Watch Suzy Favor Hamilton’s collapse in Sydney Olympic 1500m final

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If recent global championships are any indication, the Rio Olympic women’s 1500m final could be chaotic.

Not only is it likely to be a fast race (at some point) if Ethiopian world-record holder Genzebe Dibaba is in the field, but strange happenings have been known to occur.

At the World Championships last month, American Jenny Simpson ran the last 600 meters with one shoe on, finishing with a bloodied foot.

Then there’s Sydney 2000.

Another American, Suzy Favor Hamilton, in her only Olympic final in three Games, led that women’s 1500m on the final lap, looking to become the first American to win an Olympic track event longer than 400 meters since 1972.

Favor Hamilton, back in the news this week with her book on life as an Olympian-turned-escort set to be published, saw five runners pass her coming around the final curve.

So Hamilton made a conscious decision to collapse to the track when she realized she wouldn’t earn a medal, though she wouldn’t admit it until years later.

Favor Hamilton, running in remembrance of brother Dan who committed suicide in 1999, eventually made it across the finish line in last place, 17.95 seconds behind Algerian winner Nouria Mérah-Benida. It marked Favor Hamilton’s final Olympic race.

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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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