Arsenal star reveals he played drunk but still set up goal at Liverpool!

first_imgEx-Arsenal midfielder turned talkSPORT presenter Ray Parlour is never short of a good story, and this one about his early time at the club is a classic.Watch the video above as the “Romford Pele” shares this brilliant story about how he came off the bench for Arsenal after enjoying several pregame pints.Ray went on to win nine major trophies with the club, including three Premier League titles.For more hilarous talkSPORT interviews and callers, subscribe to talkSPORT on YouTube here!last_img read more

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SOLICITOR FORCED TO WAKEN MAN AFTER HE SNORED LOUDLY IN COURT!

first_imgA man who fell asleep in court had to be awoken as he was snoring so loudly!Letterkenny court.The incident happened at today’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court. The man was waiting for his case to be heard when he nodded off and began to snore loudly.He had to be woken by well-known solicitor Patsy Gallagher.The man continued to fall asleep but did not distrb the court any further.SOLICITOR FORCED TO WAKEN MAN AFTER HE SNORED LOUDLY IN COURT! was last modified: July 21st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny District CourtPatsy Gallaghersnoringlast_img read more

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Man United fans get excited as star shares Instagram post about transfer target

first_img Good times Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song RANKED diamond geezer Agent Matic on duty👀 #mufc pic.twitter.com/VkknXbePh7— Judas (@RealThingMUFC) June 19, 2018 “As we don join body, we full ground gidigba.” Agent Matic don dey do hin work. 👀 #MUFC pic.twitter.com/dP5Ep6aRNq— Man United in Pidgin (@ManUtdInPidgin) June 19, 2018 Bring him home Matic #MUFC pic.twitter.com/ap2Z7VQ79t— Mkhwenyana (@mthothane) June 19, 2018 Matic teasing United fans on Instagram with Milinkovic-Savic posts😂😂. Lad. #MUFC #ManchesterUnited— Everything United (@MUFC_SCOTLAND) June 19, 2018 How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT deals Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup Our new agent #Matic#MUFC #sergej pic.twitter.com/e303yptbcW— Yass Aumerally (@yass_UTD) June 19, 2018 REVEALED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade crackers REVEALED Manchester United supporters are getting excited after Nemanja Matic posted A picture of himself with reported transfer target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.The Lazio midfielder is being heavily linked with a summer transfer but the Red Devils face competition from Juventus and Real Madrid. Latest World Cup news You’re the one ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup misery Pure class Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade ” Siempre juntos, somos más fuertes”.Agente Matic. 👀 #mufc pic.twitter.com/myBtfrwRo3— Red Devils Chile – Manchester United (@RedDevilsChile) June 20, 2018 talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. LU BEAUTY England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware gameday cracker Southgate makes young England fan’s day by replying to his letter Olivier Giroud confirms N’Golo Kante is the nicest man in football NO JOY Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? smart causal Fallon d’Floor Manchester United star Nemanja Matic is held back by Serbia team-mate Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. SUPERSTITION Matic and Milinkovic-Savic starred in Serbia’s opening World Cup match as they beat Costa Rica 1-0, thanks to an Aleksandar Kolarov free-kick.Towards the end of the match, the 29-year-old Man United man got involved in a touchline spat with their opponents’ coaching staff, with his compatriot wading in to offer some help.And Matic paid tribute to his team-mate by posting two pictures of the players on Instagram.The post, though, has captured the imagination of the Old Trafford faithful, though, as they believe his caption ‘Together we are always stronger’ could be a hint about Milinkovic-Savic joining him in Manchester. who plays? possible standings Shy guy Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings 1 Latest Manchester United newslast_img read more

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McCONALOGUE DEMANDS FULL REVERSAL OF ‘SAVAGE’ CUTS TO 3,312 DONEGAL CARERS

