Caribbean Countries a Force to be Reckoned with in Track and Field

first_img Over the past decade Caribbean countries have shown great potential in Track and Field, especially in sprinting. The 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Jamaica won 11 medals, six gold, and all were in Track and Field. In 2004 in Athens, Felix Sanchez, of the Dominican Republic, won gold in the 400m hurdles. In the Military World Games, the first results occurred on Thursday (21). The Dominican Republic won two medals, one silver and one bronze. In the 400m dash, Arismendi Peguero, 31, ran the race in 45.95 seconds, coming in third place. The Dominican soldiers celebrated that result and others and dedicated it to their country’s military. “For me it was very important since the military did all they could to send me here, since our resources are limited. I had to give my best to fulfill my duty,” Peguero said. The other medal came in the women’s 4×400m relay. Captains Raisa Sanchez, Margarita Manzueta, Marlenis Veras and Yolanda Valerio finished the race in 3 minutes 38.75 seconds and were just beaten out by the Brazilian team of Vanda Gomes, Christiane Santos, Geisa Coutinho and Jailma Lima. “It’s a medal that should be celebrated too. We achieved what we trained for. We’re really happy,” said Raisa Sanchez shortly after the race. Marlenis Veras states that these are their first Military World Games. “The result is very good,” said Veras, who earlier ran in the semifinals of the 400m individual event. Jamaica Icons of the short sprints in the last Olympics, Jamaica has not won any medals in the 5th Military World Games, but on Thursday (21), they ran in two finals – one with Michael Barton, in the 400m, and Marlo Robinson in the 100m dash. “The pressure on me is the great tradition that Jamaica has in the sport. No medals won, but I liked the result. I’m in the military, so my priority is the Army. I haven’t had much time to train,” said Barton. Brazil On Thursday, the hosts won two more golds in Track and Field. Sergeant Jefferson Sabino won the triple jump, and was also the anchor on the gold medal 4×400m relay team. The Brazilian also won silver with Sergeants Keila Costa in the Triple Jump and Ana Silva in the 100m sprint, and bronze in the 100m with Sergeant Nilson Andre. By Dialogo July 22, 2011last_img read more

Downing should oversee Hull clash

first_img And Press Association Sport understands the anticipation is that Downing will still be in that position come the visit of Hull to The Hawthorns this weekend. In that match, West Brom will be looking to halt a losing streak that extended to four games with the 1-0 defeat at Cardiff on Saturday which preceded the confirmation of Clarke’s dismissal. Albion are 16th in the table, two points clear of the relegation zone, and have won only seven of their 34 top-flight games in 2013. The club are not making any comment regarding who their new permanent boss might be, but various people have been linked with the vacancy since Clarke’s departure. Prominent among them are Roberto Di Matteo – who guided West Brom into the top flight in 2010, was sacked by them in February 2011 and then went on to win the FA Cup and Champions League during a stint in charge at Chelsea in 2012 – and ex-Albion player Martin Jol, recently dismissed from his post as manager of Fulham. Others being mentioned as possible candidates are Molde boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, ex-Schalke coach Ralf Rangnick, Real Madrid assistant coach Paul Clement, Mike Phelan – most recently Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant at Manchester United – and ex-Blackburn boss Michael Appleton, who has managed Albion on a caretaker basis before. Both of the latter pair are also former Baggies players. Clarke was appointed as West Brom’s head coach in June 2012 – taking on his first managerial role – and went on to guide them to their highest-ever Premier League finish of eighth last season. The 48-year-old is overseeing first-team affairs following Albion’s decision to sack head coach Steve Clarke and his assistant Kevin Keen. In their statement announcing the news on Saturday, the Baggies gave no indication of how long they might take to appoint Clarke’s successor, saying simply that joint-assistant head coach Downing would assume control “whilst the club considers all available options”. Albion lost the services of their 2012-13 top-scorer over the summer when Romelu Lukaku’s loan spell with them ended, and the players subsequently added to the Baggies attack have not really truly sparkled. Nonetheless, the club managed to achieve some notable results this term, such as a 2-1 win at Manchester United and a 2-2 draw at Chelsea. Giving his reaction to Clarke’s dismissal, former West Brom player Cyrille Regis, quoted by the Birmingham Mail, said: “I am shocked – I didn’t see that coming at all. “If you’re looking at the bigger picture then I thought he might get longer but it shows the pressures of staying in the Premier League. “Certain players haven’t come to the level that was expected either, which didn’t help him. “Martin Jol would be a strong candidate. He knows the club, he knows the continental system Albion have in place and he’ll know the parameters Albion work under because he had them at Fulham. “He’s managed at the top level across Europe so he ticks many boxes.” Regis, who played for Albion at the same time as Jol, added: “I think with the position Albion are in they need a ‘been there, done that’ manager. “It needs someone with experience to stop the slide.” Meanwhile, it is understood that West Brom will be dealing with Saido Berahino internally, with it looking likely that he will be disciplined, after a foul-mouthed message was posted on the Albion striker’s official Twitter account. The message, which appeared on Saturday after news of Clarke’s sacking broke, said: “Wow i cant believe it, that’s f****** s***!!!!” A subsequent message appeared saying: “By the way i apologise for my last tweet. This was related to a personal issue and nothing else. Please don’t take the wrong way.” Another then said “I just had a flat tyre”, accompanied by a picture of one. Both that message and the first one have been deleted. Keith Downing is expected to be in charge of the West Brom first team for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Hull. Press Associationlast_img read more

