first_imgPakistan’s coach Younis quits ISLAMABAD (AP): Waqar Younis has quit as Pakistan coach only a day after Shahid Afridi stepped down as Twenty20 captain. Pakistan lost three group matches at the World Twenty20 and made an early exit from the tournament in India. Younis, who was national coach for 19 months, says “unfortunately I couldn’t give the result which the nation was expecting.” Younis had three months before his contract with the PCB was due to expire, but he quit after meeting with the Pakistan Cricket Board officials in Lahore on Monday. Setback for WCup stadium MOSCOW (AP): The official completion date of Sochi’s stadium for the 2018 World Cup has slipped back five months to November, the second such delay for a Russian World Cup venue in the last week. Regional sports minister Lyudmila Chernova announced the delay in comments to the state-run Tass agency, but did not give any explanations. The Fisht stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympics, but has needed lengthy construction work to convert it for football and expand its capacity to over 47,000. Last Friday, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said the St Petersburg stadium had fallen three months behind schedule but would still open by the end of the year. Sammy Stadium CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC): West Indies T20 cricket captain Darren Sammy yesterday expressed his delight at the decision of the St Lucia government to rename the Beausejour Cricket Ground, after him following the exploits of the regional team in the just-concluded T20 World Cup in India. Sammy, along with fellow St Lucian, Johnson Charles, returned to a hero’s welcome at the Hewanorra International Airport, where they were greeted by Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony and other St Lucians. “Big-time reception, homecoming,” Charles said in a video posted on Facebook, while Sammy said Anthony had announced that the island’s premier cricketing ground will now be known as the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium. “To God be the glory,” Sammy said, adding “I am truly honoured, I am humbled and bless. Thank you, we always know St Lucians love their own and the love and respect and admiration I have just received at the airport, oh my God, thank you very much.” Giorgi turns down Italy call-up ROME (AP): Camila Giorgi has turned down a call-up to Italy’s Fed Cup team for its World Group playoff against Spain, choosing to compete in qualifying for a tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, instead. The 48th-ranked Giorgi announced last week that she was cutting off ties with the Italian Tennis Federation – apparently because the federation insisted she play Fed Cup. Italy captain Corrado Barazzutti called her up anyhow for the April 16-17 series. Giorgi had until Monday to confirm her call-up and the federation announced yesterday that 72nd-ranked Karin Knapp was taking Giorgi’s place on the team, which also includes Roberta Vinci, Sara Errani and Francesca Schiavone. Giorgi is currently playing in Katowice, Poland, where she beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 6-4, 6-4 in the first round yesterday.last_img read more

first_imgRogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Completing Sotto’s Team Hustle are Kevin Quiambao of NU, RJ Abarrientos of FEU-Diliman, John Amores of JRU, Jonnel Policarpio of Mapua, Forthsky Padrigao of Ateneo, Bismarck Lina of UST, and Clint Escamis of Mapua.Joem Sabandal of Adamson, Aaron Fermin of Arellano, Paolo Hernandez and Dan Arches of Mapua, Joshua Yerro of UV, Mac Guadana of Lyceum, and Rafael Go of Chiang Kai Shek round out Team Heart.Chris Gavina will call the shots for Team Hustle while Charles Tiu will man the sidelines for Team Heart.For the first time in NBTC’s 12-year history, the best high school players from the UAAP, NCAA, CESAFI, and MMBL were ranked all year long with the top 24 players rightfully earning their spots in the yearly showpiece.The 2019 Chooks-to-Go SM-NBTC All-Star Game will be on Saturday, March 23, at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKai Sotto and Joel Cagulangan turned to familiarity in building their respective teams for the 2019 Chooks-to-Go SM-NBTC All-Star Game.Sotto and Cagulangan chose their teammates via drafting as captains of Team Hustle and Team Heart, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES The towering Ateneo center picked University of Santo Tomas’ Mark Nonoy, National University’s Gerry Abadiano and Terrence Fortea, and Ateneo teammate Geo Chiu as his top selections.“We’re going to the NBTC All-Star Game to fight and win,” said Sotto, the No. 1 high school player in the country, in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsCagulangan, on the other hand, went with NU’s Carl Tamayo, Inand Fornilos, La Salle’s Joshua David and Hope Christian’s Harvey Pagsanjan.“We want to play with heart in the All-Star Game,” Cagulangan said. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img Babe Ruth’s last surviving daughter Julia Stevens dies in Nevada at 102 Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

first_imgBetter Future Foundation (BFF) is pleased about the exoneration of five Korean businessmen arrested in Monrovia in July, for alleged money laundering, counterfeiting, and conspiracy to defraud charges levied against them by some agents of the National Security Agency (NSA.)The Korean nationals, Jung Dal Park, Chae Dal Byoung, Chol Jung Woo, Cha Kwang Woon and Aleck Gold, who were arrested by NSA agents, have been discharged of the allegations according to the report of a Special Independent Investigation Committee (SIIC) constituted by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.The BFF says the constitution of the SIIC by Pres. Sirleaf and its subsequent report was vital to “restoring and reassuring investors’ protection, trust and confidence in the Liberia‘s justice system.”In a release issued in Monrovia over the weekend, BFF also expressed satisfaction with the recommendation of the SIIC that the Liberian Government refund the full amount seized from the Korean businessmen by the NSA operatives.BFF, a nonprofit and civil society organization, has been involved with mediation efforts aimed at amicably resolving the matter concerning the seizure of US$284, 000 from the five Korean businessmen allegedly by the NSA.The SIIC, chaired by the Dean of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law of the University of Liberia (UL), Cllr. David A.B. Jallah, was appointed by President Sirleaf with the mandate to investigate the accusations against the five Korean nationals, a Lebanese and the National Security Agency (NSA).As a part of its report, the SIIC recommended to President Johnson-Sirleaf that appropriate administrative actions be taken against five NSA operatives and two of their co-conspirators who do not work for the NSA but were directly involved with the arrest of the Korean nationals.The Committee further recommended that the five agents be forwarded to the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), “for prosecution in order to clear the name and image of the NSA.”BFF, in its release, commended President Sirleaf for sending the Committee’s report to the Ministry of Justice for speedy implementation.According to the statement, BFF president Augustine Arkoi had said repeatedly that prompt mitigation of the matter by the Government of Liberia “would further contribute to enhancing the people-to-people diplomacy and social entrepreneurial relations involving Liberian and Korean nationals, retaining investors’ confidence and assuring the predictability of doing business in Liberia.”Arkoi further stated that non-judicial resolution of the matter would also go a long way to bolstering not only the goodwill of Korean nationals but also other international investors, who are looking for opportunities to do business in various spheres of the Liberian economy.BFF, in its communication reiterated that without fast-tracking the recovery of the amount and other personal belongings taken from the Korean businessmen by the NSA agents, the image of Liberia risked being further tainted.For nearly two decades, BFF has been in the vanguard promoting Liberia and Korea relations in the areas of education, capacity building, international volunteerism, as well as promotion of socioeconomic, cultural understanding and cooperation, the press release stated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgBale replaced Isco on the hour and connected with an outrageous acrobatic effort on 64 minutes to put Real back in front.The Welshman sealed a record-extending 13th European Cup title for Real with seven minutes left as another dreadful mistake from Karius allowed his long-range shot to find the net.“It has to be (my best goal), a Champions League final, there’s no bigger stage,” Bale said.“Very disappointed not to start the game; I felt like I deserved it. The best I could do was to come on and make an impact, and I did.”Gareth Bale wheeling away after notching a brace.Real boss Zinedine Zidane became the first coach to win the Champions Leagues in three consecutives seasons, having only taken charge of the team in January 2016.Sadio Mane had briefly restored parity, but Bale put Real in front again and then made it 3-1 late on with a long-range strike that the unfortunate Karius could only punch into the net.Jurgen Klopp’s and Liverpool’s own evening was marred by the loss of a distraught Mohamed Salah to injury in the first half, the Egyptian coming off half an hour in having damaged his shoulder.This was not to be Salah’s night, with Real allowing Zinedine Zidane to become the first coach ever to win the Champions League three years in a row.Madrid are the first team to achieve that feat since Bayern Munich in 1976. This is their fourth title in five years, and their 13th overall.Cristiano Ronaldo has now won five in his great career, but even he could not argue that this was Bale’s evening.The Welshman had been tipped to feature in the Real starting line-up but in the end was left out for Isco — just as he had been in the final win over Juventus last year — before making an emphatic impact as a substitute.