• November 16, 2017 /  Athletic and Swimming, Racing, Uncategorized

     PARIS (Reuters) – As softly-spoken off the bike as he is brutal on his machine, Chris Froome completed a long journey out of Africato claim his maiden Tour de France on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday.

     As much as kids from Kilburn, London, are not supposed to win the Tour, as 2012 champion Bradley Wiggins would say, kids from Kenya are not supposed to prevail on the French roads either.

     “I’d like my performances here to help inspire a lot of youngsters, especially young Africans. They have to believe they can get out of Africa to make it to European teams,” the 28-year-old Froome said.

    This is exactly what Froome, born in Kenya of British descent and schooled in South Africa, did.

     He started riding at 17 with local cycling coach David Kinjah in the highlands of Nairobi and in 2006, took part in the Under-23 world championships representing Kenya.

    It was hardly an auspicious beginning – crashing into a policeman on the first bend of the time trial event.

    Froome joined the Barloworld team in 2008 and rode his first Tour de France, finishing 84th and with little hope of one day winning the world’s greatest cycling race.

     “The first time that I thought that ‘ok, realistically I could become a GC (general classification) rider to contend in grand Tours was during the 2011 Vuelta,” said Froome, who joined the well-oiledTeam Sky in 2010.

    “Up until then I was finding it difficult to keep my performances high for three weeks. The Vuelta 2011 gave me the confidence that I do belong to the group of riders who belong in front of the general classification.”

    Froome, first described by Sky principal Dave Brailsford as “a rough diamond, in need of shaping and polishing”, worked for team leader Wiggins at the Vuelta in 2011 and still managed to finish ahead of him.

    “When I very first joined Team Sky they asked me what my aspirations were,” said Froome.

    “I set goals. Short, long-term goals. Being able to target the Tour was one of the long-term goals.

    “I work pretty well within Team Sky’s system. I’m independent but I also enjoy structure, routine, that’s what team Sky is about. They offer a structure for the riders. They have everything planned.”

     Froome, the first man since Eddy Merckx in 1970 to win at top of the iconic Mont Ventoux with the yellow jersey on his shoulders, was made to wait as he matured as a rider in the shadow of Wiggins, who last year became the first Briton to win the Tour de France.

    Behind him was Froome, who expressed frustration in the mountains, where he seemed able to beat his leader. But team orders are team orders, and Froome reluctantly obeyed.

    With no Wiggins this year, the Briton absent as he recovers from illness and injury, Froome quickly set about making his mark.

    SUMMIT VICTORY

    On the first summit finish at Ax-3-Domaines in the Pyrenees, Froome soloed to victory in awe-inspiring fashion and never surrendered the yellow jersey, despite suffering in the queen stage to l’Alpe d’Huez.

    “The worst moment was on l’Alpe d’Huez when I could feel I was completely flat on energy and it’s a horrible feeling,” he said.

    “When you have no more fuel left in your body and you see the sign 5 kilometers to go and you know it’s uphill, it’s something tough to get through mentally but thankfully I had (team mate) Richie Porte with me.”

    Froome is eager for more glory.

    “Personally I think the Tour de France has to be the pinnacle of our cycling calendar, it’s the most sought-after victory,” he said.

    “Having said that the decision would be very much based on the parcours, on how suited it is to me, to my other team mates. But I’d love to come back targeting the tour every year.”

    A fantastic climber and an excellent time trialist, Froome will most likely be pleased with the route of the 2014 Tour, which will start from Leeds.

    “It has been a fast progression for me. I’ve learnt so much but I still have improvements to make in my climbing, my time trialing, my descending,” he said.

    “But I can’t tell you what the future holds. I have been a pro for five years only.”

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  • Greg Rutherford ruled of Anniversary Games through injury

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    October 9, 2017 /  Athletic and Swimming

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    Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford has pulled out of next weekend’s Anniversary Games in London because of injury.

    The 26-year-old has not competed since pulling his right hamstring at the Diamond League meet in Paris on 6 July.

    But he said he still hoped to be fit for next month’s World Championships in Moscow, and has been given more time – until 30 July – to recover.

    Rutherford said: “I’m working as hard as I can.”

    The Englishman was not named in the GB team announced this week for the Worlds, which start on 10 August.

    British Athletics performance director Neil Black, who has said the Olympic champion does not have to compete prior to Moscow in order to prove his fitness, will pick between Rutherford and Chris Tomlinson.

    The Anniversary Games is a three-day meeting being held at London’s Olympic Stadium between 26-28 July. It marks a year since the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games.

