Sports world: First Dipna, now Shanti runs sub-56

First Dipna, now Shanti runs sub-56

HONG KONG • Shanti Pereira became the second Singaporean runner to crack the 56sec mark in the women's 400m in a week, after Dipna Lim-Prasad.

The 19-year-old clocked 55.75 in the 400m final at the Hong Kong Inter-City Athletics Championships yesterday to win a silver medal, cutting her personal best by almost 1sec (56.64).

Zubin Percy Muncherji bagged a silver in the men's 400m in 48.17, while Gary Yeo timed 10.76 to add another silver in the 100m race. Olympic wild-card hopeful Ang Chen Xiang clocked 14.67 in the 110m hurdles to finish fourth.

Both No. 1 paddlers lose in Korean finals

INCHEON • Table tennis' men's and women's world No. 1s Ma Long and Liu Shiwen lost in the finals of the Korea Open to Chinese team-mates yesterday.

Ma was edged out 11-7, 12-10, 4-11, 12-10, 7-11, 6-11, 11-9 by No. 3 Xu Xin while No. 2 Ding Ning thumped Liu 11-9, 11-13, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6.

Joshua retains IBF heavyweight title

LONDON • Anthony Joshua cruised to a seventh-round victory over Dominic Breazeale in a first world title defence on Saturday night.

The 26-year-old Briton floored his American challenger twice in the round, as he retained his International Boxing Federation (IBF) heavyweight title and extended his remarkable run of knockouts at the O2 Arena.


United may sign Mkhitaryan and Ibra

LONDON • Manchester United are closing in on two major signings, with deals for Borussia Dortmund's Armenian attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and out-of-contract Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Armenia captain has one year left on his contract at the Bundesliga club and, while Dortmund have publicly said that he is not for sale, they have now admitted that the player is ready to move on.

United are also prepared to offer Ibrahimovic a one-year deal worth £220,000 (S$406,720) a week and the Swede is expected to fly to Manchester in the first week of next month to seal the deal.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2016, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe