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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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Allyson Felix named to US 4×400 relay pool for worlds

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Decorated U.S. sprinter Allyson Felix will be part of the 4×400 relay pool for the world championships as she rounds into elite form after giving birth.

The American squad bound for the world championships in Doha, Qatar, was announced Monday by USA Track & Field. It includes eight reigning world champions and 55 Olympians. The championships run Sept. 27 to Oct. 6 at the air-conditioned Khalifa Stadium. That will come in handy with the temperatures during the event expected to hover around 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius).

An 11-time world champion, Felix won’t compete in an individual event after finishing sixth in the 400 at the U.S. championships two months ago. Her performance earned her a place in the 4×400 relay pool as the Americans try to defend their title. The 33-year-old Felix’s race at nationals was her first since giving birth to her daughter last November during an emergency C-section.

Felix’s aim is to be back in top form for the Tokyo Games next summer.

The list of Americans trying to defend their world titles in Doha include Justin Gatlin (100), Tori Bowie (100), Phyllis Francis (400), Kori Carter (400 hurdles), Christian Taylor (triple jump) , Brittney Reese (long jump), Sam Kendricks (pole vault) and Emma Coburn (steeplechase).

One of the most anticipated races at worlds will be the 200 meters, featuring a showdown between Christian Coleman and Noah Lyles in what could be a sneak peek ahead to the Tokyo Olympics. Coleman, who’s also a favorite in the 100, is eligible for worlds and next year’s Olympics after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency dropped his case for missed tests due to a technicality.

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South African sprinter Carina Horn fails doping test

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MONACO (AP) One of Africa’s fastest female sprinters, Carina Horn, has been suspended for failing a doping test.

The Athletics Integrity Unit, which oversees doping cases in track and field, says the South African is provisionally suspended after testing positive for the banned substances ibutamoren and ligandrol. Both substances can develop muscles with a similar effect to anabolic steroids and have been used by bodybuilders.

No date has been set for a hearing.

Horn won silver in the 100 meters and gold in the 4×100 relay at the African championships in 2016.

Her personal best of 10.98 seconds for the 100 is the South African record. Her best time this season of 11.01 is well inside the qualifying standard for the upcoming world championships.

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