HIGHLIGHTS: Kenyans Jepchirchir and Korir win New York City Marathon; USA wins two gold and two silver in world boxing


Unbelievable: American star Shalane Flanagan, 40, completes his sixth major marathon in seven weeks, all in less than 3:00 a.m., at Sunday’s TCS New York City Marathon (Photo: NYC Marathon via Twitter)

The main results of remarkable competitions around the world:

● Athletics ● The 50th edition of the New York Marathon was another showcase for Kenya, who won both men’s and women’s races for the seventh time in racing history, this time with the Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir and Albert Korir.

The women’s race included Tokyo Gold (Jepchirchir) and Bronze (American Molly seidel) medalists and they were part of a field of nine women leading the halfway point in 1:12:43.

The race opened between 19-20 miles and at the 20 mile mark the race had narrowed down to Jepchirchir, compatriot Viola Cheptoo – the sister of the American star of the distance Bernard Lagat and making his marathon debut – and that of Ethiopia Ababel Yeshaneh, the 2019 Chicago Marathon finalist. Seidel was fourth, but more than two minutes behind the leader.

Seidel closed within 44 seconds of the leaders at the 22 mile mark, but fell back and was fourth in 2:24:42. In her four career marathons, she has finished 2-6-3-4 and at just 27 years old, she has a long career ahead of her.

Up front, the three leaders ran over 25 miles together, then Jepchirchir hit the accelerator and fled into the last half mile, winning in 2:22:39 to 2:22: 44 for Cheptoo and 2:22:52 for Yeshaneh.

The men’s race saw Morocco Mohamed el arabay and Italy Eyob faniel Sharing the head halfway in 1:03:57, with the Ethiopian star Kenenisa Bekele – run in his first New York marathon – 52 seconds back and not a serious competitor.

At 18 1/2 miles, however, the race had changed with Kenyan Korir taking the lead, ahead of his compatriot Kibiwott Kandie – the half marathon world record holder – then Faniel and El Arabay. Korir slowly increased his lead and took a 17 second lead over El Arabay at 22 miles and 28 seconds at 25 miles. Korir, who finished second in the 2019 race, brought the winner back in 2:08:22, followed by El Arabay (2:09:06), Faniel (2:09:52) and American Elkaneh Kibet fourth (2:11:15). Bekele was sixth in 2:12:52 and Kandie ninth in 2:13:43.

Special attention was paid to other female runners, as the winner of the 2017 New York Marathon Shalane Flanagan, 40, from the United States was trying to complete six astonishing major marathons – Berlin, London, Chicago, Boston, a solo to replace Tokyo and New York in seven weeks, all in less than 3:00. No problem: she ran 2:33:32, placing sixth among the American women. It was perhaps the most amazing performance of the fall marathons season.

● Badminton ● Thailand scored two victories in the BWF World Tour Hylo Open in Saarbrücken (GER) with Busanan Ongbamrungphan winning men’s singles and seed Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai win the women’s double.

indonesian stars Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo won the men’s double; Kean Yew Loh (SGP) won the men’s singles and the Chisato hoshi and Aoi Matsuda won the women’s double.

● Boxing ● The AIBA Men’s World Championships concluded in Belgrade (SRB) with a dizzying program of 13 weight categories and a first prize in money of 100,000 to 50,000 to 25,000 for the medalists. Some 510 boxers from 88 countries were registered.

The medal leaders were Cuba, Kazakhstan and Russia, with five each, but the Cubans scored three gold medals (3-0-2), the most of any nation, with two each for the Kazakhs. (2-2-1), the United States (2-2-0) and Japan (2-0-0). For Japan, it was the very first gold medals in an AIBA men’s championship!

Cuban winners included Andy cruz at Light Welterweight – his third in a row after wins in 2017 and 2019; he also won in Tokyo at Lightweight – more Yoenlis Hernandez middleweight (his first) and superstar Julio Cesar La Cruz in the heavyweight category, his five AIBA World titles in addition to his Olympic gold medals of 2016 and 2020.

The Val Barker prize for the best fighter of the tournament was awarded to Cruz.

