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Fast learner Quintana makes immediate Tour impact

PARIS (Reuters) – Watch and learn – that was the directive Nairo Quintana received when he was included in his Movistar team’sTour de France roster.

The diminutive, swarthy-faced Colombian climber did more than just that on his Tour debut, surpassing expectations with a brilliant three-week display to secure second place overall.

Quintana, 23, reached the Champs Elysees in Paris having won a stage and claimed both white and polka-dot jerseys for the best young rider and the best climber.

On Saturday, he won the 20th stage at the top of Semnoz after a final 11-km ascent – nothing intimidating for a rider who would descend 16 kilometers every day to go to school on a 20-kilo mountain bike.

“And I had to come back every evening,” he says with a smile.

 He caught the eye of Movistar manager Eusebio Unzue when, aged 20, he won the Tour de l’Avenir – the most prestigious young riders’ race.

Unzue was looking for Colombian riders for his Spain-based team.

“Finding a Colombian rider who climbs well is easy,” said Unzue, referring to the ‘Beetles’, the Colombian climbers of the 1980s.

“But finding one who climbs well and who is also a good time-trialist is more rare.”

Quintana, however, is not just a physically talented rider. He is also a clever one.

“The other thing that struck me is his character,” said Unzue.

“He’s got a lot of self-confidence and he analyses a race very well. When you listen to him debrief his day, you understand right away that he is not just a fast rider.”

Quintana showed during the Tour that he is a fast learner.

 Starting the race with the task of helping team leader Alejandro Valverde secure a podium finish, the Colombian found himself thrust into the role of leader after the Spaniard lost considerable time on a flat stage following a mechanical problem.

“Everybody in the team believed in me. Everyone helped me, especially psychologically, to achieve this. At 23, I was not prepared for that,” he said on Saturday, sobbing between sentences.

“When they asked me if I was up for it (after Valverde’s hopes were dashed), I said ‘yes, sure, I’m ready to be team leader but I hope you will forgive me if my legs don’t respond at some point’.”

 His legs responded well as Quintana finished second behind Tour champion Chris Froome of Britain in the stage finishing up the iconic Mont Ventoux, although he briefly lost consciousness after crossing the line.

That day, he probably attacked too early. On Saturday, he showed that he had learned his lesson, waiting for Froome to attack on the slopes of the Semnoz before countering him in the final kilometer to take the stage.

The win capped years of hard work, Quintana said, still shaking his head in disbelief.

“I worked very hard and I had the support of my parents, my team. A year ago, when I turned professional, it was difficult to imagine that I would be here today,” he said.

“As a kid I didn’t dream this could happen to me. I was taking things on a daily basis.”

Quintana has emulated compatriot Luis Herrera, who won the King of the Mountains title in 1985 and 1987, but he is setting his sights higher than the polka dot jersey.

“These performances give me a lot of confidence for the following years. In 2015 I could be gunning for yellow. I will continue to work every day to achieve that,” he said.

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Translucent hard athletic dominance Mideast-Africa

Atletik Sulit Tembus Dominasi Timteng-Afrika

Palembang – Dozens of athletes from the athletics arena ready tested the ability of the Islamic Solidarity Games (ISG) III in Palembang, September 22-October 1 next. They are currently undergoing a training camp in a few places depending on the number which will be followed later.

Indonesia fairly minimal opportunities to penetrate the dominance of athletes from countries of the Middle East, Africa, and the Soviet Union. Nevertheless, the optimal preparation still run by the Executive Board of the Athletics Association of Indonesia to take advantage of the event.

It is delivered by members of the race committee and the Executive Committee of refereeing Athletics Association of Indonesia, Sumartoyo Martodihardjo. According to him, in the event the ISG later, Indonesian athletes can gain knowledge and experience from the world’s top athletes. “For the achievement it seems hard to beat them from the Middle East and Africa. But this opportunity for us to meet the world athletes,” said Sumartoyo.

Currently, according to Sumartoyo, athletics track is always dominated by athletes from nations of Morocco, Bahrain, Watar, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. Even so, he still asks a mainstay Indonesian athletes to do everything we can in the arena of sports world Islamic countries.

