Two-time Olympic champion Northug to retire from skiing

OSLO, Norway (AP) — One of Norway’s greatest cross-country skiers says he is retiring from the sport.

Petter Northug, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and 13-time world champion, says he had “some fantastic years,” adding there will be “no comeback.”

The 32-year-old Norwegian had not done well in recent competitions and failed to recover from illness. Earlier this year, he failed to qualify for Norway’s Olympic team for the Pyeongchang Games.

Northug says “it will be good to follow the team sprint from the sidelines.”

At the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Northug won two gold, one silver and one bronze medal. He added two team bronze medals four years later in Sochi.

Two Chinese canoeists get 2-year bans for doping

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Canoe Federation says two Chinese paddlers have been banned for two years for doping.

The ICF says Shengfang Tian and Huan Men both tested positive for the banned diuretic triamterene while training in China in April.

Both women cannot compete through May 21, 2020, and their coaches received one-year bans.

The ICF says results for Tian and Men from a canoe sprint World Cup event in Hungary in May have been annulled.

US swimmers set

short-course world record

HANGZHOU, China — The United States has set a world record in the 4×50-meter mixed medley relay at the world short-course swimming championships.

Caeleb Dressel, Kelsi Dahlia, Michael Andrew and Olivia Smoliga won in 1 minute, 36.40 seconds, finishing .65 seconds ahead of the Netherlands.

American swimmers held the previous record of 1:37.17 set in Glasgow in 2013.

Also, Kirill Prigoda of Russia set a world record in the 200 breaststroke. Prigoda won in 2:16.

Koch held the previous record of 2:00.44 set in Berlin in 2016.

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