Just when the world’s best female 5000m runners might have thought that Tirunesh Dibaba might not be quite such a thorn in everyone else’s side (actually, we’re not quite sure why they might have thought that, but anyway)…along comes her kid sister Genzebe.
The younger Dibaba doesn’t yet have the awesome track record that “the baby-faced destroyer” has amassed, but it’s early days yet. And if her 5000m win in this weekend’s Diamond League meet in Shanghai is any indication, the rest of the world isn’t going to get a break from Dibabas crossing the line first for a while.
The amazing Kirani James adds to his list of accomplishments, beating rival LaShawn Merritt and setting a new 2013 world leading time (and Diamond League meet record) of 44.02 seconds. Merritt’s always had a deadly final 70m, but watch how James – still just 20 years old – effortlessly pulls away. The Dominican Republic’s young star Luguelin Santos (only 19) finishes third.
Jason Spezza of the Ottawa Senators is one of the NHL’s premier centremen. At 29, he is still at the peak of his abilities, and for most of his NHL career has been close to a point-a-game player. Several years ago he centred Sens’ captain Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley (now playing with the Minnesota Wild) on one of the league’s most dangerous and productive lines. Though Spezza has had nagging back problems for many years, when healthy and fit he is capable of dominating a game with his size, skill, and scoring touch.
Born: Mississauga, Canada, 1983
Height/weight: 191 cm (6’3″) / 98 kg (216 lbs)
NHL teams: Ottawa Senators
Drafted: 2001 by Ottawa Senators (first round, 2nd overall)
There have been varying opinions on David Beckham over the years but one thing you can say about him is that he sure made the most out of his talent.
A hard worker and great professional, Beckham was more than a supermodel and a brand. He was actually a pretty good player who managed to play for three of the biggest clubs in the world: Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan.
And now, finally, at the age of 38, his playing journey is over.
On the whole, you have to say Beckham was a legit soccer star though clearly not big enough to in the future be part of “best player ever” debates.
While being captain of England was problematic in that he often did not deserve to be among the starting eleven, Beckham could rise to the occasion and give his teams a chance to win.