Mikaela Shiffrin wins ninth straight slalom in rout

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Mikaela Shiffrin won her ninth straight slalom race and her second since returning from a December knee injury, crushing the field by 2.36 seconds in Jasna, Slovakia, on Sunday.

“Both runs, I don’t know, I tried to pretend like there was a bear chasing me,” Shiffrin said. “I was kind of scared both runs. I was like, just go faster. It worked really well.”

Swiss Wendy Holdener was second, followed by Slovakian Veronika Velez Zuzulova. Swede Frida Hansdotter finished 10th and clinched the World Cup slalom season title, a task made easier since Shiffrin missed most of the campaign with a knee injury. Full Sunday results are here.

The youngest Olympic slalom champion Shiffrin’s winning streak dating to the February 2015 World Championships includes that World title, a National title and seven World Cup slaloms.

It’s the longest women’s World Cup slalom winning streak since four-time Olympic champion Janica Kostelic won 10 straight from 1999 through 2001.

During Shiffrin’s streak, she’s notched the largest World Cup women’s slalom margin of victory (3.07 seconds) and the fourth-largest (2.65 seconds), according to ski-db.com.

“When the margins are big like that, it feels like a dream, a little bit,” Shiffrin said. “I’m scared that I’m going to wake up.”

On Sunday, she led by 1.67 seconds after the first run.

“In the two months off, I definitely lost a little bit of the confidence in my timing, but that run I definitely had it,” Shiffrin told media in Jasna of her first run. “No doubt on that one.”

Shiffrin was mathematically eliminated from being able to win her fourth straight World Cup slalom season title because she missed six of the 10 slaloms this season due to the injury. Hansdotter earned the title while winning one race this season.

“Frida has been as consistent as I have been, or even more consistent in the past three, four years,” Shiffrin said. “She deserves to get the globe, to be honest. I’m really happy for her. I want to present it to her myself, just so she knows I’m like, good job, but I’m going to crush you next year. Just kidding.”

Shiffrin’s definitely over the first knee injury of her career, suffered in a pre-race crash on Dec. 12 in Are, Sweden.

“Thankfully, my knee is probably the most 100 percent part of me,” Shiffrin said at the bib draw on Saturday.

The Alpine skiing World Cup continues with a giant slalom in Jasna scheduled for Monday. There is one more slalom left, at the World Cup Finals in St. Moritz, Switzerland, on March 19.

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Danielle Perkins is first U.S. boxer to win world title in 3 years

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Danielle Perkins became the U.S.’ first world champion boxer in this Olympic cycle, taking the heavyweight crown in Russia on Sunday.

Perkins, a 37-year-old who played college basketball at George Mason and St. John’s, improved from bronze in 2018 to earn her first world title, blanking defending world champion Yang Xiaoli of China 5-0 in Sunday’s final.

Video of the bout is here.

Perkins was slated to fight Yang in the 2018 World semifinals but withdrew due to medical reasons, according to USA Boxing.

The heavyweight division is 81+kg, but the heaviest Olympic weight division is capped at 75kg.

The last American to earn a world title was Claressa Shields in 2016, before she repeated as Olympic champion in Rio and moved to the professional ranks.

The Olympic trials are in December in Louisiana, after which winners will fight internationally in early 2020 in bids to qualify for the Tokyo Games.

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Brigid Kosgei shatters marathon world record in Chicago

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Kenyan Brigid Kosgei shattered a 16-year-old world record in the women’s marathon by 81 seconds, winning the Chicago Marathon in 2:14:04 on Sunday.

Brit Paula Radcliffe had held the record of 2:15:25 set at the 2003 London Marathon. Kenyan Mary Keitany holds the female-only record of 2:17:01 from the 2017 London Marathon. Both Kosgei and Radcliffe, the only women to break 2:17, ran with men in their record races.

Radcliffe’s record was the longest-standing for the men’s or women’s marathon of the last 50 years.

Kosgei did it one day after Eliud Kipchoge became the first person to run a sub-two-hour marathon in a non-record-eligible event in Vienna. She won by a gaping 6 minutes, 47 seconds over Ethiopian Ababel Yeshaneh.

Kosgei, who won Chicago in 2018 and the London Marathon in April, came in highly favored. The 25-year-old tuned up with the fastest half-marathon ever by a woman (by 23 seconds) on Sept. 8 on a non-record-eligible course.

“2:10 is possible for a lady,” Kosgei said after Sunday’s record.

Jordan Hasay, the top U.S. woman in the field, stopped after feeling a sharp hamstring strain after two miles. Hasay, who was coached by Alberto Salazar before his ban in a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency case, is one of several women in contention for the three Olympic spots at the Feb. 29 trials in Atlanta.

Kenyan Lawrence Cherono won the men’s race by one second over Ethiopian Dejene Debela in 2:05:45.

The U.S.’ top marathoner, Galen Rupp, dropped out around mile 23 after straining a calf around the sixth mile. Rupp, who was also coached by Salazar, was racing for the first time since the 2018 Chicago Marathon and Achilles surgery.

Mo Farah, the defending champion and four-time Olympic track gold medalist, finished eighth in 2:09:58. He also dropped from the leaders before the halfway point.

American Daniel Romanchuk and Swiss Manuela Schar won the wheelchair races.

Romanchuk, 21, repeated as champion. He has also won Boston London and New York City in the last year. Schar distanced decorated American Tatyana McFadden by 4:14, though McFadden did qualify for the Tokyo Paralympics with her runner-up finish (as did Romanchuk).

The fall major marathon season concludes with the New York City Marathon on Nov. 3, featuring defending champions Mary Keitany and Lelisa Desisa and 2018 Boston Marathon champion Des Linden.

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