Karsten Warholm stops after one hurdle at Rabat Diamond League

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Karsten Warholm, the Olympic champion and world-record holder in the 400m hurdles, pulled up after the first hurdle of his first race since September with what he believes is a hamstring cramp.

At a Diamond League meet in Rabat, Morocco on Sunday, Warholm slightly clipped the first hurdle with his right trail leg. He then took several more steps before coming to a stop while grabbing at the back of his right thigh.

By the time the rest of the field finished, Warholm was rubbing what appeared to be a bag of ice on the area while walking in the area where he stopped.

“It’s probably a cramp in my hamstring,” he said. “Hopefully, I’ll come back stronger. I just need to fix this, see what’s going on.”

American Khallifah Rosser went on to win in 48.25 seconds.

Warholm, who owns the world record of 45.94 seconds, had an 18-meet 400m hurdles win streak snapped dating to the start of 2019, according to Tilastopaja.org. Olympic bronze medalist Alison dos Santos of Brazil has the world’s top time this year of 47.23.

The first round of the world championships men’s 400m hurdles is in 41 days in Eugene, Oregon.

Full Rabat results are here. The Diamond League moves to Rome for a meet on Thursday.

Also Sunday, Sydney McLaughlin ran her first 400m hurdles race since winning the Olympics in world-record time (51.46). She clocked 51.61 at an American Track League meet in Nashville, which would be the third-fastest time in history, but it may not go down as a legal time due to the spacing of two of the hurdles.

Allyson Felix ran a 400m in Poland in 50.71 seconds, a time that would have been enough to make the Olympic team last year for relays. Felix has said this will be her final season and reportedly said she plans to race at the USATF Outdoor Championships in two weeks, when at least six and likely the top eight in the 400m will make the team for worlds when including relays.

Also in Rabat, Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah won the 100m in 10.83 seconds, eight days after running 10.79 to win the Pre Classic. Thompson-Herah is undefeated this outdoor season, but has yet to face countrywoman Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who has the top time in 2022 of 10.67.

Emmanuel Wanyonyi, a 17-year-old Kenyan, took the men’s 800m over a field that included Olympic gold and silver medalists Emmanuel Korir and Ferguson Rotich, also of Kenya. Wanyonyi clocked 1:45.47.

Tokyo gold medalist Soufiane El Bakkali of Morocco won the closing men’s 3000m steeplechase in 7:58.28, the world’s best time in four years.

American Sandi Morris won a women’s pole vault with a 4.65-meter clearance, topping a field that included the last two Olympic champions American Katie Nageotte and Greek Katerina Stefanidi. Australian Nina Kennedy also cleared 4.65 but didn’t attempt another height.

Slovenia’s Kristjan Ceh, who was fifth in Tokyo, won the men’s discus with a 69.68-meter throw, beating all three Olympic medalists for the second consecutive Diamond League event.

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Joel Embiid gains U.S. citizenship, mum on Olympic nationality

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Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid said he is now a U.S. citizen and it’s way too early to think about what nation he would represent at the Olympics.

“I just want to be healthy and win a championship and go from there,” he said, according to The Associated Press.

Embiid, 28, was born in Cameroon and has never competed in a major international tournament. In July, he gained French nationality, a step toward being able to represent that nation at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

In the spring, French media reported that Embiid started the process to become eligible to represent France in international basketball, quoting national team general manager Boris Diaw.

Embiid was second in NBA MVP voting this season behind Serbian Nikola Jokic. He was the All-NBA second team center.

What nation Embiid represents could have a major impact on the Paris Games.

In Tokyo, a French team led by another center, Rudy Gobert, handed the U.S. its first Olympic defeat since 2004. That was in group play. The Americans then beat the French in the gold-medal game 87-82.

That France team had five NBA players to the U.S.’ 12: Nicolas BatumEvan FournierTimothe Luwawu-CabarrotFrank Ntilikina and Gobert.

Anthony Davis, who skipped the Tokyo Olympics, is the lone U.S. center to make an All-NBA team in the last five seasons. In that time, Embiid made four All-NBA second teams and Gobert made three All-NBA third teams.

No Olympic team other than the U.S. has ever had two reigning All-NBA players on its roster.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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LA 2028, Delta unveil first-of-its-kind emblems for Olympics, Paralympics

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Emblems for the 2028 Los Angeles Games that include logos of Delta Air Lines is the first integration of its kind in Olympic and Paralympic history.

Organizers released the latest set of emblems for the LA 2028 Olympics and Paralympics on Thursday, each with a Delta symbol occupying the “A” spot in LA 28.

Two years ago, the LA 2028 logo concept was unveiled with an ever-changing “A” that allowed for infinite possibilities. Many athletes already created their own logos, as has NBC.

“You can make your own,” LA28 chairperson Casey Wasserman said in 2020. “There’s not one way to represent Los Angeles, and there is strength in our diverse cultures. We have to represent the creativity and imagination of Los Angeles, the diversity of our community and the big dreams the Olympic and Paralympic Games provide.”

Also in 2020, Delta was announced as LA 2028’s inaugural founding partner. Becoming the first partner to have an integrated LA 2028 emblem was “extremely important for us,” said Emmakate Young, Delta’s managing director, brand marketing and sponsorships.

“It is a symbol of our partnership with LA, our commitment to the people there, as well as those who come through LA, and a commitment to the Olympics,” she said.

The ever-changing emblem succeeds an angelic bid logo unveiled in February 2016 when the city was going for the 2024 Games, along with the slogan, “Follow the Sun.” In July 2017, the IOC made a historic double awarding of the Olympics and Paralympics — to Paris for 2024 and Los Angeles for 2028.

The U.S. will host its first Olympics and Paralympics since 2002 (and first Summer Games since 1996), ending its longest drought between hosting the Games since the 28-year gap between 1932 and 1960.

Delta began an eight-year Olympic partnership in 2021, becoming the official airline of Team USA and the 2028 Los Angeles Games.

Athletes flew to this year’s Winter Games in Beijing on chartered Delta flights and will do so for every Games through at least 2028.

Previously, Delta sponsored the last two Olympics held in the U.S. — the 1996 Atlanta Games and the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games.

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