The seriousness PB PASI, at this time, according to Sumartoyo, some athletes are following the training camp at home and abroad. “There is a practice in Canning. We do not want to give up so easily,” said Sumartoyo.

The General Secretary of the Provincial Board of South Sumatra PASI, Zulfaini M. Ropi, explains, it is ready to assist in running a PB PASI training camp for the national athletes in the arena that will host the race in Jakabaring Sport City.

According to him, in Jakabaring facility is the most complete and best in Indonesia. In addition, his team has experience in carrying out similar activities at SEA Games 2011.
“We are ready to help a team of PB PASI because here has the best facilities,” said M. Zulfaini Ropi. He explained that in Jakabaring athletics track has eight oval track for runners.

Meanwhile, outside the main path is also available a similar trajectory to six runners. The track serves as a warming trajectory. Until now, the facility is well maintained though rarely used.

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Forget the Tour de France, It’s He Running Tours Around Paris

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Paris – As the most famous bicycle race in the world, many tourists who watch the Tour de France. In fact, you could just take a tour around the city of Paris run. Travelers will run round the famous icons in the romantic city.

Reporting from New York Times, Monday (22/07/2013), this tour is named Nike Running France. The tour is held free every week, with participants between 150-200 people. Besides the tourists, Parisians also enthusiastically following the event run so far is 10 Kilometers. There expatriates, chefs, graphic designers, students, teachers, housewives, and journalists.

Tours run started at 18:00 local time, right at dusk. Participants will gather in front of the Nike store at the Champ-Elysees, luxury shopping area in the city of Paris. Relax, tourists will be guided by a tour guide who already holds a certificate of Nike Running France.

The journey began. Hundreds of tourists will belari across the famous icons in the city of Paris. Starting from the Champ-Elysees, Louvre Museum, and of course the Eiffel Tower. You will pass the Trocadero, entering tunnels underground stations, and winding between Paris citizens who sit calm while sipping coffee at a cafe.

This tour is not the first run. 2007-2008 years ago was named Paris Running Tours Tour the same distance, 10 Kilometers. Participants increased 10% from year to year. It seems enthusiastic travelers touring around the city this run.

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Hadi Escaped to Ukraine

Sudirman Hadi, from West Nusa Tenggara sprinter managed to qualify for the Youth World Athletics Championships 2013 in the Donetsk, Ukraine. The championship will take place on 10-14 July.
According to Secretary PB PASI, Tigor Tanjung, Sudirman managed to record time 10.96 seconds in the men’s 100m at the National Athletics Championships Junior and Youth 2013.
“The times were owned Sudirman deliver him to the World Junior Championships. World Championship record limit is 11.15 seconds, in the junior category, “he said in Jakarta, Monday (8/4).
National Athletics Championships Junior and Youth 2013, which was held in Madya Stadium, Senayan, Jakarta on 3-6 April is the effort of PB PASI doing coaching athletes. In this tough competition occurs among athletes who make the emergence of a record-national record.
Tigor adds, national record through tough competition in the junior and youth categories this year increased. Last year only six rekornas that telampaui, but now increased to 11 rekornas.
“These conditions provide fresh air to coaching track and field athletes from all over the country. Therefore, in addition to be a junior championship qualifying event to the world championships, also a sustainable level of coaching athletes, “he said.

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Doping involved, Tyson Gay Adidas Hanging Contract

Tyson Gay. (Foto: Reuters)

MIAMI – World athletics shocked by the news that sprinter Tyson Gay claimed involved the use of doping. Adidas is sponsoring runners from the U.S., decided to hang up his contract.

Reported previously, with Gay Asafa Powell are two of the six runners who tested positive in a doping test that took place in Jamaica. Adidas as sponsor Gay admitted surprise at the news.

“We were very surprised by these allegations and even if and even if we assume he is innocent until proven otherwise, we contract with Gay currently hanging,” said a spokesman for Adidas.

Adidas agreement with the athletes give the German company the freedom to terminate the contract, “If it is proven the athlete convicted of possession or use of drugs or other controlled substances by the sports agency that has jurisdiction over the athlete.”

