The women’s sprints are exploding with speed. Last year, a 16-year-old American, Candace Hill, broke 11 seconds for 100 metres. New names have emerged here in the form of Elaine Thompson and Natasha Morrison and in Holland through Dafne Schippers. Africa has the dynamic duo of Blessing Okagbare and Murielle Ahoure. Britain has an entry into these high speed stakes in the form of 2014 World Junior Champion Dina Asher-Smith. These are just some of the women who stand between Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and a unique place in athletics history. At present, two Americans – Wyomia Tyus and Gail Devers – other than the little Jamaican have won the Olympic gold medal in the 100 metres. Tyus’ form dipped in between her gold medal runs in 1964 in Tokyo and in 1968 in Mexico, but that is perhaps understandable. Back then, there were no World Championships to chase. Devers was World Champion in 1993, when she won a squeaker over Jamaican icon Merlene Ottey. That narrow win came after her 1992 Olympic success over Juliet Cuthbert in Barcelona and before another heartbreaker over Ottey in the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996. Athletically, gold at the World Championships equals gold in track and field at the Olympics. Power of tradition However, the Worlds started only in 1983 and still lack the lustre of the Olympics. That’s the power of a tradition that started with the first Olympics in 1896. So even though she is already the most successful 100-metre sprinter, the 29-year-old Kingston native ‘needs’ to win an unprecedented third Olympic gold medal to become the undisputed Queen of Speed. Last year, she won her third World title despite easing off early to celebrate. This year could be harder. Schippers will fully focus on sprinting for the first time and Thompson will likely campaign in both the 100m and the 200m. Nigerian Okagbare and Ahoure, the ace from the Ivory Coast, could be back to the form that gave them medals at the 2013 World Championships. Asher-Smith, who took the British record under 11 seconds last season, could move forward again and the American World bronze medal winner, Tori Bowie, is certain to threaten. There is one other challenger. Veronica Campbell-Brown, the World 100m champion in 2007, is chasing her own piece of history. Fruitful career In a long and fruitful career, she has twice won the Olympic bronze medal in the 100 metres. At 33, she is older than Shelly, but her surprising 21.97-second run for third in the World Championships 200m final came after a season troubled by leg ailments. A win in the 100m might be enough to win VCB the undisputed title of best Jamaican female sprinter of all time. With the 2020 Olympics a further four years away, this is probably her last chance. The field is fabulous as all mentioned herein have broken 11 seconds, with Kerron Stewart, Sherone Simpson and Carmelita Jeter, all Olympic silver medal winners in the 100m and long jumper-sprinter Tianna Bartoletta, appearing as respected outsiders. However, on the strength of her dominating 2015 season and her consistent speed in big meets, Shelly-Ann is on course to make history. Mathematically, any medal will pull her away from Tyus and Devers, but that won’t be enough to settle the arguments. The gold medal is the big prize. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980.
WESTERN BUREAU:Petersfield FC central midfielder Akeem Whyte thinks his team has the necessary pieces to put together a strong run for the Charley’s JB Rum Western Confederation Super League title.Petersfield, who defeated defending champions Savannah SC 2-1 in Sunday’s fourth-round match, are in a three-way tie for the lead in Zone One, with nine points, the same as Salt Marsh and Granville FC.The former Petersfield High School daCosta Cup standout has been asked to lead the team. He said so far, it has been a good learning experience.”We are currently second in the zone and are feeling confident. We always play to win, so a victory is always important to us,” Whyte said.At 19, Whyte is the league’s youngest captain, and though aware of the tremendous amount of pressure the role brings, he admits to enjoying the challenge.”I am still a very young man. I graduated school last year, but I know I am able to bring the team to the level of success we crave,” he said.Whyte was clearly a calming influence in his team’s win over Savannah on Sunday, and the attack-minded midfielder is hoping to make a mark with Petersfield, as they go in search of a first Super League crown and a chance to qualify to the Red Stripe Premier League.Petersfield striker Romario Whyte (no relation to Akeem), another of the team’s young guns, notched a double in the win.Whyte opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the seventh minute and added his second in the 46th. He could have had the league’s first hat-trick of the season, but his effort from close range was blocked on the line by a defender, to keep the score at 2-0 at half-time.Leaton Galloway scored the only goal in a stronger second-half performance from Savannah, which remain grounded on a single point and last in the zone after four matches played.Beaches Negril, in only their second year in the League, are out front in Zone Two, following their 2-1 win over Village United at Llandilo for seven points from four matches.Lucea FC were defeated 2-0 by Granville and remain winless in the league, while their victors held on to third in Group One, with that result and Clark’s Town, the Trelawny champions, edged Sandals Whitehouse 1-0 at Cedric Titus High School.