Eliud Kipchoge wins Tokyo Marathon in fourth-fastest time ever


Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge added a Tokyo Marathon title to his unmatched resume, winning with the fourth-fastest marathon time in history.

Kipchoge, the two-time Olympic champion and world-record holder, clocked 2:02:40 to prevail by 33 seconds. He gapped countryman Amos Kipruto in the 23rd of 26.2 miles. The top men lost about 10 seconds due to the field taking a wrong turn following a lead vehicle earlier in the race.

The only three faster marathons were Kipchoge’s world record 2:01:39 in 2018 in Berlin, Kenenisa Bekele‘s 2:01:41 in 2019 in Berlin and Kipchoge’s 2:02:37 in London in 2019.

Kipchoge is 37. Note that previous marathon world-record holders Haile Gebrselassie and Wilson Kipsang won their last marathons at 36.

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Kipchoge moved to road racing after placing seventh in the 2012 Kenya Olympic Trials 5000m. Since, he has won 14 of his 16 marathons, including two Olympic gold medals and a world record.

He is also the only person to run a marathon in under two hours, doing so in a staged 2019 event that wasn’t legal for record purposes.

Kipchoge has now won four of the six annual major marathons — Tokyo, London, Berlin and Chicago. He has never raced Boston or New York City, the most prestigious marathons in the U.S.

The next major marathon is Boston on April 18. London is the other major that is usually in the spring, but it will be held in the fall for a third consecutive year.

Kipchoge hasn’t announced his next marathon, but it is expected to be Berlin or London in the fall.

Another Kenyan world-record holder, Brigid Kosgei, won the women’s race in Tokyo in 2:16:02, the third-fastest women’s time in history. She prevailed by 1:56 over Ethiopian Ashete Bekere.

The only faster times are Kosgei’s 2:14:04 in Chicago in 2019 and Paula Radcliffe‘s 2:15:25 in London in 2003.

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Kendall Gretsch wins six gold medals at Para Nordic Ski Worlds

Kendall Gretsch

Kendall Gretsch, who won Paralympic titles at the last Summer and Winter Games, added another six gold medals at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Sweden last week.

Gretsch, 30, earned seven total medals in seven days between biathlon and cross-country skiing.

Gretsch won gold medals in three different sports across the last three Paralympics: biathlon and cross-country skiing in 2018 (two years after taking up the sports), triathlon in 2021 and biathlon in 2022.

She plans to shift her focus back to triathlon after this winter for 2024 Paris Games qualification.

Gretsch, born with spina bifida, was the 2014 USA Triathlon Female Para Triathlete of the Year. Though triathlon was added to the Paralympics for the 2016 Rio Games, her classification was not added until Tokyo.

Also at last week’s worlds, six-time Paralympian Aaron Pike earned his first Paralympic or world championships gold medal in his decade-plus career, winning a 12.5km biathlon event.

Oksana Masters, who won seven medals in seven events at last year’s Paralympics to break the career U.S. Winter Paralympics medals record, missed worlds due to hand surgery.

The U.S. also picked up five medals at last week’s World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Spain — three silvers for five-time Paralympian Laurie Stephens and two bronzes for 17-year-old Saylor O’Brien.

Stephens now has 18 career medals from world championships, plus seven at the Paralympics.

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World champion skier Kyle Smaine dies in avalanche at age 31

Kyle Smaine

Kyle Smaine, a retired world champion halfpipe skier, died in an avalanche in Japan on Sunday, according to NBC News, citing Smaine’s father. He was 31.

Smaine, a 2015 World champion in ski halfpipe, had been doing ski filming in Japan, sharing videos on his Instagram account over the past week.

The native of South Lake Tahoe, California, finished ninth in ski halfpipe at the 2016 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.

In 2018, Smaine won the fifth and final U.S. Olympic qualifying series event in ski halfpipe but did not make the four-man team for PyeongChang. His last sanctioned international competition was in February 2018.

Late Sunday, two-time Olympic champion David Wise won the X Games men’s ski halfpipe and dedicated it to Smaine.

“We all did this for Kyle tonight,” Wise said on the broadcast. “It’s a little bit of an emotional day for us. We lost a friend.”