LONDON, England:Zharnel Hughes is not too keen on the idea of swapping Jamaica’s sunshine for the wet and chilly British weather, but the Anguilla-born sprinter, who now represents Great Britain, felt his 200-metre win at yesterday’s Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games was a special experience for him.Hughes, who trains at the University of the West Indies with the Racers Track Club, came off the curve in touching distance of American Dedric Dukes but was too strong, showing impressive resilience to hold off his competitor to cross the line in a personal-best 20.05 seconds with arms stretched wide.Dukes was second in 20.14, with South Africa’s Anaso Jobodwana finishing third in 20.20. Jamaican pair Nickel Ashmeade, 20.24, and Julian Forte, 20.25 were fourth and fifth, respectively.”It was great competing here (London Olympic Stadium) and I look forward to coming back,” Hughes said. “It was something special for me. I told myself that I was going to give it my best and ensure that the crowd is satisfied and I came out and did it.””I got the win and I’m very happy about that. What else could I ask for? I thank God,” Hughes added.Can break 20 secondsThe former Kingston College standout, the 2014 winner in Class One 100m at the Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, shared that he is confident that he can now break the 20 seconds barrier and says his target for the World Championships is to finish in a medal position.”I definitely think I have announced myself to the UK public. I changed my mindset in training. I told myself I had to come out and perform, and to keep dropping my personal best like this is a great feeling,” Hughes said. “For the World Championships, the target is to definitely get a medal.””The weather, to be honest, I was looking outside my window at the hotel before the meet and was saying it would pour. Just before I came out I saw it had cleared up but it was still a bit chilly, but I got the win, so no complaints,” said Hughes before stating his preference for the Caribbean climate.- Andre Lowe
Asafa Powell could be looking to cut back on the number of races he competes in before the Olympic Games in Rio next summer as he aims for his first individual medal in the Olympic men’s 100 metres. At the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in Beijing, China, in August, the 32-year-old sprinter was among the favourites to win a medal in the 100 metres but finished seventh in 10 seconds flat, the same time as his sixth-placed American rival, Tyson Gay, and French champion Jimmy Vicaut, who was eighth. Powell had a season best of 9.81s going into Beijing, but suggested that his heavy racing schedule may have sapped his ageing legs for the final. “I had a long year. I just have go back and analyse to see where I went wrong in the season. We ran 13 or 14 races before the World Championships, and that’s probably something we shouldn’t do,” said Powell. NO INDIVIDUAL OLYMPIC MEDAL The athlete, who won gold as a member of Jamaica’s sprint relay team at the Olympic Games in 2008, has never won an individual Olympic medal. He has two bronze medals in the blue riband sprint at the World Championships in 2007 and 2009 to go along with the relay gold he won this summer. Rio would be his fourth Olympic Games, having first represented Jamaica in Athens in 2004 when he was favoured to win but finished out of the medals in the race won by American Justin Gatlin. Powell expressed gratitude for being able to represent Jamaica again and make another global 100-metre final. “The greatest thing is that I went to the world championship and made the finals as one of the favourites,” he said. “I am still happy just to be in it. I have been doing this for years now, and I love it. Just to be out there smiling and hearing the crowd cheer you on, it’s a great honour and privilege.”
SINGAPORE (AP):Agnieszka Radwanska beat fourth-seeded Petra Kvitova 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 yesterday at the WTA Finals to clinch the biggest title of her career.The fifth-seeded Pole’s previous best at the season-ending championship was reaching the semi-finals in 2012 and 2014.”Definitely I didn’t expect it at all,” a tearful Radwanska said.Radwanska is the first player to win the tournament after a losing 1-2 record in the round-robin stage – and the first Polish winner.”I lost first two matches, but it’s not like I was playing bad,” Radwanska said. “Then I think I got used to conditions, used to the surface.”Radwanska led by a set and 3-1 in the second before Kvitova settled into the match to win seven of the next eight games.”I really played well in the second when I came back and tried to push her a little bit,” Kvitova said.The Czech led 2-0 in the decider before Radwanska fought back to 3-3 and then won the last three games to take the title in two hours, five minutes.
