SA runner wins Two Oceans

first_img10 April 2007South Africa’s Bethuel Netshifhefhe broke a three-year Zimbabwean stranglehold on the men’s race as he won the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon on Saturday, with 1996 Olympic marathon champion Josiah Thugwane finishing in second. Russia’s Madina Biktagirova won the women’s event on her debut in the race.Netshifhefhe won in 3:08:03, one minute and 49 seconds clear of Thugwane, with Hatiwane Nyamande of Zimbabwe in third.Frans Chauke made the early running, leading for the first 15 kilometres, before the main contenders started reeling him in near False Bay. Running in a group of 30, they started closing on Chauke until, by the halfway mark, they had caught him.Chapman’s PeakThe pace then started to pick up, driven by Netshifhefhe, Thugwane, Nyamande, Sipho Ngomane and last year’s winner, Moses Njodzi, as Chapman’s Peak, the first big climb, approached. Immediately, the climb separated the wheat from the chaff as the top runners pulled clear.Netshifhefhe led, with Thugwane tracking him, as they reached the 40-kilometre mark in Hout Bay, with 16 kilometres still to go.That’s when the next big climb took place, up Constantia Nek, with Netshifhefhe, second in the Port Elizabeth City Marathon in February, still leading from Thugwane. Just over a minute back, Nobanda, the winner in 2003 and runner-up in 2004, followed alongside Nyamande.A stitchAt the top of the climb, Netshifhefhe and Thugwane were still in front, with the gap to the chasers having grown. On they continued past the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, but with just over 50 kilometres having been run Thugwane started suffering from a stitch.Netshifhefhe took advantage of the former Olympic champion’s misfortune to pull clear, but Thugwane managed to recover, although he couldn’t haul in his compatriot.Netshifhefhe crossed the line in first place with Thugwane in second. Behind them, Nobanda was in trouble and he faded to an eventual fifteenth-place finish. Zimbabwe’s Nyamamde, who ended eleventh in 2006 to just miss out on a gold medal, went on to take third in 3:11:14.Russian women dominateThe women’s race was dominated by Russians as they secured the top four places, but the top two finishers were unexpected.Madina Biktagirova, who like the runner-up Liliya Yadzhak had never run an ultra-marathon before, claimed victory in 3:35:11, with Yadzhak finishing second 11 seconds adrift. It was the fourth time in succession that a Russian athlete had won the women’s event.They were followed across the finish line by the Nurgalieva twins, with Yelena finishing in 3:35:41 and Olesya in 3:36:02, only 51 seconds behind the winner. Hungary’s Simone Staicu, the winner in 2003, had to settle for fifth place, while Farwa Mentoor was the top South African, securing ninth spot in 3:53:10.Biktagirova, who was eighth in the Boston Marathon last year, took victory in the second-fastest time yet by a woman in the Two Oceans, trailing only Frith van der Merwe’s record of 3:30:36, set way back in 1989.Interviewed afterwards, both Biktagirova and Yadzhak said they felt Van der Merwe’s record could be broken. Biktagirova also said she would be back in South Africa to tackle the Comrades Marathon later in the year.Half-marathonKenya’s Willy Mwangi won the men’s half-marathon in 63:05, finishing 20 seconds clear of Enos Matalane, with Lesotho’s Lebenya Nkoka coming home in third.Namibia’s Helalia Lukeiko Johannes won the women’s race in a course record 73:06, bettering the mark she set in 2006 by 19 seconds. Rene Kalmer ended second in 73:42, with Zintle Xiniwe in third, over a minute back.Kenya’s highly-decorated Tegla Loroupe managed only a sixth-place finish. She said she couldn’t have expected a much better result because of all the traveling she had been doing.The 2007 Old Mutual Two Oceans draw a record entry of 19 000 runners, including 8 000 for the ultra-marathon.ResultsUltramarathon (56 km)Men 1. Bethuel Netshifhefhe (RSA)2. Josiah Thugwane (RSA)3. Hatiwande Nyamande (ZIM)4. Claude Moshiywa (RSA)5. Moses Njodzi (ZIM)6. Mabule Raphotle (RSA)7. Sipho Ngomane (RSA)8. John Mboko (RSA)9. Joseph Maerman (RSA)10. Neo Molema (RSA)Women1. Madina Biktagirova (RUS)2. Lilia Yadzhak (RUS)3. Yelana Nurgalieva (RUS)4. Olesya Nurgalieva (RUS)5. Simona Staicu (HUN)6. Samukeliso Moyo (ZIM)7. Tatyana Zhirkova (RUS)8. Mamorallo Tjoka (LES)9. Farwa Mentoor (RSA)10. Angeline Molaba (RSA)Half-MarathonMen 1. Willy Mwangi (KEN)2. Enos Matalane (RSA)3. Lebenya Nkoka (LES)4. Elijah Mbogo (KEN)5. Kanie Simons (RSA)6. Charles Wanjohi (KEN)7. Lusapho April (RSA)8. Luwis Masunda (ZIM)9. Motone Motsamai (RSA)10. Tsotang Maine (LES)Women1. Helalia Lukeiko Johannes (NAM)2. Rene Kalmer (RSA)3. Zintle Xiniwe (RSA)4. Thabita Tsatsa (ZIM)5. Tegla Loroupe (KEN)6. Gloria Baeba (RSA)7. Johanna van Schalkwyk (RSA)8. Moleboheng Mafata (RSA)9. Sharon Tavenga (ZIM)10. Giovanna Mandy (USA)  Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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MH370 in southern Indian Ocean

