LINE UPGoalkeeper Denis Onyango will captain a new-look Uganda Cranes in their opening African Nations Cup match against Cape Verde. (Watch live here)KCC’s on-form striker Derrick Nsibambi starts, as Emmanuel Okwi makes a comeback.The team: Denis Onyango, Nicholas Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Bernard Muwanga, Murushid Juuko, Khalid Aucho, Hassan Wasswa, Miya Faruku, Derrick Nsibambi, Emmanuel Okwi and Isaac Muleme.Substitutes: Benjamin Ochan (GK), Ismail Watenga (GK), Denis Okot, Timothy Awanyi, Robert Kakeeto, Milton Kariisa, Geoffrey Serunkuma & Muhammad ShabanTweets about @OfficialFUFA Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Zambia suffer shock lossesAbuja, Nigeria | AFP | Former African champions Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Zambia all lost at home Saturday on a day of upsets in the first qualifying round for the 2019 Cup of Nations.Three–time champions Nigeria lost a competitive game against South Africa for the first time when they fell 2-0 in the southern Nigerian town of Uyo in Group E.While in Group H the Ivory Coast, who had vowed to win in memory of former team-mate Cheick Tiote, who collapsed and died in China this week, slumped 3-2 to fellow west Africans Guinea in Bouake.Zambia, champions in 2012, fell 1-0 at home to a daring Mozambican side in Group K.New South Africa coach Stuart Baxter labelled his team the underdogs going by their poor head-to-head record against Nigeria.But goals by Tokelo Rantie and substitute Percy Tau in the second half sunk the home team and the visitors were unlucky not to have scored more goals in the Group E clash. “My young team tried their best, there was a mistake for the first goal and the second goal was a gift,” admitted Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr.Libya top Group E after a 5-1 spanking of Seychelles on Friday in Cairo, Egypt.In Bouake, the Elephants of Ivory Coast went down to Guinea despite a brace by Seydou Doumbia.Germany-based striker Naby Keita fired the winner for Guinea in the 79th minute.Zambia also got off to a losing start on the road to Cameroon 2019 when they lost for the first time to Mozambique at home.Stanley Ratifo grabbed the last-gasp match winner when he stabbed home a low cross.Before then, Chipolopolo goalkeeper and captain Kennedy Mweene had to pull off a point-blank save to deny the visitors.Guinea-Bissau, shock qualifiers for the 2017 Cup of Nations, edged past Namibia thanks to a Jerson goal on 24 minutes in the other Group K fixture.Cameroon and Malawi both won in Group B. Reigning champions Cameroon pipped Morocco 1-0 in Yaounde while Malawi beat the Comoros by the same scoreline in Blantyre.In Group I, the Zebras of Botswana lost 1-0 to Mauritania in front of their fans in Francistown after they failed to put away many chances.This gutsy contest was decided on 78 minutes when substitute Abdoulaye Soudani controlled a long ball before firing past the Botswana goalkeeper.Hosts Burkina Faso won the other Group I tie against Angola 3-1 with big striker Aristide Bance bagging a brace.Burundi beat South Sudan 3-0 in Group C with Mali fought back from a goal down to beat Gabon 2-1 in Bamako in the other group game. FILE PHOTO: Uganda Cranes fans at AFCON80: Cape Verde ?? 0 Uganda ?? 1 Share on: WhatsApp
“There are NO words to describe how proud and how happy I am for @Madison_Keys keys and @SloaneStephens for making the US open finals,” Williams tweeted.“These amazing women continue to change the game and bring excellence, power, finesse and change to tennis.“What a joy it will be to watch this- hopefully first of many finals. Let’s go ladies!”In Thursday’s semi-finals, Stephens ousted Serena’s older sister Venus, a seven-time Grand Slam champion who had been seeking her third US Open crown and first since 2001. Share on: WhatsApp New York, United States | AFP | Former world number one and 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams made her first public comments since giving birth to a daughter one week ago, tweeting praise Friday to the US Open women’s finalists.Williams was pregnant when she won the Australian Open in January, moving within one Slam singles crown of Margaret Court’s all-time record, and revealed in April on Twitter she was having a baby and would not play again this year.The six-time US Open champion was excited for fellow Americans Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys, whose Saturday showdown for the title at Arthur Ashe Stadium will be the first Grand Slam final for each of them.
Police are investigating the death of a 1-year-old girl who was left in her family’s Jeep in Tampa for almost a full day.Police said the girl was left in the Jeep Monday morning and that her family called 911 after finding her unresponsive in the vehicle that evening.Paramedics rushed the toddler to the hospital, where she was declared dead.The girl’s father used the vehicle the toddler was in to run errands throughout the day and then took separate cars to work, according to Steve Hegarty with Tampa police. “That caused him to forget that the child was in the back seat of the car, left, went to work, and then came home.”Authorities said the temperature reached 88 degrees outside, but due to the humidity, it felt more like 99 degrees.According to reports, police are calling the incident a tragic accident but have not closed the case at this time.
Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityLACEY, Wash. – Years before Dr. Heng Li became a medical doctor and Traditional Chinese Medicine physician, he initially had some doubts about TCM.“I did not like TCM, in the beginning. I once thought it was witch doctor’s stuff,” says Li, who recently arrived from the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SHUTCM) to spend five weeks as a visiting professor at Saint Martin’s University.“I have an uncle, a top authority on acupuncture in China, who warned me, ‘One day, you’re going to fall in love with Traditional Chinese Medicine.’ And I did!” recalls Li, a fifth-generation TCM physician within his family.Li is assistant director and associate professor at Shanghai University’s China Shanghai International Acupuncture and Moxibustion Training Center. He is also chief doctor in the Acupuncture and Tuina Department of the Municipal Clinic Hua Dong Hospital. Li is sharing his knowledge and passion for Traditional Chinese Medicine, a 2,000-year old discipline, with students enrolled in the Saint Martin’s RN-to-BSN Nursing Program’s introductory course, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Evidence-Based Practice.Li’s visit to Saint Martin’s is the result of the sister university relationship the two schools have shared since 2008. Students at SHUTCM are typically sent to Saint Martin’s for summer cultural exchange activities, and Li is the second visiting professor from SHUTCM to arrive on the Lacey campus.“It is a great honor to have Dr. Li with us. This is a culmination of years of cultural and academic exchange between the two institutions,” said Josephine Yung, vice president of the Office of International Programs and Development at Saint Martin’s.“Dr. Li provides students with the insight, experience, and wisdom of a traditional Chinese medicine doctor (TCM) who uses an approach to health that is multifaceted and able to help individuals achieve wellness,” says Louise Kaplan, director of the RN-to-BSN program. “He is skilled at making complicated theories understandable and brings to life the power of TCM.”For Li, his stint as a guest lecturer is all part of his main mission: to spread accurate information and knowledge about Traditional Chinese Medicine to the Western world, and to more fully integrate TCM with Western medicine. Today, Traditional Chinese Medicine is practiced alongside Western medicine in clinics and hospitals throughout China, and TCM has become a very common practice in the United States.Still, Westerners continue to hold numerous misconceptions about TCM. Li attributes those misunderstandings, in part, to what he describes as the “Americanization and Europeanization” of the TCM approach.“In China,” Li further explains, “Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors are also M.D.s, medical doctors. We first treat a patient just like an M.D. would. Then, following a consultation and an examination, we use Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat their problem.” In the West, many TCM practitioners are not medical doctors, and TCM is not considered to be part of conventional medicine but, rather, alternative and complementary medicine.TCM practices include Tuina (pronounced “twee nah”), a type of body massage, acupuncture, herbal therapy, dietary therapy, cupping (applying a heated cup to the skin), moxibustion (burning and applying a raw herb in conjunction with acupuncture), and Tai Ji and Qi Gong mind-body therapies.One significant difference between the two medical approaches, Li says, is TCM is a more holistic-based medicine than Western medicine. “We not only treat the body, but also the mind and the soul.”Another important difference, according to Li, is Traditional Chinese Medicine places extensive emphasis on individualized treatment. “Just like no two leaves of a tree are exactly alike, the same is true of human beings,” Li says. “We consult with each patient, look at them, examine them, gauge their constitution. In Western medicine, however, the treatment is not so much individualized as it is uniform. For example, the common cold is treated exactly the same in all individuals.”Li believes this emphasis on the individual makes for a “perfect match” between Traditional Chinese Medicine and nursing. “TCM can be transplanted very well into a nursing program because we share that same core value of individualized attention.”“Nurses are with their patients all the time, more than the doctors. Nurses have a great opportunity to observe a patient as an individual person, as we do in Traditional Chinese Medicine.” Along with nursing students, other students enrolled in the introductory course who are considering careers in the health professions will be learning about TCM from Li.In addition to serving as a guest lecturer, Li is assisting Saint Martin’s in planning an exhibit about Traditional Chinese Medicine the two universities are cosponsoring and which is scheduled to be held July 18-20 on the Saint Martin’s campus and within the surrounding community.Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu. Facebook14Tweet0Pin0
