Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov on Saturday broke the record for the fastest round-the-world flight in a hot air balloon, his crew said. Flight coordinator John Wallington said Konyukhov, who took off from Western Australia on July 12, had successfully flown the route by Saturday afternoon but had yet to land. "The record is broken -- no question," Wallington told AFP, adding that Konyukhov had flown his balloon almost exactly over his starting point.
In the decades since Ethiopian Abebe Bikila (Olympic gold, marathon: 1960) and South Africa's Zola Budd (5,000-metre world record: 1985) raced barefoot into sporting history, debate has raged over the wisdom of runners spurning shoes. In a recent study published in the Journal of Sport and Health Science, Spanish scientists asserted that barefoot running can "considerably" decrease the risk of being hurt. Done correctly, barefoot running minimises impact force and "therefore, leads to a lower risk of injury," concluded study co-author Victor Soto.