Rain delays BMX star Reade's bid
Thursday 21 August 2008
Shanaze Reade was made to wait 24 hours in her quest for Olympic glory when heavy rain forced the postponement of today's BMX races.
The 19-year-old Briton is due to race in her rescheduled semi-final at 02.00BST tomorrow morning, with the final following 90 minutes later.
Some teams were already at the Laoshan track when organisers took the decision to postpone "in consideration of the fairness of the competition". Reade, the world champion and a winner in the test event on the course last year, was one of the favourites, despite suffering a heavy fall in Wednesday's seeding run.
The bad weather also forced the women's mountain bike race at the same complex to be put back 24 hours until Saturday. Riders were still training at the course in the rain but said the surface had become slippery and clogged with mud in some sections. More than an inch of rain fell during the day, but the weather was expected to improve over the next 48 hours.
The men's mountain bike race also takes place on Saturday. Two Britons are taking part: Oli Beckingsale, who finished 23rd and 17th in the last two Olympics, and Liam Killeen, who was fifth four years ago.
sportLiverpool 5 Norwich City 1: Uruguayan striker has now scored 11 league goals against the club
arts + entsOlivier-nominated actor and singer is set to star in Lloyd Webber's musical about the Profumo affair
filmWith more than 70 per cent of early films lost, archivists are scouring the world to preserve the precious examples that remain
sportThe coach of Chalfont St Peter's under-10s football team was relieved of his duties after he sent an email to parents that said: 'I am only interested in winning'
techA piece of new hi-tech kit aims to get us scribbling again
indybestMake getting out of the wrong side of bed on cold winter mornings a thing of the past with our selection of night-time covers
life + styleClarissa Baldwin is the brains behind the slogan 'A Dog is for Life not just for Christmas'
- 1 The hardwired difference between male and female brains could explain why men are 'better at map reading'
- 2 Is this the scariest advert ever? Japanese tyre commercial comes with its own disclaimer and health warning
- 3 UK chef creates world's most expensive ready meal - a fish pie costing £314
- 4 Food poverty in UK has reached level of 'public health emergency', warn experts
- 5 I’m sure Kate Moss doesn't care about posing for Playboy. But I do