis Dendy and Mike Hartfield will look to bounce back from finishing outside the top eight in Beijing.

Women’s 100m — 2:29 p.m.

Olympic and World champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has won the 100m at her last five competitions, and the streak should continue here. She won’t have to face World 100m silver medalist and 200m gold medalist Dafne Schippers in Zurich.

If anyone is to challenge the Jamaican, it’s Tori Bowie, who took 100m bronze in her Worlds debut last week, one tenth behind Fraser-Pryce. The Zurich field also includes veteran Veronica Campbell-Brown, who was third in the 200m and fourth in the 100m in Beijing.

Men’s 400m — 2:46 p.m.

The top six finishers from the World Championships are in this race, including South African gold medalist Wayde van Niekerk, who will look to follow up his 43.48-second performance in Beijing that made him the fourth fastest man of all time in the one-lap race.

The previous two World champions, American LaShawn Merritt and Grenada’s Kirani James, were .17 and .30 behind the South African in Beijing. They should be the top competition in Zurich.

Women’s 3000m — 3:19 p.m.

The field is a gathering of middle-to-long distance running elite. From the 1500m ranks, Ethiopian World champion and world-record holder Genzebe Dibaba, the 2011 World champion Jenny Simpson and the American record holder Shannon Rowbury.

From the 3000m steeplechase is American Emma Coburn, who was fifth at Worlds. Then there’s the World champions at the 5000m and 10,000m — Ethiopian Almaz Ayana and Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot.

Men’s 1500m — 3:43 p.m.

The field includes all three Worlds medalists, plus U.S. Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano and Kenyans Silas Kiplagat, the fastest man in the world in 2014, and Caleb Ndiku, the World 5000m silver medalist.

With Kiplagat and Ndiku plus World gold and silver medalists Asbel Kiprop and Elijah Manangoi, a Kenyan sweep of places one through four is not out of the question.

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Watch Danell Leyva splash out of American Ninja Warrior

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Triple Olympic medalist Danell Leyva became the latest gymnast to appear on NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior,” splashing out of the “Leaps of Faith” in the latter portion of the course in the Los Angeles City Finals that aired Monday.

Leyva’s full run can be seen at the 44-minute mark here.

Leyva, a 27-year-old who took all-around bronze at the 2012 London Games and then retired with parallel bars and high bar silver in Rio, was cheered on by 2012 Olympic teammates Jonathan Horton and John Orozco. He previously completed the course at the Los Angeles City qualifier.

Horton has tackled ANW five times, according to the broadcast. Other gymnasts to appear on the show included Olympic all-around champions Nastia Liukin and Paul Hamm and, perhaps the show’s most famous competitor, former Towson University athlete Kacy Catanzaro.

Leyva could still make the Las Vegas finals, according to the broadcast.

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Chinese 13-year-olds go 1-2 at diving worlds; U.S. medal drought ends

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Reminiscent of one of its legendary divers, Chinese 13-year-olds took gold and silver in the women’s platform at the world diving championships on Wednesday. Delaney Schnell rallied for bronze, ending a 14-year U.S. medal drought.

Chen Yuxi and Lu Wei, both born in 2005, tallied 439 and 377.8 points, respectively, in Gwangju, South Korea. China is nine for nine in gold medals with four finals left this week. Schnell, who was in fifth place and 1.2 points back of third going into the last dive, ended up with 364.2.

No U.S. woman had earned an individual world platform medal since Laura Wilkinson‘s gold in 2005. Schnell, 20, was sixth at the 2016 Olympic trials and second at the 2017 World trials before placing 27th at her world debut two years ago.

Back in 1991, Chinese 12-year-old Fu Mingxia captured the world title on the platform. A year later, Fu took platform gold in Barcelona and remains the youngest Summer Olympic champion since 1960. Fu went on to win a Chinese record four individual Olympic diving titles.

Lu and Chen represent the next generation of Chinese female divers following the post-Rio retirements of their role model, Chen Ruolin, and Wu Minxia.

China is such a diving factory that it took gold and silver without the Rio Olympic platform champion, Ren Qian, who is not on this year’s world team. Ren, then 15 in Rio, became the youngest Olympic diving gold medalist since Fu.

China, two years after its least successful diving worlds since 2005, is moving closer to sweeping every gold medal at these worlds. They last accomplished the feat in 2011.

Earlier Wednesday, Chinese Xie Siyi (reigning world champion) and Cao Yuan (reigning Olympic champion) qualified first and second into Thursday’s men’s springboard final.

David Boudia, the 2012 U.S. Olympic platform champion, was a strong fourth in his first major international meet since Rio and switching to the springboard. Rio Olympian Michael Hixon also advanced in the 12th and last spot.

NBC Olympic Researcher Alex Azzi contributed to this report from Gwangju.

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