Gwangju, Jul 22 (AP/UNB) — Adam Peaty became the first man to win a third 100-meter breaststroke title at the world swimming championships on Monday night. A Canadian teenager grabbed a share of the spotlight by upsetting Swedish star Sarah Sjostrom in the women's 100 breast.
Peaty claimed the title in 57.14 seconds, a night after he became the first man to break 57 seconds in the semifinals. The British swimmer was under his own world-record pace at the turn before coming home a full body-length in front and 1.32 seconds ahead of teammate James Wilby.
In the semis, Peaty was timed in 56.88. He's also the current Olympic champion.
Wilby touched in 58.46. Yan Zibei of China was third in 58.63.
Margaret MacNeil, a 19-year-old competing in her biggest international meet so far, surprised Sjostrom in the women's race.
Sjostrom took it out strong, dipping under her world-record pace on the first lap, while MacNeil was in fifth.
But MacNeil roared back with the fastest closing lap — 29.06 — of the eight-woman final and touched first in 55.83.
Sjostrom was second in 56.22, denied a record fifth title in the 100 breast. Emma McKeon of Australia earned bronze in 56.61.
After receiving their medals, the three women gathered on the top podium spot and raised their palms to the crowd, displaying a message to ailing 19-year-old Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee.
"Rikako never give up" it read, with hearts decorating their palms. Sjostrom came up with the idea.
Ikee announced in February that she has leukemia. She was the world junior champion in the 100 fly and had the fastest time in the world last year. She is aiming to return in time to compete in the Tokyo Olympics.
"We're hoping this will show that we're supporting her and we're here if she needs anything," said MacNeil, who swims at Michigan.
The United States won its first-ever gold in the men's 50 butterfly. Caeleb Dressel's time of 22.35 set a championship record and earned his ninth career world title.
Two years ago, Dressel won seven golds to equal Michael Phelps' record at a single worlds. The 50 fly was the only event Dressel failed to win in Budapest.
After getting upset in the 400 freestyle on Sunday, Katie Ledecky's lone race was the morning preliminaries of the 1,500 freestyle. She breezed through the grueling race in 15 minutes, 48.90 seconds — 2.69 seconds faster than second-fastest qualifier Simona Quadarella of Italy.
The final is Tuesday night.
Dhaka, July 22 (UNB) - The sixteenth edition of National Swimming Competition’ 2019 will kick-off on Tuesday (July 23) at the Kaptai Lake in Rangamati.
The day-long competition will start at 10 am from Boradam Bazar and will conclude at Banouza Shaheed Moazzam boatpool of Kaptai Lake.
A total of fourteen swimmers -- 8 male and 6 female swimmers -- will take part in the competition.
Eight male swimmers are: Faisal Ahmed and Sujon Mia of Bangladesh Army, Palash Chowdhury and Jahidul Islam of Bangladesh Navy, Sajjad Hossen and Md Nayan Ali of Bangladesh Ansar, Rabiul Islam of Pabna DSA and Md Kajol Mia of Ichamati Swimming Club (Pabna).
Six Female swimmers: Sonia Aktar Tumpa of Bangladesh Navy, Mukti Khatun of Bangladesh Ansar, Romana Aktar and Naeeyma Khatun of Bangladesh Army, Juli Aktar of Sagarkhali Swimming Club (Kushtia) and Baishakhi of Purbachal Swimming Club (Jhenaidah).
The competition will end with prize giving ceremony at 4 pm.
Mayor of Chattogram City Corporation Abu Jahed Mohammad Nasir Uddin will distribute prizes as chief guest at the ceremony while Commander of Chattogram Naval Region Rear Admiral M Abu Ashraf will attend as special guest.
Saint-Savin, July 21 (AP/UNB) — It's a Tour de France dilemma: When you've found a gem of a hotel with a knockout restaurant along the race route, do you greedily keep the precious address to yourself?
Then again, a pleasure shared is a pleasure doubled, and Le Viscos in the picture-postcard village of Saint-Savin — skirted by the Tour on its second weekend — is certainly a pleasure.
Hollywood actors Kirk and Michael Douglas and late French rocker Johnny Hallyday are among those who have made the pilgrimage for the belt-busting fine cuisine of chef Jean-Pierre Saint-Martin.
His son, Alexis, has now taken the reins in the kitchen from his 70-year-old dad. The hotel that dates back to 1840, when it was a stop for travelers to stable their horses, has been in their family for seven generations.
Alexis, 39, sees himself both as a guardian of the family tradition of offering hospitality and as a culinary inventor not hidebound by that long tradition.
His exquisite dessert eclairs, filled with tangy stewed strawberries and cream as light as a cloud, neatly encapsulate his philosophy. Topped with nuggets of light biscuit that crack between the teeth, his creation is a surprising and welcome contemporary reboot of the classic custard-filled choux-pastry found in all French patisseries.
"As the seventh generation, it's our duty to carry on this tradition and, I hope, pass it to the eighth," Alexis says. "My job can be taught but is first and foremost a passion."
BREAD AND BUTTER: When one French rider starts to fade, another comes to the fore at what is shaping up as the most thrilling Tour in recent memory. One way or the other, France may still be on course for its first winner since Bernard Hinault in 1985.
