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broke his drought on a swelteringly
hot yesterday, winning the Hun-
garian Grand Prix to match Michael
Schumacher's track record of four
Not that the Mercedes driver
expected to win his first race since
the United States GP last November,
saying beforehand he would need
"a miracle" despite qualifying in pole
position for the third time in a row.
"I was hungry for it today," Hamil-
ton said. "I was going for every move
Hamilton beat Kimi Raikkonen of
Lotus by 10.9 seconds and finished
12.4 ahead of Red Bull driver Sebas-
tian Vettel, who still moved further
ahead in his quest for a fourth
straight Formula One title.
Mercedes has been quick in qual-
ifying all season but has struggled
with its tires during race day. How-
ever, they held up on a Hungaroring
circuit in which temperatures reached
51 degrees Celsius (123 Fahrenheit).
"We've got to keep working hard,"
Hamilton said. "But if we can come
here and make them last (then) any-
thing is possible."
Equaling one famed drivers' record
drew praise from another.
"He drove sensationally, the best
I've ever seen him drive," said non-
executive Mercedes chairman Niki
Lauda, a three-time F1 champion.
"We were not as quick as the Red
Bull, but Lewis made it all up with
the way he passed people."
Vettel was frustrated at failing to
overtake Raikkonen late in the race.
"I would have loved the race to
have been a bit longer," Vettel said.
"I got close but I wasn't in the prime
overtaking spot at that point."
Vettel headed into the weekend
34 points clear at the top and added
four more to his lead as the race
enters its mid-season break. The
next race is the Belgium GP on Aug.
25.The German has 172 points, 38 in
front of Raikkonen and 39 ahead of
Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, who
finished fifth to slip behind Raikko-
nen overall. Hamilton has 124 to sit
Alonso was referred to race stew-
ards for using his DRS system --- a
strictly controlled device that helps
overtaking --- on three occasions
when he was not allowed to. He kept
his points but Ferrari was fined
Hamilton managed his tires wisely
to earn his 22nd win. Coming into
the race, he had been third three
times. But he also won from pole in
Hungary last year, and he kissed his
Mercedes car and hugged team boss
Ross Brawn following Sunday's vic-
"We were on the back foot when
we came in," Hamilton said. "I feel
like I really earned my keep today."
The Briton was in no mood for
compromise during the race, snap-
ping at an engineer over the race
radio after receiving some late advice:
"Hey man, I'm trying to drive here.
I'm happy with the way the car is."
Meanwhile, teammate Nico Ros-
berg had to withdraw near the end
with flames billowing from the back
of his car. He was unhurt.
Vettel has four wins overall, having
won the German GP three weeks
ago, but his tire option didn't work
"The start was difficult, and when
Lewis pulled in we thought we could
do it on the softs," Vettel said. "I
damaged my front wing, which did
not help. We wanted a little bit more
He tried desperately to get past
Raikkonen, and they almost collided
on the next-to-last lap. Vettel
thought the Finn should have given
him more room.
"I told him but he was laughing,"
Meanwhile, the pressure was on
tire manufacturer Pirelli.
The teams recently held in-season
testing sessions at Silverstone to
assess new tires provided by Pirelli,
after several spectacular blowouts
on the same circuit at the British
GP in June prompted a boycott threat
Pirelli decided that from this race
until the end of the season it will
revert to last year's tires combined
with the current compounds from
"The first time ever I can remem-
ber my tires not being a problem,"
With 14 corners and short
straights, the Hungaroring is the sec-
ond most difficult track for over-
taking after Monaco --- although it
has a long run down to Turn 1.
Hamilton held his racing line per-
fectly on it to get an early boost.
Lotus driver Romain Grosjean,
who started third and finished sixth,
tried to pass inside Vettel before the
first turn, but the German moved
to the right.
Rosberg went wide on Turn 5 and
onto the grass, and then shortly after
nudged into Felipe Massa's Ferrari
to dislodge the Brazilian's front wing.
Staying out longer on medium-
compound tires, Button blocked Vet-
tel to allow Hamilton to streak ahead.
Grosjean was given a drive-
through penalty for leaving the track
and gaining an advantage, while an earlier collision with Button saw him
receive a 20-second time penalty. It made no difference to the race posi-
BARCELONA---Qiu Bo won his
second consecutive world title in
the men's 10-meter platform yes-
terday, giving China its ninth gold
medal in 10 diving events at the
Defending champion Qiu
destroyed the 12-man field with his
six dives --- including two near per-
fect efforts --- to rake in 581 points.
