Tuesday 21 November 2017

Sun shines to strike gold

SWIMMING: Sun Yang came within a whisker of breaking the world record to win the men's 400 metres freestyle final at the London Aquatics Centre and became the first Chinese man to win an Olympic swimming title.

The 20-year-old sprinted clear on the final 100 metres to win gold in three minutes 40.14 seconds, just 0.07 outside the world record of 3:40.07, set by Germany's Paul Biedermann in 2009.

South Korea's Park Tae-hwan, who won the event in Beijing, finished second after winning an appeal just to compete in the final.

Meanwhile, China's Ye Shiwen won the gold medal with a world record time in the women's 400 metres individual medley.

Federer edges way past Falla

TENNIS: Fourth-time Olympian Roger Federer overcame a jittery patch to win his opening match at the London Games yesterday, beating Alejandro Falla of Colombia 6-3 5-7 6-3.

The top-ranked Federer was a point from victory in the second set, then lost three of his next four service games. But Federer was in fine form at the finish on the same Centre Court where he won Wimbledon for a record-equalling seventh time last month.

Meanwhile, in the women's singles, Serena Williams breezed through her first-round match against Serbia's Jelena Jankovic 6-3 6-1, while Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki beat Britain's Anne Keothavong 4-6 6-3 6-2.

Murrays sent crashing out

Andy and Jamie Murray crashed out in the first round of the Olympic men's doubles yesterday in a very tight battle with Austria's Jurgen Melzer and Alexander Peya.

The British pair were cheered on by a raucous crowd on Court Two and edged the first set but, despite being twice a break ahead in the decider, they could not close it out and went down 5-7 7-6 (8/6) 7-5 after two hours and 23 minutes.

Melzer and Peya are both very good doubles players, with Melzer a former Wimbledon doubles.

Albanian fails doping test

WEIGHTLIFTING: The IOC has formally excluded Albanian weightlifter Hysen Pulaku from the Olympics after he failed a doping test.

The IOC yesterday said that Pulaku tested positive for a banned steroid, stanozolol, on July 23. It said a back-up 'B' sample confirmed the result.

The announcement came a day after Albania dropped the 19-year-old from its weightlifting team over doping suspicions. He was supposed to have competed in the 77-kilogram category.

Bellamy ready to play part

SOCCER: Craig Bellamy believes that he will be fit for Team GB's second game of the Olympics against the UAE at Wembley today.

The forward put GB ahead in their opening clash with Senegal, but was later clattered in the area by Saliou Ciss's clumsy tackle.

GB's penalty appeals were turned down and Senegal scored a late equaliser. "I just tweaked my [knee] medial ligament but it should be alright... I felt physically quite good," he said.

States survive Croatia scare

BASKETBALL: The powerful US women's team, riding a 33-game winning streak, survived a scare from Croatia before surging in the fourth quarter to claim a 81-56 win.

Croatia used a 14-0 second quarter run to push past the US and battled them all the way before the US team shifted into high gear.

The US led by just three points at intermission and by 53-47 going into the final quarter before pulling away.

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