Wilson Kipsang: I’m still the world’s best marathon runner

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NEW YORK — Kenyan Wilson Kipsang said he remains the world’s best marathon runner, despite no longer holding the world record and losing his most recent 26.2-mile race.

“At the moment I consider myself,” Kipsang said Friday morning when asked who he thinks is No. 1. “Six races under 2:05. That’s not ever been done.”

Kipsang, 33, pointed to his unmatched consistency. His six marathons faster than 2 hours, 5 minutes, one per year since 2010, are twice as many as any other man in history.

Kipsang won three straight major marathons — Berlin in 2013 (then-world record 2:03:23), London in 2014 (2:04:29) and New York in 2014 (2:10:59). But his streak ended in London on April 26, when countryman Eliud Kipchoge defeated Kipsang by five seconds in 2:04:42.

“The last three miles, Kipchoge, he was a bit stronger,” said Kipsang, who also lost his world record Sept. 28, when countryman Dennis Kimetto won Berlin in 2:02:57. “I think the reason is that I tried to push too much from 35 [kilometers, or 21.7 miles].”

Kipsang is in New York to race the UAE Healthy Kidney 10km in Central Park on Saturday against a field that includes Kenyans Stephen Sambu, the fastest road 10km runner in 2014 and 2015, and former Berlin, Boston and New York City Marathon winner Geoffrey Mutai and four-time U.S. Olympian Abdi Abdirahman.

Kipsang, the 2012 Olympic marathon bronze medalist, hopes his next marathon is at the World Championships in Beijing on Aug. 22. He’s never competed at a Worlds but is on the provisional Kenyan roster of six, which must be trimmed to no more than three.

Kipsang said Friday his plan is to compete at Worlds and also defend his New York City Marathon title on Nov. 1, which would be his shortest turnaround between marathons, by 41 days, since his debut at the distance in 2010. The New York City Marathon elite fields are usually announced in September.

Kipsang was also asked which he valued more, winning an Olympic gold medal or reclaiming the world record. He didn’t choose one, instead lumping them together with a World Championships medal.

“I’m trying to see if I can get them all,” Kipsang said. “I’m trying to get the World Championships medal, then go for the Olympics and then the world record.”

Kipsang was also diplomatic when asked about his relationship with Athletics Kenya, his nation’s governing body for track and field that has drawn the ire of so many in the sport. In December, Kipsang said Athletics Kenya maliciously attempted to soil his name by announcing he missed a drug test the previous month, according to Kenyan media.

“The federation, we are trying to streamline some issues, but we are moving in the right way,” Kipsang said Friday. “The biggest issue is to bridge the gap between Athletics Kenya and the athletes. The office and the athletes need to be one.”

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Aleksander Aamodt Kilde sweeps Beaver Creek World Cup races

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Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde held off Swiss Marco Odermatt for a second consecutive day to sweep World Cup races in Beaver Creek, Colorado, this weekend.

Kilde won Sunday’s super-G by two tenths of a second over Odermatt, one day after edging Odermatt by six hundredths. France’s Alexis Pinturault took third as the podium was made up of the last three men to win the World Cup overall title, the biggest annual prize in ski racing.

This season’s overall figures to be a two-man battle between Kilde, the 2019-20 champion, and Odermatt, the reigning champion, and could come down to March’s World Cup Finals. They’ve combined to win the first five of 38 scheduled races.

The top American Sunday was River Radamus, who finished an impressive 16th given his start number was 57. Radamus’ best event is the giant slalom.

Ryan Cochran-Siegle, the Olympic super-G silver medalist, and Travis Ganong, who was third in Beaver Creek last year, both skied out.

The men’s World Cup heads next weekend to Val d’Isere, France, for a giant slalom and slalom.

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Alpine skiing TV, live stream schedule for 2022-23 World Cup season

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NBC Sports and Peacock combine to air live coverage of the 2022-23 Alpine skiing season, including races on the World Cup, which starts this weekend.

Coverage begins with the traditional season-opening giant slaloms in Soelden, Austria, this Saturday and Sunday, streaming live on Peacock.

