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Oksana Chusovitina, 44-year-old gymnast, qualifies for record-extending 8th Olympics

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Oksana Chusovitina, a 44-year-old gymnast, has qualified for her eighth Olympics, breaking her own record.

The Uzbek mom made the field for Tokyo 2020 when the dust settled on the final day at the world championships in Stuttgart, Germany.

Chusovitina failed to qualify outright after missing this week’s individual finals. However, due to a lack of gymnasts making apparatus finals from nations not already qualified for the Olympic team event, extra athletes from all-around qualifying made it.

Chusovitina began her career competing for the Soviet Union in the late 1980s.

She is already the oldest female gymnast in Olympic history. She is in line to become the fourth-oldest Olympic gymnast and the oldest since 1920, according to the OlyMADMen.

The 2017 International Gymnastics Hall of Fame inductee made 14 world vault championships finals, highlighted by a 2003 World title. She also reached the last three Olympic vault finals with a silver at Beijing 2008.

She debuted at the world championships in 1991, winning gold with the Soviet Union, and at the Olympics in 1992 with the Unified Team.

She also represented Germany from 2006 through 2012. She had moved there to seek treatment for son Alisher’s leukemia. Alisher turns 21 next year.

Chusovitina has long focused on vault, where she has won nine world medals, the most recent in 2011.

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Boglarka Kapas, world champion swimmer, tests positive for coronavirus

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Boglarka Kapas, the Hungarian swimmer and world 200m butterfly champion, said she tested positive for the coronavirus.

“I don’t have any symptoms yet, and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus,” was posted on her social media. “Please be careful, stay at home and stay healthy.”

Kapas said her first test was negative but a second test showed she had the virus. She was staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.

Kapas, 26, won the 200m fly at last summer’s world championships by passing Americans Hali Flickinger and Katie Drabot in the last 25 meters. She clocked 2:06.78 to prevail by .17 of a second.

Kapas also took bronze in the Rio Olympic 800m freestyle won by Katie Ledecky.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Dan Hicks, Rowdy Gaines call backyard pool swim race

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Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines covered swimming together at the last six Olympics, including every one of Michael Phelps‘ finals, but they’ve never called a “race” quite like this.

“We heard you were looking for something to commentate during the down time….might this short short short course 100 IM help?” tweeted Cathleen Pruden, posting a video of younger sister Mary Pruden, a sophomore swimmer at Columbia University, taking individual medley strokes in what appeared to be an inflatable backyard pool.

“Hang on,” Gaines replied. “This race of the century deserves the right call. @DanHicksNBC and I are working some magic!”

Later, Hicks posted a revised video dubbed with commentary from he and Gaines.

They became the latest commentators to go beyond the booth to post calls on social media while sports are halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

NBC Sports hockey voice Doc Emrick (who has also called Olympic hockey and water polo) did play-by-play of a windshield wiper installation.

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