Matthew Centrowitz finishes last in 1500m heat at worlds (video)

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A listless Matthew Centrowitz finished last in his 1500m heat at the world championships on Thursday, abruptly ending his hopes of following an Olympic title with a world title.

“Just didn’t execute my plan today, yeah,” Centrowitz told Lewis Johnson on NBCSN. “No one ever has a perfect lead-up to any championship. This year was a little bit more rough than others. It’s been a tough year. Today was a culmination of all those things that have been frustrating, disappointing this year.”

Centrowitz, the first U.S. Olympic 1500m champion in 108 years, clocked 3:48.34 in his heat for 14th place. That’s 13 seconds slower than both of his 1500m races in July.

Centrowitz nearly ended his season before the USATF Outdoor Championships in June following a series of health problems.

A left adductor strain in April. A May visit to the emergency room with a viral infection similar to his 2014 bout with pericarditis. His heart rate was through the roof. Then, a right adductor tear.

Centrowitz, who placed second at nationals, did not mention any further setbacks after his last-place finish Thursday. He did say he was unable to get more than two straight weeks of healthy training this season.

“I dealt with more than I’ve ever had in my career, and it showed out there today,” Centrowitz told media in London. “My fitness is obviously not where I’d like to have been.”

It’s the first time Centrowitz failed to qualify for a global championship 1500m final. He took bronze at 2011 Worlds at age 21, then fourth at the 2012 Olympics, silver at the 2013 Worlds and was eighth at 2015 Worlds before the Rio breakout.

“Tough is the only word that comes to mind,” Centrowitz said. “Obviously, there’s a lot of expectations this year. I wanted to exceed those. It’s hard to duplicate the year I had [in 2016].”

Kenyan Asbel Kiprop advanced to Friday’s semifinals as he eyes a fourth straight world title.

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Richie Porte crashes out of Tour de France again

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Australian Richie Porte crashed out of the Tour de France on the ninth stage for a second straight year, suffering a fractured right clavicle six miles into Sunday’s stage.

“Obviously I’m devastated,” Porte said, according to Team BMC. “For the second year in a row I am ending the Tour de France like this. I was on the ground before I knew it, and straight away felt pain in my right shoulder.”

Porte, who finished fifth in the 2016 Tour de France and was an overall podium contender these last two years, was seen sitting on the side of the road, gritting his teeth and crossing his right arm over his chest.

There was a mass stoppage of riders, with at least one spectator down on the side of the narrow road. The crash came well before the Tour stage was to hit 15 arduous cobblestone sections totaling 13 miles.

Porte was in 10th place after eight stages, 57 seconds behind race leader and BMC teammate Greg Van Avermaet. Avermaet and American Tejay van Garderen, in third place, were expected to work for Porte in the mountains later this week, hoping to put him in the yellow jersey.

Now, Van Garderen is in line to be the team leader.

In 2017, Porte fractured his clavicle and pelvis on a ninth-stage crash on a descent and had to abandon the Tour.

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Chris Froome, other stars crash on Tour de France cobblestones stage

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Richie PorteTejay van GarderenRigoberto UranMikel Landa. Even Chris Froome.

Stage nine of the Tour de France promised to rattle the top riders, and the 15 sections of cobblestones totaling 13 miles delivered just that. All of the named men crashed on Sunday, with Porte abandoning the Grand Tour altogether (albeit he crashed before the first cobbles section, six miles into the stage).

In the end, German John Degenkolb got the stage win ahead of overall race leader Greg Van Avermaet and Yves Lampaert.

Van Avermaet, the Olympic road race champion from Belgium, retained the yellow jersey for a sixth straight day, extending his lead to 43 seconds over Brit Geraint Thomas. Van Avermaet rides for Team BMC, which lost its team leader in Porte.

American van Garderen presumably became the new team leader, but he crashed later in the stage and also suffered three flat tires.

Van Garderen entered the day third in the overall standings, nine seconds behind Van Avermaet. He ended it in 30th place, 6:05 behind Van Avermaet.

The best-placed favorite to finish on the podium in Paris on July 29 is now the four-time Tour winner Froome, in eighth place, 1:42 behind Van Avermaet. Froome is trying to tie the record of five Tour titles shared by Jacques AnquetilEddy MerckxBernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.

The Tour takes its first of two rest days Monday, resuming with the first day in the Alps on Tuesday live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold (full broadcast schedule here). Stage 10 features a beyond-category climb and three category-one climbs.

“I’m relieved to get through today and looking forward to getting into the mountains now where the real race for GC (general classification) will start,” Froome said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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