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Think the Tokyo Olympics are a bad idea? St Louis 1904 set the bar high

On one hand these Tokyo Games could be a recipe for disaster. On the other persisting with deeply flawed ideas is very much in line with the Olympic spiritThe Delta variant of the coronavirus is in full flower. Japan is under a state of emergency. Less…

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Ron Hill obituary

British long distance runner who won gold medals and broke records in the marathon during the 1960s and 70sRon Hill, who has died aged 82, was an exceptional and versatile British long distance runner who won gold in the marathon at the 1969 European C…

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Ron Hill, former British marathon runner, dies aged 82

Hill won Commonwealth gold and Boston Marathon in 1970Accrington-born athlete ran every day for a record 52 yearsThe former British marathon runner Ron Hill has died at the age of 82.Hill, who won gold in the marathon at the 1969 European Athletics Cha…

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Ron Hill, former British marathon runner, dies aged 82

Hill won Commonwealth gold and Boston Marathon in 1970Accrington-born athlete ran every day for a record 52 yearsThe former British marathon runner Ron Hill has died at the age of 82.Hill, who won gold in the marathon at the 1969 European Athletics Cha…

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Stephanie Davis reaches Olympics less than three years after first marathon

Glaswegian part-timer set for Tokyo after personal best at Kew39-year-old Chris Thompson books place with win in men’s raceStephanie Davis, a part-time athlete who ran her first marathon less than three years ago, will represent Great Britain at the Ol…

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2020 New York City Marathon cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic

World’s largest marathon had been scheduled for 1 NovemberMayor Bill de Blasio says he hopes to welcome race back in 2021The New York City Marathon, which had been scheduled for 1 November, has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.New York…

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Boston Marathon canceled for first time in 124-year history due to Covid-19

Organizers say ‘virtual event’ will be held as alternativeNext year’s Boston Marathon is scheduled for 19 April The Boston Marathon has been canceled for the first time in its 124-year history.Organizers said Thursday that they instead will have a “vir…

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London Marathon winner Wanjiru suspended for alleged doping violation

Kenyan Daniel Wanjiru won the men’s race in 2017Wanjiru charged with ‘use of prohibited substance’Kenyan runner Daniel Wanjiru, winner of the 2017 London Marathon, has been provisionally suspended following an alleged anti-doping violation.Wanjiru’s sa…

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Wilson Kipsang arrested for after-hours bar lock-in during coronavirus curfew

Former marathon world record holder also a police officerGang of 20 locked themselves in Kenya bar to drink alcohol The former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang was among 20 people arrested in Kenya for locking themselves in a bar and drinkin…

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Boston Marathon postponed until September amid widening pandemic

Marathon will be postponed to 14 September over coronavirusAnnual race has never been canceled since first running in 1897Organizers of the Boston Marathon, the planet’s most celebrated footrace, are postponing the event until 14 September because of c…

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Galen Rupp, Aliphine Tuliamuk win at US Olympic marathon trials

Rupp, 33, wins second consecutive US Olympic marathon trialsAbdirahman, 43, to become oldest US runner ever at OlympicsTuliamuk edges Seidel in closest ever women’s finish at trialsGalen Rupp reclaimed his status as the nation’s top distance runner Sat…

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Marathon efforts are increasingly normalised so cheats are trying to keep up | Simon Burnton

No wonder the demands of going the distance in this toughest of races still compels many to try to cut cornersAt the 1908 London Olympics entrants for the marathon had to agree that “a competitor must at once retire from the race if ordered to do so by…

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Mo Farah records worst marathon time as Lawrence Cherono wins in Chicago

• Briton trails home more than four minutes behind winner• Time of 2hr 09min 58sec is his slowest by more than a minuteA desperate few days for Mo Farah became even worse in Chicago on Sunday as the defending champion struggled over the line in his wor…

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Brigid Kosgei smashes Paula Radcliffe’s world marathon record by 81 seconds

• 25-year-old Kenyan ran 2:14:04 in Chicago• Radcliffe’s record stood for over 16 yearsPaula Radcliffe’s world marathon record, which has stood imperiously for over 16 years, has been obliterated by Brigid Kosgei at the Chicago marathon. The 25-year-ol…

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‘We went for the moon’: how Eliud Kipchoge made marathon history

After redefining ‘humanly possible’, the runner said his time would be beaten. It is unlikely to happen soonWhen he made history in Austria on Saturday morning, Eliud Kipchoge, the first person to run a marathon in less than two hours, was quick to ref…

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Higher, faster, stronger, better … is there no end to what humans can do?

As the two-hour marathon barrier is breached and with records tumbling every year, we explore sport’s science, skill and sheer gutsThere are a handful of numbers that are imbued with meaning. Roger Bannister’s 3:59.4. Usain Bolt’s 9.58. And now Eliud K…

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Eliud Kipchoge’s sub two-hour marathon – in pictures

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge makes history by running a marathon in under two hours in Vienna Continue reading…

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‘I feel let down’: Mo Farah turns on media over questions on Alberto Salazar

• ‘I’m kind of getting sick of it … there is no allegation against me’• Angry Farah claims British media has racist agendaAs the most tetchy and incendiary press conference of Sir Mo Farah’s career drew to a close, he started to shake his head at his a…

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Hawkins misses out on marathon medal after late surge falls short in Doha heat

Hawkins finished fourth, as he did at London worlds in 2017Lelisa Desisa took gold for Ethiopia in a time 2:10.40Callum Hawkins, the Scottish marathon runner who prepared for the brutal heat of Doha by training in his garden shed stacked with heaters f…

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Callum Hawkins relying on shedloads of preparation for Doha marathon

• Scot trained on treadmill in his shed with stacks of Aldi heaters• ‘I’ve run well in heat in the past. It’s about who prepared best’The last time Callum Hawkins tried to win a marathon gold medal he went viral – with the images of him collapsing with…