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 Cherono, Edna Kiplagat and Joyce Chepkirui.
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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.
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.