Bolt signs off another golden season with victory
Usain Bolt signed off another season where he dominated men’s sprinting with victory in the 100m in the season-ending Diamond League meet in Brussels on Friday.
Bolt blasted home in 9.80sec as four others led by American Michael Rodgers clocked sub-10sec times at the Roi Baudouin stadium in the Belgian capital.
There was more Jamaican delight in the women’s 100m when world champion Sally-Ann Fraser-Pryce blasted out to victory in a meet record of 10.72sec.
The performance of the night, however, came from Ethiopian Mohammed Aman, who lit up the 800m, clocking a world lead of 1min 42.37sec, only eight runners having ever gone faster.
Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie later matched Chemos’ feat of four successive Diamond wins after the world silver medallist claimed the pole vault in a meet record of 5.96m.
Powell, Simpson’s B samples test positive
Former 100-meter world record-holder Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson were among five Jamaican athletes whose “B” samples have tested positive for doping, the Jamaican Gleaner reported on Friday. The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) told the newspaper that it has received laboratory results that confirm the banned performance-enhancing substances found in “A” samples for the five at the Jamaican championships in June.AFP
Pakistan sweep to victory in Zimbabwe
Pakistan took nine wickets in an extended morning session to beat Zimbabwe by 221 runs on the fifth day of the first Test at the Harare Sports Club on Saturday. Zimbabwe, set an unlikely 342 to win, were bowled out for 120. Left-arm fast bowler Junaid Khan made the initial breakthrough, taking two wickets in his first eight balls of the day after Zimbabwe resumed at 13 for one.
Left-armer Rehman took four for 36, while Ajmal wrapped up the tail to take four for 23.
Off-spinner Ajmal finished with match figures of 11 for 118, the fourth time he had taken 10 or more wickets in a match. Zimbabwe had led by 78 runs on the first innings and were still on top deep into the Pakistan second innings before Younis’ unbeaten 200 allowed the tourists to declare on 419 for nine, leaving Zimbabwe with what proved an impossible task. AFP
Railways athletes shine in national open athletics c’ships
Durgesh Kumar Pal and R. Elavarasi clinched gold medals in the men and women’s 400 metres hurdles respectively on the first day of the 53rd National Open Athletics Championships at the Birsa Munda Sports Complex, here on Saturday.
SSCB’s Pal clocked 50.89 to finish first in the men’s event, failing to break the 2009 meet record of 50.26 set by Joseph G Abraham of the RSCB.
Olympian P T Usha’s meet record of 56.80 set in 1985 remained intact with Tamil Nadu’s Elavarasi fetching gold in the 400 metres women’s hurdles clocking a distant 1:00.80.
In women’s Shot Put, Manpreet Kaur hurled the weight to a distance of 15.03 metre to give the Railways the second gold medal of the day.PTI
Focus is on variations, not pace: Bhuvneshwar
Working hard on his form and fitness to prepare for the hectic international schedule, Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar said he is not worried about losing pace and focussed on improving his line and length.
“I don’t run after speed. Obviously, it will be better to have some more pace but I am very well aware that I can’t bowl with the speed of 150 kmph. I am working hard on my technique and variations,” said the bowler, who is busy with training in Meerut.PTI
Nadal laments another Olympic failure for Madrid
Rafa Nadal said it was hard to accept that Spain had failed in a third successive bid to host the Olympics and described the process as “tiring” for the country.
“It is hard. It is tiring for all of us, because all the country, all the city of Madrid worked a lot to have that chance, and for so many times already,” the Spaniard said. “So we feel that we deserve it…When I heard that happened it was surprise for me, especially being disqualified in the first round,” added Nadal.Reuters