Furious racing on Stage 15 from Limoux to Foix on Sunday saw French rider Thibaut Pinot profit from the first signs of weakness in the high mountains from French race leader Julian Alaphilippe.
Pinot edged closer to the yellow jersey in the overall standings with a display of climbing power on the last uphill finish in the Pyrenees, signaling that he'll be a major contender to win the Tour in what promises to be a climactic final week in the Alps.
British rider Simon Yates won the stage, his second at this Tour. Pinot was second, more than a minute faster than Alaphilippe, who ground on grimacing to place 11th at the top, still in yellow but with a smaller cushion over his rivals for the race lead.
CULTURE SLICE: The 185-kilometer (115-mile) trek swept past a ruined fortress perched on a rock overlooking the village of Montsegur where more than 230 people were burned at the stake in the 13th century after their surrender in 1244 following a nearly year-long siege.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "If I crack I hope he'll carry the torch for the French" — Alaphilippe, expressing hopes that Pinot will win if he himself can't.
STAT OF THE DAY: 1:32. The amount of time in minutes and seconds that Pinot has clawed back from Alaphilippe in two days, on Stages 14 and 15. From seventh, he has vaulted to fourth.
NEXT ON THE MENU: The Tour is exquisitely poised entering its last rest day Monday before attacking the Alps, with four riders — Alaphilippe, defending champion Geraint Thomas, Dutch rider Steven Kruijswijk and Pinot — all within two minutes at the top of the standings.
New York, July 21 (AP/UNB) — When first hit by a pitch from Colorado's Chad Bettis, Yankees slugger Luke Voit was scared. He remembered when Giancarlo Stanton's jaw was broken by Milwaukee's Mike Fiers five years ago.
"I thought broken jaw. My teeth were going to be all scattered everywhere," Voit said Sunday. "I grabbed my face. So I was like, 'Oh, oh.' ... But then, it wasn't as bad as I thought. Just a scary thing."
Voit was back in the New York Yankees' lineup at first base for Sunday's series finale against Colorado. His jaw was "super sore" when he awoke, but after icing there was only a little swelling. He said it felt as if he had been punched, and there was a slight cut on his chin. Concussion tests were negative.
Part of the force of the 91 mph pitch was absorbed when the ball grazed Voit's shoulder. He also was able to turn his face slightly.
"I dodged a bullet, got lucky," said Voit, who planned to try a protective chin strap on his helmet before the game.
Left fielder Brett Gardner was scratched from the lineup because of a knee that was "barking," according to manager Aaron Boone, and he replaced by Mike Tauchman. Boone said he expects Gardner will be available for Monday night's trip opener at Minnesota.
Stanton, limited to nine games this season, is not close to returning from his latest injury. He strained his left biceps on March 31 in his third game, strained a shoulder and calf during his rehabilitation and returned June 18. In his sixth game back, he strained the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during an awkward headfirst slide into third base against Toronto on June 25.
"Better, but still slow. Not baseball activities yet," Boone said. "He feels like he is making some progress, where I think the first couple of weeks was a little frustrating in that it was slow moving."
Stanton is hitting .290 with one home run and seven RBIs, pretty much a non-factor in the Yankees' season.
Outfielder Cameron Maybin, sidelined since straining his left calf on June 21, is to start a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre on Tuesday.
Ace Luis Severino and setup man Dellin Betances, both sidelined since spring training by lat injuries, started throwing on flat ground last Monday but are not yet ready to begin bullpen sessions, making returns before late August unlikely.
"I would say sometime in early part of next month they should be on the mound if everything continues to go well," Boone said.
Foix, July 21 (AP/UNB) — Simon Yates of Britain posted a second stage win with a solo raid during the last Pyrenean trek of the Tour de France as Frenchman Thibaut Pinot gained more time on his rivals in the fight for the yellow jersey with a ferocious attack in the final climb on Sunday.
Yates triumphed at the summit of the Prat d'Albis in Stage 15, three days after his first stage victory in the southwestern mountain range.
Pinot crossed the finish line in second place, 33 seconds behind Yates, and moved to fourth overall.
Julian Alaphilippe was isolated without a single teammate to help him in the 12-kilometer final climb and cracked but managed to salvage his yellow jersey.
Defending champion Geraint Thomas remained second in the general classification.
Coming right after the ascent of the Tourmalet — where Pinot had already showed his great form and stamina with a stage win at the famed Tour mountain — Stage 15 ran close to the ancient Cathar castles and was a punishing ride totaling more than 39 kilometers of climbing.
Yates, the Vuelta defending champion, made his decisive move about 9 kilometers from the line.
"I'm very proud of that," Yates said of his second victory at this Tour.
Racing behind, Pinot attacked a reduced group of overall contenders to drop both Thomas and Alaphilippe. Thomas did not panic and rode at his pace until he accelerated with 1.5 kilometers left to cut the overall gap on Alaphilippe from 2 minutes, 2 seconds to 1:35.
Alaphilippe was so exhausted after his effort up the hill, where he grimaced through the rain, that he had to grip a roadside barrier afterward while he caught his breath.
"If I crack I hope he'll carry the torch for the French," Alaphilippe said about Pinot.