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List of potential stars on Olympic OAR team of Russian athletes

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Medal contenders and stars who could be invited to the PyeongChang Olympics to compete for the neutral Olympic athlete from Russia (OAR) team …

Alpine Skiing
Alexander Khoroshilov
Slalom
Fifth at 2017 World Championships
Third in 2014-15 World Cup standings

Biathlon
Anton Shipulin
Second in 2016-17 World Cup overall standings

Yekaterina Yurlova-Percht
2015 World champion, 15km individual

Cross-Country Skiing
Sergey Ustiugov
Five medals at 2017 World Championships
Second in 2016-17 World Cup overall standings
2017 Tour de Ski champion

Curling
Anna Sidorova
Medals at each of the last four world championships

Figure Skating
Yevgenia Medvedeva
2016, 2017 World champion
Undefeated for two years

Alina Zagitova
Second in 2017-18 Grand Prix standings
2017 World junior champion

Yevgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov
Pairs
2017 World bronze medalists

Freestyle Skiing
Ilya Burov
Aerials
Fourth in 2014-15 World Cup standings
Fifth in 2015-16 World Cup standings
Missed most of 2016-17 season with injuries

Alexandr Smyshlyaev
Moguls
2014 Olympic bronze medalist
2015 World bronze medalist
Missed 2016-17 season due to injury

Hockey
Ilya Kovalchuk
Four-time Olympian
Three-time NHL All-Star

Pavel Datsuyk
Four-time Olympian
Russian captain in Sochi
Four-time NHL All-Star

Luge
Roman Repilov
2017 World silver medalist
2016-17 World Cup champion

Semyon Pavlichenko
Second in 2017-18 World Cup standings

Tatiana Ivanova
2016 World bronze medalist
Third in 2016-17 World Cup standings

Short Track Speed Skating
Viktor Ahn
Eight Olympic medals
Six Olympic gold medals
Most decorated male athlete at Sochi Olympics (three golds, one bronze)

Semyon Elistratov
2015 World champion, 1500m

Skeleton
Nikita Tregubov
2017 World bronze medalist

Snowboarding
Vic Wild
Parallel Giant Slalom
2014 Olympic champion

Alena Zavarzina
Parallel Giant Slalom
2014 Olympic bronze medalist
2016-17 World Cup champion

Speed Skating
Pavel Kulizhnikov
2016 World champion, 500m and 1000m
*May be ineligible due to doping ban served from 2012-14.

Denis Yuskov
2017-18 World Cup leader, 1500m
2016 World champion, 1500m
*May be ineligible due to ban for marijuana from 2008 to 2011.

The IOC announcement Tuesday said that athletes who have had an anti-doping violation will not be invited to the Olympics, but it’s unclear if that rule will apply to cases this old.

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Clarification: An earlier version of this post did not mention Kulizhnikov and Yuskov’s doping bans.

Beatrice Chepkoech crushes steeplechase world record (video)

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Kenyan Beatrice Chepkoech crushed the 3000m steeplechase world record by eight seconds at a Diamond League meet in Monaco on Friday.

Chepkoech clocked 8:44.32, easily beating Olympic champion Ruth Jebet‘s mark of 8:52.78. Coincidentally, the IAAF confirmed Friday that Bahrain’s Jebet, who was born in Kenya, has been suspended the last five months after testing positive for EPO.

Between Jebet and Chepkoech, the steeple world record has come down 14 seconds since the Rio Games. Chepkoech began competition running in 2011 and didn’t concentrate on the steeplechase until 2016.

“I was thinking maybe I can break 8:50, but not at all was I dreaming about 8:44,” Chepkoech said, according to meet organizers.

Chepkoech, 27, was best-known for missing the first water jump in the 2017 World Championships final, retracing her steps and recovering to finish fourth. That helped lead the way to the stunning U.S. one-two finish with Emma Coburn and Courtney Frerichs.

In Friday’s race, Frerichs broke Coburn’s American record by clocking 9:00.85 for second place.

Full Monaco results are here. The Diamond League moves to London for a two-day meet Saturday and Sunday (broadcast/stream info here).

