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WATCH LIVE: Boston Marathon

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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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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, in his 86th World Cup start dating to 2009, 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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