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Polish sports minister offers to quit over England rain farce

Polish sports minister offers to quit over farce of England's rained-off qualifier

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UPDATED:

15:35 GMT, 24 October 2012

Poland's sports minister has offered to resign over the embarrassing postponement of the country's World Cup qualifier against England last week after torrential rain turned the National Stadium pitch into a swimming pool.

FIFA ordered the match to be played a day later after the game, originally set for October 16, was called off when officials failed to close a retractable roof over the venue that cost 312million for Euro 2012.

The debacle sparked a wave of criticism from fans and pundits and prompted Prime Minister Donald Tusk to vow to punish those responsible. He will present his findings later on Wednesday.

Wet, wet, wet: England's clash in Poland last week was put back a day after torrential rain ruined the pitch, as demonstrated by Roy Hodgson (below)

Wet, wet, wet: England's clash in Poland last week was put back a day after torrential rain ruined the pitch, as demonstrated by Roy Hodgson (below)

Wet, wet, wet: England's clash in Poland last week was put back a day after torrential rain ruined the pitch, as demonstrated by Roy Hodgson

'I feel politically responsible for the situation,' Sports Minister Anna Mucha told reporters. 'The responsibility of the minister is not only to make sure that all procedures are followed. It's wider.'

The Sports Ministry oversees the National Sports Centre, owners of the stadium, and are blamed by some for failing to anticipate trouble with the playing surface.

Local media reported the pitch was much thinner than the one used for Euro 2012 matches, making it less able to absorb the heavy precipitation.

Organisers said the roof over the 58,000-capacity arena could not be closed during rainfall due to safety concerns and neither of the teams nor FIFA wanted to close it when there was still time.

Poland managed a 1-1 draw in the delayed World Cup qualifier but both managers lamented the effects the delay had on their players.

Thousands of angry fans also complained that they did not attend the match because they could not afford to stay longer in Warsaw and reschedule their tickets home.

Wednesday's game was played under the roof despite sunny weather and mostly clear skies.

London 2012 Olympics: Marathon – Tiki Gelana wins gold as Mara Yamauchi does not finish

Marathon misery for Brit Yamauchi as Ethiopia's Gelana wins shock gold

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UPDATED:

13:23 GMT, 5 August 2012

Olympics 2012

Mara Yamauchi's Olympic marathon lasted less than 10 kilometres on the rainy streets of London on Sunday as Ethiopian Tiki Gelana took a surprise gold.

A week after Paula Radcliffe withdrew from London 2012 with a foot problem, an injured Yamauchi stopped in tears on the side of the road around 9.4km into the race as she decided she could go no further.

The 38-year-old Oxford athlete had been hampered by a bruised heel in the build-up to the Games and, although determined to get to the startline, was clearly not fit.

Golden moment: Tiki Gelana crosses the finish line to win the women's marathon

Golden moment: Tiki Gelana crosses the finish line to win the women's marathon

Gelana, in her first major championship, crossed the finish line on The Mall in two hours 23.07 minutes, an Olympic record, with Kenya's Priscah Jeptoo taking silver and Russia's Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova the bronze.

Scotland's Freya Murray, who had only been called up to the team a week ago following Radcliffe's withdrawal, was the first Briton home in 44th place, clocking 2hrs 32.14mins.

Her team-mate Claire Hallissey finished 57th in 2:35.39.

And they're off: The competitors leave the start line

And they're off: The competitors leave the start line

Yamauchi, though, was one of eight in the 118-strong field not to finish.

The 38-year-old, who finished sixth
in the Beijing Olympic marathon but has since been plagued by injury,
could not live with even the steady early pace of the large leading
pack.

'I was more than confident I could
give it a good go and I started off but on about the second corner it
(my heel) started hurting,' she said.

Wet, wet, wet: The runners had to contend with rain throughout the race

Wet, wet, wet: The runners had to contend with rain throughout the race

'I did my best – it's not the best
situation to be in, dropping out of the Olympic marathon at a home Games
– but I gave it my very best and I didn't want my Olympic journey to
end like this.

'I'm sorry for all the people who
supported me and encouraged me and came today in the pouring rain to
support me but I am still so pleased for their help.

'I've been doing lots of work cross
training and a reasonable amount of running so I knew cardio-vascular
wise I was fit and I have been able to run my foot.

'I did think about withdrawing
beforehand but I decided it's not that bad I can run I can do the race
and I had much higher hopes but sadly it wasn't to be.'

