•   
  •   
  •   

Sport Spanish long jumper loses chance of win after officials' mistake

22:15  21 february  2021
22:15  21 february  2021 Source:   reuters.com

Catalonia beefs up security for new protests over jailed rapper

  Catalonia beefs up security for new protests over jailed rapper Catalonia beefs up security for new protests over jailed rapperPablo Hasel, known for his radical leftist views, had missed a deadline last Friday to surrender to authorities to serve a nine-month jail term handed down in 2018 - a sentence that caused an uproar in Spain and led the government to announce it would make free speech laws less restrictive.

MADRID (Reuters) - A long jumper was reduced to tears when officials mistakenly erased her mark after a leap that could have brought her a gold medal at the Spanish athletics championships on Sunday.

a person on a court: 2019 European Indoor Athletics Championships © Reuters/ANDREW BOYERS 2019 European Indoor Athletics Championships

Maria Vicente, 19, appeared to have recorded a distance above 6.50 metres with her first leap but the mark was rubbed out by two officials in the pit, who believed she had fouled.

Replays showed the Catalan athlete, who won gold in the pentathlon on Friday, had not over-stepped the mark and she was given another attempt after officials recognised their mistake.

The Long Trail - after months at sea over infection worries, Spanish cattle ship returns to port

  The Long Trail - after months at sea over infection worries, Spanish cattle ship returns to port The Long Trail - after months at sea over infection worries, Spanish cattle ship returns to portCARTAGENA, Spain (Reuters) - A shipload of Spanish cattle that had been drifting for months due to concerns over the bovine bluetongue disease docked in Spain on Thursday, the government said, but the fate of the animals remains unclear.

Visibly shaken by the error, Vicente fouled on her next jump but later recorded 6.24m, her best leap of the day, followed by a dismal 4.83.

She eventually finished third to collect the bronze medal, with Fatima Diame winning gold with 6.51m and Tessy Ebosele taking silver with 6.31.


Video: Serena Williams Leaves Australian Open Press Conference in Tears After Speaking About Final Farewell (ETonline)

"There's no explanation for what happened," a tearful Vicente told reporters.

"The judge saw that it was a valid jump but I don't understand why those in the pit thought it was a foul and wiped it out.

"I feel so emotional because I wanted to do the best I could and I lost because of this. I expected much more from the championship."

Spanish athletics federation president Raul Chapado apologised to Vicente and her coach Ramon Cid for the error.

"It's our responsibility to create the best championship possible but we're all humans and we make mistakes," he said in a video on the organisation's Twitter account.

"We have to improve to ensure something like this doesn't happen again."

(Reporting by Richard Martin; editing by Clare Fallon and Ed Osmond)

Daytona 500 weather updates: Will rain in Sunday forecast delay NASCAR's 2021 race? .
Will rain dampen the 2021 NASCAR season-opener? Check on the forecast ahead of the Daytona 500.Daytona Beach, Fla., was spared from any inclement weather on Tuesday as Kyle Busch won a thrilling Clash at Daytona. Thursday's Daytona Duels, however, were less lucky; rain delayed the second qualifying race of the 500, otherwise known as the Daytona Duels.

usr: 7
This is interesting!