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For 20 miles, the lead pack of a couple dozen men meant the marathon was anybody’s to win. But then Tamirat Tola from Ethiopia put down a surge on an uphill section of the course, and nobody elected to go with him. Tola stretched his lead to over a minute, and finished outside Autzen Stadium at the University of Oregon in 2 hours 5 minutes 36 seconds, a record for the world championships.

His compatriot Mosinet Geremew took second in 2:06:44, and Bashir Abdi from Belgium was four seconds behind in 2:06:48, repeating the bronze medal he won last year at the Tokyo Olympics.

ImageTamirat Tola of Ethiopia won the marathon in a time of 2 hours 5 minutes 36 seconds.
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The American men were not a factor in the race. Galen Rupp, running in the city where he attended college and in the state where he has lived all his life, looked comfortable for the large majority of the race. But he began fading around Mile 19, and even stopped during the race to stretch. His time of 2:09:36 was good for 19th place. He grimaced and doubled over as he crossed the finish line.

After the race, Rupp said he did not consider dropping out — “there was no way I wasn’t going to finish or get across that line,” he said — but did say he was still planning to run another marathon in the fall. He did not say where.

Rupp was followed by Americans Elkanah Kibet, in 24th place, and Colin Mickow, who fell at a drink station early in the race and needed medical attention after finishing in 46th place.

Tola’s victory is a bit of a surprise, though his skill was never in doubt. He won a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in the 10,000-meter race, and took second at the world championships in the marathon the next year. But he hasn’t had a top-three finish at a major marathon since.

After Tola’s surge, the number of contenders was quickly whittled down to five. Over the final few kilometers, however, Geremew and Abdi surged away from Cameron Levins of Canada and Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya to win the remaining two medals.

Despite just missing out on a medal, Levins was visibly excited with his performance, which set a Canadian national record. As he was telling reporters about “the best race of his life,” he had to turn away to throw up, a telling contrast of the ecstasy and the agony of the marathon.

Conditions in Eugene were perfect for a fast marathon. Temperatures were in the mid-50s and it was cloudy for the 6:15 a.m. local time start. The three-loop course was fairly flat.


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But championship races are often run quite differently than time trials, and the first half of the race was run at a comparatively pedestrian 2:08 pace. As a result, practically the entire field was bunched together for the first half of the race, and even as the pace ratcheted up, the lead pack was large.

At times, the marathon felt more like a local 5K than a race featuring the fastest men in the world. Only about 60 athletes started the race, and they competed on a narrow course that wound its way through the recreational running trails of Alton Baker Park and back-and-forth across the Willamette River. At various points, packs of cyclists — not race officials, but just people on bikes — pedaled alongside the runners.

The narrow course looked especially treacherous at drink stations, as Mickow and the Israeli Maru Tefiri both fell while trying to grab their bottles, and many other runners were lucky not to suffer the same fate.

Mickow, talking to reporters from a wheelchair, said he was so focused on trying to grab the bottle that he just tripped. Both of his arms were scraped and bloody after the race. “I just wanted to tough it out,” he said.

While the field was strong by world championship standards, it might have disappointed fans used to the Olympics or big city marathons like New York or Berlin. Eliud Kipchoge, the world-record holder and Olympic gold medalist, skipped the race in favor of competing in a more lucrative fall marathon. Lawrence Cherono, who was fourth a year ago at the Tokyo Olympics, tested positive for a banned drug and was pulled just days before the start. The Japanese record-holder, Kengo Suzuki, tested positive for the coronavirus after arriving in Eugene and wasn’t allowed to start.

Lelisa Desisa, the defending world champion, looked to be struggling the whole race, and dropped out at the 18-mile mark.


By: Kevin Draper
Title: A Strategic Marathon Ends With a World Championships Record
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Published Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2022 19:06:41 +0000

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Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions



A spokesperson for Taylor Swift has responded to a report that named the singer as the celebrity with the worst private jet CO2 emissions. 

Yesterday, a report released by Yard claimed the American singer was the biggest CO2 polluter of the year so far, having flown in her private jet 170 times since January and totalling 8,294.54 tonnes of CO2.

However, Swift’s spokesperson told Buzzfeed News the statistics are inaccurate.

For context, the report claims the average person produces just seven tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

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Swift’s representative said only some of the 170 flights can be attributed to the singer: “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals. To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”

Regardless, it is clear Swift’s jet is racking up significant amounts of carbon emissions due to its inefficient use.

According to the Yard report, her average flight time is just 80 minutes, and her jet’s shortest recorded flight flew between Missouri and Nashville for just 36 minutes.

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Other significant celebrity polluters include boxer and domestic violence perpetrator Floyd Mayweather, whose shortest flight was just 10 minutes long but emitted one ton of carbon; Kim Kardashian, who has emitted 609 times more carbon than the average person; and director Steven Spielberg, who took an 18-minute flight between Rotterdam and Amsterdam – a route which, when taken by train, takes only an hour. 

The subject of celebrity carbon emissions has blown up ever since Kylie Jenner shared an out-of-touch photo of her and partner Travis Scott posing in front of their private jets with the caption, “you wanna take mine or yours?”

In the midst of the backlash, many began diving deeper into Jenner’s private jet use by examining the Celebrity Jets Twitter account, which records celebrity private jet trips.

Many were horrified she was regularly taking flights as short as 12 minutes and reprimanded her for “her absolute disregard for the planet”.

Many found it hypocritical that ordinary people were being asked by big companies to reduce their car trips and use paper straws when celebrities are constantly leaving huge carbon footprints with frivolous trips in their private jets.

Despite the wave of criticism, celebrities have continued to take private flights between short distances. 


Title: Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions
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Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!



Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with 'Fuller House' Co-Stars in Attendance!

Jodie Sweetin is married!

The 40-year-old actress, best known for playing Stephanie Tanner on Full House and Fuller House, married social worker Mescal Wasilewski on Saturday (July 30) at a private home in Malibu, Calif. after five years together.

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Jodie and Mescal wed in an intimate backyard ceremony that included her two daughters – Zoie, 14, and Beatrix, 11 – and her Fuller House co-stars including John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, and Andrea Barber.

“I know I have the right partner for the rest of whatever life brings me,” Jodie shared with People. “And I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Jodie and Mescal were first introduced through friends in 2017 and dated long-distanced before Mescal moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2020. They got engaged in January 2022.

This is the fourth marriage for Jodie – she was first married to Shaun Holguin from 2002 to 2006, to Cody Herpin from 2007 until 2010, and to Morty Coyle from 2012 to 2016. She shares Zoie with Cody and Beatrix with Morty.

Congrats to the newlyweds!


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Title: Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!
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How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season




All of a sudden, the fall movie season looks very busy. This week brought two big festival announcements loaded with major films to come: First came Venice, with a lineup that includes everything from Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” to “Bardo”; it was followed by TIFF, where Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” will premiere alongside Sam Mendes’ “Empire of Light” and Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking,” among many others. Meanwhile, Telluride continues to shroud its selections in secret, but the latest lineups help us get a sense of what to expect there as well.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson dig through both lineups to get a sense for which films could impact the coming awards season and why it’s almost certain to be an unpredictable ride. They also address the return of competitiveness between festivals that seemed to subside earlier in the pandemic, and touch on the recent changes to the Oscar submission rules in France.

Watch the full episode above or listen it below. 

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 


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Title: How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season
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