Sports World: Thongchai closes in on 2nd Euro Tour win

Thongchai closes in on 2nd Euro Tour win

SHANGHAI • Thongchai Jaidee is in pole position to claim his second European Tour victory of the season after a six-under 66 gave him a one-shot lead following the third round of the BMW Masters on Saturday.

The Thai was three behind overnight leader Lucas Bjerregaard (70) at the start of play at Lake Malaren but quickly wiped out the deficit with five birdies to go to the turn in 31. He finished on a total of 15-under 201.

Denmark's Bjerregaard is tied second alongside Spain's Sergio Garcia (67) and South Korea's An Byeong Hun (66) in the US$7 million (S$9.9 million) flagship event.


Kalisz beats Phelps in 200m butterfly

LOS ANGELES • Michael Phelps was pipped by training partner Chase Kalisz on Friday in the 200m butterfly at the Minneapolis Pro Swim meet - the second straight race that the Olympic superstar failed to top the podium.

Phelps led at the 100m mark but Kalisz powered past him to win in 1min 58.07sec - well outside the world-leading 1:52.94 Phelps clocked in winning the US title in August.

Phelps, aiming to add to his record 18 Olympic gold medals at the 2016 Rio Games, was second in 1:58.38.


Rosberg fastest in first Brazil practice

SAO PAULO • Nico Rosberg turned the tables on Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton with the fastest lap in the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix practice on Friday.

After triple world champion Hamilton had set the pace in the morning with a lap more than half a second faster than the German, Rosberg ended the afternoon 0.458sec quicker than the Briton with a lap of 1min 12.385sec on soft tyres.

With the drivers' (Hamilton) and constructors' (Mercedes) titles already decided, most of the teams used the morning session to work on developments for next year, with aerodynamic sensors prominent on their cars' bodywork.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 15, 2015, with the headline 'SportsWorld'. Print Edition | Subscribe