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Olympic marathons set to move out of Tokyo to cooler north

Oct. 16, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Amid concern about the expected searing heat in Tokyo, the IOC wants to move the 2020 Olympic marathons 800 kilometers (500 miles) north to find cooler and safer race conditions. The International Olympic Committee detailed a new plan Wednesday to stage the marathons and race walking events...

Kenya's Brigid Kosgei sets world marathon record in Chicago

Oct. 13, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Brigid Kosgei of Kenya won the Chicago Marathon on Sunday in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 4 seconds to break the world record in the event. The 25-year-old Kosgei bested the previous mark of 2:15:25 set by Paula Radcliffe in London 16 years ago. Kosgei won in Chicago last year in 2:18:35. "I'm...

Kipchoge chases sub 2-hour marathon in Vienna

Oct. 9, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — When Eliud Kipchoge's family finally gets to see him at a marathon, it will likely be the fastest one the Olympic champion has ever run. The 34-year-old Kenyan's attempt to run a sub two-hour marathon has been set for Saturday in Prater park, a landmark part of the Vienna City Marathon. Event...

The Latest: Ethiopia's Desisa wins marathon

Oct. 5, 2019 9:01 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Latest on the world track and field championships early Sunday (all times local): 3:00 a.m. Lelisa Desisa has won the men's marathon, narrowly beating fellow Ethiopian Mosinet Geremew at the finish. Desisa, the 2013 silver medalist, won in 2 hours 10 minutes 40 seconds in the heat of...

The Latest: Lyles wins 200 to deny de Grasse gold again

Oct. 1, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Latest on the track and field world championships (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Noah Lyles of the United States won the world championship in the 200 meters with a strong finish, as Canada's Andre de Grasse was once again denied a gold medal. Lyles, the Diamond League winner, took...

Bekele wins Berlin Marathon, misses WR by just 2 seconds

Sep. 29, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — So close. Yet again. Kenenisa Bekele missed out on the world record by just two seconds as he completed a remarkable comeback to win the Berlin Marathon on Sunday. The 37-year-old led an Ethiopian sweep of the podium as he crossed the line in 2 hours, 1 minute, 41 seconds, claiming the first...

Hot pursuit: Athletes chase world medals in sweltering Qatar

Sep. 26, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Marathons at midnight. Training sessions in saunas. Cooling vests packed with ice. Air conditioners humming inside an outdoor stadium. Coaches, athletes and event organizers have been at their creative best in an attempt to beat the heat at world championships in Qatar. For 10 days,...

Woman runs own half marathon after mix-up with UK race

Sep. 21, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman thought she was signing up to run a half marathon near her home, not across the Atlantic Ocean. Sheila Pereira learned too late that the Worcester City Half Marathon was actually being held in Worcester, England, and not Worcester, Massachusetts, on Sept. 15....

Memorial to victims of Boston Marathon bombing completed

Aug. 19, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Three stone pillars were placed Monday near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, marking the final step in a $2 million effort to memorialize the bombing that killed three people. The understated monument of granite and bronze, which took four years to plan and develop, was supposed to be...