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phelps

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  1. time for the Opening Day in many of the most important leagues around the World... here we are in South Korea, where the local KBO didn't leave anything unattempted to promote the show... in this case, that's what happened at the Opening game of the reigning champions, the SK Wyverns of Incheon... https://www.mlb.com/cut4/korean-team-uses-dragons-on-opening-day Idols! they're absolutely my new idols!!!
  2. Karate shows unity in official presentation of European Championships The official presentation of the 2019 EKF Karate Championships was held on Monday, March 25th in Guadalajara (Spain). As the local authorities showed their support to the tournament, Karate representatives demonstrated their unity ahead of the many challenges that the sport is facing. WKF and EKF President Antonio Espinós headed the official presentation of the 54th edition of the continental tournament which took place in the town hall of Guadalajara. The Spanish Karate Federation president Antonio Moreno and the mayor of the host city Antonio Roman attended the event. The complete Spanish delegation also participated in the presentation. “The best European karatekas will be in Guadalajara this week. Also, 51 out of the 53 European national federations will be represented at the event which means that the whole European Karate will take part in the tournament. There are not so many sports that can showcase this level of engagement at every level. Wherever we go, we demonstrate our strength,” said WKF and EKF President Antonio Espinós. “Our federation is going through never-seen progress, which unfortunately goes together with one of our biggest dramas. The exclusion of our sport from the list of Paris 2024 was highly unexpected and it was very unfair. We will never stop fighting, and we will do everything in our hands to revert this decision. When you fall, you must get back up. We have done this many times over in the past, and we will do it again because we are proud of our sport,” added the head of Karate’s international governing body, who also recognised the great support of the Spanish Karate Federation in these momentous times. “I sincerely hope that Karate will continue being an Olympic sport in Paris 2024. We are really looking forward to making our debut in Tokyo, and I am sure that we will demonstrate there how great our sport is. But we don’t want to see our Olympic dreams dying in Tokyo,” said the Spanish Karate Federation President Antonio Moreno after thanking the local authorities for their contribution to the organisation of the event. “I am convinced that this tournament will be highly successful. In Guadalajara, we work very hard to make all the events that are being organised here a huge success, and I am sure that all the athletes coming to our city will find the best conditions to show the greatness of this sport,” stated the mayor of Guadalajara Antonio Roman. The 2019 EKF Karate Championships will be held in Guadalajara from March 28 to 31. Over 500 athletes from 51 countries are registered to participate in the event where the new continental champions will be crowned. The final bouts of the anticipated tournament will be streamed live on karateworld.tv. p.s. @MHSN (and all the other users who normally take advantage of it) I don't know if this time the usual Italian streaming service (PMG Sport, also on their Youtube page) will be available (and frankly, I fear it won't), since for the first time ever, our main pay-tv (Sky Italia) bought the TV rights and will show the Finals' sessions Live...
  3. good day for Italy...another great comeback from hell (only 47/50 after 2 series in the qualification round) by Gabriele Rossetti and now we have filled the 2 spots also in the men's skeet... what's worrying is the fact that in the men's trap (very important because it's "our traditional cradle of success" and also because we need it to make the mixed trap teams) and the women's skeet (where we got Gold & Silver in Rio) we haven't got a single quota yet... and the events where those quota places are up for grab are always less... hopefully in a couple of weeks in Arab Emirates we get something, that shooting range has always been quite favourable to our shooters (more than Acapulco's and those in the Far East for sure)...
  4. 2019 World Cup, Stage #2 (Acapulco, MEX) Men's Individual Skeet Gold: Vincent Hancock Silver: Gabriele Rossetti Bronze: Jakub Tomecek Olympic Quota: Italy, Czech Republic
  5. I can only add that white truffles and perigord are so expensive also (mainly) because they are very rare and they can be found only in very small and specific areas... unfortunately there are also a lot of troubles with falsification of the origins of the product..as always happens with things that can give a lot of money to the cheaters... the most common types are not so expensive... p.s I don't like truffles (of any kind) either...
  6. and behind him, Dun Yueheng, Federico Gil and Felix Haase with a score of 123 are sure to make the final... Cassandro Tammaro also have a chance to make it into the top 6, but he still need a perfect 25 in the last series... for the last spot (or the last 2) in the top 6, instead, we're going to have a big, big shoot-off with at least 6 or 7 shooters (5 already safe on 122, the Olympic Champion Gabriele Rossetti among them, plus some others who still have to complete their final qualification series)...
