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How to watch Boston Marathon

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U.S. Olympic medalists Meb Keflezighi and Galen Rupp headline the 121st Boston Marathon, live on NBCSN and streamed via NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass” on Monday at 8:30 a.m. ET.

NBC Sports coverage of the world’s oldest annual 26.2-mile race begins Sunday with a preview show at 4 p.m. ET.

On race day, NBC Sports coverage will include an online finish-line camera stream, which will allow viewers to see every runner cross the Boylston Street finish.

That feed on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app will will be available online for 30 days after the race.

Keflezighi is the only American runner to win either the men’s or women’s race since 1985, but this year the U.S. has chances to win on both sides. Though they are by no means favorites.

Keflezighi, a 41-year-old who won Boston in 2014, one year after twin bombings rocked the race, is set to race Boston for the fifth and final time. Keflezighi plans to retire from elite marathon running after his 26th marathon in New York City this fall.

Rupp, the 2016 Olympic marathon bronze medalist, makes his city marathon debut in Boston.

Ethiopian Lemi Berhanu Hayle returns to defend his title.

The women’s field includes U.S. Olympian Desi Linden, the runner-up in Boston in 2011. Linden is the top American female hope after Shalane Flanagan withdrew due to injury.

The international women’s field includes the last three Boston winners (Ethiopians Buzunesh Deba and Atsede Baysa and Kenyan Caroline Rotich) and Kenyan stars Gladys CheronoEdna Kiplagat and Joyce Chepkirui.

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Tommy Ford ends U.S. men’s World Cup drought at Beaver Creek

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Tommy Ford earned his first World Cup win at age 30 and ended the U.S. men’s longest victory and podium droughts in two decades.

Ford won the giant slalom in Beaver Creek, Colo., on Sunday, the last North American race on tour this season. He prevailed by eight tenths of a second combining times over two runs.

“It doesn’t beat doing it here. I’ve been working hard,” Ford said on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. “No secret, just kept it simple and really trusted what I was doing.”

Norwegians Henrik Kristoffersen and Leif Kristian Nestvold-Haugen were second and third. American Ted Ligety, fourth after the opening run, finished 11th.

Full results are here.

Ford became the first U.S. man to win a World Cup since Travis Ganong took a downhill on Jan. 27, 2017. He also became the first U.S. male podium finisher since Ligety in January 2018. Both were the longest droughts for the program since the late 1990s.

Ford, a 2010 and 2018 Olympian who missed the 2014 Olympics due to a broken femur, had been working toward this moment.

He finished a World Cup career-high fourth at the season-opening giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, on Oct. 27. Last season, the Oregon native and former Dartmouth student had a pair of fifths.

The men’s World Cup moves to Val d’Isere, France, next weekend for a giant slalom and slalom.

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Katie Ledecky wins race by 30 seconds, takes back No. 1 ranking

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In her last race of the year, Katie Ledecky ensured she would finish 2019 as the world’s fastest 1500m freestyler.

Ledecky clocked 15:35.98 at the U.S. Open in Atlanta, winning the longest event on the Olympic pool program by 29.97 seconds. Typical for Ledecky, who owns the nine fastest times in history. This one came in at No. 8. Full meet results are here.

Ledecky scratched the 1500m free final at the summer world championships due to illness. Italian Simona Quadarella went on to win that title in 15:40.89, which was the world’s fastest time this year until Saturday night.

“I didn’t have time on my mind at all today. I just wanted to have a consistent swim,” Ledecky, undefeated in 1500m free finals for nine years, said on NBCSN. “That’s probably the best mile that I’ve had in a while.”

The women’s 1500m freestyle debuts at the Olympics in Tokyo. Ledecky is expected to add that to her Rio Olympic individual lineup of 200m, 400m and 800m frees, assuming she is top two in each event at the June Olympic trials.

In other events Saturday, Erika Brown handed Simone Manuel a rare defeat in the 100m freestyle. Brown, a University of Tennessee senior, clocked 53.42 and lowered her personal best by .71 between prelims and the final. Brown moved from sixth to fourth in the U.S. rankings this year, upping her stock as a contender to make the Olympic 4x100m free relay pool via a top-six finish at trials.

Brown previously lowered her personal best in the 50m free on Thursday. She ranks third in the U.S. this year in that event.

Emily Escobedo dealt Lilly King a rare domestic defeat in the 200m breaststroke. Escobedo lowered her personal best by .87 and clocked 2:22.00, moving to seventh fastest in the world this year and remaining fourth among Americans.

In the men’s 200m breast, Olympic champion Dmitriy Balandin of Kazakhstan was beaten by Cody Miller, the Olympic 100m breast silver medalist. Both were slower than their best times this year.

The next significant swim meet is a Tyr Pro Series stop in Knoxville, Tenn., from Jan. 16-19.

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