first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue has demanded that the Government immediately reverse the deeply unfair cut to the Respite Care Grant introduced in the Budget.The Donegal TD has revealed that 3,312 carers in Donegal will be directly affected by this callous cut.Just under 200 of these do not get any other payment from the state, and Deputy McConalogue has said that this cut is ‘devastating’ for them. Speaking after he attended a Carer’s Association protest outside the gates of Dáil Éireann today, Deputy McConalogue said “This is just the latest callous cut in what has been a sustained and targeted attack on people with disabilities, their families and their carers over the past year.“Not only have Fine Gael and Labour been ignoring the outcry over savage cuts to home help hours and the sneaky reductions in disability services, they are now prepared to further attack the most vulnerable people and their carers..“Have they no idea just how badly this is affecting thousands of people here Donegal and tens of thousands across the country? In the space of just 18 months, Fine Gael and Labour have returned to the disability sector again and again for deeply unfair cuts that have an enormous impact on the health and independence of people who desperately need support.”The 20% cut means that 3,312 Donegal carers and 72,000 people across the country will be down €6.50 a week to €26. Deputy McConalogue continued, “The Government’s only response is to say that the cut is ‘modest’. I have spoken to a number of carers in Donegal over the past number of months who are already under severe pressure and I know that for them, this cut is far from modest. It could be the difference between having the heating on or a warm meal.“On top of everything else, this budgetary measure doesn’t even make any financial sense. The overall savings at €26 million are relatively small, while the continuing attack on supports for people with disabilities and their carers will push people onto the already overburdened hospital system.He asked why the Government didn’t increase the Universal Social Charge for people earning over €100,000 a year, as Fianna Fáil proposed in our alternative budget?“This would have saved €200 million a year – that’s 8 times the savings from the deeply discriminatory respite care cut.“The Government must reverse this damaging cut immediately before it’s too late,” said Deputy McConalogue. McCONALOGUE DEMANDS FULL REVERSAL OF ‘SAVAGE’ CUTS TO 3,312 DONEGAL CARERS was last modified: December 7th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:deputy charlie mcconalogueRespite Care Grantlast_img read more

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Hacker to test out voting machines

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – A computer hacker will try to break into one of California’s electronic voting machines as part of a security test initiated by the state. Harri Hursti, a computer security expert from Finland, has been given the go-ahead by Secretary of State Bruce McPherson to attempt to infiltrate one of the voting machines made by Diebold Election Systems. The company is one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of electronic voting systems and is trying to get its new system approved for use in California. The tests will use a randomly selected voting machine from one of the 17 counties that currently use a Diebold system. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals After a test in July in San Joaquin County, the state refused to certify Diebold’s new printer-equipped voting machines after 20 percent of the machines malfunctioned. “The secretary said that performance wasn’t good enough,” said Nghia Nguyen Demovic, a spokeswoman for McPherson’s office. Hursti was asked to try to demonstrate that machines made by Diebold are vulnerable to hacker attacks and can be used to manipulate the results of an election. The company’s machines were blamed for disruptions in the March 2004 primary election in California. Two months later, then-Secretary of State Kevin Shelley pulled the certification of Diebold machines in four counties and restricted their use in 10 other counties until their security could be improved.last_img read more

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Vomiting and diarrhoea bug shuts parts of Letterkenny University Hospital

first_imgAn outbreak of a vomiting and diarrhoea bug has shut parts of Letterkenny University Hospital.A statement issued on behalf of the hospital a short time ago revealed how the Norovirus has been found in both Medical 3 and in the Coronary Care Unit.As a result management have appealed to people not to visit these areas unless agreement has been reached with management. The hospital says the measures are being taken to prevent a spread of the bug.A spokesperson said “In order to assist staff in curtailing the spread of this virus, visiting is limited to compassionate grounds only and must be pre-arranged with the ward managers.“Visitors are requested to cooperate with hospital staff who are ensuring the restrictions are adhered to and visitors are also advised that they must use the alcohol hand gels supplied as they enter and leave the hospital. Infection controls procedures are in place and will remain so until further notice.”The statement adds that if you or a member of your household has experienced Nausea, Vomiting and/or Diarrhoea within the last 48 hours please do not visit the hospital as you risk spreading the virus to sick vulnerable patients, some of who are on treatment for serious illnesses. Children should not visit the hospital as they may be particularly susceptible to the illness.“The hospital is recommending members of the public, who are experiencing these symptoms, to first phone their local GP before presenting at the local practice.Patients with pre-planned hospital appointments such as outpatients who have not had any symptoms of vomiting or diarrhoea should attend their appointment as normal, unless otherwise advised by the hospital. The hospital thanks the public for their cooperation,” added the spokesperson.Vomiting and diarrhoea bug shuts parts of Letterkenny University Hospital was last modified: November 17th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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DD Motoring: Keeping the show on the road

