U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team revealed (video)

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Simone Biles goes to the Rio Olympics with a shot at cementing her status as the greatest female gymnast of all time.

Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman will return to the Olympics, becoming the first U.S. women to make back-to-back Olympic teams since 2000.

And first-time Olympians Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian round out a team of five looking to deliver a repeat team title for the first time in U.S. gymnastics history.

“Fierce Five, second generation,” Biles told Andrea Joyce on NBC.

The U.S. women’s roster was announced after the Olympic Trials finished in San Jose, Calif., on Sunday night. And it was the team most expected.

Biles, the three-time reigning world all-around champion, clinched the lone automatic berth by winning the two-day all-around title by 2.1 points over Hernandez, despite falling off the balance beam. Raisman was third. Full results are here.

Douglas was seventh but may have all but clinched her Olympic team spot last year, when she finished second to Biles in the all-around at the world championships. She fell off the balance beam both days in San Jose.

“It’s very emotional right now, and even though I had a couple mistakes on Day 2, they still trusted and believed in me,” Douglas, with tears, told Joyce on NBC.

The Americans will be heavy favorites for the team title in Rio, given they swept the 2014 and 2015 World Championships. Plus, the recent decline of powers Russia, China and Romania. Romania won’t even send a full team to Rio.

Biles alone has a shot at five gold medals — team, all-around, vault, floor exercise and balance beam. Three U.S. female gymnasts have earned five medals at a single Games — Mary Lou RettonShannon Miller and Nastia Liukin.

Raisman’s motivation to come back after three medals in 2012 was in part due to a fourth-place finish in the London Olympic all-around. She tied for third, actually, but was bumped out of the medals due to a tiebreaker. She’s also the reigning Olympic floor exercise champion.

Given Raisman finished second to Biles at the P&G Championships and third at the Olympic Trials, she could do all four events in qualifying in Rio, setting her up for a shot at the all-around final.

Hernandez, the first U.S. Olympic gymnast born in the 2000s, was third at the P&G Championships and second at the Olympic Trials and may also be a U.S. all-arounder in Rio.

Three could do the all-around in qualifying (but only two if Douglas and Madison Kocian do uneven bars). No more than two per nation can advance to the all-around final.

Kocian is a contender to take uneven bars gold. She shared the 2015 World title with three other gymnasts. She made the Olympic team over Ashton Locklear, the 2014 U.S. champion on the event.

Locklear, MyKayla Skinner and Ragan Smith are alternates.

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Allyson Felix named to US 4×400 relay pool for worlds

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Decorated U.S. sprinter Allyson Felix will be part of the 4×400 relay pool for the world championships as she rounds into elite form after giving birth.

The American squad bound for the world championships in Doha, Qatar, was announced Monday by USA Track & Field. It includes eight reigning world champions and 55 Olympians. The championships run Sept. 27 to Oct. 6 at the air-conditioned Khalifa Stadium. That will come in handy with the temperatures during the event expected to hover around 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius).

An 11-time world champion, Felix won’t compete in an individual event after finishing sixth in the 400 at the U.S. championships two months ago. Her performance earned her a place in the 4×400 relay pool as the Americans try to defend their title. The 33-year-old Felix’s race at nationals was her first since giving birth to her daughter last November during an emergency C-section.

Felix’s aim is to be back in top form for the Tokyo Games next summer.

The list of Americans trying to defend their world titles in Doha include Justin Gatlin (100), Tori Bowie (100), Phyllis Francis (400), Kori Carter (400 hurdles), Christian Taylor (triple jump) , Brittney Reese (long jump), Sam Kendricks (pole vault) and Emma Coburn (steeplechase).

One of the most anticipated races at worlds will be the 200 meters, featuring a showdown between Christian Coleman and Noah Lyles in what could be a sneak peek ahead to the Tokyo Olympics. Coleman, who’s also a favorite in the 100, is eligible for worlds and next year’s Olympics after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency dropped his case for missed tests due to a technicality.

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South African sprinter Carina Horn fails doping test

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MONACO (AP) One of Africa’s fastest female sprinters, Carina Horn, has been suspended for failing a doping test.

The Athletics Integrity Unit, which oversees doping cases in track and field, says the South African is provisionally suspended after testing positive for the banned substances ibutamoren and ligandrol. Both substances can develop muscles with a similar effect to anabolic steroids and have been used by bodybuilders.

No date has been set for a hearing.

Horn won silver in the 100 meters and gold in the 4×100 relay at the African championships in 2016.

Her personal best of 10.98 seconds for the 100 is the South African record. Her best time this season of 11.01 is well inside the qualifying standard for the upcoming world championships.

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