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SPORTS BRIEFS

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SWIMMING

Hosszu breaks own record

Katinka Hosszu set her fourth world record at the short-course FINA World Swimming Championships in Doha, smashing her own mark to win the women’s 200m individual medley on Saturday. The Hungarian crushed the field and touched in 2 minutes, 01.86 seconds, bettering her record of 2:02:13 set in August in Dubai to take her fourth gold of the event. “I wanted to break another two-minute barrier, but I am happy with the record,” Hosszu said. On the penultimate day of the tournament, Alia Atkinson equaled a world record and three more were broken. Atkinson became Jamaica’s first short-course world champion when she won the women’s 100m breaststroke final, holding off defending champion Ruta Meilutyte and matching her mark of 1:02:36. Meanwhile, France’s Florent Manaudou set his second record in 24 hours after winning the men’s 50m backstroke.

RUGBY SEVENS

S Africa stomp Australia

South Africa won the second leg of the Sevens World Series on Saturday, beating Australia in a one-sided final at Dubai to edge closer to sealing a spot at the 2016 Rio Olympics. South Africa overran Australia 33-7 in the final to close the gap on overall points leaders Fiji, who finished third after winning the series opener in Australia in October. After beating New Zealand 28-0 in the semi-finals, the Springboks romped to victory, scoring five tries to one. Wing Seabelo Senatla scored twice in the final while Kwagga Smith also crossed after bagging a hat-trick in the semis, as the South African side moved to 37 points, second place in the standings behind Fiji (39).

SKIING

Vonn in triumphant return

It only took two races after spending a year out injured for Lindsey Vonn to return to the top. The most successful active skier, forced out of action for 349 days after a shin fracture and two knee operations, clinched her 60th FIS World Cup victory in the downhill at her favorite piste of Lake Louise on Saturday. “I fought so hard to be back where I am, at the top of the podium. It means the world to me, it’s just unbelievable,” she said. Eighth on Friday in her return to the circuit, Vonn led the first-ever clean sweep of World Cup podium places for the US Ski Team, beating compatriots Stacey Cook and Julia Mancuso. It was the American’s 15th win in the Alberta resort and her 30th downhill laurels.

SOCCER

Al Ahli win maiden CAF Cup

Emad Moteab struck in the sixth minute of added-time to land Al Ahli their first CAF Confederations Cup title with a 1-0 second-leg victory over Sewe Sport de San-Pedro in Cairo on Saturday. The striker’s late header made the aggregate score 2-2, but Al Ahli won on away goals, sparking joyous scenes as they became the first Egyptian team to lift the trophy. Ivorian side Sewe Sport had the best chances in the second leg, but invited pressure in the later stages of the match to ultimately lose when a cross from the right by Walid Soliman was met by the unmarked Moteab.

BOXING

Braehmer KOs Glazewski

Germany’s Juergen Braehmer on Saturday knocked out Poland’s Pawel Glazewski in the first round with a left to the liver to retain his WBA light heavyweight title. The fight in Oldenburg, Germany, was over after 43 seconds, when Braehmer cornered Glazewski and landed a vicious left hook to the liver that had the Pole wincing in pain and on his knees. He failed to make the count. Braehmer improved to 45-2, with 33 KOs.

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