The marquee 100m didn’t fail to provide storylines at the Youth Olympics.
Sydney Siame took the fastest man at the Nanjing Games title in 10.56 seconds, just .01 over Japan’s Kenta Oshima. That came after Jamaican favorite Raheem Chambers pulled out before the final. Chambers suffered a reported hamstring injury in winning his preliminary heat.
Siame’s victory was notable given Zambia has never won an Olympic gold medal.
The women’s favorite also did not contest the 100m final. Poland’s Ewa Nikola Swoboda was disqualified for a false start after “she appeared to tumble forward before the gun went off,” Reuters reported.
Swoboda clocked 11.30 seconds in her preliminary heat, .34 faster than anybody else over all the heats. In the final, China’s Liang Xiaojing prevailed in 11.65.
NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra‘s coverage of the Youth Olympics continues Saturday from 9-11 p.m. ET. NBC has coverage Sunday from noon-1 p.m. ET, followed by NBCSN from 9-10.
Youth Olympics broadcast schedule
Olympic coaches don’t receive gold medals. Fiji Olympic men’s rugby coach Ben Ryan may have gotten something better anyway.
Ryan’s reward for guiding Fiji to its first Olympic medal in any sport — gold in rugby sevens’ Olympic debut — included three acres of land in Fiji and a new name, Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara, according to Fijian reports.
Ryan, a London native, is stepping down as coach of the Fijian team. The 44-year-old coached the team for three years after leading the England national sevens team for six years.
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OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norwegian skier Aksel Lund Svindal says the knee injury that took him out of the World Cup last season was worse than he’s been letting on.
Svindal was the overall World Cup leader when he injured his right knee in a crash during a downhill in Kitzbuehel, Austria, on Jan. 23. Watch video of the crash here.
In an interview with Norwegian broadcaster NRK, Svindal said not only did he rupture a cruciate ligament, he also damaged his meniscus and cartilage.
Svindal, who won a medal of every color at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, is back on skis training for the upcoming World Cup season.
But he said the cartilage problems are particularly worrisome and could put the season, and even his career, at risk.
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