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Olympic Track Trials: Allyson Felix pushes through pain to qualify for 400m final

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Running on a sprained ankle that she says is causing her a “significant amount of pain,” Allyson Felix fought through today’s 400m semifinal race to advance to the final at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Ore. With a time of 50.31, Felix improved on yesterday’s time of 51.96 in the prelims. Her qualifying time for the final was just 0.03 seconds behind top qualifier Francena McCorory.

“I’m hanging in there,” Felix said after the race. “I’m just trying to reserve as much as I can, be as easy as I can, save it all for the final.”

Felix’s hopes of doing the 200m-400m double in Rio were dampened two months ago when she was doing weight training exercises at the gym and landed awkwardly on a medicine ball. In training, she’s been running the opposite way around the track in order to put less strain on the injured right ankle.

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The IOC has already adjusted the Olympic schedule to make Felix’s attempt more feasible. Originally, the 200m preliminaries and 400m final were scheduled for the same night. Now the 200m prelims will be the morning of Aug. 15 with the 400m final following later that night.

Felix has never run the 400m at the Olympics, but won the 2015 World Championships title with a personal-best time of 49.26.

In the first round of the men’s 100m qualifying, Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay, Trayvon Bromell and Mike Rodgers all easily advanced into the semifinals. Bromell was the top qualifier with a time of 9.94 seconds.

MORE: Molly Huddle wins 10,000m final, earns second Olympic berth

Mikaela Shiffrin returns with mantra, stuck to her helmet, to carry forever

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Look close at Mikaela Shiffrin as she steps into a race start gate for the first time in eight months on Oct. 17.

Shiffrin, the two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Cup overall champion, plans to wear a helmet with two special stickers on the back.

She’s donned the first decal for years — the initials ABFTTB, which stand for “Always Be Faster Than The Boys,” a personalized autograph motto from retired Olympic Alpine skier Heidi Voelker.

The new sticker reads, Be nice. Think first. Have fun.

Those lines came from Shiffrin’s father, Jeff — the mantra instilled in her and older brother Taylor, also a young ski racer at the time.

After Jeff died on Feb. 2, Shiffrin regularly remembered the question that Jeff posed years ago: “What are the golden rules?”

Be nice. Think first.

When the Shiffrin siblings were old enough, Jeff added the third rule.

“He felt like we could understand that having fun wasn’t just about going and doing whatever you want because it’s instantly gratifying,” Shiffrin told NBC Sports’ Alex Azzi in an On Her Turf interview. “Fun is doing something well and the satisfaction you get from sticking to something.”

She plans to race all season with the golden rules sticker on her helmet, right next to ABFTTB.

Shiffrin detailed more about her prep for a very different World Cup campaign, in conjunction with a new fund in honor of her late father, in this On Her Turf report.

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2020 Tour de France results

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2020 Tour de France results for the yellow jersey, green jersey, white jersey and polka-dot jersey …

Overall (Yellow Jersey)
1. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) — 87:20:05
2. Primoz Roglic (SLO) — +:59
3. Richie Porte (AUS) — +3:30
4. Mikel Landa (ESP) — +5:58
5. Enric Mas (ESP) — +6:07
6. Miguel Angel Lopez (COL) — +6:47
7. Tom Dumoulin (NED) — +7:48
8. Rigberto Uran (COL) — +8:02
9. Adam Yates (GBR) — +9:25
10. Damiano Caruso (ITA) — +14:03
13. Richard Carapaz (ECU) — +25:53
15. Sepp Kuss (USA) — +42:20
17. Nairo Quintana (COL) — +1:03:07
29. Thibaut Pinot (FRA) — +1:59:54
36. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) — +2:19:11
DNF. Egan Bernal (COL)

Sprinters (Green Jersey)
1. Sam Bennett (IRL) — 380 points
2. Peter Sagan (SVK) — 284
3. Matteo Trentin (ITA) — 260
4. Bryan Coquard (FRA) — 181
5. Wout van Aert (BEL) — 174

Climbers (Polka-Dot Jersey)
1. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) — 82 points
2. Richard Carapaz (ECU) — 74
3. Primoz Roglic (SLO) — 67
4. Marc Hirschi (SUI) — 62
5. Miguel Angel Lopez (COL) — 51

Young Rider (White Jersey)
1. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) — 87:20:13
2. Enric Mas (ESP) — +6:07
3. Valentin Madouas (FRA) — +1:42:43
4. Dani Martinez (COL) — +1:55:12
5. Lennard Kamna (GER) — +2:15:39

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