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Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of what happened over the last 72 hours in Olympic sport: LANE ONE Monday: This is not a joke: FINA has a man who is accused of murder in Hungary as a member of its governing board, its executive committee and as […]
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It’s amazing what you can find out if you make an effort to read even the most boring documents. The international federation for aquatics sports, known as “FINA” by its French acronym, is staging its biennial World Championships, which will take place in Changwon (KOR) from 12-28 July of this year. It’s a massive event […]
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There’s no doubt that the 2019 World Taekwondo Championships will be remembered for a long time, and just for the fact that the event was held in Great Britain for the first time. British fighters scored three memorable victories, including a controversial third world title for heavyweight Bianca Walkden. She had won world titles in 2015 and 2017, but was facing...
She’s still perfect. Slovenia’s Janja Garnbret, the favorite for the 2020 Tokyo Sport Climbing title, won her fifth straight World Cup, maintaining her perfect record and can go for an undefeated season in the final World Cup in Vail (USA) in early June. Competing on the grounds of Munich's famed Olympiastadion, she cleared the same obstacles as runner-up Fanny Gibert (SUI),...
The story of the second and third days of the Tyr Pro Swim Series in Bloomington, Indiana has been Indiana star Lilly King, who set world-leading marks in the 50 and 100 m Breaststroke events. But on day four, she got Lazored. The gold medalist in the 2018 FINA World Short-Course Championships in the 200 […]
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It would be easy to dismiss American Kate Courtney’s win at the 2018 World Mountain Bike Championships as a fluke. After all, her best finish on the World cup circuit had been sixth, a year after dominating the U23 division. But her world title ride was confirmed by her outstanding performance in the Cross Country World Cup opener in Albstadt...
World Champions Alessio Foconi of Italy and Inna Deriglazova of Russia confirmed their status by winning the Foil Grand Prix titles in Shanghai (CHN), but with good news for the U.S. in both divisions. Foconi, who won the world title in 2018, had his hands full in the final, barely defeating 19-year-old American Nick Itkin, 15-14. It was another step...
Truth be told, the Chinese made the final stop in the 2019 FINA Diving World Series a lot more interesting by keeping their top performers at home. Still, Chinese entries won five of the 10 events in London (GBR), with Hao Yang (men) and Yuxi Chen (women) winning the 10 m events, and Chen winning […]
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When Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic took the lead by winning the first-day time trial by 19 seconds over Simon Yates (GBR), he made a statement that he was serious about winning the Giro d’Italia. On Sunday, after a calamitous sixth stage in which Roglic and most of the other expected contenders let a breakaway group bury them by more than seven...
Back in 2016, April Ross was the junior partner on the Olympic bronze-winning team with beach legend Kerri Walsh-Jennings. Now she’s the senior partner of an emerging medal threat for Tokyo after winning her second FIVB World Tour title this season with Alix Klineman at the Itapema Open in Brazil. This is a four-star tournament that has been dominated by...
The Kenny Bednarek story just keeps getting better. After running an astonishing – but very wind-aided – 19.49 in the prelims of the 200 m at the National Junior College Championships in New Mexico, he came back on the final day to win the 400 m in 44.73 and then took the 200 m in […]
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Named in honor of Dick Sudirman, the founder of the Indonesian Badminton Association, the mixed-team championship of badminton will be played for the 16th time beginning on Sunday in Nanning (CHN). While Indonesia would like to win to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the inaugural tournament – which it won – back in 1989, China is once again the favorite....
“Every time I think this has got to end sometime, but I go for it each time. I am using a more risky mindset where I am just trying different things and I think it makes it more fun and it’s going well.” No kidding. That’s American Katie Zaferes, who continued an undefeated 2019 season in the ITU World Series...
After winning both the men’s and women’s Skeet events during the first week of the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Changwon (KOR), the U.S. continued its success in the Trap program with two more medals in the three events. The American duo of Ashley Carroll and Derek Haldeman had an excellent chance to win the Mixed Trap event on the...
When the 2019 Amgen Tour of California route was finalized for both men and women, it was clear that the brutal stage that ended with a climb up Mt. Baldy would be the determining race within the race. The win for Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar in that sixth stage, and the second-place finish of Dutch star Anna van der Breggen were...
With her NCAA career at Indiana now completed, Olympic and World champ Lilly King has time for events like the Tyr Pro Swim Series in her home pool in Bloomington, Indiana. And she took advantage this week with her second world-leading mark on Saturday. She led from the start to post a 30.03 mark, easily […]
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This is more like it! The much-anticipated Diamond League meet in Shanghai delivered with fabulous head-to-head competition and six world-leading marks: ● Men/100 m: 9.86, Noah Lyles (USA) and Christian Coleman (USA) ● Men/5,000 m: 13:04.16, Yomif Kejelcha (ETH) ● Men/400 m hurdles: 47.27, Abderrahmane Samba (QAT) ● Men/Javelin: 87.55 m (287-3), Andreas Hofmann (GER) […]
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News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● It’s a World Championship year, so crazy things are happening. Like Kenny Bednarek, a freshman at Indian Hills Community College running a wind-aided 19.49 in the prelims of the National Junior College Championships in Hobbs, New Mexico. What? 19.49? What? […]
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While the focus heading into the Tyr Pro Swim Series meet in Bloomington was the return to competition of Nathan Adrian, an Indiana star actually stole the headlines. In her professional debut, ex-Indiana star Lilly King – swimming in her home pool – won the 100 m Breaststroke in a world-leading 1:05.68, the only best-in-the-world […]
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Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of what happened this week in Olympic sport: LANE ONE Wednesday: Track & field is almost never mentioned on the multiple talks shows on the major sports networks, but they were all agog on Monday after Texas high schooler Matthew Boling won […]
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