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Doha to host 2025 table tennis worlds

BEIJING, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- The 2025 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Table Tennis Championships Finals will be staged in Doha, Qatar following a vote from member associations on Tuesday at the Annual General Meeting in Amman, Jordan.Players compete in a table tennis match as part of the celebration of 50 years of friendship between China and Benin, in Cotonou, Benin, Dec. 4, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)Doha won 57 votes against 39 for Alicante, Spain, the other candidate city.The ITTF said the announcement continues Dohas longstanding association as one of the most established cities in global table tennis.Staged in Doha, the World Table Tennis (WTT) Middle East Hub in 2021 marked the WTTs first official events, featuring back-to-back Contender and Star Contender events in March last year."Having been a hotspot for major events for almost three decades, the Qatari capital has recently proved itself a key location and launchpad for a new era in table tennis," said the ITTF.Doha will mark the 59th edition of the World Championships.The last World Championships Finals was staged in Houston, the United States in 2021 and the next edition will be held in Durban, South Africa in 2023. Busan, South Korea will stage the 2024 World Team Table Tennis Championships.

Djokovic to begin Australian Open campaign at Adelaide International

File photo Novak Djokovic will begin his bid for a 10th Australian Open title at the Adelaide International, organisers said Wednesday, after the Serbian was granted a visa to enter the country.The world number five missed the opening Grand Slam of 2022 when he was deported over his vaccine status after a high-stakes legal battle.Australia has since lifted the requirement for visitors to show proof of Covid vaccination, and his three-year ban was overturned by the government in November.Djokovic said at the time it was a "a relief"."The Australian Open has been my most successful Grand Slam." he added. "I made some of the best memories there." Djokovic will face a strong field from January 1-8 that also features Felix Auger-Aliassime, Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, ranked six, seven and eight, respectively, along with two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.His longtime-rival Rafael Nadal, the defending Australian Open champion, will instead use the United Cup, a new mixed teams event in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney, as his warm-up to the Grand Slam.Four of the worlds top 10 women will begin the year in Adelaide, with second-ranked Ons Jabeur, world number five Aryna Sabalenka, world number eight Daria Kasatkina and world number nine Veronika Kudermetova all entered.The field also includes two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, 2022 Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina and Grand Slam winners Bianca Andreescu and Jelena Ostapenko."We are thrilled to confirm such a world-class lineup for week one of the Adelaide International," tournament director Alistair MacDonald said in announcing the lineup for the ATP-WTA event.The Australian Open takes place at Melbourne Park from January 16-29.

World Cup win makes Morocco the 'pride' of Arab fans

Thousands of Morocco fans descended on the streets of Doha to celebrate their country becoming the first Arab nation to reach the World Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday.Moroccos supporters celebrate after their team won the Qatar 2022 World Cup round 16 football match between Morocco and Spain, at the FIFA fan zone in Doha, on December 6, 2022. (Photo: AFP)Despite some minor trouble outside the stadium, the victory over Spain became a celebration of "Arab pride" for supporters from across the region.Walid Regraguis side won 3-0 in a penalty shootout after the match finished goalless following extra-time.Spains goalkeeper Unai Simon looks round after Moroccos Achraf Hakimi scored the winning penalty during a shootout after the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Morocco and Spain, at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar on December 6, 2022. (Photo: AP)So many people packed Dohas central Souq Waqif market -- a traditional gathering point for World Cup fans -- that police sealed it off just before midnight, with thousands waiting in groups at different entrances.Copying the celebration of Moroccan players inside Dohas Education City Stadium, many fans waved Palestinian flags, stepping up a political show of solidarity that has marked this World Cup."This is the first World Cup on Arab territory and we are carrying the Arab flag in this tournament," said Yussuf Akram, who waved Moroccan and Palestinian emblems in the crowded Souq alleys.Saudis, Qataris and Egyptians joined the celebrations, waving their countries flags in the traditional market as police gathered around the edge."This is a matter of pride, we are all happy for Morocco," said Aysha Bedawi, who came from Cairo to watch World Cup matches."It does not matter which team reached this stage, as long as there is one Arab team there we still have hope."Arab teams have previously reached the last 16 at a World Cup three times...

