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Berlin Marathon the first major fall marathon to be altered due to coronavirus

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The Berlin Marathon “will not be able to go ahead as planned” on Sept. 27 after the local government ruled events with more than 5,000 people are banned until Oct. 24.

It’s not known if the World Marathon Major event, which last year had 62,444 participants across all events, will be canceled, postponed or held on the same date but with fewer than 5,000 people.

“We will now deal with the consequences of the official prohibition of our events, coordinate the further steps and inform you as soon as we can,” organizers said in a Tuesday statement.

The Berlin Marathon is known as the world’s fastest thanks to a pancake-flat course and, usually, optimal weather. The last seven times the men’s world record fell, it came in Berlin. Most recently, when Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge lowered it to 2:01:39 in 2018.

Berlin is the first of the major fall marathons — the only one scheduled in September — and the first to be altered due to the coronavirus. The other major fall marathons are in Chicago on Oct. 11 and New York City on Nov. 1.

Major spring marathons in Boston and London, both annually held in April, were already moved to Sept. 14 and Oct. 4, respectively.

On March 1, the Tokyo Marathon (also a World Marathon Major) was restricted to elite runners without the usual mass-participation race.

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Olympic triathlon champion to do Ironman at home

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German Jan Frodeno announced on April 1 that he wanted to complete an Ironman triathlon at home. Turns out he wasn’t joking.

Frodeno, the 2008 Olympic champion and three-time Ironman Kona world champion, plans to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run a marathon on Saturday, all at his home in Girona, Spain, to fundraise for hospital workers fighting the coronavirus.

“If you would have said this to me 10 years ago, I would have called you insane but special times call for special measures,” was posted on Frodeno’s Instagram. “The idea is not to race, nor is it a call for you to try this at home. It’s about showing that you can do a lot of things in your own four walls, despite restrictions.”

Frodeno said he wants to complete the Ironman between sunrise and sunset. Shouldn’t be a problem. Last year, Frodeno won Kona in 7:51:13 to break the course record.

The event is set to be live streamed on Frodeno’s Facebook page.

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Sofia Goggia, Viktoria Rebensburg suffer season-ending crashes in super-G

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Olympic champions Sofia Goggia and Viktoria Rebensburg suffered season-ending injuries from crashes in a World Cup super-G in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Sunday.

Goggia, the 2018 Olympic downhill champion from Italy, suffered a fracture in her left arm, according to the International Ski Federation. Rebensburg, the 2010 Olympic giant slalom champion from Germany, suffered a fracture in one of her tibias, according to her national federation.

Goggia previously had four knee surgeries, missed the 2014 Olympics with an ACL tear and sat out the first two months of the 2018-19 season after fracturing her right ankle in a training fall.

Rebensburg won Saturday’s downhill in Garmisch and has been one of Mikaela Shiffrin‘s giant slalom rivals for several seasons.

Swiss Corinne Suter won Saturday’s race to move into first place in the World Cup super-G standings. Full results are here.

Suter leads both the downhill and super-G standings despite never winning a World Cup race before this season, though she did earn silver and bronze medals at the 2019 World Championships.

The women’s Alpine skiing World Cup moves to Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, for a giant slalom and slalom next Saturday and Sunday.

Shiffrin’s status for those events is unknown following the unexpected death of her father, Jeff, last Sunday.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly labeled Suter as Austrian.

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