September 26, 2011

   

Nyad Again Aborts Florida-Cuba Swim

Jellyfish stings, currents hinder 3rd attempt

Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad on Sunday aborted her third attempt at swimming 103 miles in open water from Cuba to Florida. Nyad, 62, was 67 nautical miles and 40 hours into the swim when she was forced out of the water by Portuguese man o' war stings and strong cross-currents that had pushed her off course. It is her second failed attempt at the crossing since August. Nyad said that the stings had paralyzed some of her back muscles, and doctors warned that additional stings could lead to long-term health problems. "I've never been in any pain, ever, like that in my whole life," she said. Nyad first attempted to swim from Cuba in 1978 but quit after encountering bad weather and strong currents. After a lengthy retirement from long-distance swimming, during which she launched a successful career as a radio host in Los Angeles, she attempted the crossing for the second time one month ago. That attempt foundered when Nyad injured her shoulder and suffered an 11-hour asthma attack. Nyad has not announced plans to attempt the swim again. "It's such a bitter pill," she said on Sunday, after her third attempt. "I am so capable of that swim. That's the end though."

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Mark Cavendish     Photo: Kei-ai/Flickr

Cavendish Takes UCI Road Race Title

Italy's Bronzini is women's champ

Mark Cavendish and Giorgia Bronzini won road race titles at the UCI World Championships this weekend in Copenhagen, Denmark. Italy's Bronzini, the 2010 UCI road race winner, drafted off riders from the Dutch and German teams to outsprint Marianne Vos and defend her title. Cavendish recieved an expert lead out from team Great Britain and outsprinted the men's field, taking the title from 2010 champion Thor Hushovd, who failed to defend after a crash cost him and others approximately a minute. Both races were single-day events held on flat, fast, 140-kilometer courses. Cavendish's win caps one of the best sprint season in men's cycling history. In addition to his world title, he took five stage wins at this year's Tour de France, bringing his career stage victories at the Tour to 20. He is the first British man in 46 years to win the road race title.

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Patrick Makau Berlin Marathon     Photo: Avda/Wikimedia

Makau Smashes Marathon World Record

In Berlin, Kenyan runs 2:03:38

Patrick Makau ran 2:03:38 at the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, breaking the world marathon record and bringing the mark back to Kenya after six years under Ethiopian control. Makau, known until recently as a half-marathon specialist, ran alongside Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie through mile 17 before surging and running clear to the finish at 26.2 miles. Gebrselassie, who held the previous record at 2:03:59 and is perhaps the greatest distance runner in history, would later drop out a mile 22. Makau is one of several fast and aggressive Kenyans who are responsible for a recent precipitous drop in elite marathon times. On the Boston Marathon's downhill course this April, Kenyans Geoffrey Mutai and Moses Mosop ran 2:03:02 and 2:03:06, respectively, marks that are faster than Makau's time but do not count because Boston's course is not certified for records. But in the nine-year period since 2002, the official world marathon record has fallen two minutes. By contrast, in the 17-year period before 2002, the record fell only one minute and 30 seconds. Mosop, the Boston runner up, is expected to take a shot at Makau's time later this fall when he runs the Chicago Marathon.

Read more at The New York Times

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Angie Payne climbing at the Nor'easter 2010     Photo: Adam Roy

Dory, Payne win at North Face Open

CO climbers dominate season's final comp

Colorado boulderers Angie Payne and Ian Dory won the North Face Open in Burlington, Vermont, this weekend, claiming the final bouldering titles of the summer 2011 season. Dory bested a field of 20 men by flashing two of the three final problems; Payne was the only climber on the women's side to complete all three problems, each on her first try. Organizers originally planned to hold finals in the six-person format used in World Cup bouldering. Rain forced the cancellation of a planned semi-final round, however, forcing tour officials to hold an expanded final in its place. The North Face Open is the third and final event in this year's United Bouldering Championships Pro Tour. Tour organizers NE2C canceled a fourth competition, planned for the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, due to a budget shortfall.

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Grizzly Bear     Photo: KRO-Media

Hunter Killed By Partner, Not Bear

Autopsy shows gunshot killed man

An autopsy revealed Friday that a Nevada hunter thought to have been killed by a wounded grizzly bear died from a single gunshot wound to the chest, presumably delivered when his hunting partner attempted to defend him. Ty Bell and Steve Stephenson of Winnemucca, Nevada, mistakenly shot the grizzly while hunting black bear along the Idaho-Montana border. The men were pursuing the wounded bear into a thicket when it charged. As the bear mauled Stephenson, Bell fired several shots, killing both the bear, and, according to an examiner at the Montana State Crime Lab, his hunting partner. Grizzly bears, a protected species in the lower 48 states, are illegal to hunt. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks are still investigating the incident. Bell could faces charges both for the death of his friend and for killing an endangered species. 

Read more at The Missoulian

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