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Freestyle Skiing: Lillis out

World champion Jonathon Lillis was eliminated in the second round of the finals, finishing eighth in a round that awarded the top six a spot in the penultimate round.

Oleksandr Abramenko won the gold medal for Ukraine.

Full aerials recap available here 

Speed Skating: Bowe just misses out on medal

Brittany Bowe just missed out on an Olympic medal. In the 11th pair, Bowe took advantage of the inside lane heading into the finish to lead the field with a time of 37.53 seconds. Four skaters from the last three pairs ended up finishing better than Bowe, including Nao Kaodira who won the gold by setting a new Olympic Record.

The American team – Joey Mantia, Emery Lehman, and Brian Hansen – were eliminated in the first heat of the men’s team pursuit. The U.S., who were in the fourth pairing alongside Netherlands, finished eighth out of eighth.

Alpine Skiing: Hirscher wins second gold 

The Austrian skier was considered to be one of the greatest athletes not to have won an Olympic medal, but Hirsher laid that premonition to rest earlier this week by winning his first medal. He doubled that tally count tonight when he won the men’s giant slalom by a massive 1.27 second margin.

Ted Ligety failed to make much of an impact in the men’s giant slalom, finishing tied for 15th.

Full recap available here

 

Hockey

Germany won their first game of the Olympics following a shootout victory over winless Norway. Germany were given a five minute power play after a dangerous check by a Norwegian player, but failed to capitalize on that and had to settle for a shootout win.

Czech Republic defeated Switzerland, clinching a first round bye in the quarterfinals.

In the women’s classification phase, an over-time goal by Toko Ayaka gave Japan a 2-1 victory, their second this tournament.

Men’s Tournament

CZE def. SUI 4-1

GER def. NOR 2-1 (SO)

Women’s Tournament

Classification: JPN def. SWE 2-1

 

Cross-Country: Norway win 4x10km relay 

Simen Hanstead Krueger began Norway’s mid-race surge to Olympic gold in the men’s 4x10km relay, making up a gap that was stretched to more than 20 seconds. It was the spring champion, Johannes Klaebo who put the race to bed in the final 1.5km.

Olympic Athletes from Russia and France finished second and third, respectively.

Two-time Olympic champions Sweden had a disappointing day, finishing in fifth place.

Biathlon: Fourcade wins mass start in photo finish 

It was a race down to the last 100 meters between heavy gold medal favorite Martin Fourcade and Simon Schempp. Both biathletes were part of the leading trio with Erik Lesser. Once Lesser missed two of his shots in the final round, the former two sprung ahead.

Mere millimeters separated Fourcade from Schempp, and it was the Frenchman who just barely crossed the line first.

Curling: Canada win second straight game 

The Canadian women now improve to 2-3, slowly making up for their disastrous start to the Olympics, after a 10-8 victory of Switzerland. The Swiss held a 7-4 lead at one point during the game, but Canada were able to battle back in the 10th end.

Sweden saw off a difficult opponent in Great Britain and now move to 5-0, further cementing their status as the team to beat.

Women’s Tournament

KOR def. CHN 12-5

CAN def. SUI 10-8

SWE def. GBR 8-6

Full curling recap available here 

Ski Jumping: Stoch defends gold medal

Kamil Stoch of Poland successfully defended his Olympic gold medal in the large hill, outperforming Andreas Wellinger. Stoch is just one of three ski jumpers to win three Olympic medals.

Full ski jumping recap available here

 

 

Eliud Kipchoge breaks marathon world record in Berlin

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Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge broke his own world record in winning the Berlin Marathon, clocking 2:01:09 to lower the previous record time of 2:01:39 he set in the German capital in 2018.

Kipchoge, 37 and a two-time Olympic champion, earned his 15th win in 17 career marathons to bolster his claim as the greatest runner in history over 26.2 miles.

His pacing was not ideal. Kipchoge slowed in the final miles, running 61:18 for the second half after going out in an unprecedented 59:51 for the first 13.1 miles. He still won by 4:49 over Kenyan Mark Korir.

“I was planning to go through it [the halfway mark] 60:50, 60:40,” Kipchoge said. “My legs were running actually very fast. I thought, let me just try to run two hours flat, but all in all, I am happy with the performance.

“We went too fast [in the first half]. It takes energy from the muscles. … There’s still more in my legs [to possibly lower the record again].”

MORE: Berlin Marathon Results

Ethiopian Tigist Assefa won the women’s race in 2:15:37, the third-fastest time in history for somebody who ran one prior marathon in 2:34:01. Only Brigid Kosgei (2:14:14 in Chicago in 2019) and Paula Radcliffe (2:15:25 in London in 2003) have gone faster.

