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Olympic Channel to air classic Olympic figure skating marathon

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The Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will air nine days’ worth of classic Olympic figure skating coverage leading up to the U.S. Championships.

The “Olympic Skating Spectacular” runs from Tuesday through Jan. 3.

It includes free skates from the 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 Olympics, featuring Sarah HughesYevgeny PlushenkoEvan LysacekYuna KimMeryl Davis and Charlie White.

There will be 30-plus hours of coverage from Tuesday through Jan. 2, then a marathon of women’s free skates Jan. 3.

More here from NBC Sports PR.

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Day Time (ET) Event
Tuesday, Dec. 26 7 p.m. Salt Lake City 2002: Pairs
9 p.m. Salt Lake City 2002: Men
Wednesday, Dec. 27 7 p.m. Salt Lake City 2002: Ice Dance
9 p.m. Salt Lake City 2002: Women
Thursday, Dec. 28 7 p.m. Torino 2006: Pairs
8:30 p.m. Torino 2006: Men
Friday, Dec. 29 7 p.m. Torino 2006: Ice Dance
9 p.m. Torino 2006: Women
Saturday, Dec. 30 7 p.m. Vancouver 2010: Pairs
9 p.m. Vancouver 2010: Men
Sunday, Dec. 31 7 p.m. Vancouver 2010: Ice Dance
9 p.m. Vancouver 2010: Women
Monday, Jan. 1 6 p.m. Sochi 2014: Team Event
9 p.m. Sochi 2014: Pairs
10 p.m. Sochi 2014: Men
Tuesday, Jan. 2 7 p.m. Sochi 2014: Ice Dance
8:30 p.m. Sochi 2014: Women
Wednesday, Jan. 3 2:30 p.m. Salt Lake City 2002: Women
4:30 p.m. Torino 2006: Women
7 p.m. Vancouver 2010: Women
9 p.m. Sochi 2014: Women

Eliud Kipchoge wins London Marathon; no world record (video)

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Eliud Kipchoge won his eighth straight marathon (ninth if you count Nike’s sub-two attempt), but missed the world record at a steamy London Marathon by more than one minute on Sunday.

The Kenyan Olympic champion clocked 2:04:17, pulling away from Ethiopian Tola Kitata by 32 seconds. Mo Farah, the four-time Olympic track champ in his second marathon, finished third in 2:06:21.

Kipchoge and Kitata fell off Dennis Kimetto‘s world-record pace around the 20th mile. Kimetto ran 2:02:57 at the 2014 Berlin Marathon.

Full results are here.

The temperature eclipsed 70 degrees Farenheit during the race, making it one of the hottest London Marathons ever. Perhaps considering that, Kipchoge said he ran “a beautiful race” for his third London title in four years.

“The conditions, I can’t complain, because all of us were running in the same arena,” he told media in London. “No regrets at all.”

Farah was satisfied, too, achieving his primary goal of breaking the 33-year-old British record held by Steve Jones.

“If you looked at the field before the start of that race, you would never have put me third place,” said Farah, who ran nearly two minutes faster than his marathon debut in London in 2014. “You would put ahead of me so many other guys.”

No world record in the women’s race, either. Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot won in 2:18:31, passing pre-race favorite Mary Keitany in the 23rd mile. Cheruiyot won by 1 minute, 42 seconds over countrywoman Brigid Kosgei. Keitany slowed to fifth in 2:24:27.

Cheruiyot, a 34-year-old mom, made her marathon debut in London last year, finishing fourth. Before that, Cheruiyot earned four Olympic medals on the track, plus four world titles combined in the 5000m and 10,000m.

Paula Radcliffe‘s world record with male pacers — 2:15:25 from 2003 — was a target for Keitany. Last year, Keitany broke Radcliffe’s world record without male pacers by 41 seconds, winning her third London title in 2:17:01.

The other leading contender Sunday, Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba, stopped in the 20th mile.

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2018 London Marathon results

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Top finishers from the 38th London Marathon (full searchable results here) …

Men’s Elite
1. Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) 2:04:17
2. Tola Kitata (ETH) 2:04:49
3. Mo Farah (GBR) 2:06:21
4. Abel Kirui (KEN) 2:07:07
5. Bedan Karoki (KEN) 2:08:34
6. Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 2:08:53
7. Lawrence Cherono (KEN) 2:09:25
8. Daniel Wanjiru (KEN) 2:10:35
9. Amanuel Mesel (ERI) 2:11:52
10. Yohanes Gebregergish (ER) 2:12:09
17. Guye Adola (ETH) 2:32:35

Women’s Elite
1. Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 2:18:31
2. Brigid Kosgei (KEN) 2:20:13
3. Tadelech Bekele (ETH) 2:21:40
4. Gladys Cherono (KEN) 2:24:10
5. Mary Keitany (KEN) 2:24:27
6. Rose Chelimo (BRN) 2:26:03
7. Mare Dibaba (ETH) 2:27:45
8. Lily Partridge (GBR) 2:29:24
9. Tracy Barlow (GBR) 2:32:09
10. Stephanie Bruce (USA) 2:32:28
DNF. Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)

Men’s Wheelchair
1. David Weir (GBR) 1:31:15
2. Marcel Hug (SUI) 1:31:15
3. Daniel Romanchuk (USA) 1:31:16
4. Josh George (USA) 1:31:24
5. Kurt Fearnley (AUS) 1:31:24

Women’s Wheelchair
1. Madison de Rozario (AUS) 1:42:58
2. Tatyana McFadden (USA) 1:42:58
3. Susannah Scaroni (USA) 1:43:00
4. Manuela Schar (SUI) 1:43:01
5. Amanda McGrory (USA) 1:43:04

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