Lightning Bolt

The sprint sensation is ready to wow again

Usain Bolt (above) on his bid of an Olympic treble
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Federer out for rest of the year

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'Mental fortitude important'

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Rumble in Rio!

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World No. 1, but not good enough

Liu has to settle for a place in the team event as she fails to clinch a singles spot

FURORE: Liu Shiwen's (above) non-selection for the women's singles caused an uproar in China.
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RIO 2016

Singapore sailor Cheng aims high for Olympics

Singapore Laser star aims to be among the big boys in Rio

At the junior level of international sailing, the Republic has enjoyed many triumphs, with Singapore's boys and girls returning home with a boatload of treasure over the years.

But it has not translated into wins at the senior level around the world.

Singapore's Laser Standard sailor Colin Cheng (above) is vying to crack open that ceiling.

"I think I have helped dispel some of that notion (that Asians can't compete at the highest level) and I am happy with how far I have come," said Cheng, in an interview with The New Paper.

The 26-year-old finished 15th in the Laser at the London 2012 Olympics - the highest finish in the class among Asians - and left for Rio on Sunday for his second Games.

"My results have come a long way since London 2012, in world championships and European circuit events, but as I start to rise up the rankings it gets harder and harder.

"All the best sailors are giving it their best shot."

Since the last Olympics, the former Laser 4.7 world champion has made good progress, winning the World Cup leg in Melbourne last December and finishing third in the Sail Auckland in February this year.

He also won the Europa Cup in April, although he finished 26th at the Laser Standard World Championship in Mexico in May.

Meanwhile, South Korea's Jeemin Ha has made "major inroads", finishing second in the European Championships earlier this year, suggesting that the Olympic challenge has become even tougher with the wider pool of top-class talent.

"I think there's still a long way to go; I finished 15th the last Olympics, which was the best for an Asian, but 15th is nothing to shout about in the big picture," the University of New South Wales student mused.

"I think top-10 will be a good result and top five would be fantastic. We've got a pretty good opportunity to try to do that."

While Cheng was focused on getting more boat speed and polishing his technique ahead of London 2012, he has been trying to be more "tactically committed" for the Rio Games, as he aims for a top-10 finish.

"My coach (Brett Beyer) thinks I am a 'safe' sailor by nature and I try not to take risks," he said.

"I am aware of race-winning tactics and know the theory behind them, but I have been trying to be more committed tactically."

He counts London 2012 as the highlight of his sailing career thus far, and is hoping to go one up in Rio.

He said: "It was Race 8 at the last Olympics and I was leading for most of the race and fighting against Tom Slingsby, the eventual gold medallist.

"I held him off until the last upwind and unfortunately let him slip by and finished behind him.

"That was a precious moment that I will never, ever forget.

"Hopefully, I can repeat some of those moments at the upcoming Games, with a different outcome at the end, of course."


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Star power

Entertainers like Demi Lovato, Alicia Keys & Meryl Streep at convention to support Hillary Clinton for president

CANDIDATE: Delegates cheer as a screen displays Mrs Hillary Clinton on the second day of the convention.
CANDIDATE: Delegates cheer as a screen displays Mrs Hillary Clinton on the second day of the convention.
CANDIDATE: Delegates cheer as a screen displays Mrs Hillary Clinton on the second day of the convention.
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ONE FM crew sells gelato for charity

HAVING FUN: (From left) Elliot Danker, Shaun Tupaz, The Flying Dutchman, Marina Bay Sands' executive chef Christopher Christie, Glenn Ong and Andre Hoeden.

The ONE FM #1 Breakfast Show crew stopped by Marina Bay Sands yesterday to scoop and sell gelato for charity at the Scoops of Hope gelato pop-up booth.

Radio presenters Andre Hoeden, Glenn Ong, The Flying Dutchman, Elliott Danker and Shaun Tupaz manned the booth and actively approached shoppers for an hour.

The quintet also took the opportunity to buy and try some of the nine gelato flavours, which were all created by the celebrity chef restaurants at Marina Bay Sands.

All proceeds will go to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund to support children from low-income families.

The booth will run until Sunday. It is part of a series of activities under Marina Bay Sands' annual Sands for Singapore charity festival.


Beyonce bags 11 VMA nominations

US singer Beyonce looks set to be queen of the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) after scoring a career-best total of 11 nominations.

According to E! News, the 34-year-old, who released her hit visual album Lemonade in April, broke her own personal record for awards show nominations.

English singer Adele, 28, is not far behind with eight nominations, seven of which are for her comeback single Hello.

The VMAs will be held on Aug 28 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.


Lohan assures fans after outburst

After Lindsay Lohan's relationship drama outburst on social media last weekend, she assured fans that she is "good and well".

The 30-year-old US actress said in an Instagram post: "I am taking time for myself with good friends. I am sorry that I've exposed certain private matters recently.

"I was acting out of fear and sadness... We all make mistakes. Sadly mine have always been so public."

According to People magazine, Lohan alleged that her Russian businessman-fiancé Egor Tarabasov had cheated on her, while seemingly announcing her pregnancy.

Lohan's rep told the New York Post: "Lindsay believes Egor has anger-management issues and she would like him to go to therapy. They both want to work things out."

Tarabasov was also spotted loading several suitcases out of Lohan's Knightsbridge home in London on Tuesday.


Watch shop fined for sexy ads

NOT ALLOWED: The two posters in Mr Lee Kum Chuan's shop which were deemed to be too sexy.
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