  7. so, Russia, USA and South Korea are the only Nations in pole position to qualify all 6 teams, with Italy and France stuck at "only" 5 out of possible 6... as I wrote yesterday, I think it will be tough for us to fill all the spots...both epee teams look too inconsistent to get an Olympic Quota place...maybe the men have a bit more chances, but the girls...
  8. Sebastian Colloredo (31 y.o.), the best Italian male ski jumper for many years announced his retirement after the end of this season (which happened yesterday)...
  9. do you think is this shocking? it's just another day at the office for AIBA members, their accolades and those "survivors" playing their (dirty) games around the world of boxing... p.s. by the way, French Boxing officials don't even have the word "honesty" in their vocabulary and I'm also not sure they know what the sport of Boxing is about... and mr. Virgets is as corrupted as his "friends", just reading his words about those bouts he says he saw and couldn't find any sign of manipulation...
  10. Karate AKF Cadet, Junior & Under 21 Asian Championships 2019 Kota Kinabaku (MAS) - 26 April 2019 - 28 April 2019 Official Website
  11. you're right, man... but still, international Karate authorities at the moment are more focused on the feud against the Paris 2024 organizers than anything else... and it's quite normal that in the continents outside Europe the organization of the various tournaments is not taken into consideration with the same urgency... "long terms" and "perspective" must be expressions and words not included in their vocabulary (cit. "the great" Antonio Cassano )... p.s. I did check also the US and the Canadian federation's websites...and their events calendars don't go beyond 2019, too... therefore I guess we'll have to wait for quite a while before we know when (and where) the 2020 PKF champs will be held...
  12. 2019 World Cup, Stage #2 (Acapulco, MEX) Women's Individual Skeet Gold: Kimberly Rhode Silver: Chloe Tipple Bronze: Zhang Donglian Olympic Quota: New Zealand, China
  13. you're asking too much to WKF, my friend... they didn't even publish the dates of a few of the 2019 competitions yet, and you're already thinking of 2020?
  14. the problems were not with Patrick Favre joining France (it was well known already before the Pyeongchang Olympics that he would eventually leave the squad)... Wierer's feud was with Patrick Obereggen, who literally abandoned the Italian team in the middle of the pre-season trainings to go with the Norwegian women's team... and it was also a man Wierer had a closer (professional) relationship with...from that, things did heat up a bit when the misdemeanor happened, but Doro finally decided not to waste any energy on that and simply chose not to talk to him and of him anymore... and when Obereggen tried to talk with Wierer quite some time after they had those troubles (around the Antholz world cup stage, I read), she just refused even to listen to him...basically she has cancelled him from her life...
  15. she always said that next year's World Champs at her hometown village (Anterselva/Antholz) would mark the end of her career... but of course all the Italian sport officials are already working to prevent that... I secretely hope she's gonna keep racing until Beijing 2022, so to give time to our most promising youngsters (Lardschneider, Carrara, Comola just name some of them) to develop their skills with the right timing, without having to rush them in the World Cup team before they're actually ready...
