Archive for August, 2019

  • Bjoerndalen upsets top guns to match record

    Date: 2019.08.17 | Category: 上海按摩服务 | Response: 0

    After a 10km effort punctuated with two shooting sessions, the 40-year-old Norwegian matched compatriot Bjorn Daehlie’s Winter Games mark.

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    Bjoerndalen, who now has seven gold medals to his name, trails eight-times Olympic cross-country skiing champion Daehlie on only ‘gold difference’.

    “I did everything the way I should today,” Bjoerndalen, whose previous individual victory came in a pursuit on Feb 12, 2012, told Norway’s TV2.

    “It was a perfectly paced race. I did things the way I know best.”

    He missed one of 10 targets but shot fast and skied flawlessly to beat Austrian Dominik Landertinger, who took silver, by 1.3 seconds. Bronze medallist Jaroslav Soukup of the Czech Republic finished 5.7 seconds off the pace.

    Pre-race favourites Martin Fourcade of France and Norwegian Emil Hegle Svendsen were sixth and ninth respectively.

    Russian Anton Shipulin ended a frustrating fourth, 0.7 seconds from the podium as the host nation were left still waiting for their first medal of the Games.

    It quickly appeared that Bjoerndalen was back to his awe-inspiring best in the Laura Complex’s crepuscular scenery.

    A perfect prone shooting session put him in a good position and despite a mistake in the standing shooting, Bjoerndalen used perfectly-prepared skis to make up for lost time.

    Overall World Cup leader Fourcade underlined the importance of the skis.

    “There are a lot of things to analyse,” he told reporters. “The speed on the skis, for example. The Norwegians skidded better.”

    It was Bjoerndalen’s third sprint Olympic title after his 1998 and 2002 triumphs.

    “He deserves it. He is a professional who has helped our sport evolve,” his former great rival Raphael Poiree of France had told reporters this week when asked if Bjoerndalen could win a 12th medal.

    “He is a perfectionist. There are not a lot of athletes like him. It’s been hard for him in the past three years. I think he had trouble accepting he had changed. But he learnt a lot.”

    Bjoerndalen now looks set to beat Daehlie’s record as he will certainly take part in the relay event that Norway will start as one of the hot favourites.

    “Last year, everybody talked about him and that he needed to retire,” said Fourcade.

    “But I was one of the ones who trusted him and I always told him that he had to follow his own way. Today he shut the mouths of all the people who were speaking about him.”

    (Editing by Ed Osmond)

  • World’s eyes turn to sport as Russian Winter Games hit stride

    Date: 2019.08.17 | Category: 上海按摩服务 | Response: 0

    The United States claimed the first gold in the slopestyle event held amidst the snow-capped peaks of the Caucasus Mountains, some 40 km (25 miles) northeast of the Black Sea resort town of Sochi where the main Olympic park is located.

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    On a clear, crisp day, U.S. snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg leapt and twisted high in the air, riding an almost flawless first run to win the slopestyle crown.

    Rock music blared and fans danced as the event, which bears similarities to skateboarding, made its debut in an initiative to attract a younger demographic to Winter Olympic sport.

    “I have no idea what’s actually going on. This is the craziest thing that ever happened,” Kotsenburg said.

    President Vladimir Putin has staked his reputation on hosting a safe and successful Games.

    Some 37,000 security personnel are on high alert in Sochi over threats by Islamist militant groups based in nearby Chechnya and other north Caucasus regions to attack the February 7-23 Games, the most expensive ever at a cost of $50 billion (30 billion pounds).

    Security analysts believe an attack is more likely elsewhere in Russia to humiliate Putin, who launched a war to crush a Chechen separatist rebellion in 1999.

    Twin suicide bombings killed at least 34 people in December in Volgograd, 400 miles (700 km) northeast of Sochi.

    Now the Games are up and running, Putin hopes they will project Russia as a resurgent power that has finally shed the shackles of its Soviet past.

    The opening ceremony on Friday night before 40,000 spectators and millions more watching on television tried to do just that, taking viewers on a race through Russian history with spectacular set pieces on a gargantuan scale.

    HITCHES HIDDEN, CHOICES QUESTIONED

    The event, at the gleaming Fisht Stadium built on the shores of the Black Sea, was not without its problems.

    One of the five Olympic rings failed to open properly, and when Russian state television noticed, footage of a successful rehearsal was used instead to conceal the glitch.

    On Saturday, Russia’s Games chief Dmitry Chernyshenko was questioned about the choice of triple Olympic figure skating champion Irina Rodnina to light the Olympic flame – a huge honour in the sporting world.

    A national hero in Russia and member of parliament loyal to Putin, she caused an outcry in the United States last September by re-tweeting a photoshopped picture showing President Barack Obama chewing and a hand waving a banana in front of him.

    “Irina Rodnina is from the club of three-times gold medallists and one of the most respected in the world,” Chernyshenko told reporters. “The Olympic Games are not about politics,” he said.

