Shvetsov in record Comrades run

first_img17 June 2008After setting a “down run” record in 2007, Russia’s Leonid Shvetsov added the “up run” record in Sunday’s Comrades Marathon, and became the first man since the legendary Bruce Fordyce to win back-to-back titles.He clocked 5:24.48 for the Durban to Pietermaritzburg route to better the record of 5:25.33 set by Vladimir Kotov in 2000.A medical doctor, Shvetsov stopped practising so he could concentrate full-time on his racing and it paid off on Sunday as he banked R470 000 for winning the Comrades and breaking the record.DominatingIt was a dominating victory; his winning time was 13 minutes and 55 seconds ahead of second-placed Jaroslav Janicki, the 1999 champion. Zimbabwe’s Stephen Muzhingi finished over a minute behind the Pole to claim third spot.Oleg Kharitonov, the 2006 champion, finished in fourth, followed by Grigory Murzin in fifth, which gave Russia three of the top five finishers.It also marked the first time that the top five failed to feature a South African.South Africa’s top finisher was Harmans Mokgadi, who took sixth place in 5:47.09. He was followed just over a minute later by Mncedisi Mkhize.RemarkableFormer three-time up run winner Vladimir Kotov ended in eighth place, a remarkable performance for a man who is 50 years of age.Johan Oosthuizen took ninth, while sentimental South African favourite and KwaZulu-Natal local Willie Mtolo picked up the final gold medal by ending in tenth position.The women’s race was won by Russian Elena Nurgalieva, who claimed her third up run victory.AdversityHer triumph didn’t come without adversity; Nurgalieva suffered a fall just 10 kilometres into the race, tripping over a cat’s eye in the road, which scraped up her left knee, leading to some very visible bleeding.Her time was 6:14:36, over five minutes slower than the up run record she set two years ago but, said Nurgalieva, she ran to win, not to break the record.Her twin sister Olesya took second place, almost a minute-and-a-half further back, with Tatyana Zhirkova taking the final podium position.With Marina Myshlyanova ending fourth and Marina Bychkova fifth, Russians secured a 1-2-3-4-5 finish.Top South AfricanIt meant that, as had happened in the men’s race, there was no South African in the top five. Riana van Niekerk, in sixth, led the Rainbow Nation’s runners, finishing two places ahead of Farwa Mentoor, who had been South Africa’s best performer in the Comrades for six years in succession.Maria Bak closely mirrored Vladimir Kotov’s performance in the men’s race. The 49-year-old German finished in a strong seventh-place.Lesley Train and Carol Mercer completed the top 10.Most Comrades finishesA remarkable record went the way of Dave Rogers, who recorded his 43rd finish in the Comrades Marathon. By finishing in just over 11 hours, he beat over a third of the field.Rogers, who first ran the race in 1961, was met at the finishing line by Clive Crawley, with whom he had shared the previous record for the most completed Comrades Marathons.His record includes winning three gold medals, with a best ever finish of third in 1976.Enthusiastic supportAs if the race was not tough enough for the over 11 000 runners, a warm day made it even tougher, but it also meant that the route was flooded with the type of vociferous and enthusiastic support that has become synonymous with the Comrades Marathon.In a heart-warming recognition of the Comrades Marathon’s roots, the Reveille was played and the national flag lowered after the 12-hour cutoff as a tribute to those fallen comrades from the First World War after whom the world famous race was named.RESULTSMenLeonid Shvetsov 5:24.46Jaroslaw Janicki 5:38.28Stephen Muzhingi 5:39.39Oleg Kharitonov 5:42.02Grigory Murzin 5:43.06Harmans Mogkadi 5:47.09Mncedisi Mkhize 5:48.17Vladimir Kotov 5:48.41Johan Oosthuizen 5:50.52Willie Mtolo 5:53.35 WomenElena Nurgalieva 6:14.36Olesya Nurgalieva 6:15.51Tatyana Zhirkova 6:17.44Marina Myshlyanova 6:30.48Marina Bychkova 6:38.00Riana Van Niekerk 6:43.30Maria Bak 6:53.31Farwa Mentoor 6:59.39Lesley Train 7:02.08Carol Mercer 7:09.36 Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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President Trump threatens to shut border if no wall money

first_img WASHINGTON D.C. – (KUSI) – President Donald Trump is threatening to close the U.S. border with Mexico if Democrats in Congress don’t agree to fund the construction of a border wall.Trump tweeted Friday morning that “We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely,” unless a funding deal is reached with “the Obstructionist Democrats.” December 28, 2018 …..Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are doing nothing for the United States but taking our money. Word is that a new Caravan is forming in Honduras and they are doing nothing about it. We will be cutting off all aid to these 3 countries – taking advantage of U.S. for years!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2018Trump’s demand for money to build the border wall and Democrats’ refusal to give him what he wants has caused a partial government shutdown that is nearly a week old. Congress adjourned for the week without a resolution in sight.The shutdown is idling hundreds of thousands of federal workers and beginning to pinch citizens who count on some public services. Posted: December 28, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics FacebookTwitter President Trump threatens to shut border if no wall money We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with. Hard to believe there was a Congress & President who would approve!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2018The president also threatened to stop giving aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.last_img read more

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Sony hints at holodeck future with captivating videos

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The videos were made to advertise the immersive effect buyers will find if they will only rent movies for download from the Playstation store; though they will likely not find that out from the videos themselves, as those, sadly, demonstrate what’s possible for the future, not what’s available now. Researcher uses card trick to reveal unconscious knowledge But the videos aren’t about the guy on the couch, they’re about showing off what can be done with simple existing technology and some old fashioned film-making trickery. To make them, the team used the Playstation Move, a Steadicam an EyeToy camera and some guys dressed in white body suits, girls with fish poles and other extras to manipulate various other objects such as tentacles. At any rate, in the videos a guy sits on his couch and the room around him changes as 3D imagery is projected onto all the surfaces around him, including the guys in the white suits. In one scene, the guy is morphed into a rocket and flies over a cityscape. It’s all very impressive stuff, perhaps even more so when taking into account that no fancy post-editing was allowed to insert computer generated imagery, or to remove stuff, such as the strings that held dangling objects. Also impressive is the fact that it was all done using a Steadicam, which had not been done before. The fact that the camera recording the videos is able to move about adds to the three-dimensional effect; something movie-makers and those that make commercials for television are likely to want as soon as possible.After all is said and done though, the coolest part of the whole project for those not a part of it, is just watching the videos they’ve produced, free of charge. Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Sony hints at holodeck future with captivating videos (2011, December 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-sony-hints-holodeck-future-captivating.html (PhysOrg.com) — You have to hand it to the imaginative people at Sony, or at least those they partnered with at Studio Output and the Marshmallow Laser Factory; together the three have produced three videos that are likely to evoke feelings of nostalgia, even as they stir yearnings for more. The three videos, commercials, essentially for Sony’s Playstation Video store, show what the future may soon hold even as they remind us of what our collective imagination can inspire, the awe-inspiring holodeck of Star Trek fame. In the videos, which all involved claim were made with just one take and no postproduction work, a person is seen sitting on a couch experiencing what many a science fiction fan would give up many a day’s pay to experience for themselves; a true holodeck. © 2011 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

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