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):Former captain Ramnaresh Sarwan has blamed the regional board for the decline of West Indies cricket and believes Caricom’s intervention represents the best chance 0f ensuring the sport’s revival.The 35-year-old Guyanese, who led West Indies in four Tests and five One-Day Internationals, said the region possessed plenty talent but administrators had failed to manage the game properly, and this had led to the team’s slump internationally.”WICB needs to take responsibility for the fall of WI cricket,” he told the Chronicle newspaper in Guyana.”I don’t think it’s a situation that we are lacking talent. It’s just that we don’t have the right people managing our cricket.”We cannot have so many talented players in the Caribbean and not be in the top four teams in the world [in Tests and ODIs].”Sarwan is the latest player to wade into the debate over the WICB’s management of the game, following Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy’s criticism of the regional governing body after his side’s capture of the T20 World Cup in India last Sunday.SHOCKWAVESIn a post-match interview, Sammy said the players felt “disrespected” by the board, a remark that sent shockwaves through the cricketing world. The WICB quickly apologised to the international cricket community for what it labelled an “inappropriate” comment.Since then, former one-day captain Dwayne Bravo, leading opener Chris Gayle, and legendary former captain Sir Viv Richards have come out in support of Sammy.Sarwan, who played 87 Tests and 181 ODIs, said the board had not been accountable enough in the past.”I think (Darren) Sammy was spot on in his interview. Over the years, the West Indies board, especially the directors and administrators – whatever you want to call them – tended to do a lot of stuff and get away with it,” he said.And with a CARICOM-commissioned governance panel recommending the “immediate dissolution” of the board and the formation of a new structure, Sarwan said the regional nation grouping held the key.”I like the initiative that Caricom is taking to try and resolve the problem. I think once Caricom gets involved and they put their foot down, they will find some sort of solution,” he said.
Powell then weighed in on the make-up of the 53-member team, pointing to its diversity and hailing the treatment received at their training camp in Tottori, Japan. “The team is not necessarily the strongest we have had, but it’s pretty strong all around, and not only for sprinting, but also in the field events and in the middle-distance events. Everyone’s attitude is great, and that makes a huge difference in performance as well,” said Powell. “The experience in Tottori has been very good; we have gotten the chance to focus on training. The team spirit is very good; everyone seems to be getting along quite fine, even those who didn’t use to talk much. Everyone seems to be happy and in good shape,” Powell noted. He added: “The people in Tottori have gone all out to ensure that we are happy, and they really seem to love Jamaicans here.” Jamaica ended the last World Championships with nine medals – six gold, two silver and one bronze. diverse team Newly appointed co-captain, Asafa Powell, says he is honoured with the appointment and is looking to lead by example at the fast-approaching IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. Powell, now in his 12th year as a senior international representative for the island, received his first team captaincy, along with another veteran, Veronica Campbell-Brown, ahead of the August 22-30 championships, which takes place inside the Bird’s Nest. “Being selected as team captain is a real honour for me,” Powell told The Gleaner. “I appreciate and thank the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association for choosing me to co-captain along with Veronica Campbell-Brown, who I have a great deal of respect for.” Powell, a two-time bronze-medal winner at the World Championships, admitted that he believed his experience and relationship with his teammates played a role in his selection. “My aim, with or without the captaincy, is to lead by example, to work hard and to give my all. As it relates to the younger athletes, showing them what it takes can speak louder than any words you can say, but I have always been there if they need to talk or if they need advice, and I will continue to be there long after this training camp or the World Championships itself,” said Powell. “I do get along with everyone, and I have been there for the last 12 years, so I have seen a lot of meets, and those things may have contributed (to selection).”
