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28th Mar 2014
Athletics

 Athletics

[Mo Farah collapsed after crossing the finish line in the New York half-marathon]

Mo Farah
lost consciousness just moments after finishing  New York City Half Marathon in second place on March 16.

Earlier in the race had been sent tumbling when one of his heels was clipped before the six-mile mark.

His fall was the cue for Geoffrey Mutai, a two-time winner of the full New York Marathon, to step on the throttle and within half a minute he and fellow Kenyan Stephen Sambu had opened up a sizeable gap on the rest of the field. Farah set off in pursuit of the race leaders but he was already well adrift of Mutai. By the nine-mile mark he was some 25 seconds behind.

Although he overtook Sambu half a mile before the finish, he did not catch Mutai, who triumphed in 60min 50sec. Farah finished second in 61min 18sec.

2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships, Sopot, Poland (March 7-9):

Mohammed Aman of Ethiopia retained his World 800m Indoor champion. His time of (1:46.40) held off Poland’s Adam Kszczot (1:46.76). Despite a late surge Britain’s Andrew Osagie missed out on bronze by 0.01 second to Marcin Lewandowski of Poland.

Djibouti’s Ayanleh Souleiman won gold with a brilliant run of 3:37.52 in the men’s 1500 final. Despite many experts viewing this race as a wide-open affair, Souleiman ran as a heavy favorite would – controlling it from the front, leading almost uninterrupted from the start to the finish.

Ethiopian Aman Wote, who ran right behind Souleiman, ended up a deserving second claiming his first global medal in 3:38.02. Abdalaati Iguider of Morocco took his third straight World Indoor medal (he also won silver in 2010) in 3:38.21

Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim won the men’s high jump. Barshim, who won world outdoor silver in Moscow last year and Olympic bronze in London, jumped a best of 2.38 m. Russian Ivan Ukhov took silver with Ukraine’s Andriy Protsenko claiming bronze with a best of 2.36m.

Cycling

CyclingMirsamad Pourseyedigolakhour became the first Asian cyclist to win the Tour de Langkawi

Le Tour de Langkawi in Malaysia (Feb 27 – March 8): Mirsamad Pourseyedigolakhour of Iran became the first Asian cyclist to win the Tour de Langkawi (1495.9 km) in Kuala Terengganu on Malaysia’s east coast.

Pourseyedigolakhour, who cycles for Tabriz-Petrochemical Team, celebrated the victory with a time of 35 hours 7 minutes and 16 seconds. “I am especially proud to be the first Asian rider to win the overall title in this race. After 19 years it has happened, so this is a big victory for me and for Asian cycling, ”said Pourseyedigolakhour.

“In my country we have a lot of mountains, which are ideal for us to train and improve our climbing,” he added. The Tour de Langkawi was first organised in 1996 and was lengthened to 10 stages as its reach began to extend around the globe.

Football

Mesut Ozils hamstring strain will keep him sidelined for at least a month, scans have revealed on March 13. The Arsenal midfielder, 25, was injured in the second minute of the Champions League exit at Bayern Munich but played on until half-time. The club’s £42.4m record signing will miss matches against Tottenham, Chelsea, Swansea, Manchester City and Everton.

He is also doubtful for the FA Cup semi-final against Wigan on April 12. Ozil has scored six goals in 35 appearances since joining Arsenal from Real Madrid. He had already played twice for the Spanish club this season before his move to London and has figured seven times for his country during the campaign.

Tennis

BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California – USA (March 3 – 16): Doubles: Sixth seeded Indo-Pak doubles team Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi were ousted in the first round of Indian wells on March 7. But the duo who lifted the doubles title in Dubai the previous year won’t be too upset by the 6-2, 6-7, 10-6 loss so early in a tournament as they lost to Olympic doubles gold medalists Stanislas Wawrinka’s and Roger Federer – considered one of the greatest players of all time. Federer came off a singles title in Dubai and seems to be playing his best tennis in some time.

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