Courtesy of a fast and determined anchor leg by Javauney James, St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) won the most exciting race in a rainy 40th staging of the Gibson McCook Relays.James rallied to pull STETHS ahead of St Jago High School in the boys’ 4×800 metres, to stop the clock in 7:35.08 seconds. His brilliance help his school to record the fourth fastest time in the 40-year history of the relays.St Jago slipped away when Paul Tate, STETHS’ reigning Boys’ Championships Class One 800m champion, struggled on the third leg. Tate laboured through his leg in one minute 56 seconds, a far cry from his seasonal best 1.54.94 seconds and his lifetime best of 1.52.94.To make thing worse for James, St Jago’s Class Two star Keenan Lawrence smoothly ran a 1.53.5 leg to stretch the lead over STETHS to 3.4 seconds. Then 2015 World Youth 800-metre finalist Leon Clarke looked to have an unassailable lead.LAST-MINUTE WINRemarkably, James caught him and outraced him in the last 100 metres.James finished the STETHS triumph with a storming 1.50.6 anchor. That was much faster than his personal best in the individual event of 1.53.27. The performance marked him as the favourite to add gold in Class One to the Boys’ Championship wins to those he secured in Class Two and Class Three in 2014 and 2013.He lost his Class Two crown last year to Clarke. The tall St Jago boy has seasonal and lifetime bests of 1.52.45 and 1.50.49. His Gibson McCook anchor was timed in 1.54.5.Only Kingston College, holders of the meet record at seven minutes 33.87 seconds, and STETHS have ever ran the 4x800m faster at the Gibson-McCook Relays.When KC set the record last year, STETHS were second in 7.34.78, with both teams under the old standard, set at 7.34.96 by STETHS in 1994.
The greatest show on earth (for children) is over. The Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships (Champs) lived up to its billing and pre-Championships hype. I estimate that more than the reported maximum capacity of 30,000 people were in the National Stadium for the final day on Saturday, April 19, 2016. The talent on show over the previous five days proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jamaica is indeed the ‘Sprint Capital of the World’. However, the female standout of the Championships, Junelle Bromfield of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), cannot be described as a “sprinter”. The remarkable Jamaican child ran in the preliminaries and finals for the girls 400 metres, 800 metres and 1500 metres, before anchoring her team to victory in the 4×400-metre relay final on Saturday night. For those who came in late, Miss Bromfield ran (and won) the 1500-metre race on Friday, then the 400-metre final on Saturday afternoon, completing the distance in 51.74 seconds, the fastest time for a Junior in the world this year. She returned to the track two hours later to win the 800-metre finals, capping the day with anchoring her team to victory in the 4×400-metre relay finals! This 18-year-old from STETHS is not only an athletic phenom, but impressively, she is also a medical marvel. Having exhausted the source of energy (carbohydrate stores) day after day, she obviously replenished those stores enough to complete the demolition of all her rivals in winning race after race and earning four gold medals. The only problem now is what next? What will happen to this young Jamaican star when she transitions to racing against adults? Unfortunately, previous middle-distance stars from Champs have not gone on to victory (and glory) at the world (adult) level. Burnout kills performance The reasons for this lack of success in the adult middle distance world varies from genetics to burnout. Genetics because of the preponderance of fast-twitch fibres in muscle biopsies of Jamaican athletes and burnout because of poor handling of these teenage stars on transition to adult competition. Maybe, just maybe, a ‘Junelle Bromfield National Project’ can correct this glaring anomaly. That project would entail the burying of egos as the nation unites spiritually and financially in managing and preparing this rare talent for world supremacy. I suggest that the start would be allowing her to concentrate on the 800 metres alone, as that is where her best chance for international glory lies. Then what about the Class Two phenom, Christopher Taylor? This remarkable young man ran a jaw dropping 20.8 seconds in the 200-metre preliminaries (a record), 46.33 seconds in the 400-metre preliminaries, another record, going on to win gold in both finals. He then ran a leg in Calabar High’s victorious Class Two 4×100-metre relay, before capping off the night with a relay leg for the ages, anchoring his team to victory in the Open 4×400-metre relay finals. LATTER WIN This latter win came in spite of an unofficial 400-metre split time of 44.5 from Class One 400-metre champion, Akeem Bloomfield of Kingston College. Taylor ran an unofficial split (hand-timed) of 45.3 seconds, as he bided his time for his devastating final kick in the last 100 metres. Taylor has run faster times than the world’s greatest sprinter, Usain Bolt, at a similar stage of his career. Let us handle him with care. Finally, congratulations to Asafa Powell on his silver medal in the World Indoor 60-metre final on Saturday. Unfortunately, once again, the rounds took their toll. So far, changing coaches has not made much of a difference. An Olympic gold medal would silence those who remember the words of the great Stephen Francis: “No athlete who leaves my camp improves his/her times.” We (Jamaicans) are blessed with athletic talent. Champs 2017 cannot come too soon.