IOC postpone Winter Olympics 2030 host election

LAUSANNE, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) announced Tuesday the host election of the 2030 Winter Olympic Games will not take place at the 140th IOC Session in 2023 as scheduled.Olympic rings seen in front of the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. (Photo: CFP)The announcement was made after the second day of the EB meeting here at the headquarters of IOC when the Future Host Commission for the Olympic Winter Games proposed a number of new principles to outline the future host.Salt Lake City of the United States, Sapporo of Japan and Vancouver of Canada are the potential bidding parties for the 2030 Olympics."This means that the IOC is no longer targeting a 2030 host election at the 140th IOC Session in 2023. The three Interested Parties in Continuous Dialogue have been informed today about these discussions," according to the IOC statement.IOC Member Octavian Morariu, leader of the Future Host Commission for the Olympic Winter Games, requested the EB to reduce the number of hosts and rotate the Games within a pool of hosts.With the concerns of climate change and the sustainability of winter sports, the Commission also asked "a proposal that hosts would need to show average minimum temperatures of below zero degrees for snow competition venues at the time of the Games over a 10-year period.""(These) could have an impact on future elections," the IOC statement said. "Upon the request of the Commission, the EB decided to give the Commission more time to study all these factors and opportunities to make the best possible decisions about future hosting."There was also a discussion about a double award for 2030 and 2034, to create stability for winter sports and the Olympic Winter Games.

IOC Coordination Commission for Beijing 2022 publishes final report

BEIJING, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- The final report of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics was published on Tuesday, which detailed the achievements and learnings from hosting a safe and successful Games.International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach (C) speaks at the start of the IOC Executive Board meeting at the Olympic House in Lausanne, Switzerland on December 5, 2022. (Photo: AFP)IOC President Thomas Bach said, "The success, the great hospitality of China and the Chinese people, the efficiency of the organizing committee at this truly exceptional Games will remain with us forever."Zhang Jiandong, vice mayor of Beijing and executive vice president of Beijing 2022 Organizing Committee (BOCOG), delivered a final report of the Beijing Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games via video link to the IOC Executive Board, which held a meeting Tuesday."With the joint efforts in the past more than 7 years, the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics was held safely and smoothly as scheduled in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. The IOC played an important role in supporting Beijing 2022," Zhang said. "On behalf of the BOCOG, I would like to express my sincere gratitude."The Olympic rings are seen inside the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at the Beijing National Stadium in Beijing, China, February 4, 2022. (Photo: CFP)Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr., the Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for Beijing 2022, spoke highly of Beijing 2022s efforts to make more people get involved in winter sports and achieve sustainable development in terms of venue reuse, carbon neutrality and water utilization.At Beijing 2022, around 3,000 athletes from 91 countries and regions participated in the Games, setting two world records and 17 Olympic records in total. About 18,000 volunteers provided considerate services for the participa...

Morocco coach Regragui proud of his players

Moroccos players throw Moroccos coach Walid Regragui in the air as they celebrate at the end of the Qatar 2022 World Cup round of 16 football match between Morocco and Spain at the Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha on December 6, 2022. (Photo: AFP)DOHA, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Morocco coach Walid Regragui was delighted and proud after his side made history by reaching the World Cup quarters for the first time after a penalty-shootout win over Spain here on Tuesday.Goalkeeper Bono made two saves to deny Sergio Busquets and Carlos Soler, before Achraf Hakimi scored the decisive penalty to send Morocco through."The players were tremendous, with their energy and determination, They were very determined to defend against one of the best teams in the world in keeping the ball," Regragui said."We wanted to win in normal time, but we knew we had one of the best keepers in the world (Bono) and we were confident."We are a family and a team and we had great support," said the coach, who highlighted the depth of his dugout."I always say, 11 players start a game, but different players will finish it. A game like this takes a lot of energy and I chose my squad of 26 with that in mind," he insisted.Regragui was also asked about the diversity of a squad that had a lot of players born outside of Morocco and playing in European leagues."Before the World Cup, we had problems with some people questioning players born in Europe or born in Morocco. Today they showed that every Moroccan, if they have a passport, is Moroccan. I am born in France, but nobody can doubt my love for my country."Meanwhile, Bono was delighted with the support in the Education Stadium."We felt the support of our fans, be it in Morocco, or any other country in the world and that really helped us make such a performance. It helped through this mountainous task I applaud them all."When you are in the thick of it, its hard to realize wha...

