Zimbabwe’s first Comrades win

first_img25 May 2009Zimbabwe’s Stephen Muzhingi derailed Leonid Shvetsov’s attempt at a third Comrades Marathon win in succession on Sunday, while the Nurgalieva twins continued their domination of the women’s race as Olesya succeeded her sister Elena as champion.Muzhingi’s victory was the first ever for a Zimbabwean in the Comrades, but it shouldn’t have come as too much of a surprise. After all, Zimbabweans have won the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon in four of the past five years.In addition, Muzhingi finished third on the Comrades “up” run from Durban to Pietermaritzburg in 2008, seventh the year before that, and also finished fourth in this year’s Two Oceans Marathon, which he used as preparation for the Comrades.Different challengersHowever, one had to keep in mind that the “up” and “down” (Pietermarizburg to Durban) runs have proved to be two different animals, with only very special athletes able to dominate in both directions.One of those, clearly, after record-setting victories in both directions, was Russia’s Leonid Shvetsov. He set the “down” run record in 2007 with a spectacular time of five hours, 20 minutes and 49 seconds. In 2008, he took victory in the “up” run to Pietermaritzburg in five hours, 24 minutes and 48 seconds.Shvetsov looked superb in his victory in 2008, but the Comrades can be a cruel race and no one can be sure of smooth run – world-class athletes like the Russian doctor included.CrampsSunday’s race proved far tougher for him than it had been the previous year, and with nine kilometres to go he had to let Muzhingi go when cramps struck. The Zimbabwean raced comfortably clear and went on to a superb victory at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban.For Shvetsov, the last 10 kilometres felt as if they would never end. After struggling through to the finish, almost 10 minutes behind Muzhingi, he said they were the hardest 10 kilometres of his life.Reflecting on his effort, he said he had disregarded his own advice and paid for it: instead of running his own race, he had panicked when Zimbabwe’s Collen Makaza led by 10 minutes at the halfway mark. Shvetsov explained that he had pushed too hard to narrow the gap and paid the price.In recent years, South African men have shown themselves to be better runners on the “down” run, and they proved it again by filling out the rest of the top 10 places.First South AfricanCharles Tjiane, despite struggling towards the end, finished third, a minute and 11 seconds behind Shvetsov. He was followed across the line by 2003 champion Fusi Nhlapo, with Lucas Nonyana rounding out the top five.The rest of the top 10 consisted of Mncedisi Mkhize, Bongmusa Mthembu, Peter Molapo, Bethuel Netshifhefhe, and Harmans Mokgadi.The Comrades King, Bruce Fordyce, completed the race for the 27th time, while four-time champion Alan Robb racked up his 36th consecutive finish.Dave Rogers, however, failed in his attempt to complete it for a record 44th time. Nonetheless, he still holds the record of 43 finishes. Rogers, who is 66 years of age, has promised he will continue to run the Comrades.Women’s raceThe battle for the women’s title was, almost predictably, between the Nurgalieva twins, Elena and Olesya. Elena had previously won the Comrades in 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2008. Olesya had won in 2007 and finished second in 2003, 2005, and 2008.Tatyana Zhirkova, the champion in 2005 in the third-fastest time in the history of the race, presented a potential threat to the twins, but she came up just short of her fellow countrywomen.The Nurgalievas had shown good form in the lead-up to the race, winning the Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town after crossing the finishing line together, although the organisers later gave the victory to Elena.Olesya ran her personal best in the standard marathon in Frankfurt in late 2008, clocking a world-class time of two hours, 27 minutes and 37 seconds, which demonstrated that besides endurance she has speed, and she proved it on Sunday.SpeedAfter running together most of the way with her sister Elena, Olesya pulled clear near the finish when the twins learnt that Zhirkova was not far behind. Afterwards, Elena admitted that she could not match the speed of her sister.Olesya took victory in six hours, 12 minutes and 12 seconds. A minute and two seconds later, Elena cross the line.The fast-finishing Zhirkova was third in a shade over six-and-a-quarter hours. She was more than 15 minutes head of fourth-placed Marina Myshlyanova, who gave Russia a 1-2-3-4 finish.Fifth place went to Farwa Mentoor, who had been the top South African finisher for six years in succession before Riana van Niekerk had ended that run in 2008. Another South African, Lesley Train, finished in sixth.Marina Bychkova of Russia ended in seventh place, and three South Africans then