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Usain Bolt swept aside a year of poor
form and injury to retain his world
100m title in nail-biting fashion today
and give his beleaguered sport the boost
it so badly needed after three weeks of
The International Association of
Athletics Federations (IAAF) has been
in crisis since the results of thousands of
blood tests were leaked in early August,
forcing it to defend the sport against
allegations of widespread doping.
In that context, the blue riband sprint
at the 15th world championships was
variously cast as a morality play, a fight
between good and evil and a nine-point-
something seconds battle for the soul of
It pitched Bolt, whose status as a
sporting icon was recently compared
to that of the boxer Muhammad Ali by
IAAF president-elect Seb Coe, against
American Justin Gatlin, who has lost
five years of his career to doping bans.
Today, the Jamaican delivered victory
in a time of 9.79 seconds that was
far from his fastest but with a gutsy
performance that will rank as one of his
Bolt had already rejected a role as
the saviour of his sport and he was no
more inclined to accept the mantle after
beating Gatlin into second place by one
hundredth of a second.
“That ’s for you guys to decide,” the
29-year-old said. “ You guys are the ones
that have been saying I need to save
the sport so you have to write about
that. For me I came here to add to my
legendary status, to win and to continue
my championship rights, so that ’s the
The victory maintained an unbeaten
run in major global sprints that goes
back to his three gold medals in world
record times on three humid nights in
Beijing seven years ago.
While those victories were won by an
athlete still discovering the limits of his
talent, today ’s triumph at the same Bird’s
Nest stadium was all about character.
Joint injuries had limited his season to
a handful of runs and only in London at
the end of July was he able to approach
the kind of times he once ran as a matter
A stumble at the start of today ’s semi-
final might have been a crushing blow to
the ner ves of a less confident athlete but
Bolt recovered to win his heat and then
just beat Gatlin to the line in the final
having trailed for most of the race.
“I ’ve had a lot of doubters, it’s been a
tough road,” the Jamaican said. “So for
me to come to the championships and
retain my title is a beautiful thing. ”
Gatlin, the form sprinter of the year,
was gracious in defeat after his first loss
in a 100m since 2013, blaming an early
lurch for the line.
“I gave the race away in the last 5m,” the
33-year-old said, one of four sprinters in
the final who have ser ved doping bans.
“ I had the momentum to lean for ward
but stumbled a little bit. Win or lose, I
was happy to be in a race against a great
A no less impressive victory for a
29-year-old came in the heptathlon
where Britain’s Olympic champion
Jessica Ennis-Hill regained the world
title after what she described as her
“ hardest year ever”.
Thirteen months on from becoming
a mother and a few months after
returning to the track, Ennis-Hill took
an 86-point lead into the 800m and
cruised past pre-championship favourite
Brianne Theisen-Eaton to clinch the
title with 6669 points.
Theisen-Eaton won silver, helped by
the fact that another Briton, Katarina
Johnson-Thompson, scored zero points
in the long jump. The British team
initially appealed her third foul jump
but withdrew the protest after looking
at the evidence.
There were no appeals available for
Botswana’s 800m favourite Nijel Amos,
however, when he fell victim to a tactical
battle in the semi-finals and failed to
qualify for the final.
There were gold medals for the big
men of the field today with Pole Pawel
Fajdek retaining his hammer title, while
American Joe Kovacs denied defending
champion David Storl of Germany a
hat-trick of titles in the shot.
The locals were left disappointed after
the first event of the day when China’s
Wang Zhen was hauled in by Miguel
Angel Lopez in the 20km walk.
The Spaniard took the applause of
the crowd when he crossed the line for
gold in a time of one hour 19 minutes
14 seconds, 15 seconds ahead of the
A little over 11 hours later and a packed
Bird’s Nest was on its feet in raptures at
the greatest sprinter of the era.
“ I really love this stadium,” Bolt said.
Monday, August 24, 2015 - 9
Star United B caused one of the biggest
netball upsets of the season on Saturday,
when they beat their clubmates Star
United A in a West Coast Netball Centre
The second semi-final was won by
Speights Ale House Cobden A when they
downed the top performing Hokitika side
Lyndale, in Hokitika.
Speights Ale House Cobden A will
now face Star United B in the final on
Results.— Cobden Jnr A 10, Karoro B
6; HSOG B 28, Star United D 21; Paroa
B 30, Tui Central A 16; Kotare A 25,
Cobden 30; CSC B 18, Star United C 35;
Cobden Jnr A 16, CSC Jnr 12; CSC C
29, Cobden D 6; Paroa Jnr A 29, HSOG
Central B 25, Cobden E 29; Paroa Jnr B
16, HSOG Jnr A 33; HSOG Jnr C 16,
Grey Valley Jnr A 2; Greymouth WMC
23, Kotare B 13; Star United A 28, Star
United B 33; GHS Green 25, GHS Blue
HSOGJnr B7;Paroa A22,HSOGA
14; CSC D 5, Grey Valley 22.
The West Coast under-13 girls’ hockey
team opened their representative
programme at the weekend with two
games against Canterbury, which they
In the first game West Coast struggled
with the pace and skill of the Canterbury
girls, losing 1-10.
Coast regularly conceded goals as they
were caught out of position and could
not hold the ball in the midfield for long
enough periods of play.
Striker Molly Williams scored the
side’s only goal. The West Coast player of
the day was midfielder Alyssa Blacktopp.
In the second match, Coast put in a
determined effort and exhibited some
different styles of play and although the
changes worked, as West Coast made
Canterbury work harder, Coast still lost,
Strong performances were offered by
goalkeeper Amanda Cook, defenders
Tyra Jamieson and Blacktopp, while
midfielders Maria Burrell and Ella
Beirne were constantly hassling their
opponents in trying to create turnovers.
Emma Boddy was named player of the
day for her energy and effort on both
attack and defence.
The West Coast colts rugby team put
in a strong finish in their match, which
they lost to Mid-Canterbury 14-45 in
Sheffield on Saturday.
Coach Terry McBride said their
opponents, warming up for their
under-18 tournament, has a squad of 28;
West Coast had 17 fit players.
The match, played in four 20-minute
quarters was a good exercise for West
Coast, as they build for their first home
game on Saturday against old foe Buller.
McBride said the side’s fitness was a
“Everyone kept going and we finished
strongly with two tries, one to James
Winter and the other to Nathaniel
McBride said some of the things West
Coast needed to work on included
making the right decisions and finishing
“ However, there were some good
points. We got a lot of turnover ball, our
scrum was good for most of the game
and our fitness was good.”
The side was looking for ward to
their home game on Saturday and he
was confident they would show their
supporters some nice rugby.
McBride singled out Hamilton and
Josh Tomlinson, the side’s two youngest
players, saying the pair had played well
Greensboro, North Carolina
Davis Love III became the third
oldest winner of the PGA Tour
when he clinched the Wyndham
Championship today while Tiger
Woods faded to tie for 10th as his
two-year victory drought continued.
North Carolina-born Love, 51,
secured his 21st PGA Tour title,
and his third in Greensboro, in
magnificent style with a six-under-
par 64 at Sedgefield Country Club.
Four months after foot surgery,
the United States Ryder Cup
captian finished at 17-under 263,
one stroke ahead of overnight
leader Jason Gore, 69, who missed
a long birdie chance at the last to
force a play-off.
Sam Snead (1965 Greater
Greensboro Open) and Art Wall
(1975 Greater Milwaukee Open)
are the only older winners on
Woods started the day two strokes
from the lead but did not make a
birdie until the ninth hole. He did
not qualify for the Fed Ex Cup
playoffs that start this week, so his
season is over.
A triple-bogey at the par-four
11th, where he shanked a pitch
shot, totally ended his chances,
though he bounced back with three
successive birdies and also birdied
the last to shoot 70 and finish four
strokes behind Love.
“I gave myself a chance. I had all
the opportunities in the world to
do it and didn’t get it done,” Woods
Rain provided more resistance
than England as Australia cruised
to an innings and 46-run victory in
the fifth Ashes test.
Michael Clarke and Chris Rogers
were sent out emphatic — yet
consolatory — winners on day four
of the dead rubber at The Oval.
Almost three hours of play was
lost overnight due to heavy showers,
but it only delayed the inevitable.
England resumed at 6-203,
needing a further 129 runs to make
the tourists bat again. They were
8-258 at 12.16pm when the covers
Peter Siddle wasted little time
when the second session started
at 3pm, removing Stuart Broad’s
off stump with his second delivery
after the break.
Siddle then dismissed Moeen Ali
caught behind, England rolled for
Clarke was given a guard of
honour by his teammates at the end
of play and received yet another
“Chris and I are sick of the
attention to be honest,” Clarke said.
“Both Chris and I made it very
clear to the boys at the start of the
test that it isn’t about us ... we ’re
both really proud of the result.”
Clarke could not sign off in style
with the bat.
