Ezekiel Kipsang wins the first marathon in which he ever ran

Ezekiel Kipsang

The Kenyan is 1-for-1 in marathons. Kipsang, 22, who lives in Ottawa, won the Miami Marathon, running the distance for the first time Sunday. He took the lead near the 22-mile mark and finished in 2 hours, 16 minutes, 34 seconds to beat Jacob Chemtai of Kenya by nearly 2 ½ minutes. “I did not know anything about Miami,” Kipsang told the Miami Herald. “It was good today. Miami is a nice place to be,” said Kipsang, whose parents grow maize and vegetables for a living. Kate Landau of Tacoma, Wash., overcame leg cramps and nausea to win the women’s race with a time of 2:37:45. Kipsang and Landau each earned $4,500 for their victories.

Chamique Holdsclaw

The ex-Tennessee and WNBA forward wants people to “be more honest with themselves” when dealing with mental-health issues. She spoke as part of the Duke women’s basketball program’s “Mental Wealth Day” before the Blue Devils’ 64-55 loss to No. 13 Syracuse. Duke partnered with the NBA to hold what they say was the first such event in women’s college basketball. Holdsclaw, a six-time WNBA All-Star, has become a speaker on mental health-issues while discussing her off-court struggles. She said people need to “be more kind to understand how mental health is impacting us.”

Chronicle News Services

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