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Boston Marathon field includes 5 of 6 U.S. marathoners from Rio

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Galen Rupp will run his third career marathon in Boston on April 17, and he’ll be joined by four other members of the U.S. Olympic marathon team from Rio.

All three 2016 U.S. Olympic men’s marathoners — Rupp, Meb Keflezighi and Jared Ward — are in the Boston Marathon field. As are two of the three female Olympians — Shalane Flanagan and Desi Linden.

The only member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic marathon team not in the Boston field is Olympic Trials winner Amy Cragg.

Rupp, 30, will debut in the world’s oldest annual 26.2-mile race after winning the Olympic Trials in Los Angeles on Feb. 13 and taking bronze in the Olympic marathon on Aug. 21. Rupp posted the two fastest marathon times by an American in 2016 after never racing longer than a half marathon before this year.

Keflezighi, the 2014 Boston winner, was previously announced for next year’s field. It will mark the 41-year-old’s fifth and final Boston Marathon as an elite racer.

Ward, who finished sixth in Rio, will make his Boston Marathon debut.

Flanagan, a four-time Olympian who finished sixth in the Rio women’s marathon, will race Boston for the fourth time in five years. Her best Boston finish was fourth in 2013, the year the race was rocked by twin bombings.

Linden, seventh in Rio, was the last U.S. woman to make the Boston podium, finishing second in 2011, two seconds behind Kenyan winner Caroline Kilel.

Flanagan and Linden are the second- and fifth-fastest U.S. women’s marathoners of all time.

The Americans will face an international field that includes 2016 Boston winners Atsede Baysa and Lemi Berhanu Hayle of Ethiopia as well as past winners Wesley Korir of Kenya, Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia and Caroline Rotich of Kenya.

The full elite international field is expected to be announced in January.

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*Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated Keflezighi won the 2013 Boston Marathon. He won in 2014.

Weekend Gymnastics Roundup: Carey and McCusker on World Cup podium

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World medalists Jade Carey and Riley McCusker headlined gymnastics action over the weekend as the World Cup circuit continued with an all-around competition in Birmingham, England, and an apparatus event in Doha, Qatar.

Carey won both the vault and floor events in Doha, pushing her to the top of the standings on both apparatus (she also won the vault and floor competitions the previous weekend at the World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan).

Doha marked the halfway point of apparatus World Cups, putting Carey in a promising position to qualify for the Tokyo Games heading into the next four events. The apparatus World Cup series includes a total of eight competitions spread over two seasons, and one gymnast per apparatus will qualify for the Olympics based on his or her top three results across the eight events.

Carey, 18, was the 2017 world silver medalist on vault and floor. But she opted not to try for a spot on the 2018 World Championships team due to the International Gymnastics Federation’s rules that active team members who help their countries qualify team spots for Tokyo (as the U.S. women did in November) cannot earn individual spots. Carey, an apparatus specialist rather than an all-around gymnast, chose the World Cup route to keep open her options of qualifying individually.

McCusker, who was part of the U.S. team that won the world title last year, finished second at the all-around World Cup in Birmingham, posting the top scores on the uneven bars and floor. Russia’s Aliya Mustafina, a seven-time Olympic medalist, won the event. Mustafina bounced back from a shaky showing last weekend at the World Cup in Stuttgart, where she finished fifth in an event won by Simone Biles. Mustafina, 24, is trying to qualify for her third Olympics after giving birth to daughter Alisa in June 2017.

The all-around World Cup circuit continues on April 7 in Tokyo, Japan, where two-time world all-around medalist Morgan Hurd and two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak are expected to compete.

First Olympic women’s aerials champion Cheryazova dies at 50

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MOSCOW — Lina Cheryazova, the first woman to win an Olympic aerials skiing gold medal, has died. She was 50.

Officials in the Russian city of Novosibirsk, where Cheryazova was living for the last two decades, said she died “following a lengthy illness,” without giving further details.

Competing for Uzbekistan, Cheryazova won gold with a triple flip when aerials skiing debuted on the Olympic program in 1994 in Lillehammer.

Shortly after winning, she learned her mother died three weeks before.

Cheryazova’s career was derailed later that year when she suffered a serious head injury while training in the United States, and spent days in a coma. She retired after failing to qualify for the 1998 Winter Olympics.