Sunday 25 February 2018

Athletics: Bolt warning for Chambers

Usain Bolt welcomed Dwain Chambers back into the Olympic sprinting fold yesterday before warning that Britain's fastest man should, like everyone else, expect to be blown away by him this summer.

Bolt will race against Chambers over 100m at Ostrava's Golden Spike meeting tomorrow and says he has no problem with the former doping offender getting the green light to seek Olympic qualification.

"For me, if the rules say it's okay for him to come back, then who am I to really complain. Is he a threat? As long as he is in a lane beside me, he is. I'm focused on whoever lines up beside me."

Bolt, being paid his usual £200,000 to compete in Ostrava, won't run at the upcoming meet in Crystal Palace because of British tax laws. "It's sad," he said. "But at the Olympics every Jamaican will get one of the most awesome shows."

BOXING

Former champion Amir Khan will fight undefeated American light-welterweight Danny Garcia on July 14 for the WBC title.

The English fighter's rematch against Lamont Peterson, scheduled for last weekend, was called off after Peterson, who controversially beat Khan to win the WBA super-lightweight and IBF light-welterweight titles, failed a drugs test.

Peterson has appealed and Khan is waiting to find out whether he will be given back the belts he lost.

Should that happen, or the titles be declared vacant, Khan's fight against Garcia, could be a unification bout.

Tennis

IRELAND'S Daniel Glancy yesterday chalked up his fourth win in the ITF Futures event in Turkey.

After two wins in the singles qualifying round and one doubles victory in the outdoor clay-court tournament in Mersin, the Mayo man clinched a second-round place in the main draw of the individual competition.

Glancy coasted to a 6-3 6-1 victory over Turkey's Barkin Yalcinkale.

Irish Independent

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