first_imgAustralia’s crash investigator is confident that MH370 ended its flight in the southern Indian Ocean off Western Australia, despite doubts and confusion this week. In major developments in the ten-week search for the missing plane, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said that it had eliminated the area around where black box pings were detected early last month as doubts were cast on the origin of those signals. On Wednesday the US Navy’s deputy director of ocean engineering Michael Dean told CNN there was now broad agreement that the black box pings came from some other man-made source unrelated to the Boeing 777. The plane disappeared on March 8 carrying 239 people. The navy immediately watered down that statement as “premature and speculative”, but sources told that it was likely that the signals received were not from the black boxes and were of “unknown origin”. Mr Dean said if the pings had come from the recorders, searchers would have found them.According to CNN, Mr Dean said “yes” when asked if other countries involved in the search had reached that conclusion.“Our best theory at this point is that the pings were likely some sound produced by the ship . . . or within the electronics of the towed pinger locator,” Mr Dean said.However that is curious as if that was the case surely the pings would have “followed the ship” – they did not.They were all picked up in the same basic area as the ship swept back and forward through the search zone.The comments from Mr Dean are very unfortunate as Australia is charged with responsibility for the search, and is also supposed to be the source of all information related to that effort.The “premature” revelation came as searchers wrapped up the first phase of efforts, having scanned 850sqkm of southern Indian Ocean floor with the Bluefin-21 without finding any wreckage from the plane.However, the total search area based on satellite data from British-based Inmarsat is 60,000sqkm.Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss told Parliament the search would move into a new phase in August that could take as long as 12 months.“We are still very confident that the resting place of the plane is in the southern Indian Ocean and along the seventh [satellite] ping line,” he said, referring to an arc identified from satellite data from Inmarsat. Transport safety bureau chief commissioner Martin Dolan told the agency was “confident” the plane was in the southern Indian Ocean.The Chinese survey ship Zhu Kezhen has begun mapping the ocean floor, supported by the Haixun 01 and Malaysian vessel Bunga Mas 6, which are assisting with transporting the data to Fremantle each week for processing by Geoscience Australia.That mapping precedes a deeper sea search by a commercial contactor.Clearly it is going to be a long and tedious search.last_img read more

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Connecticut Continues Ban on Wind Turbines

first_imgSmokestacks or wind turbines?The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities urged the proposals be rejected, but others were critical of the state’s reluctance to permit large-scale wind turbines.“Travel across Connecticut and you will see power plant smokestacks spewing pollution into the air we breathe in every corner of the state,” Environmental Connecticut Executive Director Chris Phelps told The Republican. “Yet wind power opponents are worried about seeing wind turbines spinning in the distance? That’s ridiculous.” A Connecticut legislative committee has rejected a set of regulations for large-scale wind energy projects, effectively continuing a 2011 ban on turbines and leaving projects in four communities in limbo for the time being, according to a report in The Republican.Members of the Regulations Review Committee said the rules proposed by the Connecticut Siting Council didn’t give enough weight to the concerns of local officials and would make it too easy for developers to skirt regulations with waivers.The decision has the effect of further delaying projects in Ashford, Union, Colebrook and Prospect, the report said.The Siting Council was created in 2011 to regulate projects that would have trouble winning approval if left solely to the discretion of local officials. But the ban will on wind farms will continue until the Regulations Review Committee accepts the rules.last_img read more