    Rutherford had been hoping to compete alongside British team-mates Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill, who is also struggling with an ankle injury, on the second day.

    The trio all claimed gold medals within an hour of each other on 4 August, which became known as ‘Super Saturday’, in one of the most memorable moments of the Games.

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  • Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell doping positive

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    September 17, 2017 /  Athletic and Swimming

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    U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay and former 100-meter record holder Jamaican Asafa Powell failed the doping test.
    Gay, 30, who became one of the fastest sprinters in the 100 meters, by the U.S. anti-doping agency tested positive for doping in a competition last May.
    While Powell tested positive for the banned stimulant substances while participating in the Jamaican national championships, last June.
    Jamaican sprinter Sherone Simpson also failed in the same doping test.
    This is the latest doping scandal in athletics arena once a month ago the Jamaican Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown also tested positive for doping type diuretic.
    Powell had held the record before it was broken Usain Bolt 100m in 2008. And to this day he is still ranked as the fourth fastest sprinter in the world.
    Powell helped Jamaica won the 400m relay gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
    This year he recorded a record of 9.88 seconds but failed to make the Jamaican team that will compete at the World Championships next month.
    ‘Thank punishment’
    “I want to explain to family, friends and the main thing is my supporters all over the world that I have never knowingly or intentionally use supplements or drugs in violation of the rules,” Powell said in a statement responses.
    “I never cheated or even,” belanya.
    As for Tyson Gay, doping verdict is a blow for him because in 2013 he actually recorded the fastest time despite missing three times in 2011 and the full year following a hip operation.
    Tyson Gay is still waiting for the results of the B sample urine tests.
    However he has claimed back from the World Championships next month in Moscow.
    “I do not have a story of sabotage … I basically trust someone and it’s disappointing,” he said.
    “I know what happened, but I can not discuss at this time.”
    “I hope to be back running, but I will accept whatever punishment is fitting a man.”

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  • Marilyn Monroe “Help” Romashina Awarded Gold

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    September 16, 2017 /  Athletic and Swimming, Uncategorized

    Russian swimmer synchronization, Svetlana Romashina, won gold at the world championships in Barcelona, Wednesday (24/07/2013), with the figure of Marilyn Monroe inspired.

    Romashina mesmerizing the audience at the Palau Saint Jordi with an energetic and theatrical performances. He appeared inspired by the figure of Marilyn Monroe, complete with blonde hair.

    The Russian was performed with a Marilyn-style costumes and perform to the accompaniment of the song, “I Wanna Be Loved By You,” which had been a Marilyn Monroe comedy movie soundtrack, and “Some Like It Hot,” in 1958. No doubt, charming appearance Romashina also gave the jury a value 97 340.

    Chinese athletes captured the silver medal, Huang Xuechen, with 95 720 points to the accompaniment of “Phantom of the Opera”. Won the bronze medal while the home crowd favorite athlete Spanish, Ona Carbonell, who earn 94 920 points.

    According Romashina, presenting the idea of ​​”soul” Marilyn Monroe came from Elena, daughter of synchronization Russian coach, Tatiana Dachenko. “He has had this idea two years ago, but have not found the right athletes to make it happen,” said the winner of three Olympic medals. “I love this character, so be animating.”

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  • Java runner seize Bob Hasan Sprint

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    September 11, 2017 /  Athletic and Swimming

