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Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia, running barefoot, draws away from Abdesselem Rhadi of Morocco near the finish of the marathon at the 1960 Rome Olympics. He went on to win with a new Olympic record time of 2 hours 15 minutes 16 seconds.   (Photo by Central Press

If a non-runner with a rudimentary knowledge of sports were to be asked how long a marathon is, the answer might be “26 miles” or “42 kilometers”.
Russia's Kamila Valieva falls as she competes in the women's single skating free skating of the figure skating event during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing on February 17, 2022. (Photo by Manan VATS

Kamila Valieva surprised the figure skating world by stumbling into fourth place in the women's single event on Thursday, ensuring the Olympic medal ceremony could go ahead at the Beijing Games.