Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Considered to be one of the best athletes anyone has ever seen, retired Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt celebrates his birthday on August 21. A world record holder in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4×100 metres relay, his achievements and dominance in sprint competition, has led many to widely consider him to be the greatest sprinter of all time.Born in 1986 in Sherwood Content, a small town in Jamaica, to Wellesley and Jennifer Bolt, the sprinter first started showing his potential when he ran in his parish’s annual national primary school meet and by the age of twelve, had become the school’s fastest runner over the 100 metres distance. Notably, Bolt is one of only nine athletes to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior-level of an athletic event. The others are Valerie Adams, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jacques Freitag, Yelena Isinbayeva, Jana Pittman, Dani Samuels, David Storl, and Kirani James. Notably, he is an eight-time Olympic gold medalist and 11 time World Champion.On the athletes 33rd birthday, here’s taking a look back at all the records he holds:World Records:100m – 9.58 seconds at Berlin in 2009200m – 19.19 seconds at Berlin in 20094x100m – 36.84 seconds at London in 2012Olympic Gold Medals:100m – 9.69 seconds at Beijing in 2008100m – 9.63 seconds at London in 2012100m – 9.81 seconds at Rio in 2016200m – 19.30 seconds at Beijing in 2008200m – 19.32 seconds at London in 2012200m – 19.78 seconds at Rio in 20164x100m – 37.10 seconds at Beijing in 20084x100m – 36.84 seconds at London in 20124x100m – 37.27 seconds at Rio in 2016World Championship Gold Medals:100m – 9.58 seconds at Berlin in 2009100m – 9.77 seconds at Moscow in 2013100m – 9.79 seconds at Beijing in 2015200m – 19.19 seconds at Berlin in 2009200m – 19.40 seconds at Daeguin in2011200m – 19.66 seconds at Moscow, 2013200m – 19.55 seconds: Beijing in 20154x100m – 37.31 seconds at Berlin, 20094x100m – 37.04 seconds at Daegu, 20114x100m – 37.36 seconds at Moscow in 20134x100m – 37.36 seconds at Beijing in 2015World Junior Records:200m – 19.93 seconds at Kingston in 2002World Junior Championship Gold Medals200m – 20.61 seconds at Kingston in 2004 100m200m4x100m relayBolt First Published: August 21, 2019, 3:35 PM IST
Former Manchester United and Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has worked closely with both Ronaldo Nazario and Cristiano Ronaldo while having been against Lionel Messi a number of times and he rates the Brazilian as the most skilled player.Mourinho was the assistant manager at Barcelona to Bobby Robson when he witnessed the brilliance of Ronaldo first hand in the 1996-97 season, the only one year that the Brazilian spent at Camp Nou. Mourinho then worked with Cristiano when he was the manager of Real Madrid, leading the team to a La Liga title, a Copa del Rey and a Spanish Supercup.The Portuguese manager has never worked with Messi but a number of his teams have been up against the magic of the Argentine over the years.For Mourinho though, Ronaldo Nazario was the “best player” he had ever seen.”Ronaldo, El Fenomeno, Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi have had longer careers. They have remained at the top every day for 15 years,” Mourinho told LiveScore.”However, if we are talking strictly about talent and skill, nobody surpasses Ronaldo (Nazario). When he was at Barcelona with Bobby Robson, I realised that he was the best player I’d ever seen take to the field,” Mourinho exclaimed.He went on to explain that had injuries not hampered Ronaldo’s career, it could have been even more brilliant.”Injuries killed a career that could have been even more incredible, but the talent that that 19-year-old boy had was something incredible. In 1997, Barcelona played against PSG in Rotterdam and Ronaldo’s goal, 1-0. Awesome,” Mourinho added. cristiano ronaldofootballjose mourinholionel messi First Published: October 13, 2019, 1:04 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
