Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce leads Jamaica 100m sweep; U.S. has best day ever at track worlds

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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce became the first person to win five world titles in an individual running event and, at 35, became the oldest world champion in an individual event on the track, leading a Jamaican 100m sweep at the world championships on Sunday.

Fraser-Pryce, the 2008 and 2012 Olympic 100m champ, prevailed in a championship record 10.67 seconds in Eugene, Oregon. She was followed by Shericka Jackson (10.73) and 2016 and 2021 Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah (10.81).

“It wasn’t a perfect race,” Fraser-Pryce said. “In a championship, it’s always hit and miss, but you’re glad you come out with a win.”

Jamaica also swept the medals at last year’s Olympics, when it was Thompson-Herah followed by Fraser-Pryce and Jackson. Thompson-Herah, who last year in Eugene ran the second-fastest time in history (10.54), said she missed a lot of training this season due to shoulder and Achilles injuries.

“I’m not in the best shape of my life,” she said.

Fraser-Pryce, with her second world title since becoming a mom in 2017, has won seven titles in the 100m between the Olympics and worlds, breaking her tie with Usain Bolt. This one was the fastest of her collection dating to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

“The secret behind my success is I am a competitor,” she said. “I’m always hungry to do more because I believe there is more to be done.”

The U.S. earned nine medals and four golds among Sunday’s seven finals, both records for one nation on a single day of track worlds, according to Gracenote and Bill Mallon of Olympedia.org.

Grant Holloway repeated as world 110m hurdles champion in 13.03 seconds with countryman Trey Cunningham getting silver. That came after Olympic gold medalist Hansle Parchment of Jamaica withdrew after clipping a hurdle in warm-up and American Devon Allen, the world’s fastest man this year, was disqualified for a false start by one thousandth of a second.

Allen’s reaction time was .099 of a second after the gun. The legal reaction time limit is .100. Anything quicker than that is considered to quick to be reacting to the gun.

His reaction time in the semifinals earlier Sunday was barely legal — .101. Two women were also disqualified from the 100m semifinals two hours earlier, leading to debate over the threshold being set at .100 and/or the sensitivities of these specific starting blocks.

“When I was flagged, I was very surprised,” said Allen, who heads to Philadelphia Eagles training camp as a wide receiver and is expected to return to track next year. “I know for a fact that I didn’t react until I heard the gun.”

In the shot put, Ryan Crouser added a world title to his Olympic gold and world record, throwing 22.94 meters. Joe Kovacs and Josh Awotunde made it the first shot put medals sweep for one nation in world championships history.

Katie Nageotte and Sandi Morris gave the U.S. its first-ever one-two finish in a world championships pole vault. Nageotte followed her Olympic gold with her first world title. Morris earned silver at a third consecutive worlds. Both cleared 4.85 meters with Nageotte winning on count back.

Worlds continue Monday featuring the women’s marathon in the morning, plus night track finals in the women’s 1500m and men’s 3000m steeplechase.

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Earlier Sunday, Brooke Andersen became the second consecutive American to win the women’s hammer throw world title after DeAnna Price, who in 2019 became the first U.S. man or woman to win a world hammer medal. Andersen, 10th at the Olympics and the world No. 1 in 2022 going into worlds, had the three best throws of the final. American Janee’ Kassanavoid took bronze.. On Her Turf has more on the women’s hammer here.

Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei repeated as world 10,000m champion, a year after taking silver at the Olympics (and 5000m gold in Tokyo). Grant Fisher was fourth, coming 17 hundredths shy of becoming the first American to earn a world medal in the event. The 10,000m is the lone men’s track event where the U.S. has never won a world medal.

Tamirat Tola led an Ethiopian one-two in the men’s marathon, clocking a championship record 2:05:36 for the biggest win of his career. Galen Rupp, a two-time Olympic medalist and Oregonian, was the top American in 19th place. Rupp said before the race that he missed training time due to a herniated disk and pinched nerve in his back and a mild COVID bout, according to Runner’s World.

“I’m getting better, believe it or not,” Rupp, 36, said. “I did the best I could, but I wasn’t able to get all the work in.”

Two-time Olympic champion Nafi Thiam of Belgium leads the two-day heptathlon after the first four of seven events.

In the men’s 400m hurdles, the three fastest men in history won their respective semifinals — Olympic champion and world record holder Karsten Warholm (48.00), American Rai Benjamin (48.44) and Brazilian Alison dos Santos, the world’s fastest man this year (47.85). The final is Tuesday.

Reigning Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway and reigning world champion Timothy Cheruiyot led the qualifiers into Tuesday’s 1500m final.

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Ilia Malinin wins U.S. Figure Skating Championships despite quadruple Axel miss

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One year ago, Ilia Malinin came to the U.S. Championships as, largely, a 17-year-old unknown. He finished second to Nathan Chen in 2022 and was left off the three-man Olympic team due to his inexperience, a committee decision that lit a fire in him.

