Harrison says he will answer critics

first_imgAudley Harrison insists he will answer his critics by seeing off Ali Adams and putting himself back in the frame for a major title.Wembley’s former Olympic champion faces the Iraq-born Adams, who lives in Chelsea, at the Brentwood Centre in Essex on May 26.It will be the 40-year-old Harrison’s first bout since he was beaten by David Haye in a one-sided world heavyweight title fight in November 2010.Harrison said: “I know it’s dangerous to look past an opponent, especially when they’re hungry and motivated like Ali Adams. But let’s be honest, I’m in a different league.“After I give Ali Adams a lesson in the sweet science, I’m looking for a challenge with one of the upcoming heavyweights. I’m throwing my name into the hat with David Price, Tyson Fury, Jonathan Banks or Seth Mitchell.”The much-maligned Harrison says he will retire if he loses to Adams, who has pledged to end his career.A victory could set up a clash with the likes of Price, who fights Sam Sexton for the British title this weekend.“I found a way to create some goodwill with my appearance on Strictly Come Dancing and I made my body heal,” Harrison added.“I’m ready to put in not one, but a succession of Olympic-type performances to finish my career on a high and go out as a British bad-boy-done-good, who turned his life around and did himself, his family and his country proud.“Through my trials and tribulations, people will come to understand the power of never ever giving up and rising up each time life knocks you down.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SA paddlers race into Fish record book

first_imgJunior GirlsJenna Ward/Brittany Petersen 5:46.14 Kerry Shuter/Camilla Pennefather (U16) 5:59.00Bianca Haw/Jordan Peek (U16) 6:05.10 The pair was in superb form, shooting Keith’s Flyover rapid with aplomb on the first day, and they oozed confidence in their form and preparations on the river. Under-23 MenAndy Birkett/Pierre-Andre Rabie 4:53.57Lance Kime/Stuart Maclaren 4:57.49 Andrian Bam/Rory Sandberg 5:12.58 The Germans were thrilled to make it onto the podium at the end of a race littered with accidents and misfortune. SAinfo reporter “It was a long day for us and we’re pretty tired,” said a tired Hodson. “Both of us are actually sprinters, so this sort of distance is a big ask.” “We conserved ourselves during the first hour as we knew we were out on our own, but we dug in after Gauging Weir, when we realised we could still break the race record. Fastest final stage timeThey posted the fastest time on the final stage to snatch the Canoeing South Africa silver medal ahead of the flying Germans, Tobias Bong and Achim Overbeck, and overtook the flagging crew of sprinters Greg Louw and Mike Arthur, who slipped back to fourth place from their overnight second. MenHank McGregor/Grant van der Walt 4:40.38Tom Schilperoort/Jasper Mocke 4:45.20 Tobias Bong/Achim Overbeek 4:46.21 Greg Louw/Michael Arthur 4:48.59 Jacques Theron/Piers Cruickshanks 4:50.27 Robert Knebl/ Tomas Slovak 4:50.28 Andy Birkett/Pierre-Andre Rabie (U23) 4:53.57 Alasdair Glass/Edgar Boehm Jnr 4:56.09 Mark Mulder/Lance King 4:56.58 Lance Kime/Stuart Maclaren 4:57.49 SilverThe silver medal fell to the plucky sprinters Tiffany Kruger and Jen Hodson, who had to battle through the pack after being started in the A-batch because they failed to make the elapsed time cut-off. McGregor and Van der Walt won by five minutes from the Cape surfski duo of Tom Schilperoort and Jasper Mocke, who provided the biggest surprise result among the elite men by upstaging the strong field of the country’s best river marathoners. “We had a much better day today, no trees and no blood, which was great, but we have realised we are no good at portaging,” said Tobias Bong. “We are extremely happy with our third.” The pair, racing in the colours of the newly formed Team Best 4 Kayak Centre, posted a flawless final stage to lower the 2006 race record set by McGregor and Len Jenkins by a minute and one second. Women’s titleThe women’s title fell to Abby Adie and Hilary Pitchford, who also led the race from start to finish to post a 10-minute victory margin that included a conservative option to portage Cradock Weir to eliminate any further risk to their race. WomenHilary Pitchford/Abby Adie 5:26.17Jen Hodson/Tiffany Kruger 5:36.16 Kim Brugmann/Angie Gafney 5:44.33 Jenna Ward/Brittany Petersen (U18) 5:46.14 Debbie Germiquet/Carmen Blakeney 5:48.56 Hank McGregor and Grant van der Walt became the first crew to win a hat-trick of victories in South Africa’s Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon on Saturday, and shattered the race record too after dominating the event from start to finish. “It came down to a sprint finish,” said Mocke, who got engaged just days before the race. “We came over Gauging Weir first and put in a huge sprint, which gave us a nice gap going into Marlow portage, and that’s when we went for it. We paddled our hardest until the end to beat the Germans.” 11 October 2011 ‘Something special’“It’s my fourth win overall and my third with Grant in three years, and to have broken the record at the thirtieth anniversary is something really special,” said McGregor. The last place on the podium went to Kim Brugman and Angie Gafney. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “We were doing 200m sprints only three weeks ago and so our lack of endurance was exposed,” said Arthur. “We’re so happy to have paddle into fourth place.” “It was a completely different race from last year when we were completely blown at the finish. Things really worked out for us this time. Last year we had problems that cost us, but this year we had a really clean race,” he concluded. “This is my first time on the podium and first time on the top step and I’m absolutely over the moon,” said Pitchford. “It’s a dream come true. (Her boyfriend) Deon Bruss won it in his tenth Fish and so to have done it in my tenth is so special for me,” she added. Under-23 WomenJenna Ward/Brittany Petersen (U18) 5:46.14 Kerry Shuter/Camilla Pennefather (U16) 5:59.00Tamika Haw/Jenna Starr 5:59.49 Junior BoysDonavan Wewege/Gavin Shuter 5:04.49Blaine Beresford/Murray Starr 5:12.12 Murray Haw/James Speed 5:21.19 RESULTS McGregor now holds every national single and doubles paddling title after having won a clean sweep of surfski, flatwater marathon and river marathon titles in the calendar year. He goes into the World Marathon Championships in two weeks’ time in prime form. “We were more than happy to run Cradock Weir. It’s a 50/50 shot and we didn’t need to shoot it at that stage of the race,” said Pitchford, who is currently leading the women’s standings on the International Canoe Federation’s world tour.last_img read more

