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17th October

Kosgei among 11 nominees for female athlete of the year

(Reuters) – Kenya’s marathon world record holder Brigid Kosgei was one of 11 nominees for the IAAF female athlete of the year, athletics’ governing body announced on Tuesday. The 25-year-old Kosgei finished the Chicago Marathon...

16th October

Pillay to represent Fiji in first international championship

GOING on his first international bodybuilding championship, Jordan Pillay received a boost of $5000 this afternoon from sponsors Digicel Fiji. Pillay will be representing Fiji to the South Pacific Bodybuilding Championship in Vanuatu next week alongside 11 other bodybuilders. Digicel Fiji CEO Mike Greig said they were proud to support a sport that did not...

Tough competition for New World Suva business house

THE 2019 New World IGA Suva netball business house competition is expecting a tough tournament come October 22, 2019. Suva Netball Association secretary Lusi Rokoura said they were expecting 28 teams to register. “Registration closes next week Monday, October 21, and the Knockout Opening is held on Tuesday, October 22,” Rokoura said. “So far the...

Women racers turn heads at drag race

A FEW women racers are turning heads at the Fiji Motor Sports Association Quarter-Mile Drag Race. Sindhu Prakash clocked a time of 14.39 seconds and finished above 19 other participants at the race last Sunday. She finished 13th overall and took out the first prize in the women’s category. FMA president Raizal Haniff said it...

15th October

Federer confirms Tokyo Olympics participation

(Reuters) – Roger Federer confirmed his participation in next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo and said on Monday that he had listened to his heart before making the decision. The Swiss 38-year-old competed in the first of four Olympic Games at Sydney in 2000 and won the doubles gold partnering Stan Wawrinka in 2008 and...

Dr Mitchell officiates in new world games

FIJI’S Dr Robin Mitchell has praised the hard work placed by the organising committee of the inaugural World Beach Games in Doha, Qatar, last Friday. Fiji stood tall at the ceremony as one of our own, who is also a high ranking officer of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), officiated in the world tournament. Dr...

‘It’s crazy’: American Gauff wins first WTA title at age 15

(Reuters) – American teenage sensation Coco Gauff became the youngest player to win a WTA title in 15 years as she beat former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the Linz Open final on Sunday. The 15-year-old Gauff, who started the season ranked well outside the world’s top 600, beat Latvia’s Ostapenko 6-3 1-6 6-2...

Fresh off world record run, Kosgei thinks women can go even faster

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Like any true competitor, Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei does not plan to coast on her latest accomplishment — even if that happens to be running the fastest-ever women’s marathon. Hours after shattering Paula Radcliffe’s 16-year-old world record, running the Chicago Marathon in two hours, 14 minutes and four seconds, the 25-year-old said she...

13th October

Officials commend swimmers

SWIM Fiji completed the final national competition of the season on a high note at the Damodar National Aquatic Centre in Suva yesterday. SF general manager David Dugu said all swimmers stepped up to the challenge . “These swimmers are swimming in full lanes, stepping up to the challenge in achieving the qualifying time,” he...

Teenager Gauff puts homework on hold to stun top seed Bertens in Linz

(Reuters) – American teenager Coco Gauff stunned top seed Kiki Bertens to advance to her maiden WTA semi-final with a 7-6(1) 6-4 victory at the Linz Open in Austria on Friday, then went back to her hotel to do her schoolwork. Gauff, 15, became the youngest player to reach a WTA semi-final since Czech Republic’s...

Farah defends reputation after Salazar suspension

NEW YORK (Reuters) – British Olympic champion Mo Farah defended his reputation at a news conference ahead of the Chicago Marathon on Friday after being bombarded with questions about his former coach Alberto Salazar who has been banned for doping violations. Farah, who has not been accused of any wrongdoing, worked from 2011 to 2017...

12th October

Patricia sets swim record

PATRICIA Verebasaga of Barracuda Swimming Club aims to improve her time to break more records in the Swim Fiji Short Course Age Group Nationals at the National Aquatic Centre in Suva. Verebasaga set a record in the girls 50 metres breaststroke with a time of 37.06 seconds. The old record of 37.75 was set in...

11th October

‘Old sports’ must adapt, says surf chief ahead of Olympics debut

MIYAZAKI, Japan (Reuters) – As “cool” sports such as surfing, skateboarding and climbing prepare to make their Olympic debut in Tokyo, the president of surfing’s governing body has told Reuters that more traditional sports must adapt or face being dropped from the Games. Karate will also make its debut in 2020 while baseball and softball...

10th October

200-plus swimmers compete at short course nationals

MORE than 234 athletes from nine clubs across Fiji began competition today as the 2019 Fiji Swimming Short Course Age Group Nationals at the National Aquatic Centre in Laucala Bay. “These are the fastest age group swimmers that we have now that to reach this stage, they must have attained a qualifying time,” said Swimming...

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