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Street criminal becomes top athlete in Brazil

August 22, 2003 16:12 IST
  August 22, 2003 | 16:15 IST

Shattering blow to Bhupathi family and fans

The news that Leander Paes has lesion in brain and needs urgent medical attention came as a shattering blow to Bhupathi's family in Bangalore.
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Street criminal becomes top athlete in Brazil

A Brazilian woman who lived as a criminal on the streets of Sao Paulo for more than 30 years has become one of the country's best long distance runners.
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How home hopes are shaping up

Colin Jackson, who won two gold medals in the 110m hurdles, rates Britain's medal prospects at the forthcoming world championships.
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World Athletics women's events

BBC Sport Interactive looks at the medal prospects in each of the women's individual events at the 2003 World Athletics Championships.
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World Athletics diary

The French might like to portray themselves as a relaxed bunch, but there is anxiety in the air at the Stade de France.
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IAAF Congress approves anti-doping code

The International Association of Athletics Federations adopted the new global anti-doping code setting out uniform rules and sanctions for drug violations.
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Edwards jumps his last

Jonathan Edwards this morning announced he will retire from athletics after competing in the World Championships in Paris.
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Johnson quietly stalks title

The world's best sprinters will be even more tense and watchful than usual when they begin powerplays in Paris on Sunday.
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IAAF launch global plan

Track and field's world governing body announced a nine-year plan today to boost the sport's global popularity as it struggles to compete for attention and sponsorship outside Olympic years.
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US veteran out of world titles

Veteran American 1500 metres specialist Suzy Favor-Hamilton has been forced to pull out of the world championships because of injury, the US team confirmed today.
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Montoya plays down title chances

Juan Pablo Montoya believes his in-form Williams team can continue to improve but the Colombian refuses to be drawn on his own prospects of landing the world Formula One championship.
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Last-ditch push to save Canadian grand prix

A high-powered delegation, including the mayor of Montreal Gérald Tremblay and Canada's justice minister Martin Cauchon, arrived here yesterday in a last-ditch attempt to save the Canadian grand prix.
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Work to begin on Turkish GP track

Although Bernie Ecclestone has yet to confirm that Turkey will definitely host a round of the Formula One World Championship, work on the country's first Grand Prix circuit will begin next month.
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Safin, Canas withdraw from US Open

US Open champion Marat Safin of Russia has withdrawn from the final Grand Slam tournament of the

year due to a wrist injury. Guillermo Canas of Argentina also withdrew following wrist surgery.
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Sampras set to announce retirement


greatest player in tennis history is to announce his retirement.
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Sampras - the absent king


Meadows will be a different place this year with the towering presence of defending champion Pete Sampras absent, seemingly never to return.
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Clijsters chases major boost


Clijsters could have been forgiven for relaxing after she became the new world number one in Los Angeles two weeks ago.
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Revised US Open men's draw

The men's singles draw for next week's US Open, revised to reflect the withdrawals today of Russian 26th

seed Marat Safin and Argentina's Guillermo Canas.
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Becks: The biggest test of my career


Beckham has faced many challenges in his extraordinary life and come through them all with his unique blend of courage, talent and mental resilience.
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Sven's backs Ferdinand to beat form slump


Goran Eriksson has refused to push the panic button over England's slack defending, but admitted Rio Ferdinand slumped last season.
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Giggs out to haunt Italians

Ryan Giggs last night predicted Italy would be terrified of Wales when the countries clash in their vital Euro 2004

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Shut it Vieira


Vieira was last night told by the FA he was talking nonsense after he launched a stinging attack on what he sees as the victimisation of Arsenal.
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The bad boy of British bowls

Griff Sanders' wild ways (he rolled a cigarette and ate a bag of chips on the grass)

got him into big trouble with the bosses of Devon bowling. Now he's about to become a film hero. Martin Kelner reports.
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MSSA: Close encounters, the shuttle kind

The competition started to hot up yesterday in the Colgate-Mumbai School Sports Association inter-school badminton tournament entered the quarter-final

stages in both the senior boys and girls category at Cricket Club of India.
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Sandhya has it easy

Sandhya Nagaraj had enough ammunition to overcome an error-prone fourth seed and Statemate Vandana Murali 6-2, 6-2 in the girls' under-18 quarterfinals of the Adidas-Madras

Cricket Club junior National tennis championship at the Club courts.
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Indians reach after tiring journey


temperature in Teheran is soaring like Sachin's sixer. This is a cause for concern for the Indian team which landed here this morning after a tedious journey for its campaign in the 12th World junior men's volleyball championship that begins at two different but closely-located venues on Saturday.
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