Did dictators fix World Cup title for Italy, Argentina?

Updated 25 April 2013
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Did dictators fix World Cup title for Italy, Argentina?

ZURICH: A FIFA-hosted conference on World Cup history has been told that football’s biggest prize was twice won with the help of dictators fixing matches for the host team.
According to “The Relevance and Impact of FIFA World Cups” symposium, Argentina’s triumph in 1978 and Italy’s 1934 victory were influenced by military leaders seeking propaganda coups.
Italian writer Marco Impiglia tells The Associated Press: “It’s the same old story: Sport and politics are brothers and sometimes sport is under the other brother.” Impiglia presented a paper suggesting Italy’s fascist leader, Benito Mussolini, ensured favorable refereeing decisions, which helped the host team win.
Raanan Rein, an Israeli professor of Latin American history, says he’s “100 percent persuaded” that Argentina’s then-ruling military junta influenced a 6-0 win against Peru.


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

Updated 26 min 11 sec ago
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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.