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Category: Marathon

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53C heat and melted shoes: is the 135-mile Badwater the world’s toughest race?

Welcome to the Badwater Ultramarathon: a 135-mile non-stop race over three mountain ranges in sweltering mid-summer desert heat with a vertical ascent of 13,000 feetAt 9.30pm on 23 July 2018, the second wave of runners lined up at Badwater Basin in Dea…

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Ineos to back Eliud Kipchoge’s attempt to break two-hour marathon barrier

• Petrochemical company behind October attempt in London• It will be history for the human family, says Kenyan runnerExactly 65 years ago on Monday in Oxford Roger Bannister collapsed into a swarm of bowler-hatted men before hearing words that revived …

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Belfast City Marathon course too long, organisers admit

Officials estimated that runners had to run an extra 460 metres due to ‘human error’The organisers of the Belfast City Marathon have had to admit to runners and wheelchair athletes that the course they completed on Sunday was almost half a kilometre to…

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Mo Farah believes lessons learned will help in his London Marathon bid

Britain’s No1 has endured a tough few days away from running but hopes he can get back on track and challenge the marathon world record holder, Eliud KipchogeStorm Hannah may have blown over but the clouds hanging over Sir Mo Farah have stubbornly refu…

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Sports quiz of the week: fast feet, heavy limbs and high leaps

Who lost a ball? Who lost his job? And who lost his record?Cristiano Ronaldo has now won the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A. Who else has done this as a player?Zlatan Ibrahimovic Thierry Henry Laurent Blanc No one Who reacted to a devastating defe…

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Tokyo Olympics: Mo Farah’s bid for marathon gold will mean dawn start

• Nine athletics finals will take place in the morning sessions• Schedule ‘substantially different’ with men’s marathon at 6amMo Farah’s bid for Olympic gold in the marathon at the Tokyo Olympics will mean an early start after it was announced that the…

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Lawrence Cherono wins Boston Marathon in third-closest finish ever

Cherono prevails in closest Boston Marathon finish since 2000Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefa breaks away to win women’s raceKenya’s Lawrence Cherono outsprinted Ethiopa’s Lelisa Desisa over the final few steps to win the Boston Marathon on Monday.Cherono cr…

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Seven marathons in seven days: British runner sets record in global race – video

Susannah Gill has successfully completed a ‘crazy ambition’ – running seven marathons across seven continents in seven days to win the gruelling World Marathon Challenge.Along the way, the 34-year-old from London braved -35C temperatures in A…

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Seven marathons in seven days: British runner sets time record

Susannah Gill beats women’s record for World Marathon ChallengeWhat started out as a “crazy ambition” yesterday ended in a world record as the British runner Susannah Gill successfully completed seven marathons across seven continents in seven days to …

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Cool boarders and terrifying tee-offs: my sporting moments of 2018 | Sean Ingle

From Chris Froome’s breakaway to an epic Wimbledon showdown, my year in sports reporting featured a number of breathtaking highlightsWhen the New York columnist Jimmy Cannon was starting out in journalism, the playwright Damon Runyon gave him some impe…

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Mary Keitany wins her fourth New York Marathon as Lelisa Desisa takes men’s title

Kenyan equals record for most victories in New YorkLate surge by Desisa secures victory over Shura KitataMary Keitany of Kenya has become the second woman to win the New York Marathon four times, beating countrywoman Vivian Cheruiyot to victory by thre…

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Call for Tokyo Olympic marathon to start at 5.30am to avoid deaths

Japanese health bodies concerned that 7am start in intense heat may cause fatalitiesThe organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been urged to start the marathon events at 5.30am to avoid the risk of deaths from the intense heat later in the day.The …

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Marathon runners race through Venice’s flooded streets – video

Elite and amateur runners were forced to trudge through flood waters during the Venice marathon this weekend. The high tide along the final stretch of the race meant participants had to jog through ankle-deep water to complete the course.Around 13,000 …

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Mo Farah wins first marathon title with dramatic victory in Chicago

• Farah burst clear of Ethiopia’s Mosinet Geremew • British runner sets new European recordMo Farah sprinted away in the final mile to smash the European record and claim victory in the Chicago marathon. As he crossed the line he blew kisses to the cro…

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Mo Farah: ‘It is similar to a fight … I am in a good place and I am patient’ | Sean Ingle

The 10-times Olympic and world champion intends to make people fear him again as he builds towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a test against the best in the Chicago MarathonThroughout the long and golden arc of Mo Farah’s track career, when Olympic a…

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A sub-two-hour marathon is not as fanciful as some might imagine | Sean Ingle

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge finished the Berlin marathon in 2hr 1min 39sec on Sunday but advances in shoe technology, carbohydrate drinks and mindsets may close the gap furtherWhen Eliud Kipchoge woke to a dazzling Monday morning in Berlin he was greeted wi…

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Marathon world record smashed by Eliud Kipchoge in Berlin – video

Eliud Kipchoge produced an astonishing run to break the men’s world marathon record in Berlin.The Kenyan clocked two hours, one minute and 39 seconds, beating compatriot Dennis Kimetto’s mark – also set in Berlin in 2014- by one minute and 18 seconds.H…

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Eliud Kipchoge smashes world marathon record by 77 seconds in Berlin

• Kenyan adds record to Olympic gold medal won in Rio• Previous record was set by Dennis Kimetto in 2014Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge set a new world marathon record in Berlin on Sunday, shaving more than a minute of the previous best with a dazzling run in t…

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Volha Mazuronak survives nosebleed and a wrong turn to win Euro marathon

• Bloodied Belarusian shakes off Clemence Calvin at finish• 29-year-old had nosebleed 30 minutes into 2hr, 26min raceVolha Mazuronak survived a horrendous nose bleed and a wrong turn at the finish to win a thrilling European Championship women’s marath…

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Callum Hawkins: ‘Did I win?’ Collapsed marathon runner not angry at organisers

Scotsman couldn’t recall if he won Commonwealth Games marathon Hawkins was ‘desperate for medal’ but blamed himself not organisers for collapseScottish athlete Callum Hawkins has revealed he asked ambulance staff whether he had won the Commonwealth Gam…