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Sha’Carri Richardson, Molly Seidel and More Big Names Are Not at the World Championships – The New York Times

The best runners, jumpers and throwers in the world are all in Eugene, Ore., this week, competing in the track and field world championships. At least, most of them. But not all.

Some are injured. Some failed to qualify. Some are serving doping bans. Some had visa issues. Some are missing out for a combination of reasons, or for no public reason at all.

These are some of the most notable absences.

Sha’Carri Richardson won the 100-meter race at the United States Olympic trials last year, and looked to inherit the mantle of next great American sprinter. But things have only gone downhill for her since.

She missed the Olympics last summer because of a positive test for marijuana, and has raced only sparingly in the past year. At the United States championships last month, she did not make it out of the first round of qualifiers. Her attempt to make it to the world championships in the 200 fell flat, too.

Afterward, she sparred with the assembled news media.

In less than two months last year, Cole Hocker won the 1,500 at the N.C.A.A. championships, won the same event at the Olympic trials, and finished sixth at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 21-year-old’s scintillating form continued into 2022. He won the 1,500 at the United States indoor championships, and skipped the far less prestigious world indoor championships to focus on the outdoor championships.

Alas, his plan went awry in his first heat of the 1,500 at the United States championships, when his famed kick let him down in the final 50 meters. Afterward, his agent said he had been injured.

A breakout social media star who finished sixth in the long jump at the Olympics, Tara Davis was not able to compete at the United States championships because of a knee injury.

As the bronze medalist in the marathon at the Tokyo Olympics, Molly Seidel was offered her spot in the world championships eight months ago. Since then, however, her running has been hampered by injuries. Seidel dropped out in the middle of the Boston Marathon in the spring, and, earlier this month, she said she had a stress reaction in her sacrum, a bone at the bottom of the spine.

Seidel was replaced in the marathon by Keira D’Amato, who set the American marathon record in Houston earlier this year. D’Amato placed eighth on Monday in Oregon and was one of three Americans to finish in the top 10.

The greatest marathoner ever — he has won 14 of the 16 marathons he has …….

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/18/sports/world-championships-shacarri-richardson-molly-seidel.html

The best runners, jumpers and throwers in the world are all in Eugene, Ore., this week, competing in the track and field world championships. At least, most of them. But not all.

Some are injured. Some failed to qualify. Some are serving doping bans. Some had visa issues. Some are missing out for a combination of reasons, or for no public reason at all.

These are some of the most notable absences.

Sha’Carri Richardson won the 100-meter race at the United States Olympic trials last …….

The best runners, jumpers and throwers in the world are all in Eugene, Ore., this week, competing in the track and field world championships. At least, most of them. But not all.

Some are injured. Some failed to qualify. Some are serving doping bans. Some had visa issues. Some are missing out for a combination of reasons, or for no public reason at all.

These are some of the most notable absences.

Sha’Carri Richardson won the 100-meter race at the United States Olympic trials last …….

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