Kicks of the week - 29/04/2019

Kenyans rush to Victory at London Marathon

Once again, running legend Eliud Kipchoge proved that he has no equal when it comes to running. He won his 10th consecutive marathon this past Sunday and became the first person ever to win the London Marathon four times at a record 2:02:37

This is what he had to say when asked how he does it:

“It’s the love of sport and working hard,” he said. “That’s the only thing that is sacred in this world. Training smarter, loving the sport—following, respecting and believing in [my] coach and myself.”

Runners world with more on this running legend of the 21st century. 

38 Guinness World Book records broken at London Marathon

London Marathon is a hotbed for runners trying to break Guinness world records dressed as just about anything you could think of. This year, 78 of the 42000 participants took a chance in their respective categories. Only 38 were able to achieve their Gunness records.

Runners world has the list of who these 38 were and what categories put them into the Guinness World book of records.

Castor Semenya Loses Appeal Against Controversial IAAF Testosterone Rule

In a sad twist of events, South Africa’s 800m Olympics gold medalist, Castor Semenya lost her appeal to halt the introduction of regulations to limit testosterone levels in female athletes by IAAF.

Athletes with differences of sexual development (DSDs) will now have to take medication to reduce their testosterone levels to below the stipulated concentrations 6 months prior to competitions.

In light of the ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), Semenya had this to say:

“I know the IAAF’s regulations have always targeted me specifically. For a decade, the IAAF has tried to slow me down, but this has actually made me stronger. The decision of the CAS will not hold me back. I will once again rise above and continue to inspire young women and athletes in South Africa and around the world”

Read on in women’s running on what this ruling means for Semenya and other female athletes with DSD.