The weekend saw the commencement of the IAAF World Athletics Championships in China with the sport embroiled in doping controversy while most top European football leagues kicked off.
Bolt saves athletics some more time
Usain Bolt returned to the setting where he first came to world attention – the Bird’s Nest in China and proved to Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay that he will be rated the best ever sprinter in 100m history, when he claimed the gold in 9.79s. Bolt afterwards said it was the hardest victory in the event so far in his career and that was true because it took a dipped head to win from Gatlin (twice banned for doping charges). Bolt said, “I’ve shown the world that it is possible to do it clean.” This victory would have come as a relief to newly elected IAAF president, Sebastian Coe.
Callum Wilson scores Bournemouth’s first goals
Newly promoted side, Bournemouth, had played their first two Barclays Premier League games conceding two, without scoring, but they came to life in London on Saturday as they beat an undercooked West Ham side 4-3. And it was forward, Callum Wilson, that took the plaudits with a hat trick. It was a relief to score his first goals to help his side take all three points.
Ghebreslassie is youngest marathon winner
Ghirmay Ghebreslassie has become the youngest man to win the marathon at the World Athletics Championships. The 19-year-old Eritrean finished in 2 hours, 12 minutes, 27 seconds and he had to fend off another Ethiopian, Yemane Tsegay as Munyo Mutai of Uganda came third. The 2012 London Olympic gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich finished in sixth position.
Pillars lose home match for first time in 12 years
Defending Nigeria Professional Football League champions, Kano Pillars were rocked to their heels on Sunday as they lost for the first time in the league at the Sani Abacha Stadium 2-1 to Nasarawa United. The away side was two goals up within the first 15 minutes of the game and despite five added minutes could not stage a dramatic comeback. The last time they lost – it was also a 2-1 defeat to the defunct Julius Berger team in 2003!
Federer wins seventh Cincinnati title
Roger Federer rolled back the years as he beat Novak Djokovic to win for a seventh time at the Western & Southern tournament. And ahead of the US Open that starts on August 31, the Swiss master beat the world’s No.1 tennis player 7-6 6-3 to put himself in the frame to win an 18th Grand Slam title. Djokovic joked afterwards that he may need to stay away from Cincinnati until Federer retires as he lost in the final for a fifth time.
Juventus and Benfica lose
Serie A kicked off with a shock as Udinese beat defending champion, Juventus 1-0 while serial league winners in Portugal, Benfica were also shocked by an unfancied Arouca team 1-0. Arouca top the two-week Portuguese league with six points; three goals for and none against.
Golfer proposes to girlfriend on the greens
Andreas Harto, a golfer from Denmark made a tournament called ‘Made In Denmark’ count when he proposed to his girlfriend, Louise, during the tournament in Farso on Friday.
Harto celebrated a five-foot birdie putt at the par-three 16th by going down on one knee and inviting Louise on to the green. He then pulled out a ring and asked for her hand in marriage – to which Louise said ‘yes’. He did not win the tournament but he won a wife.
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