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During a specially-tailored event in Vienna on Saturday, Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge became the first human to run a marathon in under 2 hours, covering 26.2 miles in 1:59:40.
Why it matters: Official or not, the 2-hour barrier has been broken — a feat that was, until recently, considered impossible.
The big picture: This was running's last great barrier after the 4-minute mile (broken by Roger Bannister in 1954) and the 10-second 100 meters (broken by Jim Hines in 1968).
How it worked: Every aspect of the event, dubbed the Ineos 1:59 Challenge, was designed to give Kipchoge the best chance to succeed.
The scene at the finish: "As it looked increasingly likely that [Kipchoge] would succeed, people found whatever vantage point they could to witness a moment of sporting history. They climbed up trees and on top of public toilets," writes the New Yorker's Ed Caesar.
The bottom line: We routinely witness athletes redefine their legacies, but rarely do we witness them redefine what's humanly possible.
"I am running to make history, to show that no human is limited. It's not about money, it's about showing a generation of people that there are no limits."— Eliud Kipchoge
Go deeper: The scene in Kenya after Kipchoge crossed the finish line (Twitter)
The Astros and Yankees went toe-to-toe late into the night before Houston shortstop Carlos Correa ended it with a no-doubt dinger on the first pitch in the bottom of the 11th. Series tied 1-1.
Go deeper: I found all the good videos, GIFs and photos of Correa's blast and put them in a Twitter thread. You're welcome.
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 title.
👟 Running: A day after 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).
🥇 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 over 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.
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LSU moved up to No. 2 in this week's AP poll following their win over Florida, giving the SEC the top 2 teams in the country and putting the Tigers behind No. 1 Alabama less than a month before they meet in Tuscaloosa.
Go deeper: Projecting all 41 bowl games, including the College Football Playoff (ESPN)
16 years ago today, lifelong Cubs fan Steve Bartman became a national pariah after interfering with a foul ball during Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS.
Context: If Moises Alou had caught the ball, the Cubs would have been just 4 outs away from winning their first NL pennant since 1945.
Fast forward: When the Cubs won the World Series in 2016, Bartman was given a ring and fences were mended (kind of).
Go deeper: 30 for 30: "Catching Hell" (Trailer)
South Carolina closed as 21-point underdogs on Saturday, making their win over Georgia the largest upset in an SEC game since 2014, when Texas A&M took down No. 3 Auburn.
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So, it seems the theme of the weekend was "let's see how incredible the human body is when discipline, effort and talent collide."
They ran at sunset...
They biked through lava fields...
They swam in shark-infested waters...
What'd you do this weekend?
This week, we'll be listening to "The Sterling Affairs," a 5-part podcast hosted by Ramona Shelburne about basketball in L.A., a ruthless real estate empire and the scandal that rocked the NBA.
Producer notes: Each morning, we'll include a few words from the podcast's host and producer Jody Avirgan (@jodyavirgan).
Today's episode: A domestic battle boils over and sends the NBA into crisis when secretly recorded tapes of Donald Sterling and his mistress V. Stiviano leak on TMZ.
Kendall "Highlight/lowlight of the weekend" Baker
Trivia answer: Kyle Allen and Nick Marshall