U.S. women take gold at worlds; the ill-fated Commonwealth Games
Just three weeks after the U.S. men's basketball team defeated host nation Turkey in the finals of their world championship, the U.S. women's team knocked off the hosts from the Czech Republic, 89-69, to capture the women's title in Karlovy Vary on Sunday.
In recent years, the U.S. women have been more dominant than their male counterparts. Since 1979, the women have medaled at all nine world championships, taking six golds, a silver and two bronzes. The men have won only three golds over the past 14 tournaments. Though the women's championships have been held in countries such as Chile, Colombia, Peru and Malaysia, the U.S. has never hosted any of the 16 women's tournaments held to date. The 2014 championships will be held in Indonesia.
At a basketball summit held in conjunction with the championships, FIBA officials suggested ways to improve and bring more attention to the women's game, including the idea of lowering the rims from their present height of 10 feet. The idea was favorably received, but would still need to be tested by various federations over a prolonged period of time before officials considered it for permanent implementation. Officials also discussed changing the timing of the women's championships to another time of year, or a different yearly cycle, so as not to conflict with the men, who inevitably garner more attention. That proposal, if accepted, could be implemented within the next few years.
On Sunday, more than 60,000 spectators filled Nehru Stadium for the opening ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India as
Awarded the Games in 2003 on an announced budget of $100 million, organizers only began building in 2008. With costs soaring to an estimated $10 billion, builders still pieced together venues that are either unfinished or unsanitary. In July, reports surfaced that construction firms were inflating costs and forging documents about meeting building codes. On Sept. 21, a footbridge connecting a parking lot to Nehru Stadium -- the venue for track and field, as well as opening and closing ceremonies -- collapsed, injuring 27 workers. The next day, part of the ceiling at the weightlifting venue tumbled.
Officials have also had little time to prepare security in a city where on Sept. 19, gunmen on motorcycles shot two members of a Thai TV crew. As a result of the lack of security and unsanitary conditions numerous teams threatened boycotts or delayed flights, and several prominent athletes actually withdrew, including: Australia's
With the New York Marathon a month away, defending champ
In the meantime, the Chicago Marathon will feature some familiar faces on Sunday. Both
Top contenders in the elite fields include Russia's
European riders dominated the first week of action at the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky. Being held for the first time in the U.S., the event is the sport's premier showcase outside of the Olympic Games.
U.S. riders enjoyed more success in the non-Olympic event of reining, a predominantly western riding competition that entails a series of spins and quick stops unlike its dressage cousin.
On Sunday, Veress, 27, won the 75-kilogram division at the U.S. Weightlifting Open in Colorado Springs, Colo. giving her hope in a second Olympic sport. Veress had dabbled in soccer and jumping events before settling on the hammer throw. She naturally incorporated weight training into her preparation for the event, but had never competed until last week. She recorded a total of 164 kilos in the snatch and the clean and jerk events.