He scored 15 in a total of 481
that was dominated by a century
from Steve Smith, his successor as
remained as strong as ever,
highlighted by the fact the 34-year-
old enforced the follow-on for the
first time in his career.
He will have mixed feelings about
the moral win in London, having
underperformed with the bat as
Australia went down 3-2 in the
None of the one-sided games have
gone the distance, there has been a
combined total of 18 days of play.
No five-test series between the
two nations has been over so
It could have been even shorter,
Australia were lucky to take the
third and fourth tests to a third day
after embarrassing collapses.
Locals hoping for a rearguard to
remember on Sunday went home
Clarke handed the second new
ball to Siddle ahead of Mitchell
Starc and it paid big dividends.
Siddle, recalled after almost nine
months in the test wilderness,
started with his 11th maiden and
struck in the fifth over of the day.
Clarke had a hand in the lbw
dismissal of nightwatchman Mark
Kumar Dharmasena’s not-out
Siddle’s immaculate control made
him Australia’s standout bowler, the
Victorian finishing with figures of
4-35 from 24.4 overs in the second
All-rounder Mitch Marsh came
into the attack before Starc in
another surprising, but productive
move from Clarke.
Marsh removed Jos Buttler in his
second over of the day, the keeper
spooning a low catch to Starc at
Injuries to key players have
dramatically reshaped the NRL
premiership race three weeks out
from the start of the finals series,
with Sydney Roosters and North
Queensland hit hardest.
Roosters have lost prop Jared
Waerea-Hargreaves for the season
due to an ACL injury suffered in
Saturday night ’s win over Brisbane.
The foundation club’s halfback
Mitchell Pearce will not be back
until the finals after suffering a
partial hamstring tear in the same
North Queensland have similar
problems in their search for their
first NRL title.
Prop James Tamou might not play
again in 2015 due to a neck injury
suffered in Saturday ’s win over the
Warriors in Auckland.
The year could also be over for
Morgan who hurt his ankle at
Mount Smart Stadium.
Four-time Parramatta premiership
winner Peter Sterling believes the
Cowboys’ premiership chances will
be no more if the Queensland State
of Origin utility can’t get back on
the field this season.
“ In my opinion North Queensland
cannot win the competition
without Michael Morgan,” Sterling
said on Channel Nine’s Sunday
“The season that Johnathan
Thurston has had in so many ways
is attributed to that man there.
What he does on the right hand
side with his speed to get outside of
players takes so much pressure off
the left hand side of Thurston and
South Sydney captain Greg Inglis
is in doubt for the premiers’ crucial
clash with the Broncos on Thursday.
The superstar fullback went down
with a knee injury in Souths’ loss to
Canterbury on Friday night.
However the Rabbitohs will
welcome back Issac Luke and Luke
Keary from suspension for the
round 25 match.
The Warriors won’t qualify for
the finals but prop Jacob Lillyman
is another big-name player to be
injured in round 24.
He will not play again this season
due to a cheekbone problem.
The Q ueensland representative
is booked in for surgery on
Wednesday and joins Shaun
Johnson (ankle) and Manu Vatuvei
(shoulder) on the sidelines for the
New Zealand-based side.
Gold Coast ’s
(quadricep) is another big casualty
from the weekend. His forgettable
season is over too.
The Roosters, Broncos and
Cowboys all sit on 36 points atop
the NRL ladder, with the Tricolours
ahead on a superior for-and-against
Melbourne, who might have lost
for ward Dale Finucane for the year
with a wrist injury, can leapfrog
Souths into fourth spot with a win
over Newcastle at AAMI Park
Souths host the Broncos in the
opening match of round 25 on
Thursday. The Roosters travel to
Brookvale to meet Manly on Friday.
Sam Moa could make an early
return from a wrist injury for the
Tricolours while Jackson Hastings
will fill Pearce’s No 7 jersey.
Manly hooker Matt Ballin is
unlikely to play again this year due
to a knee injury.
PICTURE: Getty Images
Usain Bolt, right, crosses the finish line to win gold in the men’s 100m final as Justin Gatlin, left, wins silver today at the
15th IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing.
Gutsy Bolt still fastest
Love becomes third oldest
Australia wins Ashes
Injuries throw NRL title
race wide open
Star United B upsets clubmates
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Speights Ale House Cobden A goal attack Ashley Birchfield looks for a pass as team-mate
Eilish Burrows watches and Lyndale wing defence Holly Coleman and goal defence Erin
Drystra look to defend during their game at the Westland High School courts on Saturday.
star Jarryd Hayne
is once again
the San Francisco
49ers in an NFL
Dally M medal
winner has had
second strong punt
returns in the first
quarter of the side’s
clash against the
Dallas Cowboys at
Hayne broke for a
27-yard punt return with his first touch after catching
the ball over his shoulder. The then made a stronger
run of 34 yards on another punt return, breaking a
number of tackles.
