Taiwan juniors nab silver
Taiwan won another medal at the World Junior Taekwondo Championships, as a high-school student from Greater Taichung won silver in the under-42kg women’s category in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, on Saturday. Lin Wan-ting was defeated by her South Korean opponent in a sudden-death match after both sides failed to score in three rounds of their event. Before reaching the final, Lin triumphed in four matches that day, including wins over Turkish and British opponents in the quarter-final and semi-final rounds, respectively. The championships are the first international competition for Lin, who was the only athlete awarded a medal among the four Taiwanese taking part in the competition that day. A Taiwanese had won gold in the men’s under-59kg category on Wednesday.
Windies reach 179-3
Kirk Edwards and Kraigg Braithwaite both made half-centuries as West Indies reached 179 for three in the first Test against Australia on Saturday when play was abandoned for the day because of rain. The big-hitting Edwards made 61, that featured 10 boundaries and a six, while teenage opener Braithwaite struck a patient 57 off 199 balls at Kensington Oval in Barbados. The pair shared a second wicket partnership of 104, aided in part by some sloppy Australian fielding. Braithwaite was dropped twice and Edwards once. Braithwaite put on 38 with Adrian Barath for the first wicket. Barath, who made 22 off 54 deliveries, threw his wicket away before lunch when he was caught by Peter Siddle at deep backward square after hooking a bouncer from Ryan Harris. The final session was interrupted by rain and eventually called off early, but Australia did pick up another wicket in the few overs that were played when Braithwaite edged Siddle behind to debutant keeper Matthew Wade. When stumps were eventually drawn, Darren Bravo was not out 20 and Shivnarine Chanderpaul was unbeaten on eight.
Sanchez wins Basque Tour
Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez won the Tour of Basque Country by overtaking fellow Spanish cyclist Joaquin Rodriguez during Saturday’s final stage. Sanchez, riding for local favorite Euskatel-Euskadi, cruised through steady rainfall to clock the fastest mark in the 18.9km time trial around the medieval village of Onati. Rodriguez was runner-up overall 12 seconds back, while Bauke Mollema of the Netherlands came third in the race’s 52nd edition. “I’m very happy with my performance,” Rodriguez said. “I’m not a specialist of races against the clock, but I think I’m improving. That’s obviously good news for big stage races.”
Hend wins in Singapore
Australia’s Scott Hend closed with a six-under 64 to win the weather-shortened ISPS Handa Singapore Classic yesterday. The US$400,000 full-field Asian Tour event was reduced to 54 holes after inclement weather caused almost 10 hours of play to be lost over the first three days. Taiwan’s Lu Wei-chih, Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka, Spain’s Javi Colomo and David Lipsky of the US were bunched in tied second on matching 200s at the Orchid Country Club. As many as three players were still in contention for either a playoff or win after Hend had signed for his score. “It’s sort of like you’re going out and have to wait for your wife to do her hair or something. You’re just sitting around and pacing around and that was what I was feeling then,” the big-hitting Hend said.