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'Easy' DeGale strolls to final
Britain's James DeGale cruised through to the middleweight final of the Olympic boxing competition yesterday and said afterwards it had been as easy as it looked.
"It was a walk in the park for me," DeGale said after outpointing Irishman Darren Sutherland 10-3 to set up a final bout against Cuba's Emilio Correa.
"It was easy," he added. "I'm so fit, four rounds is nothing. I think it's the best I've looked."
Gentle football?
Watching handballers clash mid-air, jostle and collapse in a tangle of arms and legs, it is hard to imagine that the sport was originally invented as a gentle alternative to football.
About a century ago, German Max Heiser drew up a set of rules for a game that was meant to give women the chance to run around the pitch and score goals, without the roughness of a football match.
That idea somehow got lost on the way to the Beijing Olympics.
"It's a hard game, a game for men," said Polish player Bartosz Jurecki yesterday after a match against Korea during which he collided with opponents and crashed to the ground.
Doped horses
As exultant riders made their final victory lap of the Games and left the floodlit arena on Thursday, the issue of doping once again cast a shadow over Olympic equestrian sport.
Hong Kong, which was made host city for riding sports, had spent US$150 million on state-of-the-art facilities, including rare anti-doping test laboratories on-site.
But the discovery that four horses tested positive for capsaicin, a derivative of chilli peppers banned for its hypersensitizing and pain-relieving properties, marred the final days of equestrian competition.
The United States will conduct a post-mortem into a disappointing Olympic athletics performance that has seen U.S. sprinters eclipsed by their Jamaican rivals, the chief executive officer of USA Track & Field said.
"Once the Games are complete we will be conducting a comprehensive review of all our programs," Doug Logan said in a statement.

Updated : 2021-07-26 22:19 GMT+08:00