Spain coach Enrique: I will stand with my players to death

Spains coach #00 Luis Enrique gestures on the touchline during the Qatar 2022 World Cup round of 16 football match between Morocco and Spain at the Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha on December 6, 2022. (Photo: AFP)DOHA, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Spain coach Luis Enrique defended his players and his passing style of football after they were eliminated from Qatar World Cup on penalties in the last-16 against Morocco here on Tuesday.Spain controlled over 75 percent of the ball in the game, but failed to get a shot on target from open play in 120 minutes, with their only efforts on target coming from set pieces."I am very happy with the players I have, I will stand with them to the death. I selected them and I congratulate them for the way they have behaved and for their World Cup," said Enrique."What upsets us is going out of the World Cup," added the coach, who had no complaints about the defeat."This is sport, the players have followed the plan I gave them 100 percent," he continued. "My team represented my idea of football and I can only thank them for that.""We dominated the game, but lacked a goal: the midfield controlled the ball, you can criticize us for not creating chances, but Morocco defended really well," he insisted.He also talked about the penalties. "I chose who took the penalties: I took the ones who I thought were in best shape to take them. If I had to do it again, I would pick the same three," commented Enrique, who added that his regret was that he hadnt given more time to Pablo Sarabia in Qatar.Enrique sent Sarabia to the field in the extra time, obviously considering his spot-kick ability. In the penalties, Sarabia was the first to stand out but his shot hit the right post.The coach was also asked about his future at the national team."I cant say, if I will carry on, because I dont know, I am very happy here with the team and the federation and I have a ...

Portugal hero Ramos 'never dreamt' of World Cup hat-trick

Portugals forward #26 Goncalo Ramos celebrates after scoring his teams fifth goal, his hat-trick, during the Qatar 2022 World Cup round of 16 football match between Portugal and Switzerland at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, north of Doha on December 6, 2022. (Photo: AFP)Portugals hat-trick hero Goncalo Ramos said he had not even dreamt of starting a World Cup knockout match, let alone scoring three in his first start in the tournament.Ramos was handed a start ahead of five-times Ballon dOr winner Cristiano Ronaldo and rewarded coach Fernando Santos with a brilliant match-winning display."Not even in my wildest dreams did I think of making my first start in a World Cup knockout game and scoring three goals," he said."But we have to think game by game and prepare for the game (quarter-final with Morocco. This result doesnt matter now. Were going to go all out in the next game."The 21-year-old striker was asked how the dressing room -- and Ronaldo -- had reacted to the surprise team selection from Santos."Honestly no one in the team talked about it. Cristiano, as captain did what he does, he helped, he talked to us, not only to myself but to my teammates," he said.Ramos said Ronaldo had been an example to him as he grew up."Cristiano Ronaldo has always been a role model, he is an idol for many. I also like (Robert) Lewandowski and (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic," he added.

Portugal blow away Switzerland to reach World Cup last eight

Portugal dismantled Switzerland 6-1 to charge into the World Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday as Goncalo Ramos started in place of Cristiano Ronaldo and scored the first hat-trick of the tournament.Portugals forward #07 Cristiano Ronaldo (L) fights for the ball with Switzerlands midfielder #26 Ardon Jashari during the Qatar 2022 World Cup round of 16 football match between Portugal and Switzerland at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, north of Doha on December 6, 2022. (Photo: AFP)The Portuguese will face Morocco in the quarter-finals after sweeping aside the Swiss in a display that was every bit as impressive as Brazils demolition of South Korea 24 hours earlier.In a surprise move, 21-year-old Benfica forward Ramos replaced Ronaldo in the starting line-up at Lusail Stadium.Ronaldo, the only man to score at five World Cups, was relegated to the bench after coach Fernando Santos was annoyed at his angry response to being substituted in Portugals final group game.He was not missed, with Portugal a more fluid side without him.Ramos not only announced himself to the world with his well-taken hat-trick, he also provided an assist for Raphael Guerreiro to score. Veteran defender Pepe was also on target.Ronaldo finally made his entrance in the 74th minute to cheers from the Portugal fans and soon had the ball in the net, but he was flagged for offside.Rafael Leao, another of Portugals young guns, then rounded off the win with the best goal of the night, a curling, dipping shot that left Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer rooted to the spot in second-half stoppage time.

