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The unusual winners of the 2018 Boston Marathon

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The Boston Marathon was run yesterday under terribly rainy and windy conditions and many of the top competitors didn’t do so well. But as Dennis Young explains, that made room for some unusual names at the top of the winners’ list. The winner on the men’s side was Yuki Kawauchi, an amateur Japanese runner who runs in about one marathon a month (the elite pro runners only do ~2-3 a year), trains in his spare time from his government job, but has run the most sub-2:12 marathons ever.

This was at least his 71st competitive marathon since the beginning of 2012-averaging just under one a month. Overall, he’s run in at least 81 marathons.

He’s run 26 of them faster than 2:12 and 79 of them under 2:20. Both of those numbers are world records.

In January, Kawauchi ran a 2:18:59 marathon in Marshfield, Massachusetts in one-degree weather. He was the only finisher.

That race gave him the most marathons ever run under 2:20; he finished two more between then and Boston. (Obviously he was the only one of his competitors to have already run a marathon this year. Today was his fourth of 2018.)

Oh, and to prep for Boston, he ran a half-marathon in a panda suit. More on Kawauchi and his unusual training methods here. On the women’s side, Desi Linden was the first American woman to win the race in 33 years, beating the field by over four minutes, even after she hung back mid-race to help a fellow American runner re-join the pack.

She told an interviewer on the broadcast that she felt so bad early on that she figured she’d do what she could to help an American win. When Shalane Flanagan sprinted off the course for a bathroom break roughly 12 miles in, it was Linden who hung back and waited for Flanagan before helping her re-catch the pack. A little more than an hour later, Linden had the title wrapped up.

The women’s second place finisher was perhaps even more surprising. Like Kawauchi, Sarah Sellers is an amateur runner with a full-time job (she’s a nurse in Arizona), but unlike the prolific Japanese marathoner, Boston was only Sellers’ second marathon. She didn’t believe she’d gotten second, even when officials told her, which reminded me of Ester Ledecka’s Super-G victory in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

In what other highly visible and competitive sport can amateurs fare so well against professionals? Aside from the accountant who recently played goalie in an NHL game, it’s nearly unimaginable for an amateur to step into one of the major team sports and compete at a high level. Maybe golf?

Tags: Dennis Young   Desi Linden   marathons   running   Sarah Sellers   sports   Yuki Kawauchi
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ignorant non-runner here; how does one "hang back" and help other runners "re-join the pack" in a marathon?
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Evidence Suggests the GOP Bought at Least 17 Anti-James Comey Domains

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Former FBI director James Comey is currently on a redemption book tour that has also served as a chance to attack Donald Trump, the man who very publicly fired him. Trump and the Republicans, meanwhile, are mounting a counterattack on every platform, including the web.

The Republican National Convention built the site Lyin’ Comey to serve anti-Comey propaganda online. But that domain (lyincomey.com) is just one of many domains that have been registered to attack Comey, Motherboard has learned. The domain registration patterns of these URLs suggest a coordinated campaign, according to the lawyer who discovered them.

There’s also comeyisaliar.com, comeylies.com, comeyfacts.com and some spelling permutations of the main site, such as lyencomey.com and lyingcomey.com. All these URLs redirect to lyincomey.com. In total, at least 17 sites redirect to that main anti-Comey website.

These domains were found by Alexander Urbelis, a lawyer at the firm Blackstone Law Group and a self-described hacker, who built a tool that scans the internet and logs new domains. Using the tool, which Urbelis and his colleagues call Open-Source Multidisciplinary Network Intelligence or OMNI, he found 36 domains that contain the name Comey and were registered in 2018.

A screenshot of an excel spreadsheet that lists the domains tracked by Urbelis.

Five of the domains that redirect to lyincomey.com were created within seconds of that website.

“That's either a really amazing coincidence that several different parties had the same idea for anti-Comey domains and registered those domains within seconds of each other, or these domains were registered by the same GOP operatives that registered lyincomey.com,” Urbelis told me in an online chat.

The other 12 that redirect to lyincomey.com also appear to have been created by the RNC. Comeyfacts.com, comeyfacts.net, and comeyfacts.org, were all created at almost the same time, and the .net .com and .org domains of “comeyfacts” and “comeyisaliar” also show the same registration patterns.

“I think the timing, messaging, choice of registrar, and registration pattern are all circumstantial evidence of the same actor behind lyincomey-dot-com,” Urbelis said.

This circumstantial evidence, Urbelis explained, appears to indicate that all 17 domains were created by the same account on NameCheap, the registrar service used to buy the 17 domains.

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The Republican National Committee, which is behind the site lyincomey.com and has participated in a campaign to discredit and attack Comey, did not respond to a request for comment.

Others, likely not affiliated with the Republicans, are also registering domains similar to the anti-Comey ones. Most of the domains found by Urbelis were registered anonymously, so we don’t know who’s behind them, but in some cases it seems they may be part of a counter-propaganda campaign in favor of Comey and the Democratic party.

For example, liyncomey.com—a misspelling of the main anti-Comey domain—features a link to Comey’s book and a call to donate to the Democratic National Convention.

Another one (lynicomey.com) is a copy of the DNC’s official site.

“Lyincomy.com” redirects to The Washington Post’s database that tracks Trump’s lies. “Lyin-comey.com” redirects to a PDF of Stormy Daniels’s complaint against the president. And Truthaboucomey.com redirects to Comey’s book on Amazon.

The most hilarious domain of all, however, is flyincomey.com, a parody of lyincomey.com that simply features Comey’s face photoshopped on top of the internet meme Nyan Cat.

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COMEY LYING... DOT COM?
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megapope:

preliminary articles getting accidentally published is never not funny

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what does Barbara Bush do at age 92, the suspense is killing me!
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RT @mr_robocop: garbage can be recycle, but family`s love can't be replace!!! #thegarbagelove #loveyourparents

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garbage can be recycle, but family`s love can't be replace!!!

#thegarbagelove
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having to hose off 900 screaming animals at my job at the zoo every day is harder than any thing a untied states marine ever did

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having to hose off 900 screaming animals at my job at the zoo every day is harder than any thing a untied states marine ever did


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pissed off by the idea of my ass becoming grass

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pissed off by the idea of my ass becoming grass


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