Slovakia lost three players to injury on Friday and three more had to return to their league clubs or face quarantine, forcing coach Pavel Hapal to ring the changes.
"It usually takes me at least an hour and a half to get this far, but this time I finished in less than an hour. There were thrilling moments, like encountering big waves and getting hit by another kayak, but overall it was pretty good," Shen said, gasping and smiling.
PARIS, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Ireland's Sam Bennet edged out Australia's Caleb Ewan and Slovakia's Peter Sagan in a sprint finish to claim his first stage win on the Tour de France on Tuesday, as Primoz Roglic defended his yellow jersey after the 168.5 ride from Ile d'Oleron Le Chatea-d'Oleron to Ile de Re Saint-Martin-de-Re.
"We are able to come out from the darkness and to celebrate our return to the table. This is a moment of immense joy for all members of the international table tennis family," the Chinese table tennis legend noted.
Ruichang remains at second in the overall standings despite the win, while four-time CBSL champion Qingdao still leads the table.
Two 1-1 draws against Spain and Switzerland showed that time might be running out, as no more than nine months are left complete the rejuvenation of the German team, including a new approach on the pitch.
Zaniolo picked up an injury after a challenge with Donny van de Beek in the UEFA Nations League fixture between Italy and the Netherlands, and the result may cast a shadow on the star's future.
Both sides had chances to break the deadlock in the first half but missed them all. Shanghai Shenhua midfielder Cao Yunding's left-footed shot hit the post in the seventh minute. Shenzhen almost scored the opener in the last minutes going into the halftime break when Ole Selnaes' free kick was also denied by the crossbar.
Armin Hodzic (R) of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) vies with Tomasz Kedziora (1st L) of Poland during the UEFA Nations League football match between BiH and Poland in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Sept. 7, 2020. (Photo by Nedim Grabovica/Xinhua)
LONDON, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Chelsea have completed the signing of German international midfielder Kai Havertz on a five-year contract, the Premier League club confirmed on Friday.
"Living and training here every day, shut out from the outside world, the athletes were in low spirits. There was also a potential crisis because it was hard for them to fully mobilize themselves, so their training efficiency and their self-discipline were affected," he said, adding that public attention might help top athletes keep their motivation up.