Sports World: Near miss for Liew at Tokyo Marathon

Near miss for Liew at Tokyo Marathon

TOKYO • Singapore marathoner Ashley Liew clocked 2hr 38min 30sec at the Tokyo Marathon yesterday, just off the qualifying mark of 2:37:10 for this year's SEA Games.

But the 30-year-old remains in contention, with two berths up for grabs. Defending SEA Games champion Soh Rui Yong has qualified while 2013 champion Mok Ying Ren is targeting the mark at the Seoul International Marathon next month.

Kenya's Wilson Kipsang won the Tokyo event in 2:03:58, while compatriot Sarah Chepchirchir won the women's category in 2:19:47.

Fowler takes 4-shot lead at Honda Classic

MIAMI • Rickie Fowler grabbed a four-shot lead after the third round at the Honda Classic in Florida on Saturday.

The American birdied two of the final three holes to jump clear of the field with a bogey-free five-under 65 on at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens.

He posted a 13-under 197 total, a tournament record low 54-hole score, with Englishman Tyrrell Hatton (66) the closest challenger on nine-under.


Raonic books place in Delray Open final

MIAMI • World No. 4 Milos Raonic of Canada overcame a battling Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 6-3, 7-6(8-6) on Saturday to set up a Delray Beach Open final against Jack Sock.

The American defeated compatriot Donald Young 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) to reach his second ATP World Tour final of the season but the 24-year-old world No. 21 will have to produce his very best to stand any chance against Raonic's powerful serve.

Raonic has beaten Sock eight times in 10 meetings but the American prevailed in their most recent match at the Shanghai Masters in October.


Pie-gate sees Sutton play defender in goal

LONDON • Sutton United immediately felt Wayne Shaw's departure from the club when they had to call on an outfield player in goal during their National League match against Torquay on Saturday.

Shaw, Sutton's reserve goalkeeper, left the non-league club after eating a pie on the sidelines during their FA Cup tie against Arsenal, something a betting company offered odds on happening during the game.

Despite defender Simon Downer having to put on gloves, Sutton won 3-2.


Evergreen Miura still going strong at 50

TOKYO • Japanese striker Kazuyoshi Miura extended his record as the oldest player to play in the J League second division yesterday when he celebrated his 50th birthday by starting in Yokohama FC's first game of the season against Matsumoto Yamaga.

Yokohama won the match 1-0 via Naoki Nomura's 16th-minute goal.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 27, 2017, with the headline Sports World: Near miss for Liew at Tokyo Marathon. Subscribe