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GOUCHER IN, DIBABA OUT OF REEBOK BOSTON INDOOR GAMES
Fresh off of her victory in the NYRR Women's Mile at the 102nd Millrose Games in New York City, Kara Goucher will line up for the 3000m at Saturday's Reebok Boston Indoor Games, organizers announced today. Goucher's chief rival will be three-time NCAA cross country champion, Sally Kipyego of Texas Tech. Organizers also announced that reigning Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion Tirunesh Dibaba had withdrawn from the meet's 5000m event, although her older sister Ejegayehu is still slated to compete. The younger Dibaba has recovered more slowly than expected from an injury. Shalane Flanagan, the Olympic 10,000m bronze medalist, is now the race's top entrant. Complete start lists are now posted at www.bostonindoorgames.com.
KEFLEZIGHI IN, RITZENHEIN OUT OF USA CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPTIONSHIPS
The American record holder for 10,000m, Meb Keflezighi, has joined the field for Saturday's USA Cross Country Championships in Derwood, Md., USA Track & Field announced today. It will be the first time Keflezighi has contested these championships since 2003; he won the event twice in 2001 and 2002. USATF also reported that defending champion Dathan Ritzenhein was forced to withdraw from the race because of the flu. Start lists for the open divisions of the meet are posted here: http://www.usatf.org/events/2009/USAXCChampionships/entry/status_Open.asp
SPECIAL RUNNERS TO TAKE PART IN ROME MARATHON
While it is true that the 15th Rome Marathon, scheduled for Sunday, March 22, will feature top elite runners, the race will also be welcoming some athletes who will try to overcome unusual challenges. Stephen Gaudet, a 54 year-old from San Francisco, Calif., has been hospitalized nearly 100 times since just after his birth because of severe and persistent asthma. He'll be speedwalking the marathon, while Ian Michael Sharman, a 28 year-old Englishman, will be running dressed as a Roman Centurion. Sharman previously ran Rome dressed as Elvis Presley, running 2:57:03.