Sporting Digest: Athletics

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Denise Lewis, the European and Commonwealth heptathlon gold medallist, has been awarded an honorary degree by her home town university in Wolverhampton.

The IAAF, the world governing body, yesterday ratified the one-hour record by the Kenyan Tegla Loroupe set last August in Borgholzhausen, Germany. Loroupe, who also holds the world record for the marathon, covered 18,340 metres (11.396 miles) in an hour to beat the old mark of 18,084m (11.237 miles) set in 1981 by the Italian Silvana Cruciata.