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Nick Butler: Pyeongchang 2018 was a successful Games even if IOC did try to sabotage it with their political expediency on Russia

  • Inside the Blogs

I made my first visit to Pyeongchang for an International Olympic Committee (IOC) inspection in March 2015 and it was not easy to get here then.

taken into a quiet corner by one IOC Coordination Commission member and given the sort of "off-the-record

arrival in Incheon this time, we were ushered onto the new high-speed railway line, cutting journey-times

snow, like the men's ski cross final.South Korea's "garlic girls", left, so called because the team all

But a firm stand for clean sport it was not.China won just one gold medal and finished 16th on the medals

including their cheerleading squad, was a highlight of Pyeongchang 2018 ©Getty ImagesThe IOC, for the record


Awang sets new continental record at Asian Track Cycling Championships

  • Cycling

Malaysia's Mohd Azizulhasni Awang set a new Asian record on home soil in the men's elite sprint competition

to top the qualification round at the National Velodrome.Awang's time comfortably beat the previous record

Initially, I did not believe that I had set the record because the atmosphere when I ended the race was

We won all the events," she said."We also broke personal records."

In fact, we are also targeting medals at the Para Asian Games in Indonesia this year."

Chinese Taipei's Hsin Shih Hsiao and Iran's Mohammad Daneshvarkhourram finished second and third in times


Le Clos offers to pay for team-mates' participation at Gold Coast 2018 as he chases medal record

  • Gold Coast 2018

for team-mates to attend the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games to enable him the chance to equal the all-time

record for medals at the multi-sport event.

Clos is currently six medals shy of the record held by shooters Mick Gault of England and Australia's

Games, which would offer the chance at the all-time record should he medal in each.The 25-year-old's

required to participate in to be eligible for the Games.A total of 29 swimmers achieved qualifying times

Clos states several team-mates who would benefit the team were unable to make the trials.Le Clos told Times

attempts to break the medals record ©Getty ImagesSix of the swimmer's medals at the Commonwealth


The Netherlands' Ter Mors breaks Olympic record to claim women's 1,000m speed skating gold at Pyeongchang

  • Pyeongchang 2018

The Netherlands' Jorien Ter Mors set an Olympic record to win the women's 1,000 metres speed skating

, after she also tasted victory in the 1,500m and team pursuit events at Sochi 2014 in Olympic record

times."

away with the silver medal ©Getty ImagesJapan's Nao Kodaira also dipped under the previous Olympic record

The Netherlands came ninth when searching for a sixth Olympic gold medal.Nine of the 15 speed skating medals

won at Pyeongchang 2018 so far have gone to The Netherlands, including all five golds.It keeps them


Jean-Claude Killy 50 years on - three times golden, all-time great

  • The Big Read

All three.

season-long series of competitions to determine the world’s best - Killy won 12 of the 17 races, including all

  He finished on the podium in 86 per cent of the races he entered, a record that’s never been

entered those home Olympic Games with a huge weight of expectation upon him, particularly after his all-conquering

After all, he had already experienced how the Olympics could bring high hopes thudding to earth.When

Killy had achieved what France desired - three gold medals at his home Olympic Winter Games.


Kenya turn to 44-year-old veteran to lead marathon challenge at Gold Coast 2018

  • Gold Coast 2018

Kenya has named 44-year-old Kenneth Mburu Mungara as part of its marathon team for this year's Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast.

Mungara, who holds the master's 40-44 age group world record in the marathon of two hours 07min 36sec

the Gold Coast are among 10 career wins, including the Toronto Waterfront Marathon four consecutive times

win the Commonwealth Games marathon at Delhi 2010 ©Getty Images"From April last year, we called on all

 Muriuki won last year's Mombassa Marathon, Jerotich set a course record of 2:27:34 when winning

finished first and second at Delhi 2010 and Flomena Cheyech and Caroline Kemboi took the gold and silver medals


History of Asian Games

  • 2018 Jakarta Palembang Asian Games Section Pages

were awarded.Bangkok hosted the Asian Games for the first of four times in 1966 ©OCA Back To TimelineBangkok

time.The Azadi Sport Complex was purposely built for the Games, which saw Iran’s capital play host to a record

world records - six in archery and one in cycling - and 89 Asian records were broken, while one world record

from 44 countries competed in 38 sports.It was the first time in the history of the Asian Games that all

the second city in West Asia, following Tehran in 1974, to host the Games.It was the first time that all


Fontaine supplying a powerful new wave of efforts to earn squash Olympic participation

  • The Big Read

Three consecutive times this global sport has sought entry to the Olympic Games; three times it has been

latest Olympic bid by squash is rational and methodical.Asked if this was a case of “thrice bitten, four times

“Every host nation hopes to deliver many medals, and for France, that is certainly a possibility,” he

“France also has a great track record of hosting World and European Championships all over the country

There are great audiences for squash in France to spur us on to do this.”Malaysia's eight-times world

 In July, Malaysia’s eight-times world champion Nicol David – who has worked tirelessly over the


IWF review of bodyweight categories officially underway as world governing body looks to future

  • Weightlifting

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has officially started a review of its bodyweight categories as the world governing body looks to head towards a new era for the sport. 

