Chrisnanta, Neo get though their opener
SHAH ALAM • Singapore's top badminton mixed doubles pair Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Vanessa Neo booked a spot in the second round of the Malaysia Open, beating Kim Gi Jung and Shin Seung Chan of South Korea 21-17, 21-18.
The pair, still in the hunt for Olympic qualification, will play Indonesia's Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto today in the Superseries Premier event.
Team-mates Terry Hee and Tan Wei Han were beaten 21-9, 12-21, 21-15 by China's Liu Yuchen and Tang Jinhua.
Cadet champ Ywen out of Junior fencing event
BOURGES (France) • Singapore's newly crowned world Cadet fencing champion (sabre) Lau Ywen's hopes in the Junior (under-20) category of the Fencing Cadet and Junior World Championships ended after a 7-15 loss to Caroline Queroli of France yesterday.
The 16-year-old was beaten in the round of 32, after a 15-13 victory over Michalina Kostrzewa of Poland.
Ywen won the Cadet (U-17) event on Sunday, the Republic's first fencing title on the world stage.
Goalie struck by lightning seriously ill
KUALA LUMPUR • An 18-year-old Australian-born goalkeeper was in intensive care in a Malaysian hospital after reportedly being struck by lightning while training in Malacca, local media said yesterday.
Stefan Petrovski, of mixed Malaysian and Australian heritage, was hit along with 21-year-old defender Muhd Afiq Azuan as they left training with Malaysian Premier League side Melaka United on Tuesday and were rushed to hospital.
Team manager Khairi Anuar Ahmad told The Star newspaper that Afiq was "conscious and in stable condition".
Eriksson's team edge closer to last 16
OSAKA • Sven-Goran Eriksson's Shanghai SIPG moved to the verge of the AFC Champions League knock-out rounds with a convincing 2-0 away win over Japan's Gamba Osaka yesterday.
Second-half goals from Wu Lei and Lu Wenjun made it three wins out of four for SIPG as they tightened their grip on Group G.
Bolt to kick off 100m season on May 14
KINGSTON (Jamaica) • Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt will run his first 100m of the 2016 season next month when he races in the Cayman Invitational Meet, it was announced on Tuesday.
The six-time Olympic gold medallist, who is building towards the defence of his titles in Rio de Janeiro in August, will run at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on May 14 in Grand Cayman.
He has not raced since last August's World Championships in Beijing, where he was victorious in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.