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Campbell stalks Manuel at swimming worlds after doping row

first_imgKing was booted out of the women’s 200m breaststroke after winning her heat after the American was adjudged to have failed to touch with both hands at a turn, prompting an appeal from the United States.The 22-year-old, along with several top swimmers including fellow Olympic champion Adam Peaty, has expressed solidarity with Australian Mack Horton and Briton Duncan Scott after they snubbed Sun Yang on the podium after losing to the hulking Chinese swimmer.Horton, beaten in the 400m free last weekend, and Scott, bronze medallist behind Sun in the 200m free, sparked a furious reaction from China’s sporting idol and the communist country’s state-run media.Canada’s Sydney Pickrem, who has collected bronze in the women’s 200 and 400m individual medley at these championships, set the best time in the 200m breaststroke heats in 2:24.53.Meanwhile, American great Katie Ledecky continues to struggle with a mystery illness that forced her to pull out of the 1,500m freestyle final and 200m free heats earlier in the week.Team USA officials confirmed that the 14-time world champion could swim the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay but a final decision would be made before Thursday’s late final.Australian Matthew Wilson put down a marker in the men’s 200m breaststroke heats, clocking 2:07.29 ahead of Russia’s reigning world champion Anton Chupkov.Olympic gold medallist Ryan Murphy posted the quickest time in the men’s 200m backstroke heats, touching in 1:56.61 with world champion Evgeny Rylov of Russia just behind him.Share on: WhatsApp Serious threat: Cate Campbell competes in the 100m freestyle heats and looks the biggest danger to defending champion Simone Manuel in the finalGwangju, South Korea | AFP |  Defending champion Simone Manuel set the pace in the women’s 100 metres freestyle Thursday as normal service resumed at the swimming world championships after a doping storm threatened to spiral out of control.As fallout lingered on two separate podium protests made by athletes after FINA doping testers alleged China’s Sun Yang had destroyed blood samples, there was more drama as American Lilly King suffered a shock breaststroke disqualification in Gwangju.A buzzing Cate Campbell posted the fourth fastest time in Gwangju the morning after her blistering anchor leg brought Australia gold in the 4x100m mixed medley relay and looks a serious threat to Manuel.“I was definitely up pinging a little bit last night,” Campbell told AFP after clocking 53.36 seconds.“But I got enough sleep to get through this morning, so I’m happy with that. I’m really looking forward to a big nap today.”Manuel, who tied for 2016 Olympic gold with Canada’s Penny Oleksiak, topped the time sheets with a 53.10 heading into the evening’s semi-finals.But Campbell could have the American’s number after chasing her down in Wednesday’s mixed relay and Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom also lurks having set the second fastest time, just one hundredth slower than Manuel.Sjostrom, who was carried out on a stretcher on Wednesday after taking bronze in the 200m freestyle, joked: “I felt great after they gave me the oxygen — maybe I should take that all the time.”Italian Federica Pellegrini, who retained her 200m title, failed to qualify.– Sun snub –last_img read more

GolfSixes champions book a trip to Portugal

first_img Middlesex golfers Sian Whitbread and Paul Dimmer booked a trip to Portugal with the European Tour when they held their nerve to win today’s English GolfSixes final at the Centurion Club.The pair from Haste Hill Golf Cub triumphed on a tough play-off hole after winning their group and going head-to-head with the victors from the other side of the draw.They took on the 166-yard challenge which has faced Tour players over the last two years, when GolfSixes was played at the Hertfordshire venue. And, despite a head wind and the intimidating water feature just off the green, they came up trumps in the greensomes event.Dimmer ignored his nerves to send his tee shot into the heart of the green, Whitbread rolled the putt to within 1ft of the hole, leaving her partner a tap-in.With their handicap allowance of 0.7 on the hole they pipped their challengers, Dennis Swain and Andy Simon of West Essex. They too parred the hole but received just 0.3.The win brings Whitbread and Dimmer a luxury trip to Cascais in Portugal to play in the 12-hole pro-am ahead of the European Tour’s 2019 GolfSixes tournament, on June 7-8. They will stay on as the Tour’s guests to watch the championship.Andy Stubbs of the European Tour told competitors: “GolfSixes is something we are very, very proud of and the winners will come to Portugal and join us for a great experience.”Whitbread and Dimmer took their place in today’s England Golf final after winning the men’s and women’s qualifiers at Haste Hill, a municipal club in Northwood. Dimmer is the club captain.Their outing today was their first as a greensomes pairing and they played their six holes in level par 26, net 22, to top the leaderboard for their loop. On the other loop, Swain and Simon were round in two-under gross, net 19.9, to win their section and make the deciding play-off.Afterwards, Dimmer commented: “I’m drained, physically, emotionally and mentally, but I’m also exhilarated.“It’s been a phenomenal event and we’ve enjoyed it immensely. It’s probably the biggest single achievement of our sporting lives and we hope to represent England Golf in a way they will be proud of.”Whitbread, a retired payroll manager, and Dimmer, who works in the operating theatres at Harefield Hospital, are both board members at their club and keen to introduce more people to the game – and would recommend GolfSixes. “It’s a way to get more people involved when they haven’t got much time, it’s a perfect format,” said Dimmer.“I’ve only been playing golf for seven years and today shows that you can get into golf and do something phenomenal if you have the right partner and the right circumstances!”The fun, fast format of GolfSixes has proved a great hit as a European Tour event and has captured the enthusiasm of huge numbers of juniors – and the Golf Foundation’s 2019 GolfSixes League will launch this weekend. England Golf’s partnership with the Tour has seen the format rolled out to club members, culminating in today’s final.This is being replicated in Finland and Denmark, which will also send representatives to the pro-am.Image copyright Leaderboard Photograhy 2 May 2019 GolfSixes champions book a trip to Portugal Tags: Centurion Club, GolfSixes, grassroots golflast_img read more

