first_imgFifteen individual and relay World Cham-pionships medallistshave been included as the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) yesterday named the island’s largest team ever assembled for an IAAF World Championships ahead of the August 22-30 event in Beijing, China.A total of 53 athletes (27 male, 26 female) – many of whom are already in Tottori, Japan, for the team’s pre-championships camp – have been handed tickets to Beijing, bettering the 51 selected to represent the country at the 2011 Daegu showcase.JAAA president, Dr Warren Blake, highlighted the team’s diversity as all four individual medallists from the last edition of the championships – led by triple gold-medal winners Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, along with Nesta Carter and Warren Weir – return to lead the Jamaican effort.”We are taking the biggest team we have ever taken to the World Championships, and also the most diverse team,” Blake told The Gleaner. “This is something we are quite happy about, and something we have been encouraging over the years.”Three male discus throwers (Jason Morgan, Federick Dacres and Chad Wright), two female 800m competitors (Natoya Goule and Simoya Campbell), a female (Danniel Thomas) and a male (O’Dayne Richards) shot put athletes, a male 5000 competitor (Kemoy Campbell) and a female steeplechase runner (Aisha Praught) give the country its widest range of competitors at the World Championships.Salcia Slack’s naming as the country’s representative in the heptathlon also drives home the point.insipid startHowever, all eyes will be on Bolt, who after an insipid start to his season, seemed to have regained some form ahead of his Beijing assignment, twice clocking 9.87 seconds in less than an hour at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in London a few weeks ago.Bolt will return to the site of his double world record exploits at the 2008 Olympic Games, but will perhaps face his biggest test with world leader and 100m silver medallist in Moscow, Justin Gatlin, setting the pace this season.Fraser-Pryce also won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the last World Championships in Moscow in 2013, but is only expected to mount a defence of her 100m world title in Beijing.Her young MVP stable-mate, Elaine Thompson, the national champion, has been handed the reigns in the 200m, where stalwart Veronica Campbell-Brown will also feature, in addition to the 100m.Kaliese Spencer has been missing from the circuit for the past month with a leg injury, but she is expected to be back at her best.Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Novlene Williams-Mills and Christine Day are listed for the women’s 400m.Asafa Powell will be looking to add to his two World Championships bronze medals in the 100m, with Kemar Bailey-Cole seeking an upgrade to his Commonwealth gold, while 2013 silver-medal winner, Warren Weir, will be hoping to find form in the 200m.Sub-45 second pair Javon Francis, the national 400m champion, and Rusheen McDonald, both lead the quarter-mile charge on the men’s side with Omar McLeod, who clocked a quick 12.97 at the national trials, and national record holder, Hansle Parchment, primed to do well in the 110m hurdles.The Jamaicans ended the 2013 World Championships with nine medals (six gold, two silver and one bronze), the same as their 2011 return, with 2009’s 13 medals being the country’s largest-ever haul at the World Championships.SQUADMen: Nickel Ashmeade, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Asafa Powell, Usain Bolt, Julian Forte, Warren Weir, Peter Matthews, Rusheen McDonald, Edino Steele, Javon Francis, Kemoy Campbell, Omar McLeod, Hansle Parchment, Roxroy Cato, Leford Green, Annsert Whyte, Damar Forbes, O’Dayne Richards, Fedrick Dacres, Jason Morgan, Chad Wright, Tyquendo Tracey, Rasheed Dwyer, Jonia McDonald, Dane Hyatt, Nesta Carter, Andrew Riley.Women: Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Natasha Morrison, Elaine Thompson, Sherone Simpson, Christine Day, Shericka Jackson, Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Novlene Williams-Mills, Simoya Campbell, Natoya Goule, Aisha Praught, Kimberly Laing, Danielle Williams, Shermaine Williams, Janieve Russell, Kaliese Spencer, Shevon Stoddart, Ristananna Tracey, Shanieka Thomas, Kimberly Williams, Danniel Thomas, Salcia Slack, Kerron Stewart, Chrisann Gordon, Anastasia LeRoy.Officials: Team leader – Ludlow Watts; assistant – Dave Myrie; assistant – Heleen Francis; technical leader – Maurice Wilson; head coach – Michael Clarke.last_img read more

