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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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World champion wins doping case citing bodily fluids from boyfriend

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A world champion canoeist won a doping case Monday after persuading a tribunal that her positive test was caused by bodily fluid contamination from her boyfriend.

The International Canoe Federation (ICF) ended its investigation into 11-time world champion Laurence Vincent Lapointe, who tested positive for a steroid-like substance in July. She faced a four-year ban and could have missed her event’s Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games.

The Canadian canoe sprint racer and her lawyer detailed in a news program that laboratory analysis of hair from her then-boyfriend showed he was likely responsible for a tiny presence of ligandrol in her doping sample.

“The ICF has accepted Ms. Vincent Lapointe’s evidence which supports that she was the victim of third-party contamination,” the governing body said in a statement, clearing her to return to competition.

The legal debate is similar to tennis player Richard Gasquet’s 2009 acquittal in the “cocaine kiss” case. The Court of Arbitration for Sport accepted Gasquet’s defense that kissing a woman who had taken cocaine in a Miami nightclub, after he had withdrawn injured from a tournament, caused his positive test.

The 27-year-old Vincent Lapointe was provisionally suspended for almost six months and missed the 2019 World Championships, which was a key qualifying event for the Tokyo Olympics. American 17-year-old Nevin Harrison won the 200m world title in her absence.

She can still qualify for the Olympic debut of women’s canoe sprint events with victory at a World Cup event in May in Germany.

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U.S. women’s soccer team begins Olympic qualifying, which should rest on one match

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The U.S. women’s soccer team has never been in danger in Olympic qualifying, but that doesn’t change this fact: It must win on Feb. 7 to reach the Tokyo Games.

The CONCACAF tournament begins Tuesday in Houston, where the world champion Americans face world No. 72 Haiti. The last two group games are against No. 68 Panama on Friday and No. 37 Costa Rica on Feb. 3. The top two nations from the group advance to Feb. 7 semifinals.

The U.S. roster, with 18 of its 20 players coming from the 2019 World Cup team, is here.

Since CONCACAF qualifies two nations to the Olympics, the semifinals are the deciding games.

Should the U.S. win its group, it would face the runner-up from the other group in a winner-goes-to-Tokyo match. The other group (world ranking):

Canada (8)
Mexico (37)
Jamaica (53)
St. Kitts and Nevis (127)

Chaos could result in the unlikely event that either the U.S. or Canada finishes second in its group, and the two North American powers play a semifinal.

The U.S. is undefeated in Olympic qualifying history, since the tournament format began in 2004 — 15-0 with a goal differential of 88-1 (not counting matches played once they’ve already clinched qualification). The lone goal allowed came in a group-stage match in 2008, when the U.S. was already assured a spot in the semifinals.

Still, the U.S. knows the feeling of one poor outing in an important match. In 2010, it lost to Mexico in a winner-to-the-World Cup match. The U.S. was forced to win a last-chance, home-and-home playoff against a UEFA team — Italy — for the last spot in the World Cup.

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