BPL 2019: Tamim Iqbal’s 61-ball 141 not out hands Comilla Victorians their 2nd title

first_imgBangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal came up with one of the most eye-catching T20 innings on Friday in the final of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2019. Tamim’s heroics with the bat in Dhaka helped Comilla Victorians beat three-time champions Dhaka Dynamites by 17 runs and win their second title.Tamim had been struggling for form in the lead up to the final but he stepped up on the big night and broke an array of records as he took the Dhaka Dynamites attack to the cleaners. Tamim hit an unbeaten 141 from just 61 balls, his first century in the BPL that had 11 sixes and 10 boundaries.Tamim’s 141 was the second highest score in a T20 tournament final and it helped the Imrul Kayes-led Comilla Victorians post 199. He also became the first Bangladesh batsman to hit more than 10 sixes in a T20 match.Even as his much-fancied teammates were struggling to put bat to ball on a tricky Mirpur wicket, Tamim was hitting the big ones at will. Tamim showed little respect to the likes of Andre Russel, Shakib Al Hasan, and Rubel Hossain as he scored heavily against the big boys of Dhaka Dynamites.Big guns fail as Dhaka implode after strong startDhaka Dynamites looked like they would render Tamim’s special knock in vain when Upul Tharanga and Rony Talukdar took on the Victorians’ bowling attack after Sunil Narine was run out in the very first ball of their 200-run chase.Tharanga and Talukdar stitched a 102-run stand in just 8.4 overs before Thisara Perera got the wicket of his Sri Lankan teammate with a slower ball. Once the big partnership was broken, the Dynamites imploded as the likes of Shakib, Andre Russel, and Kieron Pollard were dismissed cheaply.advertisementTalukdar looked to keep the Dynamites in the hunt but he was run out (for 66 off 38 balls) after a mix-up with Pollard in the middle.The Dynamites felt the pressure of chasing a big total in the final as their seasoned campaigners, including the likes of Shakib, Pollard and Russell, were unable to get going.Wahab Riaz shone for the champions with figures of 3/28 while Mohammad Saifuddin and Thisara Perera picked up two wickets each. There were a couple of costly run outs that brought the downfall of the Dynamites.Tamim had been a national hero in Bangladesh for quite some time but the veteran cricketer hadn’t featured in a final before Friday’s championship match in Dhaka. But when he got the opportunity, he made sure he made it an unforgettable outing for him. How Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, and Shakib Al Hasan reacted after the finalTamim: “Throughout the tournament I had starts, but I failed to convert them. So, I guess, I saved my best for the last. We planned the innings really well. They had 2 world class bowlers in the form of Narine and Shakib and we didn’t take chances against them. It was a terrific wicket and at one point even 200 was looking less but I always knew we will be back in the match once we take a couple of wickets. The wickets of Pollard and Russell were really important. “Imrul Kayes: “Tamim is a great player and he showed his character today. Everyone will remember his knock in the final. At one point I was worried as we didn’t bowl well in the powerplay. But we came back strongly in the middle overs. Riaz and Perera were brilliant for us in that phase.”Shakib Al Hasan: “It was a very good game of cricket. 199 was always going to be difficult but we got off to a great start. We lost the momentum after 11th over and kept losing wickets. Next couple of months will be really important for our cricket. Tamim played really well. We can take a lot of positives out of this tournament. We are grateful to our supporters, hopefully, they will keep supporting them.”Also Read | Wake up New Zealand Cricket #MeToo banner seen during India vs New Zealand 2nd T20IAlso Read | Yuvraj Singh reveals why MS Dhoni is crucial to India at 2019 World CupAlso Read | MS Dhoni’s helped Rishabh Pant bat well in Auckland: Harbhajan SinghAlso See:last_img read more