saina nehwal – Reuters Published on × RELATED COMMENT August 26, 2017 saina nehwal – Reuters SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL Chance for Sindhu to script history as first Indian world champion shuttler Saina Nehwal today settled for a bronze medal as her impressive run at the World Championship came to an end after a heart-breaking loss against Rio Olympics bronze medallist Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the women’s singles semifinals here.Saina, who had won a silver medal two years ago at Jakarta, gave everything in a battle of attrition but Okuhara’s never-say-die attitude helped her to outmanoeuvre the Indian in an energy-sapping semifinal clash at the Emirates Arena.After battling for an hour and 14 minutes, it was the World No. 12 Japanese who managed to eke out a come-from- behind 12-21 21-17 21-10 win over the Indian to become the first shuttler from her country to reach the finals of World Championship.Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu is the only remaining hope for India at the World Championship. She will take on ninth seed Chinese Chen Yufei in another semifinal later in the day.It turned out to be a battle of attrition between Saina and Okuhara. The two players have met seven times so far in international badminton with Saina having an upper hand in six of those battles.The Japanese tried to engage Saina in fast-paced rallies, which were mixed with down-the-line smashes and cross-court angled returns, sandwitched by deceptive drops. A pumped up Saina returned everything thrown at her and came up with the perfect clears to close out the rallies.The Indian tried to put her rival out of position with her deceptive returns and it helped as she led 9-3 in the opening game, before entering the interval at 11-5 when Okuhara could not return her angled smash and found the net.Okuhara’s fast-paced game did not yield much result early on as Saina fortified her defence and continued to dominate the rallies to lead 17-10. Okuhara lost a video referral next as Saina led 18—10. The Japanese displayed a good net game to grab two points but Saina’s small deception took a toil on her rival.Another electrifying rally ended with Okuhara finding the net as Saina reached eight game points. The Indian then unleashed a body smash to close out the opening game.After the change of sides, Saina failed to reach for a couple of forecourt returns, helping Okuhara opened up a 4-0 lead early on. The Japanese extended the advantage to 8-4 but she had a few wide strokes and Saina exploited the opportunity to unleash her trademark cross court smashes to claw her way back to 9-9.However, Okuhara managed to grab a slender 11-10 lead with a cross court net flick which Saina failed to negotiate.After the break, Okuhara seemed to vary the pace and Saina too faltered with a forehand and backhand return which helped the Japanese take a 14-11 lead.Saina, however, kept breathing down Okuhara’s neck, making it 15-15 when the Japanese found the net and also hit long. Okuhara conceded a point with a service error but a judgement error from Saina at the baseline again gave the Japanese a slender 17-16 lead.Saina produced a down-the-line smash to level par, while Okuhara unleashed an onrushing backhand flick to lead 18-17 and then an overhead return took her to 19-17.Saina’s smash then missed the sideline to hand over three game points to the Japanese, who sealed it with a cross court return which found the Indian napping.In the decider, Saina grabbed an early 3-1 lead but Okuhara soon started dominating the rallies. It resulted in five straight points and the Japanese took a 6-3 lead. Two wide shots and a low lift getting buried at net from Saina ensured that Okuhara continued to gather points, reaching 10-3.Saina’s trademark down-the-line smash then once again came to her rescue as she snapped the run of points but Okuhara had a seven-point advantage at the break when the Indian faltered with her net dribble.Okuhara continued to accumulate points, sometimes using her disguise at the net. Saina periodically managed to win a point here and there but she could not stop the Japanese who led 16-7 at one stage.Saina kept fighting but she looked a tad sluggish with her movements and lacked precision in final moments as Okuhara managed to move to 19-9.Saina hit wide again to hand over 11 match point opportunities to Okuhara. The Indian saved one with a drop but the Japanese sealed the issue with another precise return at the baseline. null Badminton Championship: Saina in semifinal COMMENTS