Keeper Bono helps Morocco oust Spain on penalties in World Cup last-16

DOHA, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Morocco roared into the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time after knocking former champions Spain out 3-0 on penalties here on Tuesday.Moroccos defender #02 Achraf Hakimi (2nd R) celebrates with teammates after converting the last penalty during the penalty shoot-out to win the Qatar 2022 World Cup round of 16 football match between Morocco and Spain at the Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha on December 6, 2022. (Photo: AFP)After a goalless draw in the regular and extra times, Spain substitute Pablo Sarabia stood out for the first penalty kick but his attempt hit the right post.Goalkeeper Bono then saved Spains second and third spot kicks from Carlos Soler and Sergio Busquets to allow Achraf Hakimi to put Morocco through by chipping his penalty down the middle.Morocco had defended bravely against Spain that had over 75 percent of the ball, but failed to have a shot on target in open play, proving that although potency without control is nothing, control without potency also has its limits.The game in the Education City Stadium was played in front of a packed house, with the vast majority supporting Morocco, and the fans erupted in jubilation when Hakimi (who came through the Real Madrid youth system) scored the winning penalty.Spain coach Luis Enrique had a couple of surprises in his line-up, with Marcos Llorente, who hadnt played a minute in the World Cup, in at right back, while Marco Asensio returned in attack for top-scorer Alvaro Morata.It was clear from the start of an intense first 45 minutes that Spain would not alter their passing game, despite losing to Japan in their last match.Morocco were content to sit deep with their lines close together and close down spaces with Sofiane Boufal and Hakim Ziyech looking to break at pace.The Moroccan fans made it feel like a home game for Morocco, who put in some full-blooded challenges, although Spains 18-year-old Gavi - a teenage pitbull in midfield, ...

South Korea looks to youth after World Cup loss to Brazil

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — South Korea lost in the round of 16 of the World Cup and then lost its coach.The team was beaten by five-time champion Brazil 4-1 on Monday. After the match, South Korea coach Paulo Bento announced that he was stepping down to end his four-year stint. The Portuguese coach said he made the decision several months ago.South Koreas Son Heung-min applauds the fans after losing 4-1 during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Brazil and South Korea at the Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. (Photo: AP)Expectation VS. PerformanceSouth Korea was knocked out of the 2019 Asian Cup in the quarterfinals, so reaching the last 16 in Qatar can be seen as a positive. South Korea was appearing in its 10th straight World Cup, and its 11th overall.This was the third time South Korea has reached the knockout round. It’s best performance was in 2002 when it co-hosted the event with Japan and reached the semifinals.Whos outA key figure missing will be Bento. However, the current group of players is arguably the best that South Korea has assembled, and most are relatively young.One of the older players is 30-year-old Son Heung-min, the star midfielder at English club Tottenham. Son failed to score in this World Cup after getting goals in the last two.He did get a beautiful assist on Hwang-Hee-chan’s goal, which gave South Korea a 2-1 victory over Portugal and a place in the last 16.Son played in the tournament wearing a black facemask to protect a broken left eye socket picked up in a Champions League game on Nov. 2.Whos NextAfter the loss, Son pointed out who he thinks will be the next players to lead South Korea. He singled out to Lee Kang-in and Paik Seung-ho. Paik came in and scored as a substitute against Brazil in his first World Cup action.“I am grateful that our young players showed what they are capable of doing on this stage and also the potential for what they could do in the future,” Son said. “I hope they get even bett...

Duplantis, McLaughlin-Levrone named World Athletics' Athletes of the Year

Swedish pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis and 400m hurdles world champion Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone were named the World Athletes of the Year, the World Athletics announced on Tuesday.

