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Dr Mitchell officiates in new world games

FIJI’S Dr Robin Mitchell has praised the hard work placed by the organising committee of the inaugural World Beach Games in Doha, Qatar, last Friday. Fiji stood tall at the ceremony as one of our...

‘It’s crazy’: American Gauff wins first WTA title at age 15

(Reuters) – American teenage sensation Coco Gauff became the youngest player to win a WTA title in 15 years as she beat former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the Linz Open final on Sunday. The 15-year-old Gauff, who started the season ranked well outside the world’s top 600, beat Latvia’s Ostapenko 6-3 1-6 6-2...

Fresh off world record run, Kosgei thinks women can go even faster

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Like any true competitor, Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei does not plan to coast on her latest accomplishment — even if that happens to be running the fastest-ever women’s marathon. Hours after shattering Paula Radcliffe’s 16-year-old world record, running the Chicago Marathon in two hours, 14 minutes and four seconds, the 25-year-old said she...

13th October

Officials commend swimmers

SWIM Fiji completed the final national competition of the season on a high note at the Damodar National Aquatic Centre in Suva yesterday. SF general manager David Dugu said all swimmers stepped up to the challenge . “These swimmers are swimming in full lanes, stepping up to the challenge in achieving the qualifying time,” he...

Teenager Gauff puts homework on hold to stun top seed Bertens in Linz

(Reuters) – American teenager Coco Gauff stunned top seed Kiki Bertens to advance to her maiden WTA semi-final with a 7-6(1) 6-4 victory at the Linz Open in Austria on Friday, then went back to her hotel to do her schoolwork. Gauff, 15, became the youngest player to reach a WTA semi-final since Czech Republic’s...

Farah defends reputation after Salazar suspension

NEW YORK (Reuters) – British Olympic champion Mo Farah defended his reputation at a news conference ahead of the Chicago Marathon on Friday after being bombarded with questions about his former coach Alberto Salazar who has been banned for doping violations. Farah, who has not been accused of any wrongdoing, worked from 2011 to 2017...

12th October

Patricia sets swim record

PATRICIA Verebasaga of Barracuda Swimming Club aims to improve her time to break more records in the Swim Fiji Short Course Age Group Nationals at the National Aquatic Centre in Suva. Verebasaga set a record in the girls 50 metres breaststroke with a time of 37.06 seconds. The old record of 37.75 was set in...

11th October

‘Old sports’ must adapt, says surf chief ahead of Olympics debut

MIYAZAKI, Japan (Reuters) – As “cool” sports such as surfing, skateboarding and climbing prepare to make their Olympic debut in Tokyo, the president of surfing’s governing body has told Reuters that more traditional sports must adapt or face being dropped from the Games. Karate will also make its debut in 2020 while baseball and softball...

10th October

200-plus swimmers compete at short course nationals

MORE than 234 athletes from nine clubs across Fiji began competition today as the 2019 Fiji Swimming Short Course Age Group Nationals at the National Aquatic Centre in Laucala Bay. “These are the fastest age group swimmers that we have now that to reach this stage, they must have attained a qualifying time,” said Swimming...

9th October

Murray to make Grand Slam singles return at Australian Open

(Reuters) – Former world number one Andy Murray will play at next year’s Australian Open in what will be his first Grand Slam singles appearance since undergoing hip surgery, organisers confirmed on Tuesday. Murray, 32, who has finished runner-up at Melbourne Park five times, was knocked out in the first round at last year’s Australian...

Ukrainian, British and American men punch Tokyo tickets

(Reuters) – With no medals up for grabs on Monday at the world gymnastics championships, the race was on for the men to secure team spots for next year’s Tokyo Olympics and Ukraine led the way in joining heavyweights Russia, China and Japan. Double Olympic champion Max Whitlock’s efforts helped Britain to also secure a...

Smith, Warner in Australia T20 squad for Sri Lanka, Pakistan series

(Reuters) – Australia on Tuesday named Steve Smith and David Warner in their Twenty20 squad for home series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan as selectors firm up plans for next year’s World Cup on home soil. Australia host Sri Lanka in three T20 internationals starting in Adelaide on Oct. 27 before facing top-ranked Pakistan in...

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