Shock win: Gelana was not expected to challenge for gold

Shock win: Gelana was not expected to challenge for gold

Shock win: Gelana was not expected to challenge for gold

Danny Talbot bags a bronze in Helsinki but it"s not enough to send him to the Olympics

Talbot bags a bronze in Helsinki but it's not enough to send him to the Olympics

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UPDATED:

21:02 GMT, 30 June 2012

Britain's Danny Talbot won a
bronze medal in the 200 metres at the European Championships, but it was not enough to secure Olympic qualification.

In the final race of a cold, wet
evening in Helsinki, Talbot claimed Britain's fifth medal of the week as
Churandy Martina and Patrick van Luijk secured gold and silver
respectively for Holland.

However, the 21-year-old from
Trowbridge's time of 20.95 seconds was 0.4secs adrift of the 'A'
standard he needed to be considered for Olympic selection after managing
to finish only fourth at last weekend's trials in Birmingham.

Not enough: Danny Talbot's performance in the UK Olympic trials ultimately cost him a place

Not enough: Danny Talbot's performance in the UK Olympic trials ultimately cost him a place

Jorge Lorenzo wins MotoGP in Le Mans

Lorenzo back on top after riding to MotoGP victory in the wet at Le Mans

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UPDATED:

15:15 GMT, 20 May 2012

Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo returned to the top of the MotoGP standings after an impressive performance in testing conditions at Le Mans.

The 2010 world champion continued his fine to start to the season by claiming victory in the rain at the French Grand Prix to follow up his opening-day success in Qatar and his second-placed finishes at Spain and Portugal.

The Yamaha Factory Racing rider finished almost 10 seconds ahead of Italian star Valentino Rossi, who recorded his best result since 2010 by taking second on the hitherto troublesome Ducati.

Triomphe: Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo celebrates on the podium at Le Mans

Triomphe: Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo celebrates on the podium at Le Mans

Rossi finished third in France last year – his best result of the 2011 season.

Third spot was claimed by reigning champion Casey Stoner, who on Thursday surprised the sport by announcing he would be retiring at the end of the season.

The 26-year-old Australian had won the last two races in Spain and Portugal but he lost top spot in the overall standings to Lorenzo following the race, with the Spaniard now eight points clear at the summit.

Wet, wet, wet: Lorenzo (centre) leads the pack at the start of the MotoGP

Wet, wet, wet: Lorenzo (centre) leads the pack at the start of the MotoGP

In third spot overall is Lorenzo's countryman Dani Pedrosa, who pipped Stoner for pole but could only finish fourth and is now 17 points behind the Repsol Honda rider in the classification.

Britain's Cal Crutchlow and his Tech 3 Yamaha team-mate Andrea Dovizioso had to settle for eighth and seventh places respectively after both suffered falls while battling for a podium place with Rossi.

Charlie Wi leads Tiger Woods at Pebble Beach pro-am

Wi leads but big guns Tiger and Johnson in the hunt at drizzly Pebble Beach

South Korea's Charlie Wi holds a three-shot lead in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am after shooting a three-under round of 69 on a second day which saw Tiger Woods fail to make the most of his chance.

With the weather changing from sunny to drizzle through the day Woods shot a two-under 68 on the easiest of the three courses, the Monterey Peninsula Country Club, to lie at six under at halfway.

Wi took 29 putts but his up and down round included five birdies, an eagle and four bogeys.

Leader: Charlie Wi hits his tee shot on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach

Leader: Charlie Wi hits his tee shot on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach

Dustin Johnson, a winner of the tournament in 2009 and 2010, shot an even-par 72 on Spyglass Hill to sit three shots behind Wi.

Woods told the PGA Tour website: 'Drove it good again today, unfortunately just didn't make enough birdies.'

Lying in a tie for 16th, Woods added about the deteriorating weather: 'The golf course got a little interesting coming in.

Wet, wet, wet: Tiger Woods was among those caught in the bad weather

Wet, wet, wet: Tiger Woods was among those caught in the bad weather

'I was hitting the ball in the wrong spots. And the greens started to get a little bumpy with the softer conditions.'

Ireland's Padraig Harrington ended the day in a tie for third at eight under. Harrington added a 66 to his first round 68 to join Americans Brian Gay and Brendon Todd, Fiji's Vijay Singh and New Zealand's Danny Lee.

England's Greg Owen added a 67 to his opening 68 to sit on seven under in a nine-way tie for eighth.

Deer me: The second fairway at Monterey Peninsula Country Club

Deer me: The second fairway at Monterey Peninsula Country Club

Russell Knox finished the day on three under, two shots ahead of fellow Scottish golfer Martin Laird who was joined on one under by Ian Poulter.

His fellow Englishmen Gary Christian and Brian Davis were level par.