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Latest updates as Tigst Assefa looks to break course record

Latest updates as Tigst Assefa looks to break course record

[ad_1] There’s a line towards the end of Shawshank Redemption uttered by Red, the one film character I defy anyone to dislike (if you do dislike him, then I despair…) where he utters: “Seriously, how often do you look at a man’s shoes?” It’s a line that that I have often thought about since I first watched the celebrated film and – unless you happen to be wearing pointy, black school shoes with the laces on the side – the answer from me is “not that much”. But that won’t be possible today when a lot, if not all, the talk will be of shoes. Yep, technology has come to long-distance running with spectacular results and there is talk of records possibly being broken today. Tigst Assefa wore the now almost mythical Adidas Adios Adizero Pro Evo 1 carbon running shoes (nice pithy name there) for her world record run in Berlin last year. The Ethiopian crossed the line in 2hr 11min 53sec, shaving more than two minutes off Brigid Kosgei’s 2019 landmark of 2hr …

Tigist Assefa targets breakthrough women’s marathon world record time | London Marathon

Tigist Assefa targets breakthrough women’s marathon world record time | London Marathon

[ad_1] Ethiopia’s Tigist Assefa has set her sights on further lowering her women’s marathon world record to under two hours 10 minutes – but admits her only goal in Sunday’s London marathon is to win. Achieving that time sounds like a staggering ambition but the 27-year-old is clearly confident after running 2:11:53 in Berlin last September – a time that obliterated the previous mark of 2:14:04 set by Brigid Kosgei in 2019. “Having broken the world record in Berlin, it has given me a lot of encouragement and confidence,” she said. “I feel like I can go on to achieve greater things. I want to stay in the sport for a long time and I do want to improve my world record. So in the future I want to run under two hours and 10 minutes.” But when asked whether she was chasing a fast time in London, she was more circumspect. “My goal is to win,” she replied. The sense is that Assefa will not go at full throttle for Sunday’s race, given that …