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SPORTS BRIEFS

Staff Writer, with Agencies

SOCCER

Mechelen slump to 10th

Taiwan international Javier Chen’s KV Mechelen dropped to 10th in the Belgian Jupiler League on Saturday after a 2-0 home defeat to KSC Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen. Hamdi Harbaoui opened the scoring for the visitors in the 16th minute, but they were reduced to 10 men in the last minute of the first half when Congolese midfielder Tiko was sent off after receiving his second yellow card. Mechelen failed to find a way past the 10 men, though, and Lokeren made sure of the three points four minutes from time when Laurens De Bock added a second. Chen played the full 90 minutes.

MARATHON

Makau sets new record

Patrick Makau of Kenya broke the world record to win the Berlin Marathon yesterday. Makau pulled away after 27km and finished in two hours, three minutes and 38 seconds. Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia, who held the previous record of two hours, three minutes and 59 seconds, pulled up after Makau’s breakaway and seemed on the verge of giving up, but resumed running. For several kilometers, he was second, about two minutes behind Makau, but appeared to have finally given up before the finish. Makau also won last year’s race in driving rain.

GOLF

Norret pulls two clear

Denmark’s Thomas Norret pulled two strokes clear of the field after a solid two-under par-70 in the third round of the Austrian Open in Atzenbrugg on Saturday to set up a shot at his first tour title. Norret’s 54-hole total of nine-under (207) put him ahead of three Britons in Kenneth Ferrie (67), Simon Wakefield (70) and Robert Coles (72) as well as Joost Luiten (72) from the Netherlands. “I will definitely be talking to the mental coach tonight — hopefully we can get me over the line,” the 37-year-old Norret, whose last win came on the Challenge Tour in 2002, told the European Tour Web site. Ferrie is the only past winner on tour in the top five, so 18-time winner Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain, who posted a 70 to lie just five back (212), was to be among those hunting down the leaders yesterday.

CYCLING

Bronzini retains world title

Italian Giorgia Bronzini retained her world title when she once again denied Dutchwoman Marianne Vos with a perfectly timed surge in the final stretch in the 140km road race in Rudersdal, Denmark, on Saturday. Bronzini launched her sprint with 150m to go, with Vos unable to catch her on the line as Italy won their fourth women’s title in the last five years. Germany’s Ina-Yoko Teutenberg finished third ahead of Briton Nicole Cooke, who produced her effort too late to repeat her 2008 success. It was Vos’s fifth second-place in succession and her 2006 victory is a distant memory.

BADMINTON

Taiwan wins mixed doubles

Taiwan’s Chen Hung-ling and Cheng Wen-hsing took gold in mixed doubles at the Japan Open in Tokyo yesterday, defeating Joachim Fischer Nielsel and Christinna Pedersen of Denmark 21-19, 16-21, 21-15. However, Cheng and compatriot Chien Yu-chin lost to Chinese pair Bao Yixin and Zhong Qianxin 13-21, 25-23, 21-12 for the women’s doubles title at the Japan Open in Toyko yesterday. Meanwhile, in men’s singles action, Chen Long claimed his second title in two weeks when he shocked world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei to win. The Chinese fourth-seed, fresh from his victory at the China Masters last weekend, dashed the Malaysian’s defense of the title with a 21-8, 10-21, 21-19 victory.

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