No flag, no anthem, but world track gold for Russia

first_imgDuterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Sidorova competed in a muted blue uniform. Her neutral status, awarded by track’s governing body after vetting of her drug-test record, allows her to compete internationally unlike most Russians but bans her from displaying any national symbols. Track has taken the strongest line of any major federation against Russian doping, though Russia’s harshest critics would favor a ban against all Russian athletes.At Monday’s medal ceremony the stirring Russian anthem will be replaced by music composed for the IAAF.“Of course I’m not really comfortable with it all, but I’m so happy. I was just so happy, I didn’t really think about it,” Sidorova said of her flag-free victory lap. “Gold is gold.”Sidorova and Morris were the standouts from the start, clearing every height up to 4.90 meters on the first attempt. Morris missed her three shots at 4.95, leaving Sidorova one last jump for gold. Her personal best was 4.91 and she hadn’t come close in training — even 4.85 had been a challenge — but she sprinted down the runway to soar over the bar.“I thought that yes, it’s the chance you have to take,” she said. No female vaulter has cleared 4.95 at a world championships since Russian Yelena Isinbayeva in 2005. Still the world record holder, Isinbayeva is a national hero in Russia and an influential critic of doping investigations into Russian sports.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LATEST STORIES But pole vaulting’s a sisterhood and Sidorova’s defeated rival, Sandi Morris of the United States, was her strongest advocate despite the doping sanctions on the Russian team.“Sidorova is a friend of mine and she can’t help what’s going on politically,” Morris said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“If I were her, I would have done the same thing. Go out there and fight to compete, regardless of what’s going on in my country. I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad thing because the athletes are most important. If she’s clean, she’s clean, and I honestly believe she is.”Morris’ show of affection came despite what she called a “bittersweet” day — big jumps but another silver to go with her second places at the 2016 Olympics and 2017 worlds. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Sidorova was previously considered a solid performer whose biggest win was the 2014 European title. Being the new Russian pole vault queen hasn’t sunk in.“I’m not sure that I understand I’m the best after Isinbayeva in Russia,” she said. “I’m confused when I need to talk about it.”After raising the bar, Sidorova wants to keep her feet on the ground. Next stop Moscow and a long-awaited dessert.“Back home I’ve got a can of whipped cream. I bought it before I left, and thought I’ll come back and eat it all.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Anzhelika Sidorova, center, competing as a neutral athlete, celebrates with Katerina Stefanidi, left, competing as a neutral athlete; and Sandi Morris, right, of the United States; after the women’s pole vault final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. Sidorova won the gold medal, Morris won the silver and Stefanidi won the bronze. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)DOHA, Qatar — Three medalists on the victory lap. Only two with flags.That’s the reality for Russian pole vaulter Anzhelika Sidorova after winning gold at the world championships on Sunday, officially as a neutral athlete.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect View comments Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia PLAY LIST 02:03Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia00:50Trending Articles01:37Russian envoy: Putin accepts Duterte’s invitation to visit PH02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James’ high school jersey up for auctionlast_img read more

HONG KONG — Cathay Pacific Airways has been named

first_imgHONG KONG — Cathay Pacific Airways has been named Best First Class airline in the 2008 World Airline Awards(tm) run by Skytrax. The award acknowledges the airline’s efforts to provide a superior travel experience for its premium travelers and highlights the positive customer reaction to the new First Class cabin designs introduced last year.To underscore the strength of its First Class product, Cathay Pacific also took the Best First Class Catering award, while the overall quality of the airline’s product and service was reflected in it being named runner-up in the Skytrax Airline of the Year award.Cathay Pacific Chief Operating Officer John Slosar said: “We are excited about receiving the Best First Class honor, which highlights the strength of our new cabin design as well as the superior service provided by our cabin crew. For the premium market you have to provide something that really stands out from the crowd, and with our new First Class – designed with the right balance of personal attention, interaction and privacy – we believe we’re providing a travel experience that exceeds all expectations.“But while it’s our First Class that’s taken the award, we are very encouraged by the positive passenger reaction to all three classes of our new cabin designs which are being progressively rolled out across the fleet.”The new First Class design takes travel to a new level by increasing individual privacy and giving passengers greater individual control over the immediate environment. The innovative seat can be used as an armchair, a chaise longue or an extra long and wide bed – one of the largest beds provided on any commercial airline.Close attention has been paid to a range of other factors including subtle lighting to provide the right ambience and a bigger, highly adjustable 17-inch 16:9 personal television and noise-cancelling headset. All cabin baggage can be stowed in the suite itself. The food service, meanwhile, is tailored around the individual, with a wide selection of fresh western and Asian dishes – all served whenever the passenger wants.Cathay Pacific’s sister airline, Dragonair, was also honored by Skytrax, being named Best Regional Carrier: Southeast Asia for the first time.The World Airline Awards(tm) are based on the annual World Airline Survey run by Skytrax, carried out between August 2007 and June 2008. More than 15 million respondents from over 95 different passenger nationalities participated in the survey.Contact:www.cathaypacific.comlast_img read more