Nimble Norman, victorious Velikaya, and other stories you may have missed

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Nimble Norman back in the spotlight

Michael Norman is at it again.

Just two months after breaking the world indoor 400m record, the 20-year-old has set tongues wagging once more with another stunning performance, this time over his favoured 200m.

The world under-20 champion ran the distance in 19.84 seconds at the Pac-12 Championships, an American collegiate event.

His time was wind-aided with a 2.8 m/s tailwind, meaning it doesn’t qualify as a new personal best for the University of Southern California sprinter.

That remains the 20.06 seconds he ran last month.

Velikaya’s victorious comeback

It was the comeback everyone in attendance was hoping for.

Sofya Velikaya won women’s team sabre gold and individual sabre silver for Russia at Rio 2016, then took time off to give birth to her second child.

After two years away focusing on her family, the Olympic champion made her return in the FIE Grand Prix in front of her home fans in Moscow.

And she did it in style.

The 32-year-old overcame both the world number two, Italy’s Rosella Gregorio, and world number three Anna Marton of Hungary en route to winning her fifth career Grand Prix title.

Kowalczuk downs Walkden at Europeans

Aleksandra Kowalczuk didn’t appear to have a chance against double world champion and Rio bronze medallist Bianca Walkden.

The Pole trailed 6–9 against Walkden, the world number one, in the +73 kg European Taekwondo Championships final in Kazan, Russia.

But world number four Kowalczuk put together a string of points to snatch victory 11–9 against her British opponent.

At least Walkden seems to be taking defeat in her stride:

Kazan are kings of Europe

Champions of Europe. Again.

Another addition to the honour roll for Zenit Kazan, who claimed CEV Champions League Final Four glory on home turf this weekend.

The Russian champions won their pool with an unbeaten record, and as hosts of the final round advanced directly to the semi-finals.

Led by tournament most valuable player, London 2012 Olympic champion Maxim Mikhaylov, Zenit Kazan saw off challenges from Italian clubs Sir Colussi Sicoma Perugia and Cucine Lube Civitanova to win their fourth crown in a row.

World record and World Cup win for Korakaki

She’s no stranger to reaching the top step of the podium, but Anna Korakaki surprised even herself at the ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup in Fort Benning, USA.

The 25 m pistol Olympic champion only managed to finish third in that event in Fort Benning, but improved on that in the 10 m air pistol.

The Greek shooter set a new qualification world record with 578 points.

In the final, she got off to a shaky start, but quickly found her form to surge past her opponents, eventually finishing 3.6 points clear of second-placed Zorana Arunovic, the current European champion.

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Author: ZK Goh
Olympic Channel news producer and reporter. All-round sports nerd.