Allyson Felix caps track career with 30th medal, bronze in world champs mixed relay

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Allyson Felix capped her career with a 30th global outdoor championships medal, bronze in the mixed-gender 4x400m relay at the world championships on Friday in Eugene, Oregon.

“Really special. I felt a lot of love out there,” she said. “It met every expectation. It’s a night that I’ll really cherish.”

Felix, a 36-year-old who will retire after this season, contested what was expected to be her one and only race of worlds on the opening night of the 10-day meet.

The U.S., with Elija Godwin, Felix, Vernon Norwood and Kennedy Simon, finished behind the Dominican Republic and the Netherlands. Simon was given the lead on anchor and was passed on the final straight. The U.S. did not enter its best 400m runners in the event.

In her last major meet, Felix did not qualify to race an individual event and is not expected to be on the women’s 4x400m next weekend.

So she finishes her career with a U.S. track and field record 11 Olympic medals and now 19 world outdoor championships medals, extending her record in the latter for the most by any athlete from any nation. Of those 30 medals, 20 are gold, also a record for the most combined Olympic and world titles in the sport.

Felix made her world championships debut in 2003, just after high school graduation, and went 18 years between her first and last global championships medals.

“It definitely felt different,” on Friday, she said, looking forward to retirement — eating ice cream and taking daughter Camryn to soccer practice. “I think it was the first time I heard the crowd while I was running.”

Worlds continue Saturday, headlined by the men’s 100m semifinals and final where a U.S. medals sweep is possible.

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In 100m qualifying on Friday, American Fred Kerley clocked 9.79 seconds, the fastest-ever first-round time at an Olympics or world championships and a time that would have won the Tokyo Olympic title. Only one man has run faster than that this year — Kerley, the Olympic silver medalist.

Kerley is joined in the 100m semifinals by all of the other medal favorites, including Americans Trayvon Bromell (9.89), the world’s fastest man last year, and defending world champion Christian Coleman (10.08), both heat winners.

Italy’s Marcell Jacobs, the surprise Olympic gold medalist, advanced in 10.04, then said he is dealing with injuries in both of his legs. Jacobs has been sidelined by illness and injury since winning the world indoor 60m title in March.

“I’m not really well,” Jacobs told Lewis Johnson on USA Network. “I want to come here with the best performance. It’s not easy, but we try.”

The favorites also advanced through qualifying in the women’s 1500m (Kenyan Faith Kipyegon and Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay), men’s 3000m steeplechase (Moroccan Soufiane El Bakkali and Ethiopian Lamecha Girma), men’s shot put (Americans Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs), women’s shot put (China’s Gong Lijao and American Chase Ealey), women’s pole vault (Americans Sandi Morris and Katie Nageotte), men’s long jump (Greek Miltiadis Tentoglou), men’s high jump (Qatar’s Mutaz Barshim and Italian Gianmarco Tamberi), men’s hammer (Poland’s Pawel Fajdek and Wojciech Nowicki) and women’s hammer (Americans Brooke Andersen and Janee’ Kassanavoid).

The most notable athletes eliminated were Jamaican long jumper Tajay Gayle, the reigning world champion, and British pole vaulter Holly Bradshaw, the Olympic bronze medalist. Gayle, who ranks outside the world top 50 this year, fouled all three attempts. Bradshaw snapped a pole in warm-up, felt discomfort and withdrew as a precaution, according to British Athletics.

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Eliud Kipchoge breaks marathon world record in Berlin

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Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge broke his own world record in winning the Berlin Marathon, clocking 2:01:09 to lower the previous record time of 2:01:39 he set in the German capital in 2018.

Kipchoge, 37 and a two-time Olympic champion, earned his 15th win in 17 career marathons to bolster his claim as the greatest runner in history over 26.2 miles.

His pacing was not ideal. Kipchoge slowed over the second half, running 61:18 for the second half after going out in 59:51 for the first 13.1 miles. He still won by 4:49 over Kenyan Mark Korir.

Ethiopian Tigist Assefa won the women’s race in 2:15:37, the third-fastest time in history. Only Brigid Kosgei (2:14:14 in Chicago in 2019) and Paula Radcliffe (2:15:25 in London in 2003) have gone faster.

American record holder Keira D’Amato, who entered as the top seed, was sixth in 2:21:48.

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The last eight instances the men’s marathon world record has been broken, it has come on the pancake-flat roads of Berlin. It began in 2003, when Kenyan Paul Tergat became the first man to break 2:05.

The world record was 2:02:57 — set by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2014 — until Kipchoge broke it for the first time four years ago. The following year, Kipchoge became the first person to cover 26.2 miles in under two hours, doing so in a non-record-eligible showcase rather than a race.

Kipchoge’s focus going forward is trying to become the first runner to win three Olympic marathon titles in Paris in 2024. He also wants to win all six annual World Marathon Majors. He’s checked off four of them, only missing Boston (run in April) and New York City (run every November).

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2022 Berlin Marathon Results

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2022 Berlin Marathon top-10 results and notable finishers from men’s and women’s elite and wheelchair races. Full searchable results are here. ..

Men
1. Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) — 2:01:09 WORLD RECORD
2. Mark Korir (KEN) — 2:05:58
3. Tadu Abate (ETH) — 2:06:28
4. Andamiak Belihu (ETH) — 2:06:40
5. Abel Kipchumba (ETH) — 2:06:40
6. Limenih Getachew (ETH) — 2:07:07
7. Kenya Sonota (JPN) — 2:07:14
8. Tatsuya Maruyama (JPN) — 2:07:50
9. Kento Kikutani (JPN) — 2:07:56
10. Zablon Chumba (KEN) — 2:08:01
DNF. Guye Adola (ETH)

Women
1. Tigist Assefa (ETH) — 2:15:37
2. Rosemary Wanjiru (KEN) — 2:18:00
3. Tigist Abayechew (ETH) — 2:18:03
4. Workenesh Edesa (ETH) — 2:18:51
5. Meseret Sisay Gola (ETH) — 2:20:58
6. Keira D’Amato (USA) — 2:21:48
7. Rika Kaseda (JPN) — 2:21:55
8. Ayuko Suzuki (JPN) — 2:22:02
9. Sayaka Sato (JPN) — 2:22:13
10. Vibian Chepkirui (KEN) — 2:22:21

Wheelchair Men
1. Marcel Hug (SUI) — 1:24:56
2. Daniel Romanchuk (USA) — 1:28:54
3. David Weir (GBR) — 1:29:02
4. Jetze Plat (NED) — 1:29:06
5. Sho Watanabe (JPN) — 1:32:44
6. Patrick Monahan (IRL) — 1:32:46
7. Jake Lappin (AUS) — 1:32:50
8. Kota Hokinoue (JPN) — 1:33:45
9. Rafael Botello Jimenez (ESP) — 1:36:49
10. Jordie Madera Jimenez (ESP) — 1:36:50

Wheelchair Women
1. Catherine Debrunner (SUI) — 1:36:47
2. Manuela Schar (SUI) — 1:36:50
3. Susannah Scaroni (USA) — 1:36:51
4. Merle Menje (GER) — 1:43:34
5. Aline dos Santos Rocha (BRA) — 1:43:35
6. Madison de Rozario (BRA) — 1:43:35
7. Patricia Eachus (SUI) — 1:44:15
8. Vanessa De Souza (BRA) — 1:48:37
9. Alexandra Helbling (SUI) — 1:51:47
10. Natalie Simanowski (GER) — 2:05:09

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