first_imgNearly a year ago Donegal Daily’s motoring column featured a Donegal man who planned to take to the road for a ten-month tour in his first-ever attempt at running his own circus. It was a dream he has had all his life.Last January, Barney Kerns started from his home town of Letterkenny for the opening show before heading off on a career break of sorts. Advertisement Nearly one year on and his circus has now arrived back in Letterkenny yesterday (Wednesday). He was home for his first return show, which will run this weekend as Barney Kerns with Circus Dreamland, the production setting-up at the carpark in Letterkenny Retail Park behind Mark and Spencers.Back home Circus Dreamland pictured as they set up in in the cathedral town in the carpark of the Letterkenny Retail Carpark behind M&S and TK MAXX earlier this week following a ten-month tour of Ireland, Photo Brian McDaidI have a dream.Bernard, a native of Raphoe, left the tech in the town at the age of 13 and spent the next 35 years working in the tarmacadam business. At the end of last year, he made his life long dream a reality as he puts the final coat of “International red” on the trucks in for 2019 and will park up his tarmacadam roller and call “ROLL UP, ROLL UP!” as his adventure hits the road.I have a dream.Bernard Kearns, (pictured at the start of this year) Letterkenny finally makes his dream come true as he embarks on his first-ever tour starting at the end of this month on January the 30th in Letterkenny and touring around Ireland to November 2019 as the owner of his very own circus. Photo Brian McDaid.Life is a circus Advertisement Just like the walk across the wire for a tightrope walker, our lives will be most successful if we find balance.Lean too far in one direction and you’ll find yourself toppling over.Balance is not always easy to master when juggling relationships, jobs or passions, but it is essential for living a positive and present life.Imagine yourself on a tightrope and ask yourself, “Am I leaning too far in one direction?”Do I let one area of your life — no matter how important it might seem — distract you from achieving your balance? A year on the road and Barney knows all about tightropes from a business point of view and is nine months on the highway as he toured Ireland and Northern Ireland with his circus.Every business is hard and the circus business is no different, Barney would be the first to admit that living the dream was a lot harder than he ever imagined. However, he is still here and will be working locally throughout Donegal in the coming weeks.His generator powered up at the start of the week and the big top was soon in place and since then, Barney has been busy doing the usual bit of promotion work when they arrive in the new town to let the public know that the “circus is in town”.Yellow Plate Brigade. A recent rout through the shed at home recently revealed a collection of old number plates from some of the different family cars that passed through our household in the in years gone by.Included were some for the first pressed steel numbers plate which were the first official European number plate.It featured a circle of 12 gold stars on a blue background. They stand for the ideals of unity, solidarity and harmony among the peoples of Europe.Old number plates that have tell their own story to tell of travel in Ireland North and south in years gone by. Photo Brian McDaid.The number of stars has nothing to do with the number of member countries, though the circle is a symbol of unity.At one time, the present-day perspex were considered illegal and the old steel or tin number plate, with the letters pressed out from the back, were the only legal plates.Then there was the rear yellow number plate which was a big craze in Donegal, which drew a lot of attention to a motorist who attached them to the rear of their southern registered cars from the local law enforcers in the south.But for us that always had a yellow number plate on the back of our cars, we knew the benefits when it came to driving through the north of Ireland in times of trouble.The yellow rear number gave you just enough time to get through a high tension area where someone just might think for a second that your car was from Northern Ireland and not from the free state and not put a stone or a bottle through your back window, and you might manage to get your crossing through Northern Ireland in one piece.The other reason for a yellow rear number plate was one of the things that you did to make your car that bit different, that made your car stand out in the crowd.The yellow rear number plate a great tradition for Donegal motorists who tried to blend while travelling through Northern Ireland in times of the troubles Photo Brian McDaid.The bog-standard car, which was all we could afford back then, just looked that bit better with a bit of detailing including a fresh set of number plates, a pinstripe, and mud flaps.It didn’t take much to keep us happy back then.Happy Motoring Folks DD Motoring: Keeping the show on the road was last modified: September 19th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Beebe picks up fourth win, B52s down Hawks

first_imgCole Harper and Jeff Giacomini each hit a home run as the Humboldt B52s evened up its weekend 3-game series against the visiting Ukiah Hawks with an 11-7 win, Saturday evening at Bomber Field.After falling into a 1-0 hole after one inning the B52s seized the lead in the second inning, a lead which it would hold on to for the remainder of the contest.Karter Koch led the bottom of the second with a single and Matt Mascio worked his way to a walk to put two men on with no outs. Cole Harper …last_img read more