– Salah’s tears –Mohamed Salah was forced off injured only half an hour into the Champions League final© AFP Sergei SUPINSKYFor Liverpool, this game will be remembered for the disaster that befell goalkeeper Karius in the second half, and for Salah’s tears as he departed the pitch at the NSC Olympiyskyi.The Egyptian hurt his left shoulder as he went down in a challenge with Sergio Ramos in the 25th minute. Five minutes later he made way for Adam Lallana.His presence at the World Cup could now be in doubt, as could that of Dani Carvajal — the Real right-back came off with a hamstring injury before the interval.Those injuries temporarily took the sting out of the game after an enthralling start, with Liverpool on top.It had been uncomfortable for Real, but after Salah departed, they sensed their chance. They even had the ball in the net in the 43rd minute, only to be denied by a marginal offside call.Ronaldo’s header from Isco’s cross was parried by Karius, and Benzema turned in the loose ball, but the Frenchman had come from a fraction ahead of the last defender and the flag came up.If that was a let-off for Liverpool, they were their own worst enemies at the start of the second half.– Careless Karius –Loris Karius sobs on the pitch as he apologises to the Liverpool fans following his two huge errors during the game. Photo/COURTESYIsco struck the bar after Lallana diverted the ball into his path, before Benzema opened the scoring in the 51st minute.It was a moment of unbelievable carelessness from Karius, who attempted to roll the ball out to the nearest red shirt only for Benzema to stick out a leg and send it trickling into the net.Klopp’s side really could have let their heads drop, and yet they were soon back level, Mane turning the ball in after Dejan Lovren headed down James Milner’s corner.But their renewed hope was crushed upon the introduction of Bale.The Welshman had been on the field barely two minutes when he met Marcelo’s cross from the left with an improbable leap, back to goal, 15 yards out, to send an overhead kick on his left foot arcing over Karius and in.Such a strike deserved to be the winner, although it was his long-range shot that beat the embarrassed Karius in the 83rd minute that made sure of the victory.Mane hit the post for Liverpool in between Bale’s strikes, but they will have to wait a while yet before winning their sixth European Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The French manager kisses the Champions League trophy following the enthralling final in Kiev on Saturday night. Photo/COURTESYKIEW, Ukraine, May 26 – Zinedine Zidane became the first coach to win three straight Champions League titles after guiding Real Madrid to their record 13th UEFA Champions League after beating Liverpool 3-1.Karim Benzema struck a bizarre opening goal after an error by goalkeeper Loris Karius on 51 minutes before Liverpool, who lost leading scorer Mohamed Salah to injury in the first half, replied through Sadio Mane.last_img read more

first_img Liverpool midfielder Emre Can is currently on international duty with Germany 1 Italian champions Juventus have made significant strides in their attempts to lure Liverpool midfielder Emre Can to Turin this summer.The 23-year-old has reportedly been offered a new long-term deal at Anfield worth £100,000 per week but this has not deterred Juve in their efforts to secure a deal for the Germany international.READ MORE: Emre Can ready to snub Juventus and PSG interest and sign new Reds contractAccording to reports in Italy, Juventus have narrowed down their search for a midfielder to Can, Stephen N’Zonzi and Blaise Matuidi.The Serie A champions were reportedly impressed with Can having scouted him last season and he is being eyed as a replacement for Miralem Pjanic – who they claim is keen on a move to Barcelona.Can is currently on international duty at the Confederations Cup but his representatives are reported to be in talks with Liverpool over the proposed new deal.last_img read more

