South African piano teacher Deirdre Larkin gave up running in college and then took it up again at age 78. Now at 85, she holds a world record in the half marathon, setting an inspiring example for young and old alike.
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge narrowly failed in his attempt to complete the marathon in under two hours at Italy's F1 racecourse in Monza. His time, however, smashed the world record but will not make the record books.
Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele has run the second-fastest marathon of all time, in Berlin. The triple Olympic champion beat his own best time by two minutes.
The European Athletics Council has endorsed a plan to rewrite the sport's world and European record books, leaving several big names upset. A number of world record holders have spoken out in opposition to the proposal.
Patrick Lange has smashed records at the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, tackling the grueling 226-kilometer endurance event in just over eight hours. Swiss triathlete Daniela Ryf took the women's gold.
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