    Nevertheless, Putin held a meeting on Friday with Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovich, who was in Sochi for the opening ceremony despite a political and economic crisis at home that has brought thousands of protesters onto the streets.

    The following day, Moscow cranked up pressure on its neighbour by linking the disbursement of a sorely needed tranche of a $15 billion aid package to Kiev with the repayment of a hefty gas bill owed to Russian firms.

    GOLD RUSH

    Five gold medals were up for grabs on Saturday. The action concludes around midnight with the floodlit women’s moguls.

    There were plenty of empty seats at Sochi venues on Saturday. Organisers said about 70 percent of tickets had been sold for the Games overall, and that some venues’ seating capacity had to be reduced for security reasons.

    Following Kotsenburg’s victory, Norwegian Marit Bjoergen, dubbed the “Iron Lady” and the most successful athlete of the 2010 Games with five medals, won the cross-country skiathlon.

    Sven Kramer of the Netherlands successfully defended his 5,000 metres title in an Olympic record time at the Adler Arena.

    And Norway’s Ole Einar Bjoerndalen matched compatriot Bjorn Daehlie’s Winter Games record of 12 medals when he won the biathlon men’s 10 km sprint.

    Women’s ski jumping got its first Olympics run out with a training session, after a campaign to have the sport included.

    Looking ahead to Sunday’s big draw, the men’s downhill, American Bode Miller laid bare the dangers faced by competitors when he said the treacherous Rosa Khutor piste “could kill you”.

    The veteran clocked a speed of 132.59 kilometres (82.4 miles) per hour as he topped the timesheets in the final training run for the race, but was shaken after seeing team mate Marco Sullivan narrowly escape a serious crash.

    “Not kill myself was the primary (objective),” Miller said.

    (Additional reporting by Karolos Grohmann, Timothy Heritage and Keith Weir in Sochi, Martyn Herman, Julien Pretot, Nick Mulvenney and David Ljunggren in Rosa Khutor and Alexei Anishchuk in Bocharov Ruchei; Writing by Mike Collett-White; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

  • Kallis call looms for settled SAfricans

    Date: 2019.08.17 | Category: 上海按摩服务 | Response: 0

    Like Australia, South Africa are dealing with the absence of their star allrounder.

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    Unlike the visitors, they’ve been in planning for over a month.

    When the opening match of the three-Test series begins on Wednesday in Centurion, Jacques Kallis will not be there.

    For the first time in almost 20 years, the Rainbow Nation’s aspiring allrounders have reason to believe they can become a mainstay of the Test side.

    In the opening Test against Australia, it’s expected either Wayne Parnell or Ryan McLaren will replace Kallis.

    Left-armer Parnell played three Tests in 2010 but then fell out of favour, while McLaren featured in 27 one-dayers for South Africa in 2013 in what was a breakthrough year.

    Both impressed Proteas bowling coach Allan Donald while playing for a Composite XI in a recent three-day clash with South Africa.

    “Wayne bowled with good pace and good control. As did Ryan,” Donald said earlier this week.

    Coach Russell Domingo suggested after the warm-up game that he had a reasonably clear idea on the first post-Kallis XI, but would assess the conditions in Centurion before making a final call.

    Domingo all but confirmed spinner Robin Peterson would play, despite the venue having a WACA-like reputation for being pace friendly.

    “It’s tough. I’ve always been a big fan of having a specialist spinner in my attack. It just gives a lot of balance to the side,” Domingo said.

    Perhaps the biggest void left by Kallis is at No.4 in the batting order, where he scored the majority of his 13,289 Test runs.

    Faf du Plessis will shift up to second drop in a reshuffled order, with Domingo confident the switch will suit the 29-year-old.

    “Faf batted at four against India when he batted all day. He’s done it a lot for the Titans (in first-class cricket),” Domingo said of du Plessis, who scored a classy ton in the match against a Composite XI.

    “It’s not like he’s not used to doing it.

    “Whether you’re batting at four or batting at five, there’s not that big a difference.

    “Occasionally you’ll walk in at 2-10, but more often there will be some sort of foundation. So No.4 or No.5 shouldn’t be too much of an issue.”

  • Chelsea top as Arsenal are crushed at Liverpool

    Date: 2019.08.17 | Category: 上海按摩服务 | Response: 0

    High-scoring Manchester City, who started the day in second place and could have gone top, slipped to third after failing to find the net for the second successive game in a 0-0 draw at Norwich City who defended heroically for most of the match.

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    With 13 games remaining, Chelsea are top with 56 points, followed by Arsenal on 55, City with 54 and Liverpool on 50.

    Everton (45) and Tottenham Hotspur (44), who are fifth and sixth respectively, meet at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

    Chelsea, described by manager Jose Mourinho this week as “the little horse” competing against the “big horses” of Arsenal and City, got their noses in front in the most open title race for years with a comprehensive win over Newcastle.

