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World record holder Wilson Kipsang enters New York City Marathon

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Kenyan Wilson Kipsang will run the New York City Marathon for the first time on Nov. 2, his second marathon since breaking the world record at the Berlin Marathon last year.

Kipsang, 32 and the 2012 Olympic marathon bronze medalist, won in Berlin in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 23 seconds, on Sept. 29. That broke Kenyan Patrick Makau‘s world record from the 2011 Berlin Marathon by 15 seconds.

Kipsang joins an elite field that includes the last three New York City Marathon winners — Kenyan course record-holder Geoffrey Mutai (2011, 2013), Ethiopian Gebre Gebremariam and American Meb Keflezighi (2009). The 2012 race was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy.

Olympic and World champion Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda will run the New York City Marathon again after finishing 12th last year.

Keflezighi memorably became the first U.S. man to win the Boston Marathon since 1983 on April 21.

The women’s elite field includes four past winners — Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo (2013), Ethiopian Firehiwot Dado (2011), Kenyan Edna Kiplagat and Latvian Jelena Prokopcuka (2005, 2006).

Ethiopia’s Buzunesh Deba, the reigning New York City and Boston Marathon runner-up, is also signed up.

Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki is also running the New York City Marathon.

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Justin Schoenefeld gets U.S.’ first men’s aerials World Cup win in 4 years

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Justin Schoenefeld ended a four-year U.S. men’s aerials drought with his first World Cup win Saturday in Belarus.

Schoenfeld, 21, hit a double full-full-full in the super final to beat a field that included world champion Maxim Burov of Russia. Burov was fourth, one spot behind another American, Chris Lillis. Full results are here.

“I’m pretty speechless right now,” Schoenefeld said, according to U.S. Ski & Snowboard. “I’m just shocked. It just all came so quick, all of a sudden the two finals were over, and I was on top of the podium. I probably landed two of my training jumps yesterday, but I managed to land all of my comp jumps down to my feet.”

Schoenefeld’s best previous World Cup finish was fourth, in Belarus last season.

Lillis earned the U.S.’ last World Cup men’s aerials victory on Feb. 20, 2016, also in Belarus. The four-year gap between wins marked the longest for the U.S. men since aerials was added as an Olympic medal sport in 1994.

Schoenefeld also became the first American of either gender to win a World Cup aerials event in two years, since Kiley McKinnon on Jan. 6, 2018. That gap was the longest for the U.S. since 2005.

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Kaillie Humphries wins bobsled world title in first season for U.S.

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Two-time Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries won a bobsled world title in her first season since switching allegiance from Canada to the U.S., ending recent German dominance.

Humphries, with brakewoman Lauren Gibbs, edged German junior world champ Kim Kalicki by .37 of a second combining times from four runs between Friday and Saturday in Altenberg, Germany.

“I love this track. It’s very challenging, one of the hardest in the world,” Humphries said, according to U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton. “It demands a lot of focus, a lot of respect every minute you’re on that track. So to be able to win here, I know the Germans and the spectators, everybody, have worked so hard and this week, no exceptions. I’m proud of all of the girls.”

Canadian Christine de Bruin took bronze for a second straight year. Full results are here.

Humphries, who married a former U.S. bobsledder, was released by Canada in September after filing verbal abuse and harassment claims against a coach, saying she no longer felt safe with the program. As a Canadian, Humphries won 2010 and 2014 Olympic titles, plus 2012 and 2013 World titles.

Humphries joined German Sandra Kiriasis as the only female drivers to win three world titles. She is already the only female driver with multiple Olympic titles.

German Mariama Jamanka, the reigning Olympic champion and defending world champion, finished fourth in Altenberg.

Triple U.S. Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor didn’t compete as she sits out the season due to pregnancy. Meyers Taylor and Gibbs teamed for silver in PyeongChang.

The world championships continue Sunday with the conclusion of the two-man competition. German Francesco Friedrich, eyeing his sixth straight world title, leads after the first two of four runs.

A full TV and live stream schedule is here.

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