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Chelsea agree British record fee for ‘mini Messi’

first_imgChelsea have paid a British record fee for England international Fran Kirby.Dubbed the ‘Mini Messi’, 22-year-old Kirby was one of the stars of England’s successful Women’s World Cup campaign and moves from Reading, where she has played since she was eight.In a statement, Reading said all the money would allow them to keep their team “progressing in their current manner”.“It goes without saying that I’m very excited about moving to Chelsea, and I can’t wait to get started at a new club,” Kirby said.“But at the same time I am leaving behind so many memories at Reading.“When I joined the club aged eight, I could never have imagined where it would take me. To have success with all my team-mates at Reading, played for England in the World Cup and now make this move, it’s all a little bit surreal to be honest.”Kirby has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract and will be available to face Bristol Academy this weekend. 1 Fran Kirby last_img

Malaysian teen eyes triathlon medal in SEA Games

first_imgLATEST STORIES View comments Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games Rice industry paralysis MOST READ Xian Hao will be one of the youngest competitors in the triathlon and duathlon at the Philippines SEA Games in Manila.And it’s not the first time he is going in as the “kid” of the Games. He was also the youngest triathlete at the Commonwealth Games and also qualified for the Youth Olympics in Argentina last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceDespite his young age, he has hopes of helping his team to the bronze medal in the triathlon and duathlon mixed relays.“It can be quite a challenge in this sport at my age, because physically I’m not fully developed or as experienced as the other athletes, but that has never stopped me,” said Xian Hao. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay?center_img Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Chong Xian Hao will be one of the youngest competitors in the triathlon SEA Games. Photo from The StarPETALING JAYA — Age is no barrier – that’s what many aging athletes say. But when Chong Xian Hao says it, there’s a different meaning altogether.He is just 18.ADVERTISEMENT Bemedaled Malaysian archer aims to win back SEA Games gold in PH Priority legislation in the 18th Congress The biggest challenge at the SEA Games will be the home side. The Philippines have dominated the triathlon in the last two Games winning all the gold medals.“They have a lot of good athletes and they have dominated the sport. It will be difficult to better them but we will do our best.”In triathlon mixed relay, Xian Hao will be partnered with Thiang Chong Yoong, Yeong Zhen Yi, Aimi Iwasakai Muhd Moritoh while in the duathlon mixed relay he will team up with Mohd Haziq Junaidy, Zhen Yi and Allison Yee.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? “As I’m younger, I have more energy and I will use that to my advantage.“I always enjoy a challenge and I hope to be able to inspire other young athletes to pick up the sport and show that age is just a number.”Xian Hao said he picked up the sport when he was just 10 because his parents saw an advertisement in the newspaper.“We had never heard of triathlon before and it was interesting because it combined cycling, swimming and running all in one. And that was the main attraction for me. I liked different sports.“Also because it’s three disciplines, I hardly get bored during training because I’m always doing something different. At the same time I get to meet different people from each sport, which is inspiring and fun.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more