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Meb Keflezighi to run Boston Marathon

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Meb Keflezighi isn’t coming out of competitive retirement, but he will be running the Boston Marathon on April 16.

Keflezighi, who won the 2014 Boston Marathon one year after twin bombings rocked the world’s oldest annual 26.2-mile race, will run “on a non-competitive basis” representing the Martin Richard Foundation, in honor of the youngest victim of the bombings, according to the foundation.

The foundation “provides opportunities for young people to learn, grow and lead through volunteerism and community engagement,” according to its website.

Keflezighi retired after finishing 11th in the New York City Marathon on Nov. 5, fittingly his 26th career 26.2-mile race. The 42-year-old raced in four Olympics and is the only person to win an Olympic medal and the New York City and Boston Marathons.

When Keflezighi won Boston in 2014, he did so with the names of three bombing victims, including Richard, and a slain police officer written on his bib. Last April, at his final Boston Marathon, Keflezighi embraced Richard’s family in the finish area on Boylston Street, feet away from where Richard, then 8 years old, was killed at the 2013 race.

This year’s competitive fields are loaded with elite Americans, headlined by 2017 New York City Marathon winner Shalane Flanagan and two-time Olympic medalist Galen Rupp.

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USA Track and Field to honor 1968 Olympic team on 50th anniversary

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USA Track and Field begins a campaign this week to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Olympic team.

Members of the Mexico City Games team, one of the greatest track and field teams in history, will be honored at high-profile events the remainder of the year.

The campaign, “1968-2018: Celebrating Athletic Achievement and Courage,” culminates with a “Night of Legends” reunion in December at the USATF Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio, also attended by current U.S. stars.

The 1968 Olympic team is most remembered for Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who took gold and bronze in the 200m and were sent home after raising their black-gloved fists in a human rights salute during the national anthem.

The team also included gold medalists Bob Beamon (long jump), Dick Fosbury (high jump), Al Oerter (discus), Wyomia Tyus and Jim Hines (100m), Lee Evans (400m), Madeline Manning Mims (800m), Willie Davenport (110m hurdles), Bob Seagren (pole vault), Randy Matson (shot put), Bill Toomey (decathlon) and the men’s and women’s 4x100m and men’s 4x400m.

“The legacy of the greatest track & field team to ever be assembled is still felt 50 years later,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said in a press release. “These Olympians persevered through athletic challenges and social injustices, maintaining their composure and dignity when others may have fallen. It is USATF’s honor to pay homage to their achievements and bring the team together for an epic celebration at our Annual Meeting.”

U.S. track and field athletes will compete at two meets on NBC Sports and NBC Sports Gold this weekend — the Drake Relays and Penn Relays.

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Paralyzed man walks London Marathon in 36 hours in exoskeleton

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A paralyzed man walked the London Marathon route wearing an exoskeleton suit, finishing around 11 p.m. Monday, nearly 36 hours after he started, according to British media.

Simon Kindleysides was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in April 2013 and was paralyzed from the waist down, he said on the BBC before the race.

“I want to be a role model to my children so they can say their daddy’s been the first paralyzed man to walk the London Marathon ever,” said Kindleysides, a 34-year-old father of three, according to the report.

Kindleysides predicted he would finish in 37 hours, completing the first half of the 26.2-mile race on Sunday, then sleeping a few hours and walking the final 13.1 miles on Monday. Kindleysides said after finishing that he spent 26.5 of those 36 hours walking the marathon.

“Painful, emotional to walk that far in 26.5 hours,” he said. “It feels amazing. So glad I’ve done it. I’m here proving a point, anything is possible.”

Kindleysides said he handcycled from London to Paris for charity two years ago.

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