first_imgALLIANZ FOOTBALL FINALS: Congratulations to Fintra NS and Scoil Rann-na-Feirste on winning the Roinn 5 finals that were held in a blitz format in Glenfin on Fri past. Also to Scoil Eoin, Moville who captured the Roinn 2 girls title. This Fri. May 11th sees the girls and boys Roinn 4 finals take place @ 12pm in both Dungloe and Burt respectively.Roinn 1 Stranorlar 2-11 v Gaelscoil, Leitir Ceanainn 3-4 (Boys) Roinn 1 Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana 7-9 v Lurgybrack 2-5 (Girls)Roinn 2 Tooban v Creevy (Boys)Roinn 2 Scoil Eoin, Moville 3-5 v Scoil Aodh Rua & Nuala 0-5 (Girls)Roinn 3 Kilmacrennan NS 1-10 v Scoil Chartha,Kilcar 5-6 (Boys) Roinn 3 Kilmacrennan NS 1-4 v Glenties 4-4 (Girls)Roinn 4 Downings v Malin (Boys) in Burt on Fri. 11th May @ 12pmRoinn 4 Derrybeg v Frosses (Girls) in Dungloe on Fri. 11th May @ 12pmRoinn 5 (Blitz final) (Boys) Winners Fintra NS; Runners-Up Scoil CoimínRoinn 5 (Blitz final) (Girls) Winners Rann na Feirste; Runners-Up Pettigo NSCO. ROUNDERS FINALS: (small schools) 12th May @ 1pm; (large schools) 19th May @ 3.30pm HURLING EXHIBITION GAME: Children from schools in the Gweedore area along with schools from the Tooban/Bridgend area took part in a half-time blitz at the Donegal v Roscommon Nicky Rackard championship game in O’Donnell Park last Saturday. Many thanks to both the parents and coaches of these teams for their help on the day.WEBSITE: The board have recently launched a new website that includes regular news and updates. Teachers & children are encouraged to view this website for relevant infomation. The address is cumanndonegal.comGAA SCHOOLS NOTES was last modified: May 8th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA schools noteslast_img read more

first_imgA young woman hit a man so hard with a hurley stick on the head that he developed a clot and was left fighting for his life.Aine Doohan was just 17 when she viciously attacked Donal Ferry outside a takeaway in Bunbeg, West Donegal.Mr Ferry had been involved in a fracas involving Ms Doohan’s then-boyfriend outside Sgt Pepper’s chip shop on May 9th, 2009. However the night ended in horrific circumstances when Doohan reached over a wall for a hurley stick and striking Mr Ferry on the side of the head.CCTV footage produced at Letterkenny Circuit Court showed the brutal moment when Doohan hit her victim on the head with the pointed part of the hurley stick.He was rushed to Altnagelvin Hospital before being transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast with serious head injuries including a clot.He said he remembers nothing after being hit on the head and then wakening in hospital.Doohan, of Meenamillar, Derrybeg pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr Ferry whom she had been friendly with.She told the court that she was taking drink and drugs and didn’t know why she had attacked her victim.“It was a despicable, horrible thing that I done and I can’t explain how sorry I am. He was a friend of mine. I’m upset and sorry for what I did.“I cannot explain what happened and he didn’t deserve it. I accept all responsibility for it. I actually told him how sorry I was and he told me he forgave me,” said Doohan.Barrister Fiona Crawford said Doohan had a tough upbringing and her mother had left the family when the accused was just eight years old and she was raised by her grandparents.Doohan said she was surrounded by violence and just ended up taking drink and drugs and leaving school aged just 15.At a previous sitting of the court, another man Daniel Duffy of Lower Coteen, Derrybeg, was found guilty of assault and possession of a weapon.Judge John O’Hagan described the attack as “savage” and said Mr Ferry was lucky to be alive.“Any sane individual would be horrified by what happened here. I don’t know what was in her system but she was out of control,” he said.Defence barrister Ms Crawford said Doohan had written the victim a letter of apology and had gathered €10,000 from her family to offer Mr Ferry as compensation.Judge O’Hagan remanded Doohan in custody until November 4th next when she will be sentenced with her co-accused.Follow us on us on anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comEndsMAN LEFT FIGHTING FOR LIFE AFTER SAVAGE ATTACK WITH HURLEY STICK was last modified: October 26th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Aine DoohanattackDaniel DuffyDonal Ferryhurley sticklast_img read more

first_imgMinister James Reilly with Minister of State Joe McHugh and members of Donegal Youth Services.Donegal Youth Service is to receive €50,000 in funding.The money is to be used to help the organisation move to a more suitable location.Minister of State Joe McHugh TD said he wanted to congratulate Lorraine Thompson and all those involved with the Letterkenny Youth Service on their successful application to the Department of Youth and Children. Minister McHugh said “I arranged a meeting with Lorraine Thompson, Regional Director, and Charlene Logue to meet with Minister James Reilly earlier this year to highlight the incredible amount of work the group carry out every day and how much this funding would benefit both the work they do but also for the fortunate community they work on behalf of and the young who undoubtedly benefit from the service.