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Cristiano Ronaldo says he is "grateful for the opportunity" given to him by Juventus, as players of his age "usually go to Qatar or China". The 33-year-old Portugal forward has joined the Italian champions for £99.2m after nine years at Real Madrid. "To come to this club at this stage of my career, I am very happy," he said at his presentation in Turin.

Ronaldo also said he hopes to be the "lucky star" as the Italian side attempt to win the Champions League. He added he had not received any other offers.
Ronaldo scored a club record 450 goals for Real - winning four Champions Leagues and La Liga twice - having joined from Manchester United in 2009. A five-time Ballon d'Or winner - including last year - he led Portugal to victory at the 2016 European Championship.

"I want to win," he said. "I want to be the best. Who knows, maybe I will be awarded the Ballon d'Or again but things will happen naturally. "It was difficult to win it in Manchester and Real Madrid, but maybe here? We will see." Ronaldo said there were "many important things" that contributed to his decision. "I am well - physically, mentally and emotionally," he said. "That is why I am so proud of being here and the way I have come here.

"I am different from all the other players who think that their career is over at my age, but I want to show the others that I am different. It is very emotional for me at the club now because I am not 23, I am 33. "It gives me so much momentum for the future."

Taking Juventus to an 'even higher level'
Juventus are Italy's most successful club, having won Serie A 34 times - including the last seven in a row - and the Coppa Italia on 13 occasions. However, they have not won the Champions League since 1996, losing on their past five appearances in the final. Ronaldo said: "I do know that the Champions League is a trophy every club would like to win. This is an option. We are going to fight not only for the Champions League but for the Serie A title.

"We know competition will be harsh but we must stay concentrated. I hope I can help Juventus win it. I hope I can be the lucky star of this club but we will see what happens. "Juventus gave me a wonderful opportunity. I'm so grateful. They gave value to my football style so it's a step forward as I see it. Juventus can have many successes. They have won domestic cups and titles and reached Champions League finals.

"I am so proud they were interested in me. I hope I can take Juventus to an even higher level."

Zinedine Zidane has sensationally resigned as Real Madrid head coach less than a week after leading the club to their third successive European Cup triumph.    The 45-year-old announced his departure in a surprise press conference at Real Madrid's training ground on Thursday morning.

Zidane leaves Real Madrid as one of the club's most successful managers having won three Champions Leagues, two Fifa Club World Cups and one La Liga title.  "I've taken the decision to not continue next year as Real Madrid coach," Zidane told reporters. "This is the right moment for everyone, it might seem a bit strange, but it had to be done for the good of everyone, the players, the club, and myself. This team must keep winning, and it needs a change after three years, another voice, another method of working."

"I love this club a lot, the president, who gave me everything – to play first at this great club. I’ll always be thankful. Today I need to change, for me, for everyone, for this I’ve taken the decision," Zidane added. "I wanted him to stay forever and I wanted to convince him to stay. But I know it was his final decision," said Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who was present alongside Zidane.

"The only thing I want to say is 'hasta pronto' because I know he will return, maybe after a rest," he added. On Saturday he became the only manager in the Champions League era to win the trophy for three straight years with the same club. However Real Madrid endured a disastrous league campaign last season, finishing 17 points adrift of eventual winners Barcelona. Zidane said he would be taking a break from football after leaving Real Madrid and would not be interested in taking a new role: "I'm not going to coach next season. I'm not looking for another team.”

In February the Frenchman admitted he would consider quitting the club if he felt "there is nothing more to give". However after masterminding Real Madrid's victory over Liverpool in Kiev, Zidane gave no indication that he was considering his future at the Bernabeu. "This is a legendary club. This is a club that has won 13 European Cups so I'm happy to be part of this history," he said.

