Though most world records in athletics went unbroken in 2017, there were plenty of moments that deserve a second look as the year wraps up. The following performances or milestones left an impression, or were hard to believe at first, in 2017.
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The greatest men’s marathoner in the world was 26 seconds away from a sub-two-hour performance in Monza, Italy.
The Kenyan split 1:06:54 for the first half and came home in 2:17:01.
The American had the race of her life in New York City in November.
That’s just over 4:00 for the mile taking into account the need to consume four beers.
The performance was a Canadian indoor record.
The Yarker, Ont. resident hasn’t missed a run in more than 27 years.
She completed 240 miles in less than 58 hours.
The Canadian beat everyone, some relay teams included, in her debut 100-miler.
Bolt settled for bronze as Justin Gatlin upset the greatest men’s sprinter of all-time.
Gary Robbins took a wrong turn on the final loop as John Kelly became the 15th finisher of the race.
Rono broke the Canadian soil record by two seconds in 2:06:52.
She averaged 5:25 per K for more than 85 minutes.
Joyciline Jepkosgei ran a then-world record half-marathon in 1:04:52.
The American completed the Leadville 100 and proceeded to run the Pikes Peak Marathon.
No big deal for arguably the world’s greatest mountain runner.