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Kai Lightner aims to be the best rock climber in the country

One of the few blacks at the top of the sport, the 17-year-old from North Carolina is aiming for the 2020 Tokyo Games, where rock climbing is set to make its Olympic debut.

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Police investigating hammer-throw death

Chicago police are investigating the death of a Wheaton College freshman who was killed during a hammer-throw event when he was struck by an errant throw.

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Chernova stripped of '08 Olympic bronze

Russian heptathlete Tatyana Chernova has been stripped of her 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medal for doping with an anabolic steroid.

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USA swimming executive director Wielgus dies

Former USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus, who led a federation that brought home 156 Olympic medals during his 20 years at the helm, has died. He was 67.

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Rollins suspended over 'whereabouts' offense

Olympic 100-meter hurdles champion Brianna Rollins has accepted a one-year suspension for failing to properly file "whereabouts" information needed for drug testing.

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Why Kenyan star Wilson Kipsang now runs on shaky ground

Could a star runner finally right the corruption within Kenya's athletic and political circles? On the surface, many say yes, but Kipsang's critics question if he is contributing to the problem.

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Ben Ryan features on new Fijian coin

Ben Ryan has been commemorated for his role in guiding Fiji to its first ever Olympic gold medal in Rugby Sevens at Rio by putting the coach on the local 50 cent coin.


U.S. teen synchronized diver off to worlds

Fourteen-year-old Tarrin Gilliland, a high school freshman from Midland, Texas, will compete in two synchronized diving events at her first world championships this summer.

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Five Russians get two-year bans for doping

Russian officials say five of the country's athletes have been given two-year doping bans for offenses at the 2012 Olympics and 2013 track and field world championships.

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China's Lin Dan is the bad boy of badminton

A hard-won entry to the sport, fiery exchanges on the badminton court and plenty of drama for the tabloids: This is Lin Dan. And fans can't seem to get enough of the Chinese megastar.

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IAAF records hacked by 'Fancy Bears' group

The International Association of Athletics Federations has apologised after information on athletes therapeutic use exemptions was the target of hack by cyber espionage group 'Fancy Bears'.

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How U.S. teen Chen spun quad jumps into gold

U.S. figure skating champion Nathan Chen's unmatched ability to land quad jumps makes him a strong contender for gold at this week's world championships and the 2018 Olympics. And he's just 17.

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Latinas are embracing softball

Whether at the NCAA level or in international play, Sydney Romero and Aleshia Ocasio are some of the Latinas having an increasing impact on softball.


Leo Spall UK Correspondent 

"Hopefully we will believe in a lot of the performances in future," veteran British marathon runner Jo Pavey said on Thursday during a passionate take on the doping problem in track and field. She has experienced a retrospective result upgrade from her track running days and, during a pre-London Marathon news conference, called for athletes of every nationality to be subjected to the same level of out-of-competition testing.


Leo Spall UK Correspondent 

Do it again! London Marathon favourite and officially the world's second fastest marathon runner, Kenenisa Bekele, and Tokyo 2016 champion Feyisa Lilesa, were told their publicity jog for the cameras wasn't good enough on Thursday in London and had to try a second time.


Leo Spall UK Correspondent 

London Marathon event director Hugh Brasher says security has been stepped up for Sunday's race after recent terror attacks, including in London and elsewhere, with some connected to sporting events. "We are working incredibly closely with the police, the Mayor, the emergency services and there has been a review of security; there are additional measures. We don't talk about what they are because we don't want people to know."

Andrew Smith ESPN Editor 

In the heart of the crowd at the finish line of the Boston Marathon is this tree, where each of the victims of the 2013 Marathon bombings are memorialized.

Katie Richcreek ESPN 

Fans cheering on runners in the home stretch of the Boston Marathon on Patriots Day

Andrew Smith ESPN Editor 

Some Boston Marathon runners write messages on their arms as a way to stand out, but this runner dyed his hair in the blue and yellow colors of the Marathon.

Andrew Smith ESPN Editor 

Even though the elite runners have long finished the Boston Marathon, there is still a big crowd in front of this screen that shows a broadcast of the last remaining stretch of the race on Boylston Street. It allows fans to get a clear view as their friends or family cross the finish line.

Katie Richcreek ESPN 

A functional 26th mile marker for the Boston Marathon. Only 380 yards till the finish line on Boylston Street

Andrew Smith ESPN Editor 

Those who have apartments conveniently located along the Boston Marathon route get a birds eye view of the action as runners pass by.

Andrew Smith ESPN Editor 

Runners pass under this Boston Strong logo that is painted on an underpass less than a mile from the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Aishwarya Kumar ESPN.com 

Two week ago, he didn't know if he would be able to run here, and to finish second means a lot, says USA's Galen Rupp in a TV interview after the race. This was Rupp's third marathon ever.

Melissa Isaacson ESPN.com 

American and 2014 champ Meb Keflezighi at 41 hobbles across finish line in his 25th and last Boston Marathon in 2:45.01.

Katie Richcreek ESPN 

Opposite the Boston Marathon route through Kenmore Square: A Boston University Greek house grilling and blasting music. It is a state holiday, after all

Melissa Isaacson ESPN.com 

Kenya's Geoffrey Kirui the men's Boston Marathon champion at 2:09.37 while American Galen Rupp finishes second at 2:09.58 and Japan's Suguru Osako at 2:10.28.

Andrew Smith ESPN Editor 

Fans cheer and rattle cowbells for each Boston Marathon runner that passes through Kenmore Square. Some even get on a friend's shoulders to get a better view.

Melissa Isaacson ESPN.com 

American Galen Rupp about 24 seconds back of leader Geoffrey Kirui at Mile 25 at 2:03.47 elapsed time.

Katie Richcreek ESPN 

Fans lining Kenmore Square to cheer on Boston Marathon runners just one-tenth of a mile from Fenway Park

Aishwarya Kumar ESPN.com 

A beaming Edna Kiplagat says she is humbled to win her first Boston Marathon. She has her two kids by her side as she answers questions in a post race TV interview.

Melissa Isaacson ESPN.com 

Kenya Edna Kiplagat the Boston Marathon champ in 2:21.52. Bahrain's Rose Chelimo second in 2:22.51 and American Jordan Hasay third place in her first Boston Marathon in 2:23.00. It's the fastest debut by an American ever on women's side of Boston Marathon.

Melissa Isaacson ESPN.com 

Women's leader Edna Kiplagat of Kenya with a minute lead over Rose Chelimo as she nears the finish of an amazing race. American Jordan Hasay comfortably in third in her Boston debut.

Melissa Isaacson ESPN.com 

Galen Rupp and Kenya's Geoffrey Kirui neck and neck for lead through Mile 21.

Melissa Isaacson ESPN.com 

Americans Galen Rupp and Abdi Abdirahman still in top three at Mile 20 in elapsed time of 1:39.52.

Andrew Smith ESPN Editor 

The Red Sox have been scheduled to play at Fenway Park on Patriots Day, a Massachusetts holiday, every year since 1959. The day is also marked by the Boston Marathon, which runs through Kenmore Square, about one-tenth of a mile from Fenway.

Melissa Isaacson ESPN.com 

American Galen Rupp was leading pack as men's pace slowing a bit at Mile 19 with elapsed time of 1:34.48. Just fell back to third but still looking comfortable.

Andrew Smith ESPN Editor 

If they time it right, fans on the Green Monster at Fenway Park can watch the Boston Marathon runners off in the distance as they run through Kenmore Square.