Top Five Stories From Thursday You Must Read Today

27th September 2019

World champion Obiri faces stiff challenge from Dutch speed merchant Sifan Hassan in women’s 5000m in Doha, Italy thump Canada at the ongoing Rugby World Cup in Japan

Hellen Obiri of Kenya celebrates winning the Women's 3000 meters during the IAAF Diamond League event at the Khalifa International Stadium on May 03, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. PHOTO/ GETTY IMAGES
Hellen Obiri of Kenya celebrates winning the Women's 3000 meters during the IAAF Diamond League event at the Khalifa International Stadium on May 03, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. PHOTO/ GETTY IMAGES
SUMMARY
  • Solskjaer was subjected to calls for his sacking on social media after United needed a 5-3 penalty shoot-out win to edge past Rochdale after a limp 1-1 draw at Old Trafford
  • Ethiopia, traditionally strong, will be represented by a strong quartet headed by Letesenbet Gidey, who has a best of 14:23.14 and ran a season’s best of 14:29.54 as she finished second to Hassan in the Diamond League final
  • IAAF chief Sebastian Coe, re-elected to a second term as president on Wednesday, nevertheless painted a positive picture for the sport on the eve of the championships, citing the creation of the Athletics Integrity Unit as a step forward in the battle against doping

NAIROBI, Kenya- Italy ran amok against Canada to bag their second bonus-point win in as many games with a 48-7 Rugby World Cup victory Thursday and vowed to celebrate with an "old-school night".

The first World Athletics Championships of the post-Usain Bolt era get under way in Doha on Friday with the sport desperately seeking a new superstar as it tackles a slew of ongoing doping controversies.

Here are the top five stories from Thursday compiled by SportPesa News that you must read today:

Doha: Defending Champ Obiri Faces Stiff Challenge From Dutch Ace Hassan In 5000m

MONACO, France- Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands has already had an annus mirabilis – and as she approaches a possible 5000m/10,000m double in Doha it could get even better. The Dutch runner already has world bronze medals at both distances – a 1500m version from 2015 and a 5000m version from 2017. READ MORE

Hamilton Wary Of Mercedes' Vulnerability In Title Run-In At Russian GP

SOCHI, Russia- Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes will venture into this weekend's Russian Grand Prix with a rare sense of vulnerability after suffering three successive defeats by Ferrari ahead of a race they have dominated for five years. Defending five-time champion Hamilton should have every reason to feel confident – he has won three times at the former Olympic Park venue, including last year, and Mercedes have won every contest since 2014. READ MORE

Seven-Try Italy Run Riot To Hand Canada Biggest Rugby World Cup Defeat

FUKUOKA, Japan- Italy ran amok against Canada to bag their second bonus-point win in as many games with a 48-7 Rugby World Cup victory Thursday and vowed to celebrate with an "old-school night". It was not a perfect performance as Italy slipped at times from flair and finesse to sloppy, but they did enough to dominate seven tries to one in what was their biggest margin of victory at the World Cup. READ MORE

World Championships Desperately Seeking A New Superstar After Bolt Exit

DOHA, Qatar- The first World Athletics Championships of the post-Usain Bolt era get under way here Friday with the sport desperately seeking a new superstar as it tackles a slew of ongoing doping controversies. More than 2,000 athletes from over 200 countries and territories will take part across 10 days of competition at Doha's Khalifa International stadium, where organisers say a state-of-the-art air-conditioning system will shield competitors from ferocious heat and humidity. READ MORE

Under-Fire Solskjaer Urges Man United Players To Be Ruthless In Their Attack

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer urged Manchester United's youngsters to be more ruthless after they survived a League Cup scare against third tier Rochdale on Wednesday. Solskjaer was subjected to calls for his sacking on social media after United needed a 5-3 penalty shoot-out win to edge past Rochdale after a limp 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. READ MORE