The IAAF is discreetly moving away from using the term “fastest loser” on the eve of the world championships after complaints from some inside the sport and on social media that the phrase might devalue athletes’ achievements, the Guardian can reveal.
Reporters and commentators have been told the phrase “fastest non-automatic qualifiers”, which has already been adopted in some quarters, is more appropriate to describe athletes who do not win a race but make it through to the next round of competition.
One well-placed source said: “I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s ‘banned’ but effectively yes.” Another joked: “Soon we’ll have to call them all winners … but some were just a little bit faster than the others.”
The IAAF, however, insists the move is merely a sign of the times. As a spokesperson for athletics’ governing body put it: “There hasn’t been an official policy to drop the phrase ‘fastest loser’ but the move away from it reflects the evolution of the language. We want to recognise making finals or making it through a heat is a good thing, whatever place an athlete finishes.”
With Qatar two hours ahead of Britain, much of the world championships will be shown in primetime on the BBC. That should provide a rare showcase for a British team that the UK Athletics performance director, Neil Black, insists is “incredibly well prepared” and primed to do better than many expect.
However, Black said the 1500m star Laura Muir, one of Britain’s most reliable medal hopes alongside the sprinter Dina Asher-Smith and heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson, was not in ideal shape as she attempts to recover from a calf injury sustained in July.
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Dessers Opens Goal Account As Mexico Pip Super Eagles 2-1 In Friendly
It was not the best of starts for new head coach, Jose Peseiro, as the Super Eagles lost 2-1 to El Tri of Mexico in an international friendly game at the AT & T Stadium, Dallas, USA, in the early hours of Sunday.
Cyriel Dessers opened his goals account for the Eagles after drawing them level with a powerful header.
The Super Eagles are now winless against Mexico in six meetings, losing three and drawing three.
Up next for Peseiro’s side is another friendly against Ecuador on June 2.
Mexico bossed the early exchanges as the Super Eagles struggled to get a foothold in the game.
Santiago Gimenez then gave Mexico a deserved lead on 12 minutes as his initial effort from a headed pass hit Uzoho and bounced off him into the net.
Andres Guardado almost doubled Mexico lead as he met a long pass but saw his effort parried away by Uzoho.
In the 31st minute Uzoho was called to action again but he made a brilliant save to stop a well struck shot by Guardado.
Before the start of the second half Innocent Bonke went off injured and was replaced by Katsina United’s Faisal Sani.
Mexico continued from where they stopped in the first half and almost doubled their lead early in the second half but Semi Ajayi cleared away a dangerous cross for a corner.
The Super Eagles drew level on 54 minutes through Dessers whose downward header off a delightful cross from Bassey was too strong for the keeper to hold.
Just two minutes later the Mexicans went 2-1 ahead after Troost-Ekong slammed a cross into his own net.
Terem Moffi should have equalised for the Eagles after receiving the ball inside the box but saw his shot miss the target.
Few minutes later Roberto Alvarado received a pass inside the box but could not keep his shot down.
With six minutes left the Mexico almost extended their lead through Diego Lainez but his low shot took a deflection off Troost-Ekong and went out for a corner.
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Real Madrid Clinch 14th Champions League Title, Defeat Liverpool 1-0 In Final
Real Madrid have won their 14th Champions League title after overcoming Liverpool 1-0 in the final on Saturday in Paris.
Vinícius Júnior netted the solitary goal of the game in the 59th minute thanks to a beautiful assist from Federico Santiago Valverde.
It is now a record-extending 14th Champions League title for Madrid who have now won eight straight finals.
For Carlo Ancelotti he is now the only coach to have won the prestigious trophy a record four times, two at AC Milan (2003, 2007) and two at Madrid (2014, 2022).
Also, the Los Blancos have beaten Liverpool in back-to-back Champions League finals.
Liverpool bossed the early exchanges but were denied by some brilliant saves from Thibaut Courtois.
Karim Benzema thought he had given Madrid the lead late in the first half only to see his effort ruled out for offside after a long VAR check.
The breakthrough eventually came for Madrid on 59 minutes thanks to Vinicius, who slotted home a low cross from Federico Valverde.
Liverpool went in search of the equalizer with Mohamed Salah going the closest but Courtois made a brilliant stop to deny him.
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UCL Final: Real Madrid Not Under Pressure To Win 14th Title –Ancelotti
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti can’t see any nerves amongst his players ahead of the Champions League final against Liverpool.
Real Madrid have 13 European Cup wins to their name and Ancelotti believes his veteran players are slightly more relaxed.
“I think the motivation is the same as it was for Lisbon, but there are fewer pre-match nerves this time,” he stated.
“Nerves might come later and that’s fine.
“It feels natural to be back and to reach this final has been very important for the club.
“We’ve had a very very good season and we feel calm.
“These players manage these kinds of matches very well and I think the veteran players can help the younger players.
“I’m happy to be here preparing for this game.”
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