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Elana Meyers Taylor, Lolo Jones win last race before Olympic bobsled team named

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The U.S. Olympic women’s bobsled team is scheduled to be announced Saturday.

Elana Meyers Taylor will be on it.

Lolo Jones improved her chances, helping Meyers Taylor to her first World Cup win of the season in St. Moritz, Switzerland, on Saturday morning.

Meyers Taylor, a two-time Olympic medalist, and Jones broke the start record and track record en route to winning by .21 over two runs.

German sleds finished second and third.

U.S. Olympic bronze medalist Jamie Greubel Poser and Lauren Gibbs were 11th, marking Greubel Poser’s worst result in nearly three years.

The third U.S. sled, driven by Brittany Reinbolt, finished 15th but more importantly finished behind the third Canadian sled. That means Canada gets three sleds at the Olympics, while the U.S. gets two.

Which means Jones, Gibbs and the rest of the U.S. push athletes hoping to be named to the Olympic team by a committee are now vying for two spots rather than the three they had in 2010 and 2014.

Jones, one of 10 Americans to compete in both the Summer and Winter Olympics, is 35 years old. This may be her last chance at either Games and to earn her first Olympic medal.

If Jones makes the PyeongChang team, she will be a medal favorite given Meyers Taylor and Greubel Poser have been two of the world’s top three drivers for the last several years.

Jones pushed the third U.S. sled in Sochi that was not a medal contender and finished 11th.

That sled was driven by Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian, who since Sochi switched to Jamaica and was in position Saturday to clinch the first Jamaican Olympic women’s bobsled berth.

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Caster Semenya allowed to race 800m at Pre Classic

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Caster Semenya has been switched from the 3000m to the 800m at next week’s Pre Classic, marking her first scheduled 800m since a Swiss Supreme Court ruling allowed her to race her Olympic gold-medal distance while she appeals a new IAAF testosterone rule.

“Caster’s representation requested that she be moved from the 3,000 meters (where she was originally entered) to the 800 meters, and we are happy to comply,” Prefontaine Classic meet director Tom Jordan said in a statement, confirming a Reuters report.

NBC Sports airs live Pre Classic coverage on June 30 from 4-6 p.m. ET.

Semenya, the two-time Olympic 800m champion, was originally entered in the 3000m because the rule bars her from races between 400m and the mile unless she takes testosterone-suppressing measures, under which she would be allowed to return to those distances late this year. Semenya refuses to take those measures.

A Swiss Supreme Court ruling two weeks ago lifted the restriction for Semenya — but not other athletes — while her appeal is pending. The IAAF has until Monday to respond to the court before a ruling could be made. A resolution could still be months away, with Semenya possibly able to race until that day comes.

Semenya has won 30 straight 800m races dating to 2015, including the Rio Olympics and 2017 World Championships. All three Rio Olympic 800m medalists have said they are affected by the new rule capping testosterone in women’s races between the 400m and mile.

That meant none raced at Diamond League stops in Stockholm and Rabat, Morocco, earlier this month. Last Sunday’s Rabat meet offered Semenya a late invite, more than a week after her restriction was lifted, but Semenya said it was too late for her to travel in time to race.

American record holder Ajeé Wilson won the Stockholm 800m without any of the Olympic medalists in the field.

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Geraint Thomas crashes out of Tour de France prep race

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BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas crashed in a cycling race, days after teammate Chris Froome was involved in a season-ending accident in France.

Team INEOS said Thomas should be fine to start the Tour de France on July 6 despite having to drop out of the fourth stage of the nine-day Tour de Suisse race in Switzerland.

“Clearly it’s frustrating and a small setback for my Tour de France preparations, but there’s still plenty of time before we start in Brussels in a few weeks’ time,” Thomas said, according to the team.

The team says on Twitter that Thomas “was alert and speaking to the team after the crash and will be taken to hospital for checks.”

Thomas had a ripped jersey and cuts on his back and shoulder after hitting the road with about 18 miles left in the stage. He was in eighth place, 28 seconds behind race leader Peter Sagan.

Thomas won the 2018 Tour after Froome won four times between 2013 and 2017.

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