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23:15  13 october  2019
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Scholarship fund created in honour of young entrepreneur who died at Army Run

  Scholarship fund created in honour of young entrepreneur who died at Army Run A scholarship fund has been created to honour Phil Everson, the 26-year-old runner who collapsed in cardiac arrest shortly just after he crossed the finish line at Army Run on Sept. 22. Everson had been talking about creating a scholarship at his alma mater, St. Lawrence Secondary School in Cornwall, only weeks before his death, said his partner Eric Evenchick, who hopes that the fund will attract enough money to create an endowment to offer a scholarship in perpetuity. As of Friday, the fund had already had almost $20,000 in donations. The Phil Everson Memorial Fund is managed by the Ottawa Community Foundation.

Paula Radcliffe holding a sign: Brigid Kosgei smashed Paula Radcliffe's long-standing world record© Twitter (@ChiMarathon) Brigid Kosgei smashed Paula Radcliffe's long-standing world record

Brigid Kosgei smashed Paula Radcliffe's world record as the Kenyan star became the quickest woman to run a marathon in Chicago on Sunday.

Radcliffe's time of two hours, 15 minutes 25 seconds stood for 16 years, but Kosgei eclipsed the Briton's effort in monumental style on Sunday as she successfully defended her Chicago title.

A day after Eliud Kipchoge became the first person to run a marathon in under two hours, Kosgei recorded a remarkable time of 2:14:04 to shatter Radcliffe's record by 71 seconds.

The 25-year-old - the youngest winner of the London Marathon - was congratulated by Radcliffe at the finish line as her sensational year reached new heights.

Marathon star smashes two-hour barrier to make history

  Marathon star smashes two-hour barrier to make history World marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge has made history by becoming the first person to run the distance in under two hours.The athletic achievement by the 34-year-old Kenyan is considered the holy grail of running and will secure his legendary status.

Ababel Yeshaneh came second with a personal best of 2:20:51, almost seven minutes behind Kosgei, with fellow Ethiopian Gelete Burka completing the top three.

"I'm feeling good, happy, I was not expecting to run like this," Kosgei said. "The course was good - a little bit of wind, which pushed us a bit, but it was okay."

Kosgei's incredible run completed a supreme double for Kenya, with Lawrence Cherono winning the men's race.

Ethiopia's Dejene Debela looked well placed to clinch victory when he made a break for the line in the last kilometre, but he went too early.

Cherono took full advantage, driving clear in the final stretch to cross the line with the clock on 2:05:45. Asefa Mengstu came third.

However, it was a frustrating day for 2018 champion Mo Farah, who recorded his worst marathon run in six races at the culmination of a difficult week.

Farah - who accused the media of having a "clear agenda" against him when he was questioned over the conduct of his former coach Alberto Salazar, who has been banned for four years after being found guilty of doping violations - completed the race in eighth with a time of 2:09:58.

Former Ottawa Rough Riders head coach George Brancato dead at age 88 .
OTTAWA — George Brancato, who won Grey Cups with the Ottawa Rough Riders as a player, assistant coach and head coach, has died. He was 88. The Redblacks, Ottawa's current CFL team, confirmed Brancato's death in an email Wednesday. Brancato, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., was a halfback/defensive back with Ottawa from 1957-62. The five-foot-seven, 177-pound former LSU star earned his first Grey Cup as a player with the Riders in 1960 before claiming a second in '73 as an assistant coach with the club.He took over as Ottawa's head coach in 1974 when Jack Gotta left the CFL team for Birmingham of the now-defunct World Football League.

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