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The Sunday Stroll: 4 September, 2011

September 4, 2011

The big story last weekend was obviously Usain Bolt and his false start disqualification at the World Championships over in Daegu, South Korea. Watching it closely, we’re pretty certain the chap in the lane (6) outside of him – fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake, who went on to win gold – twitches his left-leg just before the gun, and that’s what set Bolt off early. Just imagine Bolt being DQ’d for a false start in London 2012…

Poor Usain, eh. The jury’s out though as to what’s worse – getting kicked-out for false starting or the race starting before you’re ready. Tough break…

There was also a great run from Brit Mo Farah in the 10,000m where he nearly claimed gold – sterling effort, Mo!

Although perhaps one of the British highlights thus far was Dai Greene’s stunning gold medal run in the 400m hurdles…

The games haven’t gone so well for C4 presenter Ortis Deley though; replaced after a couple of days of error-strewn, name-forgetting, blunder-ridden performances in front of the camera…

Last weekend also saw F1 head to Belgium for the iconic Spa circuit. Brit Jenson Button drove superbly to finish third having started thirteenth, although the following hairy moment when Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber looked like going side-by-side through the notoriously dangerous Eau Rouge corner will live long in the memory…

And whilst we’re on motorsport, here’s a terrifying moment – ultimately a great save – for Subaru driver Mark Higgins on the Isle of Man. Brick walls at 150mph… no sweat!

On two wheels, not only is Casey Stoner waltzing his way to the MotoGP crown, but he’s able to dodge errant otters at over 100mph…

In the world of football, last weekend saw Man City’s Edin Džeko score four goals at Spurs and United put eight past Arsenal. Remarkable. Here are Džeko’s goals, the fourth is quite a gem, the second a brilliant header…

And as for Arsenal, I don’t think they’ll ever live down conceding eight at Old Trafford. Embarrassing. Here’s the pick of the bunch, Ashley Young’s first goal of two…

On the subject of embarrassing, how about this incredible slip-of-the-tongue by Fulham’s Philippe Senderos. Joey wouldn’t go that far, surely…

We all remember Paulo di Canio for this, don’t we…

Well he’s at it (sort of) again, this time with striker Leon Clarke, who now will be farmed out on loan and then sold. Nice…

Still, at least di Canio didn’t try and run the ref over, unlike this fan..

Midweek obviously was dominated by the closure of this summer’s transfer window. Here are our thoughts on Owen Hargreaves being snapped up by Manchester City, and also on Peter Crouch’s move to Stoke City. Incidentally, here is Joe Hart’s reaction to being told City were in for Hargreaves. Wowzers…

In the absence of any crazy big money late moves, the most memorable moment of the day came from a somewhat surprising source. Cue’s Stoke’s new hero (mine too…) – ‘Roll-Up Man’!…

Finally from the world of football – both types of football actually – here’s an interesting crossover between Philladelphia Eagles place-kicker David Akers and a few ‘pro soccer players’, including Bolton’s Stuart Holden…

The Rugby World Cup is coming. Here’s the quite brilliant Lego taster…

As for New Zealand’s imposing pre-match Haka, it wasn’t always that way…

And now for something completely different. This kid has some mad skills. Only ten years old. Makes you sick…

Over in cricket, Lasith Malinga has been back to his hat-trick taking best…

And finally, we leave you with this. Barcelona fielded nine midfielders (yes, NINE!) when they took on Villarreal the other day, and strolled to a 5-0 victory. It almost defies belief…

As ever folks, thanks for reading…

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