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Usain Bolt: I will not race again in 2015

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Usain Bolt withdrew from his last scheduled meet of 2015, citing fatigue in missing the Diamond League finale in Brussels on Friday, according to meet organizers.

The Jamaican confirmed that he will not race again this year, on his Facebook page later Monday morning.

Bolt will go into the 2016 Olympic year riding the longest winning streak (by days) of his career.

He hasn’t been defeated in an individual race since June 6, 2013, a streak that will surpass 950 days before his first competition in 2016.

Bolt, who turned 29 years old Aug. 21, reaffirmed his sprint dominance at the World Championships in August, sweeping the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relays at a Worlds or Olympics for a fifth time.

He’s been challenged since the start of 2014 by injuries — running 400 meters total in competition last year due to foot surgery — and the re-emergence of Justin Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic 100m champion running the fastest times of his life at age 33, five years removed from a four-year doping ban.

Though Bolt beat Gatlin by .01 in the Worlds 100m final on Aug. 23, Gatlin was the world’s fastest man that day (running 9.77 in the semifinals to Bolt’s 9.79 in the final) and remains the fastest in the world this year (9.74).

Before he withdrew, Bolt was slated to contest the 200m in Brussels on Friday, with Gatlin in the 100m. They may well go into the Rio Olympics without having raced each other since the World Championships.

Now, Gatlin is expected to race both the 100m and 200m.

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Chicago Marathon canceled; one major marathon left in 2020

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The Chicago Marathon, scheduled for Oct. 11, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the fourth World Marathon Major called off this year.

Organizers cited the challenge of staging the 45,000-runner event “out of concern for the safety of event participants, volunteers, event staff and spectators.”

Previously, major marathons were canceled in Berlin (originally scheduled for Sept. 27), Boston (April 20, then Sept. 14) and New York City (Nov. 1). The London Marathon, originally scheduled for April 26 and postponed to Oct. 4, remains scheduled.

The other World Marathon Major, Tokyo, took place on its scheduled date of March 1 but with elite runners only.

Last year, Kenyan Brigid Kosgei won Chicago by taking 81 seconds off Paula Radcliffe‘s 16-year-old women’s marathon world record. Kosgei clocked 2:14:04.

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Figure skating Grand Prix events in China remain scheduled

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Figure skating Grand Prix events in China in November and December remain scheduled, the International Skating Union announced Monday, four days after reports about international sporting events in China being canceled through the end of 2020.

A notice about sports events, issued Thursday by the General Administration of Sport of China, made an exception for Beijing Winter Olympic test events and other preparations for the first Winter Games in China in February 2022.

The Grand Prix Final, the second-most prestigious annual figure skating competition, is still scheduled for December in Beijing because it is an Olympic test event.

Furthermore, the Cup of China, one of six events across the globe that determines Grand Prix Final qualifiers, remains scheduled for November in Chongqing because it is related to the Final.

“Like for all other five ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events in the different countries, this is of course subject to finding the necessary logistical, medical and safety solutions to hold the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events as planned,” according to the ISU.

The ISU previously announced it set a deadline to decide on possible event cancellations: 12 weeks before an event starts. For the first Grand Prix Series competition, Skate America in Las Vegas, the decision deadline is Aug. 1.

The ISU council will meet virtually on Aug. 3 to decide on further action for upcoming competitions.

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