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Sports Digest, December 14, 2012

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 December, 2012, 2:11am

'Blade Runner' beats thoroughbred Maserati

South African Oscar Pistorius, who became the first disabled runner to compete in the Olympics when he ran in the 400 metres, beat Arab horse Maserati in the Run Like the Wind race in Doha. The 26-year-old, known as the Blade Runner because of the carbon-fibre blades he uses after having his legs amputated below the knee before he was aged one due to a congenital condition, beat the horse over 200 metres after having a 15-metre head start. Pistorius took up the challenge in a bid to promote sport among the disabled and fight discrimination against disabled people in the region. The South African, who retained his 400-metres title at the Paralympics in London after his Olympics campaign, raced on a typical athletics track surface with Maserati on a sand surface. AFP

 

Feng wary of pressure after victory in Dubai

Five days after capturing the Dubai Ladies Masters for her sixth golf victory of the year, Feng Shanshan insists there is no pressure on her to follow it up with a win at this week's Hyundai China Ladies Open in Xiamen. Yet, with the national championship teeing off in Fujian province today, all eyes will be on the world No 5 as she attempts to become the first Chinese to win the US$400,000 tournament in its seven-year history. "I used to play poorly immediately after a win," she said. "I demanded too much of myself during the competition the next week. So this week, I won't put added pressure on me." After finishing second last year in Xiamen, the best finish by a Chinese player at the championship, the 23-year-old Guangdong native has had a career-best year with three wins in Japan, two on the Ladies European Tour and one in the US at the Wegmans LPGA Championship, the first major title won by a mainland player. "Next year, my goal is to catch up with Tseng Ya-ni," she said. "Since the first time I met Ya-ni, she is the one I have been trying to catch. The gap between us is closer and closer. Now I am world No 5, but she hasn't slowed down. She's still No 1." Staff Reporter

 

Swimmer Moskvina given one-year ban

European short-course record holder Ksenia Moskvina has been banned for 12 months after failing a drugs test, Rusada, the Russian anti-doping agency said yesterday. "The Russian swimming federation has banned Moskvina for a year starting from November 26, 2012 for a breach of anti-doping regulations," its website said. Moskvina, 23, won the women's 100 metres backstroke at the 2009 European championships in Istanbul, where she set the continent's short-course record of 56.36 seconds, which still stands. Reuters

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