Keep in mind, Gay has partnered with Adidas since 2005. Previously, 30-year-old runner has denied the allegations. Consequently, Gay had to be absent from the world championship run that will take place in Moscow.

“I do not have a story of sabotage. I also do not lie. I basically trust someone and have let me down, “he concluded, as reported Emirates247, Tuesday (07/16/2013).

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Target NPC Athletics 40 Gold APG Myanmar

Solo (Reuters) – National Paralympic Committee (NPC) Indonesia expects to win 40 gold medals in athletics at the ASEAN Para Games (APG) VII/2014 in Myanmar.
National Training Coordinator of Disability Athletics Indonesian sports, Waluyo, in Solo on Thursday, said it has set up as many as 56 athletes both men’s and women for athletic sports at APG Pelatnas in Solo.
According Waluyo, of the number of athletes expected target of 40 captured the gold medal at APG Myanmar next year can be met.
In addition, it is also hoped APG athletic sports in Myanmar all numbers remain contested. In the previous APG Athletic sports in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia athletes won 34 gold.
“We saw the potential of athletes with disabilities in Indonesia today there is increasing to win gold in Myanmar,” said Waluyo.
He explained that the state has the ability or the arch-rivals Indonesia Thailand. Country, it also has a potential athlete to win gold.
“Our athletes have a chance at the gold medal number F 20 women are expected to win three gold, while TF 20 son tunagrahita likely five to six gold,” he said.
However, Indonesian athletes are usually inferior to the outside when using a tool such as running wheelchair. Because, Indonesian athletes have adequate equipment.
He explains, for the preparation of national training athletic sports held in Myanmar APG Sriwedari Solo Stadium.
According to him, during the fasting month this time, the athletes undergo joint exercises for endurance, especially regarding the perception, after that, a new technique toward improvement.

“We’re in this fasting month, boost endurance exercises for the same perception. Afterwards, they exercise towards new techniques,” he said.
According to the Chairman of the NPC Indonesia, Senny Marbun, that pelatnas APG VII Myanmar, which was centered in Solo, during the month of fasting go ahead smoothly, and a total of 150 athletes from around the region.
“The athletes ahead of the holiday is not returned to the region, but we give you a day off. However, athletes who want to return to the region allowed by transport costs alone,” said Senny Marbun.

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Gerdi Zulfitranto Not Satisfied with Two Gold

Swimmers Jakarta State University (UNJ), Gerdi Zulfitranto, won two gold on the first day Student League (LIMA) Swimming in 2013, which took place at the Swimming Pool Pertamina Simprug, South Jakarta, 29-30 June 2013.

Gerdi won gold on the 200 meter breaststroke with a record of 2 minutes 30.17 seconds, and the 50-meter breaststroke with a time of 31.31 seconds.

Gerdi student who is majoring in sport in UNJ failed to win gold in the 200-meter medley. He had to settle for a silver medal.

“If there is no Idam Dasuki, could possibly be gold. He’s a former national training athletes, “said Gerdi after the game in Swimming Pool Pertamina, Simprug, South Jakarta, Saturday (06/29/2013).

Gerdi and other participants did not expect to meet in the Student League Swimming Idam. Craving is a student STKIP Bandung. On the first day, she won the 200 meters gold and silver medley 50 meter breaststroke.

“I think he’s still in pelatnas. Because I understand that athletes are competing at the national training Asian Indoor Games in Korea. Turns out he was not a baseball athletes participate for national training, “said another swimmer UNJ, Rays Tri U Chaniago, who also successfully won gold in the 100m backstroke.

After bagging two gold and one silver, Gerdi hoping to add another gold while down in the 100-meter breaststroke on the second day, Sunday (30/06/2013).

“Actually, only FIVE warming. I put the target in the Governor’s Cup July 4 to 6 later because the results will be very influential to be drawn into Pelatda city, “said Gerdi who joined the swimming club Kusuma Hope.

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“Related to Doping, Time Athletes Be Knight”

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MIAMI – Asafa Powell, Sherone Simpson, and Tyson Gray is still denied doping being twisted them. The world Sprinter compact answer did not understand why their results showed a positive doping test.