He added: "We are going to think about what we achieved, enjoy the moment first. This is the most important thing now." The Frenchman has in the past been linked with the manager's job at Chelsea, although Antonio Conte remains in charge for now with Maurizio Sarri tipped to replace him. Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been installed as the early favourite to succeed Zidane.
Source: The Telegraph

 Cristiano Ronaldo's injury-time penalty put holders Real Madrid through to the Champions League semi-finals after holding off a stunning Juventus comeback.Ronaldo's coolly taken 97th-minute penalty into the top corner came after Medhi Benatia brought down Lucas Vazquez in the box. Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, in what might be his last Champions League appearance, was sent off by English referee Michael Oliver after awarding the spot-kick, for foul and abusive language.

Real, Champions League winners in three of the past four seasons, came into the second leg leading 3-0, helped by Ronaldo's stunning bicycle kick. But the Serie A leaders got off to a perfect start when Mario Mandzukic headed in from Sami Khedira's cross after just two minutes and Mandzukic got a second before half-time.
Blaise Matuidi pounced to capitalise on Keylor Navas' fumble to level the tie on aggregate before the dramatic ending.
Real join Liverpool, Roma and Bayern Munich in the last-four draw, which takes place in Nyon on Friday at 12:00 BST.
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Bedlam at the Bernabeu - reaction to Real's dramatic win
Relive how it happened
Chaotic 10 minutes in Madrid
The game looked to be heading for extra time before a chaotic final few minutes saw even the calmest of players lose control.
90th minute: Benatia push on Vazquez is adjudged to be a foul and Oliver points to the spot. Benatia booked and furious Juve players surround the referee,
incensed at the decision.
93rd minute: Buffon remonstrates too vociferously, screaming and pointing his finger in the direction of Oliver and is shown a red card.
96th minute: Juve striker Gonzalo Higuain is brought off and replaced by former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
97th minute: Ronaldo despatches the penalty into the top right-hand corner.
98th minute: Ronaldo is booked for taking off his shirt while celebrating in front of the home supporters.
99th minute: Referee blows for full-time.
Ronaldo steps up to the mark
Real have endured a poor season so far in La Liga, sitting fourth in the table and 15 points adrift of runaway leaders Barca, who capitulated on Tuesday night to go out of the Champions League.
The competition is Real's only hope of a major trophy this season, but they only just managed to sneak through to the last four for the eighth consecutive season.
Ronaldo, the Ballon d'Or holder, proved himself to be the best once again, stepping up under the most intense pressure to send his team through.
The penalty extended his incredible goalscoring form this campaign:
Now netted in 11 games in a row for Real
Takes his tally to 27 in his past 14 games for club and country
41 strikes overall in 38 games this season
120th goal in 150 Champions League appearances.
Not the send-off Buffon was hoping for
Legendary goalkeeper Buffon ended the night, and possibly his European career, in controversial fashion.
It drew parallels with Real boss Zinedine Zidane when his France playing career ended with a sending off at the 2006 World Cup final for a headbutt on Italy defender Marco Materazzi.
Italy's most-capped international Buffon, who is much respected throughout the game, let his emotions overcome him at the end and was dismissed on his 650th appearance for Juve.
Buffon had announced in October that this would be his last Champions League campaign unless his side won the final, after which he had intended to play in the Club World Cup.
Buffon had been having a brilliant game, saving low from Welshman Gareth Bale and reacting sharply to keep out efforts from Isco and Ronaldo.
But he will not receive the dream send-off, missing out on claiming the only major trophy which has evaded him in his career.
Super Mario - the stats
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 10 Champions League goals against Juventus - the most by one player against a one opponent in the competition.
Juventus have won more away games against Real Madrid than any other side in all European competition [three].
Gianluigi Buffon's first Champions League red card was Juventus' sixth in the competition against Real Madrid - more than any team has had against another opponent in the competition.
Mario Mandzukic's first goal after 76 seconds was the fastest that Real Madrid have ever conceded in a Champions League home game.
Mandzukic also became the first player to score a first-half double as an opposition player in a Champions League match at the Bernabeu.
The Italian side had more shots on target in the opening 15 minutes of play [three] than they did in the entire first leg (2).
BBC

US Open champion Sloane Stephens beat Latvian Jelena Ostapenko 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 to win her first Miami Open title. American Stephens looked tense at the start and there were eight breaks of serve in the first set before the home favourite prevailed in the tie-break. The 25-year-old world number 12 relied heavily on her defence before putting her foot on the gas in the second set.

