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Five 2018 Sporting Tales

One woman ran almost 163 miles in 24 hours, there was a marathon chess duel, while identical twins landed a major international title each in the same sport, a 16-time world champion and a Hungarian skimmer in five stories you may have missed in 2018.

One day163 miles

American Camille Herron smashed the women’s world 24-hour and 100-mile records in December in an incredible display of endurance. The 36-year-old ran 162.9 miles (262km) on a track in Phoenix, beating the best-placed male finisher by over five miles. Read more

Women’s sport in 2018

Mikaela Shiffrin and Alina Zagitova starred in Pyeongchang to claim Olympic golds, before Naomi Osaka announced her arrival at the top echelon of tennis in style as gymnast Simone Biles rediscovered her best.

Groundbreaking Kim (February 12)

American Chloe Kim, then only 17, went into the women’s Olympic snowboarding halfpipe competition as a red-hot favourite and did not disappoint. She finished almost 10 points clear of China’s silver medallist Liu Jiayu, becoming the youngest woman to land two consecutive 1,080-degree spins at an Olympics. Read more

James/Ciprès enfin récompensés

Les Français Vanessa James et Morgan Ciprès, qui ont souvent collectionné les déceptions depuis le début de leur association en 2011, ont remporté samedi leur premier titre majeur en s’adjugeant la finale de l’épreuve de couples du Grand Prix de patinage artistique à Vancouver (Canada).

James et Ciprès sont le premier couple français à s’imposer en finale du Grand Prix, l’un des rendez-vous les plus importants sur la scène internationale après les Championnats du monde et les jeux Olympiques.

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Dans le désert australien avec les boxeurs itinérants

Ces troupes ont servi de pépinières pour des boxeurs aborigènes célèbres comme Jack Hassen, George Bracken et Tony Mundine. L’une des plus connues était celle de Jimmy Sharman. Mais, depuis, le public a déserté et d’autres loisirs attirent les spectateurs.

Devant le ring inondé de lumière, Fred Brophy frappe sur un tambour pour réclamer l’attention de la foule, gagnée soudain par le silence dans l’attente d’autres coups, ceux du combat de boxe pour lequel elle est venue. Read more

Shiffrin championne toutes catégories

Même les épreuves de vitesse ne lui résistent plus: Mikaela Shiffrin a remporté son premier super-G dimanche à Lake Louise (Canada), devenant la septième skieuse de l’histoire à s’imposer dans toutes les disciplines au programme de la Coupe du monde de ski alpin.

A 23 ans, Shiffrin a déjà tout remporté dans sa carrière fulgurante: deux titres olympiques (slalom en 2014, géant en 2018), trois sacres planétaires consécutifs en slalom, sa discipline de prédilection, deux globes de N.1 mondiale (2017, 2018) et cinq “petits” globes en slalom. Read more

Des chevaux, des champions et des stars de ciné

guillaume_canetPour leurs 10 ans, les Masters de Paris s’offrent un plateau royal avec des champions olympiques mais aussi des people comme l’acteur Guillaume Canet ou la fille de Bruce Springsteen, Jessica, engagés sur des épreuves de sauts d’obstacles, ce week-end à Villepinte près de Paris.

C’est le rendez-vous des accros au cheval. Créé en 2009 par le plus passionné de tous, le Belge Christophe Ameeuw, les Longines Masters – un circuit de 3 étapes avec Hong Kong en février et New York en avril – proposent un vrai show, qui allie performance sportive et divertissement. Read more

All sports and their best images

SPORTEL Awards 2018As every year, the SPORTEL Awards international competition rewarded the most outstanding sports images of the year. Known as the “Golden Podium Awards”, the trophies are presented to the directors who have produced the best sports segments of the previous year.

Every year, numerous Olympic champions and celebrities from the sporting world take part in the ceremony, which is held under the high patronage of Prince Albert II of Monaco and under the patronage of the IOC. Read more

Thierry Henry named new Monaco coach

Thierry HenryThe 41-year-old French World Cup winner, who had been working as an assistant coach for the Belgian national team since 2016, signed a contract with Monaco through until June 2021. The former striker will be joined by Joao Carlos Valado Tralhao, under-23 coach at Benfica, and Patrick Kwame Ampadu, coach at the Arsenal Academy.

Henry replaces Leonardo Jardim, who was sacked in midweek following a string of poor results that left Monaco languishing in 18th in France’s Ligue 1. Henry knows Monaco well having graduated from their youth system and making his professional debut for the Principality club in 1994. Read more

Linford Christie, the sphinx legend

Linford ChristieThe only British man to have won gold medals in the 100 m at all four major competitions open to British athletes: the Olympic Games, the World Championships, the European Championships and the Commonwealth Games, will be the president of the jury of the 2018 Sportel Awards in Monaco. He was also the first European to break the 10-second barrier in the 100 m and still holds the British record in the event. He is a former work indoor record holder over 200 m, and a former European record holder in the 60 m, 100 m and 4X100 m relay.

Christie was born in Saint Andrew in Jamaica, where he was brought up by his grandmother. Read more

Bixente Lizarazu, the “Basque” winger champion

Lizarazu

L’ancien champion du monde 1998 est membre du jury des Sportel Awards 2018 à Monaco

An enthusiast in several sports from a young age, Lizarazu began his professional career with Girondins de Bordeaux, joining the club’s youth setup as a 15-year-old in 1984 and initially playing as a winger. After being told he would not make a career from football due to his frail physicality as a teenager, he impressed the staff with his determination and became a member of the senior squad in 1988 alongside forward Christophe Dugarry. He was retrained to play as a counter-attacking left back at the suggestion of coach Didier Couécou and soon replaced the veteran Gernot Rohr (later to the be the club’s manager) in the position. Read more