Bekele to run London with eye on world record (January 10, 2017)
Mitch Phillips [ Source: Reuters ]

 FILE PHOTO - Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia crosses the finish line to win the men's 5000m race at the IAAF Golden League Memorial Van Damme athletics meeting in Brussels September 4, 2009 REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo

Triple Olympic track champion Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest marathon runner in history, will make another attempt at claiming the world record over the classic 26.2 mile distance when he leads a stellar field for the London marathon in April.

Ethiopian Bekele, widely regarded as the greatest distance runner of all time and world record holder over 10,000 and 5,000 meters, ran two hours, three minutes and three seconds when winning Berlin last September, six seconds outside Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2:02:57 set on the same course in 2014.

Having been left out of the Ethiopian team for the Rio Olympics a month earlier it was a clear message from Bekele that he had mastered the marathon after initially producing very good, but not world best-threatening times in his first forays over the distance.

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Make or break for Martinez (January 06, 2017)
Joaquin Henson [ Source: Philippine Star ]

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MANILA, Philippines – Olympic figure skater Michael Martinez faces an uphill climb in reversing his ice fortunes which took a severe dip last year as his season world ranking fell from No. 23 to No. 93 but could turn things around if he performs at a high level in three coming competitions starting with the eighth Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan, on Feb. 19-26.

Martinez, 20, is now trained by Ukrainian coach Slava Zahorodnyuk who claimed the bronze at the 1994-95 World Championships. Martinez’ mother Teresa used to manage his schedule and was his constant companion since they moved to Los Angeles two years ago but has relocated back to Muntinlupa. His previous coaches included Peter Kongkasem, Viktor Kudriavtsev and Ilia Kulik.

After the Asian Winter Games, Martinez will compete at the World Championships in Helsinki on March 29-April 2. It will be his third appearance in the annual event. In 2015, Martinez finished 21st of 30, compiling 192.38 points from 67.03 in the short program and 125.35 in free skate. Last year, he improved to 19th of 30, raising his total to 204.1 points from 66.98 in the short program and 137.12 in free skate.

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 George Oconer and Ronnel Hualda are part of a strong Go for Gold squad that will compete in the LBC Ronda Pilipinas cycling race in February. Photo from Ronda Pilipinas' Facebook page

MANILA — Expect George Luis Oconer to go for his first LBC Ronda Pilipinas title when the 2017 edition unfolds in Vigan, Ilocos Sur on February 4.

Now part of the Go for Gold team, the 24-year-old showed his real intent by sweeping both the qualifying races in Subic last November and Bacolod City earlier this month. He's now one of the favorites to win the sixth edition of the country's biggest cycling race.

"I'm focused and determined on finally winning it (next) year because I feel I'm more mature now," said Oconer, who finished behind two-time LBC Ronda champion Santy Barnachea in the 2015 race.

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 Team USA vice-captain Tiger Woods talk at the 13th green during the practice round for the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, September 28, 2016. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports/File photo

Golfers Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and former NBA player Michael Jordan are among the 20 wealthiest American celebrities, Forbes reported on Wednesday.

Woods, 40, is the youngest person on the Forbes top-20 list, with a net worth estimated at $740 million.

The 14-times major champion, who trails only Jack Nicklaus (18 majors) on the all-time list, recently launched a competitive comeback after being sidelined for more than 15 months while recovering from back surgery.

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Briton Wiggins calls time on glittering career (December 29, 2016)
Neil Robinson [ Source: Reuters ]

 2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Track - Victory Ceremony - Men's Team Pursuit Victory Ceremony - Rio Olympic Velodrome - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 12/08/2016. Bradley Wiggins (GBR) of Britain poses with his gold medal. REUTERSEric Gaillard

Britain's most decorated cyclist Bradley Wiggins announced his retirement on Wednesday after a stellar career during which he won most of the sport's biggest prizes.

The wise-cracking Londoner with a Mod haircut played a major part in growing cycling's popularity in his homeland, becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France in 2012 and collecting a British record eight Olympic medals, including gold in the time trial at the 2012 London Games.

"2016 is the end of the road for this chapter, onwards and upwards, 'feet on the ground, head in the clouds' kids from Kilburn don't win Olympic Golds and Tour de Frances'! They do now," the 36-year-old Wiggins said on Twitter.

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PH cyclist Galedo eyes better performance in 2017 (December 29, 2016)
Philippine News Agency [ Source: Manila Bulletin ]

Mark Galedo (Credit: Facebook) Manila Bulletin

The 31-year-old Galedo is part of the 7Eleven Road Bike team which is scheduled to compete in the Herald Sun Tour to be held in Melbourne, Australia on February 1-5.

“I have mixed emotions about the coming Herald Sun Tour,” said Galedo, who will be competing with World Tour teams led by Chris Froome, Simon Gerrans and Esteban Chaves among others.

“I am excited but also pressured to perform my best, especially to the Filipino community in Australia,” said the three-time Philippine Tour champion.

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 Athletics - European championships - Women's 800m qualifiaction - Amsterdam - 6/7/16 Yulia Stepanova of Russia competes. REUTERS/Michael Kooren

Whistleblower Yulia Stepanova has denied being a traitor and said being banned for two years was the turning-point that led her to expose Russia's state-backed and systematic doping program.

Stepanova secretly recorded Russian coaches and athletes describing how they used performance-enhancing drugs - evidence used to ban more than 100 Russian athletes from the Olympics this year.

She has been called a traitor by her former coach Vladimir Kazarin and is currently in hiding in North America with her husband Vitaly, a former Russian anti-doping official.

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