World number five Ostapenko, 20, was left to rue an unforced error count of 48 which cost her a first win in Miami.

It was the first meeting between the pair, both Grand Slam winners in the past 12 months, and their nerves showed in the opening exchanges as the first four games went against serve.

Stephens had beaten three former Grand Slam champions - Garbine Muguruza, Angelique Kerber and Victoria Azarenka - to make the final, but she struggled initially against an aggressive Ostapenko.

Stephens hit just three winners in the first set, relying on 29 unforced errors from the Latvian to scrape through the tie-break.

French Open champion Ostapenko had not dropped a set all tournament until that point, and immediately broke the American in the second set.

Florida native Stephens showed her improved speed as she continued to return Ostapenko's hits, before finally coming alive in attack at 3-1 with a deft drop-shot and a brilliant cross-court winner as the finish line came into sight.

The American ramped up the tempo and swept through the final games to win in one hour 31 minutes.

Having lost eight matches in a row following her US Open triumph, Stephens has now responded to that slump with a sixth WTA title that will move her into the world top 10 for the first time when the rankings are released on Monday.

"There were pre-match jitters but once I won the first set, I was able to settle," she said. "I have wanted to be in the top 10 for so long. It's very exciting."

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Three-time champion and eighth seed Venus Williams has been knocked out of the Miami Open in the quarter-finals by qualifier Danielle Collins.

The 24-year-old, ranked 93rd in the world, needed only one hour 29 minutes to come through 6-2 6-3 against fellow American Williams, 37, a seven-time Grand Slam winner.

It was Collins' first victory against a top 10 player.

She will now face French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the semi-finals.

The 20-year-old Latvian saw off world number four Elina Svitolina over two tie-breaks, winning 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-5).

"The first time I saw Venus in the locker room I nearly cried," Collins admitted. "She has been my favourite player so I am finding it difficult to wrap my head around this."

Victoria Azarenka will play US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the other women's singles semi-final.

 

Rafael Nadal coped with an on-court intruder and the Paris rain to beat fellow Spaniard David Ferrer and win a record eighth French Open title. Nadal, 27, came through 6-3 6-2 6-3 to reaffirm his dominance on clay, and further elevate himself among the greats of the sport.

"I'm very happy, very emotional," he said. "It's a very important victory for me."
However, the final was interrupted by a brief protest high in the stands during the second set that was quickly followed by an intruder leaping onto the court while brandishing a flare.


Security guards managed to bundle the man to the ground as he approached Nadal, and the player even took care to shake an official's hand before returning to the action.
"Just can I say thank you very much to all the security guys," he said afterwards. "They did just amazing work.
"They were very quick, and they were very courageous about what they did in the first moment."
Nadal dropped his serve immediately after the incident, but within an hour he had wrapped up the victory that makes him the first man to win a Grand Slam singles tournament eight times.
His 59th match win also takes him past Roger Federer and Guillermo Vilas at Roland Garros, while his 12th major title moves him above Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver on the all-time list. Ferrer, playing in his first major final at the age of 31, was a worthy adversary and pushed his compatriot harder than the score might suggest, but he never threatened an upset.

Both men appeared edgy in the early stages, with breaks of serve exchanged in games three and four, but Nadal fired a brilliant cross-court backhand winner to move ahead again at 4-3 and took the set with a third break. Ferrer was making his illustrious compatriot work for his service games and missed an early chance in the second set, before Nadal made him pay with a forehand winner for 2-0.

A routine afternoon looked on the cards, but the calm was shattered by chanting from protesters with a banner in the upper tier of the stands during the sixth game of the set. The players paused while the incident was dealt with only for another, potentially more serious, disturbance to follow before the next game when a shirtless man wearing a mask vaulted the flower bed surrounding the court, waving a burning flare above his head.
When play resumed, two unsurprisingly distracted service games followed, but Nadal moved two sets clear and looked razor sharp again when a volley put him 2-0 ahead in the third.


