Wenk breaks German 200m IM record

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BERLIN - Germany's Alexandra Wenk broke the 35-year-old national record, previously held by a former East German swimmer, for the women's 200m individual medley at the Olympic trials in Berlin on Saturday. Wenk, from Munich, clocked 2:11.41 minutes, well under the qualifying mark of 2:14.12 needed for the Rio de Janeiro games, to shave three tenths of a second off the previous German record set by former GDR swimmer Ute Geweniger in 1981. Geweniger's time of 2:11.73 was the world record for 11 years until it was broken by China's Li Lin at the 1992 Olympics and has been lowered a further six times since. "I looked up at the scoreboard and thought: ' I don't understand'," said a shocked Wenk, who won a bronze medal at the 4x100m mixed medley relay at the world championships last year in Kazan, Russia.–AFP

 Nadal hits out at doping accusers

MADRID - Rafael Nadal is convinced that none of his rivals are taking performance-enhancing drugs and believes that people who have accused him of doping have "personal problems". The Spaniard is suing former French cabinet minister Roselyne Bachelot after she alleged earlier this year that he had failed a drugs test. He used an interview with El Mundo published on Saturday to defend himself and other top players. "I have total confidence that all my rivals are totally clean," he said. "I have no doubt about that, first of all because I believe in the anti-doping programme and secondly because I believe in people until they show you otherwise." The 14-times grand slam winner said that people who have accused him of doping are unhappy with their own lives, and do not like his style of play.–AFP

 Lee takes third-round lead at Open

SEOUL - South Korea's Lee Soo-Min surged to a third-round lead after shooting a one-under-par 71 for 210 in the GS Caltex Maekyung Open in Seoul Saturday. One off the lead in second place was his countryman Lee Sang-Hee who came in with a 67 at Namseoul Country Club. Two shots off the lead and tied for third were five South Koreans including defending champion Moon Kyung-Jun. Moon had started the day in front but bogeyed three times in the first nine and double-bogeyed the last slip back for a 77. Lee, ranked seventh on last year's OneAsia Order of Merit, recorded breakthrough victory at the Shenzhen International last month. The 22-year-old showed his potential on OneAsia last year with a runner-up finish at the SK Telecom Open and he tied for 13th spot here at the GS Caltex Maekyung Open.–AFP

 Laporta edges ahead in Morocco

RABAT - Italian rookie Francesco Laporta, who came out of qualifying school last November, opened a one-shot lead at the Trophee Hassan II on Friday after a second round of 70. Playing on the tough Red Course at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, the 25-year-old went into day two with a share of the lead at four under after an opening 68. His efforts on Friday allowed him to edge ahead of Australia's Jason Scrivener, Spaniard Borja Virto Astudillo and Jeunghun Wang of South Korea. "It's going to be exciting at the weekend," said Laporta. "It should be a great experience and I'm looking forward to it. It was just a really solid display and I enjoyed it." Astudillo had set the clubhouse target at five under in the morning but Laporta soon moved past that with birdies on the tenth and 12th.–AFP

 Middlesbrough promoted to Premier League

LONDON - Middlesbrough struck it rich as they were promoted to the Premier League after a 1-1 draw in their £170 million shoot-out with Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday. Aitor Karanka's side survived a nervous encounter at the Riverside Stadium to end their 7-year exile from the top-flight and bank the huge cash windfall due to Premier League clubs as a result of the new television contracts that kick in next season. Needing just one point from their last game of the Championship season to guarantee they would finish above third-placed Brighton on goal difference, second-placed Middlesbrough took the lead through Stuani's first-half strike. Stephens equalised for Brighton after the break, but the midfielder was sent off moments later and Middlesbrough held on to spark wild celebrations on Teesside.–AFP