Jens Fiedler became one of the greatest cyclists in Olympic history on Saturday, winning his third gold medal in a 12-year career by leading off the German sprint team on its way to victory over Japan. \nIn his last Olympics, the German veteran might still race in the Keirin and sprint events, possibly allowing him to beat the overall total of four golds and a bronze set by Marcus Hurley of the US in 1904. \nIf he decides against it, he said, winning team sprint gold ``would be a wonderful end to my career.'' \nApart from his 1992 and 1996 sprint world titles to add to Saturday's gold, Fiedler also has two bronzes from the Sydney Games. \nIn women's cycling, Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel is already unmatched in Olympic history with four golds and a silver. \nIn her last Olympic event, she failed to reach the gold medal race of the 3-kilometer pursuit, and would race for bronze yesterday. \nIn qualifying, New Zealander Sarah Ulmer set a world record and later qualified for the final against Australia's Katie Mactier. It further highlighted the exceptional quality of the Olympic Velodrome, which had been heavily criticized in the run-up to the games. \nBradley Wiggins gave Britain a second track cycling title in as many days, holding off a mid-race challenge from Australian Brad McGee to take the 4-kilometer pursuit gold. Sergi Escobar of Spain won the bronze. \nFiedler, 34, set off the three-man sprint team and kept it just about level with the Japanese after one lap. Stefan Nimke and Rene Wolff finished off the hard work. \nWith his legs growing older, Fiedler knew the team sprint offered his best hope to add another gold. "I was training on the starting jumps every day," he said. \nIn the 4-kilometer pursuit, Wiggins finished in 4 minutes, 16.304 seconds, more than a second slower that the Olympic record he set a day earlier but nevertheless beating the Australian by over four seconds. \nThe time trial specialists linked arms after the race and rode together around the track in celebration. \nWiggins had centered his life on winning gold since he was 12 and saw Chris Boardman win gold at the Barcelona Olympics. \nWiggins took an early one-second lead in the race, but McGee started coming back, slowly closing the gap to .3 seconds around the halfway stage. At that point, Wiggins found his second wind and sped off toward the title. \nWiggins, the son of a pro track rider, was the 2003 world champion and showed his potential during qualifying by setting an Olympic record. He already won bronze in the team pursuit in Sydney. \nMcGee already was a triple bronze medalist in the Olympics, finishing third in the pursuit in Atlanta and Sydney. He also added a team pursuit bronze at the 1996 Games. \nHe has proven throughout his career that he is a great all-rounder. He briefly wore the pink jersey of the Italian Giro this year, where he finished eighth. He also wore the yellow jersey in the Tour de France last year after winning the time-trial prologue of the event. \nWorld champions and world record holders Australia looked in gold-medal winning form in qualifying for the men's 4000-metre teams pursuit at the Athens Olympics on Sunday. \nThe crack team of Graeme Brown, Peter Dawson, Brett Lancaster and Stephen Wooldridge clocked a sizzling four minutes 00.613 seconds.
‘CRIMINAL ACT’: The UCI said it ‘strongly condemns’ Dylan Groenewegen’s ‘dangerous behavior,’ which left Jakobsen in critical condition and injured other cyclists Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was in a coma on Wednesday, in “serious” condition, after he was thrown into and over a barrier at 80kph in the conclusion to the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne. Footage showed 23-year-old Jakobsen, of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, racing elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma as both men frantically tussled in a tight sprint to the line in Katowice. However, Jakobsen came off worst, somersaulting over the barriers before colliding with a photographer after Groenewegen had veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his rival into the security wall. “His condition is very serious. His life is
Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place. Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes. After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to
LEAVING IT LATE: Rakuten added late runs last night to add to wins on Wednesday against the Brothers and the Lions on Friday that went down to the last batter The Rakuten Monkeys rallied to post three late runs for another close win, prevailing 5-3 over the Uni-President Lions yesterday as Taiwan’s second-half CPBL season got started with lower scoring output, but exciting finishes. It was Rakuten’s third win in a row. In two games this week, they seized victory in dramatic fashion with their last at-bat and have drawn level with the CTBC Brothers on top of the table after yesterday’s results, 0.5 games in front of the Fubon Guardians and 1.5 games ahead of the Lions. It was tied at 1-1 early, with Rakuten hosting the Lions at the Taoyuan Intenational
STAYING COOL: Hamilton said that his ‘heart nearly stopped’ when he noticed the puncture, but he kept going to beat Alain Prost’s total of six home wins in France Lewis Hamilton said he feared he might not make it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” the world champion said. The front left tire of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his vehicle to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down. “I just can’t believe it,” Hamilton said. “It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on