The first of four stops in the U.S. — the most in 26 years — is Thanksgiving weekend with a women’s giant slalom and slalom in Killington, Vermont. The men’s tour visits Beaver Creek, Colorado the following week, as well as Palisades Tahoe, California, and Aspen, Colorado after worlds in Courchevel and Meribel, France.

NBC Sports platforms will broadcast all four U.S. stops in the Alpine World Cup season, plus four more World Cups in other ski and snowboard disciplines. All Alpine World Cups in Austria will stream live on Peacock.

Mikaela Shiffrin, who last year won her fourth World Cup overall title, is the headliner. Shiffrin, who has 74 career World Cup race victories, will try to close the gap on the only Alpine skiers with more: Lindsey Vonn (82) and Ingemar Stenmark (86). Shiffrin won an average of five times per season the last three years and is hopeful of racing more often this season.

On the men’s side, 25-year-old Swiss Marco Odermatt returns after becoming the youngest man to win the overall, the biggest annual prize in ski racing, since Marcel Hirscher won the second of his record eight in a row in 2013.

2022-23 Alpine Skiing World Cup Broadcast Schedule
Schedule will be added to as the season progresses. All NBC Sports TV coverage also streams live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

Date Coverage Network/Platform Time (ET)
Sat., Oct. 22 Women’s GS (Run 1) – Soelden (PPD) Peacock 4 a.m.
Women’s GS (Run 2) – Soelden (PPD) Peacock 7:05 a.m.
Sun., Oct. 23 Men’s GS (Run 1) — Soelden Peacock 4 a.m.
Men’s GS (Run 2) – Soelden Peacock 7 a.m.
Sat., Nov. 12 Women’s Parallel (Qualifying) — Lech (PPD) Peacock 6 a.m.
Women’s Parallel (Finals) — Lech (PPD) Peacock 12 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 13 Men’s Parallel (Qualifying) — Lech (PPD) Peacock 4 a.m.
Men’s Parallel (Finals) — Lech (PPD) Peacock 10 a.m.
Sat., Nov. 19 Women’s SL (Run 1) — Levi Skiandsnowboard.live 4 a.m.
Women’s SL (Run 2) — Levi Skiandsnowboard.live 7 a.m.
Sun., Nov. 20 Women’s SL (Run 1) — Levi Skiandsnowboard.live 4:15 a.m.
Women’s SL (Run 2) — Levi Skiandsnowboard.live 7:15 a.m.
Fri., Nov. 25 Men’s DH — Lake Louise (PPD) Skiandsnowboard.live 2:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 26 Women’s GS (Run 2) — Killington NBC, Peacock 12:30 p.m.
Men’s DH — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 2:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 27 Women’s SL (Run 2) — Killington NBC, Peacock 12:30 p.m.
Men’s SG — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 2:15 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 2 Women’s DH — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 2 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 3 Women’s DH — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 2:30 p.m.
Men’s DH — Beaver Creek NBC, Peacock 5 p.m.*
Sun., Dec. 4 Women’s SG — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 1 p.m.
Men’s SG — Beaver Creek NBC, Peacock 5 p.m.*
Sat., Dec. 10 Men’s GS (Run 1) – Val d’Isere Skiandsnowboard.live 3:30 a.m.
Women’s GS (Run 1) – Sestriere Skiandsnowboard.live 4:30 a.m.
Men’s GS (Run 2) — Val d’Isere Skiandsnowboard.live 6:30 a.m.
Women’s GS (Run 2) – Sestriere Skiandsnowboard.live 7:30 a.m.
Sun., Dec. 11 Men’s SL (Run 1) – Val d’Isere Skiandsnowboard.live 3:30 a.m.
Women’s SL (Run 1) – Sestriere Skiandsnowboard.live 4:30 a.m.
Men’s SL (Run 2) — Val d’Isere Skiandsnowboard.live 6:30 a.m.
Women’s SL (Run 2) – Sestiere Skiandsnowboard.live 7:30 a.m.

*Delayed broadcast.

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