London, Aug 1 (IANS) Actor Tom Hardy has agreed to fight boxer David Haye, also known as Hayemaker in the ring, as long as the money raised by the match goes to charity. The 34-year-old actor, who played a cage fighter in 2011 movie, "Warrior" wants the money to go to charitable trusts like Heroes, the Prince's Trust, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Bowel Cancer Research and homeless charity FLACK, reports thesun.co.uk. "''I've never fought a professional heavyweight, it'll be an experience. I would obviously prefer my first professional fight to be against someone in my weight category but hey-ho!," Hardy said. Hardy is busy shooting a TV documentary in Congo,Africa but plans on taking up the match as soon as he is back. "Hardy v Hayemaker? No problem. Let me take my make-up off first. I'll fight him as soon as I get back from the Congo with my mates if he wants," he said.
London, Aug 1 (IANS/RIA Novosti) American swimmer Michael Phelps became history's most medaled Olympian Tuesday when he and his country's 4x200m freestyle relay team took gold at the London Games. Phelps won his 19th career medal overall, eclipsing the 18-medal haul of Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina from 1956 to 1964, when he anchored the team home with a huge, 3.07 second lead in a fitting finish. The French team took silver, with the Chinese winning bronze. France was represented by Amaury Leveaux, Gregory Mallet, Clement Lefert and Yannick Agnel, three of the team that won the 4x100 meters freestyle relay Monday. China, meanwhile, took third with Hao Yun, Li Yunqi, Jiang Haiqi and Sun Yang. Phelps was handed a virtually unassailable lead by teammates Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer and Ricky Berens. Of Phelps' collection, 15 medals are gold, eight of which he won in Beijing, setting a separate record there four years ago. He took two more bronze in China, before making a low-key start in London. Phelps was edged out into fourth in Saturday's 400m individual medley, which was won by teammate Lochte. He took silver with his team in Sunday's 4x100m freestyle relay that was won by the French, and equaled Latynina's record earlier Tuesday by finishing runnerup to Chad le Clos in the men's 200m butterfly. --IANS/RIA Novosti snb
London, Aug 1 (IANS) Chinese fencer Lei Sheng beat Alaaeldin Abouelkassem of Egypt 15-13 to win the men's foil gold Tuesday. The 28-year-old Chinese, who beat top seed Valerio Aspromonte and Andrea Baldini, both favourites from Italy, in his way to the final, fought back a late surge from Abouelkassem, and won the last four points to snatch the first gold medal for the Chinese men's foil, Xinhua reported. "I was surprised by my own performance," the emotion-overwhelmed Chinese fencer said. "Before the Olympic competition started, I did not think about winning the gold, just to fence the match one by one. But I was very confident of myself," he said. He said his confidence did not falter when falling behind 11-9, knowing he still had the chance to win. "It did not disturb me, I told myself at that moment that so long as the match is not over, I have the chance," he said.
London, Aug 1 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The US emphatically captured the artistic gymnastics gold at the London Olympics Tuesday, finishing well clear of the Russians, who claimed silver. The Americans won with a score of 183.596, five points ahead of Russia and seven clear of third-placed Romania. Beijing champions China were pushed off the podium into fourth, while hosts Team GB could only manage sixth. The US performance evoked memories of 1996, when the home team, nicknamed the Magnificent Seven, clinched the gold in Atlanta. But it didn't come easily. The Russians pulled to within less than half a point after a strong showing on the parallel bars, but dropped away after an unconvincing rotation on the beam. Jordyn Wieber, who surprisingly missed out on qualification for the individual final, put in a scintillating routine on the floor to secure the gold. The Romanians put themselves in contention for bronze with a strong performance on the beam. --IANS/RIA Novosti snb
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