World of Sport

  • Marathon runner misses £17k bonus by one second

    Kenyan athlete
    Nicholas Manza Kamakaya missed out on a £17,000 bonus by just one second as he
    won the Gold Coast Marathon in Australia.

    The
    26-year-old won the race in a time of two hours 10 minutes and one second -
    thereby missing out on the huge cash bonus for a runner hitting the 2:10
    barrier by the narrowest of margins.

    Even worse,
    Kamakaya was on schedule to record a time of around 2:09:30 until the
    later stages of the race - and though he ran hard over most of the final 100
    yards, he slowed right down as he broke the tape with his arms held aloft.

    The athlete
    still won £6,250 for his

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  • Antelope takes out mountain biker

    A South African mountain biker was lucky to escape with just a stiff neck after being knocked off his bike by an antelope.

    Evan van der Spuy, who is just 17, was racing through the savannah of the KwaZulu-Natal province when he was ambushed.

    The animal in question was a Red Hartebeest, a large antelope found in southern Africa that can weigh up to 330 pounds.

    The attack was filmed by a biker behind Van der Spuy named Travis Walker, and despite Walker shouting "watch the buck", Van der Spuy was blindsided and thrown to the ground by the flying animal.

    Van der Spuy, initially in agony, later

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  • Would you watch football at this ground?

    With the final piece of turf being laid at the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, West Ham fans can now finally get an impression about how their new home will look.

    One of the principal reasons why the Hammers were awarded the stadium was because they promised to keep the athletics track around the ground but looking at the photos of the completed stadium, some fans might be thinking of investing in binoculars as well as a season ticket.

    According to The Guardian, West Ham plan to spend £90m "on a stadium upgrade in an effort to fix the problems suffered by other football-club tenancies of

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  • League changes scores to spare kids’ blushes

    A children's football league has stopped publishing the correct scores from football matches in order to protect the embarrassment of players from teams who lose heavily.

    The Telford Junior League now records every result as a 1-0 win on its website - unless they are draws - across its 20 divisions that range from U9 to U16 level.

    League officials have defended the system and have said that their decision is fully in-line with Football Association guidelines.

    "Shropshire FA have said it is a guideline and we chose to go with it. If someone else wins, the children do not need to be

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  • Dutch club sign one-year-old to 10-year deal

    A Dutch club have signed an 18-month-old toddler to a 10-year contract after seeing his amazing football skills on You Tube.

    Dutch club VVV-Venlo snapped up young Baerke van der Meij after seeing him kick footballs with amazing accuracy into his toy box.

    The club even held a press conference where the toddler signed a contract (with a little help from his dad) and dressed up in the shirt of the top flight Dutch club.

    It was a fantastic publicity stunt from VVV-Venlo, who have got a worldwide story on their hands, although they did admit that the contract was merely "symbolic".

    The Van der

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  • Motorcyclist misses flying bike by inches

    A motorbike
    racer escaped with his life in incredible circumstances when he came within
    inches of being hit by a flying bike while travelling at nearly 190mph.

    BMW rider
    Ferdi Schmarje was still on the first lap of the Swiss Road Racing Championship
    race in Hockenheim, Germany, when a crash up ahead at the high-speed Parabolica
    turn caused a bike
    to flip on to its end and be sent flying down the centre of the track.

    As this
    astonishing on-board footage shows, Schmarje barely had time to react as
    several hundred kilograms of steel flew within inches of his bike and down the
    track.

    Schmarje's

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  • Canoeist survives 100ft waterfall plunge

    Extreme
    sports fanatic Jesse Coombs has survived an astonishing plunge off the Abiqua
    Falls in Oregon.

    The
    40-year-old adventurer - who has pulled off a string of daring stunts in his
    kayak - spent two days preparing for the feat,
    making sure that his incredible achievement would be caught on camera.

    When the
    moment of truth arrived, Jesse calmly paddled to the edge of the drop - then
    braced himself for the three-second drop into the plunge pool below.

    The brutal
    impact left him with a fractured shoulder
    and a collapsed lung  - but it could have been worse. The only person to 'jump'
    the Abiqua

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  • Race driver rescues rival from fireball crash

    Racing driver Kip Hughes amazingly helped save the life of rival Terry Muskratt when his car burst into flames during a stock car race in America.

    The incident happed in the US city of Ada, Oklahoma, as Muskratt's car rolled on its side and quickly turned into a burning wreck to the horror of those in attendance.

    However, 2010 champion Hughes kept his cool as he pulled over his car and sprinted over to drag Muskratt to safety.

    Hughes was able to rescue his rival as he was wearing a fire-protective jumpsuit unlike the track personnel on scene.

    Amazingly, Muskratt was able to leave the scene

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  • Di Canio runs half marathon by accident

    Swindon manager
    Paolo Di Canio's plans to join in the town's fun run went awry when he took a
    wrong turn and ended up on a half marathon course.

    The 43-year-old
    was at the event to start the main race, before participating in the two-mile short course.

    The
    Italian's mishap meant he went the full half marathon distance - 13.1 miles -
    as well as an additional 800 metres on the original route.

    But having
    realised his mistake, Di Canio opted not to pull out of the race.

    "I couldn't stop, there was a
    challenge," he told BBC Wiltshire. "There were three options, I
    thought I should start with the

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  • Sights and scenes from Suzuka

    Red Bull get the devil in them ahead of a triumphant weekend.

    Michael Schumacher - limber as ever - leaps from a car that is even older than him.

    It was a weekend of solidarity with the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

    Felipe Massa lays down some rubber.

    Don't look at Mark Webber, look at his terrified (and terrifying) mechanic.

    A steward gets a lift, along with Pastor Maldonado's Williams.

    Jenson Button's girlfriend Jessica Michibata and sister. Steady...

    That, believe it or not, is supposed to be Michael Schumacher. On the left.

    Japan's man of the moment, Kamui

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