In 2001 Christopher Williams became the first Jamaican to win a medal in the men’s 200 metres at the IAAF World Championships. Williams, 20.20 seconds, took silver behind winner Kostas Kenteris (20.04) of Greece in Edmonton, Canada.
English Premier League StandingsSTANDINGSPOS LP CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 (1) Leicester City 23 13 8 2 42 26 16 472 (2) Manchester City 23 13 5 5 45 23 22 443 (3) Arsenal 23 13 5 5 37 22 15 444 (4) Tottenham Hotspur 23 11 9 3 41 19 22 425 (5) Manchester United 23 10 7 6 28 21 7 376 (6) West Ham United 23 9 9 5 36 28 8 367 (7) Liverpool 23 9 7 7 30 32 -2 348 (8) Southampton 23 9 6 8 32 24 8 339 (9) Stoke City 23 9 6 8 24 25 -1 3310 (10) Watford 23 9 5 9 27 26 1 3211 (11) Crystal Palace 23 9 4 10 24 27 -3 3112 (12) Everton 23 6 11 6 40 34 6 2913 (14) Chelsea 23 7 7 9 32 34 -2 2814 (13) West Bromwich Albion 23 7 7 9 22 30 -8 2815 (17) Swansea City 23 6 7 10 22 31 -9 2516 (15) Bournemouth 23 6 7 10 27 38 -11 2517 (16) Norwich City 23 6 5 12 28 43 -15 2318 (18) Newcastle United 23 5 6 12 25 41 -16 2119 (19) Sunderland 23 5 4 14 28 46 -18 1920 (20) Aston Villa 23 2 7 14 18 38 -20 13
MANCHESTER (AP): Leicester missed its first opportunity to clinch the Premier League title, drawing 1-1 at Manchester United yesterday to move within two points of the most unlikely championship in English football in a generation. Second-place Tottenham, which are eight points behind Leicester, must beat Chelsea away today to keep alive the title race. Leicester fought back at Old Trafford after going behind to Anthony Martial’s eighth-minute goal, with captain Wes Morgan heading in a free kick to equalise in the 17th. Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater was sent off in the 86th for a second yellow card. A win would have sealed the title for Leicester, a modest team from central England that narrowly escaped relegation last season and entered bankruptcy protection only seven years ago while in the third tier. Leicester’s remaining games are against Everton at home next weekend and Chelsea away on the final day of the season, but it might not go that far. Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri was flying to his native Italy later Sunday to visit his 96-year-old mother. He will return today, during the Chelsea-Spurs match. United’s failure to win kept the team fifth and dented its ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League. But this game was all about Leicester, and whether Ranieri’s team a 5,000-1 long-shot for the title with British bookmakers before the season could achieve the seemingly impossible feat that would rank among the biggest underdog stories in sports.
Belgium-based Jamaican winger Leon Bailey is expected to undergo a medical on Friday ahead of a move to German club Bayer Leverkusen. According to reports today the 19-year-old Bailey has agreed personal terms with the Bundesliga club. However, Bayer Leverkusen are yet to finalise a final fee with Genk for the player. Bayer Leverkusen could pay in excess of £10 million up front for Bailey.
