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Olympic Torch To Visit 1000 UK Locations

January 12th, 2012 No comments

Olympic Torch

Olympic Torch

With recent news that fathers of British athletes Derek Redmond (a former Olympic athlete) and Chris Mears (a 2012 hopeful) will be carrying the Olympic torch in the relay across the UK, it is worth looking at where the torch will travel on its journey to London for the 2012 Olympics.

The relay will start in May 2012 and it will visit locations such as the Tyne Bridge (where it ascends by zip wire), Mount Snowdon in Wales and across Loch Ness in Scotland. Other locations include UK landmarks such as the Giant’s Causeway and Stonehenge.

The relay will consist of an impressive 8,000 torch bearers travelling an equally interesting 8,000 miles. The idea is that the torch will be carried through every single county in England, and through all the local authorities of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Locog (the company responsible for the journey planning) claim the torch will visit within 10 miles of nearly all of the UK’s population.

No location will be too remote with places such as the Shetland Islands and Jersey seeing the torch on its Olympic relay. The Torch will start off at Land’s End and it will be:

Travelling in an Isle of Man TT sidecar, taking the chair lift at the Needles, Isle of Wight, floating in a rainforest balloon at the Eden Project, braving the white water rapids at Lee Valley , taking a trip on the Flying Scotsman, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and the Manx electric railway, abseiling down the Dock Tower in Grimsby, visiting the Jodrell Bank observatory in Cheshire, taking a rigid inflatable boat (Rib) across Lough Neagh and Loch Ness, riding a Ceredigion Cobb Horse in Aberaeron, crossing the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on a boat, travelling on a tram and a canal boat at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, take a steamer across Windermere, skating at the National Ice Centre, riding the Heights of Abraham Cable Car in Matlock, trying Paralympic cycling at Brands Hatch, travelling in a rowing boat at Henley on Thames and on the River Bann.

The Olympic Torch will pass through 1,018 locations on its journey around Britain, starting on the 19th May and ending on the 27th July. The final leg of the 70 day journey will be a trip down the River Thames to London’s Olympic Park. This will hopefully be in time for the grand Olympic opening ceremony.

oldest marathon runner aged 100

October 17th, 2011 No comments

Fauja Singh oldest marathon runner

A 100-year-old Briton has become the world’s oldest marathon runner after finishing a race in Canada.

Fauja Singh, from Ilford, east London, ran the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in eight hours, 25 minutes and 16 seconds.

The record-holder “hit the wall” at 22 miles but soldiered on for another two hours and finished in 3,850th place, ahead of five other competitors.

Mr Singh, who took up running 11 years ago after his wife and son died, trains every day by running 10 miles.

source: bbc

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Woman ran marathon and gave birth afterwards

October 11th, 2011 No comments

Instead of having a rest after completing the Chicago Marathon, pregnant Amber Miller gave birth.

Mrs Miller, who was nearly 39 weeks pregnant, said “it was the longest day of my life”. She gave birth to a healthy 7.7lb (3.5kg) girl, June.

The marathon was the eighth for the 27-year-old, who already had one child. On her doctor’s orders she ran half and walked half the distance.

“Lots of people were cheering me on: ‘Go pregnant lady’,” she said.

“For me, it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. I was running up until that point anyway,” she told Associated Press news agency.

“I am crazy about running.”

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February 6th, 2011 No comments

Belgian Man run 365 marathons a day

There was a saying that an apple a day keeps the doctor away (that was before it was revised to 5 portion a day), doctors also advise that you take regular exercise, not sure doctors will recommend Stefaan Engels a marathon a day record breaking endeavours.

He crossed the finish line in the Spanish city of Barcelona after running 15,000km (9,569 miles) in a year. The 49 year old man said he considers his marathons as a regular job instead of a torture.

He averaged about four hours to complete a marathon. He said his best time was 2 hours and 56 minutes.

Engels suffered from asthma as a child and had been told by doctors to avoid sport.