LEADING OFF: Cards back in action, Yanks seizing AL East

first_img A look at what’s happening around the majors Friday___BACK IN THE SHUFFLEThe Cardinals are set to resume their season by hosting the Cubs. St. Louis has been off since last Friday when two players returned positive coronavirus tests. Seven players in total have tested positive, including star catcher Yadier Molina. Ace Jack Flaherty (1-0, 2.57), who said he kept his arm fresh this week by throwing baseballs into a hotel mattress, is set to pitch against Chicago veteran Jon Lester (1-0, 0.82)PULLING AWAYThe season is only two weeks old, but the New York Yankees could have a commanding lead on AL East-rival Tampa Bay by the end of the weekend. The reigning AL East champions Yankees are 9-3 to start this 60-game season and four games ahead of the Rays entering their four-game weekend series. Tampa Bay was supposed to be New York’s biggest obstacle to a repeat but already has work to do. Yankees righty Masahiro Tanaka (0-0, 3.38) faces Rays lefty Blake Snell (0-0, 5.40).RED-HOT RAMIREZIndians slugger José Ramírez seems to have found his vintage form after a down 2019. The switch-hitter has homered from both sides of the place twice in the first 15 games of this season, a first in major league history, according to STATS. Coming off three straight wins against Cincinnati, Cleveland is set to open a three-game series in Chicago against the AL Central-rival White Sox.LET’S TRY THAT AGAINMLB announced changes to the regular season schedule Thursday to account for 21 games postponed in the first two weeks by coronavirus issues, and a few clubs are looking at unusual finishes. The Phillies and Marlins are set to play seven times in five days next month, and Miami will finish the season playing 27 games in 23 days, a stretch featuring no days off and four doubleheaders in a 10-day span. Philadelphia — which has not even had a player test positive since opening day — is slated for six doubleheaders in 60 games, meaning 20% of their games this season will be just seven innings long.Image credits: AP SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 7th August, 2020 07:54 IST LEADING OFF: Cards Back In Action, Yanks Seizing AL East The Cardinals are set to resume their season by hosting the Cubs. St. Louis has been off since last Friday, when two players returned positive coronavirus tests Associated Press Television News COMMENT Written Bycenter_img LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE First Published: 7th August, 2020 07:54 IST FOLLOW USlast_img read more