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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.

Eliud Kipchoge sets next marathon

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Eliud Kipchoge will race the London Marathon on April 26 before he is expected to defend his Olympic title in Japan on Aug. 9, which would mark the shortest break between marathons of his career.

Kipchoge, who in his last 26.2-mile effort became the first person to break two hours at the distance, won all four of his London Marathon starts, including breaking the course record in 2016 and 2019.

His time this past April 28 — 2:02:37 — is the third-fastest time in history. Kipchoge has the world record of 2:01:39 set at the 2018 Berlin Marathon. His sub-two-hour marathon in Vienna on Oct. 12 was not in a record-eligible race.

Kipchoge’s previous shortest break between marathons came in 2016, when he also ran London and the Olympics. The Olympics will be two weeks earlier in 2020 than in 2016.

Kipchoge, 35, has won 11 of 12 marathons since moving to road racing after failing to make Kenya’s 2012 Olympic track team.

He has yet to race the two most prestigious marathons in the U.S. — Boston and New York City — but has said they are on his bucket list.

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Canadians become first female doubles luge team in World Cup

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WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) — Caitlin Nash and Natalie Corless made luge history Saturday, becoming the first female team to compete in a World Cup doubles race.

The 16-year-olds from Whistler combined to finish 22nd in a field of 23 sleds, though that seemed largely irrelevant. There have been four-woman teams in what is typically called four-man bobsledding, but luge has never seen a pairing like this until now.

The German sled of Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken won the race in 1 minute, 16.644 seconds. Germany’s Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt finished second and the Russian team of Vsevolod Kashkin and Konstantin Korshunov placed third for their first medal of the season.

The U.S. team of Chris Mazdzer and Jayson Terdiman placed 11th.

But the story was the Canadian teens, who qualified for the World Cup event on Thursday. They were nearly a half-second behind any other finisher and almost 2.7 seconds back of Eggert and Benecken. But they’ll forever be able to say that they were winning the race at one point — a technicality because they were the first ones down the hill at the Whistler Sliding Center, but accurate nonetheless.

The only sled they beat was the Italian team of Ivan Nagler and Fabian Malleier, who crashed in the second heat.

There are women’s singles and men’s singles races on the World Cup luge circuit, but there is no rule saying doubles teams must be composed of two men. There have been more female doubles racers at the junior level in recent years, and it was generally considered to be just a matter of time before it happened at the World Cup level.

That time became Saturday.

Canada had the chance to qualify a second sled into the doubles field because some teams typically on the circuit chose to skip this weekend’s stop, and Nash and Corless got into by successfully finishing a Nations Cup qualifying race on Thursday.

They were 11th in that race out of 11 sleds, more than a full second behind the winner and nearly a half-second behind the closest finisher. But all they had to do was cross the line without crashing to get into Saturday’s competition, and earned their spot in the luge history books as a result.

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