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Gauff hits new heights

Coco Gauff con­tin­ued her me­te­oric rise by be­com­ing the youngest player to win a WTA ti­tle since 2004 last week­end. Aged 15 and 214 days, Gauff over­pow­ered 2017 French Open win­ner Je­lena Ostapenko in three sets to win the Linz Open in Aus­tria, mak­ing her the youngest WTA cham­pion since Nicole Vaidis­ova of the Czech Repub­lic.

Venus and Ser­ena Wil­liams, Gauff ’s idols, were both 17 when they won their first WTA ti­tles. The Amer­i­can prodigy has now risen to No 71 in the world rank­ings, guar­an­tee­ing her di­rect en­try into the four grand slams next year.

Paula Rad­cliffe was at the fin­ish line to con­grat­u­late the Kenyan run­ner Brigid Kos­gei (above), who shat­tered the Bri­ton’s world marathon record when she won the Chicago Marathon in 2hr 14min 4sec. The 25-year-old shaved 1min 21sec off the record that Rad­cliffe had set at the Lon­don Marathon in 2003. Re­mark­ably, it was 17 years to the day since Rad­cliffe set the course record in Chicago with a time of 2:17:18. In her post-race in­ter­view, Kos­gei even sug­gested a woman could one day eclipse her mile­stone and run a sub-2hr10 minute fin­ish time.

Biles out of this world – once again

Fol­low­ing her “triple-dou­ble” at the US Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Au­gust, Si­mone Biles fur­ther un­der­lined why she is the great­est gym­nast of all time by be­com­ing the most dec­o­rated ath­lete in World Cham­pi­onships history in Stuttgart.

Biles fin­ished the event with five gold medals to add to her stag­ger­ing tally of 25 and sur­pass the pre­vi­ous record held by Be­laru­sian male gym­nast Vi­taly Scherbo, whose haul of 23 medals had stood since 1996.

The Amer­i­can has now won more world medals than her age (22) and is in pole po­si­tion to add to her four Olympic gold medals at the Tokyo Games next year.

Kos­gei smashes Rad­cliffe’s 16-year world record

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