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Marathon greats condemn Games organisers over Hawkins treatment

‘That should never happen’ – Paula Radcliffe rebukes organisersParamedics take minutes to render assistance to prone athleteCommonwealth Games organisers were heavily criticised for not providing sufficient medical assistance to a Scottish marathon run…

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Shalane Flanagan becomes first US woman to win New York marathon since 1977

Thirty-six year-old has said she may retire with victoryGeoffrey Kamworor of Kenya wins men’s race with Wilson Kipsang secondShalane Flanagan dethroned Mary Keitany on Sunday and became the first American woman to win the New York City marathon since 1…

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Runners take wrong turn at Venice marathon – video

This is the moment the leading group at the Venice marathon take a wrong turn about 16 miles into Sunday’s race. The leading motorcycle guiding the runners directs the group onto a busy highway. They cover several hundred metres before being made aware…

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Secrets of two-hour marathon men may alter running for ever

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge came within 26 seconds of running’s holy grail

On his website you can learn many things about Andrew Jones, professor of applied physiology at the University of Exeter. You can read that he is the author of more than 220 research articles, chiefly to do with human endurance, and that he has acted as “consultant physiologist to UK Athletics for many years, advising the majority of the UK’s leading distance runners”, including Paula Radcliffe.

A fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, and the European College of Sport Science, Jones is also special adviser (endurance) to the English Institute of Sport.

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Eliud Kipchoge misses sub two-hour marathon by 26 seconds – video highlights

The Olympic marathon champion comes within 26 seconds of running a sub two-hour marathon at the Monza F1 track. Despite his best efforts, the Kenyan finishes his meticulously planned attempt in a time of 2:00:25, just missing the two-hour barrierEliud …

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Eliud Kipchoge misses out on sub two-hour marathon by 26 seconds

  • Kipchoge finished in 2:00:25, two and a half minutes faster than world record
  • Nike has spent two years and millions of dollars on the marathon attempt

The audacious yet controversial attempt to shatter the two-hour barrier for the marathon for the first time ended in glorious failure on Saturday as Eliud Kipchoge came within 26 seconds of achieving a feat many thought was impossible.

The 32-year-old Kipchoge, Olympic marathon champion, finished in an astonishing 2:00.25 – over two and a half minutes faster than the official world record set of 2:02:57 set by Dennis Kimetto in 2014. However it will not count as an official record because Kipchoge was helped by a phalanx of 30 elite pacers, who subbed in and out of the attempt at the Monza formula one track in Italy, which is against the official rules of the athletics governing body, The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

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Sub two-hour marathon attempt in Monza – live!

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Hello, good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today’s sub-two hour marathon attempt. Breaking two hours in a marathon remains one of the great barriers in athletics and today three elite runners – Eliud Kipchoge, Lelisa Desisa and Zersenay Tadese – will attempt to go under this elusive mark for the first time. The event is taking place on a 2.4km loop of the Monza Formula One track in northern Italy where it will take over 17 laps of the circuit to complete the marathon distance of 26.2 miles. The action is due to get underway at about 4.45am UK time so put some coffee on, grab a carb-heavy breakfast and come join me.

Also, do have a read of Sean Ingle’s preview piece on the attempt below…

Related: Nike pulls the strings in Monza for attempt at sub-two-hour marathon

Related: Nike’s two-hour marathon project reveals technological inequities in sport

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Nike pull the strings in Monza for attempt at sub-two-hour marathon

Eliud Kipchoge, Zersenay Tadese and Lelisa Desisa will attempt to shatter the barrier on Saturday although the nature of Nike’s assistance has raised questions

The next time you are on a treadmill, try this simple experiment. First, hold down the speed button until it reaches 13.1mph – assuming it even goes that high. Congratulations, you are running at 4.34-minute mile pace. Then, providing you haven’t already torpedoed off the back and shredded your dignity and ligaments, try sustaining it. Unless you are a seriously good runner you will not last two minutes. Now imagine maintaining that speed for 26.2 miles.

That, in essence, is what three athletes – the Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge, Zersenay Tadese, the half-marathon world-record holder, and Lelisa Desisa, a two-times Boston Marathon winner – will be trying to do shortly before dawn on Saturday.

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London Marathon: Keitany and Wanjiru make it a memorable day for Kenya

• GB’s David Weir wins seventh title in wheelchair race after hellish year
• Keitany sets women-only world record with run of 2hr17min01sec

Mary Keitany broke the women’s only world record en route to her third London Marathon gold medal on Sunday, finishing in a time of 2hr17min01sec hours to beat Paula Radcliffe’s time of 2:17.42 set in London in 2005. It was a fine day for Kenya with Daniel Wanjiru holding off a late charge from Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele to win the men’s race in 2hr5min48sec.

