Extra bronze medals awarded at world track and field championships

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Spain’s Orlando Ortega had the fifth-fastest time in the 110m hurdles final at the world championships, but he will leave Doha with a bronze medal.

Ortega was one of two athletes to be retroactively awarded bronze medals from Wednesday finals at worlds. The other was Polish hammer thrower Wojciech Nowicki, who was originally fourth.

Start with Ortega.

He was impeded by a stumbling Olympic champion Omar McLeod in the adjacent lane in the 110m hurdles final. Before the last hurdle, Ortega was in medal position but had to put out his left hand to keep McLeod from falling into him. In doing so, Ortega slipped behind Russian Sergey Shubenkov, Frenchman Pascal Martinot-Lagarde and Chinese Xie Wenjun.

On Thursday, an IAAF jury of appeal awarded a second bronze to Ortega while keeping Shubenkov in silver position and Martinot-Lagarde with the original bronze. Gold medalist Grant Holloway was clearly in the lead when Ortega and McLeod made contact.

“I’m very disheartened for Ortega that had to happened to him,” McLeod said after, noting he felt a hamstring injury after the first hurdle. “I wish I stopped because that cost him a medal.”

Ortega, who formerly competed for Cuba, took silver behind McLeod at the Rio Olympics.

In the hammer, the Polish federation appealed the original bronze-medal-winning throw of Hungarian Bence Halasz, arguing that Halasz touched the ground outside the circle. Like in the hurdles, no medals were stripped, but Nowicki was upgraded to make it four men on the podium.

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Chicago Marathon canceled; one major marathon left in 2020

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The Chicago Marathon, scheduled for Oct. 11, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the fourth World Marathon Major called off this year.

Organizers cited the challenge of staging the 45,000-runner event “out of concern for the safety of event participants, volunteers, event staff and spectators.”

Previously, major marathons were canceled in Berlin (originally scheduled for Sept. 27), Boston (April 20, then Sept. 14) and New York City (Nov. 1). The London Marathon, originally scheduled for April 26 and postponed to Oct. 4, remains scheduled.

The other World Marathon Major, Tokyo, took place on its scheduled date of March 1 but with elite runners only.

Last year, Kenyan Brigid Kosgei won Chicago by taking 81 seconds off Paula Radcliffe‘s 16-year-old women’s marathon world record. Kosgei clocked 2:14:04.

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Figure skating Grand Prix events in China remain scheduled

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Figure skating Grand Prix events in China in November and December remain scheduled, the International Skating Union announced Monday, four days after reports about international sporting events in China being canceled through the end of 2020.

A notice about sports events, issued Thursday by the General Administration of Sport of China, made an exception for Beijing Winter Olympic test events and other preparations for the first Winter Games in China in February 2022.

The Grand Prix Final, the second-most prestigious annual figure skating competition, is still scheduled for December in Beijing because it is an Olympic test event.

Furthermore, the Cup of China, one of six events across the globe that determines Grand Prix Final qualifiers, remains scheduled for November in Chongqing because it is related to the Final.

“Like for all other five ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events in the different countries, this is of course subject to finding the necessary logistical, medical and safety solutions to hold the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events as planned,” according to the ISU.

The ISU previously announced it set a deadline to decide on possible event cancellations: 12 weeks before an event starts. For the first Grand Prix Series competition, Skate America in Las Vegas, the decision deadline is Aug. 1.

The ISU council will meet virtually on Aug. 3 to decide on further action for upcoming competitions.

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