  16. Karate PKF American Championships 2019, Final Medal Table USA, 4 / 2 / 4 VEN, 2 / 3 / 1 BRA, 2 / 1 / 5 DOM, 2 / 1 / 3 PER, 2 / 1 / 1 COL, 2 / 0 / 2 MEX, 1 / 1 / 2 CUB, 1 / 0 / 4 CAN, 0 / 2 / 2 CHI, 0 / 2 / 2 ECU, 0 / 1 / 0 JAM, 0 / 1 / 0 URU, 0 / 1 / 0 ARG, 0 / 0 / 2 PAN, 0 / 0 / 2 ESA, 0 / 0 / 1 GUA, 0 / 0 / 1
  17. Medallists Recap women's Individual Kata Gold: Maria Dimitrova Silver: Sakura Kokumai Bronze: Jessica Kwong & Andrea Armada Ruiz women's Individual Kumite, -50kg Gold: Aurimer Campos Silver: Ana Villanueva Fabian Bronze: Alicia Hernandez & Cheili Carolina Gonzalez Castillo women's Individual Kumite, -55kg Gold: Alessandra Vindrola Silver: Kathryn Campbell Bronze: Baurelys De La Caridad Torres Alverdi & Valeria Kumizaki women's Individual Kumite, -61kg Gold: Merillela Arreola Silver: Jacqueline Factos Bronze: Alexandra Grande & Karina Diaz Medina women's Individual Kumite, -68kg Gold: Cheryl Murphy Silver: Skylar Lingl Bronze: Melissa Bratic & Cirelys Martinez Leon women's Individual Kumite, +68kg Gold: Maya Wasowicz Silver: Omaira Molina Bronze: Shanee Torres doncel & Yoandra Moreno Perez men's Individual Kata Gold: Ariel Torres Gutierrez Silver: Antonio Diaz Bronze: Nykolai Josef Arango Soto & Hector Cencion men's Individual Kumite, -60kg Gold: Douglas Brose Silver: Maximiliano Larrosa Bronze: Rafael Nascimento & Joaquin Gonzalez Lavin men's Individual Kumite, -67kg Gold: Guillermo Ramirez Gutierrez Silver: Camilo Velozo Bronze: Breno Teixeira & Vinicius Figueira men's Individual Kumite, -75kg Gold: Thomas Scott Silver: Alton Brown Bronze: Antonio Diaz Torres & Julio Ichiki men's Individual Kumite, -84kg Gold: Ruben Dario Henao Amu Silver: Freddy Valera Bronze: Jorge Merino & Fabian Huaiquiman men's Individual Kumite, +84kg Gold: Lazaro Jordan Chapman Mora Silver: Rodrigo Rojas Bronze: Brian Irr & Adam Ramos women's Team Kata Gold: Peru Silver: Brazil Bronze: Dominican Republic & Mexico men's Team Kata Gold: Dominican Republic Silver: Peru Bronze: Colombia & Argentina women's Team Kumite Gold: Venezuela Silver: Canada Bronze: Panama & United States men's Team Kumite Gold: Brazil Silver: Mexico Bronze: United States & Canada
  18. I didn't know that (I mean, Beckert publishing his blood values)... I only tried to guess looking at where they are from...but maybe it was a bad method to associate them to those treatments... your list sounds definitely more logical...
  19. blood doping helps recovery... also those involved in the BALCO scandal, despite being all of them sprinters and throwers (Marion Jones, Dwayne Chambers, CJ Hunter) used to have blood treatment to increase the work rate during trainings...
  20. Beckert is actually from Erfurt (and he's a long distance specialist)... and Ihle is from Chemnitz (still the old "East Germany")... imho those 2 have more chances to be involved in this scandal (even because they got the best results among those in the list)...
  21. today it's a very bad day for Italy, too... no shooters in the women's skeet final... the top 6 from today's qualification round are: Samantha Simonton, Zhang Heng, Kimberly Rhode, Chloe Tipple, Zhang Donglian and the winner of the shoot-off between Agnieszka Sieracka and Amber Hill... in terms of the Olympic Quota Places, the USA have already filled their 2 spots, all the remaining girls and Nations (the 2 going at the shoot-off included) instead have yet to earn their place at the Games...
  22. just another flop and a missed chance for Italy... the Olympic qualification in both men and women's epee will be really tough for us...
  23. Men's Team Epee (Buenos Aires, ARG) Final Results Gold: Japan Silver: Switzerland Bronze: Russia Semifinals: Switzerland b. Russia 45-37 Japan b. Venezuela 45-37 Bronze Medal Match: Russia b. Venezuela 30-29 Gold Medal Match: Japan b. Switzerland 45-32  Here is the Full Final Ranking (and Results) from Today's competition: http://fie.org/competitions/2019/489/results/rank
  24. no, wait...she'll be fighting for that for sure... but if you ask me to choose just 1 name to win it, that's Dahlmeier (if she really wants it) or Oeberg... then I think there will be some other girls also in the hunt (Wierer, Vittozzi, Roeiseland, Davidova and maybe some more surprising names)... the only girl among those mentioned above that I think she's just too inconsistent to win the Overall title is Eckhoff...
  25. maybe she has self-imposed some kind of a break to the extra-curricular activities in this season's finale to save some energy and now she feels she wants to make up for that...
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