“The premise is the old cinema building on the Port Road, Letterkenny. During the meeting with the Minister, Lorraine and Charlene presented a comprehensive and detailed plan to Minister Reilly, demonstrating the level of research and work they had done before submitting their application. The group applied for the ‘Funding for Vulnerable Projects’ and the application went in through CDYSB (City of Dublin Youth Service Board) and Donegal ETB.”DONEGAL YOUTH SERVICES TO RECEIVE €50,000 IN FUNDING TO RELOCATE was last modified: May 12th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgFlights in and out of Donegal Airport at Carrickfinn today have been cancelled due to Storm Emma. Aer Lingus has cancelled the regional flights connecting Donegal to Dublin and Glasgow on Friday 2nd March.Due to the Red Alert for very heavy snow, all airlines at Dublin Aiport have suspended flights until Saturday morning. Snow crews have been working around the clock to clear the runway as blizzard conditions struck the capital. Stormy conditions on the airfield @DublinAirport right now #stormemma #BeastFromTheEast— Dublin Airport (@DublinAirport) March 1, 2018Many flights have been cancelled at Glasgow Airport also. A statement says: “Our teams worked through the night clearing snow from the airfield. A large number of flights have been cancelled for today so our advice to passengers is not to travel to the airport until they have checked the status of their flight with their airline. For flight information visit “Featured image via Donegal Airport   Storm Emma grounds all flights at Donegal Airport was last modified: March 2nd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:aer lingusDonegal AirportFlightsTravellast_img read more

first_imgThe British paddler enjoyed a better showing on the last portage and went into the final paddle to the finish with a short lead. His younger brother Brandon, racing in his first World Championships, finished fourteenth, seven minutes behind his sibling. Ant Stott and Cam Schoeman ended the Rainbow Nation’s challenge at the championships on a high with a stunning gold medal in the men’s K2 competition, just a day after Stott had won a bronze medal in the K1 event. RivetingThe duo fought off spirited challenges from crews from Spain and Hungary to win the end-sprint at the end of a riveting and highly competitive contest. Three-boat breakawayStott raced superbly in the fast-paced men’s race and eventually settled into a three-boat breakaway at the front on the fourth lap with defending world champion Emilio Merchan of Spain and Czech star Jonas Saelens. On Saturday, the opening day of the championships, defending junior world champ Grant van der Walt claimed silver, while Ant Stott picked up a bronze medal in the senior K1 race in testing, very cold conditions, with a steady wind that aggravated the wind chill factor. South Africa’s tradition of excellence in canoe marathon competitions was upheld at the World Championships held in the Czech Republic over the weekend as the country won three medals, including gold in the men’s K2 race. Stott and Schoeman worked hard for a slight advantage coming into the final sprint to the line to hold off the Spaniards, Guerrero and Alonso, and the Hungarian crew of Jambor and Petrovics. WOMEN’S K1 25.8 kilometres1. Vivien Follath HUN 2:01.042. Lani Belcher AUS 2:01.193. Anna Adamova CZE 2:03.234. Mara Santos ESP 2:03.425. Judit Kollar HUN 2:04.0310. Bridgitte Hartley 2:06.39 From being fifth at the last portage, Beavitt was out-sprinted by the others in the group as the athletes fighting for fifth place all finished within four seconds of one another, with Beavitt left trailing 20 seconds further back. There were seven boats together at the front after three laps, with the South Africans and the Hungarian duo of Attila Jambor and Mate Petrovics controlling tactics. By the end of the fourth portage the front group had been whittled down to four, with the Hungarians becoming surprising casualties of the dog-eat-dog racing. The South African team jets home this week, having securing seven medals in the Masters Cup event that precedes the senior and junior world championships, and the two medals in the K1 races. The South African crew of Graeme Solomon and Lance King were not far behind the front bunch and finished in a tight group contesting tenth place. Ultimately, they had to settle for thirteenth. Source: Canoeing South Africa GIRLS K121.5 kilometres1. Orsolya Groholy HUN 1:44.372. Eszter Havas HUN 1:44.473. Ana Roxana Lehaci AUT 1:48.234. Martina Vichova CZE 1:49.105. Maria Corbera ESP 1:49.268. Bianca Beavitt RSA 1:50.1919. Kerry Malan RSA 1:59.27 In the girls’ race Cape ace Bianca Beavitt ended eighth after having spent much of the race in a four-boat chasing bunch that was trying to reel in the talented pair of Hungarians