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Great Britain’s Skelton takes gold in equestrian individual jumping, USA’s Farrington 5th

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Great Britain’s Nick Skelton, appearing in his seventh Olympic Games, made history Friday afternoon at the equestrian venue.

Skelton, riding Big Star, took gold in the individual jumping competition. And at 58 years of age, Skelton overtook Germany’s Klaus Balkenhol (team dressage, 1996) as the oldest Olympic gold medalist in equestrian history. Skelton now has two career Olympic gold medals, with the first coming four years ago in the team jumping competition.

With Skelton among six riders tied with no penalty points accrued there was a jump-off, with his time penalty (42.82) being lower than that of Sweden’s Peder Fredricson (43.35). Taking silver was Fredricson, with Canada’s Eric Lamaze taking bronze as a result of having a lower time penalty than Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat.

American Kent Farrington was part of the jump-off as well, ultimately finishing in fifth place. Ward McLain finished tied for ninth on four penalty points.

Chicago Marathon canceled; one major marathon left in 2020

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The Chicago Marathon, scheduled for Oct. 11, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the fourth World Marathon Major called off this year.

Organizers cited the challenge of staging the 45,000-runner event “out of concern for the safety of event participants, volunteers, event staff and spectators.”

Previously, major marathons were canceled in Berlin (originally scheduled for Sept. 27), Boston (April 20, then Sept. 14) and New York City (Nov. 1). The London Marathon, originally scheduled for April 26 and postponed to Oct. 4, remains scheduled.

The other World Marathon Major, Tokyo, took place on its scheduled date of March 1 but with elite runners only.

Last year, Kenyan Brigid Kosgei won Chicago by taking 81 seconds off Paula Radcliffe‘s 16-year-old women’s marathon world record. Kosgei clocked 2:14:04.

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Figure skating Grand Prix events in China remain scheduled

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Figure skating Grand Prix events in China in November and December remain scheduled, the International Skating Union announced Monday, four days after reports about international sporting events in China being canceled through the end of 2020.

A notice about sports events, issued Thursday by the General Administration of Sport of China, made an exception for Beijing Winter Olympic test events and other preparations for the first Winter Games in China in February 2022.

The Grand Prix Final, the second-most prestigious annual figure skating competition, is still scheduled for December in Beijing because it is an Olympic test event.

Furthermore, the Cup of China, one of six events across the globe that determines Grand Prix Final qualifiers, remains scheduled for November in Chongqing because it is related to the Final.

“Like for all other five ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events in the different countries, this is of course subject to finding the necessary logistical, medical and safety solutions to hold the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events as planned,” according to the ISU.

The ISU previously announced it set a deadline to decide on possible event cancellations: 12 weeks before an event starts. For the first Grand Prix Series competition, Skate America in Las Vegas, the decision deadline is Aug. 1.

The ISU council will meet virtually on Aug. 3 to decide on further action for upcoming competitions.

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