Kipchoge, Ibarguen win best-athlete awards
PARIS (AP) — Marathon world-record holder Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya and Colombian long jumper Caterine Ibarguen won the IAAF athletes of the year awards Tuesday.
Kipchoge, 34, clocked 2 hours, 1 minute, 39 seconds at the Berlin Marathon in September, shaving a whopping 78 seconds off the previous world record set in the German capital in 2014 by fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto.
Kipchoge also won a third London Marathon victory in April.
Kipchoge’s marathon record, Mayer’s decathlon score ratified
MONACO (AP) — Eliud Kipchoge's marathon world record and Kevin Mayer's record score in the decathlon have been ratified by the IAAF.
Kipchoge, who is from Kenya, and Mayer, a Frenchman, each set their records on Sept. 16.
By winning the Berlin Marathon in 2 hours, 1 minute, 39 seconds, Kipchoge knocked more than a minute off the previous record set by Dennis Kimetto.
Mayer sets decathlon WR after Kipchoge runs fastest marathon
PARIS (AP) — On a spectacular day for track and field fans, Kevin Mayer of France set a decathlon world record in front of a home crowd, just hours after Eliud Kipchoge smashed the marathon world record in Berlin.
Competing at the Decastar event in Talence, southwestern France, world champion Mayer finished with a total of 9,126 points, improving on the previous record of 9,045 set by American athlete Ashton Eaton at the 2015 world championships in Beijing.
Eliud Kipchoge sets world record in Berlin marathon win
BERLIN (AP) — Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge smashed the marathon world record, winning the Berlin race in 2 hours, 1 minute, 39 seconds on Sunday.
His feat came as Kevin Mayer set a decathlon world record with a total of 9,126 points in his native France on Sunday, topping a previous best of 9,045 points set by American Ashton Eaton three years ago.
Organizers of the Berlin marathon initially put Kipchoge's time at 2 hours, 1 minute, 40 seconds, but later reduced it by one second.
LONDON (AP) — The hottest-ever London Marathon featured a Kenyan double as Eliud Kipchoge swept to a third victory in front of Buckingham Palace joining Vivian Cheruiyot who won the women's race on Sunday.
The 33-year-old Kipchoge ran the 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) course in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 27 seconds to add to the Olympic champion's wins in the British capital in 2015 and 2016.
Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge wins Berlin Marathon
BERLIN (AP) — Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge held off the challenge of debutant Guye Adola to win the Berlin Marathon on Sunday.
The Kenyan finished in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 32 seconds, missing out on the world record by 35 seconds in wet conditions.
"That was my hardest marathon ever," said Kipchoge, who said he still believed he was capable of beating the 2:02:57 run by compatriot Dennis Kimetto on the same course in 2014.
MONZA, Italy (AP) — Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge was 26 seconds short of running the first marathon in under two hours on Saturday.
Kipchoge ran the 26.2 miles (42.2 kilometers) around an oval track in an impressive 2 hours, 25 seconds, unofficially smashing Dennis Kimetto's world mark of 2:02:57 by 2 1/2 minutes and raising hopes that one of world sport's most famous barriers can be broken.
MILAN (AP) — On the 63rd anniversary of Roger Bannister breaking the four-minute mile, three elite athletes will attempt to run through another barrier — the two-hour marathon.
Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge will lead the attempt on Saturday at the Formula One track in Monza, along with two-time Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Eritrean half-marathon world-record holder Zersenay Tadese.
The pursuit of records and milestones are the overriding incentives in the modern world of international road racing.
Toss in a significant financial incentive and you can entice three of the world’s elite marathoners to pursuit a milestone once thought beyond the boundaries of human endurance.
On Sunday, the final day of the Olympics, four athletes with ties to Michigan were in action.
Two made their Olympic debut, beginning with marathoner Mohamed Hrezi.
Hrezi, who had dual citizenship in the U.S. and Libya, finished 77th in the marathon in 2 hours 21 minutes 17 seconds.
Olympics: BYU’s Jared Ward finishes 6th in Olympic Marathon debut
Rio de Janeiro • Not too shabby for an Olympic debut.
Former BYU runner Jared Ward finished sixth in Sunday’s 2016 Olympic marathon in Rio de Janeiro. The Kaysville native finished with a time of two hours, 11 minutes and 30 seconds.