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Beaten sprinters say Asian sub-10 100m a long way off INCHEON: The prospect of an Asian-born athlete breaking the 10-second barrier for the 100 metres is still a long way off, two top sprinters said.China's Su Bingtian and Kei Takase admitted they had a lot of work to do to reach the landmark, after losing the Asian Games sprint final to Qatar's Nigeria-born Femi Ogunode.Su's time of 10.10 was the second quickest by an Asia-born athlete in 2014 but it was only enough for silver.Ogunode's 9.93 took 0.02 seconds off the old Asian record -- also set by a Nigerian-turned-Qatari, Samuel Francis.Su, who has run a 10.06 sec admitted he felt off the pace. "To run 100m under 10 seconds is a goal many athletes in China are striving for," Su said."But my training and technique aren't good enough yet and I need to do a lot better."China and Japan once dominated Asian sprinting, but their athletes are struggling to ...


Pacquiao 'pities Mayweather', vows to play pro basketball GENERAL SANTOS: Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao Monday brushed off Floyd Mayweather's latest taunts, saying he pitied his American rival as he urged him to read the Bible.Pacquiao also assured fans that he would play a few minutes of professional basketball when the new season opens next month even while he trains for a match in Macau in November against unbeaten American Chris Algieri.Despite calls by boxing fans for the two biggest names in the ...

Bird to lead PM's XIII against PNG SYDNEY: State of Origin forward Greg Bird will lead a Prime Minister's XIII against the Papua New Guinea Kumuls next month, the Australia Rugby League said on Monday.The selection features some of the National Rugby League's rising stars for the representative game at Kokopo in PNG on October 12.The team was chosen by coach Laurie Daley in consultation with the Australian selectors and national coach Tim Sheens.The Australian squad for the Four Nations tournament also ...

Fairytale final beckons for Aussie debutants SYDNEY: Australian debutants Western Sydney Wanderers will try to extend their fairytale run all the way to the AFC Champions League final when they host FC Seoul in the second leg of a finely balanced semi-final on Wednesday.Seven wins out of the last nine have made Tony Popovic's team this year's surprise package, crowned by their shock ousting of defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande in the quarter-finals.Now the A-League side, formed just two years ago, have ...

Sonny Bill in line for quick return to New Zealand rugby: media WELLINGTON: Dual international Sonny Bill Williams could make his return to New Zealand rugby as early as this weekend with provincial team Counties Manukau rolling out the welcome rug.The 29-year-old finished his second stint in Australia's National Rugby League on Friday when the Sydney Roosters bowed out of the semi-finals and said he was keen to get back into the All Blacks' set-up.New Zealand media have reported that Williams is in line to join Counties ...

Man City on alert for visit of rampant Roma MANCHESTER: After late disappointment against Bayern Munich in their opening Champions League group game, Manchester City can ill afford another slip-up in Tuesday's meeting with in-form Roma at the Etihad Stadium.A 90th-minute goal by City old boy Jerome Boateng gave Bayern victory two weeks ago and with Roma opening their Group E campaign by crushing CSKA Moscow 5-1, the English champions are already under a degree of pressure.Having smashed Sheffield Wednesday 7-0 in the League ...

Homeward bound Mourinho takes Chelsea to Lisbon fortress LISBON: Jose Mourinho takes Chelsea to one of his former employers on Tuesday as the Londoners attempt to break Sporting Lisbon's impressive 16-game home unbeaten run in European competition. The respective capital clubs clash for the first time at the Estadio Jose Alvalade in a key Champions League fixture with all four teams in Group G locked on one point after one round of the six match pool phase. Slovenian side MK Maribor, who salvaged ...


 



 
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