American record holder Keira D’Amato, who entered as the top seed, was sixth in 2:21:48. D’Amato, who went nearly a decade between competitive races after college, owns the American record of 2:19:12 and now also the 10th-best time in U.S. history.

“Today wasn’t my best day ever, but it was the best I could do today,” she said in a text message, according to Race Results Weekly, adding that she briefly stopped and walked late in the race.

The last eight instances the men’s marathon world record has been broken, it has come on the pancake-flat roads of Berlin. It began in 2003, when Kenyan Paul Tergat became the first man to break 2:05.

The world record was 2:02:57 — set by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2014 — until Kipchoge broke it for the first time four years ago.

The following year, Kipchoge became the first person to cover 26.2 miles in under two hours, clocking 1:59:40 in a non-record-eligible showcase rather than a race.

Kipchoge’s focus going forward is trying to become the first runner to win three Olympic marathon titles in Paris in 2024. He also wants to win all six annual World Marathon Majors. He’s checked off four of them, only missing Boston (run in April) and New York City (run every November).

Kipchoge grew up on a farm in Kapsabet in Kenya’s Rift Valley, often hauling by bike several gallons of the family’s milk to sell at the local market. Raised by a nursery school teacher, he ran more than three miles to and from school. He saved for five months to get his first pair of running shoes.

At 18, he upset legends Hicham El Guerrouj and Kenenisa Bekele to win the 2003 World 5000m title on the track. He won Olympic 5000m medals (bronze in 2004 and silver in 2008), then moved to the marathon after failing to make the 2012 Olympic team on the track.

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup schedule, results

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The U.S. goes for its fourth consecutive title at the FIBA World Cup in Sydney — and eighth global gold in a row overall when including the Olympics.

A’ja Wilson, a two-time WNBA MVP, and Breanna Stewart, the Tokyo Olympic MVP, headline a U.S. roster that, for the first time since 2000, includes neither Sue Bird (retired) nor Diana Taurasi (injured).

The new-look team includes nobody over the age of 30 for the first time since 1994, before the U.S. began its dynasty at the 1996 Atlanta Games. The Americans have won 52 consecutive games between worlds and the Olympics dating to the 2006 Worlds bronze-medal game.

The field also includes host Australia, the U.S.’ former primary rival, and Olympic silver medalist Japan.

Nigeria, which played the U.S. the closest of any foe in Tokyo (losing by nine points), isn’t present after its federation withdrew the team over governance issues. Spain, ranked second in the world, failed to qualify.

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Round
Wed., Sept. 21 8:30 p.m. Puerto Rico 82, Bosnia and Herzegovina 58 Group A
9:30 p.m. USA 87, Belgium 72 Group A
11 p.m. Canada 67, Serbia 60 Group B
Thurs., Sept. 22 12 a.m. Japan 89, Mali 56 Group B
3:30 a.m. China 107, South Korea 44 Group A
6:30 a.m. France 70, Australia 57 Group B
8:30 p.m. USA 106, Puerto Rico 42 Group A
10 p.m. Serbia 69, Japan 64 Group B
11 p.m. Belgium 84, South Korea 61 Group A
Fri., Sept. 23 12:30 a.m. China 98, Bosnia and Herzegovina 51 Group A
4 a.m. Canada 59, France 45 Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia 118, Mali 58 Group B
Sat., Sept. 24 12:30 a.m. USA 77, China 63 Group A
4 a.m. South Korea 99, Bosnia and Herzegovina 66 Group A
6:30 a.m. Belgium 68, Puerto Rico 65 Group A
Sun., Sept. 25 12:30 a.m. France 74, Mali 59 Group B
4 a.m. Australia 69, Serbia 54 Group B
6:30 a.m. Canada 70, Japan 56 Group B
9:30 p.m. Belgium vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
11:30 p.m. Mali vs. Serbia Group B
Mon., Sept. 26 12 a.m. USA vs. South Korea Group A
2 a.m. France vs. Japan Group B
3:30 a.m. China vs. Puerto Rico Group A
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Canada Group B
9:30 p.m. Puerto Rico vs. South Korea Group A
11:30 p.m. Belgium vs. China Group A
Tues., Sept. 27 12 a.m. USA vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
2 a.m. Canada vs. Mali Group B
3:30 a.m. France vs. Serbia Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Japan Group B
Wed., Sept. 28 10 p.m. Quarterfinal
Thurs., Sept. 29 12:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
4 a.m. Quarterfinal
6:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
Fri., Sept. 30 3 .m. Semifinal
5:30 a.m. Semifinal
11 p.m. Third-Place Game
Sat., Oct. 1 2 a.m. Final