DHARAMSALA, India (AP):Opener Tamim Iqbal struck the first Twenty20 International century by a Bangladesh batsman to help his team beat Oman by 54 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method yesterday and reach the Super 10 stage of the ICC World Twenty20.The left-hander’s 63-ball 103 not out, which was studded with five sixes and 10 fours, helped Group A favourites Bangladesh notch a huge 180-2 after being put in to bat.Oman could only manage 65-9 in the rain-interrupted game after a revised target of 120 off 12 overs left it to score 75 off 22 balls.Iqbal, who played some fine pull and lofted shots as well as some deft strikes behind the wicket, added 97 for the second wicket with Sabbir Rahman, who hit 44 from 26 deliveries.Bangladesh’s left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan later grabbed 4-15 as the team joined India, Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand in Group Two of the main league, which starts tomorrow.”After a couple of boundaries, I was hitting the ball nicely,” said Iqbal, who scored 83 not out against the Netherlands and 47 versus Ireland in earlier games. “I’d told my coach (Chandika Hathurasinghe of Sri Lanka) that I’ll give you a hundred in this World Cup and I kept my promise.”In an earlier game, pace-bowler Paul van Meekeren grabbed 4-11 as the Netherlands defeated Ireland by 12 runs. Put in to bat, the Netherlands scored 59-5 with opener Stephen Myburgh striking an 18-ball 27 with five fours. Irish left-arm spinner George Dockrell took 3-7.Ireland could only reach 47-4 in reply with Van Meekeren ending their hopes with the wickets of Max Sorensen (9) and George Dockrell (0) off consecutive deliveries in the last over.”It’s special,” van Meekeren said. “The captain told me to bowl short of length and into the stumps and it was perfect conditions for me. We had been preparing for this for the last three weeks, maybe six months, and it worked out well.”Paul Stirling top-scored for Ireland with 15.
BANGALORE, India (AP):Australia made hard work of three three-wicket win over Bangladesh in the World Twenty20 match yesterday.After Bangladesh lost the toss and scored 156-5 at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Australia reached 157-7 in 18.3 overs for their first win in Group Two.”We made it difficult at the end and Bangladesh bowled quite well in the middle overs,” Australia captain Steven Smith said. “We’ve had a bit of travel, but it’s not an excuse.”Openers Usman Khawaja and Shane Watson made a confident start with 62 in 7.2 overs for the first wicket. But from 95-1, the Australians began losing wickets at regular intervals Shakib Al Hasan doing the bulk of the damage with 3-27 and Mustafizur Rahman picking up 2-30.Khawaja seemed like he could do nothing wrong during his 58 from 45 balls that was laced with seven fours and a six. In contrast, once the opening pair had departed at 115-3, Smith (14), David Warner (17), Mitchell Marsh (6) and John Hastings (3) failed to get going.But for Glenn Maxwell, who scored a 15-ball 26 with the help of two fours and a pair of sixes, the result could easily have been different.RESPECTABLETOTALEarlier, an unbeaten 49 from 29 balls by Mahmudullah, with seven fours and a six, enabled Bangladesh to post a respectable total.Bangladesh were reduced to 25-2 in the seventh over, Shane Watson doing the damage. He first had Soumya Sarkar (1) caught at point and then claimed Sabbir Rahman (12).The introduction of Adam Zampa’s spin tilted the game in Australia’s favour as he claimed three wickets, the batsmen unable to read his leg breaks.Zampa, who took 3-23, said it was “nice to make some difference”.Australia are third in Group Two with one victory and one defeat, by eight runs to New Zealand. Bangladesh are bottom.”Our fielding and bowling could have been better,” said Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza. “Two losses in a row, but we have two matches left and we’ll see what happens.”
Jamaica won seven medals on the opening day at the 31st staging of the CARIFTA Swimming Championships in Martinique.The Jamaicans earned one gold, three silver and three bronze medals on Tuesday, a performance that carried 24 personal bests.First-time national representative, Kelsie Campbell, led the way with gold in the 15-17 girls 100-metre butterfly in 1:04.99.The last time a Jamaican won this event was when Jamaica hosted the event in 2013 and Zara Bailey prevailed in 1:04.87.Campbell’s teammate, Shaun Johnson, finished seventh in the event in a personal best 1:06.78.Another national debutant, Rajiv Redhi, won Jamaica’s first medal, a silver in the 11-12 boys’ 200m breaststroke, in a personal best 2:45.69. This is the first medal Jamaica has won in this event since 2011 when Xavier Philips won bronze.Cameron Brown placed sixth in the 13-14 boys’ 200m breaststroke in a personal best 2:39.48.Emily MacDonald, also representing Jamaica for the first time, won bronze in the 11-12 girls 50m backstroke in a personal best 33.46 and Shaun Johnson, also making her debut at the meet, won silver in the 15-17 girls 50m backstroke in a personal best 31.06. Angara Sinclair placed fourth in the same event, in 31.67.SILVER FOR DOLSThe 15-17 boys’ 100m butterfly saw Olympic hopeful, Keanan Dols, returning after a one-year absence to win silver in 56.80, while Jesse Marsh finished eighth in 58.95.Dols also placed fourth in the 15-17 boys’ 50m backstroke in 28.07.Simone Vale ended a long drought for Jamaica in the 11-12 girl’s 100-metre butterfly, securing bronze in 1:12.17. Bryanna Renuart ended an even drier spell when she won the bronze in the girl’s 13-14 200-metre breaststroke in 2:44.51.Jamaica had not won a medal in this event since Gabrielle Hopkins claimed silver in 2012 in 2:54.90.Nicholas Vale, brother of Simone, finished sixth in the 13-14 boys’ 100m butterfly in a personal best time of 1:00.57.