Prague: World number two and recent WTA Finals semi-finalist Karolina Pliskova said Thursday she was parting ways with her Spanish coach Conchita Martinez.”I decided I will no longer work with Conchita,” the 27-year-old Czech wrote on her Facebook page. “It was (a) tough decision as the season was great. Thank you for all this year and wish u only the best. Life is a change!!!” added the 2016 US Open finalist.I decided I will no longer work with Conchita.. it was tough decision, as the season was great. Thank you for all this year, and wish u only the best♥️ Life is a change!!! pic.twitter.com/UbBN9AVDxS— Karolina Pliskova (@KaPliskova) November 7, 2019 Her manager and husband Michal Hrdlicka told the Czech news agency CTK they were in talks with a new coach, without disclosing the name.”It has been an incredible year full of great moments and emotions,” tweeted Martinez.”I wish Kaja and her team the best for the future,” added the 47-year-old Wimbledon champion from 1994.Pliskova hired Martinez during last year’s US Open and she immediately won the Pacific Open in Tokyo.She went on to win four WTA tournaments this year and reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open and at last week’s WTA Finals where she bowed out to world number one and later champion Ashleigh Barty. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Conchita Martinezkarolina pliskovatenniswomens tennis association First Published: November 7, 2019, 4:56 PM IST
Advertisement AdvertisementYesterday was a good day for Indians at the Wimbledon 2018 in London. Indian pair, Sriram Balaji and Vishnu Vardhan who made their Wimbledon debut, beat Marcus Daniell and Wesley Koolhof in the first round of Men’s doubles in London today 7-6,6-4,7-6 in straight sets. Now they will face Ben Mclachlan from Japan and Jan-Lennard Struff from Germany in the Round of 32.Indian pair Sriram Balaji and Vishnu VardhanAfter that, India’s Divij Sharan and his partner from New Zealand, Artem Sitak made a winning start at the Wimbledon championships as they won over Radu Albot and Malek Jaziri in London on Thursday. Sharan and Sitak eked out a 7-6(4) 6-7(8) 6-3 6-2 win in two hours and 41 minutes to book a second-round berth.Divij Sharan after the win.Again, Rohan Bopanna and France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin defeated the pair of Alex de Minaur and John Millman 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 29 minutes. They did not face a single break point on their serve.Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Rohan Bopanna.Can be said that Indians are pretty much on a roll at the Wimbledon!Read Also:-Wimbledon 2018: Day 4 results: Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep advance forward for the next roundsWimbledon 2018: Day 3 results: Roger Federer increases his Wimbledon winning streak to 26
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Advertisement AdvertisementImage Courtesy: Indian ExpressPakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik is a vital cog in the side due to his invaluable experience. Having failed to make an impression in the tournament so far, Shoaib Malik and co. are desperate to improve as the business end of the competition approaches.The veteran claimed that Pakistan could learn a thing or two from the Indian system which has helped them stay consistent. Malik emphasized the way the Indian side mold their players while adding that confidence is the key. Malik stated:“When you are in a building process, you need time. It’s not a time to panic and change players. If you change a lot of players, newcomers will also need time. We have to see India’s system, how they develop their players. They are the best side in the world. You have to give confidence to the players that the management. the captain and the selection committee have picked. The 36-year-old also went on to reveal that the PCB Chairman paid a visit to the dressing room to instill faith in the side that is low on confidence as per coach Mickey Arthur.The current group of players have failed to stick together as a unit in the fitures so far with the Men In Green losing to their arch-rivals twice so far. The form of the openers and the performances of the bowling line-up are few of the reasons behind Pakistan’s failure.Read Also:Asia Cup 2018- India vs. Afghanistan Review: Shahzad ton propels Afghanistan to a tieFive international cricket captains in the crosshairs as spot fixing scandal comes to light!