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first_imgTouch Football Australia’s (TFA) Board of Management met in Sydney over the weekend and announced Peter Rooney as Chairman to oversee the position after the resignation of Michael Sparks, effective Saturday 28 April 2007.Michael Sparks had announced his intention to resign his position late last month after serving the sport in the capacity of Chairman of the TFA Board of Management since November 2002.Peter Rooney was elected as Chairman of the National body after an internal ballot process and will continue in this role through to the TFA Annual General Meeting in the latter part of 2007.Peter has a long and illustrious association with the sport in Australia. Peter commenced his involvement with the game in 1974 and became the first New South Wales and Australian Touch Association Director of Referees.Peter has also previously held the position of President of the New South Wales Touch Association and the Australian Touch Association and in 1984 was elected Executive Director of the Australian Touch Association.A life member of both the Cronulla and New South Wales Touch Associations, Peter was also the founding Secretary General of the Federation of International Touch.After a self imposed exile from the game to concentrate on his business career, Peter has returned to the sport in recent years and is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead for TFA & is committed to ensuring the Association progresses positively and purposefully down the pathway of the revised Strategic Plan.“I’m looking forward to hopefully offering genuine stability and a steadying influence as we continue to move forward productively and positively as a sport in the future.” Mr. Rooney said.last_img read more

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Video: Stephen A. Smith Says He Would Have Won The O.J. Simpson Trial As Prosecutor Against Johnnie Cochran

first_imgstephen a smith first take 6-13-16YouTube/ESPN First TakeIn the wide world of hot sports takes, no one quite brings it like ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith. The winner of our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” bracket may have had an all-time great moment, even by his own lofty standards, this morning when discussing the O.J. Simpson trial, which has leapt back into public consciousness with FX’s fantastic American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson and the debut of ESPN’s five-part 30 For 30 documentary series O.J.: Made in America on Saturday.During a lengthy discussion of the first part of Ezra Edelman’s acclaimed documentary, Smith said that he would not have let Simpson walk as a juror, and that if he had prosecuted the case instead of Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden, there is “no way in hell” he would have lost to case to Johnnie Cochran and the rest of Simpson’s “Dream Team.” The Big Lead transcribed Smith’s rant.“I have profound respect for the late Johnny Cochran, God rest his soul,” he said. “It might be the cockiest thing I’ve ever said … Christopher Darden and Marcia Clark did an absolutely horrendous job as prosecutors. Because if it were me, there’s no way in hell that Johnny Cochran would have beaten me with that evidence that I, that they, had. I’m telling you right now, I’m not even a lawyer. There is no way that you would have put 12 jurors in front of me with that evidence and I would have lost it, even to Johnny Cochrane. I’d have won that trial. I’ve often said that.”As a reminder, in case this isn’t clear, Johnnie Cochran was a famously successful lawyer. Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden were both lawyers. Stephen A. Smith is not, nor has he ever been, a lawyer.Never change, Stephen A.[The Big Lead]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

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RCMP looking for missing 27yearold female

first_imgIf you have any information about her whereabouts, please contact Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS) or by Internet at GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 27-year-old Amelia Crocker.  She was last seen by family members in Grande Prairie on February 26, 2018 but she has been in communication with friends as late as March 26, 2018.Amelia is described as:CaucasianMedium length brown hairBrown Eyes5’2″/ 140 lbsThere is a concern for Crocker’s well-being. The RCMP would like to locate and speak with her as soon as possible.last_img read more

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Go Fund Me raising money for deaf sixyearold halfway to goal of

first_imgThe processor fell off when 6-year-old Chloe Kalas was bumped while playing in the park. Chloe’s mom Elizabeth and her husband searched the park seven different times but came up empty-handed.Elizabeth Kalas explained that Chloe had just recovered from an infection where the magnet inside her head was killing her skin, making Chloe have to wear a weaker magnet. The weaker magnet caused the processor to fall off numerous times.Without the processor, Chloe is completely deaf and must rely on sign language. Kalas added that with her daughter going into grade one this year, a new cochlear implant is a must since it’s already difficult for someone who uses an implant to hear in a school environment.“Without this, she hears nothing, so she’s a bit further behind, speech-wise,” said Kalas.A new processor for the cochlear implant costs $11,130 while the cable and coil cost an additional $370. Kalas added that the family can handle the cost of the cable and coil, but the processor is currently beyond their means.The goal of the GoFundMe is to raise enough money to cover the cost of a new processor. For more information or to donate, visit the GoFundMe campaign’s website at UPDATE: The campaign has successfully reached its $12,000 goal. Details to follow.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Go Fund Me Campaign raising money for a 6-year-old deaf girl who lost the processor for her cochlear implant is halfway to its goal of $12,000.The campaign started on Tuesday just after 11:30 a.m. and reached $6,581 early this morning.last_img read more

