Jessica Ennis-Hill has pulled out of the world championships in Moscow after conceding that the achilles and heel injuries that have plagued her throughout the summer left her “not where I want to be both regarding pain and also form”.
Ennis-Hill, the Olympic heptathlon champion and 2011 world championship silver medallist, will spend the next few weeks trying to get to the root of her injuries and is unlikely to compete again until 2014.
Badminton worlds: India strongest ever
New Delhi: India will be fielding its strongest ever squad at World Badminton Championships in Guangzhou from August 5 to 11. Women’s doubles combination of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa ended India’s 28-year-old medal drought by winning bronze in 2011.
World No 3 Saina Nehwal looks to record her first ever podium finish.
Media gag on IBL players, officials
Mumbai: Stung by criticism from shuttlers over the way player auctions for the Indian Badminton League were conducted recently, Badminton Association of India and league’s organisers have barred players from talking to the media. Controversy erupted after Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa lashed out after their base price was slashed to half just before the start of the auction.
Bolt targets sub 19-sec 200m world record
London: Usain Bolt is aiming to push the 200m world record under 19 seconds, he has revealed. Bolt set the current record, 19.19 seconds, at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin four years ago, but wants to break it before the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
“The 200m world record would be the one I’d really love to break again, to see if it’s maybe possible to get it under 19,” he said in an interview.