Justin Gatlin edges Noah Lyles, Sifan Hassan sets World Record

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Five-time Olympic medalist Justin Gatlin took first place in the anticipated 100m race against U.S. track & field champion Noah Lyles at Friday’s Diamond League meet in Monaco.

Gatlin defended his title despite a rough start and clocked in 9.91, runner-up Noah Lyles came only one hundredth of a second behind with 9.92.

“I had to put down the pedal to the metal and cross the line first” said Gatlin after the race.

Despite placing second, Lyles didn’t seem too disappointed and seems ready for another chance to challenge Gatlin.

“I can just change a few things around, and that can be quick” says Lyles

Mike Rodgers came in third place, which gave the U.S. the top three spots on the podium.

In other events:

Two-time Olympic medalist Shaunae Miller-Uibo continues her undefeated streak by winning the 200m in 22.09. Elaine Thompson came in second place.

Sydney McLaughlin dominated in the 400m hurdles taking her second win on the road with a time of 53.32. Ashley Spencer finished in second place with a time of 54.46.

Sifan Hassan became the world’s fastest woman in the 1500m by setting a World Record in the event with a time of 4:12.33. It’s the fastest time that’s been posted in the 1500m since Svetlana Masterkova’s personal-best time of 4:12.56 set in 1996.

David Rudisha escapes car crash ‘well and unhurt’

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David Rudisha, a two-time Olympic champion and world record holder at 800m, is “well and unhurt” after a car accident in his native Kenya, according to his Facebook account.

Kenyan media reported that one of Rudisha’s tires burst on Saturday night, leading his car to collide with a bus, and he was treated for minor injuries at a hospital.

Rudisha, 30, last raced July 4, 2017, missing extended time with a quad muscle strain and back problems. His manager said last week that Rudisha will miss next month’s world championships.

Rudisha owns the three fastest times in history, including the world record 1:40.91 set in an epic 2012 Olympic final.

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Tokyo Paralympic medals unveiled with historic Braille design, indentations

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The Tokyo Paralympic medals, which like the Olympic medals are created in part with metals from recycled cell phones and other small electronics, were unveiled on Sunday, one year out from the Opening Ceremony.

In a first for the Paralympics, each medal has one to three indentation(s) on its side to distinguish its color by touch — one for gold, two silver and three for bronze. Braille letters also spell out “Tokyo 2020” on each medal’s face.

For Rio, different amounts of tiny steel balls were put inside the medals based on their color, so that when shaken they would make distinct sounds. Visually impaired athletes could shake the medals next to their ears to determine the color.

More on the design from Tokyo 2020:

The design is centered around the motif of a traditional Japanese fan, depicting the Paralympic Games as the source of a fresh new wind refreshing the world as well as a shared experience connecting diverse hearts and minds. The kaname, or pivot point, holds all parts of the fan together; here it represents Para athletes bringing people together regardless of nationality or ethnicity. Motifs on the leaves of the fan depict the vitality of people’s hearts and symbolize Japan’s captivating and life-giving natural environment in the form of rocks, flowers, wood, leaves, and water. These are applied with a variety of techniques, producing a textured surface that makes the medals compelling to touch.

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