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New York City Marathon announces elite fields; Kara Goucher withdraws

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Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai and Ethiopian Firehiwot Dado will attempt to defend their 2011 New York City Marathon titles on Nov. 3.

The New York Road Runners Association announced 25 international professional entries (full list below) that includes Mutai, Dado and reigning Olympic and world champion Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda on Thursday.

The U.S. entries were previously announced, though two-time Olympian Kara Goucher withdrew with a foot injury.

The 2012 New York City Marathon was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy.

On the women’s side, Dado’s primary competition will be 2010 New York City Marathon champion Edna Kiplagat, a two-time world champion, and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Priscah Jeptoo, both of Kenya. London Olympic champion Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia was not on Thursday’s list.

Elite Men
Geoffrey Mutai (KEN)
Stanley Biwott (KEN)
Wesley Korir (KEN)
Peter Kirui (KEN)
Stephen Kiprotich (UGA)
José Manuel “Chema” Martinez (ESP)
Yuki Kawauchi (JPN)
Masato Imai (JPN)
Daniele Meucci (ITA)
Bob Tahri (FRA)

Elite Women
Edna Kiplagat (KEN)
Priscah Jeptoo (KEN)
Jelena Prokopcuka (LVA)
Firehiwot Dado (ETH)
Buzunesh Deba (ETH)
Tetyana Gamera-Shmyrko (UKR)
Risa Shigetomo (JPN)
Christelle Daunay (FRA)
Kim Smith (NZL)
Ana Dulce Felix (POR)
Lisa Stublic (CRO)
Sabrina Mockenhaupt (GER)
Adriana Da Silva (BRA)
Diane Nukuri-Johnson (BDI)
Yolanda Caballero (COL)

Boston Marathon adds 9,000 runners to 2014 field

Blind Paralympic champion Brad Snyder throws ceremonial first pitch (video)

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Brad Snyder, who took home three swimming gold medals from the Rio Paralympic Games, threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Baltimore Orioles game on Sunday.

Snyder, who lost his vision while serving in the U.S. Navy in Afghanistan by stepping on an improvised explosive device, is a native of Baltimore.

He pitched alongside fellow Paralympic swimmer McKenzie Coan, who also claimed three gold medals in Rio.

The Orioles honored two more Paralympians, track and field sisters Hannah and Tatyana McFadden, before Saturday’s game.

Tatyana won six medals in Rio, which tied her with swimmer Jessica Long for the most for a U.S. athlete.

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High school gym named after Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs

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The gymnasium at Winslow Township (N.J.) High School was renamed Jordan Burroughs Gymnasium on Saturday in honor of the 2012 Olympic wrestling champion.

“I just want people to recognize it’s possible,” Burroughs said to the Courier-Post. “It takes focus, dedication and really, discipline, to get to this high level of success. But like, I did it. From here. These same teachers, these same facilities, this same community. It’s possible. I want people to recognize that.”

Burroughs was a state champion in 2006 at Winslow Township High School. Six years later, he claimed an Olympic gold medal in the men’s freestyle wrestling 74kg division.

In Rio, he lost his quarterfinal match to Russia’s Aniuar Geduev, who went on to earn the silver medal. After the match, an emotional Burroughs referred to the loss as the “hardest day of my life.”

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