The RSA and several councillors who voted in favour of the location see it from the polar opposite position. Rather than stalling future development (so far there has been no interest from developers), they believe the skate park could be the spark that ignites action and interest in the area. “Which comes first, the horse or the cart?” asked Councillor Jill Spearn rhetorically. “We have a plan that goes out for RFPs [request for proposals] and we don’t have anyone interested. The time is not right for that site [to be developed]. It may hopefully someday come into a beautiful city centre, but does that stop us because that doesn’t fit into the plan we’ve adopted? Plans change and all of a sudden we have a group that is active and want to get this thing going while we wait around for another 100 years to get this site developed?” “It’s fantastic news!” exclaimed Aaron Cosbey who, along with a dedicated team of volunteers, has helped bring the long-desired dream of a Golden City skate park one long rail slide closer to reality. A motion before council to approve the recommended site in southeast corner of the Emcon yard, for up to two years to allows the RSA to move forward with fundraising and design work. Council voted 4-1 in favour with Councillor Laurie Charlton opposed. Councillors Andy Stradling and Hanne Smith were absent for the vote. Claiming that a skate park was not one of the recommended uses for the lot in the Midtown Transition Plan and that neither the School Board nor RSS had been consulted in the process, Boscovitch “respectfully ask[ed] for a deferral.” Meetings are already planned for September to discuss what type of park and what sort of elements the community and stakeholders would like included in the project. The group will now ramp up their efforts, applying for larger scale grants to get to the likely $100,000 plus total cost of the park. Charlton, voting against the motion, cautioned that the City had spent a lot of money purchasing, surveying and removing unsightly buildings from the property and that constructing a skate park would have a negative impact on any future residential or commercial development. A short aulie to the east of their previous location, the Rossland Skate park Association (RSA) has finally found a permanent location for their skate park. Following a well-chronicled saga in which RSA essentially wrote the book on how to engage the local community, city staff, council, other experienced cities and skate park groups as well as the local skaters themselves, the group have landed a prime piece of skatable real estate in Rossland’s midtown transition area, otherwise known as the cracked pavement lot on Third Avenue commonly referred to as the Emcon lot. “We get to do the fun stuff now,” explained Aaron Cosbey. “We get to ask the community, the skaters, the neighbours and everybody what kind of features they’d like to see in this park. I’m really looking forward to this part as people will now get even more engaged. At the same time we’ll keep working on fundraising and ramp that up now as well.” “I would suggest all of this investment will be wasted if we put a skate park in that location,” added Charlton to the discussion. “Proponents suggest the impacts on existing neighbours can be mitigated with expensive landscaping. But I suggest no amount of landscaping will mitigate future commercial or residential development on the lot itself. Certainly the residents immediately across Washington on the south east corner will be impacted. I would suggest if it is put on the Emcon lot, it’s unlikely that any other residential or commercial development will take place at that location.” “Will it be a street park, bowls, will it have a pump track, BMX features, be multi use, have a track for the roller derby girls around the outside? Those are the first levels of discussion. Once we’ve decided what elements we want in it, we can get into the specifics of how it might look and then try and work with the existing space and the neighbours to provide noise control. We’ll also be working with the planning department at the City. It starts with the high level questions and then narrows down to specifics as we move along.” “We’re looking forward to making this the first step in the greening of that space. It’s a beautiful space. It should be the central focal point for Rossland gathering space or Rossland for civic events, where we go to light the Christmas tree and where we go on Canada Day. That’s the space all that civic stuff should be happening on and I think this is a beachhead on the greening of that space.” The RSA will now have two years in which to plan, design, fund-raise and come back to the City to go through the rezoning that will be needed on the former industrial space. The hope is that the full two years won’t be needed, however, and that possibly by the summer of 2013 sods can be turned and construction begun. Cosbey also sees the skate park as the beginnings of great things for the lot, which has sat stagnant and unused for years apart from several months of ice skating in recent winters. With firm support from the city in hand, and a location to begin design, budgeting and fundraising work around the RSA is now anxiously looking forward to moving into the park design phase. Not everyone is happy about the location now settled upon. During the public input period prior to Monday’s council meeting Randy Boscovitch, speaking on behalf of the Emcon Residents Group, implored council to defer any vote on the skate park location until they had a chance to present to council. “The deferral is specifically to allow the Emcon Residents Group to present to council a complete summary of the midtown summary work done by Urban Systems and the City of Rossland.” To date, the RSA’s fundraising efforts have ground out just over $20,000, with additional monies held in trust by the Rotary Club (who are backing the project with their own fundraising efforts). Folks wishing to assist with fundraising can drop change in the ramp-styled donation boxes at may downtown merchants, participate in Gnarlie’s Angels or Rotary Club events, or simply go to the Nelson and District Credit Union and make a donation directly to the RSA.