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Takeaways: Giants halt August swoon behind pitching and power

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — When Jeff Samardzija gave up a homer to the third batter of the game on Saturday, you wondered what kind of afternoon the Giants’ right-hander was going to have..The next 20 hitters supplied the answer. Not a one reached base.Samardzija squared his record at 9-9 by mowing through the Phillies for eight innings, Evan Longoria and Kevin Pillar hit home runs, and the Giants beat Philadelphia 3-1 before 39,106 at Oracle Park. Will Smith pitched the ninth for his 28th save.It …last_img read more

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South Africa at the Olympics, Part 3

first_imgThen, in one of the shocks of the Games, 20-year-old Chad le Clos handed American legend his first defeat in the 200 metres butterfly in over a decade to snatch gold in an African record of 1:52.96. The country next sprang another surprise in the water, this time in the men’s rowing lightweight fours, as Matthew Brittain, Lawrence Ndlovu, John Smith and James Thompson, fourth with 500 metres to go, finished furiously to win gold ahead of Great Britain and Denmark. With three gold medals, two silvers and one bronze, South Africa finished 23rd on the medal table. The USA held off China for top spot, claiming 46 gold medals and 104 medals in all. China won 38 golds and 88 medals overall, while hosts Great Britain finished third with 29 gold medals and a total of 65 medals. Contesting the 50m freestyle, Schoeman once again recorded the fastest time of the semi-finals. He went on to finish third in the final in a time of 22.02 seconds, becoming only the second South African after Bevil Rudd in 1920 to win a gold, silver and bronze medal at a single Olympic Games. There was another gold medal for South Africa and it surprised most South African supporters. It came on the final day of competition in the men’s marathon when the diminutive Josiah Thugwane, standing only 1.58 metres tall and weighing just 45 kilograms, shocked an elite field to lift the title. He crossed the line in 2:12:36, only three seconds ahead of silver medallist Lee-Bong Ju. A team of 94 South African athletes competed under the flag of the country’s National Olympic Committee (NOC), the forerunner of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee. She did, however, add a bronze to the two golds she had won in Atlanta by finishing third in the 100 metres, just ahead of fellow South African Sarah Poewe, who had beaten Heyns in the semi-finals on her way to a win. Poewe later went on to swim for Germany. That silver medal, the country’s second in London, took the final medal haul to one silver better than Atlanta 1996, which had been South Africa’s best Games since readmission. The other silver medal winner came from a surprise source, Terence Parkin, a deaf breaststroke swimmer, who needed to watch for a light instead of listen for a gunshot to start events. Athens 2004Cape Town had bid to host the 2004 Olympic Games, but the honour went to Athens, Greece. A team of 106 athletes represented South Africa. With a gold, three silver medals and two bronze medals, South Africa finished 43rd on the medal table. London 2012 That was followed by Le Clos finishing second to Phelps in the 100m butterfly. The American had turned in seventh place at the halfway mark, with le Clos in seventh! Hosts China, who had poured massive amounts of money and expertise into the preparations of their athletes, came out on top of the table with 51 gold medals and a total of 100 medals. The USA was second with 36 gold medals and 110 medals in all, with Russia in third. Llewellyn Herbert, who was a favourite to win gold, had a poor lane draw in the 400 metres hurdles final, but claimed bronze in a very fast race, clocking 47.81 seconds. Thanks to their inspirational victory, swimming took on a greater significance in the South African sporting psyche than ever before. Hestrie Cloete repeated as a silver medal winner in the women’s high jump. She cleared 2.02 metres, but Russia’s Yelena Slesarenko took the title with a clearance of 2.06 metres, an Olympic record, and only three centimetres off Stefka Kostadinova’s world record, which was established way back in 1987. South Africa had last competed at an Olympic Games in Rome in 1960. The country’s first multi-racial team, representing the new democracy that would be formally ushered in with the country’s first free elections in 1994, took part in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. The breakdown is as follows: (gold, silver, bronze, total) Tulu, as winners are wont to do, grabbed an Ethiopian flag to drape over her shoulders for a victory lap of the track. Meyer, with the NOC flag hanging over her shoulders, joined her and the symbolism of the coming together of black and white, given South Africa’s past