Button records new personal best in London Marathon

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For just the third time this season, Jenson Button has finished a race – except it wasn’t on the track.

As an accomplished triathlete, Button decided to take on the gruelling challenge of the London Marathon on Sunday, but finished with a very competitive time.

The Briton finished the 26-mile course that incorporates all of London’s most famous landmarks and finishes in front of Buckingham Palace in two hours, 52 minutes and 30 seconds.

This was Button’s first London Marathon, and he went six minutes faster than his previous best time. His wife, Jessica Button, completed the course in four hours and 15 minutes.

“Oh my that was a tough day!” Button tweeted after the marathon. “Loved the London Marathon though, and very happy with my time. Thank you so much to everyone in the crowd today, what an amazing atmosphere.”

The other notable F1 figure taking part in the marathon was Manor sporting director Graeme Lowdon, who managed to finish the course in just over four hours.

Alex Zanardi showing signs of interaction three months after crash

Alex Zanardi recovery
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MILAN — Italian racing driver turned Paralympic gold medalist Alex Zanardi has started responding to treatment with signs of interaction, more than three months after he was seriously injured in a handbike crash.

Zanardi has spent most of that time in intensive care after crashing into an oncoming truck during a relay event near the Tuscan town of Pienza on June 19.

“For several days now. Alex Zanardi has undergone cognitive and motor rehabilitation sessions, with the administration of visual and acoustic stimuli, to which the patient responds with momentary and initial signs of interaction,” the San Raffaele hospital in Milan said in a statement Thursday.

The hospital said that is “significant progress” but added that his condition remains serious, and that it would be “absolutely premature” to make a long-term prognosis.

Zanardi, 53, suffered serious facial and cranial trauma in the crash and was put in a medically induced coma. Doctors have warned of possible brain damage.

He was operated on several times to stabilize him and reconstruct his severely damaged face and the Milan hospital added that he recently had undergone another surgery to reconstruct his skull and would have another one in the coming weeks.

Zanardi lost both of his legs in an auto racing crash nearly 20 years ago. He won four gold medals and two silvers at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics. He also competed in the New York City Marathon and set an Ironman record in his class.