Paris 2024 makes reports of process to IOC

The Paris 2024 reported their recent process of preparation of the Olympic Games to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB), which held a meeting on Monday.

Neymar pays tribute to ailing Pele

DOHA, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Brazil forward Neymar sent his best wishes to football legend Pele on Monday after the South American team advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals with a 4-1 win over South Korea.Brazils forward #10 Neymar celebrates after his team won the Qatar 2022 World Cup round of 16 football match between Brazil and South Korea at Stadium 974 in Doha on December 5, 2022. (Photo: AFP)Pele, who won the World Cup three times for Brazil, is currently in hospital as he recovers from a respiratory infection and continues treatment for colon cancer.Brazils players posed for a photograph holding a banner with the 82-year-olds image and name after the final whistle at Stadium 974."Its tough to talk about Pele with what he is going through," Neymar told reporters. "We wish he can get well soon. We hope we made him feel a bit more comfortable with the banner and with the victory."Neymars first-half penalty means the 30-year-old now has 76 international goals, one shy of Peles Brazil scoring record.The Paris Saint-Germain player said he felt no ill effects of an ankle problem that forced him to miss Brazils previous two matches against Switzerland and Cameroon."I didnt feel any pain in my ankle," he said. "I want to thank the medical staff and the physiotherapists for helping me to be fit for this match."I think I played well. Im very happy with how the night went but, having said that, I think we can always improve. I cant be 100% satisfied, we can always get better."He added: "We wanted to win the match to reach the next round and thats what happened. The fans celebrated wonderfully inside the stadium and we have to congratulate them."

Bento casts doubt over future as South Korea boss

South Koreas Portuguese coach Paulo Bento gestures on the touchline during the Qatar 2022 World Cup round of 16 football match between Brazil and South Korea at Stadium 974 in Doha on December 5, 2022. (Photo: AFP)DOHA, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- South Korea manager Paulo Bento said he would take time to consider his future after his teams 4-1 loss to Brazil in the World Cup round of 16 on Tuesday.The 53-year-old, who took charge of the Asian team in 2018, said he would meet with Korean football federation officials after an indefinite break."We have to think about the future and whether or not I will be with the Korean team," the Portuguese coach said."I will rest. I have to thank them [the players] for everything they have done. They have given us their best. I have been very proud to be their manager."South Korea reached the World Cup knockout stage for only the third time here after a late Hwang Hee-chan strike saw them defeat Portugal in their last group-stage encounter.But their hopes of progressing to the quarterfinals evaporated quickly at Stadium 974 on Monday as Brazil scored four goals in the first 36 minutes to effectively put the result beyond doubt before halftime."Its not easy to summarize what has happened in the World Cup," Bento said. "I can only tell you about our participation which ended today. I believe it has ended in a very fair manner. We have to congratulate Brazil because they were better than us."What we did do in this World Cup is something that can make us proud. In the group stage we could have scored more points. Against Ghana we could have and should have won."We were very bold in the way we approached these games. We were loyal to our style from beginning to end. For that reason Im very proud. If it wasnt the best group Ive worked with, its undoubtedly one of the best groups Ive had the opportunity to work with."

Croatia beat Japan through penalty shootout to reach World Cup quarters

DOHA, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Croatia goalkeeper Doninik Livakovic was his countrys hero on Monday night as he upset three Japanese players in the penalty shootout to escort his team into the Qatar World Cup quarterfinals.Livakovic saved penalties from Takumi Minamino, Kauru Mitoma and Maya Yoshida after the two sides tied 1-1 in the regular time and the goalless extra time in the Al Janoub Stadium.(Photo: agencies)Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu brought Takehiro Tomiyasu into his defence for the suspended Ko Itakura, with Wataru Endo and Ritsu Doan back into his midfield at the expense of Takefusa Kubo and Ao Tanaka, despite Tanakas winning goal against Spain in Japans last game.Japan started brightly with Shogo Taniguchi heading wide from Endos cross and Daizen Maedo chasing down a clearance from Livakovic.Ivan Perisic should have scored for Croatia after Takehiro Tomiyasus untimely slip, but his shot was blocked from a narrow angle.Croatia settled into control of the ball, with Luka Modric looking to pull the strings, but Japans counter-attacks were more effective than those in the first half against Spain, with Nagatomo Itos pace a constant threat down the right.Maedo was inches away from one of his crosses, before at the other end Andrej Kramaric couldnt force home after Perisics near-post flick.Maedo put Japan ahead in the 43rd minute, scoring from close range after Croatia failed to deal with a Japanese corner routine that ended with Ritsu Doan curling in a left-foot cross.Japan were good value for their lead and Kamada and Doan threatened to extend it at the start of the second period.However, Peresic equalized with an angled header 10 minutes into the second half, following an excellent diagonal cross from Dejan Lovren.Japan nearly retook the lead immediately, but Livakovic tipped away Endos dipping shot. At the other end, Modrics 25-meter effort had Gonda at full stretch.The remainder of the regular time failed...