    East Java runners dominated the numbers ran 60 yards teenage girls in National Championship Athletics’ Bob Hasan Sprint “after passing four runners to the semifinals in Madya Stadium, Senayan, Jakarta.
    In the preliminary round held Wednesday, from seven series passed 16 runners who competed for the semifinals which consists of the champions and runners-up of each series plus two runners with the best record.
    Java passed four runners, each series champion Nia Fatul Aini 1, Febi Ulfa 4 series champion, and Eka Cahya 5 series champion and runner-up Sri Wahyu 7 series.
    Other runners who qualified for the semifinals include Anisa Aprilia (Sulawesi), Agustina Mardika (North Sumatra), Barkah Sekar (DKI Jakarta), Mira Maryanti (Jabar), Habibah Amalia (Jabar), Deni Syahputri (West Sumatra), Neng Arisma ( Jabar), Brima Pramesti (DIY Yogyakarta), Austien Velicia Mofu (DKI Jakarta), Sri Mayasari (South Sumatra), Irene Alisjahbana (DKI Jakarta), and Yuni Eka (Central Java).
    The surprise was the failure of runners from North Sulawesi, Anggreina Rorong to the semifinals for only ranked 30th with a time of 8.48 seconds.
    The best record of 60 meters preliminary round girls recorded by Hasruni with time of 7.73 seconds, followed by Mira Maryanti 7.86 seconds, and 7.98 seconds Eka Cahya.
    Rekornas this number is owned by Nurul Imaniar (NTB) with a time of 7.61 seconds recorded 2009.
    According to the schedule, the semifinals will be played on Thursday (8/12) at 14.15 pm, followed by the finals at 16:30 pm.
    Besides the rarely run 60 yards young women, the first day Wednesday also play preliminary round junior daughter ran 60 yards, 60 yards young men, junior men’s 60 meter, 1,000 meter teenage sons, 4 x 1,000 meter relay juniors and young men and women.
    The first day of National Championship “Bob Hasan Sprint” is characterized by the presence of the Chairman of the new KONI Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Tono. The newly elected leaders last week in KONI National Conference Center in Lombok, NTB, said they were proud of what has been done by PB.PASI dipimpinan Bob Hasan.
    “This should be followed by a parent-the parent organizations. Despite success in the SEA Games, PB.PASI still did not stop coaching, especially for junior athletes, “said Tono.

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  • Forget the Tour de France, It’s He Running Tours Around Paris

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    August 29, 2017 /  Athletic and Swimming, Uncategorized

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    Paris – As the most famous bicycle race in the world, many tourists who watch the Tour de France. In fact, you could just take a tour around the city of Paris run. Travelers will run round the famous icons in the romantic city.

    Reporting from New York Times, Monday (22/07/2013), this tour is named Nike Running France. The tour is held free every week, with participants between 150-200 people. Besides the tourists, Parisians also enthusiastically following the event run so far is 10 Kilometers. There expatriates, chefs, graphic designers, students, teachers, housewives, and journalists.

    Tours run started at 18:00 local time, right at dusk. Participants will gather in front of the Nike store at the Champ-Elysees, luxury shopping area in the city of Paris. Relax, tourists will be guided by a tour guide who already holds a certificate of Nike Running France.

    The journey began. Hundreds of tourists will belari across the famous icons in the city of Paris. Starting from the Champ-Elysees, Louvre Museum, and of course the Eiffel Tower. You will pass the Trocadero, entering tunnels underground stations, and winding between Paris citizens who sit calm while sipping coffee at a cafe.

    This tour is not the first run. 2007-2008 years ago was named Paris Running Tours Tour the same distance, 10 Kilometers. Participants increased 10% from year to year. It seems enthusiastic travelers touring around the city this run.

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  • “Related to Doping, Time Athletes Be Knight”

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    August 28, 2017 /  Athletic and Swimming, Sport Equipments

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    MIAMI – Asafa Powell, Sherone Simpson, and Tyson Gray is still denied doping being twisted them. The world Sprinter compact answer did not understand why their results showed a positive doping test.

    Powell, Gay and Simpson are three of the six runners who shocked the athletics world, because of doping problems that ensnare them. All three tested positive in a doping test conducted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) when appearing in Jamaican National Championships in June.

    However, the three did not admit it. They argue that it is a positive doping results because they do not know any illicit substances contained in the food, beverage or supplement them.

    Athletes above statement echoed by Paul Doyle, an agent of Asafa Powell. He even accused Chris Xuereb, coach of Powell and Simpson deserve to be blamed for the incident.

    However, immediately denied the accusation Xuereb, who hope the athletes can be a gentleman to confess. As in the case of Powell, where the Italian police investigators found a number of drugs (supplements) in the former hotel rooms in the world’s fastest runner.

    “It is time the athlete is responsible for doping cases they do. This is better than making people surrounding dis scapegoat, whether it be a therapist, bartender or whoever, “Xuereb said as quoted by Super Sport.

    “I’m very disappointed they are blaming me for this. WADA and the public should stop receiving a story like this, “he continued.

    Further, during his stint as a therapist, Xuereb never give medications or supplements that violates the rules. “Most importantly, I’ve never given a substance that is illegal or prohibited to Asafa Powell or Sherone Simpson,” he added.

    “When recommending vitamins, all vitamins that I recommend is the famous brand and everything is bought over the counter in the store leading nutrition. I bought vitamins are also under instructions from agents and athletes, “he concluded. (Acf)

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  • Doping involved, Tyson Gay Adidas Hanging Contract

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    MIAMI – World athletics shocked by the news that sprinter Tyson Gay claimed involved the use of doping. Adidas is sponsoring runners from the U.S., decided to hang up his contract.

