Van Niekerk finally qualifies to defend Olympic 400m title

20 June 2021, 11:47 AM
Olympic 400m champions Wayde van Niekerk belatedly confirmed he will defend his title at the Tokyo Games, finishing inside the qualifying time in Madrid on Saturday.
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World number one Novak Djokovic said his win over Rafa Nadal in Friday's epic French Open semi-final was one of the top three matches he had played and he would remember it forever.

Match Preview: Danes relishing ‘dark horse’ tag ahead of Finland Euro clash 12 June 2021, 3:41 PM

Denmark are relishing their status as Euro 2020 dark horses ahead of their opening Group B clash with Finland on Saturday, the first of three home games at the Parken Stadium for the Danes.

Court upholds judgment awarding Sekhukhune United three points and three goals 12 June 2021, 2:18 PM

Judgement has been handed in the much-anticipated GladAfrica Championship promotion case involving Sekhukhune United, Polokwane City and Royal AM, at the Johannesburg High Court on Saturday.

Match Preview: Wales have 26 ‘fully fit’ players for Euros including Ramsey 12 June 2021, 1:15 PM

Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey is "fully fit and raring to go" for Saturday's European Championship Group A opener against Switzerland in Baku, interim coach Robert Page said on Friday.

France are in ‘group of death’ at Euros, says Ben Yedder 12 June 2021, 12:45 PM

France striker Wissam Ben Yedder said the reigning world champions are in the toughest group at the European Championship and that they must make a strong start to their campaign against Germany in Tuesday's opener.

SA in commanding position in first cricket test against West Indies 12 June 2021, 10:27 AM

South Africa are still in a commanding position in the first cricket test against the West Indies in Saint Lucia.

Djokovic topples Nadal in French Open semi-final classic 12 June 2021, 12:26 AM

Novak Djokovic came from a set down in a spellbinding French Open semi-final to inflict only a third ever defeat on the Parisian clay for Rafa Nadal, moving through 3-6 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-2 in front of raucous crowd on Friday.

Italy set the Euro 2020 stage with 3-0 win over Turkey 11 June 2021, 11:25 PM

Italy kicked off the European Championship with a convincing 3-0 victory over Turkey in Group A at the Olympic Stadium on Friday with Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne on target.

Pukki set to start against Denmark as Finns feel football fever 11 June 2021, 7:12 PM

Striker Teemo Pukki raised the fever of Finnish fans a notch by declaring has himself fit to lead the line against Denmark in their opening Euro 2020 Group B clash at the Parken Stadium on Saturday.

Tsitsipas overcomes Zverev fightback to reach first major final 11 June 2021, 7:02 PM

Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas staved off a fightback from German Alexander Zverev to win 6-3 6-3 4-6 4-6 6-3 in a scintillating French Open clash on Friday and book a maiden Grand Slam final spot.

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The Highlanders and Hurricanes have played themselves into finals contention in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman tournament with comprehensive bonus point victories.

UK PM Johnson expresses support for Tokyo Olympics 11 June 2021, 3:32 PM

British PrimeMinister Boris Johnson on Friday expressed support for the Tokyo Olympics at a meeting with Japan's Yoshihide Suga and welcomed efforts to ensure the Games can take place safely, his Downing Street office said.

Highlanders, Hurricanes face nervous wait for Super final destiny 11 June 2021, 2:17 PM

The Otago Highlanders thumped the ACT Brumbies 33-12 in Canberra on Friday to boost their chance of making the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman final after the Wellington Hurricanes kept their slim hopes alive with a record win over the Queensland Reds.

De Bruyne doubtful for Belgium’s Euro 2020 opening match 11 June 2021, 1:15 PM

Belgium are not counting on Kevin De Bruyne being ready to play in their first European Championship group game against Russia in St Petersburg on Saturday, coach Roberto Martinez said on Monday.

Match Preview: Turkey ready for tough Euro opening test against Italy 11 June 2021, 1:13 PM

Turkey continued their training preparations on the eve of their Euro 2020 opener against Italy in Rome. Turkey face Italy, Wales and Switzerland in Group A at the June 11-July 11 tournament and are led by captain Burak Yilmaz who played a key role in Lille winning their first French Ligue 1 title in 10 years this season. On […]

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South Africa face an anxious wait over the fitness of powerful number eight Duane Vermeulen following his ankle surgery this week, but could have a ready-made replacement in uncapped Leicester Tigers back rower Jasper Wiese.

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SA Rugby seek to allay Lions fears after Rainbow Cup match cancelled 11 June 2021, 11:51 AM

South Africa's Lions franchise have been forced to cancel their final fixture in the Rainbow Cup due to COVID-19 infections in their squad, just three weeks before they host the British & Irish Lions in Johannesburg.

Lions vs Stormers match cancelled 11 June 2021, 11:06 AM

Saturday's PRO14 Rainbow Cup SA match between the Lions and the Stormers at the Cape Town Stadium, has been cancelled after some members of the Lions squad tested positive for the virus.

Tokyo tickets on the line in Adelaide swim-off 11 June 2021, 10:47 AM

Australia's top swimmers are gearing up for an Olympics like no other in Tokyo next month, but first they have to secure their spots on the team at this week's highly competitive trials.

Sascoc unveils official kit for team SA ahead of Tokyo Olympic Games 11 June 2021, 8:31 AM

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) has unveiled the official kit for Team South Africa ahead of the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in Japan.

Japan mulling downgraded emergency state until Games start – Paper 11 June 2021, 3:06 AM

The Japanese government is considering ending a state of emergency in Tokyo and several other prefectures as scheduled on June 20, but keeping a downgraded "quasi-emergency" state until the Olympics start in July, the Mainichi daily reported.

South Africa beat Uganda 3-2 in friendly match 10 June 2021, 9:38 PM

After a disappointing first half, Bafana Bafana came back strong in the last 45 minutes to beat a spirited Uganda 3-2 in an international friendly match on Thursday evening, at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

IOC’s Bach scraps plans for quick visit, will be in Tokyo in mid-July 10 June 2021, 9:34 PM

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach will arrive in Tokyo in the middle of July ahead of the Olympic Games and will not visit before, he said on Thursday.

Patient Pavlyuchenkova reaches major final at 52nd attempt 10 June 2021, 7:52 PM

Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova held steady to beat an erratic Tamara Zidansek in straight sets on Thursday and reach the French Open final at her 52nd Grand Slam tournament.

West Indies win the toss and bat in first test vs South Africa 10 June 2021, 4:46 PM

West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite won the toss and elected to bat in the first test of a two-match series against South Africa that starts at a windy Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in Saint Lucia on Thursday.

VIDEO: SASCOC unveils Team SA’s kit for Tokyo Games 10 June 2021, 4:02 PM

SASCOC is unveiling the kit Team South Africa will be wearing at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

Salisbury ends Britain’s long wait for French Open success 10 June 2021, 3:49 PM

Joe Salisbury ended Britain's 39-year wait for a main draw title at the French Open when he combined with American Desirae Krawczyk to win the mixed doubles at Roland Garros on Thursday.

Tokyo vaccination centre to offer shots to younger people as Olympics loom 10 June 2021, 1:51 PM

The main coronavirus vaccination centre in the Japanese capital of Tokyo will begin booking shots for people under 65 from Saturday, media reported on Thursday, as it ramps up inoculation efforts before the 2020 Olympics open next month.

Celtic appoint former Australia coach Postecoglou as new manager 10 June 2021, 11:44 AM

Celtic have appointed former Australia coach Ange Postecoglou as their new manager on a 12-month rolling contract following the exit of Neil Lennon in February

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Bafana assistance coach Janevski tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of friendly match 10 June 2021, 7:16 AM

Bafana Bafana has suffered another blow on the eve of their international friendly against Uganda on Thursday evening at the Orlando Stadium.