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Genzebe Dibaba breaks indoor mile world record

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Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba smashed the women’s indoor mile world record by nearly four seconds at a meet in Stockholm on Wednesday.

Dibaba, the reigning World champion and world-record holder in the outdoor 1500m, clocked 4:13.31 on Wednesday. That shattered the 26-year-old record of 4:17.14 held by Romanian Doina Melinte.

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Dibaba broke an indoor world record at the Stockholm meet for a third straight year. In 2014, she broke the 3000m world record. In 2015, she broke the 5000m world record. She also owns the 1500m indoor world record.

In Rio, Dibaba, 25, could try to become the first woman to sweep the 1500m and 5000m at one Olympics. One woman has earned medals in both events at one Games, Romanian Gabriela Szabo at Sydney 2000. The women’s 5000m debuted at the Atlanta 1996 Games.

However, the Olympic women’s 5000m heats are on the same day as the 1500m final, though the 5000m heats are in the morning and the 1500m final in the evening.

At the 2015 World Outdoor Championships, Dibaba won the 1500m on Aug. 25, ran the 5000m first round Aug. 27 and earned bronze in the 5000m final on Aug. 30.

Earlier Wednesday, Djibouti’s Ayanleh Souleiman broke the indoor 1000m world record.

Souleiman, the 2013 World 800m bronze medalist, clocked 2:14.20, breaking the mark of 2:14.96 set by three-time Danish World 800m champion Wilson Kipketer in 2000.

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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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