Olympic Wrestling Trials: Kyle Dake reaches finals with Jordan Burroughs

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World champions Kyle Dake and David Taylor advanced to Saturday’s U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials freestyle finals as the highest-profile athletes to compete in Friday’s challenge tournaments in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dake, the 2018 and 2019 World champion at 79kg (not an Olympic weight class), easily dispatched two foes to reach an anticipated 74kg finals series with 2012 Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs on Saturday night, live on NBCSN and Peacock.

Taylor, the 2018 World champion at 86kg, won his lone match to make Saturday’s finals in that division. Taylor gets fellow former Penn State star Bo Nickal for a spot on the Olympic team.

On Saturday, best-of-three, head-to-head finals series in 18 divisions (six each in men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman) determine Team USA. Fifteen winners will qualify for the Olympics. The other three can qualify for Tokyo at an international tournament in May.

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On Friday morning, J’den Cox, the other world champion who was to compete in a challenge tournament, missed weight and was removed from the 97kg freestyle bracket. Cox appealed. A resolution was not announced before the end of the challenge tournament on Friday.

Before missing weight, Cox was expected to reach a showdown with Olympic champion Kyle Snyder, who has a bye into Saturday’s finals.

Helen Maroulis, who in Rio became the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic wrestling title, and world champions Adeline Gray, Tamyra Mensah-Stock and Jacarra Winchester are among the other wrestlers who have byes into Saturday’s finals.

Jenna Burkert, wrestling one week after her mother died after complications from open-heart surgery, advanced to face Maroulis in the 57kg finals.

“It is that relentless drive of hers that has helped me to continue into this week, as awful as I feel, and carry on to my second Olympic Trials as I grieve her loss,” Burkert, a three-time world championships team member, posted on Instagram. “While she is gone, physically, I still carry on the mission we set forth to achieve together over twenty years ago. She spent a lifetime motivating me in person, and it is because of my champion that I now intend to honor her legacy by competing for her.”

Kylie Welker and Kennedy Blades, both 17, advanced to finals and can break the record of youngest female wrestler in Olympic history, according to Olympedia.org. No U.S. woman younger than 21 wrestled at an Olympics (women’s events debuted in 2004). But they are big underdogs against Gray and Mensah-Stock, respectively.

The men’s 65kg freestyle division produced newsmakers Friday.

Zain Retherford, the No. 1 seed who wrestled at the world championships in 2017 and 2019, was upset in the challenge tournament semifinals by No. 5 seed Joey McKenna. The No. 2 seed, Yianni Diakomihalis, was upset by No. 3 seed Jordan Oliver in the other semifinal. The Rio Olympian at 65kg, Frank Molinaro, retired after an earlier loss to Diakomihalis.

WATCH: Jordan Burroughs documentary on Peacock

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Yalemzerf Yehualaw, Amos Kipruto win London Marathon

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Ethiopian Yalemzerf Yehualaw became the youngest female runner to win the London Marathon, while Kenyan Amos Kipruto earned the biggest victory of his career in the men’s race.

Yehualaw, 23, clocked 2:17:26, prevailing by 41 seconds over 2021 London champ Joyciline Jepkosgei of Kenya.

Yehualaw tripped and fell over a speed bump around the 20-mile mark. She quickly rejoined the lead pack, then pulled away from Jepkosgei by running the 24th mile in a reported 4:43, which converts to 2:03:30 marathon pace; the women’s world record is 2:14:04.

Yehualaw and Jepkosgei were pre-race favorites after world record holder Brigid Kosgei of Kenya withdrew Monday with a right hamstring injury.

On April 24, Yehualaw ran the fastest women’s debut marathon in history, a 2:17:23 to win in Hamburg, Germany.

She has joined the elite tier of female marathoners, a group led by Kenyan Peres Jepchirchir, the reigning Olympic, New York City and Boston champion. Another Ethiopian staked a claim last week when Tigist Assefa won Berlin in 2:15:37, shattering Yehualaw’s national record.

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Kipruto, 30, won the men’s race in 2:04:39. He broke free from the leading group in the 25th mile and crossed the finish line 33 seconds ahead of Ethiopian Leul Gebresilase.

Kipruto, one of the pre-race favorites, had never won a major marathon but did finish second behind world record holder Eliud Kipchoge in Tokyo (2022) and Berlin (2018) and third at the world championships (2019) and Tokyo (2018).

Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest marathoner in history, was fifth after being dropped in the 21st mile. His 2:05:53 was the fastest-ever marathon by a runner 40 years or older. Bekele ran his personal best at the 2019 Berlin Marathon — 2:01:41 — and has not run within four minutes of that time since.

The major marathon season continues next Sunday with the Chicago Marathon, headlined by a women’s field that includes Kenyan Ruth Chepngetich and American Emily Sisson.

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2022 London Marathon Results

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2022 London Marathon top-10 results and notable finishers from men’s and women’s elite and wheelchair races. Full searchable results are here. ..

Men’s Elite
1. Amos Kipruto (KEN) — 2:04:39
2. Leul Gebresilase (ETH) — 2:05:12
3. Bashir Abdi (BEL) — 2:05:19
4. Kinde Atanaw (ETH) — 2:05:27
5. Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) — 2:05:53
6. Birhanu Legese (ETH) — 2:06:11
7. Sisay Lemma (ETH) — 2:07:26
8. Brett Robinson (AUS) — 2:09:52
9. Weynay Ghebresilasie (GBR) — 2:11:57
10. Philip Sesemann (GBR) — 2:12:10
DNS. Mo Farah (GBR)

Women’s Elite
1. Yalemzerf Yehualaw (ETH) — 2:17:26
2. Joyciline Jepkosgei (KEN) — 2:18:07
3. Alemu Megertu (ETH) — 2:18:32
4. Judith Korir (KEN) — 2:18:43
5. Joan Melly (ROU) — 2:19:27
6. Ashete Bekere (ETH) — 2:19:30
7. Mary Ngugi (KEN) — 2:20:22
8. Sutume Kebede (ETH) — 2:20:44
9. Ai Hosoda (JPN) — 2:21:42
10. Rose Harvey (GBR) — 2:27:59
DNS. Brigid Kosgei (KEN)

Men’s Wheelchair
1. Marcel Hug (SUI) — 1:24:38
2. Daniel Romanchuk (USA) — 1:24:40
3. David Weir (GBR) — 1:30:41
4. Tomoki Suzuki (JPN) — 1:30:41
5. Jetze Plat (NED) — 1:30:44
6. Aaron Pike (USA) — 1:33:05
7. Sho Watanabe (JPN) — 1:34:16
8. Jake Lappin (USA) — 1:34:16
9. Patrick Monahan (IRL) — 1:34:16
10. Johnboy Smith (GBR) — 1:34:17

Women’s Wheelchair
1. Catherine Debrunner (SUI) — 1:38:24
2. Susannah Scaroni (USA) — 1:42:21
3. Eden Rainbow-Cooper (GBR) — 1:47:27
4. Merle Menje (GER) — 1:47:28
5. Jenna Fesemyer (USA) — 1:47:28
6. Wakako Tsuchida (JPN) — 1:47:28
7. Vanessa De Souza (BRA) — 1:47:29
8. Yen Hoang (USA) — 1:47:29
9. Aline Rocha (BRA) — 1:47:32
10. Christie Dawes (GBR) — 1:47:33

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