Sports Digest, October 22, 2012

PUBLISHED : Monday, 22 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 22 October, 2012, 3:41am


Kazakh Olympian takes HK open water swim

Olympian Yuriy Kudinov of Kazakhstan won the fifth Asian Open Water Swimming Championships in Sai Wan Ho Harbour Park Public Pier yesterday. The 33-year-old, 22nd in the open water swim in London this summer, crossed the finish line in 57 minutes and 14.3 seconds. The five -kilometre event, held in tandem with the annual 1.5km cross harbour race, attracted 14 participants from five countries. Liu Yang of China was second while Singaporean Brandon Boon came third. In the women's event, Cao Shiyue of China won the race in 1:01:18.3 while compatriot He Shihui took third. Second place went to Elmira Aignliyeva of Kazakhstan. Chan Kin-wa


Kim's 'happiest day' after Open victory

Kim Dae-sub, only recently discharged from 20 months of compulsory military service, highlighted his return to competitive golf with a brilliant two-stroke victory yesterday in OneAsia's Kolon Korea Open. Kim, who had won the event twice before, scored a final-round two-under-par 69 for a five-under tournament total of 279 around the challenging Woo Jeong Hills Country Club. He collected a winner's cheque of around US$270,000. Joint overnight leader Kim Dae-hyun (71) birdied the last to grab sole second place. AFP


Thaworn gets third win of the season

Thai golfer Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand sensationally won his third Asian Tour title this season at the Hero Indian Open by defeating Richie Ramsay of Scotland on the first play-off hole yesterday. Thaworn, who was playing one flight in front of Ramsay, birdied the last hole in regulation play when his seven iron approach shot landed about one foot from the hole as he closed with a five-under-par 66 at the US$1.25 million event. Overnight leader Ramsay needed a par putt on the last to win but made a three-putt bogey for a 68 as the duo returned to the par four 18th hole at the Karnataka Golf Association course. Staff Reporter


Pedrosa keeps hopes alive with Malaysia win

Spain's Dani Pedrosa stormed to victory in the shortened Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix yesterday, keeping his championship title chase alive on a rain-soaked circuit with his sixth win of the year. The Honda rider passed pole-sitter and Yamaha ace Jorge Lorenzo, who is the championship points leader, midway through a race which saw a raft of riders crashing out. AFP