    The visitors had no answer to Hazard’s artistry with the Belgian playmaker scoring in the 27th and 34th minutes with his third goal coming from the penalty spot after striker Samuel Eto’o was fouled by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

    Mourinho though was unhappy with Chelsea’s first half performance despite them leading 2-0 at the break although he praised Hazard and said he could not understand why he had not won a Player of the Month Award yet this season.

    “We gave them too much freedom to play,” he told Sky Sports, “but after that we completely controlled the game.”

    Asked what he thought of Hazard’s fine individual display Mourinho said: “He is a player that for some reason has not had one single Player of the Month in this Premier League.

    “That is quite surprising for me. Perhaps this country is so full of tremendous players that he hasn’t had an award.”

    ARSENAL CRUSHED

    In the early game, Liverpool made a mockery of Arsenal being top, crushing them with a stunning display of attacking football that produced four goals in an astonishing first 20 minutes from Martin Skrtel (2), Raheem Sterling (2) and Daniel Sturridge.

    Mikel Arteta scored a second half consolation for the Gunners from the penalty spot.

    The victory put Liverpool back in the title race and as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger conceded afterwards, raised questions about his side’s title ambitions.

    Arsenal had only conceded four goals in their last eight unbeaten league matches, before Liverpool went on the rampage.

    Despite the emphatic win and Liverpool’s total dominance, which led bookmakers to cut the Merseyside club’s title odds from 25-1 to 12-1, coach Brendan Rodgers played down any talk of winning the league.

    “Everything about our game was incredible today, it was an amazing performance against an outstanding team. To be fair, the title has not been a target, but we are improving and everything we did today was outstanding,” he told BT Sport.

    Wenger said: “It was a very poor day. Of course, it raises some questions today because we were caught many times and were naive.”

    Arsenal will have a quick chance of avenging their first league defeat at Anfield since 2007 when the two sides meet in an FA Cup fifth round tie at the Emirates next weekend.

    MORAL VICTORY

    Although Norwich and Manchester City failed to produce a goal at Carrow Road, the result was something of a moral victory for the home side who had lost 7-0 at The Etihad in November.

    The visitors, who have 68 league goals this season and 115 in all matches, also failed to score in a 1-0 home defeat by Chelsea on Monday and only had two shots on target on Saturday.

    Coach Manuel Pellegrini told the BBC: “We are frustrated because we could not win, but we did all we could do but in front of us there was a team who defended very well.

    “Every team will drop points, but we are still two points behind the leaders and we have 39 points to play for so we will continue exactly the same.

    Although there were no goals at Norwich there were plenty everywhere else which had a big impact on the bottom half of the table where eight of the 11 sides played each other.

    There were wins for Crystal Palace, who beat visiting West Bromwich Albion 3-1 with debutants Thomas Ince and Joe Ledley among the scorers, while West Ham United improved their chances of staying up with a Kevin Nolan double securing a 2-0 victory at Aston Villa.

    Palace climbed to 13th and West Ham to 14th but Sunderland’s relegation fears increased with a 2-0 home defeat by Hull City, after defender Wes Brown was sent off in the third minute for his third dismissal of the season, and they stand only a point above West Brom who slipped into the bottom three.

    (Reporting by Mike Collett; editing by Ken Ferris)

  • IOC boss Bach impressed by slopestyle ‘cool guys’

    Date: 2019.08.17 | Category: 上海按摩服务 | Response: 0

    After meeting the three medallists from Saturday, American Sage Kotsenburg, who topped the podium, Staale Sandbech of Norway and third-placed Canadian Mark McMorris, Bach hailed the arrival of a new generation of athletes at the Sochi Games.

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    “It looks very spectacular,” Bach told a small group of news agency reporters. “I just met the three medallists and they are cool guys.

    “They found it (competition) cool and now they wait for the party. When you win you have party.”

    The event was included in the Sochi Olympics as the IOC is eager to revamp the sports programme to attract new sponsors and a new generation of viewers and fans.

    Asked about the sport, its athletes and their daredevil approach to the competition, Bach said it was a sign of changes in the Olympics.

    “You know, that’s the new generation,” said the German lawyer.

    As well as kudos for the Olympic newbies, Bach had special praise for a Games veteran after 40-year-old Ole Einar Bjoerndalen won Saturday’s biathlon sprint to claim a record-equalling 12th Winter Games medal.

    The Norwegian became the oldest Winter Games gold medallist and matched compatriot Bjorn Daehlie’s medals mark.

    Bjoerndalen now has seven golds to his name.

    “He won?” Bach asked with surprise when reporters told him the Norwegian had once again claimed gold.

    “Oh, chapeau (hats off to him),” said the German. “This is an amazing comeback.”

    Bjoerndalen had not won an individual race for two years with many questioning why he was not retiring.

    “Everybody thought it was over because he did not do so well. But with this comeback, it’s amazing.”

    (Editing by Peter Rutherford)