by GRETCHEN REYNOLDS
For an article being published in next month’s issue of The British Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers at the University of Sydney in Australia reviewed dozens of recent studies of stretching, hoping to determine whether the practice prevents people from getting sore after they exercise. The authors found 12 studies completed in the past 25 years that looked directly at that issue. Most were small and short-term. But each produced essentially the same result, the review authors write, showing that “stretching does not produce important reductions in muscle soreness in the days following exercise.” That does not mean that you shouldn’t stretch, the study’s authors add, but it does indicate that stretching may not provide the benefits that many of us expect.
They say that only to participate in an Olympic Games is in itself tremendous of glory for any athlete. Winning a medal, then, must be something like sitting at the table with Olympian gods. However, for Cuban athletes there’s an equivalent privilege that few have ever experienced: the right to the “Olympic Dining Room.”
In it they serve the same food as in the others, at least in terms of a balanced diet with specific amounts of calories, protein and vitamins. Only two subtle differences make it more desirable: 1) the nutritional values are much higher than in the common INDER (the Cuban sports association) dining rooms, and 2) while in other cafeterias the protein consists of one or two eggs or ground meat, etc., in the Olympic Dining food is delicious (prime steak, for example) and better cooked.
It’s confirmed Edwin Chong won bronze after much disputed over the count back.
1 KREETA SINTAWACHEE Thailand 5.10 Gold
2 SOMPONG SAOMBANKUA Thailand 5.00 Silver
3 CHONG MING XUN Singapore 4.70 Bronze
4 HENRI SETIAWAN Indonesia 4.70
5 NGUYEN VAN HUE Vietnam 4.60
6 TUN TUN LIN Myanmar 4.40
Date: 12 November, Saturday (PM session)
Location: Athletics Stadium, Jakabaring Sport Complex, Palembang, Indonesia
PALEMBANG: Pole vaulter Roslinda Samsu delivered Malaysia’s sixth athletics gold with a new SEA Games record of 4.20m and dedicated the victory to her coach Mohd Mansahar Abdul Jalil.
Mansahar, who has been coaching the 29-year-old Roslinda since she was 16, suffered a heart attack last Friday and was rushed to the hospital.