Brazil ease past South Korea, Croatia edge Japan on penalties

  Brazil's Neymar celebrates scoring their second goal against South Korea during their round of 16 match of the FIFA World Cup at Stadium 974, Doha, Qatar, December 5, 2022. [Photo/Agencies] DOHA - Brazil will face Croatia in the quarterfinals of Qatar World Cup after both sides took very

Speed skating: China take five medals at Four Continents

Team China compete in the mens team pursuit during the ISU Four Continents Speed Skating Championships in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, December 4, 2022. (Photo: CFP)Chinese speed skaters took a gold, two silver and two bronze medals at the ISU Four Continents Speed Skating Championships in Quebec, Canada over the weekend.The Chinese womens team, comprised of Zhang Lina, Pei Chong and Yang Binyu, captured the gold medal in the short distance team pursuit, a non-Olympic event, at one minute, 30.596 seconds. The Chinese mens team finished fifth.In the womens mass start, Yang Binyu finished second with 9:15.300, and Shen Hanyang won a bronze medal in the mens mass start at 8:16.409.The Canadian trio of Beatrice Lamarche, Valerie Maltais and Maddison Pearman won the gold medal in the womens team pursuit, finishing first in a time of 3:06.877. China was second (3:11.190) and South Korea was third (3:11.273). South Korea won the mens team pursuit ahead of Canada, and China ranked third to take the bronze medal.Canadas Calgary is set to host the next two consecutive ISU World Cup competitions, on December 9-11 and December 16-18.

Kiptum and Beriso light up Valencia Marathon

Kenyans Kelvin Kiptum celebrates as he wins Valencias Marathon in Valencia, Spain, December 4, 2022. (Photos: IC)VALENCIA, Spain - Kenyas Kelvin Kiptum became the third fastest man in history in his first marathon in Valencia on Sunday, while Amane Beriso of Ethiopia became the third woman to run under two hours and 15 minutes.Kiptum, who turned 23 on Friday, timed two hours, one minute and 53 seconds.Only Kenyas world record holder Eliud Kipchoge and Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele have run faster."This is great. I was very well prepared," said Kiptum. Women’s winner Amane Beriso from Ethiopia celebrates at the Valencias Marathon in Valencia, Spain, December 4, 2022.Beriso, 31, smashed her own personal record, crossing the line in 2hr 14min 58sec.She tired in the final few kilometres, having been on track to break Kenyan Brigid Kosgeis world record of 2hr 14min 04sec set in Chicago in 2019.Kosgeis compatriot Ruth Chepngetich is the only other woman to break the 2hr 15min mark, timing 2hr 14min 18sec, also in Chicago, this year."I am more than happy. Conditions were perfect for me," said Beriso.Berisos compatriot, 10,000 metres world champion Letesenbet Gidey, had been the favourite and was also eyeing the world record.However, the 24-year-old was dropped by Beriso at the 35km mark.Gidey, who set the 10,000m and half marathon world records previously in Valencia, finished second in a distressed state and had to be helped away.

Celtics snap Nets' 4-game winning streak with 103-92 win

  Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) look to drive past Brooklyn Nets forward Nic Claxton (33) in the second quarter at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA, December 4, 2022. [Photo/Agencies] NEW YORK — Jaylen Brown had 34 points and 10 rebounds, Jayson Tatum added 29 points and 11

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