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SHOWCASING TALENT DOHA, Qatar: International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president Sebastian Coe believes track and field will suffer a mighty blow when its poster boy, Usain Bolt, hangs up his spikes. Just like what occurred in boxing with Muhammad Ali, however, he thinks a new champion will emerge. “Usain will leave a big gap in our sport when he does decide to call it a day,” Coe told The Gleaner. “To us, Usain Bolt is as big as Muhammad Ali was to boxing. There were plenty of very, very good world-class fighters at the same time Muhammed Ali was boxing, but the focus inevitably tended to be on him. “But people also said, what is going to happen after Muhammed Ali retired? Well, Floyd Mayweather happened, Manny Pacquiao happened, Sugar Ray Leonard happened, Marvin Hagler happened, Felix Trinidad happened, so great fighters came on the scene.” Coe said the focus is usually fixed on Bolt, but his federation has the task of highlighting the other top-class athletes around. “The challenge that we have as an international federation and all our individual member federations is to make sure that we are able to showcase the extraordinary God-given talents of many of the other athletes in so many other events. “We will always remember Usain (Bolt), but the challenge has to be to make sure that we have marketing and promotional programmes around all the other great athletes.” He attended the Carifta Games in Grenada early this year and Coe said he was not concerned as to where the next Usain Bolt would emerge from. “I am encouraged in what I see in countries like Jamaica and the Caribbean, in general. There is a much greater width now of events. It is not actually just sprinting,” Coe said. “You are seeing some real progress in the technical events, progress in the field events, and I am now actually beginning to see young 800m and 1500m athletes – men and women – that will be challenging at the international level before very long, and that’s a good thing. “It was coach (Glen) Mills that actually pointed this out to me when I was in Kingston – that Usain (Bolt) actually now only holds one Jamaican school record. All his records have been broken, so that tells me that there is also a lot of talent coming through behind Usain (Bolt).” firstname.lastname@example.org
108 LEAD Melbourne Cricket Club are in a commanding position entering the second day of the 2016 Jamaica Cricket Association’s Senior Cup final after claiming first innings points from St Thomas yesterday. Led by a topscore of 63 from national batsman Andre McCarthy, and 55 from Guyanese opener Trevon Griffith, many-time champions Melbourne posted a modest 181 in their first innings on a pitch that was flat and good for batting. National fast bowler Keno Wallace, who bowled impressively in his second spell from the downhill northern end, claimed four for 39 for St Thomas with support coming from leg-spinner Kenroy Williams, with three for 36. Playing in their first final, St Thomas were bundled out for 111 in reply with left arm spinner Chris Lamont bagged five for 38 and Melbourne’s captain Nikita Miller, four for 21. Promising teenage pacer Oshane Thomas, who was recently picked up by the Jamaica Tallawahs for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League Twenty20, ended with one for 19. Williams, 28, was the top scorer for St Thomas. Jamaica Scorpions representatives, captain Carlton Baugh Jr and Devon Thomas, made nine and five, respectively. Batting a second time, Melbourne closed on 38 for two for an overall lead of 108. “Our batting was a bit disappointing,” said Melbourne’s assistant coach, Ray Stewart. “However, at the end of the day, our bowlers came back and did a fantastic job for us. “The aim now is to try and bat as long as possible, and, hopefully, bat them out of the game.” Baugh said his team will be hunting early wickets today. “We are down but not out,” he said. “We have come from behind after losing first innings before and the aim is to try and do that on the final day, weather permitting.” Griffith, 15 not out, and McCarthy, 11 not out, will resume batting for Melbourne at 10 a.m. today. The left-handed Brown has so far taken two for 22 for St Thomas.
Led by a superb Andrew Daley brace, Wolmer’s Boys cruised to the top of Group K in the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup second round yesterday with an easy 3-0 win over St Catherine High at the Spanish Town Prison Oval. The game was the second match of a double-header. In the day’s opener, St George’s College came from behind to clip Haile Selassie 2-1. Coach Vassell Reynolds of Wolmer’s wants more goals from his team. “Overall, I am pretty satisfied, but there is some work to be done. I still think that even though we are scoring at an average of two goals per game, I still feel that we need to be a little bit more clinical,” he said. “We are creating the goalscoring opportunities and need to put more away as it’s going to be important going forward,” he added. Alphanso Gooden was also on target for Wolmer’s yesterday. FIRST-HALF STRIKE Meanwhile, Haile Selassie’s Akeem Grandison put them in the lead with a first-half strike in the opening game, but Alex Marshall levelled for St George’s before Akiki Jackson scored the winner. St George’s assistant coach, Marcel Gayle said Haile Selassie pushed them all the way. “In the first half, Selassie started better than us. They held their own and we came back in the second half and won the game,” he told The Gleaner. “Mentally we were up for the game. Physically, we dug deep and found the performance to carry us over the line,” Gayle added.