Yelena Isinbayeva set new world record in pole-vault
Russian athlete Yelena Isinbayeva set a new world record in the women’s pole-vault. She attained a height of 5.04 metres during the Super Grand-Prix competitions in Monaco. The previous world record was set by Isinbayeva on11 July in Rome. This is the 23d world record for the 26-year-old athlete, who is an undeniable favourite in the women’s pole-vault competitions at the upcoming Olympiad in Beijing.
30 July 2008
Pallada in final stretch of circumnavigation
The Russian sail training vessel Pallada, is now in the closing stages of its around-the-world tour. It left Nagasaki and is heading for Pusan, the last foreign port on its journey. The vessel, carrying students of marine research academies, set sail from Vladivostok on 2 November 2007 and will return home on 11 August 2008. Pallada has called at 22 countries in more than nine months. She now has an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s fastest sailing vessel.
31 July 2008
Russian Olympic residence opens in Beijing
The official residence of the Russian Olympic Committee in Beijing is ready to welcome guests from Russia, including artists, politicians, and business figures, who are arriving in Beijing to support the athletes. Every night, the house, located in a Beijing suburb, will host a cultural event. One of the days will be dedicated to classical music, featuring ballerinas Maya Plisetskaya and Diana Vishneva and opera stars Maria Gulegina and Olga Borodina. On the programme are concerts by Russian pop stars and on the menu are the best of Russian cuisine to be cooked by the best of Russian chefs who will arrive from Russia too.
31 July 2008
Top football clubs coming to Moscow for tournament
The second soccer cup tournament of the Russian Railways is opening in Moscow. The strongest players of the Moscow-based FC Lokomotiv, London’s FC Chelsea, Italy’s FC Milano, and Spain’s FC Sevillla are going to play. Milano will be pitted against Sevilla, and Lokomotiv will meet with Chelsea in the semi-finals of this tournament. The winners will meet in the finals, and one of the losers will take away the bronze. The Dutch FC Eindhoven got ahead of Milano, Real of Madrid and Lokomotiv last year.
1 August 2008
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Russia’s Isinbayeva breaks women’s pole vault record in Monaco
Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva cleared 5.04 metres in the pole vault competition at the Monaco Super Grand Prix, breaking her own world record and setting herself up as a clear favourite for Olympic gold. Isinbayeva, 26, set a women’s pole vault record on July 11 this year at the Rome Golden League with a height of 5.03 metres, one centimetre lower than her leap on Tuesday evening. “The record just happened”, she told reporters. “Monaco is my home town and it’s my first competition [in Monaco] since I’ve been living here. That motivated me”. Looking ahead to the 8-24 August Beijing Olympics, she said: “To win there I think I’ll have to beat the world record again”. Isinbayeva has now broken the pole vault record 23 times.
30 July 2008
Spartak Moscow icon Yegor Titov to leave club
The manager of perennial 1990s Russian champions FC Spartak Moscow said that there is no place in the side for Yegor Titov, the club’s former captain and one of the country’s most famous footballers. Stanislav Cherchesov recently told Russian journalists that he informed both Titov and another out-of-favour player, Ukrainian international Maksim Kalinichenko, that he saw “no place in the starting line up for them and that he had no moral right to keep such players sitting on the bench”. He added that the players were “in need of motivation”, and would “look for new clubs”.
Titov, an attacking midfielder who joined Spartak’s youth side in 1983 at the age of eight, broke into the first team in 1995 and made his name as the Moscow club won title after title under Oleg Romanstev, the chain-smoking, at-times eccentric genius of the Russian game. The 32-year-old has also made 41 appearances for the national side, scoring seven goals. In 2003, after a Euro 2004 play-off against Wales that Russia won 1-0, Titov tested positive for bromantan, an attention-enhancing substance produced for Soviet soldiers in Afghanistan. He maintains his innocence to this day, claiming that the club doctor simply failed to carry out a proper diet check. He was, however, banned from football for a year, during which time he became a regular on Russian chat and reality shows.
The only player left at Spartak from the Romanstev era, Titov was dropped from the first team after the club’s recent 5-1 defeat at home to deadly rivals CSKA Moscow. Speaking on Thursday to the Russian sports paper Sport Express, Titov said, “I’d like to thank everyone for their support during my career. My departure is not the end of the world. A lot of prominent players have left Spartak… but this has never stopped the fans from supporting the team”.
The veteran of the Russian game was at one time rumoured to have been a target for a number of top foreign clubs, including FC Bayern Munich and FC Arsenal, the latter famously beaten 4-1 in Moscow by a Titov-inspired Spartak in a Champions League group match in 2000. However, Spartak were reluctant to let him go, and Titov, who has said that his childhood dream was “to play for Spartak”, remained with the club throughout the crisis years of 2003 and 2004, when the club came eighth and tenth in the Russian Premier League. Spartak finished runners-up for the second consecutive season in 2007, earning a Champions League spot. Summing up the feelings of the majority of Russian soccer fans, ex-Spartak manager Aleksandr Starkov told the newspaper Sovetski Sport on Thursday that, “There isn’t a single philosopher in the world who could sum up in just one phrase exactly what Titov leaving Spartak means”.
31 July 2008
Russian tennis star Sharapova to miss Olympics
Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova said on her website Friday that she would “have to miss the Olympics” in Beijing with a shoulder injury. Sharapova, No. 3 in the Women’s Tennis Association world rankings, made the stunning announcement as she withdrew from the WTA Rogers Cup in Montréal after her marathon second-round win over Marta Domachowska of Poland on Thursday. “After yesterday’s match I knew there was something seriously wrong with my shoulder”, Sharapova said on her official web site. A scan revealed two small tears in her right shoulder.
The 2004 Wimbledon champion and this year’s Australian Open winner said, “Coming into this tournament I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to compete”. As a result of Sharapova’s withdrawal, Japanese veteran Ai Sugiyama moved into the quarter-finals in Montréal. The match against Domachowska was Sharapova’s first since she was sensationally defeated by fellow Russian Alla Kudryavtseva and failed to make it into the third round of Wimbledon.
At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Russia will be represented in the women’s tennis event by Yelena Dementyeva, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Dinara Safina. Each country can be represented by up to four players per gender. The tennis tournament runs from 10 to 17 August, while the Games start with the opening ceremony on 8 August and close on 24 August.
1 August 2008