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Teenage sensation Li can boost Tokyo 2020 hopes in Junior World Championships

  • Weightlifting

Li Wenwen, the most remarkable teenage talent in weightlifting, finished ahead of the reigning Olympic and world champions in the first two international competitions of her career this year.

international contest and her first at junior level.Her remarkable efforts this year have given Li all

 Her best total of 325kg, plus that world-record snatch of 147kg, make her a very strong favourite

, having won gold four times in the five Games since women’s weightlifting was added to the programme.Another

“If we can have two world champions, and anything from three to five medals, it would be very good for

won plenty of Junior World medals between 2004 and 2016 but none were gold.Fiji would have had a very


Swimmer Schooling and shooter Veloso named Singapore's sportsman and sportswoman of the year

  • OCA

Swimmer Joseph Schooling and shooter Martina Veloso were named the 2018 sportsman and sportswoman of the year as the Singapore Sports Awards took place at the Orchard Hotel. 

silat player Sheik Farhan Sheik Alau’ddin.Schooling also won the award in 2012 and then five straight times

first-time winner of the sportswoman of the year prize.The 19-year-old claimed Commonwealth Games gold medals

in the 10m air rifle and 50m air rifle prone events at Gold Coast 2018, and also set a junior world record

Medals, national records and personal bests were attained at these Games as well as at the continental

 "The future of sport lies in the hands of the young and promises very exciting times indeed."


Shiffrin among winners as US Ski and Snowboard honours top athletes and coaches for 2018-2019 season

  • Skiing

Record-setting Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin headlines a host of athletes and coaches to have been honoured

Shiffrin has been named the winner of the Beck International Award as the top athlete across all sports.She

and super-G, becoming the first skier ever to accomplish that feat.The 24-year-old also won two gold medals

Winning one World Cup is no small feat, but sustaining that level of excellence 17 times wouldn’t have

team event.Wyble, the head freeski coach at Park City Ski and Snowboard, has developed athletes at all

There are many coaches working at this level who all do an incredible job so it’s an honour to be recognised


British Universities and Colleges Sport names 14-strong swimming team for Naples 2019

  • Naples 2019

British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) has nominated a 14-strong swimming team for the 2019 Summer Universiade in Naples with more than half of its members having represented Great Britain at senior level.

 The Scot won bronze medals in the 100 metres and 200m breaststroke events at the 2015 Summer Universiade

world junior champion in the 100m breaststroke, Benson has been included after swimming world-class times

breaststroke title at the British Championships, Loughborough University student and 200m breaststroke British record

 "Well done to all of those selected, as always it highlights the strength of swimming within universities


Six world records fall on day three of World Para Swimming World Series in Glasgow

  • Swimming News

’s 100 metres backstroke, where Italy's Carlotta Gilli, Britain’s Alice Tai and Xinyi Wang of China all

set new marks to take gold, silver and bronze medals respectively.

 "Going into the race I thought it would take a world record to win but the top three all got them

All athletes' results at each World Series edition are calculated using a standardised World Para Swimming

🙌👏Catch up on all of tonight's racing 👇🏼https://t.co/uhi1yv5NmW— British Swimming (@britishswimming

Germany’s Elena Krawzow also produced a world record on the night.The S12 category swimmer clocked  

930 points, with compatriot Stephen Clegg taking bronze as his 1:01.30 earned 907.Both the British times


Brian Oliver: Weightlifter Ilyin’s career at all-time low – and Tokyo 2020 looks a long way away

  • Inside the Blogs

China’s unstoppable weightlifters racked up another nine world records, the United States had by far its best continental results, Japan and Korea continued their impressive progress, Saudi Arabia won a first major gold medal and Haiti made it on to the podium for the first time.

was the biggest name among the 54 positives that caused the sport so much trouble.Ilyin did not take all

2005.It was also the first time he had been beaten on the platform in international competition in all

equally hard.After finishing first at Beijing 2008, it would take Ilyin 10 years to compete six more times

nations suspended for a year in 2017 for multiple Olympic Games doping offences, three have had world-record

to mention), Russia (Tatiana Kashirina) and Armenia (Simon Martirosyan), and they have won plenty of medals


ITTF becoming a big hitter as Budapest World Championships showcase superb array of rising young talent

  • The Big Read

Curiously enough, Budapest’s Hungexpo, which stages the International Table Tennis World Championships that start today, has previously been hosting an exhibition of home-making with the tagline - "From planning to implementation".

For the year of 2018, we had a turnover of $20 million (£15.5 million/€18 million) - that’s 10 times

China leads the overall world medals table with 140 golds and 395 medals in total.

Liu Guoliang told China’s official state news agency Xinhua this week: "We aim to win both gold medals

World Championships since 1969 as she took bronze, beaten by Ding Ning in the semi-final.Ito’s is a record

They are everywhere, advertising cereal on TV, all that kind of thing.


New Zealand Olympic Committee mourns death of country's first female Olympic gold medallist

  • ONOC

The New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) has expressed its sadness at the passing of the country’s first-ever female Olympic gold medallist, Yvette Williams, at the age of 89.

