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Kate Nye leads U.S. one-two at weightlifting worlds

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Kate Nye, a 20-year-old who spent more than half her life doing gymnastics, is now a world champion in weightlifting, three years after dropping CrossFit to focus on the sport.

Nye won the 71kg division at the world championships in Thailand on Monday, becoming the second American to win a world title since 1994 (Sarah Robles, 2017).

She broke the junior world record with a 112kg (246-pound) snatch and clean-and-jerked 136kg (299 pounds) en route to becoming the youngest U.S. woman to earn an Olympic or world title. Nye did so three months after winning a world junior title.

“I’m happy that I did what I had to for the win, but, as an athlete, you’re trained to not be satisfied with what you do because then you’re not going to make any progress,” she told media in Thailand, noting failing her last clean and jerk at 141kg for what would have been a junior world record total. “We went into this year knowing that we had to kill it. … If we want to make the Olympics, we’ve got to do some big things.”

She was joined on the podium by Mattie Rogers, giving the U.S. its first one-two women’s finish at an Olympics or worlds. The last men’s one-two was in 1955, back when the U.S. was a world lifting power.

Rogers, who just missed the Rio Olympic team, earned her second world silver medal in three years.

The Olympics do not have a 71kg division. Nye came to worlds in 10th place in the Olympic qualification rankings at 76kg, where she earned bronze at the Pan American Games on July 29.

Robles, who competes Friday, is the lone U.S. lifter to earn an Olympic medal since 2000. She took super heavyweight bronze in Rio.

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Danielle Perkins is first U.S. boxer to win world title in 3 years

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Danielle Perkins became the U.S.’ first world champion boxer in this Olympic cycle, taking the heavyweight crown in Russia on Sunday.

Perkins, a 37-year-old who played college basketball at George Mason and St. John’s, improved from bronze in 2018 to earn her first world title, blanking defending world champion Yang Xiaoli of China 5-0 in Sunday’s final.

Video of the bout is here.

Perkins was slated to fight Yang in the 2018 World semifinals but withdrew due to medical reasons, according to USA Boxing.

The heavyweight division is 81+kg, but the heaviest Olympic weight division is capped at 75kg.

The last American to earn a world title was Claressa Shields in 2016, before she repeated as Olympic champion in Rio and moved to the professional ranks.

The Olympic trials are in December in Louisiana, after which winners will fight internationally in early 2020 in bids to qualify for the Tokyo Games.

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Brigid Kosgei shatters marathon world record in Chicago

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Kenyan Brigid Kosgei shattered a 16-year-old world record in the women’s marathon by 81 seconds, winning the Chicago Marathon in 2:14:04 on Sunday.

Brit Paula Radcliffe had held the record of 2:15:25 set at the 2003 London Marathon. Kenyan Mary Keitany holds the female-only record of 2:17:01 from the 2017 London Marathon. Both Kosgei and Radcliffe, the only women to break 2:17, ran with men in their record races.

Radcliffe’s record was the longest-standing for the men’s or women’s marathon of the last 50 years.

Kosgei did it one day after Eliud Kipchoge became the first person to run a sub-two-hour marathon in a non-record-eligible event in Vienna. She won by a gaping 6 minutes, 47 seconds over Ethiopian Ababel Yeshaneh.

Kosgei, who won Chicago in 2018 and the London Marathon in April, came in highly favored. The 25-year-old tuned up with the fastest half-marathon ever by a woman (by 23 seconds) on Sept. 8 on a non-record-eligible course.

“2:10 is possible for a lady,” Kosgei said after Sunday’s record.

Jordan Hasay, the top U.S. woman in the field, stopped after feeling a sharp hamstring strain after two miles. Hasay, who was coached by Alberto Salazar before his ban in a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency case, is one of several women in contention for the three Olympic spots at the Feb. 29 trials in Atlanta.

Kenyan Lawrence Cherono won the men’s race by one second over Ethiopian Dejene Debela in 2:05:45.

The U.S.’ top marathoner, Galen Rupp, dropped out around mile 23 after straining a calf around the sixth mile. Rupp, who was also coached by Salazar, was racing for the first time since the 2018 Chicago Marathon and Achilles surgery.

Mo Farah, the defending champion and four-time Olympic track gold medalist, finished eighth in 2:09:58. He also dropped from the leaders before the halfway point.

American Daniel Romanchuk and Swiss Manuela Schar won the wheelchair races.

Romanchuk, 21, repeated as champion. He has also won Boston London and New York City in the last year. Schar distanced decorated American Tatyana McFadden by 4:14, though McFadden did qualify for the Tokyo Paralympics with her runner-up finish (as did Romanchuk).

The fall major marathon season concludes with the New York City Marathon on Nov. 3, featuring defending champions Mary Keitany and Lelisa Desisa and 2018 Boston Marathon champion Des Linden.

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