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Trayvon Bromell (Achilles) out until Olympic Trials, report says

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Young U.S. sprint star Trayvon Bromell said he will go one month without competing before his Olympic Trials on July 2 due to an Achilles sprain from May, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

“I’m healing pretty fast,” Bromell said, according to the report. “I’m taking it one step at a time, though.

“I’m going to come in fresh for the trials.”

Bromell, who shared World Championships 100m bronze at age 20 last year, suffered the injury (the latest in an early career full of them) before a Diamond League meet in Rome on June 2, according to the report.

Bromell ran in Rome anyway, finishing seventh in a strange 200m. He led coming around the curve but slowed considerably in the final straightaway, falling to seventh place.

Afterward, Bromell was reportedly taken out of the stadium in an ambulance after spending 10 minutes on the floor. A tweet from Bromell’s account later said he made a mistake not bringing an asthma pump but made no reference to an Achilles injury.

Bromell was scheduled to compete in Birmingham, Great Britain, three days later and in Oslo on June 9 but withdrew from both meets.

Bromell has a serious (if far removed) injury history. He broke his left knee in eighth grade doing backflips, broke his right knee and forearm in ninth grade playing basketball and in 10th grade cracked a hip during a race.

Following a breakout 2015, Bromell has not put up any 100m or 200m times this year that would make him a favorite to make the Olympic team individually.

The other Olympic Trials favorites in the 100m and 200m are Justin Gatlin, the World silver medalist in both events, Tyson GayIsiah YoungAmeer Webb, Mike Rodgers (100m only) and, in the 200m only, LaShawn Merritt, should Merritt contest it at trials in addition to his favored 400m.

The Olympic Trials are July 1-10 in Eugene, Ore., broadcast on NBC Sports.

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Justin Schoenefeld gets U.S.’ first men’s aerials World Cup win in 4 years

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Justin Schoenefeld ended a four-year U.S. men’s aerials drought with his first World Cup win Saturday in Belarus.

Schoenfeld, 21, hit a double full-full-full in the super final to beat a field that included world champion Maxim Burov of Russia. Burov was fourth, one spot behind another American, Chris Lillis. Full results are here.

“I’m pretty speechless right now,” Schoenefeld said, according to U.S. Ski & Snowboard. “I’m just shocked. It just all came so quick, all of a sudden the two finals were over, and I was on top of the podium. I probably landed two of my training jumps yesterday, but I managed to land all of my comp jumps down to my feet.”

Schoenefeld’s best previous World Cup finish was fourth, in Belarus last season.

Lillis earned the U.S.’ last World Cup men’s aerials victory on Feb. 20, 2016, also in Belarus. The four-year gap between wins marked the longest for the U.S. men since aerials was added as an Olympic medal sport in 1994.

Schoenefeld also became the first American of either gender to win a World Cup aerials event in two years, since Kiley McKinnon on Jan. 6, 2018. That gap was the longest for the U.S. since 2005.

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Kaillie Humphries wins bobsled world title in first season for U.S.

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Two-time Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries won a bobsled world title in her first season since switching allegiance from Canada to the U.S., ending recent German dominance.

Humphries, with brakewoman Lauren Gibbs, edged German junior world champ Kim Kalicki by .37 of a second combining times from four runs between Friday and Saturday in Altenberg, Germany.

“I love this track. It’s very challenging, one of the hardest in the world,” Humphries said, according to U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton. “It demands a lot of focus, a lot of respect every minute you’re on that track. So to be able to win here, I know the Germans and the spectators, everybody, have worked so hard and this week, no exceptions. I’m proud of all of the girls.”

Canadian Christine de Bruin took bronze for a second straight year. Full results are here.

Humphries, who married a former U.S. bobsledder, was released by Canada in September after filing verbal abuse and harassment claims against a coach, saying she no longer felt safe with the program. As a Canadian, Humphries won 2010 and 2014 Olympic titles, plus 2012 and 2013 World titles.

Humphries joined German Sandra Kiriasis as the only female drivers to win three world titles. She is already the only female driver with multiple Olympic titles.

German Mariama Jamanka, the reigning Olympic champion and defending world champion, finished fourth in Altenberg.

Triple U.S. Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor didn’t compete as she sits out the season due to pregnancy. Meyers Taylor and Gibbs teamed for silver in PyeongChang.

The world championships continue Sunday with the conclusion of the two-man competition. German Francesco Friedrich, eyeing his sixth straight world title, leads after the first two of four runs.

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