The increasingly heavy rain now appeared the biggest threat to his ambitions, but Ferrer was not done and got back on level terms before blowing an opportunity to move ahead with a backhand error at 3-3. It was to be Ferrer's last chance as a double-fault gave up his serve for the seventh time.
Nadal moved to match point and cracked a magnificent forehand winner before falling back onto the clay in celebration for an incredible eighth time at Roland Garros.

BBC

Northern Ireland's boxing captain Sean McComb has been banned from areas of the Gold Coast at the Commonwealth Games after being involved in an incident in a nightclub. Police said the 25-year-old was issued with an infringement notice for causing public nuisance (violence) after officers were called to a disturbance at a Surfers Paradise nightclub at 02:45 local time.

No-one was injured but McComb is banned from the Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach Safe Night Precincts areas. NI Commonwealth Games team chef de mission Robert McVeigh. McComb lost to England's Luke McCormack in the last 16 of the light-welterweight division on Sunday.

"Following an incident outside a bar in Surfers Paradise last night, Sean McComb was issued with a fine and a barring order which restricts his movements within designated areas of Gold Coast," read a statement released by the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council. "The NICGC continues to review all available evidence before deciding what, if any, sanctions may be applied. "It should be noted that Sean was finished competing at the time of the incident and that no other team members were involved. The focus of the NICGC remains on supporting our athletes through to the end of the Games."

BBC

Anthony Joshua unified the WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles with a controlled performance in a unanimous points win over Joseph Parker at a tense Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

The Briton, 28, used his left hand to telling effect throughout an intriguing affair, in which New Zealand's Parker displayed swift hands, movement and impressive durability.

But his WBO title always looked like it would end up round Joshua's waist as a significant points gap opened up, with the favourite landing a hard left uppercut in round eight and two stinging left hooks early in the 10th.

Parker tagged his rival to howls of concern in the 11th and he deserves immense respect for becoming the first man to take Joshua to the scorecards, which read 118-110 118-110 119-109.

Joshua becomes unified world champion - with three major belts, along with the IBO crown, and only the WBC title left to claim

'Finesse' - How the night played out

Joshua raised his right hand on ring announcer Michael Buffer's reading of the cards and he now holds three of the four recognised world titles. Parker looked to the sky.

But the 26-year-old New Zealander played his part in a compelling evening and brought colour to an intriguing build-up.

Never before had two world champions from the glamour division met to unify titles on British soil. For the away fighter this was a whole new level of scrutiny; for Joshua, it was a third consecutive stadium fight, with a cumulative 250,000 seats sold in the process.

Each fighter walked to the ring to an accompaniment of strobe lights, flames and fireworks, with the estimated 78,000 in attendance providing a glittering background as smart phones lit up the tiers.

When the bell rang, Parker looked sharp, flicking his left jab to keep his opponent at bay and maintaining a guard with just his right hand, compared with two high hands from Joshua.

Referee Giuseppe Quartarone kept the fighters apart on several occasions

Afterwards, Joshua pointed to a bout he felt came down to "boxing finesse" and there is no doubt he used the jab and repeated left hooks tactically to stave off his opponent's threat.

It took until the halfway stage before either man truly began to load their shots, as early respect gave way. Parker, stung early in the sixth, gave chase and landed his own left hand from a crouched position.

The beaten man admitted he lost to a "better champion" but he at least showed the "granite chin" his camp had built much of their hope on beforehand.

Unlike Joshua, Parker has never been dropped as an amateur or a professional and he showed his durability in sucking up two hard left hooks early in the 10th.

This was a more chess-like Joshua. The knockout artist Britain has grown to love was forced to show us poise over 36 minutes, although the result never really looked in doubt.

Wilder clash edges closer

Joshua celebrates after his 21st straight victory

Those close to Joshua describe his tendency to return from a fight with improved knowledge of what he wants to change about his preparation next time.