After the biggest year of change in U.S. figure skating in three decades, Malinin came to this week’s nationals in San Jose, California, as the headliner across all disciplines.

Though he fell on his quadruple Axel and doubled two other planned quads in Sunday’s free skate (the most ambitious program in history), he succeeded the absent Chen as national champion.

Malinin, the world’s second-ranked male singles skater, still landed two clean quads in Friday’s short program and three more Sunday. He totaled 287.74 points and prevailed by 10.43 over two-time Olympian Jason Brown, a bridge between the Chen and Malinin eras.

“This wasn’t the skate that I wanted,” said Malinin, who was bidding to become the second man to land six quads in one program after Chen. The Virginia chalked up the flaws at least partially to putting more recent practice time into his short program, which he skated clean on Friday after errors in previous competitions.

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Brown, a 28-year-old competing for the first time since placing sixth at the Olympics, became the oldest male singles skater to finish in the top three at nationals since Jeremy Abbott won the last of his four titles in 2014. As usual, he didn’t attempt a quad but had the highest artistic score by 9.41 points.

Brown’s seven total top-three finishes at nationals tie him with Chen, Michael WeissBrian Boitano, David Jenkins and Dick Button for the second-most in men’s singles since World War II, trailing only Todd Eldredge‘s and Hayes Jenkins‘ eight.

“I’m not saying it’s super old, but I can’t train the way I used to,” Brown said after Friday’s short program. “What Ilia is doing and the way he is pushing the sport is outstanding and incredible to watch. I cannot keep up.”

Andrew Torgashev took bronze, winning the free skate with one quad and all clean jumps. Torgashev, who competed at nationals for the first time since placing fifth in 2020 at age 18, will likely round out the three-man world team.

Japan’s Shoma Uno will likely be the favorite at worlds. He won last year’s world title, when Malinin admittedly cracked under pressure in the free skate after a fourth-place short program and ended up ninth.

That was before Malinin became the first person to land a quad Axel in competition. That was before Malinin became the story of the figure skating world this fall. That was before Malinin took over the American throne from Chen, who is studying at Yale and not expected to return to competition.

Malinin’s next step is to grab another label that Chen long held: best in the world. To do that, he must be better than he was on Sunday.

“You always learn from your experiences, and there’s always still the rest of the season to come,” he said. “I just have to be prepared and prepare a little bit extra so that doesn’t happen again.”

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Mark McMorris breaks Winter X Games medals record; David Wise wins first title in 5 years

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Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris broke his tie with American Jamie Anderson for the most Winter X Games medals across all sites, earning his 22nd medal, a slopestyle gold, in Aspen, Colorado.

On the final run of Sunday’s contest, McMorris overtook Norway’s Marcus Kleveland with back-to-back 1620s on the last two jumps. McMorris’ last three Aspen slopestyle titles were all won on his final run (2019, 2022).

“It’s something I never thought would ever come to me as a kid from Saskatchewan,” McMorris, 29, said on the broadcast. “Everything’s just been a bonus since I became a pro snowboarder.”

In a format introduced three years ago, athletes were ranked on overall impression of their best run over the course of a jam session rather than scoring individual runs.

McMorris won his record-extending seventh X Games Aspen men’s slopestyle title, one day after finishing fourth in big air.

“It just keeps getting crazier because I keep getting older,” he said. “People just keep pushing the limits, pushing the limits. Last night was such a downer, almost bums me out, like, dude, do I still have it? … To have one of those miracle wins where you do it on the last run and someone makes you push yourself, those are the best feelings.”

McMorris won slopestyle bronze medals at each of the last three Olympics and reportedly said last February that he was planning to compete through the 2026 Milan-Cortina Winter Games.

Canadian Max Parrot, the 2022 Olympic slopestyle champion, is taking this season off from competition.

Anderson, a two-time Olympic snowboard slopestyle champion, is expecting her first child.

Later Sunday, American David Wise earned his first major ski halfpipe title since repeating as Olympic champion in 2018. Wise landed back-to-back double cork 1260s to end his winning run, according to commentators.

“I wouldn’t still be out here if I didn’t think I had a chance,” Wise, 32 and now a five-time X Games Aspen champ, said on the broadcast. “I’m not going to be the guy who just keeps playing the game until everybody just begs me to stop.”

U.S. Olympian Mac Forehand won men’s ski big air with a 2160 on his last run, according to commentators. It scored a perfect 50. Olympic gold medalist Birk Ruud of Norway followed with a triple cork 2160 of his own, according to commentators, and finished third.

Canadian skier Megan Oldham added slopestyle gold to her big air title from Friday, relegating Olympic champion Mathilde Gremaud of Switzerland to silver.

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