On this day: 2004 - Federer repeats Wimbledon triumph

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Express: Federer.

A year after breaking through to claim his first Wimbledon title, Roger Federer successfully defended his crown with a hardfought 4–6, 7–5, 7–6(7–3), 6–4 victory over Andy Roddick in the men’s singles final back on this day in 2004.

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After the second rain delay, Federer found his groove and earned the tiebreaker in the third set to go up 2-1.

In the fourth set, the Swiss saved six break points and broke Roddick to take a 4-3 lead, giving him the cushion to finish off the American in style with an ace.

Other memorable events to happen on this day:

1910: Jack Johnson KOs James Jeffries in the 15th round for the heavyweight title.

1954: West Germany defeat Hungary 3-2 in the final of the fifth World Cup, held in Bern, for their first title.

1987: Imran Khan becomes the first Pakistani to claim 300 Test wickets and the eighth player to accomplish the feat in a series with England.

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Going Out: Push your limits at Desert Warrior Challenge

Jay Asser 4/07/2015
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Are you ready? There are various categories of the challenge to choose from.

If you’re ready to prove you’re a warrior, then prepare yourself for the ultimate physical test in the Desert Warrior Challenge.

The course requires team work, power, mental strength, and fitness to complete its range of obstacles. Registration has opened for 2015 and the Desert Warrior Challenge will be held at the Dubai Police Academy Training Ground on October 23, so there’s still plenty of time to get in shape.

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After the popular event successfully launched in the UAE in 2014, the latest edition will raise the bar with even more challenging obstacles designed to get participants running, crawling, jumping, carrying, climbing and sliding their way to the finish line.

Troy Gillham, managing director for Desert Warrior Challenge, said: “We are very excited to be bringing The GMC Desert Warrior Challenge back to Dubai, its home and birth place. This event we are going to up the ante by bringing the Warriors bigger and more challenging obstacles while introducing our Junior Warrior category for the little guys.

“Teaming up with GMC as our title sponsor is something we are all very happy about, they fit our brand perfectly and strive for the same kind of excellence in product and delivery as we do. I am sure the partnership is going to be a great success.”

Participants can choose from a variety of courses. The Ultimate Warrior is for serious competitors, with the course the same as the Desert Warrior, but timed.

The Desert Warrior course will be the main event as participants navigate 10-plus kilometres and 20-plus obstacles.

Be a part of it: Registration has opened for the October 23 event.

For those who don’t feel they’re ready for the Desert Warrior can choose the Fearless Warrior course for those in training. 
The scaled-down version is 5-plus kilometres with 12-plus obstacles.

The fighters of the future can take part in the Junior Warrior, which will be approximately 1.5km with eight obstacles for ages eight to 12. Parents can cheer their youngsters on from the side of the track.

Some of the obstacles you can expect to encounter are the 1/4 Pipe, The Monster, Monkey Business, Hangin’ On and Twin Peaks.

The entry fee for adults ranges from Dh315 to Dh570 and from Dh125 to Dh170 for juniors. To register, visit www.desertwarriorchallenge.com.

Unleash your inner warrior and conquer the courses in the Desert Warrior Challenge.

What: Desert Warrior Challenge
Where: Dubai Police Academy, Al Rawia Training Fields
When: October 23 from 07:00 to 17:00
Contact: Visit www.desertwarriorchallenge.com to sign-up and for more information

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Happy Birthday - July 3 - Hadlee, Harbhajan, Vettel

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(L-R): Hadlee, Singh and Vettel.

Turning 64 today, Sir Richard Hadlee is New Zealand's record-breaking all-rounder who became the first man to take 400 Test wickets.

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A true legend of the game, Hadlee played a total of 85 Tests and 115 ODIs in his career and is regarded as one of the finest players of his generation. 

Hadlee took a remarkable nine ten-wicket hauls in Test matches and 36 five-fors in single innings while also notching up 2 centuries and fifteen fifties with the bat in the longer format of the game.

Henry Olonga (39) – Former Zimbabwe Test bowler, best known for 'black armband' protest against Robert Mugabe.

Bobby Skinstad (39) – Former South Africa rugby union captain.

Harbhajan Singh (35) – India off-spinner.

Tim Jonkers (34) – Former St Helens, Salford, Wigan and Leigh utility player, born 1981.

Sebastian Vettel (28) – Four-time Formula One world champion.

Winston Reid (27) – West Ham's New Zealand defender.

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