A 92-year-old cancer survivor, Harriette Thompson, has become the oldest woman to finish a marathon.
92-year-old woman sets record by completing a marathon
A 92-year-old cancer survivor has become the oldest woman to finish a marathon.
Harriette Thompson of Charlotte, N.C., completed Sunday’s 26.2-mile Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego in 7 hours, 24 minutes, 36 seconds.
“I’m fine, they’re really pampering me here,” she said after her 16th Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon.
Thompson is 92 years, 65 days old, according to race organizers. The oldest woman to previously complete a marathon was Gladys Burrill, who was 92 years, 19 days old when she finished the 2010 Honolulu Marathon.
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Meanwhile, in the USA Track & Field Half Marathon in San Diego, Meb Keflezighi was second in 1:02:29, the fastest of all time for a runner 40 or older. Keflezighi, 40, won last year’s Boston Marathon.
Jordan Chipangama of Flagstaff, Ariz., won the half marathon in 1:02:27.
Contador wins Giro d’Italia
Spaniard Alberto Contador of the Tinkoff-Saxo team won his second Giro d’Italia title.
Contador, 32, beat Italian Fabio Aru of Astana by 1 minute, 53 seconds in the 21-stage event. Contador covered 2,166 miles in 88 hours, 22 minutes, 25 seconds; he also won the 2008 Giro.
Item in The Onion fools Warner
Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner renewed his criticism of the United States, where he faces corruption charges, by releasing two videotaped comments — one of them based on a story by satirical website The Onion he treated as real.
Warner, 72, told followers the latest accusations against him stem largely from the United States being upset it did not win the rights to host the 2022 World Cup — which went to Qatar.
In an eight-minute Facebook video that was deleted after numerous news outlets picked up on the gaffe, Warner held up a printout of a fictitious story from The Onion with the headline: “FIFA Frantically Announces 2015 Summer World Cup In United States.”
The fake story was published Wednesday, hours after Warner was indicted in the United States and arrested and briefly jailed in Trinidad. In his video, Warner asked, “If FIFA is so bad, why is it the U.S. wants to keep the World Cup?”
Two hours later, there was a new Warner video — shorter and with no references to The Onion.
• In Major League Soccer, host New England and Los Angeles played to a 2-2 draw. New England’s Jermaine Jones left in the 33rd minute because of a groin injury.
Probst has key role in IOC TV
The head of the U.S. Olympic Committee was given a key position with the International Olympic Committee, appointed as chairman of a new panel that will oversee the launch of the IOC’s Olympic television channel.
The creation of the Olympic Channel Commission and the appointment of USOC chair Larry Probst to head the 16-member panel was part of a shake-up announced by IOC President Thomas Bach. The digital channel, projected to cost about $600 million over the first seven years, is scheduled to be launched in April.
Heckler irritates QB Manziel
Troubled Cleveland quarterback Johnny Manziel threw a water bottle at a heckler in an incident that didn’t lead to any arrests or charges at the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament in Irving, Texas.
Manziel, 22, had been turning away autograph requests from the fan for about two hours Saturday when an exchange escalated in the pool area of the resort where the PGA Tour event is held, Irving police spokesman James McLellan said.
The water bottle missed the 18-year-old male. Someone who was with Manziel pushed the fan, leading officers to intervene, McLellan said. The fan declined to press charges.
Manziel was recently released from a 10-week stay in rehab and is going through offseason workouts with the Browns.
• Cleveland forward Kevin Love, out for the rest of the NBA playoffs because of a shoulder injury, can opt out of his contract but said he intends to be a Cavalier next season.
• In softball, defending champion Florida and Michigan advanced to the best-of-three final that starts Monday at the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.
• Three Pac-12 teams — Oregon, Oregon State and Arizona State — have been eliminated from the 64-team NCAA baseball tournament, and No. 1 seed UCLA and USC were in loser-out regional games late Sunday night.
UCLA played Maryland and USC faced Virginia.
California will play at Texas A&M in a regional-title game Monday.