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RIO DE JANEIRO -- While Andriy Hovorov hasnt been home for almost three years, he is representing his native region of Crimea quite well at the Olympics. .Hovorov raced for Ukraine on Thursday and posted the fastest time in the mens 50-meter freestyle swim heats and later qualified for Fridays final. The man from Sevastopol is a bona fide gold medal contender, and hes enjoying every minute.A really good race, really tight, Hovorov said of his semifinal race, which he finished in a 21.46-second dead heat with former gold medalist Anthony Ervin of the United States. Im excited, totally. Everythings going well.Hovorovs life took an unexpected turn when Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. The swimmer ruled out changing his nationality, leading to his extended absence from his home territory. Hes been warned not to visit Crimea by Ukrainian officials worried he could face harassment.Ukraines economy is in crisis, but sports officials have focused much of their meager funding on him, allowing him to train abroad with coach Arilson Silva, the former mentor of Brazilian world-record holder Cesar Cielo.This result comes from him, Hovorov said of Silva. We know what were doing, we know the plan, and this is just the first step to have better results.Hovorov arrived in Rio de Janeiro in good form, winning silver in the 50 free at the European championships in May, plus a gold medal in the 50 butterfly, a non-Olympic event.Speaking with The Associated Press in June, Hovorov said he was proud to stay with Ukraine but understood how other Crimean athletes could have been tempted to switch to Russia if they were struggling to fund their careers in the Ukrainian system.Hovorov doesnt want to talk politics in Rio, but remains in close contact with relatives in Crimea. He said the situation there is stable, even with tensions high this week following what Russia claims was a military incursion by Ukrainian forces.Ukraine has another Crimean medal contender in rhythmic gymnastics, where Anna Rizatdinova must face the Russian gold medal favorites.Crimeans who switched allegiance to Russia have struggled to reach Rio because of International Olympic Committee rules mandating athletes observe a period of ineligibility after changing their registered nationality. One Crimean, javelin thrower Vera Rebrik, has been approved to compete for Russia, but is not in Rio because of a doping-related ban on the Russian track and field team. . Duchene scored two goals and had an assist, helping the Colorado Avalanche beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Friday night to match the best 10-game start in team history. . Siddikur, whose previous win on the circuit came in Brunei three years ago, finished his bogey-free round with a birdie on the 18th for a total of 17-under 199. Indias Shiv Chowrasia, who has finished runner-up in this tournament twice, was in second place after a 66. . Note: The Calgary Flames announced Tuesday that Sean Monahan would not be made available to Canadas World Junior team. Its no surprise that Bernie Ecclestone has been asked by F1s new minority-stake owners to stay on for three years. Liberty Media may understand sport and Major League Baseball in particular but the owners of the entertainment business are astute enough to realise that F1 is a law onto itself.Whether thats a good or a bad thing is another matter. Liberty Media have clearly been quick to realise that, like it or not, the day-to-day running of F1 would descend into chaos if several well-meaning managers attempted to embrace the work of an occasionally less than benign dictator.Ecclestone controls virtually everything he sees through the smoked glass windows of an austere mobile headquarters strategically positioned in every European paddock. The fact that F1 is like no other sport in terms of structure and control is totally down to an 85-year-old dictator who may be small in size but is huge in influence and a form of control verging on obsession.If Ecclestone is not discussing -- some might say dictating -- terms with hapless race promoters, he is scrutinising aerial photographs of the race track and its environs to ensure cars and trucks are parked perfectly in line. This mania for neatness is an extension of a sharp eye for detail and opportunity that has embraced a restructuring of the sport and brought with it the accumulation of vast personal wealth during the past four decades.F1 in the Sixties used to be an organisational shambles; a reflection of the post-war years when everyone was happy to simply go motor racing and have fun. Fatalities and flimsy bank balances were considered to be part of the sports fabric. The prevailing attitude seemed to be that if this was too uncomfortable, you went off and did something less costly in every sense.Ecclestone understood the element of risk and tragedy in 1958 and 1970 when he had to cope with the deaths of Stuart Lewis-Evans and Jochen Rindt, whom he managed after giving up illusions of becoming a driver himself.It was not until he bought Brabham in 1971 that Ecclestone began to fully appreciate the financial potential of what was an allegedly professional sport run in an amateurish fashion. Teams negotiated individually with each race organiser for starting money, the bulk of which was spent on keeping Ferrari sweet (thus proving some aspects of todays hugely transformed business remain exactly as they were).As a spectator, you never knew which team would turn up to take part in a Grand Prix weekend, the timetable for which could change each day at the whim of the promoter. And some of the wheezing, oil-burning collections of racing car parts at the back of the grid were not fit for purpose in any race, never mind a Grand Prix. With the exception of the races in Monaco, Britain and Italy, television coverage did not exist.Ecclestone single-handedly changed all of that. While introducing collective bargaining for everyones financial benefit, the teams had to play their part by presenting a professional show. The change has been immense: from oily overalls to crisp uniforms; grimy enclaves to immaculate garages; kettles and teapots to Michelin cuisine; all of which are the backdrop to a sports show performed fortnightly on a global basis.Ecclestone has arguably gone too far with many things, more noticeably his soulless paddocks and an isolation policy that keeps the stars away from the people who pay to watch. Its as if these irritating spectators clutter Ecclestones vision of an immaculate business that generates money. And dont even begin to ask Mr. E about social media; he probably thinks platforms are something needed when he last used a train fifty years ago.From what we can tell, Liberty Media has the necessary understanding of everything required to bring F1 up to speed with digital content and the needs of a younger potential audience. 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