    Reported previously, with Gay Asafa Powell are two of the six runners who tested positive in a doping test that took place in Jamaica. Adidas as sponsor Gay admitted surprise at the news.

    “We were very surprised by these allegations and even if and even if we assume he is innocent until proven otherwise, we contract with Gay currently hanging,” said a spokesman for Adidas.

    Adidas agreement with the athletes give the German company the freedom to terminate the contract, “If it is proven the athlete convicted of possession or use of drugs or other controlled substances by the sports agency that has jurisdiction over the athlete.”

    Keep in mind, Gay has partnered with Adidas since 2005. Previously, 30-year-old runner has denied the allegations. Consequently, Gay had to be absent from the world championship run that will take place in Moscow.

    “I do not have a story of sabotage. I also do not lie. I basically trust someone and have let me down, “he concluded, as reported Emirates247, Tuesday (07/16/2013).

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  • Hadi Escaped to Ukraine

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    July 6, 2017 /  Athletic and Swimming

    Sudirman Hadi, from West Nusa Tenggara sprinter managed to qualify for the Youth World Athletics Championships 2013 in the Donetsk, Ukraine. The championship will take place on 10-14 July.
    According to Secretary PB PASI, Tigor Tanjung, Sudirman managed to record time 10.96 seconds in the men’s 100m at the National Athletics Championships Junior and Youth 2013.
    “The times were owned Sudirman deliver him to the World Junior Championships. World Championship record limit is 11.15 seconds, in the junior category, “he said in Jakarta, Monday (8/4).
    National Athletics Championships Junior and Youth 2013, which was held in Madya Stadium, Senayan, Jakarta on 3-6 April is the effort of PB PASI doing coaching athletes. In this tough competition occurs among athletes who make the emergence of a record-national record.
    Tigor adds, national record through tough competition in the junior and youth categories this year increased. Last year only six rekornas that telampaui, but now increased to 11 rekornas.
    “These conditions provide fresh air to coaching track and field athletes from all over the country. Therefore, in addition to be a junior championship qualifying event to the world championships, also a sustainable level of coaching athletes, “he said.

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  • Cycling-Armstrong says French findings on doping are no surprise

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    June 24, 2017 /  Athletic and Swimming, Racing

    LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) – Lance Armstrong said he was not surprised by a French Senate inquiry’s findings that the top two in the 1998 Tour de France took the banned blood booster EPO because virtually all riders at that time cheated and told lies.

     “I am not surprised,” the disgraced Tour winner told Cyclingnews. “As I have said, it was an unfortunate era for all of us and virtually all of us broke the rules, and lied about it.”

    The American, who was stripped of his seven Tour titles for doping, called for cycling to address its doping past in a “collective and co-operative manner”.

    “If we don’t come together, have the conversation and draw a line in the sand and then move on, we’re all screwed,” he said.

    Armstrong admitted having taken performance-enhancing drugs in January and was stripped of the Tour titles he won from 1999 to 2005 after the United States Anti-Doping Agency said it had uncovered a sophisticated doping programme.

     Armstrong did not compete in 1998 because he was battling cancer but the French Senate inquiry, published on Wednesday, named him as testing positive for EPO in 1999.

     Italian Marco Pantani, who won the Tour in 1998 and died of a drug overdose in 2004, and Jan Ullrich of Germany, who finished second in 1998, were among those named in the 918-page report compiled by a parliamentary group who called for a “truth and reconciliation” commission (TRC) to be created to lift the veil of silence on illegal practices.

     Since Armstrong confessed to doping on the Oprah Winfrey show in January he has called for a truth and reconciliation programme on several occasions.

     WADA, the world anti-doping agency, the International Cycling Union (UCI) and national federations have been wary of the suggestion, although UCI presidential candidate Brian Cookson has appeared open to the suggestion of Armstrong sharing his past.

    Armstrong continued: “I have not been contacted by anyone. I suspect in many ways they (WADA) are afraid of a TRC as it would fly in the face of the now famous talking point ‘the most sophisticated doping programme in the history of the world’.”

    Asked if the Senate’s findings would benefit the sport, Armstrong told Cyclingnews: “I don’t know. I really don’t.

    “I’d like to think that there is some good in all this but from my perspective, sitting here today, there has been nothing but damage done to the sport.” (Reporting by Mike Collett; Editing by Clare Fallon)

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