Devon Allen of Philadelphia Eagles runs historic 110m hurdles time at NYC Grand Prix

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Devon Allen is preparing to begin an NFL career, but before that he ran the third-fastest 110m hurdles in history at the NYC Grand Prix on Sunday.

Allen, who in April signed to play wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles, clocked 12.84 seconds at Icahn Stadium. It was his first race since missing about 10 days of training (and Eagles organized team activities) due to testing positive for COVID on May 29.

The only men to run faster: fellow Americans Aries Merritt (world record 12.80) and Grant Holloway (12.81), who was second to Allen on Sunday in 13.06.

“I knew it was there,” Allen told Lewis Johnson on NBC. “Just needed some fresh legs. I was doing OTAs in Philly, having some fun with the boys playing football, but now I’m back in track mode.”

Allen, who was fourth and fifth at the last two Olympics, will switch to football full-time after the world championships in July. First, he must finish in the top three at the USATF Outdoor Championships next week to make the world team. Both meets are in Eugene, Oregon.

On Sunday, he lowered his personal best from 12.99 and became the first man to break 13 seconds in 2022.

Full meet results are here.

In other events Sunday, Noah Lyles won the men’s 200m in 19.61, ranking second in the world this year behind 18-year-old Erriyon Knighton. Lyles has a bye into worlds as reigning world champion but still plans to race the event at nationals.

“That’s about right,” said Lyles. whose personal best is 19.50. “My average is 19.6, so when I run I want to see 19.6 … or better.

“There’s still some more that I’ve done in practice that I want to see on the track.”

Aleia Hobbs won the 100m in a personal-best 10.83 to become the fourth-fastest woman in the world this year and the fastest American. Sha’Carri Richardson was second in 10.85, her best time since last June’s Olympic Trials.

Richardson later ran her first 200m since September, winning in 22.38 to rank sixth among Americans this year.

“I feel phenomenal,” Richardson, who wore red fishnet designs around her arms and legs, said after the 100m and before the 200m. Last year, she initially won the Olympic Trials 100m, then was disqualified for testing positive for marijuana, ruling her out of the Tokyo Games.

Christian Coleman won the men’s 100m in 9.92, his first sub-10 since winning the 2019 World title in the world’s best time in that Olympic cycle. Coleman, who has a bye into worlds as defending champ, missed the Olympics due to a suspension for missing (but not failing) drug tests.

The world’s fastest man this year is Kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala, who ran 9.85 last month.

Olympic 400m hurdles champion Sydney McLaughlin scratched from running the flat 400m, saying her coach, Bob Kersee, pulled her from the meet, though she felt great in warm-up.

“It’s close to trials, and [Kersee] just wants to focus on that,” she said.

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IOC gives more time to pick 2030 Olympic host, studies rotating Winter Games

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The 2030 Winter Olympic host, expected to be Salt Lake City or Sapporo, Japan, is no longer targeted to be decided before next fall, the IOC said in announcing wider discussions into the future of the Winter Games, including the possibility of rotating the Games within a pool of hosts.

The IOC Future Host Commission was granted more time to study factors, including climate change, that could impact which cities and regions host future Winter Olympics and Paralympics. The 2030 Winter Games host is not expected to be decided before or at an IOC session next September or October.

Hosts have traditionally been chosen by IOC members vote seven years before the Games, though recent reforms allow flexibility on the process and timeline. For example, the 2024 and 2028 Games were awarded to Paris and Los Angeles in a historic double award in 2017. The 2032 Summer Games were awarded to Brisbane last year without a traditional bid race.

There are three interested parties for the 2030 Winter Olympics, the IOC said Tuesday without naming them. Previously, Salt Lake City, Sapporo and Vancouver were confirmed as bids. Then in October, the British Columbia government said it would not support a Vancouver bid, a major setback, though organizers did not say that decision ended the bid. All three cities are attractive as past Winter Games hosts with existing venues.

U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee officials have said Salt Lake City is a likelier candidate for 2034 than 2030, but could step in for 2030 if asked.

The future host commission outlined proposals for future Winter Olympics, which included rotating hosts within a pool of cities or regions and a requirement that hosts have an average minimum temperature below freezing (32 degrees) for snow competition venues at the time of the Games over a 10-year period.

The IOC Executive Board gave the commission more time to study the proposals and other factors impacting winter sports.

The IOC board also discussed and will continue to explore a potential double awarding of the 2030 and 2034 Winter Olympic hosts.

Also Tuesday, the IOC board said that Afghanistan participation in the 2024 Olympics will depend on making progress in safe access to sports for women and young girls in the country.

On Monday, Human Rights Watch urged the IOC to suspend Afghanistan until women and girls can play sport in the country.

In a press release, the IOC board expressed “serious concern and strongly condemned the latest restrictions imposed by the Afghan authorities on women and young girls in Afghanistan, which prevent them from practicing sport in the country.” It urged Afghanistan authorities to “take immediate action at the highest level to reverse such restrictions and ensure safe access to sport for women and young girls.”

The IOC board also announced that North Korea’s National Olympic Committee will be reinstated when its suspension is up at the end of the year.

In September 2021, the IOC banned the North Korean NOC through the end of 2022, including banning a North Korean delegation from participating in the Beijing Winter Games, after it chose not to participate in the Tokyo Games.

North Korea, formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, was the only one of 206 National Olympic Committees to withdraw from Tokyo. The country made its choice in late March 2021, citing a desire “to protect our athletes from the global health crisis caused by the malicious virus infection.”

The IOC said in September 2021 that it “provided reassurances for the holding of safe Games and offered constructive proposals to find an appropriate and tailor-made solution until the very last minute (including the provision of vaccines), which were systematically rejected by the PRK NOC.”

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Olympic champion Justine Dufour-Lapointe leaves moguls for another skiing discipline

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Justine Dufour-Lapointe, the 2014 Olympic moguls champion, is leaving the event to compete in freeriding, a non-Olympic skiing discipline.

“After three Olympic cycles and 12 years on the World Cup circuit, I felt that I needed to find a new source of motivation and had to push my limits even more so I can reach my full potential as a skier,” the 28-year-old Montreal native said in a social media video, according to a translation from French. “Today, I am starting a new chapter in my career. … I want to perfect myself in another discipline. I want to connect with the mountain differently. Above all, I want to get out of my comfort zone in a way I’ve never done before.”

Dufour-Lapointe said she will compete on the Freeride World Tour, a series of judged competitions described as:

There‘s a start gate at the summit and a finish gate at the bottom. That’s it. Best run down wins. It truly is that simple. Think skiers and snowboarders choosing impossible-looking lines through cornices and cliff-faces and nasty couloirs. Think progressive: big jumps, mach-speed turns and full-on attack. Think entertaining.

Dufour-Lapointe has retired from moguls skiing, according to a Freeride World Tour press release, though she did not explicitly say that in social media posts Tuesday.

At the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, Dufour-Lapointe denied American Hannah Kearney‘s bid to become the first freestyle skier to repeat as Olympic champion. Older sister Chloé took silver in a Canadian one-two.

Dufour-Lapointe also won the world title in 2015, then Olympic silver in 2018 behind Frenchwoman Perrine Laffont.

Chloé announced her retirement in September. A third Dufour-Lapointe Olympic moguls skier, Maxime, retired in 2018.

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