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Polina Edmunds out of World Championships

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U.S. Olympian Polina Edmunds withdrew from next week’s World Figure Skating Championships due to injury and will be replaced by Mirai Nagasu.

Edmunds, 17, suffered a bone bruise in her right foot that limited her ability to perform jumps, according to U.S. Figure Skating.

“While the decision to withdraw is disappointing, I don’t want to compete at the World Championships without performing my hardest technical elements,” Edmunds said in a press release. “I go to competition with the goal of representing Team USA to the best of my ability and performing my strongest programs. I will take time to recover and am looking forward to preparing for next season.”

Edmunds finished second at the U.S. Championships in January to make her third straight World Championships team. She was eighth at the previous two Worlds and ninth at the Sochi Olympics.

Nagasu, 22, will compete at Worlds for the first time since 2010, when she led after the short program but was 11th in the free skate to place seventh overall. Nagasu was also fourth at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.

Nagasu joins the last two U.S. champions, Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner, on the Worlds team in Boston.

The U.S. women hope to end a 10-year medal drought at Worlds, its longest in the Winter Olympic era.

The entire U.S. roster for Worlds includes zero teenagers for the first time since 1934.

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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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