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.
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The performance was a Canadian indoor record.
The Yarker, Ont. resident hasn’t missed a run in more than 27 years.
Here she is folks… Courtney Dauwalter is the first runner across the first finish line at the Moab 240! She ran…
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.