Oct 14, 2019

Women won the weekend

Brigid Kosgei, Simone Biles and Coco Gauff. Photos: Kamil Krzaczynksi/AFP via Getty Images; Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images; Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images

Yesterday, Brigid Kosgei shattered the women's marathon world record, Simone Biles became the most decorated gymnast in world championship history and 15-year-old Coco Gauff won her first singles tennis title.

Running: A day after Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge's feat, his countrywoman Kosgei ran the Chicago Marathon in 2:14:04, besting the previous women's world record by more than a minute (2:15:25).

  • The big picture: "The two achievements made the weekend one of the most memorable in the modern history of long-distance running, with Kenya asserting its supremacy as the heartbeat of the sport," the New York Times wrote.

Gymnastics: Biles won gold medals in the balance beam and floor exercise to increase her career championship medal count to 25 — breaking Vitaly Scherbo's record of 24, which had stood for more than 2 decades.

Tennis: Gauff beat 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2, in the finals of the Linz Open to claim her first WTA title.

  • Worth noting: Gauff is 2 years younger than either Serena or Venus Williams were when they won their first titles.

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In photos: Hawaii's Ironman World Championship

Al Tarkington, 80-years-old, of the United States was the final finisher at the Ironman World Championships. Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images for IRONMAN

So, it seems the theme of the weekend was "let's see how incredible the human body is when discipline, effort and talent collide."

The big picture: In addition to a pair of staggering marathon feats by Kenyan runners Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei, this weekend also saw some of the world's best athletes descend on Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, for the 2019 Ironman World Championship.

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Nike's magic running shoes ignite debate

The Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next%. Screenshot: Nike.com

Last weekend, Eliud Kipchoge became the first human to run a marathon in under 2 hours and Brigid Kosgei shattered the women's marathon record.

Why it matters: "It appears that running, the original and most elemental of sports, now faces the same tradition vs. scientific innovation challenge that other sports have encountered," writes NYT's Amby Burfoot.

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Nike will investigate Oregon Project following Mary Cain's NYT op-ed

Former Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar Photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Nike announced plans to investigate its shuttered distance running program, the Oregon Project, after athlete Mary Cain's op-ed in the New York Times spurred harsh criticism and concern, reports the Washington Post.

Why it matters: In a video published on Friday, Cain characterized a "systemic crisis in women's sports and at Nike." Thereafter, several former members of the Oregon Project corroborated Cain’s accounts or shared their own stories. The Oregon Project shut down when the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency banned coach Alberto Salazar, per the New York Times.

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