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Jordan Hasay withdraws on eve of Boston Marathon

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Jordan Hasay, the second-fastest U.S. female marathoner in history, withdrew on the eve of the Boston Marathon, citing a stress reaction in her heel discovered in a Sunday MRI.

“Despite my team working around the clock to give me every chance to make the starting line, on this occasion it will not be possible,” Hasay said in a statement ahead of Monday’s race (8:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold).

Hasay withdrew before the world half marathon championships on March 24 with a tight plantar. Boston Marathon organizers said she had been training pain-free for the last few weeks and that Sunday’s MRI was precautionary.

“Her doctor and team have made the decision that Jordan needs to take time to recover fully so there is no long-term injury,” a statement said.

Hasay, 26, finished third in Boston last year in her first marathon. It was the fastest-ever debut by a U.S. woman by three minutes. She then went two minutes faster at the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 8 — 2:20:57 — to finish third again and move to No. 2 in the U.S. all-time female marathon rankings behind Deena Kastor.

Hasay, who made the 2008 Olympic Trials 1500m final at age 16, was to be one of four with a realistic chance of becoming the first U.S. female runner to win Boston since 1985.

The others are the more experienced Shalane FlanaganMolly Huddle and Desi Linden.

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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.

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 Ted 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, he had a pair of top-five results.

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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