Powell, Gay and Simpson are three of the six runners who shocked the athletics world, because of doping problems that ensnare them. All three tested positive in a doping test conducted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) when appearing in Jamaican National Championships in June.

However, the three did not admit it. They argue that it is a positive doping results because they do not know any illicit substances contained in the food, beverage or supplement them.

Athletes above statement echoed by Paul Doyle, an agent of Asafa Powell. He even accused Chris Xuereb, coach of Powell and Simpson deserve to be blamed for the incident.

However, immediately denied the accusation Xuereb, who hope the athletes can be a gentleman to confess. As in the case of Powell, where the Italian police investigators found a number of drugs (supplements) in the former hotel rooms in the world’s fastest runner.

“It is time the athlete is responsible for doping cases they do. This is better than making people surrounding dis scapegoat, whether it be a therapist, bartender or whoever, “Xuereb said as quoted by Super Sport.

“I’m very disappointed they are blaming me for this. WADA and the public should stop receiving a story like this, “he continued.

Further, during his stint as a therapist, Xuereb never give medications or supplements that violates the rules. “Most importantly, I’ve never given a substance that is illegal or prohibited to Asafa Powell or Sherone Simpson,” he added.

“When recommending vitamins, all vitamins that I recommend is the famous brand and everything is bought over the counter in the store leading nutrition. I bought vitamins are also under instructions from agents and athletes, “he concluded. (Acf)

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Greg Rutherford ruled of Anniversary Games through injury

Greg Rutherford

Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford has pulled out of next weekend’s Anniversary Games in London because of injury.

The 26-year-old has not competed since pulling his right hamstring at the Diamond League meet in Paris on 6 July.

But he said he still hoped to be fit for next month’s World Championships in Moscow, and has been given more time – until 30 July – to recover.

Rutherford said: “I’m working as hard as I can.”

The Englishman was not named in the GB team announced this week for the Worlds, which start on 10 August.

British Athletics performance director Neil Black, who has said the Olympic champion does not have to compete prior to Moscow in order to prove his fitness, will pick between Rutherford and Chris Tomlinson.

The Anniversary Games is a three-day meeting being held at London’s Olympic Stadium between 26-28 July. It marks a year since the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Rutherford had been hoping to compete alongside British team-mates Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill, who is also struggling with an ankle injury, on the second day.

The trio all claimed gold medals within an hour of each other on 4 August, which became known as ‘Super Saturday’, in one of the most memorable moments of the Games.

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Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell doping positive

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U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay and former 100-meter record holder Jamaican Asafa Powell failed the doping test.
Gay, 30, who became one of the fastest sprinters in the 100 meters, by the U.S. anti-doping agency tested positive for doping in a competition last May.
While Powell tested positive for the banned stimulant substances while participating in the Jamaican national championships, last June.
Jamaican sprinter Sherone Simpson also failed in the same doping test.
This is the latest doping scandal in athletics arena once a month ago the Jamaican Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown also tested positive for doping type diuretic.
Powell had held the record before it was broken Usain Bolt 100m in 2008. And to this day he is still ranked as the fourth fastest sprinter in the world.
Powell helped Jamaica won the 400m relay gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
This year he recorded a record of 9.88 seconds but failed to make the Jamaican team that will compete at the World Championships next month.
‘Thank punishment’
“I want to explain to family, friends and the main thing is my supporters all over the world that I have never knowingly or intentionally use supplements or drugs in violation of the rules,” Powell said in a statement responses.
“I never cheated or even,” belanya.
As for Tyson Gay, doping verdict is a blow for him because in 2013 he actually recorded the fastest time despite missing three times in 2011 and the full year following a hip operation.
Tyson Gay is still waiting for the results of the B sample urine tests.
However he has claimed back from the World Championships next month in Moscow.
“I do not have a story of sabotage … I basically trust someone and it’s disappointing,” he said.
“I know what happened, but I can not discuss at this time.”
“I hope to be back running, but I will accept whatever punishment is fitting a man.”