Olympic 110m hurdles champion left lying on the track in Paris (video)

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Olympic 110m hurdles champion Omar McLeod suffered a leg injury at a Diamond League meet in Paris on Saturday, lying on the track and being attended to after finishing in last place.

McLeod, who one week ago broke the Jamaican record by running 12.90 seconds, struggled over the final few hurdles at the Diamond League meet.

Countryman Ronald Levy won in 13.05 seconds. McLeod slowed across the finish line in 13.41, his first loss since last August. American Devon Allen was disqualified before the race for a false start.

McLeod, the only man to break 13.05 this year, is the clear favorite, if healthy, at the world championships in London in August.

Full Paris results are here.

In other events, Olympic champion Elaine Thompson breezed to 100m victory in 10.91. Last week, Thompson won the Jamaican title in 10.71 seconds, one hundredth off the national record and .11 faster than anybody else this year.

Olympic bronze medalist Sam Kendricks beat French favorite Renaud Lavillenie in the pole vault with a top clearance of 5.77 meters. Kendricks has won all three Diamond League meets this year and won the U.S. title last weekend, clearing six meters for the first time.

In the women’s 3000m steeplechase, Olympic champion and world-record holder Ruth Jebet tripped and fell coming out of a late water jump.

Kenyan Beatrice Chepkoech went on to win in 9:01.69, three seconds off the fastest time in the world this year. Olympic bronze medalist Emma Coburn was fifth in 9:11.08, three seconds off her American record from Rio.

Christian Taylor edged Will Claye, 17.29 meters to 17.18, in a battle of the 2012 and 2016 Olympic triple jump gold and silver medalists.

Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon was upset in the 1500m by Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands. Hassan won in 3:57.10, four tenths faster than Kipyegon.

The Diamond League continues in Lausanne on Thursday.

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World champion wins doping case citing bodily fluids from boyfriend

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A world champion canoeist won a doping case Monday after persuading a tribunal that her positive test was caused by bodily fluid contamination from her boyfriend.

The International Canoe Federation (ICF) ended its investigation into 11-time world champion Laurence Vincent Lapointe, who tested positive for a steroid-like substance in July. She faced a four-year ban and could have missed her event’s Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games.

The Canadian canoe sprint racer and her lawyer detailed in a news program that laboratory analysis of hair from her then-boyfriend showed he was likely responsible for a tiny presence of ligandrol in her doping sample.

“The ICF has accepted Ms. Vincent Lapointe’s evidence which supports that she was the victim of third-party contamination,” the governing body said in a statement, clearing her to return to competition.

The legal debate is similar to tennis player Richard Gasquet’s 2009 acquittal in the “cocaine kiss” case. The Court of Arbitration for Sport accepted Gasquet’s defense that kissing a woman who had taken cocaine in a Miami nightclub, after he had withdrawn injured from a tournament, caused his positive test.

The 27-year-old Vincent Lapointe was provisionally suspended for almost six months and missed the 2019 World Championships, which was a key qualifying event for the Tokyo Olympics. American 17-year-old Nevin Harrison won the 200m world title in her absence.

She can still qualify for the Olympic debut of women’s canoe sprint events with victory at a World Cup event in May in Germany.

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U.S. women’s soccer team begins Olympic qualifying, which should rest on one match

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The U.S. women’s soccer team has never been in danger in Olympic qualifying, but that doesn’t change this fact: It must win on Feb. 7 to reach the Tokyo Games.

The CONCACAF tournament begins Tuesday in Houston, where the world champion Americans face world No. 72 Haiti. The last two group games are against No. 68 Panama on Friday and No. 37 Costa Rica on Feb. 3. The top two nations from the group advance to Feb. 7 semifinals.

The U.S. roster, with 18 of its 20 players coming from the 2019 World Cup team, is here.

Since CONCACAF qualifies two nations to the Olympics, the semifinals are the deciding games.

Should the U.S. win its group, it would face the runner-up from the other group in a winner-goes-to-Tokyo match. The other group (world ranking):

Canada (8)
Mexico (37)
Jamaica (53)
St. Kitts and Nevis (127)

Chaos could result in the unlikely event that either the U.S. or Canada finishes second in its group, and the two North American powers play a semifinal.

The U.S. is undefeated in Olympic qualifying history, since the tournament format began in 2004 — 15-0 with a goal differential of 88-1 (not counting matches played once they’ve already clinched qualification). The lone goal allowed came in a group-stage match in 2008, when the U.S. was already assured a spot in the semifinals.

Still, the U.S. knows the feeling of one poor outing in an important match. In 2010, it lost to Mexico in a winner-to-the-World Cup match. The U.S. was forced to win a last-chance, home-and-home playoff against a UEFA team — Italy — for the last spot in the World Cup.

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