Chambers puzzled, disappointed at non-selection for World Championships

first_img Plagued by injury over the past three seasons, this has been the healthiest Chambers has been since 2010, when he clocked 44.54 seconds and was the second fastest Jamaican that year behind then clubmate Jermaine Gonzales, who set a National Record of 44.40 in Monaco. The return to health and the gradual improvement of his times, he hoped, would have been good enough to get him on the team to Beijing, a goal he had set for the current season. “I am very disappointed that I didn’t get selected,” he said. “Up to a few days ago, in my mind I was going to the World Championships based on my performances. After the team was selected and the addition with the NACAC guys and I wasn’t on the team, I was very disappointed because at this time Jamaica has a really good chance at a medal in the four by four and if I was on the team, based on my performance, we would have a really good chance at a medal.” He said, though, that not being selected has only served to fire him up for next season when Jamaica will be sending a team to the Olympics in Rio, Brazil. “It gives me more motivation towards next year. Every single time I step on the track next season, I am going to remember that I need to win the trials to make sure that I guarantee my spot on the team to Rio. So I am going to be training smart and hard next year,” he said. Chambers, who turned pro during his junior year at university, returned to the USA last year to complete his degree at Florida State University. He missed his graduation on August 8 so that he could compete at the NACAC Championships. “This season, I compromised so much for track. Going to school and doing track didn’t allow me to spend any time with my family. It was worth it because I ended up going to NACAC and getting a season’s best. I am back in 44 shape again. It’s been years since I last ran 44 because I have been injured, but it’s time now to get back where I was and go after the national record. I have the talent, experience and everything I need to go after that record,” he said. Return to health It was a puzzled Ricardo Chambers who spoke to The Gleaner yesterday after Jamaica’s team to the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing, China, was named Monday night and he was not on the roster. Chambers, who has a season best time of 44.93 seconds, set during the semi-finals at the just concluded NACAC Senior Championships in Costa Rica, was expecting to be a member of the strong mile-relay team in Beijing. He had finished third at the National Championships in June, but was disqualified because of a lane violation. Still, he believed his performance in Costa Rica, where he won bronze in finals in 45.27, would have ensured him a spot on the team. “I am really puzzled why I am not on the team. Because of my performances during the last part of this season, I would have assumed that I would have been selected for the four by four,” he said. “I know that I was disqualified at the national trials for stepping on the line, but according to the rules, the first three are selected, but the next two are at the discretion of the selection committee, so I am not sure. “It is puzzling to me, but I give God thanks for remaining healthy this season,” he said.last_img read more

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Thompson in line to extend Ja’s run in 200m

first_img OTTEY’S BRILLIANT RECORD Ottey has a brilliant record in the event. In addition to her two gold medals, she has a silver and three bronze medals. If justice is ever done, she might get Koch’s 1983 gold. The East German, like all her compatriots from the 1970s and ’80s, were found to be beneficiaries of a state-organised steroid-boosting programme. Fraser-Pryce is bypassing the 200m at the 2015 World Championships; however, her 2013 win earned her a couple of distinctions. She is the first locally training athlete to win the World 200m. Second, she is the first winner not to have attended Vere Technical High School. Thompson could be second on both counts. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980. If Elaine Thompson wins the 200 metres at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, she will extend a long history of Jamaican success. The women’s 200m has given Jamaica more medals than any other individual discipline. A win for the University of Technology sprinter would match gold-medal runs by Merlene Ottey, Veronica Campbell-Brown (VCB), and Thompson’s training partner, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Ottey won twice, in 1993 and 1995, with VCB and Fraser-Pryce winning the last two titles in 2011 and 2013, respectively. Gold for Thompson, Sherone Simpson, or VCB would, therefore, give Jamaica three wins in a row. That’s a feat no other country has ever accomplished. East Germans won the first two titles thanks to Marita Koch, who beat Ottey in 1983 and Silke Gladisch in 1987. Together, with Bev McDonald and Merlene Fraser, who were second and third in 1999, Ottey, VCB, and Fraser Pryce have won 12 medals for Jamaica in the curved sprint.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka fight back by grabbing early wickets against India

