Who were the fastest U.S. marathon runners in 2022?

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The New York City Marathon marked the last major marathon of 2022. That in mind, a look at where U.S. marathon runners stand with 15 months until the Olympic Trials, where the top three finishers are likely to qualify for the Paris Games …

This was the greatest year in U.S. women’s marathon history going strictly by times. A 16-year-old American record was broken by Keira D’Amato in January, and then Emily Sisson broke D’Amato’s record in October. Nine women went under 2:26. Before 2022, a total of 15 U.S. women broke 2:26 all-time.

No American woman made the top five in Boston or New York City (no American man did either, marking the first time that happened for both genders in one year since 2001). But the U.S. women had the best collective results of any nation at the world championships in July in Eugene, Oregon — fifth, seventh and eighth.

Sisson, 31, broke the American record in Chicago in her first mass marathon since dropping out of the February 2020 Olympic Trials as arguably the pre-race favorite.

D’Amato, a 38-year-old mother of two, left competitive running for eight years after college. She returned in the Tokyo Olympic cycle and placed 15th at the last Olympic Trials, when she was not considered a contender to make the team. Now she is very much in the discussion, if not a favorite.

Sara Hall, who with husband Ryan has raised four adopted Ethiopian sisters since 2015, ranks third in the nation this year. Since 2004, she raced seven Olympic Trials events without making a team spanning the 1500m, 5000m, 10,000m, 3000m steeplechase and the marathon. Come the Paris Games, she will be age 41, older than any previous U.S. Olympic female runner, according to Olympedia.org.

Emma Bates, 30, was the fastest American in 2021 and the No. 2 American finisher this year at worlds and in New York City. Among this year’s top tier, she has been the most consistent runner and is the youngest.

Others to watch: Aliphine Tuliamuk, the surprise 2020 Olympic Trials winner, was the top American in New York City (seventh, 2:26:18, on a difficult course) in her first marathon since running the Tokyo Games seven months after childbirth.

Molly Seidel, the Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist, ran one marathon in 2022, dropping out of Boston with hip pain. She then withdrew before the world championships, citing a “complete struggle” physically and mentally since Boston in April.

Fastest U.S. Women’s Marathons in 2022

Name Time Race Result
Emily Sisson 2:18:29 Chicago 2nd
Keira D’Amato 2:19:12 Houston 1st
Keira D’Amato 2:21:48 Berlin 6th
Sara Hall 2:22:10 World Championships 5th
Sara Hall 2:22:56 Tokyo 8th
Emma Bates 2:23:16 World Championships 7th
Keira D’Amato 2:23:34 World Championships 8th
Lindsay Flanagan 2:24:35 Gold Coast (Australia) 1st
Dakotah Lindwurm 2:25:01 Duluth 1st
Susanna Sullivan 2:25:14 Chicago 6th
Sarah Sellers 2:25:43 Duluth 2nd
Nell Rojas 2:25:57 Boston 10th

As has been the trend, the U.S. men have not been as strong as the U.S. women.

Conner Mantz, who made his marathon debut in Chicago and posted the fastest time for an American man this year, ranks 148th in the world for 2022 by best times. In comparison, 11 American women rank in the top 142 in the world this year.

If Mantz remains the fastest American through the end of the year, and 14 more men from other nations pass him in the world time rankings, it will be the first year in modern World Athletics records that an American man does not rank in the top 161 in the world.

In recent years, two-time Olympic medalist Galen Rupp kept American men’s marathon running afloat (Rupp was the lone U.S. man in the top 295 in the world last year). But Rupp, now 36, struggled with injuries this year, causing him to stop several times in the late miles of the world championships (finished 19th) and possibly being the reason for dropping out during New York City on Sunday.

The good news: Two U.S. men broke 2:09 for the first time since 2006, and four broke 2:09:30 for the first time ever. Ian Butler (personal best 2:09:45) and C.J. Albertson (personal best 2:10:23) are still to run the Valencia Marathon on Dec. 4.

Mantz was the fastest American from his one marathon in 2022. Scott Fauble, who entered the 2020 Olympic Trials as a contender and finished 12th, was the top American in Boston and New York City, putting him right up there, too.

Fastest U.S. Men’s Marathons in 2022

Name Time Race Result
Conner Mantz 2:08:16 Chicago 7th
Scott Fauble 2:08:52 Boston 7th
Elkanah Kibet 2:09:07 Boston 9th
Zach Panning 2:09:28 Chicago 11th
Galen Rupp 2:09:36 World Championships 19th
Matt McDonald 2:09:49 Chicago 12th
Nico Montanez 2:09:55 Chicago 13th
C.J. Albertson 2:10:23 Boston 13th
Matt McDonald 2:10:35 Boston 14th
C.J. Albertson 2:10:52 Duluth 5th
Reed Fischer 2:10:54 Boston 16th

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Ukraine Olympic champion auctions gold medals to support his country

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Sprint canoeist Yuriy Cheban, Ukraine’s most decorated male Olympian, is auctioning his two gold medals and one bronze medal to support his country’s defense and recovery efforts amid the war with Russia.