Before Engels, the record marathon man was Akinori Kusuda of Japan – who ran 52 races in a row at the age of 65 in 2009.

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Power Balance – missleading advertising proven

December 24th, 2010 No comments

In order to achieve their goals, most athletes are aware that they need improved balance, strength and flexibility. Therefore, when Power Balance Bracelet appeared on the market, many athletes thought that it would be idea if they used this item. After all, the producers were guaranteeing the results.

Unfortunately, the Power Balance bracelet was proven to be useless. Even more than that, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to retreat its claims, even though top NBA stars like Shaquille O’Neill and Kevin Pietersen are wearing the bracelet.

According to the ACCC chairman, Graeme Samuel, the producers of this type of objects should be honest with their clients. Therefore, it won’t happen again to any client to buy items like the above one, and do not receive the expected results, as most of the items as Power Balance bracelet are nothing more than an ordinary rubber.

As for the company producing the above item, Power Balance was forced to change their whole website and to remove fancy words – as “performance technology” – from their product description, as long as there is no study on the bracelet that would sustain the description. As well, they have been forced to give back the money to the unsatisfied the clients, as well as they had to chance 100% their marketing strategy and all their ads.

London 2012 Olympics – First brand new venue opens at Lee Valley

December 9th, 2010 No comments

The first London Olympics 2012 venue to be built from scrathch open is to be declared open by the Princes Royal.

The £31m project, which incorporates the 2012 Olympic slalom canoe course, was finished on schedule and will be open to the public from April 2011.

Britain’s top canoeists have exclusive use of the facilities until that time.

“I’ve been waiting for this course for such a long time – it’s absolutely brilliant,” said GB’s Richard Hounslow.

Until now, World bronze medallist Hounslow and his British team-mates had trained at Nottingham’s Holme Pierrepont course.

But the entire squad will now move from Nottingham to Hertfordshire and base themselves at Lee Valley ahead of London 2012, offering what could prove a crucial home advantage.

“Our programme has chosen to relocate and, personally, I think that’s a brilliant idea,” said Hounslow.

“To train here day in, day out, will be so good for us.

“After April [once the course opens to the public] other international teams can relocate here if they want to, but I can’t see it happening, so for us it’ll be a really big advantage.”

source/full story: bbc

And the 2018 World Cup organiser is RUSSIA

December 2nd, 2010 No comments

football playerThe bidding process has just end up recently, with Russia becoming the 2018 gues for the World Cup. This process began in January 2009 and after a tough head-to-head with England, Russia will host the World Cup in 2018.

Seven countries have registered to bid for one of those two tournaments – Australia, England, Japan, Qatar, Russia, South Korea and United States while Belgium and Netherlands and Portugal and Spain registered to bid together. Other two countries were in this « fight » from the start, however Mexico withdrew in September 2009 and Indonesia’s bid was not approved by FIFA. With the numbers of bids received, the 2018 Word Cup bid has been the most contested one in FIFA’s history.

Fifa’s president Sepp Blatter will be for a long time on all English football fans’ lips while it was the one that crushed England’s hope to host the WC 2018 and delivered this honor to world’s largest country, for the first time in history. Again, as the online environment tought us before, tweets have been heading from Switzerland to all over the world spreading rumours even before the official FIFA announcement to be released.

Boris Johnson, London Mayor tweeted : “Extremely disappointing. We had an awesome bid and knockout presentation. Can’t quite believe it.” The confidence in winning this bid was at highest levels after a brilliant last-minute presentation.

Russia will host this event in 13 cities and they plan to invest $3.82bn in building new stadiums and upgrading the old ones. Russia is the first East European country to host the World Cup ; as for its participation in international championships, it participated 2 times in Word Cup and three times in European Championship – in 2008 reaching semi-finals.

As for the 2022 World Cup, it seems that it will be hosted by Qatar.

