Richards, Kieffer set world indoor marathon records

Richards, Kieffer set world indoor marathon records

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 9:37 p.m. ET

NEW YORK (AP) Malcolm Richards and Allie Kieffer set world indoor marathon records Saturday in the Armory NYC Indoor Marathon.

The 33-year-old Richards, from San Francisco, finished in 2 hours, 21 minutes, 55.7 seconds, running 210 laps on the 200-meter track to break Michael Wardian's 2010 mark of 2:27.21 set in Arlington, Virginia,

''Around mile 16 is where I started feeling pretty good and started picking up the pace a little bit,'' Richards said. ''I started to gradually pull away. I felt pretty confident at that point, but also just knowing that there are a lot of things can happen when you're running that many miles and things can turn pretty bad in a hurry. I felt strong enough to where I thought I wouldn't totally blow up and die.

''It was really advantageous not having to worry about any kind of weather or any hills.''


Kieffer, from New York, finished in 2:44.43.9 to break the women's record of 2:53.53 set by Monika Kalicinska in 2014 in Toronto.

''(At the start) I was looking at every single lap to go, `This is really terrible and what did I do to myself?''' Kieffer said. ''But once I got into a groove I felt a lot better and started to get excited during the middle of the race. I got a little too excited and I paid for it at the end.

''I went a lot faster than I thought I would. I was trying to run a 2:50 and not be super close to it where I would feel too much pressure. I ran under 2:45 but I wasn't going to try to run that fast because it gets harder for next year (breaking the record).''