This time, weight was an issue and cutting his lightest frame since 2014, he looked more comfortable than when he stopped Carlos Takam at this stadium in October.

He maintained a healthy pace late on and his two-inch height advantage was expertly deployed as the "glass chin" Parker's camp claimed to believe the home fighter possessed never really came under substantial threat.

There were forays from Parker but each time he was forced to dive in, leaving him exposed to a couple of left uppercuts and hooks.

Some on social media criticised the officiating for preventing either man from fighting at close quarters. The frustration was understandable but, with Parker repeatedly diving in, his attacks often produced a grapple that needed breaking up.

Joshua seemed to care little, as he took the chance to call out WBC title holder Deontay Wilder - who turned down an invitation to be ringside. The already loud calls for them to meet will grow louder. Can either really turn down the chance to become the first man in history to hold all four titles?

Only boxing politics, purse splits and ego can get in the way. Wilder will probably point to the fact his rival failed to score a stoppage. But Joshua's camp might just as well feel going the distance is a positive if such a landmark bout is to come next.

The knockout run has ended. But Joshua's rise to supremacy looks increasingly difficult to stop.

Joshua claimed a unanimous points victory over Parker

'Wilder might be encouraged' - Analysis

BBC boxing correspondent Mike Costello

I thought it was an assured performance from Joshua. He clearly thought early on that he may be going the distance and adjusted his pace to suit.

I feel he could have made more potent use of the left jab, as when he did throw it frequently it set up his power punches with the right hand and left hook.

We also have to consider that Parker for long periods, as game and as resilient as he was, appeared to be in damage limitation mode.

I can imagine Wilder and his camp will have taken much confidence from tonight's showing by Joshua, but a look at Joshua's history as an amateur and a pro suggests he will learn much from this display and he is highly likely to return a better fighter.

Indeed, the performance might have encouraged Wilder to put pen to paper quicker than he might otherwise have done.

'I want Wilder...or Fury' - what they said

Russia's Alexander Povetkin is Joshua's next mandatory challenger

Anthony Joshua speaking to Sky Sports: "This was about boxing finesse - I stuck to my word. I know what it takes to be a champion. Joshua Parker said he wanted a war, but it was all about boxing finesse. The main thing we cannot forget is that I am the unified heavyweight champion of the world."

Asked if he would fight in the United States: "I'm not interested in coming to America. All these years, we've gone to the States, people have spent a lot of money following British boxers over there. [But] we can do it in London, Cardiff. We are staying right here.

"I want Wilder. Or Fury. Get him [Wilder] in the ring and I'll knock him spark out."

Joseph Parker: "I want to go back and come back stronger. I have no regrets, we take it on the chin. We'll be back again and we'll work harder to come back. I would love to have another go."

Asked if interruptions from the referee disrupted his tactics: "We could have worked inside more, we can't change it. Of course, I'm young, fit and strong. I'm fit to go 12 rounds, thanks to all the New Zealanders here and back home. He [Anthony Joshua] is a good big man and was better on the day. We'll be back."

London -Former world heavyweight champion David Haye knocked fellow Briton Dereck Chisora to the canvas twice in the fifth round to win their grudge match in pouring rain at Upton Park in east London on Saturday. The pair were involved in an ugly brawl at a news conference in Munich last February following Chisora's defeat by WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. Haye had flown to Germany in pursuit of a bout with Klitschko after losing to his brother Vladimir last year and subsequently announcing his retirement.

Saturday's fight at the home of English Premier League soccer club West Ham United for the WBO and WBA international heavyweight titles had been sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation. The British Boxing Board of Control would not sanction the fight because neither boxer held a British licence.

The pair traded blows in a lively opening four rounds with Haye shading Chisora on points after landing a ferocious uppercut in the fourth. In the fifth round, the former world cruiserweight champion unleashed a devastating left-right combination in the space of 10 seconds to win by a knockout.

Haye told talkSPORT radio he had been surprised by Chisora's durability. “At the back of my mind I knew he was tough, I knew he was durable. I really trained hard,” he said. “I knew my conditioning was great and I knew the further this fight went on the more I would relax.”

