Something From The Weekend: David and Goliath; Chambers left lagging; Fisher's price
The Good, The Bad and The Odd
James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics since June 2007. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties (I made the tea once), supervising workies and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Europa League, being a Tottenham Hotspur supporter. He cites Brian Sears and Ledley King among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Burnley v Hull City. On a good day.
Monday 04 June 2012
The Good: David and Goliath
Belgian plucky loser David Goffin took the opening set off his hero Roger Federer in the French Open yesterday before being overcome, and having his hair playfully ruffled by the Swiss maestro. Goffin's mere presence in the last 16 made him the first "lucky loser" to make the last sixteen of a Grand Slam since 1995, after he replaced the injured Gaël Monfils. English football fans will be hoping the same fortune applies to Martin Kelly, Phil Jagielka and Jordan Henderson at Euro 2012 – not quite good enough for original selection but called-up as late replacements.
The Bad: Chambers left lagging
British sprinter Dwain Chambers has had a hard enough time trying to reach next month's Olympics, after the BOA's ban was finally overturned last month. The 34-year-old now finds his place under threat on the track after a London teenager ran the second fastest 100m time by a European this year. Adam Gemili's 10.08sec in Germany puts the 18-year-old into contention for the Games and leaves Chambers with further work to do.
The Odd: Fisher's price
It is fair to say Ross Fisher is not having a good time of it at present. Having missed the cut in three of his previous four events, tumbling to No 157 in the world, the English golfer saw his challenge for the Wales Open fade after being penalised for slow play yesterday – he was handed a one-shot penalty and fined £6,000. Nick Faldo suffered the same fate at the 1981 PGA Championship – but had to stump up just £50.
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