The United States scored victories by Jahmal harvey at Featherweight and Robby Gonzales at Light Heavyweight. Gonzales scored a narrow, win 3: 2 in the semi-final on the house favorite Vladimir Mironchikov in the semi-final, with the Serbian corner protesting three times, but with Gonzales winning 29:28, 29:28 and 30:27 on three maps.

Americans Roscoe Hill (flyweight) and Omari jones (welterweight) won silver medals. Japan’s historic victories have come from the bantamweight (Tomoya tsuboi) and welterweight, with Sewon Okazawa beating Jones, 3: 2.

Kazakhs Temirtas Zhussupov (Minimum weight) and Saken Bibossinov (flyweight) won gold and while Russia won five medals she took one gold, with Mark Petrovskii win the super heavyweight division.

● Figure skating ● from Japan Yumi Kagiyama came from seventh place after the short program to win the free skate and the men’s title at the ISU Grand Prix Grand Prix of Italy in Turin (ITA).

from China Boyang jin (97.89) led after the short program, but Kagiyama (80.53) scored a surprising 197.49 in the free skate with no one else scoring 181.25. So, Kagiyama’s total of 278.02 was a clear winner over Mikhail Kolyada (RUS: 273.55) and Daniel Grassl (ITA: 269.00) as Jin passed out in seventh place after a ninth place freestyle.

No surprise in women’s skating, as Russia went 1-2 with the 2021 world champion Anna shcherbakova (236.78) and Maiia Khromykh (226.35) far ahead of third place Loena Hendrickx (BEL: 219.05).

China won gold and silver in pairs, with two-time world champions Wenjing Sui and Cong Han win with 224.55 more points Cheng peng and Yang jin (211.86).

Four times world champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron (FRA) won the ice dance in a battle with American stars Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, 220.06-207.90, with Russians Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukine third (202.18). Americans Caroline Green and Michael parsons was fifth (178.26).

● Judo ● Japan took five wins and collected 10 medals to lead the IJF World Tour Baku Grand Slam in Azerbaijan.

Kosuke Mashiyama (90kg) and Tatsuru Saito (+100 kg) gained in men, with Rina Tatsukawa (48kg), Momo Tamaoki (57kg), Utana terada (70 kg) winning victories in the women’s division.

● Shooting ● The ISSF President’s Cup in rifle and pistol is underway in Wroclaw (POL), with half the program completed, with a great match between the 2016 Olympic gold medalist Christian reitz (GER) and world championship medalist Chaudhary Saurabh (INDIANA):

● Male compressed air gun / 10 m: Christian Reitz (GERMANY) d. Chaudhary Saurabh (IND), 34-24;

● Air rifle man / 10 m: Patrik Jany (SVK) d. Lihao Sheng (CHN), 29-28;

● Woman compressed air gun / 10 m: Olena Kostevych (UKR) d. Mathilde Lamolle (FRA), 30-30 (shoot-off);

● Air rifle woman / 10 m: Océanne Muller (FRA) d. Laura-Georgeta Ilie (ROU), 33-26.

The competition continues until 10.

● Triathlon ● The second stage of ITU 2021-22 World Triathlon Series was in Abu Dhabi (UAE) with a sensational victory for Olympic champion Bermuda Flora Duffy.

The 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run Sprint course saw Duffy return to the running phase as usual, with a time of 16:12 for the best time on the course. She passed the British star (and Olympic silver medalist) Georgia Taylor-Brown to win n 55:41 to 55:53. Brittany Sophie caldwell was third (56:11); the best american was Taylor knibb in fifth (56:35).

Men’s race saw Belgium’s third career World Triathlon Series victory Jelle geens, which is ahead of France, the 2019 world champion Vincent Louis, 52: 20-52: 25, with Bence Biksak (HUN) third at 52:28.

It was a particularly sweet victory for Geens as he missed the Olympic race due to Covid-19.

● Weightlifting ● The Pan American Championships are being held in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and although the event is broadcast live on YouTube, no results from any weight class are available via the web, Facebook or Twitter.

Apparently the Pan American Federation Of Levantamiento De Pesas doesn’t want anyone to know about it (at least today). Or did we miss something?

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