Wayde van Niekerk eases up at Boost Boston Games; Noah Lyles second in 100m


Noah Lyles took second in the 100m on Boylston Street at the Boost Boston Games on Sunday, minutes after Wayde van Niekerk, the 400m world-record holder, eased up in the 200m with tightness in his right hip.

Lyles, an Olympic medal contender in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m, finished second to countryman Isiah Young. Young clocked 9.94 seconds, while Lyles registered 10.10.

The world 200m champion Lyles’ best 100m time in four races this year is 10.08, two tenths behind Olympic favorite Trayvon Bromell. Lyles said before the meet that he wanted more racing in the 100m to prepare for the Olympic Trials in one month, when the top three qualify for the individual Olympic race.

“I have complete faith that I’m going to be ready when the time comes,” said Lyles, who expects to race again before Trials in Eugene, Oregon.

About 15 minutes before the 100m, van Niekerk eased up across the finish line to finish fourth in a five-man 200m.

Van Niekerk initially kept from putting his right foot down, then eventually sat down. He later walked off, pointing at his right hip. His coach told NBC Sports’ Lewis Johnson that van Niekerk decided not to push through the end of the race and will be OK.

Van Niekerk is coming back from tearing an ACL and meniscus in his right leg playing celebrity tag rugby in 2017.

In the meet’s strongest field, world-record holder Keni Harrison won the 100m hurdles in 12.49 into a .9 meter/second headwind. Harrison, who lowered the world record to 12.20 two weeks after failing to make the 2016 U.S. Olympic team, on Sunday beat Jamaican Danielle Williams and Nigerian Tobi Amusan, who were third and fourth at 2019 Worlds.

Olympic 400m hurdles bronze medalist Ashley Spencer pulled up and did not finish the 200m hurdles.

Full meet results are here. The track and field season continues with a Diamond League meet in Doha on Friday, including Justin Gatlin.

Earlier at the Diamond League opener in Great Britain, Brit Dina Asher-Smith handed American sprint phenom Sha’Carri Richardson her first 100m defeat since the 2019 USATF Outdoor Championships.

Asher-Smith, the world 100m silver medalist and 200m gold medalist, clocked 11.35 seconds under the chilly rain and into a 3.1 m/s headwind. Richardson, the world’s fastest woman this year at 10.72, was second in 11.44.

“Tokyo will be hot remember that,” Richardson tweeted afterward.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the two-time Olympic champion and reigning world champion, was fourth in 11.51 in her first international outdoor race since 2019 Worlds.

American Kenny Bednarek pulled away to win the 200m in 20.33 into a 3 m/s headwind. He beat a field that included Olympic and world silver medalist Andre De Grasse of Canada (third in 20.85). Bednarek, who ran for Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa, before turning pro in 2019, ranks second in the world since the start of 2020 behind Lyles.

Full Gateshead results are here.

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World Athletics excludes transgender women, tightens DSD athlete restrictions, extends ban on Russia, Belarus

Track and Field

World Athletics is excluding male-to-female transgender athletes from top-level international track and field and increasing restrictions for athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD).

Also Thursday, World Athletics lifted its ban on Russia’s track and field federation that dated to 2015 over doping violations, but Russia and Belarus athletes and officials remain banned due to the war in Ukraine. More on that here.

Regarding transgender athletes, the World Athletics council “decided to prioritize fairness and the integrity of the female competition before inclusion,” according to a press release.

The decision was made after a two-month consultation with national federations, athletes, coaches, the IOC and representatives from transgender and human rights groups.

“Decisions are always difficult when they involve conflicting needs and rights between different groups, but we continue to take the view that we must maintain fairness for female athletes above all other considerations,” World Athletics President Seb Coe said in the release. “We will be guided in this by the science around physical performance and male advantage which will inevitably develop over the coming years. As more evidence becomes available, we will review our position, but we believe the integrity of the female category in athletics is paramount.”

A working group, which will include a transgender athlete, will “further consider the issue of transgender inclusion” for 12 months.

There are no transgender athletes currently competing in top-level international track and field, according to World Athletics.

World Athletics also increased restrictions on DSD athletes.

