ASIAN PARA GAMES
Taiwanese strikes gold
A visually impaired Taiwanese swimmer snatched two gold medals yesterday at the Asian Para Games in Guangzhou, China, after breaking two Asian records earlier this week. Eighteen-year-old Lin Shin-wei won the men’s 100m breaststroke SB13 event yesterday in a time of 1 minute 22.81 seconds before setting a new Asian record of 26.80 seconds in the men’s 50m freestyle S13 event. The swimmer, who cannot see out of his left eye and is legally blind, also broke Asian records in the men’s 100m freestyle-S13 and 200m medley-SM13 on Monday and Tuesday. S13 is one of three designations, along with S11 and S12, for swimmers with a visual impairment. S11 represents those with the least amount of vision. As of yesterday afternoon, Taiwan ranked sixth among 45 teams with eight gold medals, and had also won five silvers and seven bronzes at the games. Also yesterday, Luo Hsiao-hung won gold in the women’s 100m breaststroke-SB5 and powerlifter Lin Tzi-hui claimed gold in the women’s under 75kg division with a winning lift of 135kg. There are 77 athletes from Taiwan competing in 12 sports at the eight-day event.
Organizers cancel Super-G
The women’s World Cup super-G that was to take place yesterday in Val d’Isere, France, was called off because of heavy overnight snowfall that continued into yesterday morning. Organizers had hoped to hold the race in the afternoon but conditions were not set to improve enough, with extremely poor visibility. Yesterday was the first of three scheduled days of racing. Strong winds had forced the cancellation of last weekend’s super-G in St Moritz, Switzerland, and the race was moved to Val d’Isere. Weather conditions were expected to improve in the French resort for today’s downhill and tomorrow’s super combined.
Birmingham give Buddle trial
Los Angeles Galaxy and US striker Edson Buddle is on trial at Premier League club Birmingham during the Major League Soccer (MLS) offseason. Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is searching for a new forward with his side two points above the three-team relegation zone after scoring just 17 goals in 17 matches. The 29-year-old Buddle was the leading scorer in the MLS for most of last season despite missing more than a month for the World Cup. Buddle ended the regular season as the second-highest scorer with 17 goals in 25 matches. “He’s trained with us this week and he’s done fine,” McLeish said on the club web site. “I’m not sure when he goes back. I think he’s here for next week as well because we’d like a longer look at him. He’s been scoring goals in the MLS and had a good season and he’s available.” Named after Pele — whose full name was Edson Arantes do Nascimento — Buddle has played for the Galaxy since 2007.
Attoub set to return after ban
Stade Francais prop David Attoub, suspended for 52 weeks for eye-gouging in a European Cup match in December last year, will be able to return to action on Dec. 29 after his ban ends today. The 29-year-old was banned for gouging Stephen Ferris during Stade’s 13-23 European Cup loss to Ulster in Belfast. He was initially banned for 70 weeks by competition organizers European Club Rugby, before France’s National Olympic Committee intervened and had the suspension reduced to 52 weeks. The ban was among the heaviest ever imposed on a player by rugby union authorities.