Topics : “The Chicago Marathon is our city’s beloved annual celebration of more than 45,000 runners, as well as tens of thousands of volunteers, spectators and city residents,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.”Like all Chicagoans, I’m personally disappointed that this year’s event won’t take place as originally planned; however, we look forward to welcoming all runners and their cheering squads once again when the Chicago Marathon returns to our city in full force for another very exciting race.”Race director Carey Pinkowski said the decision had been taken with the safety of participants and volunteers in mind.”We understand the disappointment, but when we return to the streets of Chicago, it will be a celebratory moment and an uncompromising statement about the collective spirit of who we are as a running community: We are powerful, we are persistent, and we will reach the finish line again,” Pinkowski said. The Chicago Marathon became the latest major marathon to fall victim to the coronavirus on Monday as organizers confirmed cancellation of the race for only the second time in its history.The decision had been largely expected, with several other major marathons around the world already suffering the same fate because of the pandemic.The 43rd edition of the race was due to take place on October 11, with an estimated field of around 45,000 runners and wheelchair athletes. Chicago is one of the world’s six Major marathons along with races in Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin and New York.The Chicago race was last cancelled in 1987 after a loss of sponsorship.Tokyo went ahead in March with only elite and wheelchair athletes taking part, while Boston was due to take place in April but was then rescheduled for September before eventually being cancelled altogether.Both Berlin and New York were also cancelled, leaving London — which was moved from April 26 to October 4 — as the last marathon race standing.
By Abhishek Takle(REUTER) – Triple champion Lewis Hamilton is no stranger to speed but the rapid turnaround in his title prospects has left even the blindingly quick Briton stunned, as he heads into Formula One’s annual summer break firmly in control of the race for the championship.Hamilton goes into the four-week holiday having extended his lead over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg to 19 points, after sweeping to a dominant victory, leading from the first corner in his rival’s home German Grand Prix on Sunday.The win was Hamilton’s sixth from the last seven races, matching the hottest streak of his career so far, and his fourth in a row.The speed at which Hamilton has caught and overhauled Rosberg has been remarkable.The 31-year-old trailed his former childhood friend by 43 points following May’s Spanish Grand Prix, yet just over a week ago, in Hungary, he seized the overall lead.“Kind of crazy,” said Hamilton after Sunday’s race at the Hockenheim track. “It’s gone by so quickly.“It was almost like it was only a couple of weeks ago that we were in Barcelona and I was 43 points behind thinking, jeez, I might come away 50 points behind.”Hamilton has scored a total of 160 points from a maximum 175 on offer since claiming his maiden win of the year in the sixth race of the season in Monaco, following a difficult start to his bid for a third straight title.By contrast, Rosberg, who won each of the opening four races, has scraped together just 98 points and finished on the podium only three times in the seven races since Hamilton hit his purple patch of form.“Lewis doesn’t just seem strong in the recent grands prix,” Rosberg said after his latest defeat. “Lewis is strong — a big difference there. It’s always going to be a battle against him.”ENGINE PENALTYDespite the rate at which Hamilton has caught and passed Rosberg, the Briton cannot afford to ease off and needs to put more distance between him and his rival.He is set to collect a grid penalty or start in last place, most likely in next month’s Italian Grand Prix, after breaching rules on the number of engine components used during the season.A race win is worth 25 points and victory in the next grand prix in Belgium would give him enough of a cushion to stay in front in the event of such a scenario, putting him 26 points clear and just tantalisingly out of reach of Rosberg, even if the German finishes second.“Do I feel like I’m properly ahead? Still not enough because I’m not a race win ahead yet,” said Hamilton, who won at Belgium’s iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit last year and has got to be the favourite to repeat the feat when the season resumes on August 28.“So I need to hope that I get the chance to get a race win ahead. I think then I would feel like I was ahead.”