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Five events to watch at Rabat Diamond League

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Of all the current and former NFL players eyeing the Rio OlympicsMarquise Goodwin has the best shot at making it to Brazil in August.

Goodwin, a Buffalo Bills wide receiver who placed 10th in the 2012 Olympic long jump, returned to track and field in 2015 after nearly three years off.

And on Saturday, he jumped a personal-best 8.45 meters in a small meet in Guadeloupe. That distance would have won the London Olympic title and ranked him second in the world in 2015.

Goodwin is one of the headliners at Sunday’s Diamond League meet in Rabat, Morocco. Sprint superstars Usain BoltJustin GatlinShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Allyson Felix are skipping the meet.

Here are the Rabat start lists and schedule on Sunday (all times Eastern):

11 a.m. — Women’s shot put
11:15 — Women’s triple jump
11:20 — Women’s javelin
11:25 — Women’s pole vault
11:30 — Women’s 3000m steeplechase
11:35 — Men’s high jump
11:45 — Men’s 1500m
12:04 p.m. — Women’s 400m hurdles
12:15 — Women’s 100m
12:25 — Men’s 800m
12:33 — Men’s 3000m steeplechase
12:45 — Men’s long jump
12:52 — Men’s 110m hurdles
12:55 — Men’s discus
1 — Men’s 3000m
1:15 — Men’s 200m
1:25 — Women’s 800m
1:35 — Men’s 400m
1:45 — Women’s 5000m

Here are five events to watch:

Women’s triple jump — 11:15 a.m.

Colombia’s Caterine Ibargüen has the longest active streak in track and field with 32 straight triple jump victories since she took silver at the London Olympics.

She likely won’t be challenged in Rabat, since nobody else from the top eight in the world last year is in the field.

Women’s 100m — 12:15 p.m.

Carmelita Jeter is the second-fastest woman of all time, having run the 100m in 10.64 seconds. But that was seven years ago.

The 2011 World champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist competes at her first Diamond League meet since tearing her left quadriceps in the 2015 U.S. Championships 100m final, where she finished seventh before falling to the track in pain.

In Rabat, Jeter will be an underdog against past Worlds 200m medalists Elaine Thompson and Blessing Okagbare. Jeter’s best time in two 100m races this season is 11.34, and she likely needs to be sub-11 at the Olympic Trials on July 3 to make the Rio team individually.

Men’s long jump — 12:45 p.m.

Goodwin can notch the biggest international win of his career. His competition includes World silver medalist Fabrice Lapierre of France, but neither Lapierre nor anyone else in the field has matched Goodwin’s personal best from Saturday.

Goodwin’s sights are set on the U.S. Olympic Trials final July 3 in Eugene, Ore., where he must finish in the top three to return to the Games.

Women’s 800m — 1:25 p.m.

Olympic silver medalist Caster Semenya faces her toughest test since her startling return to form this year. The field includes World champion Marina Arzamasova of Belarus and Kenyan Eunice Sum, who ran the fastest time in the world in 2015.

Semenya, also famous for a gender-testing controversy of 2009 and 2010, swept 400m, 800m and 1500m titles in one day at the South African Championships in April but is expected to race solely the 800m at the Rio Olympics.

Men’s 400m — 1:35 p.m.

Beijing Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt headlines a field that is without World champion Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa and 2012 Olympic champion Kirani James of Grenada.

Merritt, who owns the fastest 200m in the world this year at 19.78, has run 44.22 for 400m this year, ranking third behind James (44.08) and van Niekerk (44.11).

In Rabat, Merritt’s closest challenger could be Botswana’s Isaac Makwala, who ran the third-fastest time in the world in 2015.

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Eliud Kipchoge sets next marathon

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Eliud Kipchoge will race the London Marathon on April 26 before he is expected to defend his Olympic title in Japan on Aug. 9, which would mark the shortest break between marathons of his career.

Kipchoge, who in his last 26.2-mile effort became the first person to break two hours at the distance, won all four of his London Marathon starts, including breaking the course record in 2016 and 2019.

His time this past April 28 — 2:02:37 — is the third-fastest time in history. Kipchoge has the world record of 2:01:39 set at the 2018 Berlin Marathon. His sub-two-hour marathon in Vienna on Oct. 12 was not in a record-eligible race.

Kipchoge’s previous shortest break between marathons came in 2016, when he also ran London and the Olympics. The Olympics will be two weeks earlier in 2020 than in 2016.

Kipchoge, 35, has won 11 of 12 marathons since moving to road racing after failing to make Kenya’s 2012 Olympic track team.

He has yet to race the two most prestigious marathons in the U.S. — Boston and New York City — but has said they are on his bucket list.

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Canadians become first female doubles luge team in World Cup

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WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) — Caitlin Nash and Natalie Corless made luge history Saturday, becoming the first female team to compete in a World Cup doubles race.

The 16-year-olds from Whistler combined to finish 22nd in a field of 23 sleds, though that seemed largely irrelevant. There have been four-woman teams in what is typically called four-man bobsledding, but luge has never seen a pairing like this until now.

The German sled of Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken won the race in 1 minute, 16.644 seconds. Germany’s Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt finished second and the Russian team of Vsevolod Kashkin and Konstantin Korshunov placed third for their first medal of the season.

The U.S. team of Chris Mazdzer and Jayson Terdiman placed 11th.

But the story was the Canadian teens, who qualified for the World Cup event on Thursday. They were nearly a half-second behind any other finisher and almost 2.7 seconds back of Eggert and Benecken. But they’ll forever be able to say that they were winning the race at one point — a technicality because they were the first ones down the hill at the Whistler Sliding Center, but accurate nonetheless.

The only sled they beat was the Italian team of Ivan Nagler and Fabian Malleier, who crashed in the second heat.

There are women’s singles and men’s singles races on the World Cup luge circuit, but there is no rule saying doubles teams must be composed of two men. There have been more female doubles racers at the junior level in recent years, and it was generally considered to be just a matter of time before it happened at the World Cup level.

That time became Saturday.

Canada had the chance to qualify a second sled into the doubles field because some teams typically on the circuit chose to skip this weekend’s stop, and Nash and Corless got into by successfully finishing a Nations Cup qualifying race on Thursday.

They were 11th in that race out of 11 sleds, more than a full second behind the winner and nearly a half-second behind the closest finisher. But all they had to do was cross the line without crashing to get into Saturday’s competition, and earned their spot in the luge history books as a result.

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