New poster boy Van Niekerk no Bolt-like showman

first_img“If that means putting out some great times in the 100, 200 and 400m, then I know I’ve achieved the goals I want to do as an athlete.”Usain Bolt says South Africa’s Wayde Van Niekerk is really proving he’s a world star.Van Niekerk’s potential cannot be underestimated and he has been on fire this season, having run personal bests in the 100m (9.94sec) and 200m (19.84) last month, and also setting a new world best time of 30.81sec in the rarely-run 300m in Ostrava — again beating Johnson’s previous best.The South African said he had finally broken the ice with the American.“I met him at the Laureaus awards. It was nice to finally meet him. It was a bit awkward at the beginning, but obviously getting to know him and being in a comfortable environment with him really made the situation so much more relaxed.“These things happen. It’s the sport and it’s good for track and field and I think he would agree with me if I say we need this to happen to see track and field go from where it is to great heights,” he said, adding: “Yes, he did congratulate me!”Van Niekerk will not have the pleasure of racing against Bolt, who has chosen to compete in just the 100m and 4x100m relay in London, while the South African attempts an ambitious 200-400m double.“I don’t think you can’t really use the word ‘disappointed’,” he said of not getting to race against the towering Jamaican.“It’s just not my time as a competitor to compete against him, but that doesn’t mean I can’t go out there and do great things.“It’s time for us to honour Usain for what he’s done.”RELATED VIDEO.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Wayde van Niekerk has been hailed as the next poster boy for global track and field, and the softly-spoken South African admits he’s taking on board as much as he can from the outgoing Usain Bolt.Although lacking the showman’s pizzaz of Bolt, who has accrued eight Olympic and 11 world gold medals, Van Niekerk has showed his worth on the track, shattering Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old world record from lane eight when adding the Olympic 400m title to his world crown last year.Coached by ‘Auntie’ Ans Botha, aged 74, Van Niekerk remains humble and in awe of what Bolt has done for athletics.“It’s a massive honour to be able to learn and rub shoulders with a great like Usain,” the 25-year-old said ahead of the August 4-13 IAAF World Championships in London.“His impact on the sport alone has been massive and now I’m having an opportunity to build a small relationship with him as I continue my journey. It’s great to learn from these guys.“It’s definitely a good space to be in,” he said. “It’s good to see the guys supporting me as an athlete and backing the athlete that I’m becoming and also the belief I’m receiving in what I’m doing. It shows I’m moving in a positive direction as an athlete.”Bolt has consistently named the South African as his natural successor on the track, and Van Niekerk said: “All of us have a lot of respect for Usain Bolt and all of us have gained a lot of inspiration and motivation from what he’s done for track and field.“It’s a massive honour being mentioned in the light I am right now. It’s definitely an area that I need to accept, take the responsibility and obviously take the backing that I get.”– Work to reach Bolt heights –Van Nierkerk added: “As an athlete, I know I’ve got so much good to do, I’m 25 years old and I have a lot of areas to work on and finetuning to do before reaching the heights Usain reached in the 100 and 200m.“I’m going to go out there and put out a total new image to who I am and what I believe in, and my gifts and my talents.last_img read more

World Champ Cheptegei says Kipchoge is ‘Greatest of All Time’

