Sports World: Glen Lim lowers his 800m freestyle mark

Glen Lim lowers his 800m freestyle mark

Swimmer Glen Lim rewrote his Singapore record in the 800m freestyle yesterday as he finished third in the event on the first day of the Singapore National Swimming Championships at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.

The 16-year-old clocked 8min 15.08sec to finish behind Indonesia's Aflah Prawira (8:07.50) and runner-up Advait Page from India (8:10.22).

Glen's previous mark was 8:18.21s set in Perth last year.

Aussie golf legend Thomson dies at 88

SYDNEY • Australian golfing great Peter Thomson, who won the British Open five times, died at home in Melbourne yesterday, aged 88, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease, his family said.

He was the first Australian to win the British Open, claiming the famous Claret Jug on five occasions between 1954 and 1965, including three consecutive wins. Only American Tom Watson in the modern era has matched the feat.

While he won dozens of tournaments in Europe, Australia and Asia, Thomson played only a few seasons in the United States, winning the Texas Open in 1956. But he did tee off more regularly on the US senior circuit, winning nine times in 1985, setting a record that may never be broken.


Wilshere to move on, but Gunners sign Leno

LONDON • Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere said on Tuesday that he was leaving the Premier League club after 17 years, while the north London side earlier announced that Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno was moving to north London.

Wilshere, who was left out of the England World Cup squad, said on his Instagram account that he would leave Arsenal when his contract expired at the end of this month, after discussions with manager Unai Emery.

Leno, a 26-year old German international, will be Emery's second acquisition, subject to regulatory formalities, after Switzerland defender Stephan Lichtsteiner joined on a free transfer from Juventus this month.


Iran to admit women to Cup screening

TEHERAN • Teheran's largest football stadium admitted thousands of women together with men for the first time since the Islamic revolution of 1979 as World Cup fever gripped the country for the group game against Spain early this morning.

The decision to throw open the gates of the capital's 100,000 capacity Azadi Stadium for the landmark live screening came after Iran's 1-0 victory against Morocco last Friday in Saint Petersburg.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 21, 2018, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe