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Peaty breaks own world 100 metres breaststroke record

Sunday, 2018-08-05 01:05:00
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2018 European Championships - 100m Breaststroke Men Final - Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow, Britain - August 4, 2018 - Adam Peaty of Britain competes. (Photo: Reuters)
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British swimmer Adam Peaty set a world record for the 100 metres breaststroke on Saturday, clocking 57.00 seconds to win the European Championships title in Glasgow. The 23-year-old knocked 0.13 seconds off his own record set at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

* Upstart Shi Yuqi comfortably beat Chen Long to race into the final of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Championships on Saturday (Aug 4) and confirm his newfound status as China's best player.

* Jan Ullrich, the only German cyclist to win the Tour de France, has been detained in Spain's Balearic Islands for allegedly forcibly entering his neighbour's house and threatening him, police said on Saturday (Aug 4).

* Raf van Hulle, a Belgian cyclist, rode 12,000km from the French city of Lyon to the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou in just 49 days to win an inaugural solar-powered electric bike race aimed at promoting renewable energy. Raf van Hulle's journey took him through Germany, Ukraine, Russia, then Kazakhstan before riding into China, cycling an average of 270km daily.

* Former AC Milan manager, Clarence Seedorf, has been appointed head coach of the Cameroon national team, with his former Netherlands teammate Patrick Kluivert as his assistant, Cameroonian Minister of Sport Pierre Ismael Bidoung Mkpatt said on Saturday (Aug 4).

* Paris Saint-Germain thrashed Monaco 4-0 in the French Champions Trophy in China on Saturday (Aug 4). Angel Di Maria's double fired PSG to their first silverware under new coach Thomas Tuchel as Neymar, long sidelined by a foot injury, came on as a late substitute.

* Kliment Kolesnikov of Russia set a world record for the 50 metres backstroke while winning the European Championship title in Glasgow on Saturday. The 18-year-old clocked 24.00 seconds to take 0.04 seconds off the record set by Britain's Liam Tancock at the world championships in Rome in 2009.

* The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has hit back at accusations that there has been a lack of transparency about the proposed revamp of the Davis Cup and said it was confident the new plans would deliver long-term benefits to players, nations and sponsors.

* Russia's familiar domination of the synchronised swimming programme at the European Championships continued on Saturday as they won their third successive title in two days of competition, despite problems with the pool water.

* Cincinnati schoolteacher Bryce Carlson set a record for the fastest solo unsupported west-east row across the North Atlantic ocean on Saturday and also became the first US citizen to complete the feat.

* A colourful parade of athletes and supporters in a Paris stadium on Saturday (Aug 4) launched the 10th edition of the international Gay Games, a week of sporting events and cultural meetings. More than 10,000 people from 90 countries are taking part in the games, which originated in San Francisco in 1982.

* Champion Alexander Zverev cruised into the final of the Citi Open with a 6-2 6-4 victory over Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas in Washington on Saturday. World number three Zverev needed 87 minutes to win his 40th match of the year.

* Commonwealth Games silver medallist Stacy Ndiwa led a 1-2 Kenyan sweep in the women's 10,000 for her county's fifth gold medal at the African Championships in Asaba, Nigeria, on Saturday.

Reuters, CNA