For the first time ever, black tables will be used at the World Table Tennis Championships this year. This was announced in a release last week from the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). The black boards have been created by the federation’s official table supplier, Double Happiness.Designed under the theme ‘Black is Bold’, the new tables are expected to add to the viewing pleasure of those watching the event, which begins on May 29 in Dusseldorf, Germany. The table is supported by a base carrying the red, gold and black colours of the German flag. According to the ITTF, “the whole table takes on a good visual identity and colour blending if it is shot at a lower angle and closer distance to bring about a fresh experience for spectators.”The move is the latest experiment with colour in the sport. Tables were originally green with white lines and balls. In 1985, the rules changed to stipulate that racquets be coloured red on one side and black on the other. Yellow balls came onto the table soon after to allow players to wear white shirts. That experiment seemed not to have worked as the yellow ball isn’t used in major competitions.Since then, blue tables have been used.While the size of the ball has changed from 38 millimetres in circumference to 40 in 2000, and later to a 40-plus configuration, the table remains nine feet in length, five feet wide, and the surface is still two and a half feet off the ground.- H.L.
While there are important points of principle driving the discussions surrounding this issue, Champs, as an institution, has always been bigger than any single individual. in the wider scheme of things, winning or losing champs ought not to be so critical to the lives of so many people, but it is. There comes a time, though, when enough must be enough, enough mud-slinging and anger expressed. The venting process must end. Time to move on to the more important business of champs itself. Both the Calabar and KC families should move from anger mode and get set for the real spectacle. Rodgers or no Rodgers, this Champs will be a battle royal between these two powerhouses. I am personally embarrassed by the fact that the rhetoric of the past several weeks has been dominated by the eligibility of a 14-year-old Ugandan distance runner who will not even be the biggest star or the brightest prospect on show. The young fellow, in his quiet moments, must be thinking to himself, “Wow! After living in Jamaica for a few months, I have become the most talked-about person in this country, these Jamaicans are quite silly,” and who could blame him for having those thoughts. For sure, ISSA made an unusual decision in response to an unusual situation driven by some extenuating circumstances, and again, quite rightly, questions of consistency and equity have been asked of the governing body, but things have definitely gone overboard. The level of polarising discourse that this issue has ignited is becoming unhealthy and is sending the wrong message. Its approaching the level of petty, party political partisanship. It would be reasonable under normal circumstances to even suggest that we have had enough of this Ari Rodgers fiasco. It would also be reasonable to propose that Kingston College should, in the interest of transparency and fair play pull the young Ugandan from competing at Champs. On the other hand, Calabar would, under normal circumstances, be expected to extend the olive branch and let bygones be bygones. However, these are hardly normal circumstances and neither Calabar nor KC will relent. That is what makes them what they are. Controversy certainly sells, and, for sure, the swirling saga engulfing the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA), Uganda-born Kingston College (KC) athlete Ari Rodgers, and defending under pressure boys’ champions Calabar High has ignited even more interest in what already promises to be a supercompetitive and spectacular 2017 ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships. It is almost surreal the way this situation has escalated to the point of it dominating almost all the pre-champs discussions. The media, in doing our job, have given widespread coverage to every micro-dynamic concerning the eligibility of this 14-year-old class two athlete. The subsequent decision by ISAA to grant Rodgers special exemption to compete, and the ensuing polarising effect it has had on the Kingston College and the Calabar fraternities, have seen this issue ballooning into an incredible soap opera. One is tempted to forget that despite this being Champs, the biggest sporting event on the Jamaican sporting calendar, and the biggest and best event of its kind in the entire world, and despite all the perennial hype, champs is still an amateur high school event. Ironically, it has been the adults involved in this process who have driven the controversy. It is the adult loyalists on either side of the issue who continue to broaden the divide by their often blind and irrational support for the purples’ or the green and black’ – the same adults who are supposed to be guiding the students along the righteous path of rational objectivity, balance and fair play. POLITICAL PARTNERSHIP
