London gold medalist Mo Farah of Great Britain, who’s set to make his marathon debut in London Sunday, said he’s comfortable with the security measures in the wake of the Boston bombings.
“For me, this is home, this is a great city… and for what we did at the London Olympics you shouldn’t be worried at all,” said Farah, who watched the attacks on TV from his training base in Portland.
“You don’t want to see anything bad in sport. All my support goes to the people that got hurt and their families. Here in London, we’ll be wearing that black ribbon and we’ll be running for the people out there.”
Farah won the 5000m and 10000m double gold medals at the London Games last summer, and is set to run only the first half of the London Marathon before attempting to covertly duck out somewhere along the 26.2 mile course.
Women’s 2011 marathon world champ, Edna Kiplagat, who’s also set to run in London Marathon added her confidence in the security measures for Sunday:
“I know what we saw in Boston has given London the need to be prepared and I believe they are now prepared for anything that can happen,” Kiplagat said Thursday. “I hope that they have set the security to be and we expect it to be in the warmup area, the course and at the finish-start line, and even everywhere in the city. It’s better that there is maximum security.”
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the American sprinters whose raised-fist salutes at the 1968 Olympics are an ageless sign of race-inspired protest, will join the U.S. Olympic team at the White House next week for its meeting with President Barack Obama.
Smith and Carlos were sent home from the Olympics after raising their black-gloved fists in a symbolic protest during the U.S. national anthem. They called it a “human rights salute.”
USOC CEO Scott Blackmun asked them to serve as ambassadors as the federation tries to bring more diversity to its own ranks. They will join the team at the White House next Wednesday, then later that evening at an awards celebration in Washington.
The sprinters have been referenced frequently in the recent protests, spurred by Colin Kaepernick, during national anthems at NFL games. One player, Marcus Peters of the Chiefs, raised his own black-gloved fist before Kansas City’s season opener.
“I think Tommie and John have played an important and positive role in the evolution of our attitudes about diversity and inclusion, not only in the United States but around the world,” Blackmun said Friday night at a dinner to celebrate the U.S. performance in Brazil this summer.
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The men’s marathon world record has been broken five of the last nine years at the Berlin Marathon.
Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang, who broke the world record at the 2013 Berlin Marathon, believes that he can do it again on Sunday, when the race will stream live on the NBC Sports app beginning at 2:30 a.m. ET.
“I’ve trained well and, three years down the line from my world record here, I feel good and believe I have the potential to attempt the world record once more,” he said at today’s press conference, according to the IAAF. “Running at the top level, there is a lot of wear and tear on the body, especially when you are running for a time, but I am very focused on the world record.”
Kipsang clocked 2 hours, 3 minutes, 23 seconds when he broke the world record in 2013. A year later, fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto lowered it to 2:02:57 on the same course. Kimetto will not race in Berlin this year.
Kipsang will be challenged by Kenyan compatriot Emmanuel Mutai, who has the fastest time (2:03:13) in the field, and Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele.
Bekele is a three-time Olympic track champion and the 5000m and 10,000m world-record holder, but acknowledged that his marathon personal best of 2:05:04 places him a distant fourth in the field.
“I consider my personal best of 2:05 to be slow compared to the best runners,” he said. “I want to run as fast as I can on Sunday and beat my best.”
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