In other Monaco events, Caster Semenya clocked her second-fastest 800m of all time to extend her near-three-year win streak. The Olympic and world champion clocked 1:54.60. Semenya’s personal best is still .97 shy of the world record.

“Today wanted to break 1:54 but maybe next time,” Semenya said. “I was not thinking about the world record today and actually it is not on my mind.”

A pursuit of the 35-year-old mark will be impacted severely if an IAAF rule limiting testosterone in female middle-distance runners goes into effect next season as scheduled. Semenya is challenging it to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Noah Lyles won the 200m in 19.65 seconds, the world’s fastest time since Usain Bolt‘s last world title in 2015. Lyles, the U.S. 100m champion, remained undefeated in outdoor 200m races since finishing fourth at the Olympic Trials as an 18-year-old.

Lyles did a somersault when introduced before the race and a standing back flip celebrating afterward.

Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo won the 400m in the world’s fastest time in nine years — 49.97 seconds — edging world silver medalist Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain. Naser, 20, ran 49.08, destroying her Asian record of 49.55, but lost for the first time in nearly one year.

Botswana’s Nijel Amos ran the world’s fastest 800m since the epic 2012 Olympic final, clocking 1:42.14 against a field that did not include injured world-record holder David Rudisha.

Marie-Josée Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast won a deep 100m in 10.89 seconds, confirming she is currently the world’s fastest woman. Ta Lou also has the fastest time in the world this year of 10.85 and hasn’t lost over 100m in 2018. The race lacked world champion Tori Bowie, while Olympic champion Elaine Thompson was third in 11.02.

Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot took the 1500m in the fastest time in the world since the 2015 Monaco meet — 3:28.41. Cheruiyot, who came to Monaco with the world’s top three times this year, edged world champion Elijah Manangoi (3:29.64).

Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen, 17, was fourth in 3:31.18, taking 2.54 seconds off the U18 world record and nearly six seconds off his personal best, according to the IAAF. U.S. Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz was seventh in 3:31.77, his fastest time since Monaco 2015.

World silver medalist Soufiane El Bakkali became the first steeplechaser to break eight minutes in three years. The Moroccan won in 7:58.15, while U.S. Olympic silver medalist Evan Jager was second in 8:01.02.

Two-time Olympic champion Christian Taylor beat Cuban-born Portuguese rival Pedro Pablo Pichardo in the triple jump, leaping 17.86 meters.

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Suspect confesses to Denis Ten killing

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MOSCOW (AP) — One of two men detained in Kazakhstan on suspicion of killing Olympic figure skating medalist Denis Ten has confessed, authorities said Friday.

Prosecutor Berik Zhuyrektayev said in a televised statement that Nuraly Kiyasov “confessed his guilt in the presence of an attorney” while being questioned over the 25-year-old skater’s death Thursday in the Kazakh city of Almaty.

The prosecutor didn’t give further details of what exactly Kiyasov had said.

Police have also detained 23-year-old Arman Kudaibergenov in connection with Ten’s death, which has prompted national mourning. Authorities released a picture of the disheveled-looking man being held by masked men wearing body armor and camouflage uniforms.

Ten was stabbed after a dispute with people who allegedly tried to steal a mirror from his car in his home city of Almaty. He died in hospital of massive blood loss from multiple wounds, the Kazinform news agency said.

Prosecutors are treating his death as murder.

Kazinform reported that Kiyasov was taken to the scene of the crime under heavy security Friday as part of the investigation.

Ten’s bronze in Sochi in 2014 made him Kazakhstan’s first Olympic medalist in figure skating. He also won the Four Continents Championships in 2015 and was a world silver medalist in 2013.

He struggled with injuries in recent years and could only finish 27th at the PyeongChang Olympics.

Ten had been working on a script in recent months which the Kazakh-Russian director Timur Bekmambetov said Friday would now be turned into a movie.

“We’re definitely going to try to realize his idea and shoot a film dedicated to this multi-talented person,” Bekmambetov said in comments released by Kazakhstan’s embassy to Russia. “In his 25 years, Ten managed to do very much and had grand plans which he would surely have put into practice because he was a real hard worker.”

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