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batsman Umar Akmal has been replaced
by Sarfraz Ahmad for the limited-overs
tour of Zimbabwe later this month
because of an undisclosed illness.
Akmal had been playing for Barbados
Tridents in the Caribbean Premier
League but was summoned by the
Pakistan Cricket Board to undergo a
The PCB said in a statement
yesterday that it has "received
confirmation from the West Indies today
about Umar Akmal not being medically
fit."Akmal impressed with his
wicketkeeping and batting during
Pakistan's series victories in Twenty20
and one-day internationals against West
Indies last month.
Pakistan will play two Twenty20
matches and then three ODIs against
Zimbabwe in Harare on a tour that starts
on August 23.
MOSCOW---When Usain Bolt
means business, he is still all alone
Bolt coasted to his third straight
200-metre world title yesterday
with the race basically wrapped up
as soon as he entered the finishing
Jamaican teammate Warren Weir
never got close to Bolt s world lead-
ing time of 19.66 seconds, but cross-
ing .13 seconds later for silver still
left him enough time to join Bolt in
a reggae dance to Bob Marley s
"Three Little Birds."
"The energy was great tonight,"
Bolt said. "The crowd was in to it,"
Curtis Mitchell of the United
States took bronze in 20.24 seconds,
but was never in the hunt for gold.
Now Bolt will go for his fourth
triple gold at a major championship
when he joins the Jamaican team
for the 4x100 relay on Sunday.
"It should be even better," Bolt
The wealth of Jamaican sprinting
is such that they might well sweep
their American rivals in unprece-
dented fashion, after Shelly-Ann
Fraser-Pryce clinched a similar 100-
200 double and has her final relay
also late on the closing day of the
Opposition could hardly touch
Bolt on Saturday, and once it was
clear his right foot was ok after he
dropped a starting block on it early
in the week, everything was as good
Even his start was strong as he
quickly gained a decisive edge. And
then in the finishing straight, Bolt
fully let loose his giant stride, the
one that has dumbfounded rivals
since he won three gold medals at
the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
His seventh world title leaves him
one shy of American greats Carl
Lewis and Michael Johnson, who
lead the overall gold medal standings
in the 30-year history of the event.
Today, Bolt can pull alongside them.
And with 10 medals overall, Bolt
can overtake Lewis at the top with
two silvers compared to a silver and
bronze for the American sprinter-
Even though he is only 26, Bolt s
maturity showed yesterday as the
wild hot-dogging of the Beijing
Games gave way to a sense of near-
His Lightning Bolt stance came
late and besides the dance steps,
everything was contained.
"I got to face the fact that I am
getting older so I have to try not
getting injured during the season,"
The only thing that never changes
is the gold. And it is that which the
United States is missing, seeing Rus-
sia jump past in the gold medal
standings with two great perform-
While the Russians were over-
taking the heavily favored American
4x400 relay time, Svetlana Shkolina
overtook Brigetta Barrett in the high
The Russian won by three cen-
timeters with a leap of 2.03 metres.
Defending world champion Anna
Chicherova, who is also the Olympic
champion, had to settle for bronze
after clearing 1.97.
"The crowd s roar for the 4x400
relay really put me up for my last
attempt," Shkolina said.
Emma Green Tregaro of Sweden,
who wore rainbow-colored finger-
nails during qualifying to show sup-
port for Russian gays and lesbians
in the face of an anti-gay law, fin-
ished fifth in the final, with red-
"It was harder to not paint them
in the rainbow than it was to choose
to paint them," Green Tregaro said.
"I m surprised by the big reactions
but I m happy about the big reaction
because it s mostly been very pos-
With the closing day to come,
Russia leads the gold medal stand-
ings with seven, ahead of the United
States with six. Overall, the Amer-
ican team leads the host nation 20-
15.Bolt s medal pushed Jamaica into
third place with four golds.
The United States got its only
gold on the night from 21-year-old
Brianna Rollins, who surged at the
end of the 100 hurdles to beat
Olympic champion Sally Pearson in
12.44 seconds, edging the Australian
by .06 seconds.
Early in the day, Olympic cham-
pion Stephen Kiprotich became the
first non-Kenyan since 2005 to win
the men s marathon gold medal at
the world championships.
The Ugandan broke away from
Boston Marathon winner Lelisa
Desisa of Ethiopia in the shaded
park around Luhzniki Stadium to
win his country s first men s world
title in the 30-year history of the
"I am so happy I won another
gold medal for my country," Kipro-
tich said. "Now I am the Olympic
and world champion."
Another Ethiopian, Tadese Tola,
took bronze on a warm afternoon
in the Russian capital.
Later in the evening, Ethiopian
veteran Meseret Defar added the
5,000 world title to her Olympic
gold medal, coming out of the slip-
stream of teammate Almaz Ayana
to win with a strong finish.
Defar, the 2007 world champion,
finished in 14:50.19, beating silver
medalist Mercy Cherono of Kenya
by 1.03 seconds.
Ayana did most of the heavy work
for Defar but weakened near the
end. She still won her first major
championship medal in 14:51.33.
...still on for 3 golds at worlds
Akmal out of Harare tour with undisclosed illness
Jamaica's Usain Bolt crosses the finish line to win the men's 200-metre final at the World Athletics Championships
in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, yesterday. AP PHOTO
'I got to face
the fact that I
older so I have
to try not
--- Usain Bolt
Bolt takes 200m
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