Teen gunned down in Masbate Thousands of student athletes from around the world donned their team uniforms or traditional dress and walked behind the sign showing the name of their country and their national flags to the cheering crowd in Taipei Stadium. However, no Chinese athletes showed up to walk behind the staffer holding China’s national flag. Local media said China was absent due to the reference of Tsai as president. Taipei’s mayor Ko Wen-je is widely seen to have secured Chinese athletes’ attendance during his visit to Shanghai in July to attend a city exchange forum. But he said he had drawn the line at Chinese officials’ request for Tsai only to be called “leader” at the opening ceremony, not “president”.In the current climate, some expected Chinese athletes to boycott the Universiade entirely. ADVERTISEMENT Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Instead, they will compete in individual events but sit out the team sports, citing a clash with their own national games. Outside the stadium, there were chaotic scenes when dozens of protesters opposing the government’s pension reforms scuffled with pro-DPP groups briefly blocking an athlete’s entrance and delaying part of the ceremony.Protest groups also forced some buses taking athletes to the event to detour. The rest of the opening ceremony Saturday night will showcase Taiwanese culture and lifestyle, including indigenous dance and songs as well as performances using electric scooters.Pop star Leehom Wang is set to perform near the end of the show before baseball player Chen Chin-feng lights the Universiade flame to formally open the games, followed by a firework show.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Fil-Canadians boost PH SEA Games bid in ice hockey Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend This picture taken on August 11, 2017 shows a student demonstrating teetotum skills to celebrate the upcoming Summer Universiade in Taipei.Taiwan is about to host its largest ever sporting event, attracting thousands of athletes from around the world, but the World University Games, dubbed the “Little Olympics”, has highlighted tensions with China and Taiwan’s struggle for international recognition. The biennial Summer Universiade will draw more than 7,000 student athletes to Taipei for two weeks from August 19, to compete in sports from basketball to swimming to Chinese martial arts. / AFP PHOTO / Sam YEH / TO GO WITH Universiade-2017-Taiwan-China-politics-diplomacy, FOCUS by Michelle YUNChina boycotted the opening ceremony of the World University Games hosted by Taiwan on Saturday in the latest reflection of deteriorating relations between the two sides.The biennial Summer Universiade, dubbed the “Little Olympics,” is the largest ever sporting event Taipei hosts but it has also highlighted tensions with Beijing and the island’s struggle for international recognition. ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano It is the first time Taiwan has held the Games, but even on home turf it must compete as “Chinese Taipei” and is unable to fly its national flag or play its national anthem because of Beijing’s sensitivities. The two sides split after a civil war in 1949, but Beijing still sees the self-ruled island as part of its territory and objects to any official diplomatic recognition of Taiwan. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Relations have deteriorated since Tsai Ing-wen of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) took office in May last year, with Beijing cutting off all official communications. At the opening event, Tsai was introduced as the president of “the Republic of China”, Taiwan’s official name, which China does not recognise. She waved to the audiences but did not give a speech. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’
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It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson David Silva ran the game from midfield and scored a goal in each half at Liberty Stadium, with City manager Pep Guardiola describing the Spain playmaker as an “animal.”“We cannot disguise his quality but in the past he didn’t score too much goals,” Guardiola said. “He’s sharp, he’s in an amazing condition.”Silva’s second goal — City’s third — was the highlight after he swapped passes with Raheem Sterling before chipping the goalkeeper.UNITED BOUNCES BACKRomelu Lukaku ended a four-game run without scoring in the league to help United bounce back from the damaging loss to City on Sunday.It was timely for the striker, who was at fault for both of City’s goals in the derby before squandering a close-range chance late on.Lukaku headed in the only goal after 25 minutes on a night of heavy rain and sleet at Old Trafford. Substitute Marcus Rashford later hit the bar but United needed goalkeeper David de Gea to make a string of fine saves to preserve the lead.LUCKY GOALTottenham will be the next team to try to end Man City’s unbeaten start to the season, and heads into Saturday’s game at Etihad Stadium on the back of two straight wins.After thrashing Stoke 5-1, Spurs got past Brighton thanks to a lucky 40th-minute goal by Serge Aurier and Son Heung-min’s sixth goal in seven starts. Manchester City’s David Silva, centre, scores his side’s first goal of the game against Swansea City, during their English Premier League soccer match at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, England, Wednesday Dec. 13, 2017. 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