Posted: June 20th, 2011 | Author: manchingjp | Filed under: Other Sports News | Tags: 2008 Olympics, 23 Years, Arcy, Athlete, Australian Swimmer, Charlotte North Carolina, Clara International, Jail Sentence, Launch, London Games, Michael Phelps, Olympic Gold Medalist, Phelp, Rivalry, Santa Clara, Self Assurance, Shanghai, Sydney Bar, Team Mate, World Championships | 2 Comments »
Nick D’Arcy, Australian swimmer expects his win over Michael Phelps in the 200 meters butterfly final at the Santa Clara International in California is the launch of a budding competition with the 14 times Olympic gold medalist.
D’Arcy, who will neglect the World Championships in shanghai after being excluded of Australian trials with a liver illness, said his victory by 0.01 seconds over the American had given him a self-assurance increase prior to the 2012 London Games.
D’Arcy, the 23 years old quoted saying after beating Phelps with a time of one minute, 55.39 seconds, “I think you’ve got to take away plenty of confidence when you get the opportunity to get one up on possibly the greatest athlete that’s ever lived.”
“I consider myself honoured to be even mentioned in the same breath as him, so to get one up on him … I think that’s really going to give me the drive to push forward to next year.”
D’Arcy was booted off the Australian tem for the 2008 Olympics for beating a previous team-mate at a Sydney bar for which he was condemned and given a 14 months suspended jail sentence in 2009.
The failure was record-holder Phelps’s third in the previous three starts over the distance. Wu Peng of China ended his 9 year domination of the category in April and reiterated the feat a month after at a meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Time of Phelp at Santa Clara was closely four seconds shy of his 1.51.51 record put at the 2009 World Championships in Rome.
The Australian, who holds the national record in the distance said, “I think people know that he can be beaten but I don’t think that takes away anything from Michael as an athlete.”
“I think some of the times he puts on the board heading towards next year will be very quick and I just want to kind of keep this rivalry up and hopefully go with him.”
Posted: May 29th, 2011 | Author: Evencio | Filed under: Soccer | Tags: 23 Years, Abi, Best Player, Carles Puyol, Champions League, Club Captain, Consolation, Difficult Season, Emotional Moment, Eric Abidal, Final Victory, Group Mates, Group Spirit, Lionel Messie, Manchester United, Photo Credit, Serious Health, Team Group, Wayne Rooney, Wembley, Xavi | 2 Comments »
Lionel Messie played down his involvement to Champions League final victory of Barcelona on Saturday, alleging his man-of-the-match presentation was roughly immaterial as he and his group mates confirmed they “were the better team.”
Messi grasped second objective of his side and a record balancing 12th of the contest, to place them on course of an ultimate 3-1 win over Manchester United at Wembley.
Pedro and David Villa acquired other objectives of Barcelona with first half equalizer, Wayne Rooney for United finally nothing over a consolation.
Messie was consequently called man-of-the-match for his on the whole show, but the 23 years old persisted that it was a victory built on group spirit instead of individual skill and that eventually the right team won.
Messi said, “To be the man-of-the-match is the least important thing, because it was incredible how we played. We were very good in all areas. We’re very happy to lift another trophy.”
“It was a difficult season but we showed who we are. We were the better team.”
Group mates of Messie paid tribute to the Argentine, with Xavi saying, “He is the number one, he makes the difference – he is just the best player in the world.”
The exciting of the trophy observed an emotional moment, as Carles Puyol, club captain postponed the armband to Eric Abidal, who just two months before had undergone a serious health shock that resulted in a tumor being taken away from his liver.
Dani Alves noted, “Even before all of this, we said our biggest victory, our most important trophy, was the recovery of Abi. We put on a spectacle for everyone who is passionate about football and who loves football.”
“And I think that people who really like football will be very happy today because they have seen a great match.”
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