Japan’s Kitajima fumes after Rio flop

TOKYO - Japan swim king Kosuke Kitajima was furious at himself on Tuesday after failing in his bid to qualify for this summer's Rio Olympics in the men's 100 metres breaststroke. The 33-year-old, who won double gold in the 100 and 200m breaststroke at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Games, had been expected to qualify for his fifth Olympics. But Kitajima cut a forlorn figure after losing his battle with Yasuhiro Koseki at the Japanese championships as both missed out on the qualifying mark of 59.63 seconds. "I'm speechless," a dejected Kitajima told reporters after clocking 59.93 in the Tokyo final. "It's just so upsetting I couldn't swim my usual race. I was thinking too much and swam a negative race. It's my own problem, I'm gutted. I need to go and cool my head and come back ready for the 200."–AFP

Norman tips Day or Scott to win Masters

SYDNEY - Former major winner Greg Norman says he will be shocked if fellow Australians Jason Day or Adam Scott don't pull on the champion's green jacket at the US Masters this week, with both players having the "mojo" to win. The retired star, who reigned as world number one for 331 weeks in the 1980s and 1990s, said it was hard to split his countrymen, who are both in a rich vein of form. "I'd be shocked if I didn't see Jason or Adam wearing the green jacket at the end of the week," Norman said on Tuesday. "They clearly have that energy and mojo from being recent winners in their favour. "Mentally, they've seen the shots, hit the shots, made the putts and felt the feeling. It's so fresh in the head they don't have to summon enormous concentration to bring positives forward."–AFP

Jim Herman reaches Masters

AUGUSTA - Working as assistant golf club professional for real estate tycoon Donald Trump a decade ago, Jim Herman's dream of playing in the Masters seemed destined to go unfulfilled. But thanks in part to an investment from Trump, now a US Presidential candidate who has remained a front-runner despite controversial comments, Herman started playing competitively and Sunday won his first PGA title at the Houston Open, earning with it the final berth in this week's 80th Masters. "You want to dream. You want to believe that you're going to make it. But you just don't know until it's upon you," Herman said. "I feel like maybe I'm going to wake up and I'm going to be still on Saturday night going into the final round again and I haven't done it yet. But I don't think that's happening. I think we're here."–AFP

Fury is jealous of my body, says Joshua

LONDON - World heavyweight title contender Anthony Joshua on Tuesday accused British compatriot Tyson Fury, the WBA and WBO champion, of being jealous of his "beach body". Joshua, 26, faces American IBF champion Charles Martin in London on Saturday in a bid to win the belt that Fury was stripped of in December for refusing to fulfil a mandatory fight. Fury last week branded Joshua "useless" and predicted that he will lose to Martin because "this game is not all about body-building". Joshua fired back: "They're hating on my beach body. They're just hating, that's what it is. If they want, I'll give them some sessions. They can come train with me if they want. "There's a lot of jealousy, a lot of negativity, so that's why I shut it down and just focus on myself."–AFP

Kenya hopeful of dodging WADA sanctions

NAIROBI - Kenyan sports officials are optimistic the country will be granted more time to pass a robust anti-doping law and avoid a threatened Olympics ban. A World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) deadline to tighten its anti-doping law and provide funding for a proposed anti-doping agency expired Tuesday with lawmakers having failed to pass a bill criminalising sports doping. The bill is intended to save Kenyan athletes from an Olympics ban threatened by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president Sebastian Coe. "We have submitted all our documents to WADA as required," sports minister Hassan Wario said Tuesday. "Compliance required a raft of factors -- about four key factors -- with legalisation being a part of that," he told the local Citizen TV channel.–AFP