first_img3000 m7:20.67Daniel Komen KEN1 Sep 1996Rieti MeetingRieti 400 m43.03Wayde van Niekerk RSA14 Aug 2016Olympic GamesRio de Janeiro Kipchoge seconds before he broke the marathon record. PHOTO @INEOS159Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Newly crowned World Athletics 10,000m Champion Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda has hailed Eliud Kipchoge for being the first man to run the marathon under two hours on Saturday, describing him as ‘the G.O.A.T’ (Greatest of All time).“Today history was made. A huge congratulations to the goat @EliudKipchoge upon inspiring humanity. For sure #NoHumanIsLimited,” Cheptegei said on twitter, soon after the race in Vienna.“You can do whatever your dream is only if you believe, 1:59:40 is absolutely phenomenal and will go down in history,” said Cheptegei, who also holds a world record time in another race, the 15km road race.Cheptegei is only the second Ugandan after John Akii-Bua to hold a world best time, and has himself had an amazing year, in which he won golds in the World Cross Country, the Doha World Championship 10,000m  plus winning the  Diamond League 5000m final.“What an amazing year it is,” he tweeted earlier. ” I finally become a world champion. Thanks to the people who have been part of this amazing journey right @Aarhus2019 to @IAAFDoha2019Special thanks to my family, wife, training partners, #Teamug2019 @GlobalSportsCom.” 10,000 m (track)26:17.53Kenenisa Bekele ETH26 Aug 2005Memorial Van DammeBrussels Kenya’s Kipchoge on Saturday made history, smashing the mythical two-hour barrier for the marathon in the “best moment” of his life on a specially prepared course in a vast Vienna park.With a time of 1hr 59min 40.2sec, the Olympic champion became the first ever to run a marathon in under two hours in the Prater park with the course readied to make it as even as possible.“I’m the happiest man today. The message that no human is limited is now in everybody’s mind,” an elated Kipchoge told reporters after the run, adding he expected more athletes to match his feat in the futureSix Ugandan pacemakersJacob Kiplimo Ronald Musagala Abdallah Mande Thomas Ayeko Mande Bushendich Timothy Toroitich Also exciting for many Ugandans, was that a team of six of their runners were among the pace setters as Kipchoge from Kenya set the new mark.The were led by World Cross Country silver medalist Jacob Kiplimo, Ronald Musagala and Abdallah Mande, fresh from the World Athletics Championships.The others were long distance aces Thomas Ayeko, Mande Bushendich and Timothy Toroitich, in a 41 team of pace setters.Kipchoge with his 40 plus pacesetters. There are six Ugandans. PHOTO VIA @INEOS159Gold medallist Uganda’s Joshua CheptegeiFastest human over 15kmCheptegei became only the second Ugandan athlete after legend Akii-Bua to set a world best time, with his stunning run last November at the 15km NN Zevenheuvelenloop (Seven Hills Race) in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. 15 km (road)41:05Joshua Cheptegei UGA18 Nov 2018ZevenheuvelenloopNijmegen 100 m9.58Usain Bolt JAM16 Aug 2009World ChampionshipsBerlin Share on: WhatsApp 10 km (road)26:44Leonard Patrick Komon KEN26 Sep 2010SingelloopUtrecht 200 m19.19Usain Bolt JAM20 Aug 2009World ChampionshipsBerlin Mile3:43.13Hicham El Guerrouj MAR7 Jul 1999Golden GalaRome EventPerf.Athlete(s)Nat.DateMeetingLocationcenter_img 58:18Abraham Kiptum KEN28 Oct 2018Valencia Half MarathonValencia 20 km (road)55:21Zersenay Tadese ERI21 Mar 2010Lisbon Half MarathonLisbon 2000 m4:44.79Hicham El Guerrouj MAR7 Sep 1999ISTAFBerlin 1000 m2:11.96Noah Ngeny KEN5 Sep 1999Rieti MeetingRieti 5000 m12:37.35Kenenisa Bekele ETH31 May 2004Fanny Blankers-Koen GamesHengelo 20,000 m (track)56:25.98Haile Gebrselassie ETH27 Jun 2007Golden Spike OstravaOstrava He clocked the world’s fastest 15k in 41.05 minutes, taking 8 seconds off the previous mark set in 2010.The Nijmegen race is a favourite for Cheptegei, who as a nineteen, twenty and 21-year-old, won the 32nd, 33rd and 34 editions before in 42.39, 42.12 and 41.13.The Seven Hills Race Zevenheuvelenloop is considered the fastest course in the world, and the best time held before Sunday was by Leonard Komon of Kenya who ran a time of 41:13 in 2010.In the foot-steps of Akii BuaCheptegei’s feat Sunday puts him in the league of world beaters, first achieved by Uganda’s most famous athlete, hurdler John Akii-Bua in 1972. Interestingly, like Akii-Bua, Cheptegei runs for Police.Akii-Bua’s feat will live in memory. Not only did he brake the world record, he also became the first man ever to run under 48 seconds in what is considered a highly technical discipline, the 400m hurdles. (video Bottom)He clocked 47.82 in that Munich Olympics final in Germany to take a phenomenal 0.3 seconds off the record set by the then greatest hurdler David Hemery four years earlier. More remarkable, was he run that final from the inside lane – considered the least favorite position in the one lap race.In winning, Akii Bua, then 23, became the first East African athlete ever to set a world record either in the Olympics or in any other international athletics meet and the second African to do so after Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia at the 1964 Tokyo Games. Bikila won the Tokyo Marathon in 2 hours 12 minutes.Akii-Bua in action. He was the first man to run the high hurdles under 48 seconds as he won Uganda’s first Olympic Gold medal in 1972. The only other Olympic gold has been from Stephen Kiprotich, in the marathon in 2012. FILE PHOTO via David Isabirye | Kawowo SportsHe missed the 1976 Olympics and a showdown with United States rival Edwin Moses because of the boycott by Uganda and other African nations. Edwin Moses went on to set a new world record in 1976 and to reign until Kevin Young became the first man to run under 47 seconds in 1992.“While other runners were gasping for breath at the end of the race, the 6′ 2″ Ugandan skipped, jogged, jumped round the track – even leaped over a few more hurdles – on his victory lap. He is recognised as the inventor of the victory lap.”He returned home to a jubilant nation. Then President Idi Amin Dada promoted him in police, for which he was running, named a street after him in the city, and gave him a car and house as prizes.Because of international politics, with Africa pushing for the liberation of South Africa, he missed the 1976 Olympics and a showdown with United States rival Edwin Moses because of the boycott by Uganda and other African nations. Edwin Moses went on to set a new world record in 1976 and to reign until Kevin Young became the first man to run under 47 seconds in 1992.Selected word records Half marathon58:23Zersenay Tadese ERI21 Mar 2010Lisbon Half MarathonLisbon 1500 m3:26.00Hicham El Guerrouj MAR14 Jul 1998Golden GalaRome 800 m1:40.91David Rudisha KEN9 Aug 2012Olympic GamesLondonlast_img read more