Tenure of Rajasthan Lokayukta cut

first_imgThe Rajasthan Assembly on Monday passed the Rajasthan Lokayukta and Up-Lokyuktas (Amendment) Bill to reduce the tenure of the Lokayukta from earlier eight years to five years. The Bill was presented by Energy Minister B.D. Kalla in the House on behalf of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and was passed by voice vote. Under the amendment in the Bill, which was brought to replace an ordinance issued in March this year, the tenure of the Lokayukta has been reduced to five years from eight years. The previous BJP government had increased the Lokayukta’s tenure to eight years from five years last year. “Recently, the term of office of the Lokayukta was increased from five years to eight years by amending section 5 of the Rajasthan Lokayukta and Up-Lokayuktas Act, 1973. But in most of the States of the country the Lokayukta holds the office for a term of five years. “Moreover, the term of the chairperson under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 (Central Act No. 1 of 2014) is also five years,” the statement of objects and reasons of the Bill said. “In order to maintain parity with the term of Lokayukta in other States of the country and, chairperson of Lokpal in the Centre, it was decided by the State government that term of five years is adequate for the office of the Lokayukta,” it further said. Heated argumentsDuring the debate on the Bill, heated arguments broke out between Speaker C.P. Joshi and Deputy Leader of Opposition Rajendra Rathore when the latter was asked to be specific on the topic.last_img read more

Pak wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider announces retirement

first_imgPakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider, who fled to London midway through a series against South Africa in the UAE after receiving death threats for refusing to fix matches, on Tuesday announced his retirement from international cricket.Haider told the ‘Geo News’ channel from London that he had taken the decision to retire since there was lot of pressure on him and he was getting threats from the people, who had wanted him to fix matches in the just concluded one-day series against South Africa in the UAE.”My family is also still getting threats. I have decided to retire because there is lot of pressure on me and I can’t take it,” he added.Haider left the team hotel in Dubai yesterday in mysterious circumstances and flew to London with the Pakistan Cricket Board later announcing it would be holding an inquiry into the whole matter.”I will be sending a letter to the PCB to inform them about my decision to retire,” he said.Haider also confirmed that the person who approached him to fix matches had met him outside the team hotel and that he got a feeling that there were others with him.”You will get lot of money if you cooperate with us but if you don’t cooperate with us you wouldn’t remain in the team and there will lot of problems for them.”Asked about reports that he was planning to take political asylum in the United Kingdom, Haider declined to to comment.With PTI inputsadvertisement”I think you should speak to the immigration authorities about this but I have decided nothing as yet.”last_img read more