SPORTS DAY: Oh so Clos for Chad at Games
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Le Clos gets silver in 100m freestyle duel
“Dammit!” Chad le Clos summed it up best after he had been edged into joint second place by young Scottish swimmer Duncan Scott in the 100m freestyle at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday night. This was the first time the South African superstar was racing this event at a championship‚ and for the first 75m he looked like he was going to whip the three Australian favourites. Scott touched in 48.02sec‚ with Le Clos and Kyle Chalmers hitting the wall simultaneously in 48.15 with McEvoy fourth in 48.44.
Colleen Piketh up bronze again
Colleen Piketh picked up South Africa’s first lawn bowls medal of the Commonwealth Games on Sunday‚ taking the same women’s singles bronze that she won four years ago. And there will either a gold or a silver coming to the women’s four on Monday. Piketh was unable to get past New Zealand’s defending champion Jo Edwards in their semifinal‚ doing down 17-21. Piketh’s opponent in the play-off for third spot was the Canadian who had shared Edwards’s bronze‚ Kelly McKerihen. But this time Piketh made no mistake‚ winning 21-17.
I won't quit, says Chiefs coach
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela will not resign in spite of heated protests from the small crowd that watched the 3-0 home loss to Chippa United at FNB Stadium on Saturday. “I cannot run away‚” he said after he and his players walked through a rain of missiles from angry hands at the end of the game. “I’m not the kind of guy who runs away from responsibility. If you are a proud person‚ sacrifice and responsibility are part of the components of the job.”
Griffiths supplies winner for Celtic
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers blamed Hamilton’s plastic pitch for a lacklustre performance even though his team won 2-1 on Sunday to move one win from a seventh straight Scottish title. Leigh Griffiths came off the bench to score the winner after Hamilton had been reduced to 10 men in the first-half by Darren Lyon’s red card. Said Rodgers: “I was always say on the Astroturf pitches it’s very, very difficult to get fast-flowing football.”
Cyclist airlifted to hospital
Belgian cyclist Michael Goolaerts was airlifted to hospital after being knocked unconscious in a heavy crash on the dreaded cobbles of the Paris-Roubaix classic race on Sunday, emergency services said. The 23-year-old was unconscious and not breathing when he was treated by the race’s medical team, then firemen and finally an emergency mobile medical outfit, the fire brigade said. He was said to be in a serious condition when flown to hospital in Lille.SOCCER
Sundowns strengthen grip on title
Percy Tau’s run of important goals continued in Polokwane on Sunday when he got the winner for Mamelodi Sundowns as they won 2-1 away at Baroka FC and extended their lead at the summit of the Absa Premiership to four points. It was the 10th win in 13 away games for the Brazilians this season‚ more than the requisite foundation for any championship-winning campaign. With five games left‚ the title is now theirs for the taking.
Kenyans sweep titles in Paris
Kenyans won the men’s and women’s Paris Marathon titles on Sunday as, in a piece of theatre calculated by the organisers, the two champions finished almost together. Paul Lonyangata retained his men’s crown and also caught and passed Betsy Saina, the women’s winner, in the last few hundred metres. Lonyangata finished in 2hr 6min 25sec while Saina won her race in 2:22:56. The women’s race started 16min 26sec before the men, the difference in times between the male and female winners last year.
Fiji in record Sevens win
Fiji won a record fourth straight Hong Kong Sevens crown on Sunday with a crunching 24-12 victory over Kenya, and dedicated the win to those hit by a deadly cyclone this month. Fiji had come to Hong Kong looking to raise spirits back home and grab a slice of history with a fourth straight title win — and an 18th overall. Such is the importance of the event to Fijians that they opted to send a full-strength squad to town, even though the Commonwealth Games rugby sevens tournament — one they have never won — is next weekend.
Marriage proposal a slam-dunk
An English basketball player stunned his girlfriend by proposing on-court at the Commonwealth Games — but happily, she accepted. Jamell Anderson lured Georgia Jones, who plays for England’s women’s team, to the centre of the court on Australia’s Gold Coast with the help of team-mates. He then surprised her by getting down on one knee, producing an engagement ring and popping the question. “I had absolutely no idea,” Jones, 28, said. “He told me I was just getting a picture taken.”RUGBY
Tambwe equals Super Rugby record
The Lions’ Madosh Tambwe scored a record-equalling four tries in a Super Rugby match on Saturday and Canterbury Crusaders reclaimed top spot in the New Zealand conference. Democratic Republic of Congo-born Tambwe matched 15 other players since 1996 with Australian Joe Roff first to score four tries in a game. The 20-year-old winger took just 54 seconds to open the scoring in a 52-31 rout of Western Stormers in Johannesburg during round 8. He completed his hat-trick within 13 minutes and added a fourth try 12 minutes into the second half of the South African derby.