Following her fast-finishing second to RASHAIDA over the straight-five course on August 15, LITTLE RHEA is expected to come into her own and win today’s feature race over 1300 metres for the Henry George Harrison Sr Memorial Cup at Caymanas Park.The race, run in memory of the late trainer Henry ‘Rigg’ Harrison, is confined to native-bred four-year-olds and up, non-winners of two.Trained by Ryan Darby, LITTLE RHEA caught the eye at long odds in her previous race, when closing rapidly for second, a length adrift of RASHAIDA. With that performance under her girth, she will be among the fancied runners in the nine-horse field, which includes BATTLE SONG, who was only a length and a quarter behind her in fourth that day.Both horses should come in for a lot of support, along with the recent course winner, ROYAL GIRL, and UNCLE CHUBBY. But with LITTLE RHEA having advertised her well-being, the 4-y-o filly by War Marshall out of Princess Akeem, owned and bred by Phillip Azar, is ready to deliver with Kerry-Gayl Robinson again in the saddle.True, she is without a victory in 10 races this season. But she has the ability to beat non-winners of two, based on her short-head second to SHEER MADNESS over 1100 metres back in January, leaving some decent horses such as GLORIOUS CAUSE and FIFTYONESTORM behind.LITTLE RHEA is expected to sit off the early pace, which will likely be set by the speedy ROYAL GIRL, with former champion Wesley Henry aboard, and BATTLE SONG, with in-form Aaron Chatrie aboard. The Victor Williams-trained BATTLE SONG should prove the stronger of the two pacesetters leaving the furlong pole, but by then, LITTLE RHEA will be finding her best strides. She should outfinish BATTLE SONG in the last 100 metres for the victory.Other firm fancies on the nine-race programme are PROLIFIC PRINCESS to go one better in the first race for maiden three-year-olds, down-in-class FRANKENSTORM in the second, as well as HOLOGRAM SHADOW in the third, NATASHADONTPLAY in the knotty-looking fifth race over 1500 metres and PRINCESS SALLEMA in the closing race.
There was more drama after Usain Bolt’s 200m victory inside the Bird’s Nest than there was during the actual race!It must be hard being Bolt.First, you have to run to save your sport – if you subscribe to the BBC commentary on his rivalry with Justin Gatlin, who was twice banned for drugs.Then he got run over by a cameraman on a Segway.After that, a kid breaches security, races over to Bolt showing some impressive speed, just so he can get a selfie with the sprinting superstar.I hope for his sake that the selfie was worth it, because what I’m sure was not seen on the international broadcast, was the brute force that was applied when the security personnel finally got hands on him. It was clearly lost on them that this was a child. At least to us in the media tribune, he didn’t look a day over 15.Now I know that these sorts of security breaches must be dealt with seriously, after all, it could have been someone with a far more sinister intent, but there must be some room for discretion and a full understanding of the situation. You wouldn’t be wrong in asking if the kid was a terrorist. At one point, I was expecting to see helicopters hovering above and heavily armed men jumping out of them onto the Bird’s Nest track.Anyway, congratulations to Usain Bolt and Shericka Jackson on their medals. I’ve been writing for weeks that Bolt was back to or near his best so there’s no surprise in what he has done here, but I really only started to look at Shericka as a medal prospect after the semi-finals. She showed tremendous maturity to execute what was an amazing race, especially for someone who doesn’t like the event!Side note.I’ve realised that Jamaican journalists are a perfect microcosm of certain elements of Jamaican society.For instance, they really cannot be anywhere without everybody else knowing. Jamaicans are loud.Jamaicans make fun of everything and love a good laugh. It’s always a trip inside the Mixed Zone when we all gather from our various stations to chat to the athletes.Jamaicans are very territorial. There’s somewhat of a ‘Jamaican corner’ in the Mixed Zone. The Mixed Zone marshals refer to it as such, the other journalists refer to it as such, even when we move, the athletes seem confused and refer to it as such.When people see the Jamaicans in the Mixed Zone, they typically slide over and free up the ‘Jamaican corner.’ You know, a little order goes a far way.
