Sports notes | Meaner than the Machine

Patrick Nielsen is now 20-0 following a comfortable points win over Poland’s Patrick ‘The Machine’ Majewski (now 20-2) on Saturday night at Arena Nord in Frederikshavn. With his WBA Inter-Continental Middleweight belt on the line, the 22-year-old added the vacant WBO title with his win. Prior to the fight, Majewski was 12th on the WBO rankings list, three places above Nielsen.


Gridironers grab the golden ticket to Austria


Denmark on Saturday won the B Pool European Championships in American football and will now compete in the A Pool version in Austria in 2014. Inspired by quarterback Kasper Skyum Jensen, who was named the tournament’s MVP, Denmark beat Serbia 38-10 and the Czech Republic 34-0 in the group stage before seeing off the hosts Italy 49-29 in the final at Milan’s Stadio Vigorelli. Denmark will next year face hosts Austria, Finland, France, Germany and Sweden in the A Pool EFAF European Championship, which is scheduled to take place from May 30 until June 7. The top three teams will then advance to the 2015 IFAF World Championship in Sweden, a tournament Denmark has never competed in. Denmark’s sole appearance in the A Pool version of the European Championship was in 2001.


Weaker sex in the pool


While the women’s swimming team shone at the World Aquatic Championships this year, the men won diddly squat, which explains why the swimming federation is launching a Great Danes initiative, initially composed of ten swimmers, to resurrect their fortunes at the 2016 Olympics. “It is a new focus,” Nick Juba, the national team coach, told “The Great Danes label needs to be synonymous with fast swimming!”


Bjørn no longer stuck on 13


Thomas Bjørn on Sunday won the Omega European Masters in Switzerland after a final round of 65 for a total score of -20 earned him a play-off with Scotland’s Craig Lee. The 42-year-old then held his nerve to land the 14th European Tour victory of his career along with a winner’s cheque for 2.7 million kroner, which sees him jump to eighth place on the European money list and into contention for the 2014 Ryder Cup team


Concerns over Camilla’s coma


The country’s top female ironman competitor, Camilla Pedersen, remains in a medicated coma following a cycling crash last week on Tuesday when she swerved to avoid a group of children while training. She suffered a fractured skull and bleeding around the brain. Pedersen, who took gold at the Ironman European Championships in July, is the only Danish woman in history to break the nine-hour mark.