The 122nd Boston Marathon airs live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold on Monday starting at 8:30 a.m. ET.
Monday’s race start times (ET)
8:40 a.m. — Mobility Impaired
9:02 a.m. – Wheelchair Men
9:04 a.m. – Wheelchair Women
9:25 a.m. — Handcycles and Duo
9:32 a.m. – Elite Women
9:40 a.m. — BAA Military Relay
10 a.m. – Elite Men + Wave One
10:25 a.m. — Wave Two
10:50 a.m. — Wave Three
11:15 a.m. — Wave Four
U.S. runners could sweep the men’s and women’s races for the first time in the professional era of the world’s oldest annual marathon (since prize money was first awarded in 1986).
Rainy, windy conditions with temperatures in the low 40s will no doubt affect the field. The weather is so adverse that the Boston Red Sox’s annual Patriots’ Day game at 11 a.m. was postponed the evening before.
The race comes one day after the fifth anniversary of the twin bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon finish line.
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Two-time Olympic medalist Galen Rupp headlines the men’s field, which is billed as a showdown between Rupp and defending Boston champ Geoffrey Kirui of Kenya. Kirui beat Rupp by 21 seconds last year.
The U.S. women are deeper, led by 2017 New York City Marathon winner Shalane Flanagan, new U.S. half marathon record holder Molly Huddle and Desi Linden, who has finished in the top four on three occasions in Boston.
All will look to dethrone Kenyan Edna Kiplagat, a mother of five who last year became the second-oldest female runner to win Boston at age 37.
Jordan Hasay, the second-fastest U.S. female marathoner in history who finished third in Boston last year, withdrew Sunday, citing a stress reaction in her heel revealed in a pre-race MRI.
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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.