 Williams went on to further sporting success and in 1954 broke the world record for women’s long

Dunedin-born athlete also competed in discus, javelin and shot put, and across her disciplines won four gold medals

treasured member of the New Zealand team and is one of our greatest ever athletes, she will be missed by all

various ways to many regional sports entities.In spite of living with significant health issues in recent times

passion to so many in the community, placed her in a very special place in the hearts and minds of all


Latvian Prime Minister offers backing to Stockholm Åre 2026 as deadline approaches for Swedish Government to show support

  • Milan Cortina 2026

Latvia’s Prime Minister Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš has officially pledged his support to the Stockholm Åre 2026 bid in a letter to the Latvian Olympic Committee (LOK), it was confirmed today. 

 "Let us all work together to win the right to host the Olympic Games in 2026."

Latvia has a fantastic record in sliding sports and we’re delighted to collaborate to build a wide-reaching

as a world-class sliding sports venue, having hosted the European and World Luge Championships four times

sports are very popular in Latvia and sliding events are the only winter sports in which we have won all

kinds of Olympic medals.


Kazakhstan drops legal challenge against International Weightlifting Federation Olympic qualification system

  • Weightlifting

A legal challenge filed by the Kazakhstan Weightlifting Federation (WFRK) against the International Weightlifting Federation's (IWF) Olympic qualification system for Tokyo 2020 has been dropped, it was announced today.

Following this agreement, the WFRK and its athletes involved in the dispute have withdrawn all procedures

While countries with a clean record can send eight athletes to Tokyo 2020, Kazakhstan can send a maximum

been caught cheating so often.In the past 10 years Kazakhstan weightlifters have tested positive 36 times

more positives since 2008, the date which the IWF used a start point in assessing its members' doping record

the purposes of awarding quota places for Tokyo 2020.Ilya Ilyin, who was stripped of two Olympic gold medals


Vikings, beer, mud and an Olympic mission – the strange and wonderful Aarhus brew for 2019 IAAF World Cross Country Championships

  • The Big Read

Five years ago, the Danish Athletics Federation effectively re-connected the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Half Marathon Championships with rank-and-file runners when they hosted an integrated – and highly successful – event in Copenhagen.

The constantly undulating route around – and at times over – the Moesgaaard Museum, is as authentic as

“But of course, not all has evolved as we had hoped.

“We may see a record number of federations in Aarhus but it is no secret that we had hoped for a larger

Gaston Roelants won the predecessor of this event, the International Cross Country Championships, four times

“Not as a matter of medals, but a matter of growth – in participation, in investment, in awareness and


Yet more clean sweeps at IWF Youth World Championships in Las Vegas

  • Weightlifting

Once again two athletes claimed triple gold in their divisions on day six of the International Weightlifting Federation Youth World Championships in Las Vegas.

the clean and jerk title by 13kg with a lift of 129kg.That effort saw her break her own youth world record

& broke the world record today @iwfnet YWC in Las Vegas.

Honored to present 1 of her medals. Onur Demirci won 1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze.

Congrats to all our athletes!

Bella Nancy Paredes Arreaga, the only athlete in the field to have already turned 17, came third three times


Tokyo 2020 poster girl Ikee describes leukemia battle in Twitter post

  • Tokyo 2020

swimming star and home Tokyo 2020 medal hope Rikako Ikee has said battling leukemia is "several thousand times

The 18-year-old, who won six gold medals at last year's Asian Games in Jakarta and was named the multi-sport

Games in Tokyo, but was diagnosed with the disease - a form of cancer - last month.The multi-national record

holder, who set Asian Games records with all six of her gold medal performances in Indonesia, was diagnosed

It is tens of times, several hundred times, several thousand times harder than I thought," she wrote.


"The Chinese system" - how China left Europe in its wake to become a weightlifting superpower

  • The Big Read

When Karoliina Lundahl first took up weightlifting in the 1980s it was a men-only sport dominated by Europe.

up for grabs, and 27 times the letters CHN were there against the winner's name.Of the 10 gold medals

table 16 times this century and to establish a dominance that is almost embarrassing.Since the Sydney

perhaps as long as 2,700 years according to the 1999 book Sport and Physical Education in China.In modern times

and table tennis had a head start on other sports, as they respectively gave China its first world record

and first world champion in 1959.When Chen Jingkai made that historic lift in Shanghai, taking the record


Philip Barker: What sports did Paris include in 1900 and 1924?

  • Inside the Blogs

Paris 2024 made sure of the headlines when they announced they wanted breakdancing on their shortlist of preferred sports.

It was described as "a unique sport that embodies music and expression".There were three medals on offer.The

town of Voronezh he is known as Sergei Chernyshev.If the sport does get the nod, the requirements of record

She had already won Wimbledon three times by the time she came to Paris."

She told reporters she had won because "all the French girls apparently misunderstood the nature of the

It was won by the Foxhunters of Hurlingham.In archery there were seven events, all for men and the most