WATCH LIVE: Swimming qualifying heats, including women’s 50 free

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During the afternoon session at the swimming venue there will be qualifying heats in four races including the shortest and longest of individual events (to be contested in the pool). The women’s 50 free preliminary heats being the day, with 100 free gold medalist Simone Manuel of the United States and London 50 free gold medalist Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands among those competing. Also competing will be sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell of Australia, with the latter entering the 100 free as the prohibitive favorite only to not even get onto the medal stand.

The men’s 1500 will be next on the schedule, with Americans Connor Jaeger and Jordan Wilimovsky among the competitors. 400 free gold medalist Mack Horton of Australia is also in this event, as is 400 free silver medalist Sun Yang of China. Yang won gold in this event in London four years ago, and silver medalist Ryan Cochrane of Canada is looking to get back onto the medal stand as well.

WATCH LIVE: Swimming Prelims (women’s 50 free, men’s 1500 free, women’s 4×100 medley, men’s 4×100 medley) — Noon Eastern

Also in the qualifying stages Friday afternoon are the men’s and women’s 4×100 medley relays, with the United States looking to extend its streak of Olympic gold medals in the men’s event to nine. The U.S. women are responsible for four of the last six Olympic gold medals in the 4×100 medley relay, with Australia winning in 2004 and 2008.

12-year-old skateboarders earn medals at world championships

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At the world skateboarding championships, 12-year-olds Chloe Covell from Australia and Onodera Ginwoo from Japan earned silver and bronze medals, respectively, in Sunday’s street finals.

In the women’s event, Covell took silver behind Brazilian 15-year-old Rayssa Leal, who was a silver medalist herself at the Tokyo Games.

Frenchman Aurélien Giraud, a 25-year-old who was sixth in skateboarding’s Olympic debut in Tokyo, won the men’s final in the United Arab Emirates. Ginwoo was third behind Portugal’s Gustavo Ribeiro.

The top Americans were Olympic men’s bronze medalist Jagger Eaton in sixth and 15-year-old Paige Heyn in seventh in the women’s event.

Nyjah Huston, a six-time world champion who placed seventh in Tokyo, missed worlds after August surgery for an ACL tear.

Up to three men and three women per nation can qualify per event (street and park) for the 2024 Paris Games. World rankings come June 2024 determine which Americans qualify.

In Tokyo, four of the 12 skateboarding medalists were ages 12 or 13.

Japan’s Kokona Hiraki, then 12, won silver in women’s park to become the youngest Olympic medalist since 1936, according to Olympedia.org. Japan’s Momiji Nishiya, then 13, won women’s street and became the youngest gold medalist in an individual event since 1936.

Worlds conclude this week with the men’s and women’s park events. The finals are Saturday.

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Francesco Friedrich, most decorated bobsledder in history, rebounds for 12th world title

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A week after his first major championships defeat in seven years, German Francesco Friedrich returned to his winning ways to close the world bobsled championships on Sunday.

Friedrich’s four-man sled won the world title by 69 hundredths of a second over British and Latvian sleds that tied for silver, combining times from four runs over the last two days in St. Moritz, Switzerland. It marked Great Britain’s first world championships men’s bobsled medal since 1966.

Geoff Gadbois drove the lone U.S. sled in the field, finishing 18th.

Friedrich, the most decorated bobsledder in history, extended his records with a fifth consecutive world four-man title and 12th world championship between two- and four-man events.

Germany swept all four titles at bobsled worlds with four different drivers taking gold.

Friedrich had won 12 consecutive Olympic or world titles before taking two-man silver at worlds last week in St. Moritz, Switzerland. He was dethroned in that event by countryman Johannes Lochner.

Friedrich has been hampered recently by a muscle injury from sprint training in late December. Going into worlds, Lochner had won four consecutive World Cup two-man races, while Hall won the last two World Cups in four-man.

Friedrich, 32, said before this season that he plans to make the 2026 Milan-Cortina Winter Games his final competition. Friedrich and push athlete Thorsten Margis can break the record of four career Olympic bobsled gold medals that they currently share with retired Germans Andre Lange and Kevin Kuske.

The World Cup season concludes with stops in Igls, Austria, and Sigulda, Latvia, the next two weekends.

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