12th win gives Takanashi 3rd world crown

LAHTI - Japan's teenage ski jumping star Sara Takanashi is guaranteed her third overall World Cup title after earning her 12th victory of the season on Friday. The 19-year-old leapt 99.5m on her second jump on the Lahti hill to win with a total of 251.3 pts ahead of Slovenia's Maja Vtic (238.7pts) and Japan's Yuki Ito (232.2). It means Takanashi now has an insurmountable lead of 431 points ahead of her nearest rival, Austria's Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, with only four events left of the season which would bring a maximum total of 400pts. "I'm very happy. This season is nearly perfect," said Takanashi after her 12th win in 15 competitions. Ten of her victories this season were consecutive, which has never been done before, and she jumped an unofficial world record of 137.5m in Oslo.–AFP

Vonn crashes to hand Gut advantage

LA THUILE - American speed queen Lindsey Vonn crashed out of the women's World Cup downhill, allowing Swiss victor Lara Gut to leapfrog her into top spot. Vonn, seeking a 77th career win, has been involved in a cat-and-mouse battle with Gut for the crystal globe for the season's best all-round skier. But Vonn's battle to ride through a rough corner misfiring as a ski unclipped itself to send the 31-year-old cartwheeling, unhurt, down the slope. "Really love it when my ski comes off going 80mph. Always a good feeling. #notcool," Vonn tweeted. Gut had previously timed 1min 35.57sec down the technically demanding 2.5km-long Tre Franco Berthod piste, Austrian Cornelia Huetter taking second at 1.02sec, just one-hundredth of a second faster than Italy's Nadia Fanchini in third. AFP

Int’l tennis back in Pakistan after a decade

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) and Islamabad Tennis Association (ITA) will organise two ATF-Pakistan Under-14 Super Series Tennis events here from March 7-20. PTF secretary Khalid Rehmani said the PTF was hosting international events after almost a decade, which carry ATF ranking points, and hoped for holding more international events in future. In first leg, two boys from Sri Lanka, two boys and a girl from Hong Kong, a girl from India and a boy each from Great Britain and Malaysia would participate. For second leg, a boy each from Great Britain, Iran and Malaysia, three boys and a girl from Hong Kong and two boys and two girls from Sri Lanka would play. All foreign players would be given full hospitality whereas Pakistani players would get free accommodation.–Staff Reporter

Judo team returns from South Asian Games

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Judo team comprising 12 athletes returned home on Friday morning at Islamabad Airport after an impressive performance in the 12th South Asian Games. Fouzia Yasir won and Shah Hussain won gold medals while Humaira Ashiq and Beenish Khan won silver. Iram Shehzadi, Shumaila Gull, Ambreen Masih along with male judokas Mudassir Ali, Babar Hussain, Imtiaz Hussain, Qaisar Khan and Afzal Bashir all won bronze. Islamabad Judo Association’s Zarif Ahmad, Army’s Col M Tariq Bodla, Pakistan Judo Federation (PJF) officials and PSB security officer Captain M Ashraf welcomed the team. Pakistan’s judo coach Sajjad Kazemi of Iran said the team did not perform as expected but results were not that bad. PJF secretary Masood Ahmad said thanked IPC Ministry, POA and PSB for their cooperation.–Staff Reporter

SOP to hold Marathon in Karachi

KARACHI - Special Olympics Pakistan (SOP) is hosting its First Unified Marathon tomorrow (Sunday) with more than 3000 participants to run for a cause. Collectibles Pakistan has joined hands with SOP to be the official time keeper for the event. This Marathon is open to people of all ages, gender and abilities. People may choose to walk/run or complete the marathon on a wheelchair. The marathon will take place at Nueplex/DHA Sports Club - Moin Khan Academy “Collectibles is very proud to be the official timekeeper for the First Unified Marathon. Everyone should take part in this worthy cause,” said Rameez Sattar, CEO Collectibles Pakistan. The revenue generated from this marathon will serve as a fundraiser for Special Olympics Pakistan and is aimed at creating awareness about people with disabilities.–PR