Sport notes | Magnussen eyes Moscow

Magnussen eyes Moscow

Racecar driver Kevin Magnussen will be hoping to cement his lead in the Formula 3.5 this weekend when the competition moves to the newly-built Moscow Raceway. The Danish racer holds a 29-point lead over second-placed Stoffel Vandoorne from Belgium and is currently the only driver to bag two wins in the series. Fellow compatriot Marco Sørensen is currently ninth, some 83 points behind Magnussen.

Okore finally on his way

National team defender Jores Okore, 20, has completed a 35 million kroner transfer from Superliga club FC Nordsjælland to English Premier League outfit Aston Villa. Okore, who has played seven games for the national team, impressed against the likes of Chelsea and Juventus in last season’s Champions League. While Nicklas Helenius, 22, a fellow Dane, will join him having made a switch from AaB for an undisclosed fee. 

Swimmer caught short

Mads Glæsner has been stripped of two short-course World Swimming Championship (WSC) medals by the International Swimming Association, FINA, after being found guilty of doping. During last December’s WSC, the Dane tested positive for the drug levmetamfetamine, and FINA has decided to take away his 1,500-metre freestyle gold and 400m bronze. The decision sees Denmark fall two places in the final medal table to sixth. 

Top job for Tomasson 

Former national team player Jon Dahl Tomasson, the country’s all-time top scorer, has been hired as head coach of the Dutch Eerste Divisie club SBV Excelsior. Tomasson, the assistant coach since 2011, takes over a club that is clearly struggling. Last season, it finished second to last, having been relegated from the top tier the season before, but was not relegated due to the expulsion of two other clubs. 

Major result for Madsen

Golfer Mads Orum Madsen punched above his weight at the US Open last weekend by finishing 28th equal in his first major tournament. The Dane finished 12 over par, thanks in part to a level par round of 70 on Saturday. Conditions were tricky and windy, and none of the field managed to break par. Tournament winner Justin Rose finished one over par, thereby becoming the first Englishman since 1970 to win the US Open.

Nielsens are hard as nails

Patrick Nielsen retained his WBA Intercontinental middleweight title with a fourth round win over Argentina’s Crispulo Javier Andino on Saturday in Aarhus. The Dane dominated, winning every round to stretch his undefeated record to 19. On the undercard, his younger brother, the cruiserweight Micki Nielsen, beat Germany’s Marko Angermann by a technical knockout to extend his undefeated run to nine.