history, became one of the most memorable images of the Barcelona Olympics. How much do you know about South Africa’s history at the Olympics? Catch up on the records and the trivia in the third of three articles covering the 18 Olympic Games the country has competed in. The team shared 70th place on the medal table, alongside Chile, Ecuador, Iceland, Malaysia, Singapore, Sudan and Vietnam. He had made it into the final of the 200 metres after finishing fourth in his semi-final, but only 0.21 separated the top four finishers. Earlier, he had finished third in his qualifying heat. The country failed to produce an Olympic champion, but there were two silver medal winners. Barcelona 1992 SA medals at the Olympic GamesIn total, through 18 Olympic Games, from 1904 to 2012, including a ban covering the Olympics from 1964 to 1988, South Africa has won 76 Olympic medals in eight sports, 23 of which have been gold, 26 silver and 27 bronze. High jump star Hestrie Cloete had no trouble achieving the automatic qualifying height for the final of 1.94 metres. Chasing gold, she produced a season’s best height of 2.01 metres, but was pipped for first place by Russia’s Yelena Yelesina on a count back. Hezekiel Sepeng picked up a silver medal in the 800 metres, which was won by the Norwegian Vebjørn Rodal, whose winning time of 1:42.58 was an Olympic record. Sepeng’s 1:42.74 was also inside the previous record set by Brazil’s Joaquim Cruz in 1984 in Los Angeles. Frantz Kruger finished third in the discus behind 1996 Olympic champion Lars Riedel and Virgilijus Alekna, who followed up his victory in Sydney with another gold medal at the Athens Olympics. Eight years after Hezekiel Sepeng won silver in Atlanta, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi repeated the feat in the 800 metres in Athens. Russian Yuri Borazakovskiy took gold in 1:44.45, just six-hundredths of a second ahead of Mulaudzi, who edged out world record holder Wilson Kipketer for second place. Sepeng finished sixth. Four years earlier, in Barcelona, she had finished 33rd in the 100 metres and 34th in the 200 metres, but Heyns was a different swimmer this time around and captured the 100 metres title in a world record time of 1:07.02, making her an instant national heroine. Both medals were won on 7 August. The first success was achieved by tennis players Wayne Ferreira and Pietie Norval, who finished runners-up to Boris Becker and Michael Stich of Germany in the men’s doubles, which the Germans won 7-6(7-5), 4-6, 7-6(7-5), 6-3. Nelson Mandela’s release from prison after 27 years on 11 February 1990 paved the way for South Africa’s readmission into the international sporting family after three decades of apartheid-induced isolation. Ironically, it was the first three men from that heat that went on to win medals, with Italy’s Domenico Fioravanti in first, Parkin in second, and another Italian, Davide Rummolo, in third. The star of the team was Roland Schoeman, along with his fellow 4 x 100 metres freestyle relay team-mates: Ryk Neethling, Lyndon Ferns and Darian Townsend.center_img Beijing 2008The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games began with a spectacular ceremony, which lasted over four hours and was said to have cost over US$100 million to produce. Results for South Africa’s team of 136 athletes were, unfortunately, far from spectacular. Cameron van der Burgh got the ball rolling with a convincing victory in a world record time in the 100 metres breaststroke of 58.46 seconds. Marianne Kriel, the co-captain of Team South Africa, won a bronze medal in the 100 metres backstroke. She had previously captained the South African teams to the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada, and the 1995 All-Africa Games in Harare, Zimbabwe. 24 July 2012 Together, they had realised that their individual times in the event should put them in with a shot of winning a medal. Not many other people had realised this. South Africa ranked a lowly 55th on the medal table. It was tight at the top where the USA narrowly edged out Russia for first place. The Americans produced 37 champions and won 92 medals in total, while the Russians won 32 events and tallied 88 medals overall. China finished third. That silver, however, proved to be the only medal of the Games for South Africa. Only at Berlin in 1936 had the team fared as poorly. The 2012 London Olympic Games proved to South Africa’s most successful Olympics since the country was readmitted to the Olympic fold in Barcelona in 1992. She followed up that performance with another gold medal in the 200 metres, winning in an Olympic record of 2:25:41. Donovan Cech and Ramon di Clemente finished third in the men’s coxless fours to take bronze, the first ever medal for South African rowers at the Olympic Games. However, in the heats they beat the USA into second place, with Italy and the Netherlands in third and fourth respectively, and had recorded the