first_img seventh five-wicket haul Earlier, Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma picked up a seventh five-wicket haul in Test cricket to help India bowl out Sri Lanka for 201 after India made 312 in their first innings. Sharma, who along with Stuart Binny rattled Sri Lanka’s top order, finished with 5-54. Sri Lanka lost six wickets for only 47 runs and were facing the prospect of a follow-on when Kusal Perera scored 55 on his Test debut and shared a 79-run stand for the seventh wicket with Rangana Herath, to carry Sri Lanka past the mark. Herath made 49, and Sri Lanka’s total was helped by tailenders Prasad (27) and Tharindu Kaushal (16). Perera’s resistance came after his last specialist batting partner, Lahiru Thirmanne, was out and Prasad had left the field temporarily with an injured hand. Perera batted in his usual attacking style and scored his runs off 56 balls, including nine boundaries. Upul Tharanga (4), Kaushal Silva (3), Dimuth Karunaratne (11), Dinesh Chandimal (23), and captain Angelo Mathews (1) were all out before lunch. Resuming the day on 292-8, India opener Cheteshwar Pujara carried his bat through the first innings to finish unbeaten on 145. Pujara, brought in to replace injured Murali Vijay, faced 289 deliveries in his knock and hit 14 boundaries. He and Mishra (59) had shared a 104-run eighth-wicket stand after India lost seven wickets for just 180. Sri Lankan seam bowler Prasad took 4-100, while spinner Herath took three wickets. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP): Sri Lanka seam bowlers Nuwan Pradeep and Dhammika Prasad fought back with three early wickets as India closed day three of the third Test at 21-3 yesterday. India went into the second innings with a 111-run lead – 312 to 201 – and are now 132 runs ahead of the hosts. A total of 15 wickets fell on the third day on a lively Sinhalese Sports Club pitch that assisted seam bowling. Prasad struck with the second ball of India’s second innings to dismiss first-innings centurion Cheteshwar Pujara with no score on the board. Pradeep bowled Lokesh Rahul (2) and trapped Ajinkya Rahane lbw for four, as India went from 2-2 to 7-3. Captain Virat Kohli (1) was undefeated with Rohit Sharma (14) when rain forced an early close of play. Pradeep returned bowling figures of 2-6. “There is a big chance to win, because we have them three down,” Perera said. “The morning session is crucial for us. If we get two or three wickets, there is a good chance.”last_img read more

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Sports Briefs

first_imgJamaican Chow on top WINNIPEG, Canada (CMC): Barbadian, Chris Husbands, won twice on Wednesday but Jamaican Chavion Chow maintained a healthy lead heading into the final weekend of racing at Assiniboia Downs, despite clinching just one win on the day’s six-race card. Husbands, the defending champion, won race two with 5-1 chance La Pieta and returned to win the day’s final race aboard favourite Truly North. The double moved Husbands to 50 wins but still seven wins adrift in second of Chow who won with 4-1 bet Stand Up Rita in race one, to grab his only victory. Guyanese Rohan Singh also won once to move to 50 but sits third in the standings. With just three race days left in the season, Chow is now expected to wrap up his first triumph at the western Canada racetrack, though both Husbands and Singh remain within striking distance. Bridgmohan holds off rivals TORONTO, Canada (CMC): Jamaica-born jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan held off a late rally from favourite Spadina Road and 2-1 chance Bear No Joke, to carry 15-1 outsider Rexton to a gutsy win in the CAN$125 000 OLG Kenora Stakes here Wednesday. Going six furlongs, the pair led every step of the way to reach the wire by half-length in a time of one minute, 9.43 seconds, as the John Mattine-trained five-year-old won his first win in five starts this year. “That was the game plan (setting the pace). John’s done a great job with this horse,” Bridgmohan said afterward. “He just ran his race. He’s just real fast. I was confident when he was on the lead. He’s got a big heart. He ran great.” Antiguans eye medal in Rio ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Despite a disappointing sixth place finish at the recent IAAF World Championships, Antigua and Barbuda’s coach Teddy Daley believes the men’s sprint relay team can still rebound with a medal at next year’s Rio Olympics. He said the team was a young one and that he expected them to improve significantly over the next year to become a force to be reckoned with. “I strongly believe that we can medal at the Olympics,” he told the Observer Radio’s Good Morning Jo-Jo. “Our guys, they are 19, 20, 21, so physical maturity has not yet been realised. It means, therefore, next year they are going to be stronger.” Antigua were clocked at 38.61 seconds in finishing sixth behind eventual winners Jamaica who posted a world-leading 37.36 to win easily.last_img read more

