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Elaine Thompson will not double at world championships

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Olympic 100m and 200m champion Elaine Thompson will not race the 200m at the world track and field championships in August, her coach reportedly said this week.

Thompson entered only the 100m at the Jamaican Championships this weekend and won, easily, in 10.71 seconds on Friday night (video here). Just .01 off her shared national record.

“It was never intended for her to double as this was said several times last year that she would not have doubled at a major championships before Tokyo [2020],” coach Stephen Francis said, according to the Jamaica Gleaner.

Thompson, 24, now owns the two fastest 100m times in the world this year. The second-ranked woman, Murielle Ahoure of Cote d’Ivoire, has run 10.83.

Thompson also owns three of the eight fastest 200m times this year, which makes it perplexing that she isn’t racing the 200m at the Jamaican Championships.

In her last 200m race, Thompson ran 21.98 to finish third at the Prefontaine Classic on May 27, behind Olympic 200m bronze medalist Tori Bowie (21.77) and Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo (21.91).

In Thompson’s absence, the top 200m runners in the world are Bowie, Miller-Uibo, Olympic silver medalist Dafne Schippers and 2012 Olympic champion Allyson Felix.

Bowie and Felix will try to qualify for worlds in the 200m at the USATF Outdoor Championships this weekend.

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Boglarka Kapas, world champion swimmer, tests positive for coronavirus

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Boglarka Kapas, the Hungarian swimmer and world 200m butterfly champion, said she tested positive for the coronavirus.

“I don’t have any symptoms yet, and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus,” was posted on her social media. “Please be careful, stay at home and stay healthy.”

Nine total members of the Hungarian national team — including swimmers and staff — have tested positive, according to the federation.

Kapas said her first test was negative but a second test showed she had the virus. She was staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.

Kapas, 26, won the 200m fly at last summer’s world championships by passing Americans Hali Flickinger and Katie Drabot in the last 25 meters. She clocked 2:06.78 to prevail by .17 of a second.

Kapas also took bronze in the Rio Olympic 800m freestyle won by Katie Ledecky.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

NHL players: Marie-Philip Poulin is world’s best female hockey player

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The U.S. may have the world’s best women’s hockey team, but NHL players believe Canadian Marie-Philip Poulin is the world’s best player.

Poulin received the most votes out of 496 responses in the 2019-20 NHLPA Player Poll, conducted before the season was suspended. The tally:

Poulin: 39.92%
Hilary Knight (USA): 36.29%
Kendall Coyne Schofield (USA): 15.52%
Emily Pfalzer Matheson (USA): 1.41%
Other: 6.85%

Last year, Knight received the highest percentage of votes from 203 NHL players (27.59), edging Poulin (24.14) with Amanda Kessel third (12.81) and Coyne Schofield and Pfalzer Matheson each receiving 5.91 percent.

Why were Poulin and Knight swapped this year? Perhaps Poulin’s Canadian team winning the debut of the NHL All-Star Skills Competition women’s 3-on-3 game on Jan. 24, even though Knight scored and Poulin did not.

Poulin, now 29, scored both goals in the 2010 Olympic final and the game-tying and -winning goals in the 2014 Olympic final. Even before her Olympic debut at age 18, the daughter of Quebec hospital workers was dubbed “the female Sidney Crosby.”

Knight, 30, led last April’s world championship tournament with seven goals as the U.S. won a fifth straight title. Poulin played 4 minutes, 44 seconds, total at the tournament, missing time with a knee injury.

This spring’s tournament, which was to start Tuesday, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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