It is Hayne’s first game at home after a breakout
performance against the Texans in Houston last
weekend. — New Zealand Herald
Roger Federer moved into pole position
for a United States Open title run,
capturing his seventh Cincinnati Masters
with a dominant 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 win over
The 34-year-old Swiss star added the
Serbian world No 1 to a victims’ list
which included Andy Murray in the
semi-finals, capping a near-perfect week
for the 17-time grand slam winner.
Federer was playing his first tournament
since falling to Djokovic in the
He passed up the Montreal Masters
won by Murray last week, preferring to
rest and prepare at home.
“It ’s great, I didn’t expect it, to be quite
honest,” Federer said.
“I knew I had a chance, but I still felt
more guys were going to have a better
shot than I had because they had played
“Usually that helps. But I’ve realised over
all the years that it’s just really difficult
to win back-to-back Montreal and
Cincinnati, or Toronto and Cincinnati.
“I chose to roll the dice a little bit and
see how things were going to go. If they
went great here then it was a great plan.
“If not, I was going to go back and
practice and be really motivated for the
US Open to start.”
The gamble paid off for Federer, who
needed 90 minutes to subdue Djokovic.
With the win he takes back the world
No 2 ranking Murray seized for a
week and will be seeded second behind
Djokovic at Flushing Meadows for the
season’s concluding Grand Slam which
starts on August 31.
Federer claimed his 87th career ATP
title and his 24th trophy in a masters
Djokovic, meanwhile, was thwarted in
his bid to become the first man to win
all nine of the elite masters 1000 titles
as he endured his fifth final defeat at
Cincinnati — the lone masters missing
from his resume.
The Serbian world No 1 has now fallen
in the final of both of his tune-up events
for the US Open, having lost to Murray
in Montreal. He did not muster a break
point against Federer, whose superiority
was clear in the first-set tiebreaker.
Federer’s variety of shots included an
aggressive return on selected second
ser ves, in which he advanced almost to
the ser vice line to surprise the Serb.
After seizing a 4-1 lead in the second
set, Federer gave himself three match
points with his seventh ace of the contest
and converted on the first to the cheers of
a partisan crowd.
The 34-year-old — who was not broken
all week — nudged ahead of Djokovic
21-20 in their head-to-head series.
Federer fancies his chances at the US
Open in New York, where he won the last
of his five titles in 2008.
“I’ve got the confidence, I’ve got the
matches, and I’m actually still feeling
really fresh even after this week, because
the matches have been rather short.
Because I didn’t play both tournaments
(Montreal and Cincinnati), I can really
pace myself next week.” — Reuters
What an absorbing contrast, as
Canterbury with a layer of All Blacks
used their full range of attacking ideas,
pitted against a Counties side who
refused to budge on defence, Canterbury
The Canterbury faithful who turned
up to celebrate club day in Christchurch
must have felt their province was going
to get down to business on the sunny
afternoon when Jack Goodhew belted
towards the tryline early. His offload to
Johnny McNicholl was a little low and
the chance was shelled.
Remarkably, it was the closest the
hosts got to the line in the opening spell
as Counties Manukau refused to bend
or break under huge pressure. They also
claimed the only try when fullback Jared
Page picked off a loose pass and careered
Canterbury’s twin pieces of profit
came from Tom Taylor penalties and
while coach Scott Robertson was bullish
about the eventual outcome, there must
have been concern about their lack of
The pressure came. Counties Manukau
prop Pauliasi Manu went to the bin for
a late high swinging arm and Taylor
goaled then Luke Whitelock barged
across to reward a tight-head scrum win.
It was an opportune boost as Counties
roared back into life when they brought
on subs like Ma’ama Vaipulu and Manu
was restored from the naughty chair to
the front-row. It was their turn to ramp
up the heat.
Centre Sam Vaka intercepted a floating
pass from replacement Rob Thompson
and streaked 50m for the converted
try and Canterbury’s lead was cut to
two with 15 minutes left. They ground
downfield with more of their possession
for Taylor to convert another penalty.
— New Zealand Herald
Federer adds Djokovic
to Cincinnati scalps
Counties impress in defeat
Coast Colts finish strongly
Tough start for U13 hockey girls
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