completed the top 10: Lindsay van Aswegen, Belinda Waghorn and Kashmira Parbhoo.Equal prize money is awarded to men and women in the Comrades Marathon. The winners picked up cheques of R220 000 each, while the second place finishers received R110 000, and the third-placed athletes R82 500.2010The organisers have already designated next year’s Comrades Marathon a “down” run once again. It will be the 85th edition of the race, and they’re expecting a big turnout to coincide with South Africa’s hosting of the Fifa 2010 World Cup.With a field of 20 000 entries expected – which would make it the second largest in the history of the race, trailing only the 23 961 of 2000 – a bigger finishing area would be needed than Alexander Park in Pietermaritzburg. That’s why Sahara Stadium Kingsmead will be used again.TOP FINISHERSMEN Stephen Muzhingi (Zim) 05:23:27 Leonid Shvetsov (Rus) 05:33:10 Charles Tjiane (RSA) 05:34:21 Fusi Nhlapo (RSA) 05:36:17 Lucas Nonyana (RSA) 05:39:29 Mncedisi Mkhize (RSA) 05:41:14 Bongmusa Mthembu (RSA) 05:41:52 Peter Molapo (RSA) 05:42:25 Bethuel Netshifhefhe (RSA) 05:43:35 Harmans Mokgadi (RSA) 05:44:49 WOMEN Olesya Nurgalieva (Rus) 06:12:12 Elena Nurgalieva (Rus) 06:13:14 Tatyana Zhirkova (Rus) 06:15:03 Marina Myshlyanova (Rus) 06:30:42 Farwa Mentoor (RSA) 06:45:33 Lesley Train (RSA) 07:01:07 Marina Bychkova (Rus) 07:03:24 Lindsay van Aswegen (RSA) 07:08:55 Belinda Waghorn (RSA) 07:09:36 Kashmira Parbhoo (RSA) 07:16:13 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Of steak and sizzle (and antibiotics)

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It has always been the case, but is amplified by social media and the 24-hour news cycle. Society demands — and rightfully so — that those in positions of accountability to others do what is generally believed to right, good and honorable. This is the steak.In the case of the social capital for U.S. agriculture, there is plenty of steak, in both the literal and figurative sense. For generations, agriculturalists have built their businesses based on what they best believe to be right, good and honorable. The general story of agriculture, across the board, has steak aplenty. I know first hand as I have spent almost two decades finding good stories to highlight and I never have to look too hard to find them.As the general populace has grown further removed from grandpa’s farm, though, the details of agriculture’s “steak” start to get a bit hazy. As a result, not only do those involved with agriculture have to really be right, good and honorable, they also have to demonstrate this to others in a tangible way. This is the sizzle, and it is where agriculture has really struggled.Without the steak, ample sizzle makes a really good initial impression that can quickly crumble under increased scrutiny. Without the sizzle, the quality of the steak can go completely unrecognized and even scorned, avoided and disregarded. Where do you think the various issues within U.S. production agriculture fall on this spectrum in which the steak is at stake?In November, the World Health Organization (WHO) released recommendations regarding the use of antibiotics in agriculture and stirred the simmering pot of consumer concerns by recommending that farmers and the food industry stop using antibiotics routinely to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals.“A lack of effective antibiotics is as serious a security threat as a sudden and deadly disease outbreak,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO. “Strong, sustained action across all sectors is vital if we are to turn back the tide of antimicrobial resistance and keep the world safe.”In a statement, the National Pork Producers Council responded to the WHO recommendations.“A ban on disease prevention uses of antibiotics in food-animal production being advocated by the World Health Organization would be ill-advised and wrong. Denying pigs, cows and chickens necessary antibiotics would be unethical and immoral, leading to animal suffering and possibly death, and could compromise the nation’s food system…“The U.S. pork industry’s goal is to reduce the need for antibiotics, and it has devoted time and resources to that end, including adopting good antibiotic stewardship practices and studying alternatives to antibiotics. Simply reducing on-farm uses of antibiotics, as the WHO suggests, however, likely would have no effect on public health and would jeopardize animal health. Its call for stopping the use of antibiotics that are critically important in human medicine for treating infected animals is antithetical to pork farmers’ and veterinarians’ moral obligation to care for their pigs.”In an Animal Agriculture Alliance presentation earlier this year, Leah Beyer, director of digital and social media communications at Elanco Animal Health, talked about the ongoing social media conversation about antibiotic use since the implementation of the Veterinary Feed Directive. She pointed out that food companies and their numerous efforts to move to “antibiotic-free” are dominating the discussion with crucial inputs from activists benefitting from scare tactics also playing a significant role. Beyer said the top influencers on antibiotics on Twitter are: vegans, organizations, and brands. Those who dominate the discussion shape the sizzle.