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Phil Dalhausser, Nick Lucena win Hamburg title; U.S. Olympic teams confirmed

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Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena knocked off three Olympic medal contenders en route to the most impressive of their five FIVB World Tour titles in Hamburg, Germany, this weekend.

They beat countrymen Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson in the quarterfinals Saturday, top-ranked Brazilians Alison and Bruno in the semifinals Sunday and the Netherlands’ Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen 29-27, 21-12 in the final later Sunday.

Dalhausser and Lucena consolidated their Olympic medal favorite status, after failing to make the round of 16 in Moscow in their last event.

Moscow marked the first time Dalhausser and Lucena failed to reach the quarterfinals in 12 FIVB World Tour events together since reuniting last summer, a decade after they last played together.

“We really wanted to make a statement and say, hey, we just had a bad tournament, and we wanted to come out strong this week,” Dalhausser said Sunday. “We shouldn’t get 17ths [place finishes]. We want to be in the semifinal every time. Once we’re in the semifinal, everyone has a chance to win.”

Dalhausser, a 2008 Olympic champion with Todd Rogers, and Lucena were then confirmed by USA Volleyball as one of four U.S. Olympic beach volleyball pairs for RioKerri Walsh Jennings and April RossLauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat and Gibb and Patterson were also confirmed as Rio Olympians on Sunday.

All four pairs mathematically qualified for the Olympics earlier this spring.

The average age of Dalhausser, Lucena, Gibb, Patterson, Walsh Jennings, Ross, Fendrick and Sweat is 35, making it the oldest U.S. Olympic beach volleyball contingent of all time. Beach volleyball debuted at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

On Saturday, Walsh Jennings and Ross lost their semifinal to Germans Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst and their third-place match to Brazilians Larissa and Talita, two of their biggest rivals for Rio Olympic gold.

That snapped Walsh Jennings and Ross’ winning streak of three straight FIVB World Tour events dating to April.

The FIVB World Tour continues in Poland this week.

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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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