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Olympic Diving Trials standings going into finals

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U.S. divers will clinch Olympic berths starting Wednesday night.

The Olympic Trials have reached the finals stage. Top contenders going into the Trials are leading every event. The final scores are an accumulation of the already completed preliminaries and semifinals and the upcoming finals.

Here are event-by-event standings:

Men’s Synchronized Springboard
Winner goes to Rio
1. Samuel Dorman/Michael Hixon — 871.53
2. Troy Dumais/Kristian Ipsen — 815.01
3. Mark Anderson/Dwight Dumais — 743.40

Dorman and Hixon, two of the top individual springboard divers, are competing for the first time together and opened a comfortable lead on the Olympic bronze medalists. Dumais and Ipsen may have the Olympic experience, but they were beaten in two national competitions in 2015.

FINAL: Wednesday, 9-11 p.m., on NBCSN and NBCOlympics.com (STREAM LINK)

Women’s Synchronized Platform
Winner goes to Rio
1. Jessica Parratto/Amy Cozad — 617.28
2. Anna James/Katrina Young — 576.00
3. Murphy Bromberg/Delaney Schnell — 560.64

Whoever makes the Olympic team will be first-time Olympians, as neither of the U.S. women’s platform divers from London are back. Parratto and Cozad came into Trials as the most decorated pair, winning the last two Winter Nationals titles. They’re backing it up so far.

FINAL: Wednesday, 9-11 p.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCOlympics.com (STREAM LINK)

Men’s Synchronized Platform (Winner goes to Rio)
1. David Boudia/Steele Johnson — 835.56
2. Ryan Hawkins/Toby Stanley — 710.58
3. Max Showalter/Zachary Cooper — 698.46

Boudia and Johnson were the biggest favorites across all the synchro events coming in, and they go into finals with the biggest lead of all events. Boudia, an Olympic synchro bronze medalist with the now-retired Nick McCrory in 2012, is set to clinch his third Olympic berth. Fellow Indiana native Johnson eyes his first Games.

FINAL: Thursday, 7-8:30 p.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCOlympics.com (STREAM LINK)

Men’s Springboard (Top two go to Rio)
1. Kristian Ipsen — 973.20
2. Michael Hixon — 966.15
3. Mark Anderson — 856.95
4. Troy Dumais — 856.10

Ipsen will hope to not repeat the 2012 Trials, when he led until coming up well short on the penultimate dive and then ended up 1.25 points out of qualifying individually for London. Though his edge over Hixon is small, his place in the all-important top two is very secure.

FINAL: Saturday, 4:30-6 p.m. ET, on NBC and NBCOlympics.com (STREAM LINK)

Women’s Platform (Top two go to Rio)
1. Jessica Parratto — 714.95
2. Murphy Bromberg — 645.95
3. Amy Cozad — 645.80
4. Katrina Young — 620.35

The closest race for an Olympic berth. While Parratto is well ahead, Bromberg and Cozad are essentially tied going into the finals. Parratto and Cozad will likely both be diving with the assurance they already made the Olympic team in the synchro platform. The pressure will be greater on Bromberg. who finished third behind Cozad and Parratto in the 2015 World Championships Trials.

FINAL: Saturday, 8-9 p.m. ET, on NBC and NBCOlympics.com (STREAM LINK)

Women’s Springboard (Top two go to Rio)
1. Kassidy Cook — 660.85
2. Abby Johnston — 626.55
3. Laura Ryan — 611.60
4. Lauren Reedy — 605.70

The U.S. qualified one women’s springboard spot for the Olympics, but FINA reallocated the U.S. a second spot this week. Cook certainly doesn’t want to leave it to chance after finishing second in synchro and fourth individually at the 2012 Trials, just missing the London team. Johnston, a London Games synchro silver medalist, is the only female diver left at Olympic Trials with Olympic experience.

FINAL: Sunday, 4:30-6 p.m. ET, on NBC and NBCOlympics.com (STREAM LINK)

Men’s Platform (Top two go to Rio)
1. David Boudia — 1007.25
2. Steele Johnson — 961.80
3. David Dinsmore — 953.90
4. Zachary Cooper — 768.15

The Olympic champion Boudia overtook his synchro partner Johnson for the lead in the semifinals. Dinsmore, who edged Johnson at the 2015 World Championships Trials and the World Cup in Rio in February, is within striking distance with six dives remaining.

FINAL: Sunday, 7-8 p.m. ET, on NBC and NBCOlympics.com (STREAM LINK)

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2022 Pan Pacific Championships canceled as swimming calendar shifts

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The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, a quadrennial major international meet, will not be held in 2022 “out of respect for the recent changes to the international sporting calendar,” according to a press release.

The Pan Pacs’ charter nations — the U.S., Australia, Canada and Japan — agreed to the move. The 2026 event will be held in Canada, which was supposed to be the 2022 host.

The decision came after the 2021 World Championships were moved to May 2022, following the Tokyo Olympics moving from 2020 to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The quadrennial multi-sport Commonwealth Games — which includes Australia and Canada, but not the U.S. or Japan — are scheduled for July 27-Aug. 7, 2022.

“Organizing a third major championships in that window presented several challenges,” according to the Pan Pacs release.

Pan Pacs mark the third-biggest major international meet for U.S. swimmers, held in non-Olympic, non-world championships years.

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Boston Marathon canceled for first time after 123 years; virtual event planned

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The Boston Marathon, held every year since 1897, has been canceled as an in-person event for the first time. It will be held as a virtual race instead due to the coronavirus.

“While we cannot bring the world to Boston in September, we plan to bring Boston to the world for an historic 124th Boston Marathon,” Boston Athletic Association (BAA) CEO Tom Grilk said in a press release.

The world’s oldest annual marathon had been postponed from April 20 to Sept. 14, it was announced March 13.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said he first considered canceling the postponed marathon during a coronavirus surge in April.

“We were maxed out in our hospital emergency rooms,” Walsh said Thursday. “I realized that the downside of the curve, which we were on, the backside of the curve, is going to be going for some time. The concern of a second surge made me have some real reservations about can we have the marathon or not.”

Walsh said experts said a potential second surge would be between August and October. He held out hope to hold the race until talking with the BAA last week.

All participants originally registered for Boston will be offered a full refund of their entry fee and have the opportunity to participate in the virtual alternative, which can be run between Sept. 7-14.

More details, including entry information, will be announced in the coming weeks.

It’s the biggest alteration to the Boston Marathon, which was inspired by the marathon’s debut at the first modern Olympics in 1896. Previously, the biggest change came in 1918, the last year of World War I. The marathon was still held on Patriots’ Day in April but as a 10-man military relay race.

The original 2020 Boston elite fields included two-time U.S. Olympian Des Linden, the 2018 Boston winner who was fourth at the Feb. 29 Olympic Trials, where the top three earned Olympic spots.

London is the world’s other major spring marathon. It was rescheduled from April 27 to Oct. 4. Its original fields for April were headlined by the two fastest men in history — Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge and Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele. It’s unknown if they will remain in the field, should London happen.

The fall major marathon schedule

Boston — Sept. 7-14 (virtual event)
Berlin — TBD (will not be held as planned on Sept. 27)
London — Oct. 4
Chicago — Oct. 11
New York City — Nov. 1

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