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Those Superfast Nike shoes are creating a problem

The people who oversee track and field have to give serious thought to how much running-shoe technology is too much |

Wearing a controversial Nike shoe, Eliud Kipchoge, the marathon world-record holder, broke the event’s two-hour barrier last weekend | Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

(October 18) – Last weekend’s extraordinary marathon performances — 1 hour 59 minutes 40 seconds by Eliud Kipchoge in Vienna and 2:14:04 by Brigid Kosgei in Chicago — have focused attention on an already simmering question: Does the International Association of Athletics Federations need a more stringent rule to define legal running shoes?

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Eliud Kipchoge makes history by running sub two-hour marathon

  • Kenyan runs unofficial time of 1hr 59min 40sec in Vienna
  • World record holder was assisted by 41 pacemakers and lasers


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Bianca v Serena

The greatest of all time and maybe the best of right now | Frank Gunn/Canadian Press

On Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, Bianca Andreescu and Serena Williams will take the court at 23,000-seat Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City for the U.S. Open women’s final. One way or the other, history will be made. Either Andreescu will become the first Canadian tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles tournament, or Williams will match the all-time record for major titles.

Here’s what else you should know about one of the biggest matches in Canadian tennis history: Continue reading

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Andre De Grasse runs his best race of the year

Great timing too: his season-best 19.87 in the 200 metres was good for third place at the prestigious Diamond League final in Brussels. De Grasse outran fellow Canadian Aaron Brown, who beat him for the national title earlier this summer but finished fourth today. American Noah Lyles, the pre-race favourite, won in 19.74. This is a good sign for De Grasse with the world championships coming up in three weeks. Three other Canadians competed in Diamond League finals on September 3. Alysha Newman placed third in the women’s pole vault, Gabriela DeBues-Stafford finished seventh (but broke her own national record) in the women’s 5,000 and Crystal Emmanuel was seventh in the women’s 100. Read more about the meet here. Watch a replay Saturday at 2 p.m. ET on CBC TV and

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Why I do not watch tennis on TV

Matteo Berrettini and Gaël Monfils traded haymakers for nearly four hours of exhausting tennis at the United States Open. The duel did not end until the 24th-seeded Berrettini won the 324th point of the match.

“What a great fight,” Berrettini said after the two competitors hugged in mutual appreciation. “I have to say congrats to Gaël.”

It’s the fourth time a man from Italy had advanced to the semifinal stage of a Grand Slam singles tournament in the Open Era

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A fist raised and a knee taken: US gold medalists Gwen Berry and Race Imboden protest racism, social injustice

“Somebody has to talk about the things that are too uncomfortable to talk about. Somebody has to stand for all of the injustices that are going on in America and a president who’s making it worse,” said hammer thrower Gwen Berry

Olympic fencing medallist Race Imboden took a knee in protest during his team’s foil medal ceremony at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 9, 2019

American gold medalist fencer Race Imboden took a knee and hammer thrower Gwen Berry raised her fist – as other politically-engaged athletes have done in the past – during the playing of the US national anthem at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, to protest social injustice and to call attention to their country’s racism, mistreatment of immigrants, and ongoing gun violence epidemic. Continue reading

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3-on-3 basketball: Yet another story of Canadian athletes scrounging to participate in the Olympics

Michelle Plouffe (right) jogs back to her defensive position with sister Katherine during women’s basketball action against Argentina at the Pan Am games in Toronto on July 17, 2015 | CHRIS YOUNG/The Canadian Press

By LORI EWING, Canadian Press

If Katherine and Michelle Plouffe qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, they will have done so on their own dime. Continue reading

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