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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Chloe Dygert crashes over guard rail at world championships, has surgery

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American Chloé Dygert crashed over a guard rail at the world road cycling championships time trial, where she appeared en route to a repeat title, and underwent leg surgery as a result.

Dygert, who last year won by the largest margin in history as the youngest-ever champion, lost control of her bike while approaching a curve to the right. Her front wheel bobbled, and she collided with the barricade, flipping over into an area with grass.

Dygert, who had a left leg laceration, was tended to by several people, put on a stretcher and taken to a hospital in Bologna, Italy, about 25 miles from the worlds host of Imola.

“We are relieved that this crash was not worse than what it could have been,” USA Cycling chief of sport performance Jim Miller said in a press release. “While this crash is distressing, Chloe is young and a fighter. With Chloe’s determination, we know she will be back riding before we know it. For now, we want her to focus on healing.”

About 10 minutes after the crash, Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen won her first time trial title.

Van der Breggen took silver the last three years behind Dygert and countrywoman Annemiek van Vleuten, who missed this year’s race after breaking her wrist last week in the Giro Rosa.

Dygert, 23, had a 26-second lead at the 14-kilometer time check of the 31-kilometer race. Full results are here.

Dygert qualified for the Tokyo Olympics when she won last year’s world time trial title. She has been bidding to make the Olympics on the road and the track.

Worlds continue Friday with the men’s time trial airing on Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold for Cycling Pass subscribers at 8:15 a.m. ET. A full TV schedule is here.

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2020 French Open men’s singles draw, bracket

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Rafael Nadal was put into the same half of the French Open draw as fellow 2018 and 2019 finalist Dominic Thiem of Austria, with top-ranked Novak Djokovic catching a break.

Nadal, trying to tie Roger Federer‘s male record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, could play sixth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals before a potential clash with Thiem, who just won the U.S. Open.

Djokovic, who is undefeated in 2020 save being defaulted out of the U.S. Open, could play No. 7 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the quarterfinals before a possible semifinal with Russian Daniil Medvedev.

Medvedev is the fourth seed but is 0-3 at the French Open. Another possible Djokovic semifinal opponent is fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, who reached the fourth round last year.

The most anticipated first-round matchup is between three-time major champion Andy Murray and 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka. In Murray’s most recent French Open match, he lost in five sets to Wawrinka in the 2017 semifinals.

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