U.S. men end 4x100m freestyle relay drought at swim worlds (video)

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The U.S. men won their first world title in the 4x100m freestyle relay since 2009 on Sunday.

Nathan Adrian, an eight-time Olympic medalist, anchored the American quartet to a time of 3:10.06. They won by .28 over Brazil. Hungary took bronze.

Adrian was joined by Caeleb DresselTownley Haas and Blake Pieroni in the final, all Olympic relay champions racing at their first worlds.

Dressel, who led off the Rio Olympic 4x100m free, broke an eight-year-old American 100m free record leading off the race in Budapest on Sunday.

“It’s not unexpected,” Adrian said of Dressel, according to Swimming World. “Anybody who’s followed Caeleb in his trajectory the last couple years — I’m not surprised a bit.”

Brazil closed the gap on the next three legs with its fastest swimmers, including the two fastest splits of the 32-swimmer field, but Adrian held off veteran Bruno Fratus on anchor.

The U.S. last won the 4x100m free at worlds in 2009, at the height of the super-suit era. It took bronze in 2011, silver in 2013 and bottomed out in 2015, tying for 11th.

France, gold medalist at the 2012 Olympics and 2013 and 2015 Worlds, has fallen so far that it did not even enter the 4x100m free in Budapest.

Longtime rival Australia lacked its best sprinter, Olympic 100m freestyle champion Kyle Chalmers, who missed worlds after heart surgery.

Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay Results
Gold: USA — 3:10.06
Silver: Brazil — 3:10.34
Bronze: Hungary — 3:11.99
4. Russia — 3:12.58
5. Japan — 3:13.65
6. Canada — 3:15.25
DQ. Australia
DQ. Italy

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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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