sport: August 2011 Archives


A bad day for a pole vaulter might be not quite making the height they'd hoped for… which makes this a very bad day for Dmitry Starodubtsev.

The Russian athlete was recently taking part in the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, when his pole snapped in half.

He was attempting a height of 5.75 meters when the accident happened and it had looked good as he made his approach.

But after planting the pole and beginning on a upwards trajectory it snapped like a trig and he fell embarrassingly to the mat. But don't take our word for it, click play.



Forget Usain Bolt, we've got a new 100m hero… in the unlikely form of a 20 stone failed shot-putter who recently tried his hand at sprinting.

When 17-year-old Sogelau Tuvalu failed to qualify for the shot put at the at the World Athletics Championships, he didn't want to admit defeat and decided to switch to running.

The bulky athlete then laced up his trainers and spent the month before the World Athletics Championships in South Korea training for four hours per day.

And over the weekend he took part in the heats for the 100m where he put in a personal best… unfortunately it was only 15.66 seconds, almost 5s behind winner Mohammad Noor Imran A Hadi of Malaysia.


The GB rowing team are some of the best rowers in the world, that's why they are some of our best medal hopes for the London 2012 Olympics.

And as this video -- posted online by rower Nathaniel Reilly O'Donnell -- shows, if 'airport travelator rowing' was to become an Olympic event before then, they'd probably win gold in that too.

That's because on their way to the 2011 World Championships in Bled, Slovenia, the GB Men's Eight decided to have a little fun at Munich Airport.

Sitting in a line on the conveyor belt, the team mime their rowing to make it appear they are propelling themselves around the airport, much to the amusement of other travellers. 

275x250.jpg Mountain-bike ace Danny MacAskill - whose stunts have attracted millions of views on YouTube - is at it again, this time for a Channel 4 TV documentary about urban sports.

His latest video 'Industrial Revolutions' was shot for the 'Concrete' Circus and sees Danny take his incredible skills into an industrial train yard and derelict buildings.

In the five minute video, the former Edinburgh bike-shop worker can be seen pulling a series of quite frankly ridiculous stunts, jumps, bounces and flips.

Seriously, the stunts are so good you almost don't notice the beautiful Scottish countryside in the background. And while the video has already been viewed 45,000 times, it's still has some way to go to match the 26 million of his original.


Sometimes we'd rather be hit in the face than listen to sports pundits - and if this baseball coach is anything like us, he just got his wish… on live TV.

Eagle-eyed ESPN viewers noticed that Colorado Rockies 3rd base coach Rich Dauer took a ball to the face before Sunday Night Baseball.

While presenter Bobby Valentine talked about the upcoming game the action behind him was far more interesting than he could be.

As the Rockies were working on a double play drill the ball was thrown from second base and smashed Dauer in the face, breaking his nose. He was then taken to hospital for observation.


A video of a baseball player hitting a ball around series of nets which it bounces between has become a hit online… despite almost certainly being fake.

The minute-long clip - believed to have been created for eastonbaseball.com - starts off by showing a baseball player hitting a ball towards a formation of pitch-back nets.

After hitting the first net the ball then appears to bounce between the three other perfectly aligned nets before returning to the hitter who whacks it into the nets again and again.

And while we'd really love to believe this was real, we think the YouTube shouts of  "FAKE1" could be true. Take a look and let us know what you think.

275x250.jpg Britain’s female beach volleyball champions have turned their bottoms into their bottom line with their cheeky new kit design.

That's because the skimpy outfits will now feature advertising on the bikini bottoms and actively encourage fans to take photos of the athletic arses.

As shown off by Zara Dampney, 24, and Shauna Mullin, 26 - Britain’s female beach volleyball champions and currently ranked No 32 in the world - the kit has a Quick Response (QR) code printed on the rear.

Spectators have to point their camera-phone at this matrix barcode and will then be taken to the website of the advertiser Betfair… remember that in case you are caught taking a photo of and athlete's bottom by your wife.


As part of their Asian tour, footballers from Real Madrid have taken on a group of Chinese school children… 109 of them.

The bizarre match - which saw the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Iker Casillas take on the kids - took place at a stadium in the town of Guangzhou.

Despite having the numerical advantage, the kiddies were unable to make it count on the scoresheet and were left swarming around the pitch as the Madrid player knocked the ball around.

Organisers say the reason for having 109 children was because Real Madrid is 109-years-old… so maybe they should arrange a re-match for 50 years time.

275x250.jpg We remember when Emlyn Hughes International Soccer was the best football game your could get, and while we spent way too many hours enjoying its 8-bit glory, it wasn't exactly what you'd call lifelike.

Nowadays however, football games like FIFA 12 feature uber-realistic graphics and even include player details such as Ronaldo's boots, David Beckham's tattoos and Wayne Rooney's hair transplant. Wait, what?

That's right! Designers behind the latest version of the popular EA Sports game say they've had to update the computer likeness of the Manchester United ace to show his new hair do.

Previous versions of the game had shown the receding Rooney hairline, but after he underwent a £10,000 hair transplant they needed to add some more CGI hair to his character.




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