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England’s Jodie Stimpson celebrates as she crosses the line to win the women’s triathlon race for the first gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow nike air force 1 cheap , Scotland, yesterday. Kirsten Sweetland of Canada took silver and England’s Victoria Holland came third. — Reuters
ENGLAND’S Jodie Stimpson won the opening gold of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow yesterday on a day when the multi-sport event was hit by the withdrawal of athletics legend Mo Farah.

Stimpson, a silver medalist at the World Triathlon Series in 2013, sprinted clear with 400 meters left of the final 10-kilometer run to win a thrilling race that started with a 1.5km swim in and a 40km cycle around Strathclyde Loch.

Canada’s Kirsten Sweetland claimed silver, with England’s Vicky Holland taking bronze in warm, sunny conditions.

Action got under way also in the pool where top home hope for a gold medal adidas nmd chukka for sale , Michael Jamieson was upstaged by countryman Ross Murdoch in qualifying for the 200 meters breaststroke final.

Murdoch smashed the Commonwealth Games record by over two seconds in a time of 2 minutes, 08.78 seconds with Jamieson and Calum Tait completing an all-Scottish top three in qualifying.

“Watching the crowd go wild and I just wanted that for myself and we did it, so it is something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” said the 20-year-old Murdoch.

Scotland’s Hannah Miley also had the home crowd in raptures in the first heat of the event by breaking her own Commonwealth record in the women’s 400 individual medley in a time of 4:38.27.

The immediacy of the action took some of the sting out of Farah’s withdrawal which rocked the Games just as they got under way.

The 5,000 and 10,000 Olympic champion adidas nmd human race for sale , 31, was recently laid low by illness and has decided to pull out in order to work on his fitness ahead of next month’s European Championships in Zurich.

“I have taken the tough decision to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games,” Farah said in a statement released by Team England. “I really wanted to add the Commonwealth titles to my Olympic and World Championships, but the event is coming a few weeks too soon for me as my body is telling me it’s not ready to race yet. Best wishes to my fellow athletes in Glasgow.”

It had been widely feared that Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt would not be fit for Glasgow after missing the Jamaican national championships. But he has made himself available for the 4x100 relay, compatriots Yohan Blake (hamstring injury) and Asafa Powell (ban) having already been ruled out.


YANGON, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- Bilateral trade between Myanmar and China amounted to over 5.5 billion U.S. dollars in first half of present fiscal year 2017-2018 adidas nmd r2 womens for sale , official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Friday.

In accordance with official figures from the Ministry of Commerce, the country's exports to neighboring China reached 2.46 billion U.S. dollars while its imports were 3 billion U.S. dollars.

The country usually trades with China via Muse, Lweje, Kanpikete, Chinshwehaw and Kengtung border points.

Bilateral trade between the two countries was 10.7 billion U.S. dollars in last FY 2016-2017.

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NAIROBI, July 28 (Xinhua) -- Kenya is pulling the plugs in an effort to discourage its athletes from doubling up at the World Championships in Beijing, China next month.

Two athletes, Olympic 5 adidas nmd high tops womens ,000m silver medalist Vivian Cheruiyot and world 1,500m champion Asbel Kiprop, have confirmed their intentions to compete in two events in Beijing, but that will have to wait.

Athletics Kenya (AK) Vice President in Charge of Competitions David Okeyo said athletes must only compete in their specialties at both the Kenyan trials this weekend (July 31- Aug 1) or risk missing out completely from the championships.

"We want them to compete in events they are known to be best at. The national trials and the World Championships are not for gambling, and we want to present the best talent, with surety of winning gold in Beijing nike air force 1 mid womens white ," Okeyo said Tuesday in Nairobi.

Kenya will be selecting its team for the World Championships on Friday and Saturday. Okeyo said they target to pick at least 60 athletes. Kenya sent a team of 49 athletes to the 2013 championships in Moscow.

"I know an athlete like Kiprop, the 1,500m world champion, has indicated that he wants to run in 800m and not his traditional 1,500m," said Okeyo. "He has the qualification time in both nike air force 1 mid womens black , but it is good he remains in the four-lap and focuses on it, and if we see we have a weakness in 800m, then we can allow him to double."

"But even that is dependent on the program of events in Beijing. All these have to be looked into before one is allowed to double up," he added.

Kenya finished fourth in the last championships in Moscow claiming 12 medals, five gold, four silver and three bronze. Russia with 17 (seven gold) nike air force 1 mid womens , USA 25 (six gold), Jamaica nine (six gold) were the best three countries.

World athletics governing body IAAF's rules demand that only the best three from each country can compete in each of the disciplines in Beijing.

However, a country is free to include the world champion and three others if they all have the qualification time.

Preliminary entries show that about 2,567 athletes (1423 men and 1144 women) have been received from 203 federations for the championships in Beijing.

There were 1,335 athletes from 153 member federations at the first World Championships in 1983.

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Tanzania's ru.

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