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Jun 24, 2015

European Games blueprint has won over doubters – Hickey

BAKU, June 24 (Reuters) – The inaugural European Games has won over the doubters, even with low profile athletics and swimming events, and its concept will pave the way for future successful editions, European Olympic Committees president Patrick Hickey told Reuters.

Over 6,000 athletes and 20 sports, including the innovative 3 x 3 basketball which appeals to younger audiences, feature at the multi-sport Games in the Azeri capital which ends on Sunday.

Jun 22, 2015

Sambists enjoy their moment in Baku spotlight

BAKU (Reuters) – Featuring explosive throws, leg locks, chokes and submissions and counting Vladimir Putin among its biggest fans, Sambo and its sambists made an entertaining European Games bow on Monday.

Russia won five and Belarus two of the eight gold medals up for grabs in the one-day competition with home hopes of success in a Sambo-mad country dashed, much to the disappointment of a noisy capacity crowd.

Jun 21, 2015

Spaniard Sanchez powers to road race gold in Baku

BAKU (Reuters) – Spaniard Luis Leon Sanchez, winner of four Tour de France stages but dogged in recent years by alleged links to doping, claimed men’s road race gold at the European Games on Sunday.

The 31-year-old Astana rider prevailed in a sprint battle for the line with Ukraine’s Andriy Grivko, an Astana team mate, taking silver and Czech Petr Vakoc bronze.

Jun 20, 2015

Hit me hard because I fight like a man, says Briton Ryan

BAKU (Reuters) – Sparring in the gym with her brother and other male boxers is an integral part of Sandy Ryan’s training regime and if you don’t punch her hard she’ll thump you back harder.

The British light-welterweight has learned her ring skills from older brother Dave, who goes by the nickname “Rocky” and won the Commonwealth title in the same weight division.

Jun 20, 2015

Hit me hard because I fight like a man, says Ryan

BAKU (Reuters) – Sparring in the gym with her brother and other male boxers is an integral part of Sandy Ryan’s training regime and if you don’t punch her hard she’ll thump you back harder.

The British light-welterweight has learned her ring skills from older brother Dave, who goes by the nickname “Rocky” and won the Commonwealth title in the same weight division.

Jun 20, 2015

Amialiusik pounces late to take road race gold

BAKU (Reuters) – Alena Amialiusik’s power-packed finish in a three-way sprint secured European Games road race gold for the Belarusian around the streets of Baku on Saturday.

Amialiusik, 26, timed her challenge to perfection in scorching heat, hovering behind her rivals before stepping on the gas 50 metres from the finish of the 120.7 km course.

Jun 19, 2015

Joker Isaev keeps cool head to land Taekwondo gold for hosts

BAKU (Reuters) – World champion Radik Isaev, who has a reputation as a joker, handed hosts Azerbaijan another European Games gold when he got the better of Russian Vladislav Larin in a tense men’s taekwondo +80kg final on Friday.

Isaev prevailed 4-3 after three hard-fought rounds amid raucous cheers at the Crystal Hall, falling to his knees to kiss the mat before embracing his coach and embarking on a lap of honour with the Azeri flag draped around him.

Jun 19, 2015

Gold-hungry Adams makes confident start but old adversary looms

BAKU (Reuters) – Britain’s Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams said she feels back to her best following shoulder surgery last year after the flyweight set up a quarter-final meeting with old adversary Stoyka Petrova at the European Games on Friday.

Adams went through the motions in taking a unanimous verdict over Hungarian Katalin Ancsin straight after Bulgarian Petrova had also eased through against Frenchwoman Wassila Lkhadiri.

Jun 19, 2015

European-Gold-hungry Adams makes confident start but old adversary looms

BAKU, June 19 (Reuters) – Britain’s Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams said she feels back to her best following shoulder surgery last year after the flyweight set up a quarter-final meeting with old adversary Stoyka Petrova at the European Games on Friday.

Adams went through the motions in taking a unanimous verdict over Hungarian Katalin Ancsin straight after Bulgarian Petrova had also eased through against Frenchwoman Wassila Lkhadiri.

Jun 6, 2015

Dettori savours ‘Golden’ moment after Derby glory

By Justin Palmer

(Reuters) – Frankie Dettori’s journey back to the pinnacle of flat racing after a drugs ban and split from Godolphin was completed on Saturday when he rode his second English Derby winner as Golden Horn powered to victory at Epsom.

The exuberant Italian steered unbeaten favourite Golden Horn (13-8) to a 3-1/2 lengths success for trainer and old boss John Gosden, who Dettori credited with helping to resurrect his tainted career.