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Nitro FMX World Tour returns to Dawson Creek this January

first_imgAll fans will receive free Pit Passes with advance ticket purchases until November 30, 2018. Pit Passes will allow fans to come on to the floor and Party in the Pits and meet all the stars of the Nitro FMX WORLD TOUR. Pit Party is from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. This allows fans the chance to meet the riders and take the opportunity to take pictures and receive autographs. Tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, October 19 at 10:00 AM PST.  Group packages are available for groups of 9 or more people.  Please call 250-782-7443 for group options.Tickets are priced at $39.00, $29.00 for adults and $15.00 for children ages 12 and under plus applicable fees.  Tickets may be purchased online at by phone at 1-877-339-8499, and in person at the Tiger Box Office Plus location at the Encana Events Centre or at Systems Sound Source Ticket Outlet in Fort St. John. BC. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Nitro FMX World Tour will take place on Saturday, January 19th, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the Encana Event Centre Dawson Creek B.C. The NITRO FMX World Tour is an extreme action sports competition that was formed to tour the USA, Canada, Mexico and select European countries.Pro riders will participate in an intense competition, throwing out some of the most death-defying tricks ever seen. Superman Seat Grabs, Cliff Hangers, Kiss of Death, Back Flips and Super Back Flips combinations are just some of the tricks that will be used to fight for the “NITRO FMX World Tour” Championship Title. BACKFLIPS & SUPER BACKFLIPS are guaranteed at the “NITRO FMX World Tour” giving a full throttle explosive display. Watch as high flying FMX PRO’S compete to be on top. They’ll defy gravity and rock the Encana Events Centre on Saturday, January 19th, 2019 through death-defying stunts and HARD-CORE BACKFLIPS.last_img read more

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BJP begins backchannel talks to gain Jagans nod

first_imgHyderabad: Gearing up for the post-poll scenario, where it may need support from non-NDA parties, BJP has begun backchannel talks with YSR Congress Party, which may emerge as a kingmaker in the event of a hung Parliament. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah is said to have begun backchannel talks with Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, whose YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) is likely to bag majority of 25 Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh. According to sources, the talks are on over Jagan’s charter of demands with Special Category Status (SCS) to the state topping the list. Other demands could include number of ministries for YSRCP and the financial and other assistance the state would get from Delhi. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh However, there was no confirmation from YSRCP leadership about the backchannel talks. Party leaders said they were not aware of any talks between Jagan and Shah. The final four phases of the poll, started on April 29, is described as the real election for BJP. Out of 240 seats that are at stake in these phases, BJP had bagged more than 160 in 2014 polls. If things do not move its way in these crucial phases, the BJP may have to look for support from others, especially someone like Jagan, given the number of seats his party is predicted to win. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The BJP leaders, however, feel that some of the demands put forth by Jagan as a precondition for support were outlandish. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raids on YSRCP leader and industrialist K. Raghu Rama Krishna Raju in an alleged Rs 947 crore bank loan default case on Tuesday assumed significance in this backdrop. The BJP apparently wanted to send a message to Jagan. It is an open secret that BJP and YSRCP have had good relations, especially after Telugu Desam Party (TDP) walked out of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over its refusal to accord SCS to Andhra Pradesh. In fact, one of the reasons Chief Minister and TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu cited for severing ties with BJP was the latter cosying up to his rival Jagan Mohan Reddy. Frequent appointments given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Jagan and his other party leaders had angered Naidu. In the run-up to the elections and during the campaign, Naidu repeatedly targeted Jagan for what he called his secret understanding with the BJP and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao. The TDP chief claimed that the YSRCP leader bartered the state’s interests to save himself in the corruption cases he was facing. Jagan defended the friendship with KCR’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). “What is wrong if I am with TRS as they are supporting our demand for special category status,” the young leader said at one of the election rallies. There was no such defence for friendship with BJP for fear of losing the votes of minorities. The YSRCP chief, however, praised Modi even while complaining that NDA has not done justice to the state by denying SCS. Realising that their party is already on a weak turf in Andhra, both Modi and Shah during the couple of rallies they addressed trained guns on Naidu but avoided criticizing Jagan. The YSRCP leader also kept everyone guessing with often repeated stand that he wants to see a hung Parliament so that the state can get a better deal from the Centre. He stated on many occasions that his party will extend support to whoever agrees to accord special status to the state. In 2014, YSRCP had bagged eight Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh while TDP had won 15 and its then ally BJP two. This time, Jagan’s party is confident of winning 20-22 seats and this could be a big number in the event of polls throwing up a hung House.last_img read more

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