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MOSCOW---Sweden capped an eventful
world championship day with its first gold
medal after one of its high jumpers set off
a controversy over Russia s anti-gay law
in the morning with a rainbow-coloured
protest that drew pole vault great Yelena
Isinbayeva into condemning homosexu-
Abeba Aregawi won the closing 1,500
metres yesterday, beating defending cham-
pion Jenny Simpson of the United States
with a great last-lap effort.
Earlier in the day, Aregawi s team-mate
Emma Green Tregaro flaunted her rainbow-
painted fingernails in the morning as she
qualified for the weekend high jump final,
a show of support of gays and lesbians in
It set off Isinbayeva, the Russian pole-
vaulting star, who criticised homosexuality
and defended the new anti-gay law which
has drawn sharp criticism and led Western
activists to call for a boycott of next year s
Winter Olympics in the Russian resort of
The law means that anyone wearing a
rainbow flag on the street or writing about
gay relationships on Facebook, for instance,
could be accused of propagandising.
"We are just against the publicity in our
country and I support our government,"
Green Tregaro posted a picture of her
fingers on social media Web site Instagram,
saying "Nails painted in the colours of the
rainbow." She followed that with several
hashtags, including "pride" and
"If we allow to promote and do all this
stuff on the street, we are very afraid about
our nation because we consider ourselves
like normal, standard people," Isinbayeva
Another high jumper, Bohdan Bondarenko
of Ukraine, seized the spotlight when he
just missed out on a world record of 2.46
metres and had to settle for a championship
record of 2.41 for gold, edging Mutaz Essa
Barshim of Qatar by three centimetres.
On a night of almosts for Americans,
Simpson was not the only one to settle for
Jehue Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago
threw himself across the finish line to hold
off Michael Tinsley by .01 seconds and win
the 400-metre hurdles.
Gordon came on strong down the stretch
and finished in a world-leading time of
47.69 seconds to edge Tinsley. Emir Bekric
of Serbia was third and two-time Olympic
champion Felix Sanchez wound up fifth.
It was a similar story in the women s 400
hurdles, even if the margins were bigger.
Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic beat
American duo Dalilah Muhammad and
defending champion Lashinda Demus.
The US silver medal tally ballooned to
eight, with a championship leading 14 over-
all. The United States also leads the gold
medal standings with four.
Kenya moved up into second place togeth-
er with Russia when steeplechaser Ezekiel
Kemboi further established himself as the
greatest of his era, winning gold ahead of
compatriot Conseslus Kipruto for his third
world title in a row. It was the fourth straight
1--2 finish for Kenya at the world champi-
Both nations now have eight medals over-
all, including three gold.
Jamaica is only sixth at the moment but
is expected to add many more to its tally
when sprinting takes back precedence over
the last three days of the championships.
The women s 200 final is today and both
100 champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and
Olympic champion Allyson Felix dominated
their semifinal heats, keeping Fraser-Pryce s
ambition alive for three golds---something
team-mate Usain Bolt achieved at two
Olympics and two world championships so
far.Felix is looking for the same triple she
won at the London Olympics last year, com-
bining the 200 with the 4x100 and 4x400
Felix had the top time of 22.30 seconds,
but Fraser-Pryce coasted well ahead of the
line and still finished with the fourth best
qualifying time for today s final.
Fraser-Pryce is primarily a 100 sprinter
and has two Olympics golds that attest to
that, but she said in Moscow that she has
never been as ready as this year to add the
Aregawi wins 1,500
at athletics worlds
Czech Republic's Zuzana
Hejnova, centre, reacts as
she wins the women's 400-
metre hurdles final ahead of
United States' Lashinda
Demus, second from left, at
the World Athletics
Championships in the
Luzhniki stadium in Moscow,
Russia, yesterday. AP PHOTO
ST GEORGE'S---The Grenada gov-
ernment says it will make an initial
cash payment to Olympic gold
medalist Kirani James when he
returns to the island for a brief stint
early next month.
The payment is part of the local
value of bonds promised to the
Grenadian athlete following his vic-
tory in the 400m at the London
Olympics last year.
James became the first athlete
from outside the USA to break the
44-second barrier when he clocked
43.94 seconds and also won Grena-
da s first ever Olympic medal.
"Prime Minister expressed to him
that this government will deliver on
the bond agreement that the previ-
ous government administration
would have made with Kirani except
this time this government is going
to give him the first installment in
cash," said the Press Secretary to
Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell,
Kisha Alexander Grant.
"So he will be collecting that upon
his next visit to Grenada which is
in a few weeks."
Kirani, who turns 21 on September
1, also known as Kirani Day on the
local calender, is expected home in
the first week of September.
Prime Minister Mitchell spoke
with James on Wednesday after his
disappointing seventh place finish
in the Men s 400m final at the IAAF
Championships in Moscow.
The Grenadian leader told James
that he continues to be proud of him
and understands that, like the best
in the game, every athlete will have
an off day.
James went into the men s 400m
final as favourite to take gold.
James to get cash payment on government bonds
SAO PAULO---Fifa says it has fined the Brazilian
football federation for failing to provide informa-
tion relating to a doping case.
Football s governing body said yesterday that it
fined the federation 10,000 Swiss francs (about
US$10,700) for "not complying with the request
from the Fifa Disciplinary Committee."
Fifa said documents and information related to
the case were not submitted "within the deadline."
Fifa did not immediately disclose the name of
the player, but Brazilian media widely reported that
it was related to former Vasco da Gama playmaker
Carlos Alberto, who was cleared of doping charges
after a test came back positive for a banned diuret-
MASON---Victoria Azarenka reached the quar-
terfinals by defeating No 33 Magdalena Rybarikova
6--3, 6--4 yesterday at the Western & Southern
The two-time Australian Open champion and
her Slovakian opponent had 13 service breaks,
including the last seven games.
Seventh-seeded Juan Martin del Potro earned a
berth in the men s quarterfinals, holding off 27th-
ranked Spaniard Feliciano Lopez for a 6--4, 1--6,
Azarenka withdrew from last week s Rogers Cup
in Toronto with a lower back injury. The previous
week, she lost to Samantha Stosur in the finals of
the Southern California Open.
Azarenka reached the quarterfinals for the first
time in three appearances at the event. She lost to
Jelana Jankovic in the third round last year.
PARIS---Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France has pulled
out of the US Open with a knee injury.
The eighth-ranked Tsonga hasn t played since
June 26 when he was forced to drop out of his sec-
ond-round match at Wimbledon. He says his left
knee needs more time to recover and he hopes to
be ready for the Moselle Open next month.
The 28-year-old Tsonga already missed the Rogers
Cup in Montreal earlier this month due to the injury.
The US Open, the year s final Grand Slam tour-
nament, starts on August 26.
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