fastest qualifying time for the final of 3:13.84. First place went to the USA, with 35 golds and 103 medals in total. China recorded its best ever result, winning 32 gold medals and 63 medals in total. Russia was third with 28 champions and a total of 92 medals. “Who?” asked South African sports fans. “Who?” asked the world, but they soon knew who he was: the South African national champion in 2003, the winner of the Honolulu Marathon in 1995, and now the Olympic champion. The Games opened on 8 August and it took until 18 August for a South African to be awarded a medal. That honour went to long jumper Khotso Mokoena, whose leap of 8.24 metres in the fourth round took him to second place behind Irving Saladino’s 8.43 metres. There were high hopes for 10 000 metres athlete, Elana Meyer, as she lined up in the final of the event. From the start, she set the pace, and one by one the other runners began to fall back, excepting the Ethiopian Derartu Tulu. Tulu had earlier won their heat ahead of the final, but Meyer had not appeared to stretch herself. There were some good performances from South African athletes and a number of national records were set, but they were not good enough to claim medals. Jean Basson, with fourth place in the 200 metres freestyle, came closest to joining Mokoena on the podium. Hopes of Olympic gold rested on the shoulders of breaststroke star Penny Heyns, who had set a 100 metres world record in March in Durban. She lived up to the hopes of the country, becoming the only female swimmer in Olympic history to do the double of wins in the 100 and 200 metres at the same Games. With medals on the line, Schoeman got off to a blinding start and led at halfway, but Dutch star Pieter van den Hoogenband just managed to haul him in, capturing the gold medal in 48.17 seconds. Schoeman finished second in 48.23, with Australia’s Ian Thorpe in third, narrowly ahead of Neethling. With five medals in total, including three golds, South Africa finished 27th on the medal table. Hosts, the USA, finished first, with 44 gold medals and a total of 101 in all. Russia placed second and Germany third. Heyns, who is the only swimmer in history to simultaneously hold the 50m, 100m, and 200m breaststroke world records at the same time, was named the Female Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World Magazine. She was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2007. With the race almost over, Tulu kicked for home and Meyer had no answer to her injection of pace. She, however, crossed the line in a very comfortable second place. Change was taking place in the former Soviet Union, which competed as the Unified Team and employed the Olympic flag as its flag. They combined to nonetheless top the medal standings, winning 45 gold medals and 112 medals in all. The USA, with 37 golds and 108 medals overall, finished second, with Germany in third. Still, most people expected the USA, with a full strength team contesting the final, and Australia to battle it out for the gold medal. They were wrong. Schoeman gave South Africa a strong early lead and they never gave it up as the quartet went on to claim gold in a world record 3:13.17, ahead of the Netherlands and the United States. South Africa’s next medal, a bronze, came from Bridgitte Hartley, who claimed the first ever canoe sprint medal for the country in the women’s 500m. Penny Heyns, after a sensational 1999, which had seen her crowned Swimming World Magazine’s Female Swimmer of the Year for a second time, struggled to find her best form in Sydney. After such a long time out of international competition, the team made a minimal impression on the medal table, winning just two silver medals to finish in 41st place, but one of those silvers left an indelible impression on all who witnessed it. The country’s final medal of the London Olympics came in the women’s 800 metres. Caster Semenya, 21, showed off her best form in some time to finish second behind world champion Maria Savinova in a season’s best time of 1:57.23. Schoeman went on to qualify fastest for the final of the 100m freestyle and was joined in the final by Ryk Neethling. Sydney 2000After a very tight battle with Beijing for the right to host the Olympics, Sydney was the venue for the 2000 Games. South Africa sent a 127-strong team Down Under. It was a tight contest for third place, but as she had done in the semi-finals, where she won her heat, Hartley finished strongly to earn herself a place on the podium. Atlanta 1996Four years later, Atlanta hosted the 1996 Olympic Games. This time, South Africa, with Nelson Mandela now President of the country, competed under the colourful flag of a democratic nation. Athletics: 6 12 6 24 Boxing: 6 4 9 19 Swimming: 6 3 6 15 Tennis: 3 2 1 6 Cycling: 1 4 3 8 Rowing 1 0 1 2Shooting: 0 1 0 1 Sprint canoeing: 0 0 1 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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