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Tony Martin wins record-tying fourth world championships time trial

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After a rough last 13 months, Tony Martin is once again the world’s top time trialist.

The German won his fourth world road cycling championships time trial on Wednesday in Doha, Qatar, matching the career record held by Swiss Fabian Cancellara.

Martin, 31, captured three straight world time trial titles from 2011-13 (plus 2012 Olympic silver) but fell to seventh place in 2015 (his worst finish since 2008) and was 12th at the Rio Olympics.

“Everybody know that I haven’t had a good year so far,” Martin said. “Last race, getting world champion, it’s incredible. It makes everything forgotten that happened in the year. It’s amazing, gives me also strength for next year.”

On Wednesday, Martin covered the 25-mile course in 44 minutes, 42.99 seconds. He beat 2015 World champion Vasil Kiryienka of Belarus by 45.05 seconds. Spain’s Jonathan Castroviejo took bronze.

Full results are hereThe event replay is here.

The top American was three-time Olympian Taylor Phinney in 15th. Phinney is the last U.S. man to take an Olympic or world time trial medal, a silver at 2012 Worlds.

The world championships continue every day this week, capped by the women’s and men’s road races on Saturday and Sunday. The full NBC Sports app streaming schedule is here.

MORE: American wins women’s time trial title

Alistair Brownlee, after Ironman, leans toward Olympic return

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Alistair Brownlee is already the only triathlete with multiple Olympic titles. In July, he is reportedly leaning toward another impressive feat, to win an Olympic gold medal the summer after completing the Kona Ironman World Championships.

The Brit Brownlee said he is “definitely swinging towards” trying to qualify for the Tokyo Games, according to the Times of London. Brownlee’s manager confirmed the stance while noting that his result in the Ironman Western Australia on Dec. 1 will play into the ultimate decision.

Brownlee previously reportedly said he was “50-50” on going for the Olympics and that he had to decide between focusing on the shorter Olympic distance or the Ironman, which includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and a marathon.

Other Olympic triathletes transitioned to the Ironman and never went back, such as 2008 Olympic champion Jan Frodeno of Germany and two-time U.S. Olympian Sarah True.

Brownlee finished 21st in Kona on Oct. 12 in 8 hours, 25 minutes, 3 seconds, which was 33:50 behind the winner Frodeno.

Brownlee won four half Ironmans between 2017 and 2018 (sandwiched by a hip surgery), then finished second to Frodeno at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship on Sept. 2.

One other triathlete won an Olympic title after completing the Kona Ironman — Austrian Kate Allen, who was seventh in Kona in 2002, then took gold at the 2004 Athens Games.

MORE: 2019 Kona Ironman World Championships Results

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Alberto Salazar appeals doping ban

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it has registered an appeal by track coach Alberto Salazar against his ban for doping violations, though a hearing will take several months to prepare.

CAS says Salazar and Dr. Jeffrey Brown appealed against their four-year bans by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

After a multi-year USADA investigation, Salazar and Brown were found guilty of doping violations linked to the Nike Oregon Project training camp. USADA said Salazar ran experiments with supplements and testosterone, and possessed and trafficked the banned substance.

The case also related to falsified and incomplete medical records that disguised the work.

CAS says Salazar and Brown asked for more time to file “written submissions and evidence,” adding the hearing is “unlikely to take place before March.”

Verdicts typically take at least a further several weeks.

MORE: Mary Cain raises issues from being coached by Salazar

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