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Age hasn't slowed cyclist Robert Marchand.
The 102-year-old Frenchman broke his own
world record in the over-100s category
yesterday, riding 26.927 kilometers (16.7 miles)
in one hour, more than 2.5 kilometers better
than his previous best time in the race against
the clock two years ago.
By way of comparison, the current overall
world record for one hour is 49.700 kilometers
(30.882 miles) set by Czech Ondrej Sosenka in
Marchand, a retired firefighter and logger, also
holds the record for someone over the age of
100 riding 100 kilometers (62 miles). He did it in
four hours, 17 minutes and 27 seconds in 2012.
Marchand received a standing ovation and
was mobbed by dozens of photographers and
cameramen at the finish line in France's new
National Velodrome, a 74-million-euro ($100
million) complex that officially opened its doors
The athlete smiled and raised his arms at the
finish, supported by two assistants. "It was very
good, but at the end it started to become very
hard!" he said.
He said he couldn't have done it without the
"You have to know there are people who
came from 600 kilometers away to see me
today! It is incredible. That's all I can say,"
Marchand said. (AP)
102-year-old cyclist sets world record
Arsenal made a late foray in the January
transfer window to sign Sweden midfielder
Kim Kallstrom on loan, the only major
move by a top club yesterday on a deadline
day dominated by struggling Premier
League sides scrambling around to
strengthen their squads.
Kallstrom left Spartak Moscow to join
Arsenal for the rest of the season in what
is likely to be the title challenger s only recruit
of the January window.
Chelsea signed 19-year-old Saint-Etienne
defender Kurt Zouma --- and immediately
loaned him back to the French club until
this summer --- while Liverpool was attempt-
ing to tie up a deal for Ukraine winger Yevhen
Konoplyanka from Dnipro.
Otherwise, the late deals were exclusively
being done by clubs battling to avoid rel-
egation from the world s richest league.
Next-to-last Fulham was very active,
bringing in Germany midfielder Lewis Holtby
on loan from Tottenham, Netherlands
defender Johnny Heitinga on a free transfer
from Everton and Greece striker Kostas
Mitroglou from Olympiakos on a 4½-year
deal. Out of Craven Cottage went Dimitar
Berbatov to French team Monaco---ending
his eight-year stint in English football--- Adel
Taarabt to AC Milan and Philippe Senderos
Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
used his connections at former club Man-
chester United to sign winger Wilfried Zaha
on loan and full back Fabio on a permanent
deal, taking the number of signings by the
bottom-place Welsh club this month to
Crystal Palace, which has just climbed
out of the bottom three, was the busiest
team by signing three players---including
winger Jason Puncheon on a permanent
basis from Southampton---and having an
offer for Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley accept-
ed.Third-bottom West Ham turned to Serie
A for the third time this window to sign
Napoli left back Pablo Armero on loan until
the end of the season, mirroring the deals
that have already seen Italy internationals
Marco Borriello and Antonio Nocerino move
to Upton Park.
Boosted by a huge three-year television
deal taking effect at the start of the season,
Premier League clubs spent more than 600
million pounds (then $932 million) in the
summer transfer window.
Before yesterday, they had splashed out
95 million pounds ($156 million) on acquiring
new players in January, according to football
finance experts Deloitte. That ensures they
have already set a record for transfer spend-
ing this season, breaking the 700-million
pounds ($1.15 billion) mark for the first time.
Having shattered Man United s transfer
record to sign Juan Mata for 37.1 million
pounds ($61.2 million) from Chelsea, man-
ager David Moyes spent deadline day
offloading players. As well as Fabio and
Zaha, Italian forward Federico Macheda
was loaned out to second-tier Birming-
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger turned
to the 31-year-old Kallstrom, a veteran of
108 caps for Sweden, after seeing his team s
midfield options hit by injury and suspen-
sion. Aaron Ramsey will be sidelined for
up to six weeks following a setback in his
recovery from a thigh problem, Jack Wilshere
is also currently out injured and Mathieu
Flamini is suspended for the next three
"Kim Kallstrom is a hugely experienced
player," said Wenger, whose second-place
side is a point behind Manchester City in
the standings. "He is a midfielder with
proven quality at both club and international
Kallstrom, who is eligible to play in the
Champions League, joined Spartak in 2012
after six years at French club Lyon. (AP)
MILAN---Italy striker Pablo Osvaldo completed
a loan move to Juventus yesterday after a troubled
spell in England, while Inter Milan signed Brazil
midfielder Hernanes from Lazio.
"I m very happy," Osvaldo said of his return to
Serie A. "Everything happened very fast and I still
can t believe it ... It s been a hectic three or four
Juventus has the option to buy the 28-year-old
before May 31, for 19 million euros ($25.6 million).
Osvaldo joined Southampton from Roma in
August for a club-record 15.1 million euros (then
The forward scored four times for the Premier
League club but was suspended for two weeks on
Jan. 23 following a training-ground incident.
Osvaldo was kicked out of the Confederations
Cup squad last year for insulting his club coach
at Roma in a breach of national team coach Cesare
Prandelli s code of ethics.
Juventus is on course for a third straight league
title and is six points clear of Osvaldo s former
club Roma---its closest challenger.
Another player also returned to Serie A on loan
from the Premier League, with former Lazio defend-
er Modibo Diakite signing for Fiorentina from Sun-
Meanwhile, French winger Gael Kakuta moved
to Lazio on loan from Chelsea.
Hernanes left Lazio s training ground in tears
on Thursday, amid reports he was on the verge of
signing for Inter.
The 28-year-old midfielder --- who joined Lazio
in 2010 --- had a medical at Inter on Friday before
penning a four and a half year deal.
Hernanes has scored two goals in 23 appearances
for Brazil and helped his country to Confederations
Cup success last summer.
Earlier, Saint-Etienne defender Faouzi Ghoulam
signed for Napoli until 2018.
The 22-year-old Algeria international, who played
for France at Under 21 level, made 87 league appear-
ances in four seasons at Saint-Etienne.
Ghoulam is Napoli s third signing this month,
following the arrivals of Jorginho and Henrique.
Napoli also confirmed it allowed Pablo Armero
to join Premier League club West Ham on loan
until the end of the season.
The club has also loaned out Paolo Cannavaro
to newly-promoted Sassuolo, which has the option
to buy the veteran defender at the end of the sea-
Sassuolo has signed goalkeeper Ciro Polito from
Atalanta and forward Antonio Sanabria from
Barcelona on permanent deals.
Elsewhere, Roma signed Rafael Toloi from Sao
Paulo on loan until the end of the season. Roma
has paid the Brazilian club 500,000 euros
($700,000) for the loan and will pay a further 5.5
million euros ($7.4 million) if it decides to buy the
defender in the summer.
Roma also announced Marquinho has moved
on loan to Hellas Verona. Several other deals are
expected to be completed before the transfer win-
dow shuts last night, with Lazio s Hernanes having
a medical at Inter Milan. (AP)
Juventus on loan
Arsenal signs Kallstrom
...as big clubs stay quiet
signs with Arsenal
on loan yesterday
on deadline day.
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