AFP/File – Zambia's Joseph Musonda (left) is challenged by Iran's Gholamreza Rezaei

Zambia have been invited to play in this month's East and Central Africa Senior Challenge Cup in Uganda as a replacement for Eritrea who have withdrawn, the organisers said on Thursday.

Haile Gebrselassie from Ethiopia celebrates after winning the men's competition of the 35th Berlin Marathon in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008. Gebrselassie broke his own marathon world record on Sunday, becoming the first runner to finish under 2 hours, 4 minutes. The Ethiopian clocked 2:03:59 to win his third straight Berlin Marathon, beating the mark of 2:04:26 he set last year over the same flat course. (AP Photo/Miguel Villagran)

Ethiopian distance running legend Haile Gebrselassie broke his own world record for the marathon for the second successive year in Berlin on Sunday.

Gebrselassie shaved 27 seconds off his previous mark as he recorded two hours three minutes 59 seconds for the classic 42 kilometer distance.

Tirunesh-DibabaAfrica had to wait until day seven of competition to win its first gold medal of the 2008 Olympics.

The entire continent celebrated as Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia won the women's 10,000m in the Bird's Nest Stadium, and then, on day eight, there was more glory for Africa to enjoy as Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry took gold while setting a new world record in the women's 200m backstroke.

It had been a long wait for Africa, but when triumph was finally achieved there was great evidence of continental solidarity among the African media here in Beijing.

Michael PhelpsBEIJING – He arrived here at this massive blue cube in the Far East with the goals that couldn’t have been bigger and margins of error that couldn’t have been smaller.

It was eight events, eight golds – all or nothing for Michael Phelps. In a perfect storm of athletic brilliance, otherworldly hype and a 17-swim, nine-day marathon of competition, Michael Phelps put together the most incredible Olympics ever.


BEIJING – Like the best of showmen, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt left us wanting more.

Twenty meters from the finish line, his celebration began. He relaxed his arms, looked toward the crowd and slapped his chest. And despite those theatrics, he still covered 100 meters faster than any man ever has.

He did it in 9.69 seconds, and immediately one had to wonder how much faster he could go. Faster than a speeding bullet?

The showman teased our imaginations. But he denied us the answer, shrugging off questions about why he coasted for the final 20 meters rather than obliterate the world record.

“I didn’t come here to run the world record because I am the world-record holder,’’ he said. “I came here to win.’’

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