Wladimir Klitschko

Olympic links: 29 April, 2014

Wladimir KlitschkoAthletes you probably won’t see at Rio 2016 despite their best efforts, volume one: Wladimir Klitschko. See below.


Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba will headline the 10km Great Manchester Run on 18 May. The world and Olympic 10,000m champion finished third on her marathon debut in London earlier this month.

The BBC’s Jonathan Edwards, who urged Greg Rutherford to push on from his Olympic long jump title, congratulates Rutherford on a new British record but adds he felt Rutherford reacted badly to the initial critique:

“I thought he was a little bit over-sensitive (with his reaction) because I don’t think anyone is questioning his talent,” Edwards told Press Association Sport. “We have known he is a good athlete but you have to be honest as a commentator and a pundit and say ‘he won the Olympics, with not the strongest of fields’ and he took his opportunity, he was fit, which was great.”


Rajiv Ouseph’s coach says the Briton “fell into a trap” which condemned him to defeat in his European singles final at the weekend.

Baku 2015

The chief executive of the inaugural European Games has resigned. Jim Scherr steps down with Simon Clegg, the former British Olympic chef de mission, his immediate replacement. A paragraph of note:

Scherr, the former US Olympic Committee CEO for six years, cited the reasons for his leaving was to dedicate his energies to his sports marketing firm 776 Marketing based in Colorado Springs. Another partner of the 776 Marketing firm, Darryl Seibel, who also worked with Scherr at the USOC as the communications director, was initially supposed to join the team at Baku 2015 as the communications chief, however Seibel has also decided to remain stateside as he was recently hired in early April as Associate Athletics Director of External Relations for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Hmm. What made them go cold on the project?

Beijing 2008

A convicted football match-fixer claims he helped to rig elements of matches at Beijing 2008’s Olympic football tournament:

Wilson Raj Perumal claims he arranged for players from one team at the Games to ensure their side took the kick-off in two separate matches. He and his associates then allegedly profited by placing large bets with bookmakers. The claims appear to demonstrate the risk of so-called ‘spot-fixing’ in sport, where attempts are made to influence specific elements of a game such as the number of corners or throw-ins.


Boxing superstar Wladimir Klitschko’s ambitious plan to gain selection for Ukraine’s Rio 2016 team has hit an early hurdle:

Ukraine’s undisputed world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s hopes of competing in the 2016 Olympics have been dealt a blow after he failed to get permission to take part in his country’s qualifying competition.

The executive board of the Ukrainian national boxing federation have never given permission to either Klitschko or his older brother Vitali to take part in qualifying for the Games in Rio de Janeiro, meaning he has missed the deadline, according to the R-Sport news agency. “The possibility of the participation of the Klitschko brothers in Olympic qualifying as professionals is something that has never been examined,” Ukraine’s boxing federation press service stated.

That comes as a blow to the 38-year-old, who had earlier been quoted by the Interfax-Ukraine news agency as saying: “I hope that international amateur boxing’s ruling body will be kind to me, and that I will have enough health and motivation to perform at the Olympics in two years time.”


Britain will send a small team of three to the next round of the BMX World Cup in the Netherlands on 10-11 May, Liam Phillips having won the opening men’s stage in Manchester.

Two stage wins from two for Mark Cavendish at the Tour of Turkey.

Next week’s Giro d’Italia will feature something like 200 riders, but a number of leading names will be missing: no Chris Froome, no Vincenzo Nibali (the defending champion), no Alberto Contador, no Wiggins. Now, the race organisers are ‘upset’ and want the race schedule to be revised in future.


Tom Daley needs to “knuckle down” in order to master his toughest dive, according to former team-mate Peter Waterfield. Daley has already admitted he’s using therapy to help conquer nerves related to the dive (which is a back two-and-a-half somersault, two-and-a-half twists from the pike position, if that’s of any help).


Yulia Efimova, the Russian double world champion swimmer who’s been provisionally suspended since January, appealed in front of world governing body Fina’s anti-doping commission yesterday. Efimova tested positive for a steroid in October last year. There’s a little more background here.

Team Sky have asked for tramadol to be added to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned list.

Former US national heavyweight champion Paul Koon has received a two-year ban for failing to file whereabouts info.


A short article on Zara Phillips’ return to the world of competitive eventing in her first outing since becoming a mum.

Hockey (field)

England and Scotland’s men were both defeated in the Four Nations tournament in Glasgow on Monday, leaving Belgium and Argentina – the other two invitees – to play off in today’s final. Scotland’s women beat India 4-0 as their Champions Challenge event continued at the same venue.

Modern pentathlon

GB’s 2012 world champion Mhairi Spence leads the team for the fourth pentathlon World Cup, in Hungary this weekend.


Pyeongchang 2018

The IOC’s inspectors arrive back in South Korea today for their latest tour of preparations for the 2018 Winter Olympics.


Beijing 2008 Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington says she blocked thousands of people on Twitter to get away from trolling in the past, particularly regarding her appearance.

Geoff Huegill, the Australian swimmer who won silver and bronze at Sydney 2000 but missed out on London 2012 in an unsuccessful comeback bid, has reportedly been charged with cocaine possession alongside his wife.

Table tennis

The World Team Championships have begun in Tokyo, with England’s men and women both looking for promotion out of the sport’s second tier. Both made winning starts on Monday – if you top your group, you get a bye to the divisional quarter-finals with the top two teams overall getting promoted.

The Guardian published this gallery of photos from the World Teams so far, based primarily on close-ups of the players’ intense faces.


French triathlete Laurent Vidal tweeted “Hello world” on Monday, having suffered an apparent heart attack last week, suggesting he has made some form of recovery from an induced coma following the incident. There were no recent reports available to add here at the time of writing.

Other news

Are you aware of the beer mile? The format is relatively simple: take a 400m track and several standard-sized cans of 5% (or greater) beer. Starting 9m behind the line (so as to complete 1,609m, which equals one mile), drink one beer, then run a lap, then drink a beer, then run, then drink, then run, then drink, then run. Four laps and four beers completed, you will have a final time.

Well, if you’d ever be mad enough to try that, you now have a new world record to beat. Canada’s James Neilsen, 34, has posted the new mark of four minutes, 57 seconds. Video in the link. There are some more rules plus some general information here.

Not that a beer mile sounds all that bad compared to Tough Mudder. Photo gallery here of “one of the toughest assault courses ever devised”.