Sprint queen Elaine

first_imgElaine Thompson ended the 2016 season as the most dominant female sprinter in the world, earning her a nomination for the 56th RJR Sports Foundation National Sportswoman of the Year award.Thompson catapulted to the forefront of female sprinting last year as she embodied the motto of one of her alma maters and allowed her light to shine.She became the first Caribbean woman to win the sprint double at the Olympic Games.The 24-year-old Thompson also earned a silver medal as part of Jamaica’s Olympic 4x100m relay team, bronze in the 60m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships, and the IAAF Diamond League trophy for the 100m as she ended the season undefeated in 12 finals in that particular event.She also registered the three fastest times in 2016 in the 100m (10.70, 10.71, and 10.72) and the two fastest times in the 200m (21.78 and 21.85).”It is a good feeling to be on top now, and I am also a role model to everyone looking up to me, and I just have to maintain that level that I am at right now and just push myself further in the future,” Thompson said.WINNING WOULD BE A PRIVILEGEBut despite the many accolades earned in 2016, including having being one of three females shortlisted for the 2016 IAAF Women’s World Athlete of the Year, Thompson said that winning her first National Sportswoman of the Year award would be a privilege.”Winning this year’s RJR [Sports Foundation National] Sportswoman of the Year award would be an honour and also a motivation to push me further, knowing that last season I did well and dominated both in the 100m and 200m, and I accomplished my dream by making the Olympics team for the first time,” Thompson said.To put Thompson’s spectacular rise into proper perspective, one has to examine where she is coming from and how quickly she has ascended to the top of female sprinting.Born in Banana Ground in Manchester, Thompson attended Christiana High School and later, Manchester High, which has as its motto ‘Let your light so shine’. But like many of her MVP club mates, Thompson was not a track star in high school. Representing Manchester High at the 2009 Boys and Girls’ Championships, she placed fifth in the Class Two 100m final with a modest 12.01 seconds clocking and did not even make the team in her final year.Just three years (2013) prior to her Olympics triumph, Thompson’s 100m personal best (PB) stood at an unremarkable 11.41 seconds, but she continued her improvement in 2014, dropping her 100m PB to 11.17. In 2015, however, she got the world to start taking notice after getting the better of a field including American Allyson Felix and Nigerian Blessing Okagbare inside Jamaica’s National Stadium and then improved her PB to 10.84 at the Eugene Classics.She also took on the 200m in 2015, running four races, registering times of 22.37, 22.31, 22.10, and then 21.66 to win silver behind Dafne Schippers in the final of the half-lap event at the World Championships.The bit of history was necessary to show how Thompson has progressed as the last two females to have achieved the feat of claiming the sprint double at the Olympics, one, Marion Jones, has since admitted to taking drugs and has been stripped of the titles. As for the other, Griffith-Joyner, there is a negative tension and a feeling of ‘too-good-to-be-true’ that accompanies any mention of her achievement, with both victories having come in yet-to-be challenged record times.Thompson, like many others before her, did not even come close to Florence Griffith-Joyner’s Olympic records of 10.54 in the 100m and 21.34 for the 200m, but she certainly evoked that same kind of excellence.Her winning time in the Olympic 100m final of 10.71 was the best at an Olympics since Griffith-Joyner in 1988 and was just 0.01 (10.70) shy of her lifetime best and the Jamaican national record, which she shares with club mate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and is the joint fourth-fastest time over the distance on the all-time list.NO FLUKEIn the 200m final, she was just as impressive, winning in 21.78, also a world lead, after handily fending off a late-race challenge by Schippers to reverse their finish from the IAAF World Championships in Beijing.Thompson proved that her Olympics 200m triumph was no fluke as in the first post-Olympics clash in the 200m, in Laussane, Thompson showed versatility in racing style, timing her surge perfectly to pip Schippers (21.86), winning in 21.85.The race also included two-time Olympic champion and three-time world champion Allyson Felix, who was third in 22.02 seconds.Thompson further reaffirmed her title as the fastest woman on the planet when she won the 100m at the final Diamond League meeting of the season to claim the overall Diamond League 100m title. She took the race at the Brussels meet in 10.72, again seeing off Schippers, as she equalled the meet record of her compatriot Fraser-Pryce.The RJR Sports Foundation is for the 56th year honouring outstanding achievements in sports by professional or amateur Jamaican athletes who have represented the country in an internationally recognised sporting competition between January 1 and December 31.The 2016 RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards will be handed out at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on January 13.last_img read more