Hiluta keeps Spanish title in English hands

first_img For the third successive year, the Spanish Amateur Championship is in English hands after Jack Hiluta beat Germany’s Marcel Schneider 4 and 3 in the 36-hole final at Alcanada, Majorca. The 22 year old from Essex maintained England’s recent monopoly of the event which has seen Sam Hutsby from Hampshire finish runner-up in 2009, Matt Haines from Kent beat Lancashire’s Tommy Fleetwood in the 2010 final, and Somerset’s Laurie Canter lifted the title last year after defeating Surrey’s Stiggy Hodgson, his England team mate.  Hiluta, who was ninth seed after the 36-hole stroke play qualifying, beat Spain’s Toni Ferrer 3 and 2 in round one then put out fellow Englishman Ashley Chesters from Shropshire 3 and 1 to reach the quarter finals.  A 2 and 1 win over Kenny Subregis of France booked a semi-final place where he edged past Dutchman Daan Huizing by 1 hole.  In the final, Hiluta lost an early lead and found himself behind after three holes. But he regained it by the turn and was 2-up at lunch. He increased that on the opening hole of the afternoon and although Schneider pegged him back to 1-up with nine to play, a concession at the 28th followed by a birdie at the long 29th restored his three-hole advantage.  A birdie-three at the 32nd put the Essex man 4-up and the title was secured at the next which they halved in par fours.  Hiluta, who has spent the last few years at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, was capped at under 16 and boys levels and represented GB&I against the Continent of Europe in the Jacques Leglise Trophy.  He was England boy captain in 2007, a member of the England A squad in 2009 and last year, when back from college, he finished third in the Berkshire Trophy.  Meanwhile, Jamie Clare, runner-up in last year’s English Amateur Championship at Woburn, reached the semi-finals of the South African Amateur at Mowbray Golf Club in Cape Town.  The Somerset teenager was beaten at the 19th by Brandon Stone having defeated England colleague Toby Tree 1-up in the round of the last 16. MatchPlay Results 5 Mar 2012 Hiluta keeps Spanish title in English hands last_img read more