“We’re always looking for a new piece, but we’re not going to change anything drastically right now. We like what we’ve got. The key thing is we have a good off-ice group and a good on-ice so we don’t want to disrupt it too much but if there’s something that makes sense to help we’ll certainly add the piece.”You said the Leafs need to land a goal scorer. Where are you hoping to find any new players?“It could be in our league, the KI, it could be in the BC Hockey League or other junior leagues we’re looking. I’m making sure I’m contacting people on the regular basis to let them know what we’re looking for and if they have a player whose fallen through the cracks at the high level. And there’s still a potential at the Western Hockey League player coming in our direction as well.”Tuesday, against Grand Forks the Leafs jumped to a 3-0 lead early in the first period, but were unable to close. What happened?“It was one of those games where we maybe let it get away from us . . . up 3-0 right away. Junior players sometimes lose their focus of what we were trying to do. Give Grand Forks credit, they battled back to get themselves back into the game. . .. Their two goals were a result of our mistakes, bad decisions of pinching on the puck . . . but ultimately we won the game, which was mainly our focus. Anytime you can win at this level, it’s good.What makes you the most happy about the Leafs?“I really like the camaraderie of the team and we’re close to one of the best defensive teams in the league, which always has been a focus of mine. I want us to be good from our own zone, out. And I’m really happy with that aspect of our team and our hard work overall, in practice and in games. Work ethic, as coaches, is something we’re pushing . . . we want to out work our opposition and we’re happy with that so far.”Any disapointing factors?“Consistency, mainly. We strive to have our players really push forward on systems play. Players are not all the time sure of what we’re asking, so once we get more consistent, and understand, especially our forecheck . . . we’ve been hemming teams in for a long time when our forecheck works but when it doesn’t we get two goals scored against the flow of the play like we did against Grand Forks.”Back to work Friday for a two-game weekend home stand. What do you expect?“I like that we’re seeing teams coming to play us here at the top of the standings. I expect Kimberley and Sicamous to provide some solid opposition for us. Early in the year, for us as coaches, we want to play against tough teams so we can see what we need to improve on and work through.”LEAF NOTES: Kimberley arrives in Nelson undefeated in three games and one point behind Eddie Mountain leader Golden Rockets. Meanwhile, Sicamous is tied for second in the Doug Birks Division, one point in back of Revelstoke Grizzlies. Game time Friday is 7 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. start time Sunday. . . .Nelson is tied with Osoyoos Coyotes and Princeton Posse for allowing the least amount of goals in the entire KIJHL, with 13. . . . Surprisingly, that solid defence is leading the team in offensive stats as defencemen Robson Cramer (4 goals, 3 assists), Patrick Croome (3 goals, 2 assists) and Darnel St. Pierrie (1 goal, four assists) sit tied for first and tied for second, respectively, in Leaf scoring. Rayce Miller (4 goals, 3 assists) and Nelson Minor Hockey product Nolan Percival (2 goals, 3 assists) are the forwards in the top mix. Leaf coach Dave McLellan continues to work his magic with the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise.The Green and White currently hold down top spot in the Murdoch Division with a 3-0-1-1 record — one point in front of the surprising Spokane Braves.However, before the PR department starts organizing any championship parade down Baker Street, let’s realize this is September and not April.And make sure everyone realizes the fact Nelson has played four of the five games this season at home in the friendly confines of the NDCC Arena.So four weeks in the season, how does coach Dave McLellan rate the club?“If you would have told me during training camp this far into the season we were in first place in the division, I’d would have been surprise so it couldn’t be better.”Are there any changes pending on the horizon?“No changes, but I’m actively looking at improving the team all the time. I’m currently in the process of acquiring a player right now . . . but it’s early in the process so we’ll see what happens.”So is the game plan to keep the team the same until a player or two comes down the pipeline?
