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The Moneybiz Weekend Sport Round-up 29 June 2008

ATHLETICS

  • World 100 meters record holder Usain Bolt defeated his closest rival Asafa Powell to qualify for the Beijing Olympics in Kingston, but his coach remained tight-lipped about whether he will run in the prestige event. SuperSport
  • World champion Tyson Gay equalled the fourth fastest 100 meters of all time when he clocked an American record 9.77 seconds in the quarterfinals at the US Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon. SuperSport
  • SA. Various South African athletes produced fine performances to try and qualify for the Olympic Games at an International Athletics Festival in Biberach, Germany. Although recording their best times of the year none of Ofentse Mogawane, Leigh Julius and Pieter Smith succeeded but once again Karin Mey, who achieved the required standard, but is not available to travel to Beijing, recorded the best victory of her career in the long jump. SuperSport

Cricket

  • Proteas. The Proteas made a near perfect start to their tour of England when they won the toss and then rattled up 455 runs for the loss of three wickets in the statutory 90 overs, at a rate of just more than five to the over, on the opening day of the three-day fixture against Somerset at Taunton. SuperSport
  • Spinner Ajantha Mendis took four wickets and Kumar Sangakkara carved a meticulous century as Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 64 runs in their Asian Cup super league match at the National Stadium. SuperSport
  • Australia are chasing 224 to win the third one-day international against the West Indies in Grenada which would put them 3-0 up in the five-match series. SuperSport

GOLF

  • Rookie Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal held his nerve on Sunday to claim one of Europe's top prizes by winning the French Open in only his 17th European Tour start. SuperSport
Rugby
  • Absa Currie Cup. The Valke recorded their first win in two seasons of Absa Currie Cup rugby when they held on to edge the Wildeklawer Griquas 36-28 (halftime 19-16) in a tightly contested game at Bosman Stadium in Brakpan. Flyhalf Chris Rossouw scored all his side’s points as the Vodacom Free State Cheetahs hung on to beat the Xerox Lions 22-18 (halftime 16-12) in an Absa Currie Cup match played in Bloemfontein Western Province dramatically overturned a 14-3 halftime deficit to run out thrilling 26-17 winners over the Blue Bulls in an Absa Currie Cup match at Newlands. SuperSport
  • Eur.Toulouse claimed their 17th French championship with a 26-20 final win over Clermont. SuperSport
  • Int. Australia recovered from a sloppy start to crush an under-strength France 34-13 in their first test at the Olympic stadium in Sydney. Italy grabbed a late try and conversion to squeeze past Argentina 13-12, handing the Pumas a second successive home defeat. SuperSport
Soccer
  • Euro 2008. Spain ended their 44-year wait for a major international title with a 1-0 victory over Germany at the Euro 2008 final in Vienna. SuperSport
  • Chiefs claimed the Mpumulanga Premier's International Football Cup with an emphatic 3-0 win over Deportivo Maputo in the final at Witbank's Atlantic Stadium. Platinum Stars became the champions of the inaugural Eastern Cape Premier Cup when they beat Premier Soccer League champions SuperSport United 4-3 on penalties at the Absa Stadium, East London. SuperSport
  • An action-packed day two of the 2008 Manchester Premier Cup saw defending champions Orlando Pirates sadly bow out of the tournament. In their second Group A outing, Pirates huffed and puffed to a goalless draw against a determined BIDVest Wits side. SuperSport
TENNIS
  • Wimbledon. Men. Number two seed Rafael Nadal ran out an impressive 7-6 6-2 6-3 winner against Germany's Nicolas Kiefer to reach Wimbledon's fourth round in fine style. Britain's sole survivor Andy Murray reached the last 16 at Wimbledon after surviving his toughest test yet against German Tommy Haas. The 21-year-old Scot, seeded 12, played some spectacular tennis to win 6-4 6-7 6-3 6-2 and move into the second week where he will face flamboyant Frenchman Richard Gasquet for a place in his first grand slam quarterfinal. Richard Gasquet survived the cull of seeds at this year's Wimbledon to reach the fourth round with a 6-3 6-3 6-7 6-3 win over fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon. SuperSport
  • Wimbledon. Ladies. Champion Venus Williams cranked up the power to thunder into the fourth round of Wimbledon in London, beating Spanish qualifier Maria Martinez Sanchez 6-1 7-5. Second seed Jelena Jankovic battled through a painful knee injury to overcome Danish teenager Caroline Wozniaki 2-6 6-4 6-2 and reach the fourth round. Russian fifth seed Elena Dementieva battled her way into the fourth round 7-6 7-5 against feisty Argentine Gisela Dulko. Ninth seed Dinara Safina missed out on setting up a rematch with fellow Russian Elena Dementieva when she was harried out of Wimbledon's third round 7-5 6-7 8-6 by Israel's Shahar Peer. SuperSport
 
 
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