Who said badminton wasn’t a contact sport?
Two Thailand Olympic players, who were partners on a London doubles team, got into a fight at the Canada Open at the Richmond Olympic Oval, according to Canadian and Thailand reports.
It was a very one-sided affair.
As you can see from the video, one player (Bodin Issara) began chasing another (Maneepong Jongjit) onto an adjacent court.
Issara got Jongjit on the ground and began punching him in the back before they were separated.
Issara (the instigator) needed two stitches, and both teams were immediately disqualified, according to reports.
The altercation was the lead story on the Bangkok Post website early Monday morning with the headline, “Shuttlecock fight.”
Reports say the two players “glared at each other” and “exchanged several heated words” during a mid-match changeover.
Issara and Jongjit split after making the London Olympic quarterfinals because Issara announced his retirement due to injury and to care for his ailing mother, according to the Bangkok Post.
However, a day later (according to website publishing timestamps) a Badminton publication reported Issara didn’t retire at all. Instead, he was unhappy training at Thailand’s national badminton center and had chosen a new partner.
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We already knew Katie Ledecky can beat the boys in practice, even an Olympic champion.
One of the many takeaways from this week’s Sports Illustrated profile of Ledecky is that she has beaten 11-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte in practice.
Ledecky and Lochte may rep different swim clubs — Ledecky in Washington, D.C., and Lochte in Charlotte — but they both take trips to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., for altitude training.
“She swims like a guy,” Lochte said after training with Ledecky in Colorado Springs in March, according to SI. “I’ve never seen a female swimmer like that. … Her times are becoming good for a guy. She’s beating me now, and I’m like, What’s going on?”
When Ledecky broke the women’s 1500m freestyle world record for the third time at the August 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, her time of 15:28.36 was .01 faster than Lochte’s 1500m free time at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials (one of the rare instances Lochte swam a 1500m free).
Ledecky has since re-broken the women’s 1500m free world record twice more, bringing it down to 15:25.48.
“I trained with her in Colorado once, and she made me look like I was stopping,” Lochte reportedly told media on his 31st birthday, Aug. 3 at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia. “She flew by me.”
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Athens Olympic softball champion Jennie Finch will manage the Bridgeport Bluefish, an independent minor-league baseball team on Sunday and, reportedly, become the first woman to manage a men’s pro baseball team.
Finch, a pitcher, retired from softball in 2010, two years after her sport’s Olympic farewell in Beijing, where she and the U.S. took silver behind Japan.
Finch has been an advocate for softball’s return to the Olympics, which could happen in Tokyo 2020.
The International Olympic Committee is expected to decide in August if baseball and softball, among four other sports, will be added for the Tokyo Games.
Finch, who is married to former MLB pitcher Casey Daigle, is also known for having struck out Albert Pujols.
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