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Kenenisa Bekele not on Ethiopia Olympic marathon team

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Kenenisa Bekele, an Olympic champion and world-record holder in the 5000m and 10,000m, is an alternate for Ethiopia’s Olympic team in the marathon, his preferred distance since his 26.2-mile debut in 2014.

Ethiopia named an Olympic men’s marathon team of reigning Boston, Tokyo and Dubai Marathon winners Lemi Berhanu HayleFeyisa Lelisa and Tesfaye Abera on Thursday.

The women’s team includes 2015 World champion Mare Dibaba, two-time Berlin Marathon winner Aberu Kebede and Aselefech Mergia, who finished second in the 2015 New York City Marathon.

Bekele, 33, could still be named to Ethiopia’s Olympic track team in the 5000m or 10,000m. In the 5000m, he earned silver at the Athens Olympics and gold at the Beijing Olympics. In the 10,000m he took gold in Athens and Beijing and finished fourth in London.

Bekele was the top Ethiopian finisher at the year’s most prestigious marathon in London on April 24.

He was third in 2:06:36 in that paced race, 20 seconds faster than Lelisa’s winning time in Tokyo and two minutes slower than Abera and Hayle went as one-two finishers in Dubai.

The Ethiopian Olympic men’s marathon team is made up of three Olympic rookies.

Lelisa Desisa, the 2013 and 2015 Boston Marathon winner, was also named an alternate.

At the 2012 Olympics, every Ethiopian man dropped out during the marathon for the first time in Olympic history.

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Boglarka Kapas, world champion swimmer, tests positive for coronavirus

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Boglarka Kapas, the Hungarian swimmer and world 200m butterfly champion, said she tested positive for the coronavirus.

“I don’t have any symptoms yet, and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus,” was posted on her social media. “Please be careful, stay at home and stay healthy.”

Nine total members of the Hungarian national team — including swimmers and staff — have tested positive, according to the federation.

Kapas said her first test was negative but a second test showed she had the virus. She was staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.

Kapas, 26, won the 200m fly at last summer’s world championships by passing Americans Hali Flickinger and Katie Drabot in the last 25 meters. She clocked 2:06.78 to prevail by .17 of a second.

Kapas also took bronze in the Rio Olympic 800m freestyle won by Katie Ledecky.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

NHL players: Marie-Philip Poulin is world’s best female hockey player

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The U.S. may have the world’s best women’s hockey team, but NHL players believe Canadian Marie-Philip Poulin is the world’s best player.

Poulin received the most votes out of 496 responses in the 2019-20 NHLPA Player Poll, conducted before the season was suspended. The tally:

Poulin: 39.92%
Hilary Knight (USA): 36.29%
Kendall Coyne Schofield (USA): 15.52%
Emily Pfalzer Matheson (USA): 1.41%
Other: 6.85%

Last year, Knight received the highest percentage of votes from 203 NHL players (27.59), edging Poulin (24.14) with Amanda Kessel third (12.81) and Coyne Schofield and Pfalzer Matheson each receiving 5.91 percent.

Why were Poulin and Knight swapped this year? Perhaps Poulin’s Canadian team winning the debut of the NHL All-Star Skills Competition women’s 3-on-3 game on Jan. 24, even though Knight scored and Poulin did not.

Poulin, now 29, scored both goals in the 2010 Olympic final and the game-tying and -winning goals in the 2014 Olympic final. Even before her Olympic debut at age 18, the daughter of Quebec hospital workers was dubbed “the female Sidney Crosby.”

Knight, 30, led last April’s world championship tournament with seven goals as the U.S. won a fifth straight title. Poulin played 4 minutes, 44 seconds, total at the tournament, missing time with a knee injury.

This spring’s tournament, which was to start Tuesday, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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