“When McDonalds announced that they were ahead of schedule with their antibiotic-free movement they actually got negative backlash because they weren’t doing enough,” Beyer said. “We need more from scientists — more science.”Beyer said that veterinarians (the boots on the ground experts on the matter) are not enough of a voice on the issue. Poultry owns the conversation in terms of the animal groups, but KFC announced that they are going to not be using any medically important antibiotics.“Now we are waiting for the activists to move on to dairy, beef or swine,” Beyer said. “My guess is swine is next.”Now, consider an average consumer sipping a latte in a coffee shop somewhere scrolling through their social media of choice and taking in the headlines about this global antibiotic debate. Do they see the right, good and honorable aspects of their food production system? Or, are they getting lost and confused in the battle for the sizzle? I can only speculate, but I do know this:When we just let our sizzle fizzle, with our reputation stake,We’ll all take a beatin’ ‘cause our food won’t be eatenIf they don’t even know ‘bout our steak.last_img read more


first_imgOver at Crave, fans of True Detective will finally get to dive into the third season on Jan. 13 with back-to-back episodes. Oscar winner Mahershala Ali stars as Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas as he traces a macabre crime that unfolds over three decades. Also premiering on Crave this month: Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Dominic Cummings in the HBO film BREXIT, which looks at the controversial tactics employed by the brain trust behind the 2016 “Vote Leave” campaign to sever ties with the European Union; and Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery.Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May return for another spin of The Grand Tour. The latest season debuts on Amazon Prime Video on Jan. 18.Here is a select list of movies and TV shows expected in January. Release dates are subject to change.NETFLIXAvailable Jan. 1:A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 3 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)Across the UniverseAdriftBad BoysBlack Hawk DownBlood DiamondCOMEDIANS of the world (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)Daddy Day CareGrown Ups 2LovingMona Lisa SmileMy Best Friend’s WeddingPinky Malinky (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)Tears of the SunThe Cable GuyThe Karate Kid Part IIThe Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsTidying Up with Marie Kondo (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)xXxXXX: State of the UnionA Quiet PlaceBring It OnBring It On AgainBring It On: All or NothingBring It On: Fight to the FinishBring It On: In It to Win ItRed DragonThe Bourne IdentityThe Bourne LegacyThe Bourne SupremacyThe Bourne UltimatumJan. 4And Breathe Normally (NETFLIX FILM)Lionheart (NETFLIX FILM)Jan. 9GODZILLA The Planet Eater (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)Solo: A Star Wars StoryJan. 10When Heroes Fly (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)Jan. 11Friends from College: Season 2 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)ReMastered: Massacre at the Stadium (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)Sex Education (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)Solo (NETFLIX FILM)The Last Laugh (NETFLIX FILM)Titans (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)Jan. 15Revenger (NETFLIX FILM)Sebastian Maniscalco: Stay Hungry (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)The ReapingJan. 18Carmen Sandiego (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)Close (NETFLIX FILM)FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)GIRL (NETFLIX FILM)Grace and Frankie: Season 5 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)IO (NETFLIX FILM)Soni (NETFLIX FILM)Trigger Warning with Killer Mike (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 5 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)Jan. 21Book ClubJustice (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)Jan. 24Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)Jan. 25Animas (NETFLIX FILM)Black Earth Rising (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)Club de Cuervos: Season 4 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)Kingdom (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)Medici: The Magnificent (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 4 – Part 2 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)Jan. 27Z Nation: Season 5Jan. 29Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias: One Show Fits All (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the WaspJan. 30Disney•Pixar’s The Incredibles 2Jan.31Resident Evil: The Final ChapterAlso coming in January:Marvel’s The Punisher: Season 2 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)CraveAvailable Jan. 1:The HangoverSuper TroopersThe Little VampireOctavio is DeadJan. 3MegamindJan. 4Another Period: Season 3HedgehogsTruth or DareTullyThe LadybugStar Trek: Short Treks, The Escape ArtistHighway Through Hell: Season 3Jan. 5Daphne and VelmaJan. 6Counterpart: Season 2 (Episode 5)Jan. 10The DomesticsJan. 11Boss: Season 1First ReformedFinding Escobar’s MillionsJan. 13True Detective: Season 3 (new episodes weekly)Ray Donovan: Season 6 finaleJan. 17Mommy’s Little AngelOut HouseJan. 18OverboardStar Trek: Discovery: Season 2 (new episodes weekly)Jan. 19BREXITOcean’s 8Jan. 20High Maintenance: Season 3SMILF: Season 2Black Monday (new episodes weekly)Jan. 23MistrustJan. 24Room for RentIndian HorseJan. 25Mosaic: Season 1Alaska: The Last FrontierJan. 27Crashing: Season 3Jan. 31Eye on JulietAmazon Prime VideoJan. 11Informer: Season 1Jan. 15Will & Grace (1992): Season 1-8Will & Grace (2018): Season 1Jan. 18The Grand Tour: Season 3By Mark Daniell | Toronto SunFollow Mark Daniell on Twitter: @markhdaniell Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Netflix is ramping up its slate of original programming with new seasons of some of its most popular shows, including Friends from College on Jan. 11; Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which begins airing its final episodes on Jan. 25; and the return of the Emmy winning comedy Grace and Frankie on Jan. 18.The streamer will also unveil its second season of Marvel’s The Punisher this month; a new docuseries titled Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, which features never-before-heard audio interviews with the twisted serial killer; and COMEDIANS of the world, a ground-breaking series that showcases 47 comedians from 13 regions in eight languages. A look at what’s scheduled to be added to the catalogues of streaming services Netflix Canada, Crave and Amazon Prime Video in January:TOP PICKSIt’s a new year, which means there will be a whole host of brand-new shows and movies to stream on Netflix, Crave and Amazon Prime Video. John Goodman (left) and Michaela Coel star in Black Earth Rising, a drama about the legal ramifications of the Rwandan genocide. (Courtesy of Netflix) Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Rigors of the Ohio State mens hockey team excursion to Alaska

“It’s just another weekend,” said Mark Osiecki, coach of Ohio State men’s ice hockey, of his team’s trip to Fairbanks, Alaska, this week. But that notion might be a bit of a stretch. The team, which travels by bus for most away games, made the nearly 4,000 mile excursion by air Wednesday. After three plane rides and two layovers, the Buckeyes arrived in Fairbanks at about 3:20 a.m. EST Thursday, according to Osiecki’s Twitter account, @Osiecki24. OSU began preparing for its two-game series against the Alaska Nanooks the next morning. Friday night’s series opener is set for 11:05 p.m. EST, less than 48 hours after OSU’s transcontinental trip. Sophomore forward Max McCormick, who has never been to Alaska, said his upperclassmen teammates were helpful in explaining what to expect. “I think it’s just a matter of getting the trip over with and then getting our bodies ready and getting our minds focused,” McCormick said. “We’re used to the long road trips. We’ll know how to get our bodies ready.” Although the players are primarily focused on the task at hand on the ice, they are excited about getting to visit America’s northernmost state. “We only have a few kids that have made this trip, kids are looking forward to it,” Osiecki said Wednesday on Twitter. McCormick agreed. “It’s a long trip, but other than that I think it’s a pretty cool opportunity,” he said. The juniors and seniors on the team will be making a return trip to Fairbanks after a two-game series there in 2011. The Nanooks outscored the Buckeyes, 7-2, en route to a series sweep. Junior forward Chris Crane remembered it being a “rough trip,” one in which the airline lost the team’s luggage. “You get on three different planes throughout the day, and you’re traveling for 10 hours, it definitely takes a toll on your body,” Crane said. “I’m definitely going to be looking forward to getting to the hotel there and getting settled in.” The players and coaching staff have not made any excuses for potential poor play as a result of the travel demands. “It’s what every team has to go through throughout some point in their college career,” Crane said. “We’ll be ready to go Friday night.” read more