Caeleb Dressel, Torri Huske, Alex Walsh win U.S. golds at swim worlds; 42-year-old medals

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BUDAPEST — Caeleb DresselTorri Huske and Alex Walsh gave the U.S. three gold medals from the four total events on the second night of the world swimming championships.

Dressel earned his second gold in as many events at these worlds, taking the 50m butterfly in 22.57 seconds, matching his second-best time, for his 15th career world title on Sunday. Dressel, who led off the victorious 4x100m freestyle relay Saturday, is expected to swim eight events over the eight-day meet.

“Feels good to get the first individual one out of the way. It’s always the most nerve-racking,” said Dressel, who won seven and then eight medals at the last two worlds. “It wasn’t perfect. None of my races are.

“I never come to these [meets] to count medals. It’s just about swimming fast. That’s all that’s on my mind.”

Brazilian Nicholas Santos, 42, earned silver to become the first swimmer in their 40s to win a world medal. American Michael Andrew took bronze, his first individual medal at an Olympics or worlds.

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Huske, a 19-year-old rising Stanford sophomore, lowered her American record to win the 100m fly in 55.64 for her first individual Olympic or world medal. In Tokyo, Huske missed a medal by one hundredth of a second.

Canadian Maggie Mac Neil, who won the 2019 Worlds (55.83) and Tokyo Olympics (55.59), chose to race strictly relays at these worlds. Huske’s time Sunday would have tied for silver at the Olympics.

“I don’t really know how to put it into words because it’s kind of surreal,” Huske said. “I haven’t really processed it yet, but I’m just happy that I went a best time more than anything.”

Walsh took gold in the 200m individual medley, a year after winning Olympic silver in the event. Her time — 2:07.13 — would have won the Tokyo Olympic title by a massive 1.39 seconds. Yui Ohashi of Japan, who swept the individual medleys in Tokyo, didn’t qualify for Sunday’s final.

“I was totally calm before the final, I knew this was going to happen,” Walsh said. “After so many years of training, I knew what I was capable of.”

Australian Kaylee McKeown, who swept the backstrokes in Tokyo, withdrew from the 100m back on Sunday, reportedly to focus on the 200m IM. McKeown, fastest in the world in the 200m IM in 2021 despite not swimming it in Tokyo, touched 1.44 seconds behind Walsh on Sunday.

American Leah Hayes, a 16-year-old in her first major international meet, took bronze in a world junior record. Hayes, who has alopecia universalis and swims without a cap, lowered her personal best for the fourth time in her last five splashes. Between trials and worlds, she chopped 2.31 seconds off her PB.

“It’s surreal to be on the podium with my teammate and to get a world [junior] record when I wasn’t even expecting myself to win a medal at this world championships,” Hayes said.

American Nic Fink earned his first Olympic or world championships medal, a bronze in the 100m breaststroke at age 28. Italian Nicolo Martinenghi took gold in 58.26, topping Olympic silver medalist Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands by .26. Fink, who led at 50 meters, finished .39 back.

Brit Adam Peaty, who had won every Olympic and world title in the 100m breast since 2015, missed worlds due to a broken foot.

In semifinals, two-time reigning world champion and world record holder Lilly King squeaked into Monday’s 100m breast final in the eighth and last spot. King wouldn’t have made it if training partner Annie Lazor wasn’t disqualified for a leg kick that was not simultaneous. A FINA appeals jury will look at the protest of the DQ on Monday morning.

Monday’s other finals feature Katie Ledecky in the 1500m freestyle and Ryan MurphyRegan Smith and Claire Curzan in the 100m backstrokes.

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Paris 2024 Olympic marathon route unveiled

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The 2024 Olympic marathon route will take runners from Paris to Versailles and back.

The route announcement was made on the 233rd anniversary of one of the early, significant events of the French Revolution: the Women’s March on Versailles — “to pay tribute to the thousands of women who started their march at city hall to Versailles to take up their grievances to the king and ask for bread,” Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet said.

Last December, organizers announced the marathons will start at Hôtel de Ville (city hall, opposite Notre-Dame off the Seine River) and end at Les Invalides, a complex of museums and monuments one mile southeast of the Eiffel Tower.

On Wednesday, the rest of the route was unveiled — traversing the banks of the Seine west to the Palace of Versailles and then back east, passing the Eiffel Tower before the finish.

The men’s and women’s marathons will be on the last two days of the Games at 8 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET). It will be the first time that the women’s marathon is held on the last day of the Games after the men’s marathon traditionally occupied that slot.

A mass public marathon will also be held on the Olympic marathon route. The date has not been announced.

The full list of highlights among the marathon course:

• Hôtel de ville de Paris (start)
• Bourse de commerce
• Palais Brongniart
• Opéra Garnier
• Place Vendôme
• Jardin des Tuileries
• The Louvre
• Place de la Concorde
• The bridges of Paris
(Pont de l’Alma; Alexandre III;
Iéna; and more)
• Grand Palais
• Palais de Tokyo
• Jardins du Trocadéro
• Maison de la Radio
• Manufacture et Musées
nationaux de Sèvres
• Forêt domaniale
des Fausses-Reposes
• Monuments Pershing –
Lafayette
• Château de Versailles
• Forêt domaniale de Meudon
• Parc André Citroën
• Eiffel Tower
• Musée Rodin
• Esplanade des Invalides (finish)

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International Boxing Association lifts ban on Russia, Belarus

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The International Boxing Association (IBA) lifted its ban on amateur boxers from Russia and Belarus over the war in Ukraine that had been in place since early March.

“The IBA strongly believes that politics shouldn’t have any influence on sports,” the federation said in a press release. “Hence, all athletes should be given equal conditions.”

Most international sports federations banned athletes from Russia and Belarus indefinitely seven months ago, acting after an IOC recommendation. It is believed that the IBA is the first international federation in an Olympic sport to lift its ban.

The IOC has not officially changed its recommendation from last winter to exclude Russia and Belarus athletes “to protect the integrity of the events and the safety of the other participants.”

Last week, IOC President Thomas Bach said in an interview with an Italian newspaper that Russian athletes who do not endorse their country’s war in Ukraine could at some point be accepted back into international sports, competing under a neutral flag.

IBA, in lifting its ban, will also allow Russia and Belarus flags and national anthems.

“The time has now come to allow all the rest of the athletes of Russia and Belarus to participate in all the official competitions of their sports representing their countries,” IBA President Umar Kremlev, a Russian, said in a press release last week. “Both the IOC and the International Federations must protect all athletes, and there should be no discrimination based on nationality. It is the duty of all of us to keep sports and athletes away from politics.”

In 2019, the IOC stripped the IBA — then known as AIBA — of its Olympic recognition following an inquiry committee report into finance, governance, refereeing and judging. The IOC ran the Tokyo Olympic boxing competition.

The IBA will not run qualifying events for the 2024 Paris Games, but it does still hold world championships, the next being a men’s event in Uzbekistan next year.

Boxing, introduced on the Olympic program in 1904, was not included on the initial program for the 2028 Los Angeles Games but can still be added. The IBA must address concerns “around its governance, its financial transparency and sustainability and the integrity of its refereeing and judging processes,” Bach said last December.

On Sept. 23, the IBA suspended Ukraine’s boxing federation, citing “government interference.” Ukraine boxers are still allowed to compete with their flag and anthem.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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