Meb Keflezighi enters Boston Marathon one last time

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Meb Keflezighi will end his elite racing career with the Boston and New York City Marathons next year.

Keflezighi, 41, was announced as part of April’s Boston Marathon elite field on Wednesday. The 2004 Olympic silver medalist previously announced he would retire after racing the New York City Marathon next November.

Keflezighi’s greatest marathon successes came in New York City and Boston, winning the 26.2-mile races in 2009 and 2014, respectively. Keflezighi’s win in Boston came one year after twin bombings rocked the world’s oldest annual marathon.

Keflezighi has finished 24 career marathons (four in Boston, 10 in New York City) and has long said he wants to end his career with 26 career 26.2-mile races.

In Rio, Keflezighi became the second-oldest U.S. Olympic runner of all time and finished 33rd in that marathon after stopping seven times during the race due to stomach problems.

The Boston Athletic Association also announced Wednesday that 2016 Boston winners Atsede Baysa and Lemi Berhanu Hayle of Ethiopia will defend their titles on April 17.

In all, the last three women’s champions are already booked for the race — Baysa and Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia and Caroline Rotich of Kenya.

As is 2012 men’s winner Wesley Korir of Kenya.

The full elite American field is scheduled to be announced later this month and the full elite international field in January.

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