Reddit hosts AMAs with Tokyo Olympic, Paralympic hopefuls

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Reddit is hosting Ask Me Anything (AMA) events every Thursday with U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls for the Tokyo Games.

Each AMA will be here from 1-2 p.m. ET.

It’s a chance for fans and Games followers to ask the nation’s top athletes about their events and their preparations for the world’s biggest sporting events.

Allyson Felix, the most decorated female Olympic track and field champion with nine medals and six golds, kicked off the series in January 2020, before the Games were postponed by one year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Among the 2021 AMA headliners before the July 23 Olympic Opening Ceremony: basketball player A’ja Wilson, high jumper Vashti Cunningham, Paralympic swimmer Jessica Long and gymnast Morgan Hurd.

Reddit hosted its first Olympic AMA series leading up to the PyeongChang Winter Games, featuring figure skater Adam Rippon, hockey player Hilary Knight and cross-country skier Jessie Diggins, among others.

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Reddit Olympic and Paralympic AMA Schedule

Day Athlete(s) Sport Transcript
Jan. 28, 2020 Allyson Felix Track and Field AMA Link
Feb. 4, 2020 Haley Anderson Open-Water Swimming AMA Link
Feb. 11, 2020 Katie Nye Weightlifting AMA Link
Feb. 18, 2020 Naya Tapper Rugby AMA Link
Feb. 25, 2020 Brady Ellison Archery AMA Link
March 3, 2020 Elena Della Donne Basketball AMA Link
March 10, 2020 Heimana Reynolds Skateboarding AMA Link
Feb. 11, 2021 Melissa Stockwell Paralympic Triathlon AMA Link
Feb. 18, 2021 Rai Benjamin Track and Field AMA Link
Feb. 25, 2021 Nicky Nieves Sitting Volleyball AMA Link
March 4, 2021 Mallory Weggemann Paralympic Swimming AMA Link
March 11, 2021 Roderick Townsend Paralympic Track and Field AMA Link
March 18, 2021 Johnny Hooper Water Polo AMA Link
March 25, 2021 Haylie McCleney
Amanda Chidester
Cat Osterman
Softball AMA Link
April 1, 2021 MyKayla Skinner Gymnastics AMA Link
April 8, 2021 A’ja Wilson Basketball AMA Link
April 15, 2021 Sakura Kokumai Karate AMA Link
April 22, 2021 Vashti Cunningham Track and Field AMA Link
April 29, 2021 Jessica Long Paralympic Swimming AMA Link
May 6, 2021 Morgan Hurd Gymnastics AMA Link
May 13, 2021 Nathaniel Coleman
Colin Duffy
Kyra Condie
Sport Climbing AMA Link
May 20, 2021 Robbie Hummel 3×3 Basketball AMA Link
May 27, 2021 Colleen Quigley Track and Field AMA Link
June 3, 2021 Hunter Woodhall Paralympic Track and Field AMA Link


Kenenisa Bekele still eyes Eliud Kipchoge’s marathon world record, but a duel must wait

Kenenisa Bekele

LONDON — Kenenisa Bekele made headlines last week by declaring “of course I am the best” long distance runner ever. But the Ethiopian was fifth-best at Sunday’s London Marathon, finishing 74 seconds behind Kenya’s Amos Kipruto.

Bekele, 40, clocked 2:05:53, the fastest-ever marathon by a runner 40 years or older. He was with the lead pack until being dropped in the 21st mile.

But Bekele estimated he could have run 90 to 120 seconds faster had he not missed parts of six weeks of training with hip and joint injuries.

“I expect better even if the preparation is short,” he said. “I know my talent and I know my capacity, but really I couldn’t achieve what I expect.”

Bekele is the second-fastest marathoner in history behind Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, who broke his own world record by clocking 2:01:09 at the Berlin Marathon last week.

“I am happy when I see Eliud Kipchoge run that time,” Bekele said. “It motivates all athletes who really expect to do the same thing.”


Bekele’s best time was within two seconds of Kipchoge’s previous world record (2:01:39). He described breaking Kipchoge’s new mark as the “main goal” for the rest of his career.

“Yes, I hope, one day it will happen, of course,” Bekele said. “With good preparation, I don’t know when, but we will see one more time.”

Nobody has won more London Marathons than Kipchoge, a four-time champion who set the course record (2:02:37) in 2019. But the two-time Olympic marathon champion did not run this year in London, as elite marathoners typically choose to enter one race each spring and fall.

Bekele does not know which race he will enter in the spring. But it will not be against Kipchoge.

“I need to show something first,” Bekele said. “I need to run a fast time. I have to check myself. This is not enough.”

Kipchoge will try to become the first runner to win three Olympic marathon titles at the Paris Games. Bekele, who will be 42 in 2024, has not committed to trying to qualify for the Ethiopian team.

“There’s a long time to go before Paris,” Bekele said. “At this moment I am not decided. I have to show something.”

So who is the greatest long distance runner ever?

Bekele can make a strong case on the track:

Four Olympic medals (three gold)
Six World Championship medals (five gold)
Former 5000m and 10,000m world-record holder

Two Olympic medals
Two World Championship medals (one gold)

But Kipchoge can make a strong case on the pavement:

Second-fastest marathoner in history
Two World Marathon Major victories

Four of the five best marathon times in history
Two-time Olympic marathon champion
12 World Marathon Major victories

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Yalemzerf Yehualaw, Amos Kipruto win London Marathon

Yalemzerf Yehualaw

Ethiopian Yalemzerf Yehualaw became the youngest female runner to win the London Marathon, while Kenyan Amos Kipruto earned the biggest victory of his career in the men’s race.

Yehualaw, 23, clocked 2:17:26, prevailing by 41 seconds over 2021 London champ Joyciline Jepkosgei of Kenya.

Yehualaw tripped and fell over a speed bump around the 20-mile mark. She quickly rejoined the lead pack, then pulled away from Jepkosgei by running the 24th mile in a reported 4:43, which converts to 2:03:30 marathon pace; the women’s world record is 2:14:04.

Yehualaw and Jepkosgei were pre-race favorites after world record holder Brigid Kosgei of Kenya withdrew Monday with a right hamstring injury.

On April 24, Yehualaw ran the fastest women’s debut marathon in history, a 2:17:23 to win in Hamburg, Germany.

She has joined the elite tier of female marathoners, a group led by Kenyan Peres Jepchirchir, the reigning Olympic, New York City and Boston champion. Another Ethiopian staked a claim last week when Tigist Assefa won Berlin in 2:15:37, shattering Yehualaw’s national record.

Joan Benoit Samuelson, the first Olympic women’s marathon champion in 1984, finished Sunday’s race in 3:20:20 at age 65.


Kipruto, 30, won the men’s race in 2:04:39. He broke free from the leading group in the 25th mile and crossed the finish line 33 seconds ahead of Ethiopian Leul Gebresilase, who said he had hamstring problems.

Kipruto, one of the pre-race favorites, had never won a major marathon but did finish second behind world record holder Eliud Kipchoge in Tokyo (2022) and Berlin (2018) and third at the world championships (2019) and Tokyo (2018).

Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest marathoner in history, was fifth after being dropped in the 21st mile. His 2:05:53 was the fastest-ever marathon by a runner 40 years or older. Bekele ran his personal best at the 2019 Berlin Marathon — 2:01:41 — and has not run within four minutes of that time since.

The major marathon season continues next Sunday with the Chicago Marathon, headlined by a women’s field that includes Kenyan Ruth Chepngetich and American Emily Sisson.

London returns next year to its traditional April place after being pushed to October the last three years due to the pandemic.

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