- Reuters

Elite sprinters Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell tested positive for banned substances on a day of shame for athletics. Gay, a former world champion from the U.S., said Sunday he was told by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that an A sample from an out of competition test taken in May came back positive.

Later Sunday, Powell, a former world-record holder from Jamaica, said he was caught for using the banned stimulant oxilofrine that showed up in a test at last month's Jamaican trials.
Jamaica's Sherone Simpson, too, revealed she was caught for doping.
Gay didn't name the substance found in his system and added that he never knowingly took performance-enhancing drugs. He pulled out of next month's world championships in Russia.

"I don't have a sabotage story," Gay was quoted as saying by Reuters. "I basically put my trust in someone and was let down. I made a mistake.
"I know exactly what went on, but I can't discuss it right now."
Gay and Powell, both 30, become the second and third high-profile track stars in a month to be embroiled in a doping scandal.
Two-time Olympic 200-meter champion Veronica Campbell-Brown was provisionally suspended in June after she tested positive for a banned substance.

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The Jamaican sprinter reportedly had traces of a banned diuretic, which is used as a masking agent, in a sample she provided to testers at Jamaica's International Invitational World Challenge in May.
British newspaper The Guardian reported the banned diuretic was from a cream she was using in an attempt to recover from a leg injury.
Gay was one of the athletes shown on USADA's website as part of My Victory, "an initiative in the fight to preserve clean sport."

In a statement Sunday, USADA said it "appreciates" Gay's handling of the affair.
"In response to Mr. Gay's statements, USADA appreciates his approach to handling this situation and his choice to voluntarily remove himself from competition while the full facts surrounding his test are evaluated," it said.
"The B sample will be processed shortly, and as in all cases all athletes are innocent unless or until proven otherwise through the established legal process, and any attempt to sensationalize or speculate is a disservice to due process, fair play, and to those who love clean sport."


USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel said it was "not the news anyone wanted to hear, at any time, about any athlete."
"As we approach the world championships, we will remain focused on the competition at hand and winning the right way," he said in a statement.
Gay posted the fastest time in the 100 meters this year when he clocked 9.75 seconds at last month's U.S. trials in Iowa.
For an athlete who has struggled with injuries, it provided hope -- and a possible challenge to sprint king Usain Bolt of Jamaica -- ahead of the world championships in Moscow that begin August 10.
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Gay won gold in the 100 and 200 meters at the 2007 world championships in Osaka but suffered a hamstring injury a month before the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.


He didn't make the 100-meter final.
Last summer at the 2012 Olympics in London, Gay finished fourth in the 100 meters, edged by fellow American Justin Gatlin -- Gatlin once served a four-year ban for doping -- by one-hundredth of a second for the bronze.
Powell held the world record in the 100 meters for three years prior to Bolt beating it in 2008. He was part of Jamaica's victorious 4x100-meter relay team at the 2008 Olympics.
"I want to be clear in saying to my family, friends, and most of all my fans worldwide that I have never knowingly or willfully taken any supplements or substances that break any rules," Powell said in a statement as reported by the online version of the Jamaica Gleaner. "I am not now, nor have I ever been a cheat.


"This result has left me completely devastated in many respects."
Powell could have been picked to compete in the relay in Moscow but acknowledged that now wasn't a possibility.
Simpson, in a statement also reported by the Gleaner, said she tested positive for oxilofrine.
She won gold at the 2004 Olympics in Athens in the 4x100-meter relay.
"As an athlete, I know I am responsible for whatever goes into my body," the 28-year-old said. "I would not intentionally take an illegal substance of any form into my system."

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In the world-class time of 2:05:30, Eliud Kipchoge won the Haspa Marathon Hamburg, replacing Shami Dawit(Ethiopia) as course record holder.

At the 40th kilometers Kipchoge broke away from his last pursuer, Limenih Getachew, and improved the previous record by 28 seconds. The number one seeded Kenyan ran well ahead of the Ethiopian Getachew (2:07:35, a personal best) and his compatriot Lawrence Kimaiyo (2:10:27) to the finish.

