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Marathon world-record holder reportedly not going to Rio Olympics

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Dennis Kimetto, the marathon world-record holder, will reportedly not be on Kenya’s team for the Rio Olympics.

Kimetto and previous world-record holder Wilson Kipsang are not on a list of three men likely to make up the Kenyan Olympic marathon team nor on a list of reserves, according to Reuters.

Kimetto and Kipsang withdrew from consideration due to anticipated heat and humidity in Rio in August, according to Flotrack.

Instead, the Kenyan Olympic marathon team will likely be reigning Berlin and London Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge, New York City Marathon champion Stanley Biwott and Wesley Korir, the top Kenyan in the Boston Marathon on April 18 in fourth place, according to Reuters.

The women’s team will likely include London Marathon winner Jemima Sumgong, Chicago Marathon winner Florence Kiplagat and 2014 and 2015 New York City Marathon winner Mary Keitany, according to Reuters, which also named Joyce Chepkirui, the top Kenyan in the Boston Marathon in third place, as a possible selection.

Kimetto and Kipsang were considered questionable to be named to the team after declining results in recent major marathons.

Kimetto set the world record of 2:02:57 at the 2014 Berlin Marathon, then finished third at the 2015 London Marathon, dropped out of the 2015 World Championships and 2015 Fukuoka Marathon and placed ninth in the London Marathon on April 24.

Kipsang, who held the previous world record of 2:03:23, also dropped out of the 2015 World Championships, placed fourth at the 2015 New York City Marathon and fifth at the London Marathon on April 24.

In 2012, Kenya’s Olympic team did not include Patrick Makau, then the world-record holder, or Geoffrey Mutai, who then had the fastest 26.2-mile time ever (but on a course that wasn’t record eligible).

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Mark Spitz takes on Katie Ledecky’s challenge

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Swimmers around the world took on Katie Ledecky‘s milk-glass challenge since it became a social media sensation, including one of the few U.S. swimmers with more Olympic gold medals.

Mark Spitz, who won seven golds at the 1972 Munich Games, took 10 strokes in an at-home pool while perfectly balancing a glass of what appeared to be water on his head.

“Would’ve been faster with the ‘stache, @markspitzusa, but I still give this 7 out of 7 gold medals,” Ledecky tweeted.

Spitz joined fellow Olympic champions Susie O’Neill of Australia and American Matt Grevers in posting similar videos to what Ledecky first shared Monday.

In Tokyo next year, Ledecky can pass Spitz’s career gold-medal count of nine if she wins all of her expected events — 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyles and the 4x200m free relay.

Then she would only be trailing one athlete from any country in any sports — Michael Phelps, who has yet to post video of swimming while balancing a glass on his head.

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Serena Williams, reclusive amid pandemic, returns to tennis eyeing Grand Slam record

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Serena Williams travels with “like 50 masks” and has been a little bit of a recluse since early March and the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I don’t have full lung capacity, so I’m not sure what would happen to me,” Williams said Saturday, two days before the start of the WTA’s Top Seed Open in Lexington, Ky., her first tournament since playing Fed Cup in early February. “I’m sure I’ll be OK, but I don’t want to find out.”

Williams, 38, has a history of blood clots and pulmonary embolisms. She faced life-threatening complications following her Sept. 1, 2017, childbirth that confined her to a bed for six weeks. She said her daily routine was surgery and that she lost count after the first four.

More recently, Williams enjoyed “every part” of the last six months at home in Florida, her longest time grounded since her teens.

“I’ve been a little neurotic, to an extent,” on health and safety, she said. “Everyone in the Serena bubble is really protected.”

Williams is entered to play next week in Lexington and at consecutive tournaments in New York City later this month — the Western & Southern Open and U.S. Open, the latter starting Aug. 31.

Williams is the highest-ranked player in the Lexington field at No. 9. Others include 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, older sister Venus Williams and 16-year-old Coco Gauff.

She has been bidding ever since having daughter Olympia to tie Margaret Court‘s record 24 Grand Slam singles titles, albeit many of Court’s crowns came before the Open Era and, notably at the Australian Open, against small fields lacking the world’s best players. Williams reached the last two Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals, losing all of them.

She showed her seriousness in committing early to this year’s U.S. Open by installing a court at home with the same surface. Three of the top 10 female singles players already said they will skip the U.S. Open due to travel and/or virus concerns, including No. 1 Ash Barty.

“Tennis is naturally a socially distanced sport, so it was kind of easy to go back and just walk on my side of the court and have my hitter walk on his side of the court,” Williams said.

The French Open starts two weeks after the U.S. Open ends. Williams was asked if she will fly to Europe for tournaments this autumn.

“I see myself doing it all, if it happens,” she said.

The Tokyo Olympics are too far away to make plans.

“We’ll have to kind of wait to see what happens in the fall,” she said. “One thing I have learned with this pandemic is don’t plan.”

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