Bowie, Clement among Tuesday’s U.S. qualifiers for track and field finals

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The semifinal heats for three track and field events were held Tuesday night, the women’s 200 and the 400 hurdles for both the men and women, and USA Track and Field was represented in each of them.

Two Americans qualified for the 200 final, led by 100 meter silver medalist Tori Bowie. Bowie’s time of 22.13 seconds was second-fastest among the eight women who qualified for the final, with only Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands (21.96 seconds) running faster. Also running a 22.13 was Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson, who took gold in the 100.

Joining Bowie and Schippers in the final is Deajah Stevens, who at 22.38 seconds ran the sixth-fastest 200 of the semifinal heats. Jenna Prandini failed to qualify for the final, posting a time of 22.55 seconds.

WATCH: Tori Bowie qualifies for women’s 200 final

The U.S. will have two runners in the women’s 400 hurdles final in Dalilah Muhammad and Ashley Spencer. Muhammad’s time of 53.89 seconds was the fastest of the qualifying heats, and she was the only runner to post a time below the 54 second mark. Spencer finished her heat in 54.87 seconds, which is good for fifth among the eight qualifiers for the final. 17-year old Sydney McLaughlin wasn’t as fortunate, as she failed to qualify after running a 56.22 in her heat.

In the men’s 400 hurdles Kerron Clement was the lone American to qualify for the final, posting a semifinal heat-best time of 48.26 seconds. Finishing third in his heat, Byron Robinson (48.65s) missed out on qualifying by time by one one-hundredth of a second. Also qualifying for the final was Puerto Rico’s Javier Culson, who took bronze in the 400 hurdles in London.

Lastly, two Americans qualified for the next round of the women’s long jump in Brittney Reese and Tianna Bartoletta, with teammate Janay Deloach just missing out on doing so. Ivana Spanovic recorded the longest jump of the first round of qualifying (6.87 meters), and Russia’s Darya Klishina advanced as well. Due to the ban of Russian athletes as the result of a doping scandal involving multiple sports, Klishina was the only athlete who was able to gain clearance to compete in Rio.

12-year-old skateboarders earn medals at world championships

Chloe Covell

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 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

Francesco Friedrich

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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