first_imgAfter nearly 11 years of being behind bars, death row inmate Mark Royden Williams, called “Smallie”, along with Sherwin Nero, also known as “Catty”, appeared again at the High Court on Thursday when a jury was finally empanelled to hear the murder case of businessman Kumar Singh, called “Mango Man”.Reports were that on the fateful night of August 30, 2007, four gunmen invaded Singh’s Cove and John, East Coast Demerara (ECD) home during which the businessman was shot dead. It was in July 2008 that the two suspects were initially charged for the capital offence, and heavy security was once again at court during this week’s preliminary hearings where legal submissions were made prior to the jury’s empanelment.Deceased: Kumar Singh called “Mango Man”The duo denied being guilty of the businessman’s unlawful killing before presiding Judge, Justice James Bovell-Drakes. State Attorneys Tamica Clarke and Tiffini Lyken are prosecuting the case while defence counsels Nigel Hughes and Ashley Henry are representing Williams and Nero. Williams had escaped prison in July 2017 after being sentenced to death in February of that year for the 2008 Bartica Massacre.The first of several witnesses testified on Thursday in what is expected to be a lengthy trial. The matter is set to continue at the High Court next Monday.last_img read more

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. OAKLAND — There was something vaguely familiar about the Athletics Monday night in a 6-1 win over the Texas Rangers.Get a decent start, even if it’s not deep into the game. Get an early lead and build on it. Then let the bullpen close the show.That’s how the A’s came out of nowhere to make the playoffs a year ago, and it’s how they snapped a three-game losing streak before 8,073 fans, the smallest crowd of the year …last_img read more

first_imgIndian archers struggled to find the mark on the opening day of competitions at the London Olympics on Friday with the men’s trio of Jayanta Talukdar, Tarundeep Rai and Rahul Banerjee turning in disappointing performances in the team and individual events. The Indian team shot a total of 1969 points to finish 12th and last in the ranking round held at the iconic stadium.South Korea topped the charts with a record-breaking score of 2087, ahead of France(2021 points) and China(2019). The top four teams get direct entry into the quarterfinals.India, ranked third in the world, meet Japan in the elimination round on Saturday. The Japanese shot 2009 to settle for fifth rank.Jayanta, Rai and Banerjee struggled in the individual category too.Rai came in 31st position shooting a combined total of 664 points in first and second half. Banerjee was 46th on 655 while Talukdar 53rd on 650.South Korea’s Im Dong-Hyun set a new world record of 699 for 72 arrows.last_img read more

first_imgBayern München Lewandowski urges Bayern to sign another striker Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 21:00 11/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich Getty Images Bayern München Robert Lewandowski Bundesliga Transfers The Poland international is one of just two senior centre forwards at the club and suggests they should look at purchasing a young talent Robert Lewandowski has urged Bayern Munich to sign another striker to lighten the load he is currently carrying at the club.The Poland international has played in all 11 of Bayern’s Bundesliga games thus far this season, scoring 11 goals.Bayern 15/2 to win CL with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player While Bayern sit top of the table, four points clear of second-placed RB Leipzig, manager Jupp Heynckes can only call upon one other senior striker, Thomas Muller.Lewandowski’s goalscoring exploits have gone some way to papering over the thinness of Bayern’s squad, but he has now called on the club to bring in some backup.”It would definitely be an option to sign a hungry, young striker who wants to learn from an experienced player,” he told SportBild.”It would be a relief for me to play 15 or 20 minutes less in a game, then you have more energy for the next games and a higher probability of staying fit and minimising the risk of injuries.”SportBild report that Ajax striker Kasper Dolberg could become an option for Bayern in the January transfer window, along with Arsenal’s experienced forward Olivier Giroud.last_img read more