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Olympic 5000m champ sets marathon debut

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Olympic 5000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot will make her 26.2-mile debut at the London Marathon on April 23.

Cheruiyot, 32, is one of the most accomplished track runners in history. She swept the 5000m and 10,000m at the 2011 World Championships, then earned silver and bronze medals at London 2012 before giving birth to a boy in 2014.

The Kenyan returned to win the 2015 World 10,000m title and then the 5000m gold in Rio, upsetting Ethiopian Almaz Ayana, who had shattered the 10,000m world record earlier in the Games.

The London Marathon women’s field also includes defending champion and Rio Olympic gold medalist Jemima Sumgong of Kenya. Plus, three-time London winnder Mary Keitany, also of Kenya, and six-time Olympic track medalist Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia.

The decorated London men’s field was previously announced.

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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.”

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.

Dan Hicks, Rowdy Gaines call backyard pool swim race

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Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines covered swimming together at the last six Olympics, including every one of Michael Phelps‘ finals, but they’ve never called a “race” quite like this.

“We heard you were looking for something to commentate during the down time….might this short short short course 100 IM help?” tweeted Cathleen Pruden, posting a video of younger sister Mary Pruden, a sophomore swimmer at Columbia University, taking individual medley strokes in what appeared to be an inflatable backyard pool.

“Hang on,” Gaines replied. “This race of the century deserves the right call. @DanHicksNBC and I are working some magic!”

Later, Hicks posted a revised video dubbed with commentary from he and Gaines.

They became the latest commentators to go beyond the booth to post calls on social media while sports are halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

NBC Sports hockey voice Doc Emrick (who has also called Olympic hockey and water polo) did play-by-play of a windshield wiper installation.

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