VILLA (5-3-2)GUZAN,HUTTON, RICHARDS, LESCOTT, CLARK,DISSOKHO,VERETOUT, WESTWOOD, GANA,AGBONLAHOR, AYEWKANE,LAMELA, ALLI ERIKSEN,DIER, DEMBELE,ROSE, WIMMER, ALDERWEIRELD, WALKER,LLORISSPURS (4-2-3-1)Aston Villa have just 16 points from 29 games. Only two teams in Barclays Premier League history have had fewer than 16 points after 29 games (Sunderland in 2005-06 and Derby in 2007-08 – both 10).Villa have lost six of their last seven league games, including the last four. In that quartet of defeats, they have conceded 15 goals. Indeed, at Villa Park, they have won two and eight, both worse records in the division. Their goals for, 11, is the lowest, while their goals conceded, 23, is the highest. By contrast, Spurs have won seven away games, the joint second highest, and lost just twice.After winning six games in a row in the Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur have taken one point from their last two games, the defeat at West Ham and last Saturday’s dramatic 2-2 draw at home to neighbours and arch-enemies Arsenal.They remain in second place, five points behind leaders Leicester City, and can reduce that gap to two points as their rivals do not play until Monday night.Spurs would be top now had they not drawn so many games; no fewer than 10 of their 29 games have ended in stalemates.They beat Villa 3-1 in November at White Hart Lane but in this game last season Villa won 1-0 despite finishing with 10 men.Villa test Jack Grealish but are still without Libor Kozak, Jordan Amavi, Carlos Sanchez and Adama Traore. Spurs, meanwhile, test Danny Rose but Jan Vertonghen is out.
KINGSTON: The Milex Eaglets ended the Cinderella run of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) when they beat the army men 2-1 to win the 2017 KPMG Squash League which wrapped up at the Liguanea Club on Wednesday night. The Eaglets were unexpected finalists after battling through the early rounds of the competition. In contrast, JDF blew through the field, blasting into the finals without losing a match. Undaunted by the odds against his team, Eaglets’ captain, All Jamaica Under-19 champion Tahjia Lumley, kept a cool head to beat Gatasheu Bonner 3-1 in the first match of the finals. After winning the first two games of the match, Lumley was stunned when Bonner rebounded to win the third game. However, the youngster regained his form to claim a 21-19, 21-18, 5-21, 21-19 victory over Bonner. The win gave the Eaglets the statistical and psychological advantage and Shane Slater followed in his captain’s footsteps to defeat Darrian Barrant 21-20, 21-18, 21-18 and take the Eaglets to their first championship. Although the final match could not affect the ultimate result, the JDF took the opportunity to stave off a sweep, when Mark Gray beat Adam Sykes 17-21, 21-15, 21-17. Reflecting on the Eaglet’s victory, Lumley said: “I am very happy the team pulled through. We knew it would be hard against JDF because they haven’t lost a match throughout the league; so as team captain I knew I had to play my best to win the first match and see if it would lift the confidence of my team members and it did.” It wasn’t a total loss for the JDF as Darrian Barrant received the award for most improved player. Screaming Eagles placed third when they beat Goliath 2-1 in a playoff. Rajeev Venugopal put the Eagles ahead when he defeated Fritzroy Smith 21-10, 21-11, 21-23, 21-20. Then, Goliath managed to pull even when Dave Morrison beat Shane Murray 21-13, 21-15, 17-21, 21-13. However, Goliath then had to give the Eagles a walkover which handed them the victory. Managing partner for KPMG in Jamaica, Tarun Handa, said his company was pleased to have sponsored yet another successful tournament. “This tournament gets bigger and better every year and this time around the players really challenged themselves and gave us excellent squash,” he said. “I was very impressed with the JDF who played well consistently throughout the tournament but the Eaglets really came on strong in the final and played their best squash when it mattered the most,” he added.
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LATEST STORIES Fitch Arboleda also found the back of the net for coach Ernie Nierras’ side, which improved to 23 points after picking up its sixth win.Over at Rizal Memorial Stadium, JPV Marikina leaned on a Masaki Yanagawa strike to subdue Kaya Makati, 1-0, and move up to fourth spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIt was JPV’s eighth win in 18 matches as the Marikina side hiked its tally to 27 points, two ahead of Ceres-Negros, which has only played 12 matches so far this season due to its AFC Cup campaign.Yanagawa stabbed home a corner kick in the 34th minute for the only goal of the match. Jess Melliza knocked in four goals as Stallion Laguna continued its midseason run with a 5-0 demolition of Ilocos United on Sunday in the Philippines Football League at Biñan Football Stadium.Determined to catch up with the leaders after a sputtering start to the season, Stallion once again turned to the in-form Melliza to overcome an Ilocos side that remained winless in 18 matches this season. Melliza now has 12 goals this season.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award NCAA postpones games anew due to bad weather Meanwhile, Global Cebu denied the Davao Aguilas of a first win, after coming away with a 2-2 draw at Davao Sports Complex in Tagum City on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ A costly, catty dispute finally settled MOST READ Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Break new ground OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Winning start Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments