Sri Lanka’s Yupun Abeykoon won the bronze medal in the final of the men’s 100 meters event at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala claimed the gold in 10.02 seconds, defending champ Akani Simbine from South Africa was second in 10.13 and Yupun Abeykoon took the bronze in 10.14 seconds.
He becomes the first Sri Lankan athlete to win bronze medal in the 100 meters event at the Commonwealth Games and wins Sri Lanka’s first major athletic medal in 24 years.
The men’s 100m race at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games was held on the new spick and span athletics track at the Alexander Stadium in front of a packed-out crowd who roared on the finalists in the penultimate event on Wednesday (3 August) with Omanyala winning in a time of 10.02s.
Second was Gold Coast 2018 champion Akani Simbine of South Africa and rounding out the podium, a sensational bronze for Sri Lanka’s Yupun Abeykoon.
Omanyala, the eighth-fastest man of all time over the distance clocked 10.02 to win relatively comfortably ahead of continental rival Akani Simbine of South Africa.
Abeykoon finished a hundredth of a second behind Simbine to take bronze in a hotly contested finish.
The 27-year-old sprinter had qualified for the final of the men’s 100 meters after clocking a time of 10.20 seconds in the third semi-final held at 11.40pm Sri Lankan time on Wednesday (03), in which he placed fourth.The final was held at 2.00 am Sri Lankan time today (04).
On Tuesday (02), Abeykoon had placed first in the Heat No. 06 of the first round of the 100 meters men’s event at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The Sri Lankan sprinter ran a time of 10.06 seconds to qualify for the semi-finals of the men’s 100 meters race.
In the process he managed to finish with an all-time fastest timing in the Commonwealth Games history for 100m Heats. The previous fastest time in heats was by Glenroy Gilbert of Canada who did it in 10.10 seconds in the 1994 Victoria Games.
In a Facebook post following his medal-winning heroics, Abeykoon said: “Have no words to explain the feeling that I have right now.”
“I did it! I made myself proud and I made everyone who has been there for me proud! Thank you very much to all of you for being there through every moment of this race.”
“This is just the start of more big things to come in the future. I’m going to keep working hard,” he said.
EDDIE HOWE has challenged Joelinton to play himself into Brazil’s World Cup squad after watching him transform his career at Newcastle.
The South American endured two miserable years on Tyneside following his switch from Hoffenheim in July 2019 after the Magpies paid a club-record £40million for a striker who struggled for goals.
However, pressed into service as an emergency midfielder following defender Ciaran Clark’s dismissal against Norwich in November, the 25-year-old has prospered to such an extent that he was this week named the club’s player of the year.
Asked how good Joelinton could become, head coach Howe, who will send him into battle for the final time this season at Burnley on Sunday, said: “I think he can go all the way.
“The national team should be a very clear target for him — I think he’s good enough to force his way in. With a World Cup year as well, that’s a brilliant thing for him to try to look at.
“But first and foremost I need to focus on the day-to-day, and that’s Newcastle and making sure he comes back and he’s in our team.”
Joelinton’s renaissance has been emblematic of the improvement in Newcastle since Howe took over in November last year, as has his blossoming midfield partnership with compatriot Bruno Guimaraes, a £35m January signing from Lyon.
Howe said: “I’ve experienced turnarounds in careers, but maybe not as high-profile as this, and I think that’s where Joe deserves a lot of credit because the transfer fee that he was signed for had nothing to do with him.
“He didn’t dictate that, but it built a lot of pressure on his performances, so to see him than deal with that period where it was very difficult for him and keep his mindset very, very clear, very focused on actually just trying to be better and trying to improve to then delivering the turnaround, I’m absolutely delighted for him.”
Asked to whom he would liken him, Howe said: “There’s not many you can compare him to because he’s 6’3”, he’s very, very good athletically, box-to-box, very good defensively – which doesn’t make sense, me saying that because he’s traditionally played a lot higher up the pitch.
“I can’t think of anyone off the top of my head that I can compare him to. I think he’s very unique, but that’s part of what makes him so special and important to us because not many players have his attributes.”
Virat Kohli roared back to form and showcased a masterclass of batting en route his knock of 73 runs as RCB defeated GT by eight wickets to keep their play-offs qualification hopes alive in IPL 2022. Batting first, GT scored 168/5 thanks to skipper Hardik Pandya‘s magnificent half-century. However, in reply, Kohli and captain Faf du Plessis gave RCB a solid start as they went on to chase the target with 8 balls remaining. Kohli made 73 off 54 balls while Faf (44) and Glenn Maxwell (40*) contributed handsomely.
GT still occupy the top spot with 10 wins from 11 games. LSG are placed second in the IPL 2022 points table with 18 points. The two new franchises are the only ones to have secured qualification. RR are third (16) at the moment while RCB (16) occupy the fourth spot currently. Following them are DC, who are fifth with seven wins from 13 matches.
KKR, PBKS and SRH are sixth, seventh and eighth respectively while former Champions CSK and MI are languishing at the bottom of the table at the ninth and 10th spot respectively.
Jos Buttler is leading the list of most runs this IPL with 627 runs from 13 games while KL Rahul is placed second with 537 runs from 14 matches. Quinton de Kock is third on the list with 502 runs from 14 games.
Would you pay thousands of dollars for sneakers you can’t wear? : )
Nike and RTFKT have launched a line of virtual sneaker NFTs, and some of their “CryptoKicks” has now sold for well above six figures. It’s just like physical sneaker collecting, except you don’t get any sneakers.
Nike CryptoKicks is a collection of NFT sneakers called the “RFTKT X Nike Dunk Genesis,” which users can customize using ‘skin vials’ from different designers. These vials change the appearance of the sneakers, adding new patterns and effects like flashing lights and floating swooshes.
First, you need to acquire the base sneaker, and then you can add the skin vials to change its appearance. You’ll be able to “collect, evolve and breed sneaker skins.” How? The video claims that “journeying in the RTFKT ecosystem” will unlock upgrades for your sneakers but never specifies what that journey entails
The average price for some of these sneakers seems to be in the $6,000-$10,000 range, while some are already being sold for over $100,000. Some less common skin vials are going for around $40,000. I see a couple of sneakers with over half a million dollar buy-out prices, though the current bids are nowhere near that. It’s not too wild of an ask, though, since I spotted a skin vial sell for over $400,000 worth of Ethereum.
The skin vials remind me of Pokemon: Different evolution stones would change the appearance of an Eevee. However, I’m fairly sure we can’t challenge others to sneaker duels.
“CryptoKicks,” was patented by Nike back in 2019 and remained pretty quiet until Nike acquired RTFKT, a digital clothing brand in 2021. It then launched a mysterious NFT drop called MNLTH in February, which gave out essentially 20,000 timed loot boxes that ultimately contained the sneakers. The average price for these mysterious NFTs? Before the sneaker reveals, some of these MNLTH loot boxes were “valued” at over $20,000.
You can’t wear these sneakers in real life or even in Fortnite, but you can use a Snapchat AR filter to see what they would look like on your feet, so that’s something. RTFKT warned bidders on its OpenSea page that they should not bid on “equipped sneakers,” and only bid on skin vials and the base sneaker because the “blockchain is not fast enough with processing changes at the moment of buying.”
Apparently, there’s an exploit that’s preventing people from changing the skins on sneakers they bought that already had a skin applied to them. That did not stop folks from spending big money on these digital kicks.
This isn’t Nike’s first foray into the so-called metaverse; it partnered with Roblox earlier this year to launch Nikeland, a digital playground inside Roblox where like-minded swoosh fans can socialize, play games and dress up their avatars in Nike gear.
I hope you wrapped up your last battle pass because a new season of Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific starts today. Season 3, Classified Arms, is lighter on content at launch than past seasons, but players have something bigger to look forward to coming May—Operation Monarch, a limited-time event pitting Godzilla and King Kong against each other on the beaches of Caldera. That should be interesting.
But until the two baddies duke it out, this is a somewhat minor update. There’s a new battle pass as always, a few new points of interest on Caldera (including a dig site that seems to contain the forgotten skeletons of Godzilla and Kong), and the return of Iron Trials, the hardcore twist on battle royale that was popular on Warzone’s original Verdansk map. Two new Vanguard weapons have also appeared—the M1916 marksman rifle and the Nikita AVT assault rifle.
As usual, the quickest way to unlock these new guns is by purchasing the battle pass and boosting through the first 20 levels, which in all likelihood features a few cosmetic bundles for each gun as well.
Raven Software is also making a significant change to Warzone’s sniper rifles. Snipers have become even more popular since the health increase to 150 thanks to their ability to one-shot-kill to the head. Raven likes snipers in this role but is reining them in a bit by decreasing the maximum one-shot-kill range for many of them. Check out the patch notes for the exact changes, but here are the snipers that will continue to one-shot-kill to the head at any range:
Now it’s time to bite the bullet: the Season 3 update requires a 38GB download on PC. If you’re updating both Warzone and Modern Warfare 2019, it’s a whopping 98GB. So if you’re not playing Modern Warfare anytime soon but still have it installed for some reason, save yourself some time by deleting it before starting this update.
Still early days, but Kolkata Knight Riders are looking very good. Historically, Mumbai Indians have been their bogey team and when Andre Russell fell cheaply, it felt like the game was done. But KKR found a new hero, Pat Cummins with the bat. His 15-ball 56 not out – the joint-fastest IPL half-century with KL Rahul – took his team over the line in a canter.
Chasing 162 for victory, KKR won by five wickets with 24 balls to spare. Venkatesh Iyer, too, scored a pretty handy half-century, 50-not out off 41 balls. In the context of the game, though, he was reduced to a sideshow. Cummins’ knock shell-shocked the five-time champions.
As the Australian was walking off the field after blowing away his opponents, he bumped into Mahela Jayawardene. Both broke into a smile. This was a knock that deserved all-round applause. When something special like this happens, one has to doff one’s hat and say ‘well played’. The MI head coach did that.
At 101/5, with Russell out on the first ball of the 13th over, MI had the edge. Little did they know that Cummins would come out all guns blazing. Rohit Sharma had held back Jasprit Bumrah for the latter half of KKR’s innings, Russell, to be precise. The Jamaican was gone, but the Aussie attacked MI’s best bowler, setting the tone for KKR’s counter-attack. Daniel Sams was taken to the cleaners in a 35-run over, Cummins hitting four sixes and a couple of fours. It was his first game in this IPL and the allrounder showed why the Kolkata-based franchise went all out and spent Rs 7.25 crore for him at the auction. “Never expected him to come and play like that. Lot of credit to him for the way he played,” Rohit applauded the knock post-game.
With Mumbai Indians middle-order crying out for quality, Suryakumar Yadav’s return from injury was timely. Individual battles in a team sport offer intrigue. The match-up between Surya and Sunil Narine in the 18th over of MI’s innings was connoisseurs’ cricket. Narine bowled full-on middle-and-leg, Surya sent it 10 rows back over deep square leg boundary. The spinner dragged back his length and bowled flatter outside off. The batsman cracked it past point for a four. No batsman has treated Narine with such disdain in this IPL yet. But very few batsmen can be as innovative as Surya.
In his first game of the IPL this term, Surya’s challenge was to find rhythm fast. He preferred a slow burn, hitting his first four after facing 17 balls. The boundary against Umesh Yadav was followed by a six off the bowler – leaping in the crease and ramping a short ball. Once Surya got into his 360-degree groove, he held court.
His fifty came off 34 balls and Surya’s 83-run fourth-wicket partnership with Tilak Verma was the reason – Pollard’s five-ball 22 not out deserves honourable mention – why MI could post a very challenging total. Verma remained unbeaten on 38 off 27 deliveries, riding on an Ajinkya Rahane clanger.
The MCA Stadium pitch in Pune resembled a bit of Wanderers and 18-year-old Dewald Brevis, a Johannesburg native, found home comfort. He played a cameo, 29 off 19 balls, providing enough spark to consider him a star for the future.
Brevis thrived on bravery. On a pitch where Rohit was in serious discomfort against Umesh Yadav’s pace and movement before being bounced out, and Ishan Kishan struggled to get going, the teenager straightaway took the attack to the opposition. He also believed in brevity, for Brevis mostly stood and walloped, except a four against Yadav, when he made room to free his arms. KKR’s bowling attack got meatier with the inclusion of Cummins. Brevis oozed the irreverence of youth, bat-speed being a standout feature.