Boris Fyodorov

Siberian man runs marathon in minus-36 degrees

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The Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers will play an NFL playoff game several degrees below zero Sunday.

That’s balmy sports weather for Boris Fyodorov.

The Siberian man ran a marathon in minus-36 degrees to and from Oymyakon, Russia, one of the coldest settlements on the planet. He was hoping for colder and would like to try minus-76 degrees.

The Siberian Times reported it was the world’s coldest marathon.

He completed the 26.2 miles in 5 hours, 8 minutes, starting shortly after midnight on New Year’s Day and said it was his first marathon. He was 33 minutes quicker than Pamela Anderson‘s time from the New York City Marathon in November.

“I came to Oymyakon several days ahead of the start and was lucky to catch a nice steady minus-45 [Celsius],” Fyodorov, 37 and a jeweler, told the Siberian Times. “I did my last pre-marathon run at this temperature and felt great and ready to go. There were issues with getting the right kind of clothes. When you run in extreme heat there is a way to find shade and stop. When you are running at minus-40 [Celsius], sweating, there is a certain danger in stopping.”

Fyodorov said there were risks. You know, the usual marathon dangers such as wolves and bears.

“But wolves do not usually attack healthy people, and tend to keep close by the reindeer herds, so the chances as I estimated them were minimal,” he told the publication. “Bears were even a smaller risk since they should be hibernating, so I was pretty confident of the risk being low.”

He trained in similar temperatures for 2 1/2 months before embarking on the marathon, noting it was about 10 degrees warmer than in most years.

When he finished, he sipped some champagne and quickly ran indoors.

“My legs were hurting, and my body was quite tired,” Fyodorov said. “By the end of it, I was getting really cold. But I kept saying to myself, that must go all the way, I’ve got to finish, I must not give up. And there was the finish!”

(h/t @OlympicStatman)

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Tommie Smith, John Carlos set to join Team USA at White House

FILe - In this Oct. 16, 1968, file photo, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos stare downward while extending gloved hands skyward during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200 meter run at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. Australian silver medalist Peter Norman is at left. Smith and 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.''
The USOC asked them to serve as ambassadors as it tries to make its own leadership more diverse. (AP Photo/File)
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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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Wilson Kipsang: I am very focused on the marathon world record

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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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