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Americans among qualifiers in men’s 110, women’s 400 hurdles

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The qualifying heats for the men’s 110 hurdles, women’s 400 hurdles and women’s discus were held Monday night, with athletes looking to progress into the semifinal heats for the track events and the final for the women’s discus. A total of six American runners qualified for the men’s 110 hurdles and women’s 400 hurdles including 17-year old Sydney McLaughlin, who advanced to the semis of the women’s 400 on time.

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Ashley Spencer posted the second-fastest time among qualifiers for the women’s 400, winning her heat in a time of 55.12 seconds. Dalilah Muhammad finished her heat in 55.33 seconds, with McLaughlin’s time of 56.32 seconds being fast enough to get her into the semis. Jamaica’s Ristananna Tracey was the lone runner to finish with a time under 55 seconds, as she finished in 54.88 seconds. Also among the semifinal qualifiers is reigning world champion Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic, who finished in 55.54 seconds.

Ronnie Ash led three Americans who qualified for the semifinals of the men’s 110 hurdles with a time of 13.31 seconds, the second-fastest time of the night. Also qualifying for the semis were Devon Allen, who upon completion will return to the University of Oregon where he’s a wide receiver on the football team in addition to running track, and Jeff Porter. Allen finished his heat with a time of 13.41 seconds, with Porter finishing in 13.50 seconds.

WATCH: Devon Allen qualifies for men’s 110 hurdle semis

Jamaica’s Omar McLeod posted the fastest qualifying time, finishing in 13.27 seconds. Also among the qualifiers for the semifinals is France’s Dimitri Bascou, who finished fifth at last year’s World Championships, with a time of 13.31 seconds.

USA Track and Field wasn’t as fortunate in the women’s discus, as Kelsey Card, Shelbi Vaughan and Whitney Ashley all failed to qualify for the semifinals. Cuba’s Yaime Perez and China’s Su Xinyue were the only competitors to surpass the 65 meter mark in qualifying, with Perez’s throw of 65.38 meters leading the way and Su in second with a throw of 65.14 meters.

WATCH LIVE: Nathan Chen in U.S. Figure Skating Championships free skate

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Nathan Chen tries to become the first man to win four straight U.S. figure skating titles since 1988, live on NBC Sports on Sunday.

NBC Sports Gold streams live coverage of the men’s free skate for subscribers starting at 2:30 p.m. ET in Greensboro, N.C. NBC joins with TV coverage at 3.

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Chen, a 20-year-old Yale sophomore, is undefeated since placing fifth at the PyeongChang Olympics. He can become the seventh man since World War II to win four straight national titles.

Five of the previous six went on to earn Olympic gold, including Dick ButtonScott Hamilton and, most recently, Brian Boitano in 1988.

Chen carries a substantial 13.14-point lead from Saturday’s short program, where he landed two quadruple jumps on one week of full training following a flu bout.

The anticipated drama Sunday comes in the battle for silver and bronze medals and the last two world championships team spots.

Jason BrownAndrew TorgashevVincent Zhou and Tomoki Hiwatashi are separated by 8.78 points. Brown, the 2015 U.S. champion, and Zhou, the 2019 World bronze medalist, are the only men in the field other than Chen with world team experience.

Key Skate Times
5:01 p.m. (ET) — Vincent Zhou
5:18 — Tomoki Hiwatashi
5:26 — Andrew Torgashev
5:35 — Nathan Chen
5:43 — Jason Brown

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Mikaela Shiffrin, with 66th World Cup win, moves one shy of career dream

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Mikaela Shiffrin has said one of her career dreams is to win in every discipline in one season. She is now one victory shy of realizing it.

Shiffrin earned her 66th World Cup victory — and her second in three days — at a super-G in Bansko, Bulgaria, on Sunday.

She prevailed by .29 of a second over Italian Marta Bassino and .70 over Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami. Gut-Behrami, the last skier other than Shiffrin to win a World Cup overall title back in 2016, earned her first podium in exactly one year.

Full results are here.

“Perfect weekend for me,” said Shiffrin, who moved one shy of recently retired Austrian Marcel Hirscher for third place on the World Cup career wins list. “The whole team is excited about the whole weekend, but especially today.”

She is en route to a fourth straight World Cup overall title. And she is a combined victory away from wins in all five disciplines in one season. Only Marc GirardelliPetra KronbergerJanica Kostelic and Tina Maze have done it.

“The thing that I’m most proud of right now is that I know how to win in slalom, [giant slalom], super-G and downhill, which I never expected that would really happen,” she said.

Shiffrin struggled with confidence during a winless stretch in early January, trying not to compare herself to last season, when she won a record 17 times. She still leads the men’s and women’s tours with six victories this season, a little more than halfway through.

“Every race is such a big fight, and I haven’t been the one on top of this fight every time,” she said. “Certainly I’ve been like sometimes the expectations that I have or that other people might have, I’m not quite living up to that. Sometimes it’s hard not to feel like I’m failing sometimes, even though this is still just an incredible season.”

There are two combined races left this season for Shiffrin to achieve the dream — Feb. 23 in Switzerland and March 1 in Italy. While combined — mixing a speed run and a technical run — might seem perfect for Shiffrin, she has one victory in four starts in the discipline between the World Cup and Olympics.

And Shiffrin is careful about her race schedule. She is undecided on entering a downhill and super-G next weekend at the 2014 Olympic venue in Russia.

“After this weekend my brain is a little bit dead,” she joked.

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