Sports World: New league unveils names of paddlers

New league unveils names of paddlers

The inaugural T2 Asia-Pacific Table Tennis League has confirmed its player line-up, which will include several world-class paddlers from China and Japan.

Japan will be represented by world No. 16 Hina Hayata, who clinched the bronze in the women's doubles at the 2017 World Championships, and rising star, world No. 158 Miyuu Kihara.

The China contingent includes men's team members Shang Kun, Liu Dingshuo, Xue Fei and Wang Chu Qin, as well as women's team members Wu Yang, Wang Manyu, Liu Fei and Sun Yingsha. Shi Xunyao, 15, the girls' champion at last year's World Junior Championships, will also take part.

Sim defeats Rio gold medallist Horton

MONTE CARLO • Malaysia swimmer Welson Sim showed that he will be one to watch at the Aug 19-30 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur after stunning Olympic champion Mack Horton of Australia at the Mare Nostrum Tour Swimming Championship in Monaco.

The 20-year-old from Sarawak clocked 3min 49.48sec in the 400m freestyle to rewrite his own national record of 3min 50.33sec that was set at the National Age Group Swimming Championships in Singapore last year.

Horton was second in 3min 50.14sec while China's Qiu Ziao took bronze (3min 51.18sec).


Six-figure price paid for Jordan sneakers

NEW YORK • A pair of game-worn Michael Jordan sneakers sold at auction for US$190,373 (S$236,500) on Sunday, setting a record for game-used shoes. The Converse shoes were said to have been used by the NBA legend in the gold-medal game against Spain at the 1984 Olympics, according to ESPN.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 13, 2017, with the headline 'SportsWorld'. Print Edition | Subscribe