Sports Digest, November 20, 2012

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 November, 2012, 3:07am

Vogel takes gold, but Lee snaps up bronze

In-form German rider Kristina Vogel picked up her second gold medal in the women's keirin at the World Cup classic in Glasgow over the weekend as Hong Kong's Lee Wai-sze scored a consolation bronze medal. Lee had already lost to the German in the semi-finals of the sprint, in which Vogel became the champion. There was no change of fate when they met again in the keirin final, which featured the best six riders from a field of 21. Ekaterina Gnidenko came second. Lee, who won gold in the sprint in the opening round of the series in Cali, Colombia, last month, took part in all three sprinting events in Scotland's Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, but managed only a fourth and fifth place in the sprint and 500-metre time trial. The third and final round of the series will take place in Aguascalientes, Mexico, in January. Chan Kin-wa


You snooze, you lose on Mizuno half-marathon

Organisers are expecting the 3,000 places for the Mizuno Hong Kong Half-Marathon to be snapped up quickly when they are made available today following recent overwhelming demand for distance running events in Hong Kong. The 21.0975 kilometre race will be held for its 20th year at Tai Mei Tuk on January 6, 2013. "We have made the course a bit easier this year, so more people can enjoy distance running," said Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association (HKAAA) chairman Kwan Kee. "This half-marathon event is one of the oldest in Hong Kong, starting with only 400 places, but over the years, distance running has become very popular among the community." The application is now online and can be submitted through by post or in person at Olympic House in So Kon Po. Chan Kin-wa


Irate Cooper to quit Wallabies over contract

Wallaby fly-half Quade Cooper is set to walk away from the Australian Rugby Union in fury over a contract offer from the governing body, reports said yesterday. Television and newspaper reports said Cooper was upset after being offered only match payments by the ARU, as opposed to an annual sum as part of his contract. Neither the ARU nor the Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) had been informed by Cooper or his agent that he intended to tear up his three-year Super Rugby deal with the Reds, which would take him through to the 2015 World Cup. "The ARU has had no communication with Quade Cooper or his management," an ARU spokesman said. "Any question regarding Quade Cooper's future should be directed to Quade's management." Cooper's agent said the 38-test fly-half would hold a press conference early next week. AP


Pujara lifts India into lead over England

India beat England by nine wickets in their series-opening cricket test in Ahmedabad, India, to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match contest. Cheteshwar Pujara, who made an unbeaten 206 in India's first innings batting at No3, was promoted to open and hit 41 not out to help India reach the 77-run target off 15.3 overs after lunch on the final day. England was dismissed for 406 in its second innings. "The ball was hard and it was coming nicely onto the bat," said Pujara, man of match. Bloomberg