David Haye beats Audley Harrison to remain WBA title

November 14th, 2010 No comments

David Haye beats Audley Harrison to retain his WBA heavy weight title in Manchester

Harrison crumbled under a barrage of blows as the all-British showdown briefly came to life after a tentative opening two rounds with few punches.

Haye, 30, clinically took his chance as he floored his 39-year-old fellow Londoner after less than eight minutes.

Former Olympic champion Harrison, 39, had said it was his destiny to triumph, but landed just one punch.

The fight had been marketed as ‘The Best of Enemies’ as the two former friends met in what was the biggest heavyweight clash in British boxing since Lennox Lewis beat Frank Bruno in 1993.

However Harrison, who has been criticised for failing to build on the promise of his gold at the Sydney Games in 2000, appeared nervy and offered little resistance before the fight was halted one minute and 53 seconds into the third round.

A victorious Haye said: “I told everyone I’d knock him out in three rounds.

“As soon as I started putting my punches together the fight was effectively over.

“I was hoping he would come out and try to engage a little bit more, because I’m a very good counter-puncher, but I said it wouldn’t go past three rounds.

“Adam [Booth, Haye’s trainer] was happy with what I was doing because he knew eventually I’d nail him. Once I’ve got a guy hurt, they’re going over.”

The beaten older man Harrison, nicknamed ‘A-Force’, was downbeat and claimed the referee stopped the fight prematurely.

When asked if he would now retire, he replied: “I’ve got to sit down and reflect.

source: bbc

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Satnam Singh Bhamra – the next Yao Ming in NBA?

November 12th, 2010 No comments

Some say size matters when it comes to NBA, some say it does not matter at all while the skills are those that make a good basketball player. Almost every year a new really tall person makes its way in the media being promoted as a future brilliant player but once they reach NBA things change in a bad way.

Satnam Singh Bhamra seems to be an exception as it is the first Indian player to be ever considered as a NBA player. With over 1 billion population, India did not manage to send to NBA a player but things seem to be on a changing road. Scouts are already after this 14-year-old boy that has already reached 7-foot tall. And 7-foot at 14 is something not so usual, even in the NBA world.

IMG Basketball Academy director, Dan Barto said about Satnam that has all the skills and “features” to be a fantastic basketball player and he has a great potential that they will gladly develop. And what other great feature one might find at a basketball player than its size? And when you are a 7-foot at 14 years things are not ending here while the body develops for years after that age. His conformation is already looking very mature with broad shoulders, large hands and thick chest and with a good working schedule in the next five years he could become a great NBA player.

Could Satnam be the next Yao Ming for the NBA? Only time will tell while in the end, it all depends on his work, dedication and his body development.

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Tiger Woods is no longer no. 1 – did personal problems overcome him?

November 1st, 2010 No comments

tiger woods lost his positionThe new worldwide champion is the UK player Lee Westwood, this being the fourth player that reached top spots without even winning a major championship. After 26 years, the number one place in golf comes back to an European folk after over five years being in Woods’ hands.

However, the forthcoming HSBC Champions event in Shanghai, China might be the change for Tiger Woods to get his hands back on the number one place. This will be a great challenge for all golf players while along with the top four golf players Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Ernie Els will have a hard word to say as well.

Although Westwood had some great results this year (second place at British Open and at The Masters as well), Colin Montgomerie does not think it will be an easy task for him to keep this great rankings for long. Once he reached the number one spot and kept it for over five years, Woods will definitely try to come back on where he was while not being excited about claiming only second place.

Last 11 months have been very difficult to Woods while along with the injuries and sex scandals he had to faced the divorce as well, and now loosing the number one rankings. Moreover, he also lost some major sponsors like AT&T, P&G or Gillette. In fact, many voices are connecting his recent loss with the fact that he did not overcome his personal problems thus he was not capable of giving 100% on the field.

The HSBC Champions event in China will definitely be a great one with great names like Woods, Westwood, Mickelson and Kaymer trying to reach the top or even retain their actual positions. This could be  the angel or the demon for Tiger Woods as well so we are all looking forward to see the event.