SEAN MCCARTHY, BERT’S MELODY, WINNER: “I feel fantastic. With this particular situation it’s an advantage. She has speed, obviously. You know you’re going to go into a race where there’s going to be a lot of speed and good speed on top of that. So, sometimes when you run a longer distance before a race like this, it will cause them to settle and relax a little bit, which is exactly what we did today.“I knew that Art’s [Sherman] filly was pretty fast and that she was going to be up on the front end and we certainly didn’t want to get into a battle with each other. We were lucky enough that ‘Bert’ is starting to mature quite well and she’s settling down. This is the second race she’s settled like that in so today it worked out super.” JOHN BARR, OWNER/BREEDER, BERT’S MELODY, WINNER: “You get all kinds of emotions when you watch them win. Brice rides her very well, Sean trains her beautifully and she’s got some talent so, today was the day!“Well the California incentive program is an outstanding program, probably the best in the nation for an individual state and I’m very proud to have been a director on the CTBA board for a number of years and this is one of the rewards!” JOCKEY QUOTESBRICE BLANC, RIDER OF BERT’S MELODY, WINNER: “Sean’s really done a great job with her. She ran great the other day, but she got a little tired going a mile and one eighth and it set us up for a big race today. She’s relaxing better now and she’s getting a little older and a little smarter.” TRAINER QUOTES NOTES: The winning Owner/Breeder is John Barr of Oakcrest Stable who resides in Orange, CA.
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 8, 2017) – Graded stakes winner Masochistic returns to the races for the first time in 2017 this Saturday at Santa Anita. The 7-year-old gelding, trained by Ron Ellis, heads a competitive field of seven sprinters in the Gr. I, $400,000 Triple Bend Stakes going seven furlongs on the main track.MASOCHISTIC: Favored in his last three starts, California bred Masochistic was most recently a second place finisher in the Gr. I Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 5, beaten only 1 ¼ lengths by eventual Eclipse Award winner, Drefong. Though recent controversy has surrounded the horse after a medication violation stripped the owners of Breeders’ Cup purse money, the talented gelding hasn’t lost a step.With Mike Smith aboard for almost every recent work, Masochistic posted two bullet six furlong moves early in February in preparation for the Triple Bend. With his natural born ability rarely in question, some of Masochistic’s best Beyer Speed Figures have come in the three graded stakes he has won, including a 102 in the Gr. II Kona Gold in April 2015, a 109 in the 2015 Triple Bend and a career best 110 in the Gr. II Pat O’Brien in Aug, 2016.Owned by Los Pollos Hermanos Racing and Jay Em Ess Stable, Masochistic is 14-8-2-0 overall with $772,550 in career earnings.KOBE’S BACK: A horse with a ton of heart but not exactly a ton of speed leaving the gate, Kobe’s Back returns in his first race since the 2016 edition of the Triple Bend run on June 25, in which he ran third to Lord Nelson.Trained by Peter Eurton and owned by CRK Stable, LLC, the 5-year-old horse will be looking for his first ever Grade I win. With regular rider Gary Stevens just now coming off the bench from hip replacement surgery, the team had already secured a possible replacement and will welcome East Coast based Javier Castellano to ride on Saturday.By Flatter and out of the Well Decorated mare, Well, Kobe’s Back is 20-5-3-4 overall with $1,036,250 in lifetime earnings. Denman’s Call, Tyler Baze, 120Point Piper, Mario Gutierrez, 122Kobe’s Back, Javier Castellano, 122Silent Bird, Flavien Prat, 120Masochistic, Mike Smith, 122Nowalking, Edwin Maldonado, 120Conquest Cobra, Rafael Bejarano, 120 Be sure to tune into XBTV on Saturday at www.xbtv.com/watch-live/ from any mobile device or computer. The XBTV team will feature live, on-site coverage all day long on Santa Anita Handicap Day, and Gulfstream Park bonus coverage will be provided as well.Fans can watch video of Triple Bend workers at www.xbtv.com/video-on-demand/workouts/.Special early first post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 12 noon. Admission gates will open at 10 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit: www.santaanita.com/horse-racing/live-racing/. THE GRADE I TRIPLE BEND STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS AND WEIGHTSRace 8 of 11 – Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PST
