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South Korea's Sei Young Kim wins Marathon Classic

Jul. 14, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Sei Young Kim won the Marathon Classic on Sunday for her second LPGA Tour victory of the season, making five straight birdies in a mid-round burst and shooting a 6-under 65 for a two-stroke victory over Lexi Thompson. Kim began the birdie run on No. 7 and finished at a...

Memorial to marathon bombing victims takes shape in Boston

Jul. 10, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Four bronze spires that will make up part of a memorial to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings have been put in place near the finish line. The spires, ranging in height from about 17 feet (5 meters) to 21 feet (6 meters), will serve as light poles for the memorial. They were...

Boston Marathon runners raise record $38.7 million in 2019

Jul. 9, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon runners raised a record $38.7 million for 297 charitable organizations this year. That's $300,000 more than 2014, when the field expanded to 36,000 people to accommodate those who wanted to run in the year after the finish line bombings. The 2019 total was also $2 million more...

Man, 70, disqualified from LA Marathon dies by suicide

Jul. 8, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a 70-year-old man has died by suicide after he was disqualified from the Los Angeles Marathon over cheating allegations. Frank Meza of South Pasadena was found in the Los Angeles River last Thursday after reports that someone may have jumped from a bridge. The Los Angeles...

Runner found dead after marathon cheating allegations

Jul. 5, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A marathon runner has been found dead in the Los Angeles River, days after he was disqualified from the Los Angeles Marathon following allegations of cheating. The body of Dr. Frank Meza, 70, was discovered shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday, authorities said. Sarah Ardalani, a spokeswoman...

Olympic greats Bubka, Popov deny Rio 2016 vote-buying claims

Jul. 5, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympic gold medalists Sergey Bubka and Alexander Popov have denied claims made in a Brazilian court they were paid to vote for Rio de Janeiro's winning bid to host the 2016 Summer Games. The International Olympic Committee said Friday its ethics commission has contacted both...

American sprinters relishing open races in life after Bolt

Jul. 4, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — In the post-Bolt world of sprinting, top American runners are enjoying new rivalries and more open races. Ahead of their races at the Diamond League meeting known as Athletissima, Justin Gatlin and Noah Lyles spoke Thursday of enjoying duels that were harder to predict. "I like...

Kenyan records fastest time on American soil in Atlanta 10K

Jul. 4, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Rhonex Kipruto of Kenya ran a 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) race in Atlanta on Thursday in 27 minutes, 1 second to break the U.S. record in the event. The 19-year-old surpassed the previous mark of 27:04 set by Joseph Kimani in the same race, the AJC Peachtree Road Race, in 1996. In addition to...

Florida's Holloway, Arkansas' Fassi are SEC athletes of year

Jul. 3, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Florida hurdler/sprinter Grant Holloway and Arkansas golfer Maria Fassi have been named the 2018-19 Roy F. Kramer Southeastern Conference male and female athletes of the year. SEC athletic directors voted on the award. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement that "Grant and...

Alaska mountain race allows runners to defer entry for year

Jul. 3, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Runners registered for an extreme Alaska mountain race annually run on the Fourth of July in the will be allowed to defer their entries until next year because of wildfire smoke, officials said. Mount Marathon race officials made the announcement following a state Department of...