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.

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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