Advertisement14 years ago, on this day, Manchester United signed their very own Scouser from Everton. Born in Croxteth, Liverpool. His dislike towards the red side of Merseyside was something both his top tier Premier League clubs benefitted from and today, the man is hailed as one of the greatest strikers in the history of the game. He goes by the name of Wayne Rooney“He goes by the name of Wayne Rooney!”Wayne Rooney started his career at Everton, making his debut at the tender age of 16. He was beckoned to be a star since then. His skill and control with a football was mature beyond his years, and his goal scoring prowess ripped defences apart shortly after.Word of a new star born in Everton didn’t take long to circulate around the footballing world, and Rooney caught the eyes of several great managers, but he was signed by the absolute best.Rooney was signed in 2004 by Sir Alex Ferguson for Manchester United, where he scored on his debut at the age of 18. Since that day, he has scored 253 goals in 559 games, winning the honour of being the highest goal scorer of all time for the club. The Englishman has won % Premier League title, 1 FA Cup, 3 Community Shields, 1 Europa League and 1 Champions League with the Red Devils along with several other individual awards. His international career is commendable as well. Despite not winning any international trophies, he is the highest goal scorer for his country, with 53 goals in 119 appearances.Rooney left United at the end of the 2016-17 season as one of the biggest legends the club has ever seen, playing alongside greats like Scholes, Giggs, Ronaldo, Schweinsteiger, Ibrahimovic, carrick, the list goes on and on.Today, the 32 year old plays for DC United in the MLS, and even to this day, keeps showing his brilliance and experience on the pitch, helping DC to win games, and wowing fans all over the world.Watch Wayne Rooney’s top 10 goals for Manchester United here :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq_2sFtKvK8Read also :Aaron Ramsey and Arsenal on the verge of a break upFootball: Barcelona’s rock Sergio Busquets extends his love affair with the club Advertisement
Just a few years back, former Pakistan pacer Rana Naved-ul-Hasan rated Inzamam-ul-Haq as the best captain he has played under, but a short stint with Masters Cricket League side Gemini Arabians under Virender Sehwag’s captaincy seems to have changed his mind.Naved, who has made 74 ODI appearances, is really glad to be playing under the Nawab of Najafgarh and said the Delhi batsman is the best captain he has played under so far.”He is a great player and human being. The way he leads the team is absolutely wonderful. I will rate him as the best captain I have played under so far,” Naved told Mail Today from Dubai.Naved is impressed with Sehwag’s cool approach and quick decision-taking abilities. “In T20 you don’t have much time to think and have to take decisions at the drop of a hat. Sehwag I think has adapted himself very well to the format and it’s really amazing the way he takes the team forward. No matter how much I praise him it would be less,” Naved added.Arabians have reached the semi-finals with five wins in as many games. The team has done well largely due to the contributions of former Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara, and Sehwag.”I am really pleased with how the team has performed so far. Sanga and Sehwag have been brilliant with the bat. Playing with all former stars of cricket is a wonderful experience,” he said.When T20 cricket came to the fore it was seen as a game meant for youngsters, but the likes of Brad Hodge have proven otherwise. Naved is of the opinion that age has no role to play in the shortest format and what really counts is the fitness level.advertisement”T20 is very demanding. I would say it is more difficult than Test or ODIs. It requires a different skill set altogether and I think fitness is imperative to do well. It does not matter how old you are, what does is your fitness,” said the 37-year-old pacer, an exponent of reverse-swing bowling.Naved believes India are favourties to win the T20 World Cup.”India will definitely enjoy home advantage and I also think they have a good squad. Young bowlers like Bumrah can do very well provided they are guided well by the senior player,” he said.Bringing in Ashish Nehra to the T20 fold will prove to be great move according to Naved. “When someone with the experience of Nehra is in your team, it makes a whole lot of difference. I think including him in the squad was a great decision on the selectors’ part. He will really add more balance to India’s bowling.”Talking about the controversy surrounding Pakistan playing in India, he said as sportsperson he would love to see them play each other, but the onus of taking the call should be left on the officials.”As a player I would love to see Pakistan play in India and vise a versa. I think we should have bilateral series, but it’s up to the officials to decide,” he said.
Jaipur, Feb 26 (PTI) Spooked by the mysterious Zika virus that has cast a shadow on the Olympic Games in Brazil, Indias race walkers will avoid reaching Rio de Janeiro in advance for the mega-event in August. Race walk coach Alexander Artsybashev today said his wards, who make the cut for the Olympics will have an 80-day training stint from June onwards in Poland and from there, they will fly to Rio just before the start of the events. Alexander, who has been coaching the Indian race walk team since 2011, was speaking to journalists ahead of the two -day National Race Walk Championships which begins here tomorrow. “After this, we have the Asian Race Walk Championships (March 20) in Nomi, Japan and then the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships (May 7-8) in Italy. After that we will have an 80-day training stint at Spala in Poland as the Indian summer is not suitable for preparation of race walkers for the Olympics,” he said. “From Spala, we will go straight to Rio for the Olympics. But since there is the Zika problem (in Brazil) we are not going to Rio in advance. We will reach there just before the race walk events start,” said the Russian. Organisers of the 2016 Olympics are facing an uphill task in their bid to convince the international sports community that the Games will be spared the effects of the mysterious Zika virus. Concerns over Zika, carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito and thought to cause defects in newborns, have dominated recent discussion about the Olympics, which begin in Rio on August 5. PTI PDS PM PMadvertisement