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Simone Biles triumph sixth US National Gymnastics Championship



Simone Biles during the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships.

Kansas City: Gymnast Simone Biles cemented herself as one of the leading gymnastic stalwarts, as she won the sixth US women’s gymnastics title here on Sunday.

In the two-day all-around performance, Biles got total of 118.500, ahead of five points of Sunisa Lee in second and eight points of Grace McCallum at the third position.

The 22-year-old  won five medals in Rio Olympics, four of them gold, and has more world titles than any other gymnast, male or female.

Speaking on her latest achievement, she said “I was so relieved,” she said of the triple-double. “Today I was very, very pleased.”

The Olympian began her preparations for the Tokyo Olympics by drilling her boundary-pushing triple-twisting, double-flip at the end of her first tumbling run on floor exercise.

When Biles made a comeback to gymnastics after a year break following the Rio Olympics, American gymnast was willing for more medals or had anything left to prove.

According to a report on USA Today, Biles wanted to challenge herself, to see how much she could wring out of her otherworldly talent. In doing so, she is pushing the boundaries of the sport beyond where anyone could ever imagined.


Dutee Chand requests MEA for visa to compete in Europe



Dutee Chand.

Dutee wants to participate in tournaments in Ireland and Germany, but is yet to get her visa

New Delhi: Indian sprinter Dutee Chand on Thursday requested the external affairs minister S. Jaishankar to help her to get her visa, so that she can participate in the European races to qualify for the World Athletics Championships.

The 23-year-old tweeted, “Want to participate in @iaaforg tournaments in Ireland & Germany on August 13 and August 19 respectively. My Visa formalities have not been completed due to some reasons. Request @DrSJaishankar & @MEAIndia to intervene at the earliest and help me participate in the race.”

Dutee recently became the first Indian woman track and field athlete to clinch a gold medal in the World University Games, is slated to run 100m dash in two IAAF-approved races, one in Ireland on August 13 and second is in Germany on August 19. But she is yet to get her visa.

As per media reports, Dutee had applied for the visa last week and she also planned to depart from India on Friday.

The World Championships qualifying timing is 11.24 seconds and 2020 Olympic Games cut-off is 11.15. She ran her personal best and national record time of 11.26 seconds in Doha in April during the Asian Championships.

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Registrations open for 15th edition of Delhi Half Marathon



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(L-R) Vivek Singh (Jt. MD, Procam International), Vani Venkatesh (CEO - Bharti Airtel, Delhi-NCR), Dhiraj Malhotra (CEO, Delhi Capitals) and Amit Mishra (India and Delhi Capitals' Cricketer) pose for a picture at the launch of Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2019.

Fast&Up and Help-Age India on-board as new partners; Delhi Capitals pledge for a fitter Delhi

New Delhi: Running enthusiasts from Delhi NCR, there’s some good news for you. The registration process for the 15th edition of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, which is scheduled for October 20, is now open, announced organisers Procam International at a gala here on Tuesday. latest sports news headlines

The acclaimed IAAF Gold Label Race is likely to witness more than 35,000 runners across five categories, i.e. Half Marathon (21.097km), Great Delhi Run (5km), Open 10K, Senior Citizens’ Run (3.2km) and Champions with Disability (3.2km). latest sports news headlines

Extending their support in bringing this world-class sporting event to Delhi, telecom giants Bharti Airtel will continue as title sponsors for the twelfth successive year. latest sports news headlines

Vani Venkatesh, CEO–Delhi & NCR, Bharti Airtel said, “The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon is today a landmark event and the most prestigious half marathon in the world. At Airtel, it is an absolute joy for each one of us to be a part of this world-class running event. It is simply amazing to see so many participants from across the world and India come together to celebrate the human spirit and run for a cause. We invite one and all to come join us this year as well and together make ADHM an even bigger success.” latest sports news headlines

The success of any sporting event strongly depends on like-minded partners. For the 2019 edition, two new brands have joined ADHM’s prestigious roster of partners. Continuing their successful association with Mumbai and Bangalore, Fast&Up comes aboard as the Energy Drink partner  for ADHM. Further, the Senior Citizens category will be supported by the NGO,  Help-Age India, as the  Institution Partner.

This year, to enhance participants’ experience and inspire new runners to take up running, Great Delhi Run (GDR), will be a timed category. GDR participants  will be awarded a timing certificate and a finishers’ medal post-race, which they can use for official entry into other running events.

Delhi Capitals, the IPL franchise that finished third in the 2019 season, joins hands with the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, pledging to make Delhi fitter. The aim is to encourage citizens to embrace a fitter and healthier lifestyle round the year, and make fitness a way of life.

Delhi Capitals CEO Dhiraj Malhotra said, “Delhi Capitals is honoured to associate with the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon for their 15th edition in our city. Fitness is not just for athletes, but for each and every one of us. Staying true to our adage of #ThisIsNewDelhi, Delhi Capitals urges Delhiites to shun the old unhealthy lifestyle, and embrace a new one—full of good health and fitness.”

As an added motivation for all registered half marathoners, the male participants will receive a PUMA Race Day Singlet, and female participants a PUMA Race day T-Shirt. latest sports news headlines

Vivek Singh, Jt. MD, Procam International said, “This year is a special milestone for ADHM, as we celebrate the 15th edition of the event in the capital city. When we introduced this event in Delhi, we always believed that it had the potential to be one of the world’s most awaited races. The growth in its international profile, participation and support from the city, is a testament to the efforts of all stakeholders, in achieving this vision.

“The unwavering faith and support of sponsors, partners, the state and civic authorities and most importantly our runners, has been integral to the overwhelming success of ADHM.  We extend a warm welcome to Fast&Up, Help-Age India and Delhi Capitals; their belief and passion in the cause is inspiring,” added Singh.

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Registration for all race categories  will commence on Wednesday and stay open until 1900 hrs on September  27 or till running places are filled, whichever is earlier. Also, there is a limited number of running places reserved, in the Half Marathon and the Open 10K, for women applicants, who cannot produce a timing certificate.

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Also Read: Maha governor launches registration process for 2020 Mumbai Marathon

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Australian Olympic gold medallist athlete Sally Pearson retires



Sally Pearson.

Sydney: Just one year away from the 2020 Tokyo Games, Australian Olympic gold medal hurdler Sally Pearson has announced that she will walk away from the track. sports news headlines

Having recently battled various hamstring and Achilles injuries, the 32-year-old took to social media to break the news. sports news headlines

“I am here to let you all know that I have decided to retire from my sport of athletics,” she said on Tuesday.

“It has been a long 16 years, but also a fun and exciting 16 years. [But] It has come to the point where I believe my body won’t be able to cope with the demands and intensity of training and competition.”

Taking home gold at the 2012 London Olympics for the 100 meter hurdles, the Gold Coast native also won a silver medal at the 2008 Games in Beijing. sports news headlines

With a further two gold medals and one silver at World Championship meets, Pearson was inducted into Australia’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2012 as a recognition of her athletic achievements.

Paying tribute to Pearson, Australian Olympic Committee chief executive Matt Carroll told local media that “Sally has set standards that make her a role model for all aspiring athletes.”

“She did not accept compromises or settle for half-measures. These qualities made her an Olympic champion as a hurdler and an Australian champion as a hurdler and a sprinter,” he added.

Although it’s not clear what Pearson’s next career path will be, she has stated in the past that she may look to move into coaching role. sports news headlines

“I will definitely look into it. I have coached a few younger younger kids… and I have enjoyed it,” she said.

“For me, coaching myself has been a wonderful journey and I want to continue that in the near future.”

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