Dominique Parrish wins first U.S. gold medal of world wrestling championships

Dominique Parrish

Dominique Parrish took gold in her senior world wrestling championships debut, giving the U.S. its first title of the competition in Belgrade, and an unexpected one.

Parrish, 25, beat Mongolian Batkhuyagiin Khulan 4-2 in Wednesday’s 53kg final, capping a remarkable run as the No. 7 seed.

“Indescribable,” Parrish said while wrapping herself in an American flag. “It doesn’t feel real, but it is real, so that’s pretty f—ing cool.”

The bracket lacked all three Olympic medalists and 2021 World champion Akari Fujinami of Japan, the 18-year-old phenom who withdrew last week due to a foot injury.

“She’s the target, right?” Parrish said of Fujinami. “We’re going to pick ’em apart and beat ’em.”

Parrish was eliminated before the finals of last year’s Olympic Trials, went to Tokyo as a training partner for an Olympian and then lost in the quarterfinals of the 2021 World Championships team trials.

“Definitely was like, I don’t know if I love this sport anymore,” said Parrish, who previously competed in three junior world championships with a best finish of fifth.

Now, after changing training locations, she joins an exclusive recent list of U.S. women to win a world title at an Olympic weight: Helen Maroulis and Tamyra Mensah-Stock, who also own Olympic gold medals, and Adeline Gray, a six-time world champion and Olympic silver medalist.

Also Wednesday, Olympic bronze medalist Sarah Hildebrandt earned her third world championships medal, bronze in the 50kg division. Hildebrandt scored technical falls in all three of her wins over the last two days. Her lone defeat came in the semifinals to Dolgorjavyn Otgonjargal of Mongolia.

“When you think about getting ready for the world championships, you don’t envision the preparation that I had. It was rough, mentally,” said Hildebrandt, who still seeks her first global title. “I have an ultimate goal, still, and this is all good feedback for that. Unfortunately, this sport can be really hard, and it stings a lot. It makes me doubt what I’m doing a lot, but in the end I think that’s what’s making me such a great wrestler.”

Japan’s Yui Susaki pinned Otgonjargal in 83 seconds in the final, extending her undefeated international record that now includes an Olympic gold medal and three world titles.

Susaki, 23, didn’t concede a point at the Tokyo Games or in Belgrade over the last two days. All of her three losses dating to 2010 (when she was in fifth grade) came domestically to Yuki Irie, who is six years older, according to United World Wrestling.

American Mallory Velte earned bronze in the non-Olympic 65kg class.

On Thursday at worlds, Mensah-Stock and Maroulis wrestle in gold-medal finals, as does fellow American Amit Elor, a world junior champion in her first senior worlds.

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Paris 2024 Olympic marathon route unveiled

Paris 2024 Olympic Marathon
Paris 2024

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 –
• 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

Boxing gloves

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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