Sport Digest

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 September, 2012, 1:41am


Griffin holds his nerve for biggest career win

Australia's Matthew Griffin scored the biggest win of his professional golf career with a single stroke victory at the Charity High1 Resort Open in South Korea yesterday. The 29-year-old led by two overnight but held his nerve in a topsy-turvy final round for an even-par 72 to give him a nine-under total of 278 and the winner's cheque of around US$178,000. Kang Kyung-nam, who shot 68, and Park Sang-hyun, on 71, both from South Korea, pushed Griffin all the way, to finish joint second on 279. Kim Bi-o, winner of two events on the OneAsia circuit already this year, was a shot further back. His hopes of an unprecedented third OneAsia title on home soil came unstuck with two wayward shots on the par five 13th, although he salvaged a bogey with a 60-foot putt. "I am really, really thrilled," Griffin said after his victory. "This is what I have worked for all my life, so it is absolutely amazing to finally get there." AFP

Contador revels in 'most beautiful' victory

Spain's Alberto Contador sealed a remarkable victory in the Tour of Spain just over a month after returning from a two-year doping ban and declared it perhaps the "most beautiful" of his career. The 29-year-old Spaniard - adding a second Vuelta to the one he won in 2008 - has always protested his innocence over the minute trace of clenbuterol that was detected in a dope test during the 2010 Tour de France, saying it came from a contaminated steak he ate. "This victory is maybe the most beautiful of all my wins," he said. "I am really happy, almost liberated with regard to the pressure that I put on myself," said the two-time Tour de France champion, who was stripped of one other Tour de France win (2010) and the 2011 Tour of Italy triumph because of his doping infraction. The Saxo-Bank rider safely negotiated the 21st and final 115km largely flat stage from Cercedilla to Madrid to claim victory. Germany's John Degenkolb of the Argos-Shimano team won the final stage in 2 hours, 44 minutes, 57 seconds. Contador clocked 84 hours, 59 minutes, 49 seconds for the 3,330 kilometre race. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) completing an all-Spanish podium. AFP

HK bringing home Paralympics medals

Hong Kong finished the London Paralympics with three gold, three silver and six bronze medals with wheelchair fencing the biggest winner. Yu Chui-yee won gold in both the women's individual (category A) foil and épée while table tennis player Wong Ka-man snatched the other gold in the women's table tennis singles (TT11 class) after beating fellow Hong Kong team player Yeung Chi-ka 3-2 in the final. Hong Kong won four gold at the Beijing Paralympic Games in 2008, in wheelchair fencing (two gold), athletics and boccia. Chan Kin-wa