Twitter reacts in encouragement despite Indian women falling short against Aussies in T20 World…

first_imgImage Courtesy: IANSAdvertisement r5tgNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3zmWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ew1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 900dtWould you ever consider trying this?😱1nxCan your students do this? 🌚8si2Roller skating! Powered by Firework The stunning back to back wins in the Group stage, followed by an automatic qualification to the final of the T20 world cup for the first time. The Indian women’s cricket team had all the hopes and the backing of a billion supporters to bring home the trophy for the first time, but everything fell apart in Melbourne as the defending champions Australia overpowered Harmanpreet Kaur and the squad in both batting and bowling. After the dream run that ended in tears, the Indian women receive consolation and encouragement for their amazing overall performance and gifting the nation some of the best performance in Australia in the past few weeks.Advertisement Image Courtesy: IANSWhile India defeated the same team in the inaugural match of the tournament, the Aussies were flawless in both innings, racking up an astounding total of 184 and them wiping out the Indian batting order before they could make it 100 runs. Following the defeat, Twitter flooded in to uplift the morale of the Women in Blue cricketers, who nonetheless performed amazing throughout the world cup.Iconic Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar felicitated the world cup winners, but also praised the Indian women, stating that the growing young team has a solid future.Advertisement West Indies hall of fame Sir Vivian Richards motivated the Indian team that in future they will clinch the title that they came so close in this world cup.Men’s team captain Virat Kohli tweeted for an optimistic future for the ladies.Former women’s team skipper Mithali Raj forwarded her felitications to the squad for their tremendous spell across the tournament, and vouched for the betterment of women’s cricket in future.Former women’s team stalwart Jhulan Goswami cheered the ladies for their amazing performance and a promising future.Former Team India icon Gautam Gambhir had the perfect morale boost for the tournament runners up.Cricket commentator and former international player Aakash Chopra pointed out that although both finalists each lost only one game in the world cup, it wast the Aussie’s day in the end.Former Men in Blue opener Virender Sehwag revered the ladies for having a stunning world cup, and wished for a better future, congratulating the winners at the end.Mohammad Kaif, who was a part of the legendary Indian squad that suffered a loss against an invincible Australian team in the 2003 World Cup final, sympathised with the squad for having experienced the same feeling. However, the former batsman eulogised India for their amazing campaign in the tournament.Snehal Pradhan, sports journalist and former Women in Blue international, lamented that the Aussies can easily overpower their opposition even when not in peak performance.Next was VVS Laxman, the retired Indian run machine who expressed his joy on watching the women perform throughout the tournament.Superstar Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah had similar reactions, and commended the ladies for providing some of the most memorable moments the supporters enjoyed watching them perform.Women’s CricZone analyst and cricketer Ananya Upendran stated that the Aussies were saving their peak performance for the final stage, overpowering their opposition. She also pointed out the swashbuckling knock from Alyssa Healy, the player of the match who scored 75-off-39.Team India opener Mayank Agarwal morned the loss, but he also sprinkled some joy as he expects the Women’s world cup to inspire more young girls to start playing cricket.Senior cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle pointed out that despite Smriti Mandhana or the captain Kaur’s lacklustre form in the tournament, India’s road to the final was mesmerising. He also added that Australia’s game was top notch today compared to the rest of the tournament.Congratulating the hosts for securing their fifth T20 World Cup title, Bhogle congratulated India for having top of the line performance until the final match.Badminton Association of India president Himanta Biswa Sarma felicitated the team.Also read-ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final Results: Indian tigresses falter at final hurdle against rampant Aussies Advertisementlast_img read more