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USA Table Tennis CEO Virginia Sung won an election to the board of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and will take over a spot held by former Duke athletic director Kevin White. Sung won in a race that came down to her and Max Siegel, the CEO of USA Track and Field in a contest between the leader of one of the country’s smaller national governing bodies and one of its biggest. USA Table Tennis’ budget of about $2.5 million in 2020 is in line with those of around half of the 51 NGBs that had votes in determining who would take White’s place starting next year. USA Wrestling chief Rich Bender had previously been elected to serve another term as an NGB director on the 16-person board.

BU track announces staff addition, promotion

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The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee has hired USA Triathlon and onetime Arizona State athletics executive Rocky Harris to head its sports performance department. Harris will have a sprawling network to oversee — responsible for Olympic sports performance, relationships with more than 50 national governing bodies, the USOPC’s connection with NCAA programs, and athlete services, which includes oversight of programs designed for their mental and physical well-being. He comes to the USOPC after spending five years as CEO of USA Triathlon. Before that, he worked as chief operating officer for Arizona State’s athletic department.

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Sydney McLaughlin took the last victorious lap of an all-American world championships. She pulled away in the 4-by-400 relay to close a U.S. runaway and give the Americans their record 33rd medal for the meet. McLaughlin turned a .73-second lead into a 2.93-second runaway on the anchor lap, adding this burst of speed to the world record she set two nights earlier in the 400 hurdles. Two more world records went down — in the very first and very last action of the last session at Hayward Field. Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan opened the evening by setting the record for the 100-meter hurdles in the semifinals: 12.12 seconds. And, pole vaulter Armand Duplantis of Sweden cleared 6.21 meters (20 feet, 4 1/2 inches) to best his world record.

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Noah Lyles led wire to wire and routed the field in the 200 meters Thursday in 19.31 seconds, the third-fastest time ever, to lead America’s second sprint sweep at world championships. Lyles blew away U.S. teammates Kenny Bednarek by 0.46 seconds, with 18-year-old Erriyon Knighton finishing third. When the winner saw the names of his American teammates pop up behind his, he slammed his hands on the ground, ripped off his jersey and grabbed the gold medal from the awaiting presenter. His victory came moments after Shericka Jackson gave the Jamaican women another gold in the sprints. She ran 21.45, the second-fastest time in history, to beat 100-meter champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

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