Adelina Sotnikova behind after Rostelecom Cup short program

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Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova was not at her best in her return to top-level international competition, placing fourth in the Rostelecom Cup short program in Moscow on Friday.

Sotnikova, skating in her first Grand Prix since the Sochi Winter Games, totaled 65.48 points and trails leader and countrywoman Yelena Radionova by 6.31 points going into Saturday’s free skate.

Sotnikova scored 74.64 in her Sochi short program en route to becoming the first women’s Olympic figure skating champion without a prior World Championships medal.

On Friday, Sotnikova performed a triple-double jump combination rather than a triple-triple, wobbled on her double Axel and stumbled on a step sequence.

The leader Radionova, the World bronze medalist, also placed third at Cup of China two weeks ago and will qualify for the Grand Prix Final if she wins Rostelecom Cup after Saturday’s free skate. She could also make December’s six-skater Grand Prix Final if she finishes lower on the podium in Moscow.

Sotnikova can’t compete in the Grand Prix Final because she is not competing in multiple Grand Prix series events.

U.S. Olympian Polina Edmunds is fifth after the Rostelecom Cup short program. Full scores are here. will stream for subscribers live coverage of men’s, women’s, pairs and ice dance short programs and free skates Saturday. NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra will have coverage Sunday from 12-1:30 p.m. ET.

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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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