Hosszu misses hat trick at swimming World Cup

Updated 08 November 2012
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Hosszu misses hat trick at swimming World Cup

TOKYO: The 2009 world 400-meter medley champion Katinka Hosszu of Hungary narrowly missed what would have been a second hat-trick at the short-course swimming World Cup meet in Tokyo yesterday.
The 23-year-old, who won the women’s 200m and 800m freestyle and 200m individual medley races on Tuesday, added two gold medals in the 400m individual medley and 200m butterfly in 4:28.14 and 2:05.90, respectively.
But she had to settle for runner-up place in the 100m individual medley, behind Britain’s Sophie Allen, who logged 59.50, and the 400m freestyle to Melissa Ingram of New Zealand, who clocked 4:05.22.
Japan’s Daiya Seto, who marked a new World Cup record of 4:00.02 to win the men’s 400m individual medley on Tuesday, made it a double by winning the 200m in 1:52.48, beating Darian Townsend of South Africa into second and his compatriot Kosuke Hagino into third.
Beijing Olympic dual gold medallist Britta Steffen of Germany easily won the women’s 100m freestyle in 52.42, beating Jeanette Ottesen Gray of the Netherlands and Kotuku Ngawati of Australia.
The 2011 world 100m freestyle champion Jeanette Ottesen Gray of Denmark won the women’s 50m butterfly in 25.48, while American world record holder Jessica Hardy won the women’s 50m breaststroke in 29.92.
The Australian duo of Grace Loh and Rachel Goh clocked 57.71 and 57.72, respectively, to beat world record holder Shiho Sakai of Japan into third in 58.44.
The Tokyo meet was the seventh leg of the eight-round World Cup series this season, with the final meet in Singapore on Nov. 10-11.


Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge wins men’s race at London Marathon, Mo Farah third

Updated 22 April 2018
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Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge wins men’s race at London Marathon, Mo Farah third

  • Victory marks Eliud Kipchoge's third victory in the London Marathon
  • Home favorite Mo Farah has to settle for third

London: Eliud Kipchoge stormed to his third London Marathon title on Sunday to complete an impressive Kenyan double after Vivian Cheruiyot dominated the women's race in warm conditions.
Kipchoge, 33, saw off the challenge of Ethiopia's Tola Shura Kitata and home favorite Mo Farah to win his third London marathon in four years in a time of 2 hrs 4 min 27 sec, finishing more than half a minute in front of Kitata (2:05:00), with Farah third (2:06:32).
Cheruiyot, 34, timed her run perfectly to win the women's event in a time of 2 hours 18 min 31 secs ahead of compatriot Brigid Kosgei (2:20:13), and Ethiopia's Tadelech Bekele (2:21:40).
She took advantage of failed attempts to break Paula Radcliffe's 15-year-old world record by last year's winner Mary Keitany and runner-up Tirunesh Dibaba.
In unusually warm conditions in the British capital first Dibaba and then Keitany dropped off the pace, allowing the 2016 Olympic 5,000m gold medallist to claim victory.
After nine miles Keitany and main rival Dibaba were 25 seconds ahead of Radcliffe's time. But Dibaba was soon reduced to a walking pace to leave Keitany with only her two male pacemakers for company.
Keitany, looking for a fourth win in London, also started to slow down as it became apparent Radcliffe's record of two hours 15 minutes 25 seconds would not be threatened.
Britain's David Weir won the men's wheelchair race for the eighth time after a thrilling sprint finish.
The 38-year-old pipped Switzerland's Marcel Hug into second place, with Daniel Romanchuk of the United States third.