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British’s Kempton racecourse may close

first_imgLONDON (AP):The racecourse that stages one of Britain’s premier jump races could be closed as part of a plan to invest US$610 million into the sport over the next decade.The Jockey Club said it has submitted the estate at Kempton Park, the course in southwest London where the King George VI Chase is run every year on December 26, for consideration following a call for more housing in the area.If the plan is approved, Kempton will be closed no earlier than 2021. It would mean a new all-weather venue being built – potentially at Newmarket, the home of British horse racing – while the Jockey Club would request that the King George chase be staged at nearby Sandown, which has previously held the race.The Jockey Club said Kempton Park will be redeveloped only if the move generates in excess of £100 million of investment, which will contribute to the planned £500 million being invested in the sport in Britain.Roger Weatherby, senior steward of the Jockey Club, said in a statement that the proposals are for the “long-term good of British racing.”last_img read more

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Mountain View clip Pembroke Hall 1-0 in Major League Semi Final

first_imgMountain View FC booked their spot in the Magnum/KSAFA Major League Final with a 1-0 win over Pembroke Hall at the Constant Spring Field earlier this evening.Mountain View went ahead in the 3rd minute when Troyland Williams converted a penalty after a Pembroke Hall defender handled the ball inside the area.It was a game of two halves as Mountain View controlled the first, with Pembroke Hall dominating the second, coming close to equalising in stoppage time when Daniel Gray’s shot smacked the post.Mountain View will now meet Molynes United in the final and also qualify for next season’s Magnum/KSAFA Super League.last_img

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Former schoolboy stars making their marks

first_imgFormer schoolboy stars Nathon Allen and Akeem Bloomfield are the latest Jamaicans to go under 45 seconds in the 400 metres this season. The two finished second and third, respectively, in the one-lap event on yesterday’s final day of competition of the Southeastern Conference Championships on the campus of the University of South Carolina, Colombia. Allen, a former St Jago High athlete, clocked a personal best 44.52 while Bloomfield, formerly of Kingston College, lowered his best to 44.81. Both competed for Auburn University. The event was won by American Fred Kerley of Texas A&M University in 44.30. Allen is now at the number-three spot on the IAAF World list while Bloomfield is at number six. Kerley is at the top following the 44.09 he clocked in the preliminary round on Friday. Jamaica has three runners in the top 10. Demish Gaye who clocked a career best 44.85 a week ago at the JAAA All Comers meet inside the National Stadium, is at number eight. Former Munro College athlete Kemar Mowatt was a winner at the meet on yesterday’s final day. A junior at the University of Arkansas, Mowatt stopped the clock at 48.79 seconds to capture the men’s 400m hurdles and become the fastest Jamaican so far this season in the event. He is at number seven on the IAAF World list. Eric Futch of Florida was second in 48.82 with third going to Robert Grant of Texas A&M University in 49.15s. Clayton Brown, a former Jamaica College student, also had a top-three finish at the meet. Competing for the University of Florida, Brown was second in the men’s high jump after clearing the bar at 2.19 metres. Keenan Laine of the University of Georgia won with 2.25 metres. FASTEST THIS SEASON BACK ON TRACK Former Wolmer’s Girl’s star Joniel Smith and Sashel Brown, a former Convent of Mercy athlete, had top-two finishes. Smith, who had been plagued by injuries in the past, appears to be back on track this season as she finished a close second in the women’s 100m final in 11.13 behind winner Aleia Hobbs of Louisiana State University, who won in 11.12. Following her second place recently at the Penn Relays in the college women’s 400m hurdles, Brown, who, like Smith, competed for the University of Auburn, finished second in the women’s Intermediate hurdle final in 56.86 seconds. Tyler Brockinghton, competing at home for the University of South Carolina, won in 55.97. Earlier on yesterday’s final day, both Brown and Smith teamed up with former St Jago High sprinter Nataliah Whyte for Auburn to place third in the women’s 4×100 metres in 43.35 seconds behind winners, Louisiana State University (42.56) and Texas A&M University, 43.31.last_img read more

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PH volleyball team names official spokespersons

