Abrahamson: Doubters, critics, skeptics -- the Games are a wrap, and from the athletes, thanks
The Tokyo 2020 Summer Games drew Sunday to an end, an Olympics that began as a bet countering controversy and considerable fear — could they come off — and closed with the bet won. The Games happened. And for 16 days, just as it should be, the athletes of the world commanded center stage.
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge repeats as Olympic men's marathon champ
Appearing impossibly stronger as the race wore on, Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya on Sunday added to his constantly growing legend by dominating in the heat and humidity at Sapporo Odori Park to add the men's marathon gold at the Tokyo Olympics to the gold he won at Rio 2016.
Elite women cite training limits in London Marathon buildup
In this image issued by London Marathon Events, Kenya's Edith Chelimo, right, trains in the grounds of the official hotel and biosecure bubble in London, Monday Sept. 28, 2020, ahead of the elite-only 2020 London Marathon on Sunday Oct. 4. (Bob Martin/London Marathon Events via AP)Kenyan runner Brigid Kosgei isn't expecting to lower her world record in Sunday's London Marathon, not with her training limited by the coronavirus pandemic. Kosgei topped her London victory last year by winning the Chicago Marathon in a world record time of 2 hours, 14 minutes, 4 seconds. The London Marathon has been reduced to elite runners only and will have no spectators because of the pandemic. Tokyo was the only other World Marathon Major to be held in 2020 after Boston, Berlin, Chicago and New York all canceled.
The Latest: Berlin Marathon canceled because of virus
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___This year's Berlin Marathon has been canceled following months of uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The marathon was scheduled for Sept. 27. The Berlin Marathon is one of the fastest in the world. It will be the first year with no Berlin Marathon since the race was founded in 1974. The announcement came on the same day that the New York City Marathon was canceled.
Nike may have already won the Tokyo Olympics but that's OK
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge runs during his attempt to bust the mythical two-hour barrier for the marathon on October 12 2019 in Vienna. Eliud Kipchoge captured the imagination and admiration of millions when he broke the mythical two-hour barrier for the marathon distance in Vienna last October. During the race he was wearing the Nike "Alphafly" shoe a prototype of the "Alphafly NEXT%" that Nike said last week will be sold to the public and legally eligible for official races. The new version is said to be even more beneficial to a runner than the 2016 Nike "Vaporfly" shoe which has seen official men's and women's marathon records tumble. Nike Chief Executive John Donahoe has also rejected the idea that the technology gives athletes an unfair advantage.cnbc.com
Olympics marathon moved because of heat fears
iStock/JordiDelgado(CNN) - The marathon and long-distance walking events at next year's Olympics have been moved from Tokyo to Sapporo to avoid a repeat of the recent World Championships in Doha where athletes toiled in searing heat and humidity. Organizers had also upped safety provisions in Doha, increasing the number of medical staff and bringing in ice baths. Last weekend was a landmark moment for both the men's and women's marathons as Eliud Kipchoge became the first person to run under two hours, while Brigid Kosgei knocked more than a minute off the women's world record at the Chicago Marathon. He will look to defend his Olympic marathon title from Rio at Tokyo next year. Kosgei clocked a time of 2:14:04 in Chicago, a minute and 21 seconds faster than Paula Radcliffe's record set in 2003.
Eliud Kipchoge ran sub-two hour marathon
"I am the happiest man," Kipchoge said after the unofficial two-hour marathon, adding that he hopes to have inspired many that "no human is limited." Despite the achievement, the milestone won't count as a world record. Speaking before the marathon, the reigning Olympic marathon champion said he was aware that there were critics of the manufactured conditions surrounding the attempt. He added that the 1:59 Challenge is different to competing in a race like the Berlin Marathon, where he set the current world record in 2018. "Berlin is running and breaking a world record," said Kipchoge.
Kenya's Kipchoge becomes first person to run a marathon in less than two hours
Vienna Eliud Kipchoge sent shockwaves through the world of sport on Saturday by becoming the first athlete to run a marathon in less than two hours. Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge celebrates after busting the mythical two-hour barrier for the marathon on October 12 2019 in Vienna. Running at an average pace of 2:50 minutes per kilometer (4:33.5 minutes per mile), Kipchoge was 11 seconds ahead of schedule halfway through his run. In near-perfect circumstances at the meticulously planned attempt, Kipchoge shaved almost two minutes off that time. "Hearty congratulations, Eliud Kipchoge," President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a statement.cbsnews.com
Kenyan 'confident' he can run first ever sub-two-hour marathon
On Saturday, the Kenyan distance runner will attempt to run the first ever marathon under two hours in the Austrian capital of Vienna, two years since he fell 25 seconds short. "I feel more prepared, I feel more ready and I am confident that I have been at that speed for the last two years," said Kipchoge, who holds the official marathon world record of 2:01:39. If successful, this won't count as a world record. Kipchoge, the reigning Olympic marathon champion, is aware that there are critics of the manufactured conditions surrounding the attempt. He added that the 1:59 Challenge is different to competing in a race like the Berlin Marathon, where he set the current world record in 2018.
Scientist questions Eliud Kipchoge's idea
Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya celebrates at the victory ceremony winning the BMW Berlin Marathon 2017 on September 24, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. What Kipchoge is doing is taking gravity out of the equation," Tucker told CNN Sport. I am already the record holder for marathon but I need to do this for the human family." Running, especially marathon running, is supposed to be the purest thing humans put themselves through. Whether Kipchoge's attempt is as revolutionary as a moon landing or more akin to high jumping on Mars is a matter of opinion.