Sports World: Local teens finish 2nd at table tennis event

Local teens finish 2nd at table tennis event

Singaporeans Gerald Yu and Beh Kun Ting, both 16 years old, finished second in the Junior Boys' Doubles event at the ITTF French Junior & Cadet Open that was held this week.

In the final, the French duo of Bardet Lilian and Bertrand Irvin won 13-11, 11-7, 3-11, 11-3 .

Jing Junhong, Chief Coach (Youth Development) said: "Gerald and Kun Ting played really well with good tactics.  It was a difficult match, however the boys put up a great fight."

Carter files appeal, wants his medal back

ZURICH • Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter, whose positive doping test cost Usain Bolt a relay gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, has appealed to the Court of Arbritration for Sport (CAS), asking that the Jamaican team be reinstated as the 4x100m relay winners.

Carter filed the appeal on Thursday, seeking to overturn the International Olympic Committee's Jan 25 decision in which he was found to have broken anti-doping rules.


No stopgap solution for F1: Liberty Media

LONDON • Liberty Media wants to steer Formula One towards a "better place" but there are no quick fixes for the sport's evident problems, newly appointed motorsport head Ross Brawn has said ahead of talks with teams.

"There are some straightforward issues that we recognise, but the solutions are going to take some time," Brawn said.


One-shot lead at top of the Australian Open

ADELAIDE • Sarah Jane Smith seized the outright lead at golf's Australian Women's Open yesterday as world No. 1 Lydia Ko (75 for 146 total) just made the cut.

Florida-based Smith, 32, carded a six-under 67 to total a 137 and leads Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum (70), Americans Lizette Salas (70) and Marissa Steen (71) and Sweden's Caroline Hedwall (69) by one stroke after 36 holes of the USLPGA-APLG co-sanctioned event.


Ex-All Black Carter sorry for drink driving

PARIS • New Zealand rugby union legend Dan Carter apologised on Thursday for a "massive error in judgment" after French police stopped him for drink driving in Paris.

The two-time World Cup winner, who plays for French club Racing 92, said there were no excuses for his behaviour and he was grateful no one was hurt.


Sun Yang has no plans to change his events

HANGZHOU • Chinese superstar Sun Yang, who won gold in the 400m and 1,500m freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics to become his country's first male Olympic swimming champion, has said that he will not give up long-distance events.

The 25-year-old, who has raised eyebrows after the Rio Olympics for participating in several variety shows, denied rumours that he will focus on short-distance events in the future.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 18, 2017, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe