Efimova: Media stokes war between athletes

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Efimova told CNN's Nick Paton Walsh that she was left "upset" by King's comments before and after the 100m breaststroke final, in which the American won gold.

Lilly criticised her Russian opponents for being "caught drug cheating" but Efimova claimed the media stoked the flames.

EFIMOVA ON LILY KING

“The media always try to do some war or something between athletes. I think it’s more, like, interesting to watch but it’s very hard for athletes.
“It’s upset me so much, especially from like Michael Phelps and girls like Lilly King, and everybody.”








"She is too young. She (doesn’t) know about things. She (doesn't) know how life is going sometimes when you try to do right."



EFIMOVA ON RUSSIAN DOPING 

“I know a lot of Russian athletes. It’s like more stupid – ‘oh just Russians use doping’ but every other country is fine?

“It's like Russia, Russia, Russia, Russia like all Russia just ‘drink vodka, like have beer and drink doping’ and that's it.”

EFIMOVA ON LIVING IN AMERICA 

"Life is so much easier than in Russia. Everybody is smiling.

"America is about change - it changed me."


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Rio: Superb Sindhu topples World No8

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Superb Sindhu

It was late night euphoria for Indian badminton fans as PV Sindhu produced a sensational performance to make her way into the quarter-finals of the women’s singles event at the Rio Olympics on Monday.

The World No. 10 was in control throughout this Round of 16 clash to convincingly beat the eighth-ranked Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei, 21-13, 21-15.

Sindhu’s win brought double delight for India as earlier the only shuttler in the men’s singles draw – Kidambi Srikanth too caused an upset when he defeated the World No. 5 Jan O Jorgensen to advance to the last-eight.

Considering that she had lost her only 2016 meeting with the Indonesia Open champion, the Indian was under a lot of pressure. But when they took the court, the 21-year-old Indian presented a picture of a calm and steady mind, unfazed by the challenge.

Her tactics were brilliant and helped to thoroughly dismantle a player of Tai’s talent. With aggressive smashes, punctuated by great dropshots, a superb Sindhu exposed the Taipei shuttler’s slow movement and left her with no chance.

Her attacking instincts paid rich dividends as she surged to an 11-6 lead by the mid-game interval. The game looked to be one-way traffic as the young Indian smartly kept on increasing her lead over her higher-ranked rival who looked clueless.

From 15-13, the two-time World Championships bronze medallist went on a run of six straight points to put the first game in her pocket in 19 minutes. The second game was a mirror image of the first with Sindhu being patient and hitting with pinpoint accuracy. That helped her break away from 7-6 to take a 12-7 lead and have the match in her grip.

A few errors did creep into the Indian’s otherwise polished game thereafter and the Taipei shuttler closed in to make it 12-17. But Sindhu was soon able to regroup to race to 20-12 and have a bagful of match points.

Tai saved three of them before finally succumbing to the Indian in 40 minutes. Sindhu next meets the 2012 silver medallist and former World No. 1 Wang Yihan of China on Tuesday for a place in the semi-finals.

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Olympian of the Day: Sharon van Rouwendaal

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Sharon van Rouwendaal

After two largely unremarkable Olympics in the short course events – with a 6th place as part of the 2012 4x100m relay her best performance – the 22-year-old showed her prowess over long distances with a storming victory in the women’s 10km.

With Fort Copacabana at one end of the course and the iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain at the other, Van Rouwendaal delivered a towering display with the result never in doubt as she entered the final few kilometres.

What makes it even more impressive was that it was only six weeks before the start of the Games that Van Rouwendaal thought she could compete, having battled a shoulder injury. “It’s not been a great year for me,” she said.

We can safely say that’s changed.

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