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Meb Keflezighi, Caroline Wozniacki to run New York City Marathon

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Inspiring Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi will run the New York City Marathon on Nov. 2, likely with a field of over 40,000 competitors, including former world No. 1 tennis player Caroline Wozniacki.

Keflezighi, 39, became the first U.S. man since 1983 to win the Boston Marathon on April 21. It was a tearful triumph one year after twin bombings rocked the world’s oldest annually contested 26.2-mile race.

Keflezighi also won 2004 Olympic marathon silver, the 2009 New York City Marathon and was the oldest man to win the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in 2012. He finished a disappointing 23rd at last year’s New York City Marathon, which helped fuel doubts over his ability to run well in Boston.

“This is a very special race and city for me,” Keflezighi, who has run eight New York City Marathons, said in a press release.

Keflezighi said in June that he has three to six marathons left in his legs and hopes to run next year’s Boston Marathon and the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials and 2016 Olympics.

Wozniacki, 24 and a two-time Olympic tennis player, originally had plans to marry golfer Rory McIlroy in November. She’ll run 26.2 miles instead.

She joins other tennis players who have run the five-borough marathon, including three retired professionals in 2010.

Former world No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo completed the race in 3 hours, 40 minutes, 20 seconds four years ago. Former French Open champion Yannick Noah did it in 4:01:38 the same year, followed by Justin Gimelstob in 4:09:58.

“When I cross the finish line in Central Park, it will be one of the most rewarding days of my life, not only because of the personal accomplishment, but also because it will help thousands of kids to get healthy and fit through sports,” Wozniacki said in a press release.

Keflezighi and Wozniacki will run to raise funds for the Team for Kids charity.

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Marc Leishman will miss Olympics due to wife’s health, Zika

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Australian golfer Marc Leishman will miss the Rio Olympics due to his wife’s health.

“Many of you may know that last April my children and I almost lost my wife, Audrey, to toxic shock syndrome,” Leishman said in a statement. “Since then Audrey has been prone to infection and is far removed from 100 percent recovery of her immune system.

“We have consulted with Audrey’s physician and due to her ongoing recovery from toxic shock and potential risks associated with the transmission of the Zika virus, it was a difficult yet easy decision not to participate.

“I missed playing in the 2015 Masters tournament to be at her side when she was originally stricken and I cannot risk placing her health in jeopardy.

“The Masters and the Olympics are the two biggest tournaments to which a golfer can be invited; however, my family will always come before golf.”

Leishman, 32 with one PGA Tour win, joined the projected Olympic field when countryman Adam Scott said last month that he would skip Rio.

World No. 1 Jason Day is assured one of two Olympic spots for Australian men when the 60-man field is determined based on July 11 world rankings.

With No. 7 Scott and No. 35 Leishman out, the next-best Aussie is No. 63 Marcus Fraser.

Three more major champions — Vijay Singh, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel — also said in April they would not compete in Rio.

Golf returns to the Olympics for the first time since 1904.

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Rory McIlroy worried Olympic golf may be done after 2020

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Rory McIlroy believes golf may not remain in the Olympics after 2020 following a string of major champions announcing they will skip the sport’s return at the Rio Games.

“Because of how [Olympic golf is] being approached in golf circles … I’m not sure if we’re going to have another opportunity to win a gold medal after [Tokyo 2020],” McIlroy said ahead of the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday.

In 2009, the International Olympic Committee voted to re-add golf and rugby to the Olympic program for the 2016 Olympics, with a review in 2017 if they would remain for the 2020 Olympics.

In 2013, Tokyo was elected host city for the 2020 Olympics with a plan that includes golf.

Beyond 2020, golf does not yet have a place in the Olympics. Its chances for the 2024 Olympics could come into focus when that host city is chosen in September 2017.

McIlroy, ranked No. 3 in the world, has repeated he will play for Ireland in the first Olympic golf tournament since 1904 in Rio in August.

Fellow major champions Adam ScottLouis OosthuizenCharl Schwartzel and Vijay Singh said last month they will not play in the Rio Olympics.

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