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Swimming: Teenager Kolesnikov achieves remarkable 'double-double'

Tuesday, 2018-08-07 01:08:45
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Kliment Kolesnikov of Russia reacts. (Photo: Deepbluemedia)
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Kliment Kolesnikov, Russia’s new teenage swimming phenomenon, completed the European Championships 50 and 100 m backstroke double on Monday less than five weeks after achieving the same feat at the equivalent junior championships.

The 18-year-old, who broke the world record in Saturday’s 50m event, smashed his own world junior mark while winning the 100m final in a Russian senior record of 52.53 seconds.

* Newcastle United completed the season-long loan signing of Venezuela striker Salomon Rondon from West Bromwich Albion on Monday, with forward Dwight Gayle moving in the opposite direction in the same deal.

* Borussia Dortmund have agreed to sign Belgium international Axel Witsel from Chinese side Tianjin Quanjian, the German club said on Monday. Witsel, 29, a central defensive midfielder who impressed for Belgium during the World Cup in Russia, will be given a four-year contract by Dortmund.

* Chapecoense have sacked coach Gilson Kleina following a poor run of results, the Brazilian club said on Monday. The announcement means Chapeceonse are now searching for their fifth coach since a November 2016 plane crash that killed 22 of their players and all of the coaching staff.

* Argentina will meet Guatemala and Colombia in international friendlies next month, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) said on Monday. The clash with Guatemala will take place in Los Angeles on September 7 and will be followed four days later by the duel with Colombia in New Jersey.

* Poland defender Lukasz Piszczek says he is retiring from the national team following a poor World Cup performance.

* New Barcelona signing Arturo Vidal says he is stepping up a level in his career and is intent on winning the Champions League three times over his three-year deal. The La Liga champions signed the 31-year-old Chile midfielder from Bayern Munich for a reported fee which could rise to 21 million euros ($24.2 million) and he was officially presented at the Nou Camp on Monday.

* Enduring a deadly heatwave this summer, Japan is considering adopting daylight saving time from next year, so that the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games can stage events during cooler hours, the Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported on Monday.

* Chelsea midfielder Willian has ended media speculation linking him with a move away from Stamford Bridge, saying he is happy at the club and has no intention of leaving them in the current transfer window.

Reuters, Xinhua