at the front. After four laps of breakneck speed racing Van der Walt and the British athlete Ed Rutherford managed to shake off the determined Hungarians, Peter Hamar and Milan Noe, to set up a two-boat race for the honours. It was a second bronze medal for Stott at the World Marathon Championships, following his third behind Hank McGregor’s victory in Spain in 2003. Boys’ K1Van der Walt went into the boys’ K1 race as the favourite after an emphatic victory last year. His title defence was hampered by a bad start that saw him languishing in the third bunch, and dangerously out of contact with the leaders at the first portage. MEN’S C2 25.8 kilometres1. Edvin Csabai/Attila Gyore HUN 1:53.53 2. Ramon Ferro/Oscar Grana ESP 1:54.323. Angel Christian Rivademer/David Mascato ESP 1:55.49 RESULTScenter_img WOMEN’S K2 25.8 kilometres1. Anne Lolk/Henriette Hansen DEN 1:53.422. Renata Csay/Berenike Faldum HUN 1:53.433. Judit Kollar/Follath Vivien HUN 1:57.587. Lindi-May Harmsen/Abi Adie RSA 2:02.46 Van der Walt backed himself as he kicked at the 250-metre mark, trying to make up the ground he lost on the last portage, but the young Briton was up to the challenge and pulled away in the closing stages to win the title by half a boat length. ‘Stoked’“I am stoked with the silver medal,” said Van der Walt afterwards. “After my shocking start, I thought there was no way I’d even get onto the front bunch, let alone win a medal, so I am really satisfied with second place.” Stott and Schoeman were dominant throughout the fiercely competitive men’s K2 race, held on another very cold day. Their skill running with the boat and their speed off-the-mark allowed them to dictate tactics going into and coming out of the portages. They also conserved energy by riding the wave of the other boats on the front bunch. BOYS K1 21.5 kilometres1. Ed Rutherford GBR 1:33.322. Grant van der Walt RSA 1:33.333. Peter Hamar HUN 1:35.214. Milan Noe HUN 1:35.405. Martin Larsen DEN 1:36.1114. Brandon van der Walt RSA 1:40.43 GirlsIn the girls’ race the Amanzimtoti pairing of Lauren Felgate and Jenna Ward spent most of their race in the fourth bunch and went on to secure fifteenth place. JUNIOR BOYS K221.5 kilometres1. Ed Rutherford/Thomas Hide GBR 1:27.482. Toon Broekx/Maarten Vervliet BEL 1:28.193. Peter Holicza/Gabor Mathe HUN 1:28.339. Clinton Cook/Stuart McLaren RSA 1:32.41 After receiving oxygen from the on-site medical personnel, a disappointed Waterworth was discharged. The other South African crew in the race Clinton Cook and his partner Stu McLaren finished in ninth place. MEN’S C1 25.8 kilometres1. Edvin Csabai HUN 2:04.402. Nikicia Ljubek CRO 2:07.153. Zsolt Gilanya HUN 2:08.074. Matthias Ebhardt GER 2:08.365. Thomas Simart FRA 2:08.5616. Calvin Mokoto RSA 2:27.58 JUNIOR GIRLS K221.5 kilometres1. Susanna Cicali/Roberta Fiorini ITA 1:38.252. Martina Vichova/Monika Machova CZE 1:38.463. Alexandra Georgopoulous/Ramona Farkasdi HUN 1:40.3715. Lauren Felgate/Jenna Ward RSA 1:49.11 However, his persistence paid off as he worked his way through the field and back into the front bunch going into the penultimate lap. The key break came at the last portage on lap six, where Stott was dropped by Merchan and Saelens, who then started a two-boat race for the world title, with the Spaniard defending his title by half a boat length. Stott finished 50 metres further back. Injury led to the withdrawal of the South African C2 crew of Calvin Mokoto and Radoslaw Olszewski. Their race ended on the third lap with Olszewski battling with a recurrent leg injury. MEN’S K1 35 kilometres1. Emilio Merchan ESP2. Jonas Saelens CZE3. Ant Stott RSA19. Gavin White RSA 22 September 2008 MEN’S K2 30.1 kilometres1. Ant Stott/Cam Schoeman RSA 2:02:142. Jorge Alonso/Santiago Guererro ESP 2:02.15 3. Attila Jambor/Petrovics HUN 2:02.154. Thomas Horak/Petr Skala CZE 2:02.155. Marcio Pinto/Pedro Gomes POR 2:03.0513. Graeme Solomon/Lance King RSA 2:07.57 Four-way diceHowever, they fought back gallantly and, coming out of the final portage, the race for the world title was reduced to four crews – South Africa, Hungary, Spain and the Czech Republic. Previous successesIt is the first time that a South African crew has won a K2 World Championships title. Previously, Hank McGregor won the K1 world title in Spain in 2003 and Shaun Rubenstein won in the same category in France in 2006. In 2005, in Australia, the women’s crew of Alexa Lombard and Donia Kamstra won the silver medal in the K2 race, while Grant Van Der Walt won the junior K1 title last year. On Sunday, in the junior races, the talented crew of Ben Biggs and Stuart Waterworth were well in contention, racing in the front bunch, before Waterworth started battling to breathe in the very cold racing conditions. They fell off the front bunch and eventually had to withdraw from the race on the third lap to seek medical help.last_img read more