Story highlights Croatia to play France in World Cup final Country of four million competing in its first final Final to be played July 15, 16:00 BST (CNN)On the morning after the night before, eyes learning to refocus again after giddily celebrating Croatia reaching a first World Cup final, Anita Sambol jumped into her car and made the 60 kilometer journey to Zagreb. She needed a passport. Urgently. She, like her country's footballers, was on her way to Moscow for the World Cup final, to be a witness to a momentous moment in her country's history. "It's been really crazy, crazy, crazy here during the World Cup," she says, speaking to CNN Sport from her Croatian home. "Wednesday it all went on a completely other level. It was just pure happiness, pure celebrations." Follow @cnnsport It was on floodlit Wednesday night in the Russian capital, of course, that Croatia's footballers dug into their infinite reserves of energy to crush English dreams in a gripping World Cup … [Read more...] about What’s the secret to Croatia’s footballing success?
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In 2011, Şahika Ercümen broke a standing diving record of 108 meters by diving two meters further in a competition in Austria, breaking a world record previously set by a male diver. In 2014, our visually impaired athlete Öznur Yılmazer received three medals after finishing first in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter races in the IPC Athletics European Championships. She even made history in the championship itself by receiving three medals all at once. In 2016, Nur Tatar Askari received a bronze medal in taekwondo during the Rio Olympics. She had returned to Turkey with a gold medal prior to that when she came back home from the London Summer Olympics. In 2017, Yasemin Adar became champion at the Paris World Wrestling Championship in the 75-kilogram category. Again, in 2017, our women’s team became European champion in the European Fencing Championship. It is a first in our 94 years in fencing as a country. Again in fencing, Deniz Selin Ünlüdağ … [Read more...] about Let’s discuss sports for a bit, shall we?
Gold Coast (Australia) (AFP) - Indian boxing star Mary Kom opened up on the heartache she faced returning to competition after having children as she captured her first Commonwealth Games title on Saturday at the age of 35. Mother-of-three Kom, the subject of a Bollywood film in 2014, won a unanimous points decision over Northern Ireland's Kristina O'Hara in their light-flyweight final on Australia's Gold Coast. It is Kom's first Commonwealth medal of any colour and burnishes a heaving trophy cabinet that already includes an Olympic bronze from London 2012 and five amateur world championship titles. The trail-blazer, known in India as "Magnificent Mary", celebrated with a victory parade on her coach's shoulders and she had tears in her eyes afterwards. Kom, devastated not to gain a wildcard for the 2016 Rio Olympics, gave mixed signals about whether she would now target the Tokyo 2020 Games and a first Olympic gold. "That is difficult to say, but I will try," said Kom, who is already … [Read more...] about Indian trail-blazer Kom finally bags Commonwealth gold
Gold Coast (Australia) (AFP) - Even the presence of sprint legend Usain Bolt failed to inspire Jamaica's track athletes at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday as they suffered another beating in the women's 200 metres. As Bolt looked on from the VIP seats in his new ambassadorial role, double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson failed even to medal, adding to Jamaica's troubles on the Gold Coast after missing out on both 100m titles. Shaunae Miller-Uibo romped to victory for the Bahamas in the women's 200m in a new Games record of 22.09 to further darken Bolt's mood after Yohan Blake's 100m flop on Monday, when he had to settle for bronze. Miller-Uibo was presented her gold medal by none other than Bolt, the eight-time Olympic champion. "It's a pleasure getting it from a great like him," Miller-Uibo told reporters. "Me and Elaine, we compete a lot and she always brings her A-game. I think we put on a great show." Shericka Jackson did at least take silver for Jamaica behind Miller-Uibo as … [Read more...] about Faltering Jamaicans give Bolt the Commonwealth blues
And while next month's games are perhaps unlikely to recreate the magic of four years ago, they are now firmly established as one of the big events of the sporting calendar. The 15th Summer Paralympic Games opens with the traditional ceremony on September 7, followed by 11 days of sporting activities. It will be the first time the summer Paralympics has been held in this host city's wintertime, and the first time the event has been held in South America. Kelda Wood - canoe From: Aston Pigott near Worthen. Your specialist sport: Paracanoe – sprint kayaking. What are your earliest memories of playing sport? "Playing netball at a national level as a teenager. "I played goal attack and at 13 to 14 years I used to go into school at 6.30am every morning and make myself score 100 goals in a row. If I got to 99 and missed one I'd start again. I was often late for lessons." Who were your childhood role models and inspirations? "My dream was to ride for my country in three-day … [Read more...] about Paralympics 2016: Meet Shropshire’s heroes as the ‘Superhumans’ return