SPORTS DAY: Manyonga leaps into the record books
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ATHLETICSLuvo Manyonga rules Britannia again
Luvo Manyonga ruled the sandpit at the London Olympic stadium yesterday once again‚ taking first place in the Anniversary Games ahead of countryman Ruswahl Samaai. The South African won 2017’s world championships here as well as the inaugural World Cup last weekend‚ and he keeps getting better. He triumphed at the 2017 world championships with an 8.48m effort‚ the World Cup with 8.51m, and yesterday he launched himself to an 8.58m meet record that also matched his season’s best from May. “This is like my second home‚ I won the world champs here and it’s a great atmosphere‚” said Manyonga‚ 27.
Luck flows SA's way but heavy defeat looms still
Dean Elgar survived two spilled catches and being dismissed by what turned out to be a no-ball‚ Aiden Markram was dropped‚ and Sri Lanka’s bowlers were thrice denied wickets by the dubious margin of umpire’s call. But‚ by stumps on the third day of the second Test in Colombo on Sunday‚ what has become normal service had resumed: SA were getting their butts kicked. They were 139/5 in their second innings‚ needing another 351 to win. Considering the visitors’ current score is the highest they have achieved in a series in which they have been dismissed for 126‚ 73 and 124‚ their chances of hauling in that tall target are most kindly described as highly unlikely.
Stenson set to disappoint fans over events clash
Henrik Stenson has hinted he will bring a frown to a host of faces in his native Sweden next month by defending the Wyndham Championship title in North Carolina rather than going to the Nordea Masters in Gothenburg. The events will both be staged from August 16-19 but the 42-year-old gave a strong indication over his intentions after his final round at the British Open on Sunday. “It was Sweden that moved the date to the same week as the Wyndham so we’re (going to be) disappointing a lot of people,” Stenson said after ending his Carnoustie campaign with a two-under 69 and a one-over total of 285.
Hamilton retakes lead with ‘miracle’ victory
Lewis Hamilton went from 14th to first to seize a “miracle” German Grand Prix victory for Mercedes on Sunday and retake the Formula One championship lead from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who crashed. Vettel, now 17 points behind the Briton after starting eight ahead, led from pole position until rain caused chaos in the closing laps, with the German sliding into the barriers in front of his home fans. Reigning world champion Hamilton took the chequered flag, for a record-equalling fourth German Grand Prix win, ahead of his Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. It was the 66th win of his F1 career and minutes after the finish the heavens opened with an array of thunder and lightning and a fierce downpour that would have stopped any race.
SOCCERCoach relieved after Brockie finds back of the net
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane cut a relieved figure after striker Jeremy Brockie scored his first goal in the Brazilians’ colours on Saturday. The 30-year-old New Zealand striker is yet to find the back of the net in an official match since moving to Sundowns from SuperSport United in a high-profile transfer in January. Mosimane is relieved that he was able to find a goal in Sundowns’ pre-season friendly match against Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium on Saturday. The Downs coach said: “JB (Brockie) stresses a lot sometimes about scoring and I was getting worried myself. It was more of a relief even for me to see Brockie breaking the ice.”
Athletics bosses hit back at Comrades champ
Athletics SA (ASA) has retaliated against outspoken Comrades women’s champion Ann Ashworth‚ starting disciplinary action that could lead to her being banned from running and possibly stripped of her crown. The federation has drawn up a charge sheet containing a shotgun blast of allegations‚ from bringing the sport into disrepute for her recent criticism of the organisation, to cheating while running to victory in the 90.184km ultra-marathon this year. Ashworth‚ an advocate‚ confirmed she received the charge sheet through her attorneys on Friday: “I have taken legal advice. I will be strongly defending all charges which are purely an attempt to bully and intimidate me. This is their way of keeping me quiet.”
Marx brilliant as Lions march on
When he left the field he looked spent. Malcolm Marx had left it all on the Ellis Park turf‚ having delivered another masterclass in contemporary hooker play. The crowd gave him rapturous applause for his efforts in helping the Lions subdue the dangerous Jaguares 40-23 in their Super Rugby quarterfinal. Marx‚ SA’s current Player of the Year‚ truly lived up to that billing. He proved a constant menace with forceful ball carries‚ timely interventions in exacting steals at the ruck‚ even contributing a long-range intercept try. Captain Warren Whiteley reminded‚ however‚ that praise for the win shouldn’t be narrowly focused: “Collectively it was a massive effort.”
Pakistan thrash Zimbabwe for ODI series sweep
Pakistan completed a series whitewash over Zimbabwe with a 131-run win on Sunday in the fifth and final match at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo. On another record-setting day for the visitors, Fakhar Zaman became the fastest player in history to reach 1,000 career runs in one-day international cricket as Pakistan amassed 364 for 4. Zaman broke the previous record of 21 innings by reaching the mark in his 17th innings in the course of a fluent half century. His opening partner, Imam-ul-Haq, was also in the runs once again, the pair adding their fourth century stand of the series. They took the score to 168 in the 25th over before Zaman was caught behind for 85. While he missed out on what would have been his third hundred of the series, Zaman did also claim the records for most runs in a five-match bilateral series with 515 and most runs scored between dismissals in ODIs, having scored 455 runs since he was last dismissed in the first match of the series.
Kiwi women beat France to retain World Cup Sevens
New Zealand retained their women’s World Cup Sevens crown here on Saturday, beating France 29-0 in the final to claim the title for a second time. Michaela Blyde was the star for the Black Ferns with a brilliant hat-trick as the New Zealanders outclassed the French at AT&T Park. Blyde’s treble took her tally to the tournament to nine tries for the weekend, crowning a superb tournament for the 22-year-old. France, who had earlier stunned Olympic champions Australia to reach the final for the first time, were never in contention.
ATHLETICSDon’t compare me to Bolt: Jamaica’s latest hope
Akeem Bloomfield announced himself as the latest “next big thing” from Jamaica when he broke 20 seconds for the first time to win the London Diamond League 200m on Sunday, but immediately played down any comparison to Usain Bolt. The 20-year-old, who won over 400m in Rabat two weeks ago, ran a controlled bend out in lane eight before pouring on the power to come home in 19.81 seconds, smashing his previous best of 20.00. Panama’s Alonso Edward was second in 20.01 with Ecuador’s Alex Quinonez (20.13) edging out home favourites Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Adam Gemili. “I’m very happy with the time because that is phenomenal,” said Bloomfield,” who laughed off the inevitable Bolt comparisons. “I don’t think anyone can ever surpass Usain Bolt and I don’t think he should be compared with mere mortals like me,” he said. “If I accomplish even half of what he did it would be an amazing achievement.”
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