Kip­choge ready to bust 2-hour marathon bar­rier

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport -

Vi­enna: Kenya’s Olympic and world cham­pion Eliud Kip­choge said Thurs­day he was con­fi­dent of bust­ing the myth­i­cal two-hour bar­rier for the marathon this week­end, an achieve­ment he ranks with man’s first land­ing on the moon.

The 34-year-old will make the at­tempt on Satur­day in Vi­enna in a huge park where the path has been spe­cially pre­pared to make it as even as pos­si­ble. Two years ago he tried, and failed nar­rowly, at Monza, Italy Kip­choge al­ready holds the men’s world record for the dis­tance with a time of 2hr 01min 39sec, which he set in the flat Berlin marathon on September 16, 2018.

Kothari knocks Ad­vani out of World Bil­liards:

De­fend­ing world bil­liards cham­pion in the long-up for­mat, Sourav Kothari, on Thurs­day knocked out Pankaj Ad­vani in the pre-quar­ter­fi­nal of the World Cham­pi­onship here. In one of his most com­mand­ing per­for­mances, Kothari amassed huge breaks of 407, 295 and 170 in a dis­play of re­lent­less scoring to reg­is­ter a com­fort­able 1047-663 win over Ad­vani in a match stretched to two hours and 30 min­utes.

Aronyak beats top seed Nie­mann to share lead in Un­der-16 chess:

In­dia’s Can­di­date Mas­ter Aronyak Ghosh scored a thrilling vic­tory over top seed Hans Nie­mann of the USA to be­come joint-leader in the Un­der-16 Open cat­e­gory of the World Youth Chess Cham­pi­onship here on Thurs­day. Eighth-seeded Aronyak played a strong strate­gic game in Round 9 to out­wit his for­mi­da­ble op­po­nent in 42 moves. He now has 7 points along with Hans and Rus­sian IM Rudik Makar­ian, who was held to a draw by an­other In­dian hope­ful CM Kusha­gra Mo­han (now joint sec­ond with 7 points).

In­tanon cleared of dop­ing as tests are linked to meat:

For­mer bad­minton world cham­pion Ratchanok In­tanon bears “no fault” af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for dop­ing, the sport’s govern­ing body said Thurs­day, clearing the path for the Thai star to com­pete in the 2020 Olympics. The Bad­minton World Fed­er­a­tion (BWF) said the women’s world No. 5 was found to be in vi­o­la­tion of anti-dop­ing reg­u­la­tions ear­lier this year. But Ratchanok, known as “May” in Thai­land, was able to prove that the low amount of the banned sub­stance clen­buterol was re­lated to meat she had eaten at a bar­beque restau­rant.

Osaka set to rep­re­sent Japan in Tokyo Olympics:

Two-time Grand Slam cham­pion Naomi Osaka says she in­tends to rep­re­sent Japan at next year’s Tokyo Olympics. The Olympic Chan­nel says Osaka, who plays un­der a Ja­pa­nese flag in WTA events and in the Fed Cup, has told na­tional broad­caster NHK that she has started pro­ceed­ings to choose Ja­pa­nese ci­ti­zen­ship.

Annu Rani wins javelin gold:

Con­tin­u­ing her good run, Annu Rani bagged the gold medal in the women's javelin throw event at the 59th Na­tional Open Ath­let­ics Championsh­ips in Ranchi on Thurs­day. Annu, who set the na­tional record at 62.43m to en­ter the women's javelin throw fi­nal at the World Championsh­ips in Doha ear­lier this month, reg­is­tered a com­fort­able win at the Birsa Munda Ath­let­ics Sta­dium.

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