Dethroned world champion Grant Hackett says today's Duel in the Pool will be the first step in his mission to reclaim his position at the top of world swimming for the 2008 Olympics. Australia will go in as major underdogs against the Michael Phelps-led United States in the match-race meet in Sydney.
Sydney's Kate Bates, 24, won gold in the 25km women's points race and Queenslander Anna Meares, 23, collected bronze in the women's keirin to move Australia to second on the medal table at the end of the 2007 Track Cycling World Championships in Palma de Majorca, Spain.
Athletes who are or who may be contemplating using performance enhancing substances are on notice -- the sample that you provide today needs to test clean for the next eight years to avoid a doping offence.
Australia has finished in seventh place in the 2007 Short Track World Team Championships, held last week in Budapest, Hungary. Skating in the Championship B bracket, the team of Jeremy Beck, Lachlan Hay, Alex Merriman, Elliott Shriane and Ben Southee collected 30 points to be pipped by one point by Germany for sixth place.
Jo Carter has finished in 20th place at the World Figure Skating Championships in Tokyo over the weekend. Carter scored a total of 127.17 points, finishing in 19th place in the short program and 21st in the free program. In a quinella for Japan, Miki Ando took the gold medal with 195.09 points ahead of compatriot Mao Asada on 194.45 points.
Sean Carlow has skated to the best World Championship result of his career, finishing in 28th place in the short program in Tokyo. Carlow scored 49.75 points, missing a place in the 24-man free program, but surpassing his 32nd place at last year's event.
The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) is backing a call by Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), for a World Youth Olympics.AOC President John Coates said today he had discussed the plan with Jacques Rogge and “indicated to the President the AOC’s enthusiastic support”.
Ramone Cooper has followed up his impressive World Freestyle Championship debut with a fourth placing in dual moguls in the World Junior Freestyle Championships, missing the podium by the barest margin. After placing fifth in the single moguls on Sunday, Cooper again qualified poorly, landing a head-to-head meeting with the single moguls gold medallist Bryon Wilson of the USA in the opening round of the finals.