“It was one of the best moments of my life that can be compared only with the birth of my child,” Cheban posted specifically about his repeat 200m gold at his last Olympics in Rio in 2016. “This Olympic finish left a great memory forever in the world history and in the hearts of Ukraine.

“Time to move on, I would like these medals to benefit Ukrainians once again.”

Cheban, a 36-year-old who coached Ukraine canoeists at the Tokyo Games, took 500m bronze in 2008 before his 200m golds in 2012 and 2016, all in individual races.

He and boxer Vasiliy Lomachenko are the only men to win two Olympic gold medals for Ukraine, which began competing independently in 1994. Cheban is the only man to win three total Olympic medals for Ukraine, according to Olympedia.org.

Swimmer Yana Klochkova won the most medals for Ukraine — four golds and five total.

All proceeds from the sales will go to Ukraine’s Olympic Circle charity, according to SCP Auctions.

Olympic Circle was created by sportsmen to help Mykolaiv, a city in southern Ukraine, fight Russian occupants, according to SCP.

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Alpine skiing TV, live stream schedule for 2022-23 World Cup season

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NBC Sports and Peacock combine to air live coverage of the 2022-23 Alpine skiing season, including races on the World Cup, which starts this weekend.

Coverage begins with the traditional season-opening giant slaloms in Soelden, Austria, this Saturday and Sunday, streaming live on Peacock.

The first of four stops in the U.S. — the most in 26 years — is Thanksgiving weekend with a women’s giant slalom and slalom in Killington, Vermont. The men’s tour visits Beaver Creek, Colorado the following week, as well as Palisades Tahoe, California, and Aspen, Colorado after worlds in Courchevel and Meribel, France.

NBC Sports platforms will broadcast all four U.S. stops in the Alpine World Cup season, plus four more World Cups in other ski and snowboard disciplines. All Alpine World Cups in Austria will stream live on Peacock.

Mikaela Shiffrin, who last year won her fourth World Cup overall title, is the headliner. Shiffrin, who has 74 career World Cup race victories, will try to close the gap on the only Alpine skiers with more: Lindsey Vonn (82) and Ingemar Stenmark (86). Shiffrin won an average of five times per season the last three years and is hopeful of racing more often this season.

On the men’s side, 25-year-old Swiss Marco Odermatt returns after becoming the youngest man to win the overall, the biggest annual prize in ski racing, since Marcel Hirscher won the second of his record eight in a row in 2013.

2022-23 Alpine Skiing World Cup Broadcast Schedule
Schedule will be added to as the season progresses. All NBC Sports TV coverage also streams live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

Date Coverage Network/Platform Time (ET)
Sat., Oct. 22 Women’s GS (Run 1) – Soelden (PPD) Peacock 4 a.m.
Women’s GS (Run 2) – Soelden (PPD) Peacock 7:05 a.m.
Sun., Oct. 23 Men’s GS (Run 1) — Soelden Peacock 4 a.m.
Men’s GS (Run 2) – Soelden Peacock 7 a.m.
Sat., Nov. 12 Women’s Parallel (Qualifying) — Lech (PPD) Peacock 6 a.m.
Women’s Parallel (Finals) — Lech (PPD) Peacock 12 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 13 Men’s Parallel (Qualifying) — Lech (PPD) Peacock 4 a.m.
Men’s Parallel (Finals) — Lech (PPD) Peacock 10 a.m.
Sat., Nov. 19 Women’s SL (Run 1) — Levi Skiandsnowboard.live 4 a.m.
Women’s SL (Run 2) — Levi Skiandsnowboard.live 7 a.m.
Sun., Nov. 20 Women’s SL (Run 1) — Levi Skiandsnowboard.live 4:15 a.m.
Women’s SL (Run 2) — Levi Skiandsnowboard.live 7:15 a.m.
Fri., Nov. 25 Men’s DH — Lake Louise (PPD) Skiandsnowboard.live 2:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 26 Women’s GS (Run 2) — Killington NBC, Peacock 12:30 p.m.
Men’s DH — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 2:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 27 Women’s SL (Run 2) — Killington NBC, Peacock 12:30 p.m.
Men’s SG — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 2:15 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 2 Women’s DH — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 2 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 3 Women’s DH — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 2:30 p.m.
Men’s DH — Beaver Creek CNBC, Peacock 4 p.m.*
Men’s DH — Beaver Creek NBC, Peacock 5 p.m.*
Sun., Dec. 4 Women’s SG — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 1 p.m.
Men’s SG — Beaver Creek NBC, Peacock 5 p.m.*

*Delayed broadcast.

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