SPORTS DAY: One-two sweep by SA sprinters at Games
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Simbine stuns Blake to win 100m title
Akani Simbine of South Africa stunned Jamaican favourite Yohan Blake to win the men’s 100m in 10.03sec at the Commonwealth Games on Monday. Simbine stormed through on lane seven ahead of compatriot Henricho Bruintjies in 10.17, as Blake, the fastest man into the final, took bronze with 10.19. It was the biggest title yet and a major scalp for Simbine, 24, who finished fifth and a place behind Blake in the 2016 Rio Olympics 100m final. Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye won the women’s 100m in 11.14, ahead of Christania Williams in 11.21 and her fellow Jamaican Gayon Evans, who clocked 11.22.
Van der Burgh drowns British hopesCameron van der Burgh stunned world record holder Adam Peaty to win the 50m breaststroke gold medal on a big night in the pool for South Africa on Monday. Apart from Van der Burgh’s triumph, Chad le Clos clinched the butterfly treble with victory in the 100m final for his 16th Commonwealth Games medal and Tatjana Schoenmaker completed a breaststroke double with victory in the 100m final. Van der Burgh hurtled off the starting blocks and defied Peaty’s efforts to run him down in the frantic one-lapper, winning by four hundredths of a second in 26.58 seconds to inflict a rare defeat for the Englishman and complete a 50m hat-trick. Peaty has proved indestructible in the 50m and 100m in recent years and was expected to carry off the breaststroke double, but London Olympic 100m champion Van der Burgh had other ideas.
Injury ends transgender weightlifter’s historic run
A transgender weightlifter from New Zealand said she had “no regrets” on Monday after her historic appearance at the Commonwealth Games ended with a painful injury. Laurel Hubbard, 40, was leading the women’s +90kg category but when she attempted a Games-record snatch of 132kg, her left elbow gave way. Gold medal favourite Hubbard, the first transgender athlete to compete at the Games, said she thought she may have ruptured a ligament in her elbow. Born Gavin Hubbard, she represented New Zealand in male weightlifting events before transitioning to female in her 30s.
Death of 23-year-old Michael Goolaerts
The world of cycling on Monday mourned Belgian cyclist Michael Goolaerts after he died of heart failure at the age of 23 during the gruelling Paris-Roubaix one-day classic race in France. Goolaerts was found unconscious and not breathing at the side of the road on Sunday, after racing along one of the course’s famous cobbled sections. Doctors were unable to revive him at the scene and he was flown to hospital in the northern city of Lille where he died. A video on YouTube showed Goolaerts failing to negotiate a curve and shooting into a grassy bank at high speed. It was not immediately clear if he suffered the heart attack before crashing. No other rider appeared to be involved.
Tau irked by talk of winning footballer of the seasonPercy Tau might have drawn level at the top of the goal-scoring charts and again been backed by coach Pitso Mosimane to be named Player of the Season‚ but talk of the individual awards is irritating the player. The Mamelodi Sundowns goal ace was annoyed when he was asked about the endorsement from his coach after he scored the winner for the Absa Premiership leaders in the 2-1 success over Baroka FC at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday. “There’s that question again‚” Tau said. “I’m really grateful for what the coach sees in me and the support I get from my teammates. What’s important for us is to try and win the league‚ the rest is secondary.” Tau has now got 11 goals in the chase for the Golden Boot‚ catching up to Rodney Ramagalela of Polokwane City at the top of the standings.
City need to produce ‘the perfect game’ says Pep
Manchester City must overturn a 3-0 deficit against Liverpool in the second leg of their Champions League quarterfinal tie on Tuesday and manager Pep Guardiola said that will require “the perfect game” from his players. City go into the match on the back of a 3-2 defeat in the Premier League to rivals Manchester United on Saturday when a win would have secured the title. Guardiola’s side gave up a two goal lead in that game and they know that even a single slip-up against Liverpool will make their task of progressing to the semifinals almost impossible.
Reed will be ‘even more dangerous’ at Ryder CupPatrick Reed, one of the US’s most formidable Ryder Cup weapons, will be even more fearsome come September thanks to his Masters victory. That’s the view of three-time major winner Jordan Spieth, who was salivating at the thought of joining Reed in the 42nd Ryder Cup matches against Europe at Le Golf National outside Paris. Ominously for Europe, Reed became the fourth US Ryder Cup prospect to win a major since Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Masters last year. In two Ryder Cup appearances, Reed has won six of his nine matches. He’s a perfect 2-for-2 in singles — starting with a victory over Henrik Stenson at Gleneagles in 2014 during which Reed irked European fans with his notorious “shushing” gesture. Spieth, who has teamed with Reed for seven wins in Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup play, was only sorry he didn’t get to go head-to-head with him down the back nine at Augusta on Sunday.
UK champ beats the mud to win place in world final
With a sliding dive worthy of a rugby try, Chris Hepworth flung himself and his partner over the finishing line to become UK Wife Carrying champion, and now has his eye on the world title. The couple beat around 40 pairs over the 380m course on Sunday, in a race that was marred by the injury of one wife when her husband slipped in the copious mud and landed on her. The sport is open to any adult couple, married or not, with the “wife” – of any gender – required to weigh at least 50 kg. On the British course, runners have to tackle hay bale obstacles and are showered with water by spectators. Having set a course record of one minute and 37 seconds, Hepworth and his partner Tanisha Prince from London plan to take up the chance of competing in the world finals in Finland.
Angry Rossi accuses Marquez of ‘destroying’ MotoGP
Italian MotoGP great Valentino Rossi has accused reigning world champion Marc Marquez of “destroying” the sport by riding dangerously and without respect for his rivals. The pair clashed on a damp track in Argentina on Sunday, with Rossi falling after being pushed onto the grass by the Spaniard who had already incurred a ride-through penalty for a breach of start procedures. Rossi finished 19th with Marquez, who was handed a 30 second penalty for the collision, also out of the points in 18th position. “I’m OK, but this is a very bad situation,” Rossi said of the incident, with Marquez refused access to the Yamaha garage in an attempt to apologise that the Italian dismissed as mere PR for the cameras.
Hamilton concerned about Mercedes form
Lewis Hamilton on Monday admitted to concerns about Mercedes’ early-season form after seeing Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel remain unbeaten in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix. The 33-year-old defending four-time world champion said he had little idea how or why Ferrari had been able to outperform his Mercedes team, Vettel claiming a tense win ahead of Valtteri Bottas. It was the German’s second win in as many races this season and installed him as a clear favourite to beat Hamilton to become a five-time champion.REUTERS, AFP and TimesLIVE