Mo Farah, Sifan Hassan break world records for farthest run in one hour

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Mo Farah and Sifan Hassan broke world records for the farthest distance run in one hour on a track, a rarely contested event, at a largely empty stadium in Brussels on Friday.

Farah, a four-time Olympic champion racing on the track for the first time in three years, bettered Ethiopian legend Haile Gebrselassie‘s mark from 2007 by 45 meters. Farah covered 21,330 meters, or 13.25 miles. The Brit surged past Belgian training partner Bashir Abdi with a minute left.

“Show the people what is possible,” Farah said.

Hassan covered 18,930 meters — or 11.76 miles — running more than a full lap more than the previous women’s record.

“I didn’t feel good,” at the start, said Hassan, who dropped out of her only other race this year, a 5000m in Monaco three weeks ago. “After the 30 minute [mark], every single minute is very easy.”

Ethiopian Dire Tune held the old women’s mark of 18,517 meters — or 11.5 miles — set in 2008.

Brigid Kosgei, the marathon world-record holder, and 2020 Tokyo Marathon champion Lonah Salpeter also beat the old record, but Kosgei was disqualified after it appeared she took at least one step on the inside of the track while clocking 47 laps averaging 76 seconds per lap.

Hassan and Kosgei were expected to easily break the record given each of their personal bests in the half marathon (13.1 miles) would have put them on pace to reach 11.5 miles in well under 60 minutes.

In the pole vault, Swedish 20-year-old Mondo Duplantis took three unsuccessful tries at breaking Sergey Bubka‘s outdoor world record of 6.14 meters. Duplantis holds the overall record of 6.18 meters from an indoor meet in February.

The Diamond League season finishes with meets in Rome on Sept. 17 and Doha on Sept. 25.

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Ironman Kona World Championships return for first time in three years, live on Peacock

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The Ironman Kona World Championships return after a three-year hiatus with a new format, live on Peacock on Thursday and Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.

The Ironman, held annually in Hawaii since 1978, and in Kailua-Kona since 1981, was not held in 2020 or 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The world championships made a one-time-only stop in St. George, Utah, on May 7 to make up for the 2021 cancellation. The winners were Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt, the Tokyo Olympic triathlon champion, and Swiss Daniela Ryf, who bagged her fifth Ironman world title.

Both are entered in Kailua-Kona, where the races are now split between two days — Thursday for the women and Saturday for the men.

An Ironman includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and a marathon — totaling 140.6 miles of racing. It takes top triathletes eight hours to complete. Very arguably, it crowns the world’s fittest man and woman.

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Ryf, 35 and a 2008 and 2012 Olympian, can tie retired countrywoman Natascha Badmann for second place on the women’s list at six Ironman world titles. Only Zimbabwean-turned-American Paula Newby-Fraser has more with eight.

The field also includes German Anne Haug, the 2019 Kona champ and only woman other than Ryf to win since 2015. Brit Lucy Charles-Barclay, the Kona runner-up in 2017, 2018 and 2019, returns after missing the St. George event due to a stress fracture in her hip.

Blummenfelt, 28 and in his Kona debut, will try to become the youngest male champion in Kona since German Normann Stadler in 2005. His top challengers include countryman Gustav Iden, the two-time reigning Half Ironman world champion, and German Patrick Lange, the 2017 and 2018 Ironman Kona winner.

Also racing Saturday is Dallas Clark, a retired All-Pro NFL tight end with the Indianapolis Colts, and Tony Kanaan, the 2013 Indy 500 champion who completed the 2011 Kona Ironman in 12 hours, 52 minutes, 40 seconds.

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Joan Benoit Samuelson, Olympic marathon champ in 1984, runs London Marathon at 65

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Joan Benoit Samuelson, the first Olympic women’s marathon champion in 1984, ran her first 26.2-mile race in three years at Sunday’s London Marathon and won her age group.

Benoit Samuelson, 65, clocked 3 hours, 20 minutes, 20 seconds to top the women’s 65-69 age group by 7 minutes, 52 seconds. She took pleasure in being joined in the race by daughter Abby, who crossed in 2:58:19.

“She may have beaten me with my replacement knee, but everybody said I wouldn’t do it! I will never say never,” Benoit Samuelson said, according to race organizers. “I am a grandmother now to Charlotte, and it’s my goal to run 5K with her.”

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Benoit Samuelson raced the 1987 Boston Marathon while three months pregnant with Abby. Before that, she won the first Olympic women’s marathon at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, plus the Boston Marathon in 1979 and 1983 and the Chicago Marathon in 1985.

Her personal best — 2:21:21 — still holds up. She ranks sixth in U.S. women’s history.

Benoit Samuelson plans to race the Tokyo Marathon to complete her set of doing all six annual World Marathon Majors. The others are Berlin, Boston, Chicago and New York City.

“I’m happy to finish this race and make it to Tokyo, but I did it today on a wing and a prayer,” she said, according to organizers. “I’m blessed to have longevity in this sport. It doesn’t owe me anything, but I feel I owe my sport.”

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