Boston Marathon bombing voted AP sports story of the year

Boston Marathon Bombing
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The Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and injured more than 200 was selected The Associated Press sports story of the year.

Two bombs exploded near the finish line of the April 15 race at about 2:50 p.m. ET, 5 1/2 hours after the first wheelchair races set out on the 26.2-mile course.

Brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev carried out the bombings in retaliation to U.S. involvement in Muslim countries, according to the AP.

The tragedy led to an outpouring of support. The term “Boston Strong” became a motto. After the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, Jonny Gomes placed the trophy at the Boston Marathon finish line.

The 2014 Boston Marathon will be April 21. The 118th edition of the race will include room for about 5,000 runners who did not have the opportunity to cross the finish line this year.

In total, the field is set at 36,000, more than this year’s 27,000 and second only to the Centennial Boston Marathon in 1996, which had 38,708 entrants.

The 2013 champions of the race, Rita Jeptoo of Kenya and Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia, are expected to defend their titles.

The Boston Marathon bombings led a vote over other dark sports events in 2013. Here’s the AP’s top 10:

1. Boston Marathon Bombings
2. Lance Armstrong’s admission
3. NFL concussion settlement
4. Baseball drug bans
5. Aaron Hernandez’s arrest
6. Boston Red Sox win World Series
7. Baltimore Ravens win Super Bowl
8. Auburn Tigers turnaround
9. Manti Te’o’s hoax
10. Miami Heat win NBA Finals

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