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Summer Of Sport

  • July 27th, 2009
  • Posted by EUEditor

contadour-alberto-reduced.jpgThe weekend in Europe saw action anywhere there was water to swim in, balls to toss, bikes to push or a motor to rev.

Most triumphant was the Spanish road cyclist Alberto Contador (picture), 26, who made his way up the Champs Elysees in Paris, to claim his second victory in the Tour de France.

TOUR DE FRANCE

Contador beat his Astana team mate, seven-times race winner and outstanding survivor, the American Lance Armstrong, 37, into third place.

Andy Schleck of Luxembourg was second, with Australia’s Cadel Evans, runner-up of the last two years, well back – having declared at the weekend’s start, he was this time “out of the race”.

Alberto Contador won the Tour de France in 2007, and last year the Tour of Italy and Tour of Spain; while his win means that Spanish riders have triumped on the Champs Elysees now, in four consecutive years.

BATTLE OF THE COSSIES IN ROME

All eyes are on the possible impacts on performance of super swimsuits in use at the World Swimming Championships at Rome.

The skin-tight kit is to be banned from next year, prompting demands that record-winners this time should have their achievement tagged in the record books with an asterisk (*).

In the first day’s swimming events in the pool, six new world records were set.

Paul Biedermann
of Germany shaved a fraction-of-a-fraction of a second off the record for men’s 400 metres freestyle set by Australia’s Ian Thorpe in 2002.

Ariana Kukors
of the United States set a new record for the women’s individual 200-metres medley, at 2:07:03; Stephanie Rice of Australia in second semi-final position for that event.

TESTING TIME FOR AUSSIE ELEVENS

After their loss in the second Ashes Test at Lords (16.7.09) by 115 runs, and the drawn match in Cardiff (8.7.09), the Australian cricket team were under the microscope in their weekend game against Northhamptonshire (26.7.09) – which they won by 135 runs.

Scarcely one commentator failed to concentrate on the weak form of the Queensland pace bowler Mitchell Johnson, and the question: would he play in the third Test, at Edgbaston, next week?

REVVING UP

In motor sport, the Formula One HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX (26.7.09) was taken out by Britain’s Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), ahead of Kimi Raikkonen (Finland, Ferrari), and the Australian Mark Webber (Red Bull).

Webber is second in the championship overall behind Jenson Button (UK, Brawn).

The Brazilian driver Felipe Massa from the Ferrari team was in hospital reportedly under sedation recovering from a skull fracture, following a crash.

In the BRITISH MOTO-GP, Italian Andrea Dovizioso,23, recorded a surprise win on his Honda (26.7.09).

The overall competition leader, Valentino Rossi (Italy, Fiat Yamaha) was fifth; Australia’s Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro team) 14th.

Reference:

ABC Grandstand Sport, Cricket, 27.7.09. www.abc.net.au\ … (27.7.09).

Tour de France, home, 27.7.09. www.letour.fr, (27.7.09).

Picture
: Alberto Contador, SBS 

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