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Hail the truly triumphant in war and peace Maraño later clarified the misunderstanding, saying practice was canceled and announced via the team’s Viber group chat which Valdez was a part of. But she became a target of hate tweets.Valdez dismissed the incident, saying: “As far as I’m concerned my commitment with the national team stays.”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’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslationcenter_img Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational women’s volleyball team head coach Francis Vicente on Tuesday named team captain Mika Reyes and assistant team captain Aby Maraño as the only players who can give statements about the national team.“The problem is when people get information from nonlegit sources,” Vicente told the Inquirer, referring to emotional social media posts that centered on the misunderstanding that only Alyssa Valdez showed up for a Sunday practice.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyerlast_img read more

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Blackwater replaces injured Trevis Simpson, taps Henry Walker

first_imgMOST READ 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 Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments Henry Walker. PBA IMAGESBlackwater will sign up a familiar face in Henry Walker as its replacement import this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.Team manager Johnson Martines said that the Elite have decided to bring back the 29-year-old scorer in a bid to end the team’s woes in the season-ending conference.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicanscenter_img McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LATEST STORIES LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Maximizing bigs, Ginebra goes back to triangle The 25-year-old forward was netting 24.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in his first two games, before being hounded by his injuries and going scoreless in the Elite’s 118-93 loss against the Beermen on Saturday.Walker will make his debut for Blackwater on Sunday against Rain or Shine. JESports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This will be Walker’s third stint in the PBA after previously suiting up for Alaska and NLEX.In his last ride with the Road Warriors, he averaged 30.9 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.2 steals as he led his team to a seventh-place finish before bowing out in the quarterfinals against San Miguel.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’Martines shared that Walker is set to arrive to the country on Wednesday once his papers get cleared.Blackwater has stumbled to a 0-3 start this conference, with import Trevis Simpson suffering a torn groin muscle.last_img read more

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5 reasons to give badminton a try

first_imgNational Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal 1. Burn caloriesAs the fastest racquet sport in the world, badminton can definitely work up a sweat! And although you might not be as fast as two-time Olympic champion Lin “Super” Dan, a game of badminton will still get you moving and your heart rate up. Even a moderately intense workout can help prevent cardiovascular disease such as heart attacks and stroke as well as reduce your risk of obesity and diabetes.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’2. Reduce mortality riskA large-scale study published last year looking at over 80,000 British adults also found that racquet sports such as badminton, tennis and squash are some of the best for lowering risk of death, with those who enjoy a game on the court benefiting from a 47 percent reduction in their mortality risk than those who do no exercise at all. Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay LATEST STORIES China reports first death from mystery pneumonia outbreak PLAY LIST 00:52China reports first death from mystery pneumonia outbreak01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash02:24To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban01:40Filipinos 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles View comments Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ 3. Boost eye healthA 2013 study from Russia found that playing badminton could help boost eye health. The two-year study found that many children stopped wearing glasses within just two months after taking special badminton lessons three times a week. The findings, from the National Badminton Federation of Russia, even helped put the sports on the country’s sports curriculum.The research also found that the sport could be beneficial to adults who spend too much time working in front of a computer screen, and that badminton’s effect in strengthening eye muscles showed some impressive results.4. Get some fresh airLike other racquet sports such as tennis, badminton is great to play outdoors in the summertime. Getting out into nature and soaking up some vitamin D can also bring additional health benefits, including improved mental health and a reduced risk of multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and autism thanks to topping up vitamin D levels.ADVERTISEMENT What’s in store for your animal sign this year Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Cignal HD wins back-to-back D-League titles Badminton can be a great sport to try in summer as well as providing a range of health benefits. Image: simonkr/IStock.com via AFP RelaxnewsWith the Badminton World Championships 2017 currently taking place in Glasgow, Scotland, until Sunday 27 August, you might be feeling inspired to pick up a racquet and give the sport a try.Here we round up five reasons why getting out on the court can not only be fun, but also give your health a boost.ADVERTISEMENT Just remember to also wear sunscreen and seek the shade when you need it to avoid a risk of sunburn, and possibly skin cancer.5. Be more socialA badminton match with friends is a great way to socialize, which has health benefits of its own as well as making sport more fun. Spending time with friends can help to stave off loneliness, depression, reduce the risk of an early death, and help to reduce stress levels, which can also lead to further health problems. JBRELATED STORY:After loss, Aussie Olympian binges on fast foodSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datulast_img read more

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