Ill Mikaela Shiffrin stays historically hot with 6th win in 7 races (video)

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Mikaela Shiffrin is off to the hottest start to a calendar year of any female skier in 29 years, despite a nasty illness.

The youngest Olympic slalom champion won her third straight race to start 2019 — and sixth in her last seven World Cups — taking a giant slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, on Saturday.

Shiffrin vomited several times leading into the race, NBC Sports’ Steve Porino said.

“It’s not very pleasant to talk about,” she said. “I was a little bit sick the last couple of days, but a lot of the girls have been sick. I didn’t think it was an excuse for today.”

The last woman to win the first three races of a calendar year was Swiss Vreni Schneider in 1989.

Shiffrin and Schneider benefited from all of those races being technical events of slalom and giant slalom (in Shiffrin’s case, she has made the podium in seven straight races, all tech events.)

Shiffrin prevailed Saturday by .31 of a second over world champion Tessa Worley combining times from two runs. Shiffrin had the fastest opening run by .86 and held on despite the 21st-fastest second run.

Full results are here.

“[Giant slalom] has been the hardest event to get my confidence and to get consistent with,” said Shiffrin, who owns six World Cup GS wins versus 31 in slalom. “I don’t necessarily feel like I’m the best GS skier right now.”

Shiffrin now leads this season’s World Cup standings in the overall, downhill, giant slalom and slalom. The only discipline she does not lead is super-G through 17 of a scheduled 38 races.

She could break Slovenian Tina Maze‘s record for most World Cup points scored in one season — 2,414.

But the Olympics come first, and Shiffrin is looking like a favorite for three gold medals.

Shiffrin, 22, also moved halfway to Lindsey Vonn‘s female record of 78 World Cup wins. Vonn had seven World Cup wins at age 22.

Also Saturday, Megan McJames became the second U.S. Alpine skier to qualify for the Olympics after Shiffrin. It’s McJames’ third Olympic team.

The women’s Alpine World Cup continues with a slalom in Kranjska Gora on Sunday with coverage on NBCSN, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app. The event was moved from Maribor.

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Eliud Kipchoge wins London Marathon; no world record (video)

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Eliud Kipchoge won his eighth straight marathon (ninth if you count Nike’s sub-two attempt), but missed the world record at a steamy London Marathon by more than one minute on Sunday.

The Kenyan Olympic champion clocked 2:04:17, pulling away from Ethiopian Tola Kitata by 32 seconds. Mo Farah, the four-time Olympic track champ in his second marathon, finished third in 2:06:21.

Kipchoge and Kitata fell off Dennis Kimetto‘s world-record pace around the 20th mile. Kimetto ran 2:02:57 at the 2014 Berlin Marathon.

Full results are here.

The temperature eclipsed 70 degrees Farenheit during the race, making it one of the hottest London Marathons ever. Perhaps considering that, Kipchoge said he ran “a beautiful race” for his third London title in four years.

“The conditions, I can’t complain, because all of us were running in the same arena,” he told media in London. “No regrets at all.”

Farah was satisfied, too, achieving his primary goal of breaking the 33-year-old British record held by Steve Jones.

“If you looked at the field before the start of that race, you would never have put me third place,” said Farah, who ran nearly two minutes faster than his marathon debut in London in 2014. “You would put ahead of me so many other guys.”

No world record in the women’s race, either. Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot won in 2:18:31, passing pre-race favorite Mary Keitany in the 23rd mile. Cheruiyot won by 1 minute, 42 seconds over countrywoman Brigid Kosgei. Keitany slowed to fifth in 2:24:27.

Cheruiyot, a 34-year-old mom, made her marathon debut in London last year, finishing fourth. Before that, Cheruiyot earned four Olympic medals on the track, plus four world titles combined in the 5000m and 10,000m.

Paula Radcliffe‘s world record with male pacers — 2:15:25 from 2003 — was a target for Keitany. Last year, Keitany broke Radcliffe’s world record without male pacers by 41 seconds, winning her third London title in 2:17:01.

The other leading contender Sunday, Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba, stopped in the 20th mile.

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2018 London Marathon results

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Top finishers from the 38th London Marathon (full searchable results here) …

Men’s Elite
1. Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) 2:04:17
2. Tola Kitata (ETH) 2:04:49
3. Mo Farah (GBR) 2:06:21
4. Abel Kirui (KEN) 2:07:07
5. Bedan Karoki (KEN) 2:08:34
6. Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 2:08:53
7. Lawrence Cherono (KEN) 2:09:25
8. Daniel Wanjiru (KEN) 2:10:35
9. Amanuel Mesel (ERI) 2:11:52
10. Yohanes Gebregergish (ER) 2:12:09
17. Guye Adola (ETH) 2:32:35

Women’s Elite
1. Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 2:18:31
2. Brigid Kosgei (KEN) 2:20:13
3. Tadelech Bekele (ETH) 2:21:40
4. Gladys Cherono (KEN) 2:24:10
5. Mary Keitany (KEN) 2:24:27
6. Rose Chelimo (BRN) 2:26:03
7. Mare Dibaba (ETH) 2:27:45
8. Lily Partridge (GBR) 2:29:24
9. Tracy Barlow (GBR) 2:32:09
10. Stephanie Bruce (USA) 2:32:28
DNF. Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)

Men’s Wheelchair
1. David Weir (GBR) 1:31:15
2. Marcel Hug (SUI) 1:31:15
3. Daniel Romanchuk (USA) 1:31:16
4. Josh George (USA) 1:31:24
5. Kurt Fearnley (AUS) 1:31:24

Women’s Wheelchair
1. Madison de Rozario (AUS) 1:42:58
2. Tatyana McFadden (USA) 1:42:58
3. Susannah Scaroni (USA) 1:43:00
4. Manuela Schar (SUI) 1:43:01
5. Amanda McGrory (USA) 1:43:04

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