Noah Lyles pulls away, Aleia Hobbs upsets: Lausanne Diamond League results, highlights

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Two-time reigning world champion Noah Lyles of the U.S. continued his undefeated 200m season, holding off reigning 400m world champion Michael Norman at the Diamond League meet in Lausanne.

Norman got the better start, giving Lyles quite a task to catch him in the second half of the race. But Lyles was strong off the turn as he’s been all season and made it look easy in 19.56, the fourth-fastest time in the world this year and seventh-fastest in history.

Norman notched a season’s best and second-place finish in just his third race at 200m this year, and congratulated his longtime friend Lyles at the finish line. Trinidad and Tobago’s Jereem Richards finished third. Erriyon Knighton, the third U.S. man in the field and usually a close domestic rival for Lyles, couldn’t keep pace with his countrymen in Lausanne, finishing sixth in 20.13.

The U.S. men also went 1-2 in shot put, but not in the expected order, as Joe Kovacs threw 22.65 to beat reigning world and Olympic champion Ryan Crouser, whose best mark of the day was 22.05.

While Kovacs’ win was considered an upset, Aleia Hobbs of the U.S. was the biggest surprise winner in Lausanne, taking her second career Diamond League win in the women’s 100m in a race that saw its fair share of drama before the start.

Two of the headliners in the women’s 100m didn’t race, as reigning world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica pulled out just before the race due to discomfort in her hamstring and reigning Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah, also of Jamaica, was disqualified after a false start in the second attempt to start the race (the first attempt was stopped after a suspected false start by Olympic bronze medalist Shericka Jackson, whose reaction didn’t meet the threshold for disqualification).

Jackson finished second behind Hobbs, with two-time world 100m medalist Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Ivory Coast coming in third. Hobbs was one-hundredth of a second faster than Jackson (10.88), who was one-hundredth of a second faster than Ta Lou (10.89).

Fraser-Pryce posted on Instagram that she’s been struggling with the hamstring discomfort for “a couple days,” adding, “As a precaution my coach decided not to risk racing at this point. And I’ll have a few days to get some treatment before Brussels.” The Brussels meet is scheduled for September 2nd. Fraser-Pryce is in the midst of a dominant season; she’s run the seven fastest times in the world this year, including the sixth-fastest in history two weeks ago in Monaco.

Jamaica’s Rasheed Broadbell pulled an upset in the men’s 110m hurdles, running a personal best 12.99 to defeat two-time reigning world champion Grant Holloway and 2022 world silver medalist Trey Cunningham. Holloway started strong but faded in the last 40 meters to give way to Broadbell, whose time puts him in an elite group as just 22 other men in history have broken 13 seconds. He matches Holloway’s best mark this season, putting the two men tied for second in 2022 (Devon Allen, who’s not currently racing as he’s at the Philadelphia Eagles’ training camp, holds the world lead at 12.84).

Tokyo Olympic 110m hurdles champion Hansle Parchment of Jamaica finished fourth in Lausanne, just over a month after he had to withdraw from the world championships final due to an injury suffered in warmups just before that race.

The men’s 1500m saw a new world-leading time from Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen, who won the race in dominant fashion at 3:29.05, bettering the time ran by Great Britain’s Jake Wightman to upset Ingebrigtsen at the world championships last month.

Meet records were set in both women’s hurdles events. Newly-crowned world silver medalist Femke Bol of the Netherlands won the 400m hurdles in 52.95 to break her own meet record, on the heels of her dominant three-win performance at the European Championships. In Lausanne, she was up against 2019 world champion Dalilah Muhammad from the U.S., who got off to a good start but faded quickly in the second half of the race, ultimately finishing seventh.

In the women’s 100m hurdles, it was Tokyo Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico on top, breaking a 34-year-old meet record with a 12.34 mark. She finished just ahead of Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan, the world record holder and 2022 world champion, and in third was 21-year-old American Tia Jones with a personal best 12.47.

