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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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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.