Related: London Marathon 2017: Wanjiru and Keitany win men’s and women’s races for Kenya – live!

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Boston Marathon: Kenya’s Geoffrey Kirui, Edna Kiplagat win in 121st running

  • Kirui (2hr 9min 36sec) pulls away from American Galen Rupp for win
  • Two-time world champion Kiplagat wins in time of 2hr 21min 53sec
  • Two American women finish in top four for first time since 1991

Kenya’s Geoffrey Kirui has won the Boston Marathon – his first marathon victory ever.

Kirui outran Galen Rupp of the United States to take Monday’s 121st running of the race in an unofficial time of 2hr 9min 36sec.

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Olympic marathon gold medal winner Sumgong tests positive for EPO

• IAAF confirms positive ‘no-notice’ test for Rio 2016 marathon winner
• Kenyan became first from her country to win gold in the event

Jemima Sumgong, who last year became the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic gold in the marathon, tested positive for the banned blood-booster EPO in an out-of-competition test carried out by the IAAF in February, the sport’s governing body said on Thursday.

“The IAAF can confirm that an anti-doping rule violation case concerning Jemima Sumgong has commenced this week,” the IAAF said in a statement.

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Sport picture of the day: Dog day afternoon at the New York City Marathon

A dog looks on as runners make their way east on Lafayette Avenue during the 2016 New York City Marathon in the Clinton Hill neighbourhood, Brooklyn, New York CityThe race was won by Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, the youngest ever winner at 20 Continue readin…

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Sport picture of the day: Dog day afternoon at the New York City Marathon

A dog looks on as runners make their way east on Lafayette Avenue during the 2016 New York City Marathon in the Clinton Hill neighbourhood, Brooklyn, New York CityThe race was won by Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, the youngest ever winner at 20 Continue readin…

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New York City Marathon: Ghirmay Ghebresiassie youngest ever winner at 19

  • Mary Keitany wins third-straight title in women’s race
  • Americans finish third in both races to give home fans cheer

Eritrea’s Ghirmay Ghebresiassie has become the youngest ever male winner of the New York City Marathon, at the age of 19. In the women’s race, Mary Keitany won her third straight title to become the first woman to win three consecutive marathons in New York since Grete Waltz’s five-year run from 1982 to 1986.

Ghebresiassie finished his debut in New York with an unofficial time of 2hr 7 min 51 sec, the fifth-fastest running of the course in history. For most of the course, the men’s field was a three-man race between Ghebresiassie, Kenya’s Lucas Rotich and Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa. By mile 20, Ghebresiassie gradually began pulling away.

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Paralysed, pregnant Claire Lomas finishes Great North Run in five days

Wearing bionic suit, former event rider began half-marathon on Wednesday and finished Sunday to raise funds for charity A paralysed pregnant woman wearing a bionic suit has completed the Great North Run five days after she started it.Claire Lomas, from…

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Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lilesa makes gesture of protest on marathon finish line in Rio – video

Silver medallist in the men’s marathon, Feyisa Lilesa, makes a gesture of protest as he crosses the finishing line at the end of the race in Rio on Sunday afternoon. The Ethiopian holds his arms above his head, wrists crossed, in support of members of his Oromo tribe in the east African nation. Reports suggest Lilesa fears detention or death if he returns home and he is seeiking asylum

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Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lilesa makes gesture of protest on marathon finish line in Rio – video

Silver medallist in the men’s marathon, Feyisa Lilesa, makes a gesture of protest as he crosses the finishing line at the end of the race in Rio on Sunday afternoon. The Ethiopian holds his arms above his head, wrists crossed, in support of members of his Oromo tribe in the east African nation. Reports suggest Lilesa fears detention or death if he returns home and he is seeiking asylum

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Jemima Sumgong wins Olympic marathon gold for Kenya

• London Marathon winner secures Rio 2016 title
• Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa and Mare Dibaba take silver and bronze

Kenya’s Jemima Sumgong won gold in the women’s marathon on Sunday in 2hr 24min 4sec to become the first Kenyan woman to take the title. Bahrain’s Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa claimed silver while the Ethiopian Mare Dibaba took bronze.

Related: Rio Olympics 2016: Sumgong wins women’s marathon, golf and more – live!

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Ten to watch: meet Team GB’s sporting superheroes

They won our hearts at London 2012: can Team GB do it again? We salute our top athletes, from Tom Daley to Ellie Simmonds, as they fly into Rio for the 2016 Olympics Continue reading…

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Sport picture of the day: breaking the tape at the Boston Marathon

Marcel Hug, of Switzerland, breaks the tape ahead of Australian Kurt Fearnley and Ernst Van Dyk, of South Africa, in the wheelchair division of the 120th Boston Marathon Continue reading…