Previously, DSD athletes were eligible to compete in women’s track and field events without having to suppress testosterone, except for running distances from the 400m through the mile. For 400m through the mile, athletes were eligible if their testosterone levels were capped at five nanomoles per liter. World Athletics said that no female athletes would have a level above the cap unless they had a DSD or a tumor.

Starting March 31, all women’s events will have a stricter limit of two and a half nanomoles per liter.

World Athletics said it made the decision based on “more than 10 years of research and evidence of the physical advantages that DSD athletes bring to the female category.”

All DSD athletes who have been competing outside of the 400m through the mile must suppress their testosterone levels below two and a half nanomoles per liter for six months before being eligible to compete again. This makes them ineligible to compete through the world championships in August, but they can come back and qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Testosterone must be suppressed for two years for events from 400m through the mile and for DSD athletes who have not already been competing.

Notable athletes who previously said they were affected by the DSD rules include South African Caster Semenya, the Olympic 800m champion in 2012 and 2016 who moved up to the 5000m rather than suppress testosterone to remain in the 800m. Semenya, 32, was eliminated in the 5000m heats at last summer’s world championships.

Also Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi, who took 2016 Olympic 800m silver behind Semenya and also moved up to longer-distance events. She won the 2021 Diamond League 5000m title and missed last year’s worlds due to a foot injury.

Christine Mboma of Namibia took silver in the Tokyo Olympic 200m after being ruled ineligible to race the 400m due to the testosterone cap. Mboma, 19, missed last year’s worlds after tearing a thigh muscle.

Niger’s Aminatou Seyni finished fourth in the 200m at last year’s worlds after dropping down from the 400m due to the rule.

Athlete Ally, a nonprofit LGBTQ athletic advocacy group, called the new policies discriminatory.

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2023 World Figure Skating Championships TV, live stream schedule


The world figure skating championships from Saitama, Japan, air live on USA Network and Peacock this week.

The U.S. has medal contenders in all four disciplines, one year after winning a medal in all four events for the first time since 1967 (note Russia’s ban, and China sent no skaters).

In the pairs’ event that starts Tuesday night (U.S. time), Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier can become the first U.S. duo to win multiple world titles, one year after becoming the first American pair to take gold since 1979.

They rank second in the world this season behind Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara, last year’s silver medalists who look to earn Japan’s first pairs’ world title.

Japan has the world’s top two women’s singles skaters in reigning world champion Kaori Sakamoto and Grand Prix Final winner Mai Mihara.

Isabeau Levito, a 16-year-old American who won last year’s world junior title, ranks fourth in the field by best score this season. She can become the youngest world medalist since 2014.

Ilia Malinin, an 18-year-old American who this season became the first skater to land a quadruple Axel, is seeded second in the men’s field behind Shoma Uno, the reigning world champion from Japan.

In ice dance, Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates posted the world’s top score this season at last month’s Four Continents Championships in Colorado Springs. After 12 seasons together, their goal is to win their first world title after silver in 2015, bronze in 2016 and bronze in 2022.

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2023 World Figure Skating Championships Broadcast Schedule

Day Competition Time (ET) Network
Tuesday Pairs’ Short 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM | Skate Order
Wednesday Women’s Short 2:45-8 a.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM | Skate Order
Women’s Short 6-8 a.m. USA | LIVE STREAM | Peacock
Pairs’ Free 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM | Skate Order
Thursday Men’s Short 2:45-8 a.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM | Skate Order
Men’s Short 6-8 a.m. USA | LIVE STREAM | Peacock
Pairs’ Free 8-10 a.m.* USA | STREAM LINK
Rhythm Dance 10 p.m.-3:30 a.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM | Skate Order
Friday Women’s Free 4:15-8:30 a.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM | Skate Order
Women’s Free 6:30-8:30 a.m. USA | LIVE STREAM | Peacock
Free Dance 11:30 p.m.-3 a.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM
Saturday Men’s Free 4:15-8:30 a.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM | Skate Order
Men’s Free 6:30-8:30 a.m. USA | LIVE STREAM | Peacock
Highlights 8-10 p.m.* NBC | STREAM LINK

*Delayed broadcast.