The women’s 3000m also saw a meet record, as well as a thrilling finish, as Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba ran down American Alicia Monson at the line. Monson ran a remarkable race, outpacing Olympic and world medalists like Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands and Margaret Chelimo of Kenya to better her personal best by more than 13 seconds and becoming the second-fastest American woman at the distance in 8:26.81.

Full meet results are here. An encore presentation of the Lausanne meet will air August 27 at 1pm ET on CNBC.

Next up in Diamond League is the September 2nd meet in Brussels, which will air across NBC, CNBC, and Peacock.

Teri McKeever fired by Cal as women’s swimming coach after investigation

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Teri McKeever, the first woman to serve as a U.S. Olympic swimming head coach, was fired by the University of California at Berkeley after an investigation into alleged verbal and emotional abuse of swimmers that she denied.

McKeever was put on paid administrative leave from her job as head women’s swimming coach in May after an Orange County Register report that 20 current or former Cal swimmers said McKeever verbally and emotionally bullied her swimmers.

Cal athletics director Jim Knowlton wrote in a letter to the Cal team and staff that a resulting independent law firm report detailed “verbally abusive conduct that is antithetical to our most important values.”

“I strongly believe this is in the best interests of our student-athletes, our swimming program and Cal Athletics as a whole,” Knowlton said of McKeever’s firing in a press release. “The report details numerous violations of university policies that prohibit race, national origin and disability discrimination.”

The Orange County Register first published what it says is the full independent report here.

“I deny and unequivocally refute all conclusions that I abused or bullied any athlete and deny any suggestion I discriminated against any athlete on the basis of race, disability or sexual orientation,” McKeever said in a statement Tuesday confirming her firing and expressing disappointment in how the investigation was conducted. “While I am disappointed in the way my CAL Career will conclude, I wish to thank and celebrate the many student-athletes and staff that made my time in Berkeley a true blessing and gift.”

McKeever’s lawyer wrote that McKeever “will be filing suit to expose the manner in which gender has affected not only the evaluation of her coaching but harmed and continues to harm both female and male athletes.”

McKeever led Cal women’s swimming and diving for nearly 30 years, winning four NCAA team titles and coaching Olympic champions including Missy FranklinNatalie Coughlin and Dana Vollmer.

In 2004, she became the first woman to be on a U.S. Olympic swim team coaching staff, as an assistant. In 2012, she became the first woman to be head coach of a U.S. Olympic swim team. She was an assistant again for the Tokyo Games.

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Diana Taurasi returns to U.S. national basketball team

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Diana Taurasi is set to return to the U.S. national basketball team next week for the first time since the Tokyo Olympics, signaling a possible bid for a record-breaking sixth Olympic appearance in 2024 at age 42.

Taurasi is on the 15-player roster for next week’s training camp in Minnesota announced Tuesday.

Brittney Griner is not on the list but is expected to return to competitive basketball later this year with her WNBA team, the Phoenix Mercury (also Taurasi’s longtime team, though she is currently a free agent), after being detained in Russia for 10 months in 2022.

Taurasi said as far back as the 2016 Rio Games that her Olympic career was likely over, but returned to the national team after Dawn Staley succeeded Geno Auriemma as head coach in 2017.

In Tokyo, Taurasi and longtime backcourt partner Sue Bird became the first basketball players to win five Olympic gold medals. Bird has since retired.

After beating Japan in the final, Taurasi said “see you in Paris,” smiling, as she left an NBC interview. That’s now looking less like a joke and more like a prediction.

Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve succeeded Staley as head coach last year. In early fall, she guided the U.S. to arguably the best FIBA World Cup performance ever, despite not having stalwarts Bird, Griner, Tina Charles and Sylvia Fowles.

Taurasi was not in contention for the team after suffering a WNBA season-ending quad injury in the summer. Taurasi, who is 38-0 in Olympic games and started every game at the last four Olympics, wasn’t on a U.S. team for an Olympics or worlds for the first time since 2002.

Next year, Taurasi can become the oldest Olympic basketball player in history and the first to play in six Games, according to Olympedia.org. Spain’s Rudy Fernandez could also play in a sixth Olympics in 2024.

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