From coma to Commonwealth Games – five inspiring stories

From coma to Commonwealth Games - five inspiring stories
Timothy Disken

From coma to Commonwealths in six months

Doctors were not sure Timothy Disken would survive emergency brain surgery in a Canadian hospital just six months ago.

But the Australian Para-swimmer was intent on defying the odds, and is doing so again at the Commonwealth Games in Australia. (Guardian)

Sport as education

“His brains are in his feet” is an overused sporting cliche, but what can sport actually teach us? (Bristol Herald Courier)

The judo teacher with 67 years under his belt

Some 67 years after his first class, the oldest judo sensei in Britain can still take down his opponents – and has no plans to stop anytime soon. (BBC Three)

American football… on a unicycle?

It gives a new meaning to the phrase “bicycle kick” – OK, it’s referring to American football rather than soccer, but unicycle football is a thing and the world championships are taking place in Texas. (KVUE)

How Crystal Palace are teaching benefits of good food & exercise

Match of the Day visits a south London leisure centre to find out more about Crystal Palace’s “Healthy Eagles” campaign, which is aimed at helping children and young families lead healthier and happier lifestyles.

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Commonwealth Games: England's Katarina Johnson-Thompson on brink of heptathlon gold

Commonwealth Games: England's Katarina Johnson-Thompson on brink of heptathlon gold
Katarina Johnson-Thompson

2018 Commonwealth Games
Venue: Gold Coast, Australia Dates: 4-15 April
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Katarina Johnson-Thompson is on the brink of Commonwealth Games heptathlon gold with one event remaining.

The English athlete, 25, is 174 points clear of Canada’s Nina Schultz in the silver medal position before the 800m.

She began day two of the event with a 126-point advantage and increased that lead by winning the long jump before it was reduced slightly in the javelin.

Schultz would have to beat Johnson-Thompson by around 14 seconds in the 800m to take gold.

Johnson-Thompson’s 800m personal best is two minutes 07.64 seconds, 11 seconds quicker than Schultz’s best.

Gold for the Liverpudlian would be her first global outdoor title.

She won the long jump with an attempt of 6.50m, 31cm further than anyone else, and finished eighth in the javelin, one of her weaker events.

England’s Niamh Emerson, 18, is in fourth place overall, 109 points behind Australian Celeste Mucci but has an 800m personal best 16 seconds quicker than Mucci.

The 800m takes place at 11:05 BST on Friday.

Lewis Hamilton dominates first practice

Lewis Hamilton dominates first practice
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Lewis Hamilton dominated first practice at the Chinese Grand Prix as he seeks to bounce back from losing the first two races of the season.

Despite a spin in Turn 10, it was the best possible start to the weekend for Hamilton, who was in scintillating form on a track he has often excelled.

The world champion ended the session 0.359 seconds quicker than Kimi Raikkonen, despite using harder tyres.

Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas was third, 0.458secs off the Briton.

Hamilton was the quickest man every time he hit the track, from his first flying lap, which was more than a second quicker than anyone else at the time.

He was on course for an even faster lap midway through the session, after Bottas closed the gap to under half a second for the first time, but lost control negotiating the complex before the long main straight.

Neither Mercedes driver used the fastest ultra-soft tyre, which all other leading drivers used to set their fastest time, preferring to stick with the slower ‘soft’.

The Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen were fourth and fifth quickest, the Dutchman setting his time just 0.131secs off the Australian despite tyres damaged in a spin and trip through the gravel trap at the last corner.

Shanghai Tower

Haas were best of the rest, with Kevin Magnussen seventh and Romain Grosjean ninth split by Renault’s Carlos Sainz, whose team-mate Nico Hulkenberg was 10th.

And Toro Rosso were again ahead of McLaren, Pierre Gasly, so impressive on his way to fourth in Bahrain last weekend, 11th fastest, 0.007secs quicker than McLaren’s Fernando Alonso.

Their team-mates had a difficult session. Brendon Hartley in the second Toro Rosso was 0.678secs off Gasly and Stoffel Vandoorne had a spin and visit to the gravel on his way to 18th fastest, 0.712secs off Alonso.