Other intentions cited during a presentation by IWF director general Attila Adamfi were the review of all

categories, with special consideration for the lightest and heaviest, and establish new world records in all

Rio 2016, six males and four females.Ilya Ilyin of Kazakhstan was stripped of his two Olympic gold medals

many "clean" coaches and lifters about the prolonged absence of Kazakhstan's Ilya Ilyin, the world record-breaking

two Games were re-tested by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Ilyin came up positive both times


Jackson set for clean sweep at 2017 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships

  • Canoeing

American freestyle kayaker Dane Jackson will be the favourite for every event he chooses to enter at the 2017 International Canoe Federation (ICF) Canoe Freestyle World Championships at the White Water Park in San Juan in Argentina.

 "I think this feature is epic, but it is also one of the first times we are going to see all the

many believe is the "next big thing" on the circuit.Claire O'Hara, seen as the greatest kayaker of all

I foresee we are going to see some big rides being thrown in all the classes and potentially some new

record-breaking high scores.

nbsp;The final day of the Championships is due to take place on Saturday (December 2) with medals


Clarence CJ Cummings expected to break two decades of US hurt at Weightlifting World Championships

  • The Big Read

The American teenager Clarence ‘CJ’ Cummings is expected, on Friday (December 1), to go where no American male has been in 20 years – on to the podium at the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships.

will not be alone.Between Thursday and Sunday USA Weightlifting (USAW) is hoping for as many as seven medals

been contenders regardless of who is competing.And there are many good reasons why the US, which had a record

We need our athletes to be winning medals, and in that respect the future looks good, thanks to Mattie

of you every day, those dreams of being not just an Olympian, but being an Olympic champion multiple times

which feed into Andrews’ eight-year plan.Earlier this month Dimas led America's young lifters to a record


Russian sport to dominate headlines in coming months

  • The Big Read

One way or another, Russian sport is set to dominate the headlines over the next few months.

from Russia travelled abroad to compete and Semyon Boitchenko, a Russian swimmer, even claimed a world record

All the IOC asks is that the participants and leaders respect and enforce to the letter its statutes

time with nine gold medals - five silver and four bronze.

A popular figure in his famous all-black strip emblazoned with the Cyrillic letters CCCP, he won gold

alongside Russia.When Moscow bid again for the Olympics in 2005, skater Irina Rodnina referred to Soviet times


Mike Rowbottom: Paris 2024 follows through on the "athlete-centred" thing

  • Inside the Blogs

Want to bid for an Olympics - or come to that, a Commonwealth or European or Asian Games? Fine. So long as you understand that, whatever else you propose, it will have to be an "athlete-centred" event.

to have serious prospects of competing at the 2024 home Olympics, and some, such as world pole vault record

going on than the supernaturally bright-eyed and bushy-tailed former athlete Tony Estanguet, three times

At 31, the world pole vault record holder - who won Olympic gold at London 2012 and silver at Rio 2016

far from fully formed requirements that Paris 2024 will make of him.Shining light - world pole vault record

They don’t all come from Paris.


"I'm the best, I don't understand it" says Iran's Weightlifter of the Year Rostami after US visa problems

  • Weightlifting

Kianoush Rostami, the popular Olympic champion from Iran who was overwhelmingly voted male Weightlifter of the Year last February, has been refused a visa by the United States.

The world record is the person that wants to fight me."

through the USOC (United States Olympic Committee) Government Relations Team and remain hopeful that all

male Weightlifter of the Year by the IWF in February after polling 20,000-plus votes, more than three times

the Iran Weightlifting Federation but my training programme, the way I use my time, is different to all

competition wide open, and gives the host nation a chance of winning its first men’s World Championship medals


Alpine skiing starts its season heading for Pyeongchang 2018 on parallel lines

  • The Big Read

Alpine skiing, which is getting its World Cup season underway at the Austrian resort of Soelden this weekend, is heading towards the quadrennial showcase of an Olympic Winter Games - on parallel lines.

to the World Cup programme this season for the first time since 2014.Austria has won the title three times

Smaller nations are able to grab medals as seen at the recent FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St

FIS held its final inspection for all its disciplines and venues in September directly following the

America's four-times overall World Cup champion Lindsay Vonn competing in Soelden yesterday at the start

Hirscher, once he returns, will be seeking a record seventh consecutive overall title.