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Elizaveta Tuktamysheva will not defend World Figure Skating Championship, report says

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Russian Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, who won the 2015 World Championship in the most dominant female performance this side of Yuna Kim, will not defend her title in two months, her coach said, according to Russian media.

The absence from the to-be-named three-woman Russian team at Worlds in Boston would be no surprise.

Tuktamysheva, who rebounded from finishing 10th at the Russian Championships two seasons ago to sweep the Grand Prix Final and Worlds last season, fell to eighth at this season’s Nationals.

The 19-year-old also failed to qualify for the six-skater Grand Prix Final in December, where countrywomen Yevgenia Medvedeva and Yelena Radionova finished first and third.

Medvedeva and Radionova are expected to compete at Worlds with one other Russian woman, perhaps Anna Pogorilaya, who finished third behind Medvedeva and Radionova at the Russian Championships in December and the European Championships in January.

Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova and Olympic team event champion Yulia Lipnitskaya are also possibilities.

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David Rudisha escapes car crash ‘well and unhurt’

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David Rudisha, a two-time Olympic champion and world record holder at 800m, is “well and unhurt” after a car accident in his native Kenya, according to his Facebook account.

Kenyan media reported that one of Rudisha’s tires burst on Saturday night, leading his car to collide with a bus, and he was treated for minor injuries at a hospital.

Rudisha, 30, last raced July 4, 2017, missing extended time with a quad muscle strain and back problems. His manager said last week that Rudisha will miss next month’s world championships.

Rudisha owns the three fastest times in history, including the world record 1:40.91 set in an epic 2012 Olympic final.

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Tokyo Paralympic medals unveiled with historic Braille design, indentations

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The Tokyo Paralympic medals, which like the Olympic medals are created in part with metals from recycled cell phones and other small electronics, were unveiled on Sunday, one year out from the Opening Ceremony.

In a first for the Paralympics, each medal has one to three indentation(s) on its side to distinguish its color by touch — one for gold, two silver and three for bronze. Braille letters also spell out “Tokyo 2020” on each medal’s face.

For Rio, different amounts of tiny steel balls were put inside the medals based on their color, so that when shaken they would make distinct sounds. Visually impaired athletes could shake the medals next to their ears to determine the color.

More on the design from Tokyo 2020:

The design is centered around the motif of a traditional Japanese fan, depicting the Paralympic Games as the source of a fresh new wind refreshing the world as well as a shared experience connecting diverse hearts and minds. The kaname, or pivot point, holds all parts of the fan together; here it represents Para athletes bringing people together regardless of nationality or ethnicity. Motifs on the leaves of the fan depict the vitality of people’s hearts and symbolize Japan’s captivating and life-giving natural environment in the form of rocks, flowers, wood, leaves, and water. These are applied with a variety of techniques, producing a textured surface that makes the medals compelling to touch.

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