Cheddi Jagan commemorative stamps approved – President

first_imgDespite what President David Granger calls a “delay to set the context to ensure that other deserving Guyanese would not be subject to arbitrary recommendations”, the Cheddi Jagan commemorative stamps to honour the late President have been approved.According to President Granger, the persons who applied for the stamps misinterpreted the purpose of the honour.The Head of State noted that his Government supports the honouring of its former Presidents but was however concerned with the context that this particular request was being made.“The persons who applied for that I think misinterpreted the purpose of the honour. The Government of Guyana supports honouring its former Presidents, all of them, but we were concerned that the request that was put in the context of honouring President Jagan rather than a postal function. It’s a function of honouring a distinguished Guyanese and we wanted to put that in the correct context and we wanted to ensure that other distinguished Guyanese are also honoured,” the President explained.However, following the eight-day delay, Granger announced that the stamps have been approved.“There was a delay but we have approved the issue of the stamps but the delay was as a result of setting the context and ensuring that other deserving Guyanese would not be subject to arbitrary or ad hoc recommendations but nobody thoughts Dr Jagan’s contributions to the development of Guyana and it has been approved”.The stamps, Granger revealed, have been already printed, however a fixed date was not given as to when the public would be able to access same.“The stamps have been printed but the point is that the persons who wrote the application wrote to the wrong person. One letter was sent to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, one to the Ministry of Telecommunications and others to the Prime Minister. As far as I’m concerned, these are national honours and there is a constitution which deals with the national honour system”.Public Telecommunications Minister, Cathy Hughes had announced last month that the Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC) would be issuing commemorative stamps to celebrate the former President’s 100th birth anniversary, following an arrangement with the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre.However, on the day of Jagan’s birth anniversary, March 21, the Research Centre never received the stamps from the Post Office.Following questions, GPOC referred the media to the Ministry of the Presidency to direct their questions.After being accused of political interference, the Ministry issued a statement claiming that President David Granger will not allow national symbols to be used for private, partisan or political messages.“The Government of Guyana will announce shortly, national symbols to celebrate the life and work of former Presidents of Guyana, H E Raymond Arthur Chung, OE and HE Dr Cheddi Jagan, OE, within the context of set criteria for honouring eminent Guyanese. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of both former Presidents”.President David Granger said Cabinet has taken a decision that commemorative stamps, which are national symbols, must adhere to national criteria.However this was met with backlash from former Chairman of the Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC), Juan Edghill who called for the Post Master General and the Directors of the Agency to resign for allowing the Government to interfere and hijack a business transaction it had with a private entity.“When the President of Guyana is trying to use fancy language to hoodwink the population, I stand by my original statement that I made, this intervention by the Ministry of the Presidency is petty, partisan politics,” Edghill said.Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall also calls the President’s intervention unlawful.Nanadall argued that the GPOC is a statutory body corporate managed by a Board of Directors and possesses its own persona. He said that it is not a department of the Government but an agency of the State.last_img read more

Fivestar Academy fighters off to Quesnel

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fivestar Academy fighters are in the ring tonight, Saturday, in Quesnel for Rumble 26.The fighters taking part in Rumble 26 include Lincoln Pomeroy, Landon Beasley, Nick Young, Andrea Wall, and Nick Dragojevich.Next week, April 12, Fivestar will be home for Fight Night 23: Fight for Alaya, in support of Alaya McCormick who is currently battling cancer.- Advertisement –last_img

‘I’ve managed a lot of Croatian players – they have a bond, a togetherness’

first_img“Modric is a fantastic player, it was a pleasure to work with him for four years, he’s an amazing player and a great guy. Low maintenance, never a problem. He just came in every day, trained great and fantastic to watch on the training ground. He’s a model professional and an absolutely top-class player.“They are a dangerous team, they can play. They keep the ball and they’ve got quality. In midfield they are top-class.“It’s going to be a tough game for England.”Tune into talkSPORT for LIVE commentary of Croatia v England in the World Cup semi-finals: Wednesday July 11 – KICK OFF 7PM BST Harry Redknapp has warned England they will face their toughest test of their World Cup run yet when they play Croatia in their semi-final clash on Wednesday.The Three Lions have completely surpassed the country’s expectations by getting this far in Russia, and they now have a chance to become the first England team since 1966 to reach a World Cup final.Only Croatia stand in their way – but they have been one of the most impressive teams at the tournament so far.While their previous two results – back-to-back penalty shoot-out wins over Denmark and Russia – have made many England fans confident, they would do well to remember their brilliant form in the group stages, where they won all three games, including a brilliant victory over Argentina.And Redknapp, who coached Croatia stars Luka Modric, Vedran Corluka and Niko Kranjcar during his spell in charge at Tottenham Hotspur, says England will face one of the world’s most cohesive units when they meet at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.Speaking on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Spurs boss said: “Croatia have got a togetherness about them, that’s what makes them special.“It’s a small country but I’ve managed a lot of Croatian players and they’ve all been great lads, they’ve got a real bond between them. 2 2center_img Both Modric and Corluka (both 32) remain key players for Croatia and are likely to play against England Luka Modric was one of Harry Redknapp’s most important players during his Tottenham reign last_img read more