Five persons including a former bodyguard of a well-known drug lord are in Police custody assisting with investigations into the shooting to death of Ryan Sergeant who was killed on Monday last at Rio Nightclub, Queenstown, Georgetown.The guns and ammunition found in Hadfield Street on FridayDead teenager, Ryan SergeantReports are that one of the men turned himself in accompanied by his lawyer on Friday, while the others were apprehended in separate Police operations. One of the suspects, a 21-year-old man was apprehended on Thursday evening in the vicinity of the Stabroek Market.The other was arrested during an operation at Hadfield Street, Georgetown, on Friday morning where two females were staying. The women were also detained.However, during the operations on Friday morning, a .32 pistol and a .38 revolver along with fifteen rounds of ammunition were unearthed. It is not clear whether any of the guns were used in the fatal shooting.However, the Police are continuing to grill those in custody in connection with the shooting.Ryan “Harry” Sergeant, 19, of Lot 2530 Layon Street, North Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was shot and killed while another teenager remains in a critical state at the Georgetown Public Hospital. The injured teen is Jeffrey Farrell also of North Ruimveldt Housing Scheme.The shooting reportedly stemmed from an argument over money and “girls” at the popular Rio Nightclub in Queenstown, Georgetown, in the wee hours of Monday.Sergeant was shot once to the jaw during an exchange of gunfire, which started within the Nightclub and ended on the outside. After the shooting the now dead man was picked up by his ‘gang members’ and dropped off at the Woodlands Hospital. Upon seeing the delivery of the man, the staff took him to the emergency room but he was already dead.While information remains sketchy about the shooting, it was reported that the incident stemmed from a gambling spree within the Nightclub.However, another version stated that Ferrel was involved in an altercation with one of the suspects who in turn left the club with another friend and a female companion. Further reports stated that after the trio left, they were followed by Farrel and the now dead man and the argument continued.During the argument, the suspect whipped out a gun and discharge several rounds, hitting Farrel to the neck and shoulder. Attempting to rescue his shot friend, Sergeant was shot to the jaw. The suspects fled the scene.It was during the review of the surveillance footage that three suspects were positively identified. Two of the suspects were seen leaving the club with guns in their hands. The Police however, had implemented several operations with the aim of arresting the men.
29 April 2013South Africa’s Ernst van Dyk, who won a silver medal in the hotly contested London Paralympic hand cycling road race at Brands Hatch, is a two-sport star. His most recent foray abroad brought him more wheelchair racing success in the Boston and London marathons.Van Dyk, a nine-time Boston Marathon winner, claimed silver this time around in the American city and picked up bronze in London a week later.“These two marathons have always been back-to-back, so to win a double six days apart would be quite an achievement,” he said in an interview with Cycling South Africa.HecticVan Dyk endured a hectic six days in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, but thankfully returned home unscathed. “Initially we heard the first explosion,” he said. “Nobody was sure what it was. I thought it might be premature fireworks and everyone ran to the window of the hotel where we were celebrating the end of the race.“As we stared out, the second explosion occurred right in front of our window. It was an incredible blast and people got badly hurt. I couldn’t imagine who would do such a thing.“The Boston marathon has so much history. And they didn’t attack the runners. It was targeted at the families supporting the athletes.”SwimmingThe South African star, who as a 17-year-old also competed in swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics, has been one of the leading wheelchair racers in the two marathons for the past 14 years, but he also switches to hand cycling from time to time too.“For the London Paralympics I focused on cycling,” he said. “During the Beijing Paralympics, I won a gold medal in the cycling road race and a bronze medal in the wheelchair marathon. I was the only athlete to medal in two sporting codes.”Discussing last year’s Paralympic Games, Van Dyk added: “For London, we did not get a lot of athletics spots, so I gave up my place, which I achieved by finishing in sixth at the 2011 World Champs, so that a youngster could make the team, seeing that I was already going for cycling.”Van Dyk says the two sports of hand cycling and wheelchair racing are similar in terms of tactics. “The big difference is that in wheelchair racing we don’t have a crank, chain or gears. So physically, it’s very pure.Only two“I’m one of the very few athletes doing both disciplines. I think there are only two of us.”Besides his achievements in competition, Van Dyk is also very proud of the fact that he was the first person with a disability to graduate with a degree in sports science from Stellenbosch University.He is an ambassador for the International Paralympic Committee and the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material