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New Zealand’s Lydia Ko needed help
from others to sneak inside the cut at the
midway point of the Women’s British
Ko shot an improved two-under 70 in
Fife, Scotland, early today to make the
weekend cut by one shot, on one-under.
The former world No 1 climbed 29
places to a share of 65th place.
She was sitting outside the cut line
for about two hours, but dropped shots
from some of her nearest rivals handed
her a reprieve as the cut qualifying mark
dropped from two-under to one-under.
Ko was consistent, not shooting a
single bogey at the Kingsbarn Links, but
her tally of two birdies was short of the
efforts of the leaders.
The former world No 1 again struggled
with her putting, having taken 65 putts
in total through the first two days.
Ko is 10 shots shy of Korean leader
In-Kyung Kim, whose 68 left her two
clear of England’s Georgia Hall and
American Lexi Thompson.
Kim is a two-time winner on the
LPGA Tour this year.
Katherine Kirk and and Su-Hyun
Oh look likely to be only Australians
in action on Saturday after carding
69s to sit two and one-under for the
Seven-time major winner Karrie
Webb, who started the second round
11 shots off the pace, had an even-par
72 to remain three-over, tied for 105th
alongside countrywoman Stacey Peters.
Whitney Hillier, Australia’s best
performer in the opening round, hit
75 for sit two-over-par and Sarah Jane
Smith’s two-under 70 won’t be enough
to make up for her opening 75.
Kim dropped only one shot in some
of the worst conditions at Kingsbarns
Links and reached the halfway point at
11-under 133. She was two shots clear
of Lexi Thompson and Georgia Hall of
Kim displayed a remarkable fortitude
in weather that veered erratically toward
the end of the day between bright
sunshine and torrential downpours. The
29-year-old from South Korea atoned
for her lone bogey with three birdies and
an eagle on the par-5 11th hole.
“The eagle was very unexpected,” Kim
said before conceding her drive landed
on a friendly downslope and gained an
extra 30 yards or so. “I think this was
kind of as bad as the weather could get.
I expected rain, but not like this. It’s not
easy to play in this kind of weather. But
I feel really good about my game. I’ve
been hitting the ball very well and I’m
starting to make some putts. That ’s when
I shoot low scores.”
First-round leader Michelle Wie
did not fare so well. The 27-year old
American made only one birdie in a 76
that leaves her seven shots off the pace
and in a tie for 21st with two rounds
remaining. Wie has not won since the
2014 US Women’s Open. — NZ N
The president of athletics’ world
governing body the IAAF has
vowed to continue efforts to stop
athletes switching nationality
and competing under “flags of
opening of the World Athletics
championships in London,
Sebastian Coe said that athletes
needed to have a strong
connection to the country they
are representing, rather than
looking around for nations to run
“ We have witnessed in the
last few years the changing
shape of our sport which at its
best is a championship-based
sport (where) the best athletes
competing against each other
with national identity,” he said.
“ I can’t have a situation where
I’ve got federation presidents
reporting to me that most
mornings they are waking
up to e-mails with names of
athletes looking for flags of
Unlike other sports such as
soccer, athletics has allowed
its competitors to
nationalities, even after they
have represented one country at
Several dozen athletes changed
allegiance on the eve of last
year’s Olympic Games in Rio de
In February this year, the IAAF
placed an immediate stop on
changes of nationality by athletes
and has set up a working group to
come up with new rules.
Coe tackles flags of convenience
Usain Bolt took his first,
towards what he hopes will be a
glorious World Championship
farewell today when he recovered
from a poor start to win his heat
in the first round of the 100m in
The Jamaican is seeking his
fourth gold in the event — he
has won the 100m at every world
championships since 2009 apart
from 2011 in Daegu when he
was disqualified for a false start.
It was not a false start today,
just a bad one, and Bolt said his
blocks were to blame.
“That was very bad,” he told
reporters. “ I stumbled a little bit
coming out of my blocks. I’m
not really a fan of these blocks.
These are the worst blocks I have
ever experienced. I have to get
the start together as I can’t keep
Asked what ’s wrong with the
blocks, he said: “It ’s shaky. When
I did my warm-up and pushed
back, it fell back. It’s just not what
I’m used to. It’s not as sturdy.”
Bolt was given his usual
rapturous welcome by the 55,000
crowd at the stadium where he
completed the sprint double at
the 2012 Olympics.
crowd is always
wonderful,” he said. “ They always
show me so much love and I
always appreciate being here.”
The fans were less pleased with
America’s world and Olympic
champion Justin Gatlin, twice
banned for doping offences and
pipped by Bolt in the world
championship final two years
ago. He was loudly booed by
many crowd when his name was
announced and again when he
won his heat in 10.05.
Christian Coleman, the fastest
man in the world this year with
9.92s, looked smooth in winning
the first heat in 10.01s.
On a cool but windless night,
Jamaican Julian Forte was the
only man to break 10s, clocking
9.99s for his first time under the
The big surprise was South
Africa’s Akani Simbine, who
has been in hot form all season
but finished fourth in his heat in
10.15s to scrape through as a fast
The semi-finals and final take
place tonight evening. Bolt is
also due to go in the 4x100m
relay a week later — his final
retirement. — Reuters
From kart beginnings, two
Cromwell drivers are now racing
on the some of the world’s biggest
Andrew Waite, 28, and Brendon
Leitch, 21, both work at Highlands
Motorsport Park. Waite is the park’s
head driver, and Leitch its apprentice
mechanic and back-up driver.
The two are never in one place for
long, as they are in the middle of
separate international racing series.
Waite returned from Shanghai this
week, where his team won the second
race of the Le Mans Prototype series
in China, placing it second overall. He
will return to China later this month,
for the third in the four-race series.
He is originally from Auckland and
drove in Formula Ford and Toyota
Racing Series classes before switching
to V8s, where he raced legends of the
sport such as Greg Murphy.
“I really learned a lot from those guys.
That ’s when I really went for it.”
Waite moved to Cromwell to work at
Highlands about three years ago and
eased off on racing until he received
the call earlier this year to join the
This was “kick-started” by racing with
Highlands owner Tony Quinn in the
Bathurst 12-Hour endurance race in
Leitch has also been busy racing
all over North America in the FIA
Formula 4 USA Championship.
“There are a lot of up-and-comers
racing. Some of the top young guys
from around Europe,” he said.
Leitch began in single-seaters at
13, and went on to place second in
the New Zealand Formula Ford
Championship when he was 16.
Originally from Invercargill, he
moved to Cromwell to work at
Highlands three years ago.
For both the passion for racing
began with karts, both having been
attracted to the vehicles when they
were about six.
Leitch said his parents met for the
first time while kart racing and their
influence had been a decider for him.
“My brother, when he was six years
old, wasn’t doing too well in school.
Not doing his homework. Mum and
Dad said, ‘If you start doing the hard
work, we’ll buy you a go-kart,’ and he
was top of the class after that.
“A few years later, being the younger
one, I got the same opportunity and
then just got the bug,” L eitch said.
Waite also comes from a motorsport
family. However, he had to push his
father to let him compete, rather than
the other way around, Waite said.
As for who can out-kart the other
these days, both men say it is close.
Leitch said the races were “very
“ We chop and change quite a lot.
We’re battling for thousandths of a
second.” — Otago Daily Times
From go-kar ts to the global stage
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Cromwell drivers Brendon Leitch, left, and Andrew Waite have both been busy racing in international competitions.
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