Jan Oliver Hämmerling finished as best German in 18th place with a time of 2:27:15, but the Algerian Mourad Bekakcha won the Hamburg Championships. He improved his personal best by over a minute, running 2:27:04. Dennis Mehlfeld from the Lauf Team Haspa Hamburg Marathon was third in 2:27:55 and was also ranked among the top 20 overall.

Winner of the women's competition was the Lithuanian Diana Lobacevske with a personal best of 2:29:17, the Swiss Maja Neuenschwander (2:30:50) became 2nd and Priscilla Lorchima from Kenya (2:31: 23) was third. Lisa Hahner reached a respectable fourth place after falling down on the first 9 kilometers.

Hahner failed to qualify for the World Championships. Katharina Heinig and Mona Stockhecke were also classified in the top 10. Heinig came in with a time of 2:34:20, Stockhecke with 2:36:50. Both significantly improved their personal best, Heinig by almost five minutes.

The relay of the Lauf Team Haspa Marathon Hamburg with the twins Diana & Elina Zujew, Jana and Kim Elisa Sussmann secured best women's relay in an impressive 2:35:32 the 2nd place in the overall relay standings. Winner was the Team Leipziger Laufladen in 2:31:41.

The first winner of the day was the hand cyclist Vico Merklein - with over three minutes ahead of the 2nd, Arkadiusz Skrzypiński. With a time of 1:06:00, Merklein secured not only the first place, but also improved his result from last year by over three minutes.

The women's competition was won by Silke Pan (1:27:12) well ahead of Sabine Dittmann (1:46:16) and Kerstin Rossek (2:32:44).

12,500 marathoners and approximately 1,500 relays started at 9.00 a.m. Frank Thaleiser, CEO of Hamburg Marathon Veranstaltungs GmbH, offered a positive summary: "Hamburg has shown that running means understanding among nations.

750,000 enthusiastic spectators at the track and also the runners did not let them stop. The minute of silence for Boston and the applause afterwards were very moving moments.

During the run, our thoughts were with the victims of Boston.
We are obviously very pleased about the new course record of Eliud Kipchoge, but it is sad that Lisa Hahner did not make the World Cup standard.
The weather was outstanding as always in Hamburg and we are already looking forward to the 4th May 2014.

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Usain Boltdid what he needed to do and precious little more in the 200-meter semifinals Wednesday night.

Bolt, working on a double-double of the Olympic 100 and 200s from Beijing and London, positioned himself to complete that unprecedented feat on Thursday night in the final. His time of 20.18 won his heat with a minimum of obvious effort, slowing to a jog with about 20 meters left.

But he will have serious competition in the final. CountrymanYohan Blakeran a 20.01-second 200 while completely shutting down the jets in the final 20 meters. In fact, he was nearly caught at the line by the onrushing tandem of AmericanWallace Spearmon(20.02) and FrenchmanChristophe Lemaitre(20.03). Clearly, Blake can go much faster – his personal best is 19.26, and he upset Bolt in this event in the Jamaican national trials – but the same cannot be said for certain of Spearmon and Lemaitre.

There had been speculation that the perfect weather conditions Wednesday night – clear skies, moderate temperatures and no wind – might spur Bolt to go after his own world record time of 19.19 or Olympic record of 19.30 in the semis. But it was obvious coming off the turn that the sprint king was not going to expend too much energy without a gold medal on the line.

Bolt already has given Blake fair warning that he will be up against it Thursday night: “I’ve toldYohan Blakethat the 200 meters is going to be different because the 200 is my pet event, I’ve said that to him already. And I’m not going to let him beat me again. Trials woke me up. Yohan gave me a wake-up call. He said, ‘Usain, this is an Olympic year, wake up.’ So I’m happy and I’m grateful for that moment because after that I refocused and I got my head together and I got my head in the game.”

Fellow JamaicanWarren Weiralso advance to the eight-man final. AmericanMaurice Mitchelldid not qualify for the final.

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