Behind Qiu, Olympic champion
David Boudia took his second straight
silver and Germany's Sascha Klein
again secured bronze to replicate the
podium from the 2011 world cham-
pionships in Shanghai.
With the win, Qiu became the
only man other than Greg Louganis
to medal in three straight worlds in
this event after also taking home the
silver in 2009.
The 20-year-old Qiu said he was
motivated by his second-place finish
to Boudia in the 2012 Games.
"Before the London Olympics I
had a few injuries and I made quite
a few mistakes in my performance,"
Qiu said. "I wasn't too satisfied with
a silver, but I was happy that I did
as well as I did.
"Even though I lost in London it
didn't mean it was a failure because
of what I was able to learn. I trained
hard and was able to boost my con-
fidence, and I believe that today
everyone saw how my hard work
has paid off."
More than anyone, Boudia surely
did. He finished far behind Qiu with
517.40 points, even if Boudia did
manage to save the United States
from being shut out of the medals
in the diving at the Montjuic Munic-
ipal pool overlooking Barcelona.
Boudia said that after a whirlwind
year - which included him getting
married - he was content to settle
for a silver.
"After achieving your ultimate
goal of becoming an Olympic gold
medalist, to come to the world
championships and be on the podi-
um is great," the 24-year-old Amer-
ican said, adding that the result was
"encouraging" as he looked toward
the 2016 Olympics.
Klein claimed third with 508.55
to earn his second medal after his
gold from the 10-meter synchronized
platform last week with partner
Patrick Hausding, the only event
Chinese divers didn't dominate.
China finished this week's diving
events just one gold medal shy of a
Boudia had led the semifinals with
Qiu only managing to classify in
sixth place, but the expected com-
petition between the old rivals quick-
ly turned into Boudia watching Qiu
cruise to the title with an untouch-
"I didn't do too well in the semi-
finals because I had trained a lot and
was tired," Qiu said. "But I'm happy
with how well I did in the final. I
just prepared myself and did it up
to my standards."
They are some standards. Qiu had
four of the five best individual dives
of the final, including two massive
hauls of 108 and 110.70 points that
were among the best of all the diving
Boudia led after the first two
rounds, but Qiu had closed the gap
to just five points before he went
ahead for good in the third.
Qiu then practically decided the
title with two dives to go by nailing
a backward pike with three-and-a-
half somersaults that six of seven
judges scored as a 10, with only one
giving it a 9.5.
Mexican pair German Sanchez
and Ivan Garcia finished fourth and
fifth, followed by Olympic bronze
medalist Tom Daley of Britain in
MOSCOW---Michael Hoey won
the Russian Open by four strokes
yesterday to clinch his fifth Euro-
pean Tour title.
The Northern Irishman, who
held a five-shot lead overnight after
a third-round 65, shot a 2-under
70 with three birdies. He finished
with an overall 16-under 272.
Alexandre Kaleka (68) of France
and Matthew Nixon (69) of Eng-
land tied for second.
Hoey hadn't finished better than
25th this season on the European
Tour and credited his putting as
key to winning.
He says, "the standard is so high
these days that it usually comes
down to who makes the most
Hamilton ends drought with Hungary success
British Formula One driver Lewis
Hamilton of McLaren Mercedes
drinks champagne on the podium
after winning the Formula One
Hungarian Grand Prix at the
Hungaroring race track near
Budapest, Hungary, yesterday.
BARCELONA---If Michael Phelps
is planning a comeback, it's on
hold for now.
The most decorated Olympian
in history was wearing a large black
boot cast on his right ankle and
foot, and limping yesterday at a
sponsor's appearance at the world
Phelps told a couple of officials
that he hurt himself playing golf
a few days ago, apparently when
he stepped in a hole.
Phelps' agent did not immedi-
ately return a request for com-
Phelps retired from swimming
after last year's London Olympics
with a record 22 career medals.
There has been speculation he
is considering a return for the 2016
Rio de Janeiro Games.
Qiu Bo beats Boudia for second straight world gold
Hoey wins Russian Open by four strokes
Phelps limping on injured ankle in Barcelona
Gold medalist Qiu Bo from China
bites his gold medal for the men's
10-meter platform final at the FINA
Swimming World Championships in
Barcelona, Spain, yesterday. AP
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