‘Justin Gatlin is not going to beat me’, says Bolt ahead of IAAF World Championships 200m final

first_img No final for Weir Pesonal best for Russell Her younger teammate, Janieve Russell, fared much better, placing fifth in a personal best 54.64 behind winner Zuzana Hejnova (Czech), 53.50, with the American pair of Shamier Little, 53.94, and Cassandra Tate, 54.02, taking the other podium positions. It was a shocking end to a less-than-ideal day for the Jamaicans, who also saw protests filed by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) management team here on behalf of 5000-metre man, Kemoy Campbell, who finished 15th in his heat in 14:00.55 and Natoya Goule, who ended her 800m heat in fourth place in 2:02.37, rejected by the IAAF after claims of obstruction were denied. Simoya Campbell, the other Jamaican competitor in the women’s 800m, also failed to advance from the heats, finishing fifth in 2:01.43. In the men’s 110m hurdles heats, Olympic bronze medallist Hansle Parchment was slow out of the blocks, but it hardly mattered as he comfortably won his heat in 13.33, as all three Jamaicans advanced to today’s semi-final round. National champion Omar McLeod had an early scare or two in his heat, but he recovered well to finish second in a time of 13.43, the same time registered by Andrew Riley in his heat. Things were less dramatic in the women’s 200m qualifying, as all three booked their lanes in today’s semi-finals in relative ease. Elaine Thompson was impressive, running 120m before shutting off the engine and cruising to an easy 22.78 win, while Veronica Campbell-Brown, who laughably ran in the lane to her right – importantly, without impeding the athlete – also won her heat, posting 22.79 as she crossed the line. Sherone Simpson registered her best time of the season, running 22.52 in placing second in her heat. Still, most eyes will be on Usain Bolt as he prepares for his sprinting sequel with American archrival Gatlin, who is eager to make up after losing out to the big Jamaican in Sunday’s much-publicised 100m blockbuster. Bolt posted his first sub-20 seconds time in a World Championships or Olympic 200m semi-final and his first since the final of the last World Championships in Moscow two years ago, jogging the last 80m to stop the clock at 19.95. Gatlin was also smooth and easy in qualifying, posting a qualifying leading 19.87 to win his heat as Nickel Ashmeade, the national champion, ensured that Bolt had some Jamaican company in the final, set for 7:55 a.m. today – running on strongly to take second place in 20.19 behind Great Britain’s Jamaican-based sprinter Zharnel Hughes, 20.14. BEIJING, China: Sprint titan Usain Bolt has levelled the crosshairs squarely on rival Justin Gatlin as he goes on the prowl for his third World Championships sprint double, while Jamaica’s history-making women’s 400 metres quartet will look to add medals after yesterday’s drought at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. Days after confirming his status as the top man of sprinting, Bolt was in a bullish mood as he looked ahead to what will be another mouth-watering clash against Gatlin – this time in the 200m final. “My 200m is my best event. I live for this. I know I’m going to do well. It’s not even a question. I’m not going to lose my favourite event,” said Bolt after his semi-final. “I can tell you, Justin Gatlin is not going to beat me.” Kaliese Spencer was largely expected to add to the country’s three medals yesterday, but things went inexplicably wrong for the hurdling standout, who finished at the back of the field in the 400m hurdles final in a time of 55.47. Olympic and World Championships medallist Warren Weir’s miserable season continued as he had to settle for a seventh-placed finish in 20.43, missing out on the final, as did Julian Forte, who was eighth in his semi-final in 20.57. Jamaica could win their first medal in the women’s 400m since Shericka Williams’ silver medal at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, when Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Novlene Williams-Mills, Shericka Jackson and Christine Day line up in today’s final. It’s the first time that a country has qualified four athletes to a 400m final at the Olympics or World Championships.last_img read more

‘I’m all for it’: Chris Ross ready for whatever Magnolia throws at him

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netChris Ross welcomes the psywar between San Miguel and Magnolia with open arms as the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals heats up.“It’s fun,” he said after the Beermen’s 92-77 Game 2 victory over the Hotshots on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Wong posts 63 excellent sets for Ateneo, but she’s not counting Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ross finished with five points, 10 assists, four rebounds, and two steals in the victory as the Beermen leveled the best-of-seven series to one game apiece.“It’s huge for us,” he admits as both teams head to the Holy Week break back to square one. “You never wanna go on a long break coming off a loss. If you go to a long break, there’s a lot of thinking and a lot of overthinking. We’re such a prideful team and to lose a game up 20, in the Finals is never a good feeling. Us veterans took it upon ourselves to ride the ship a little bit and come in Game 2 and try to get the win. It’s a good thing that we were able to withstand their run in the fourth quarter and make the slight adjustments we needed to come out on top.”Magnolia did stand up to Ross as Rodney Brondial gave him a hard shove to the back with 1:02 left and the game already beyond doubt, 90-74.The Fil-Am defender, though, said that he’s ready for more of that in the coming games.“I’m good. I’m a football player. They got me harder than that. I just got hit, I wasn’t looking, and I got to protect myself better,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT With San Miguel holding an 82-68 lead in the final five minutes, Ross stole the ball from Robbie Herndon before ball-faking to the Magnolia bench. This led assistant coach Johnny Abarrientos to stand up and call out the reigning two-time Defensive Player of the Year.Ross, however, said that what he did was nothing personal and he respects everyone on the opposing bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I don’t do anything to disrespect anyone. If they feel like they have to dirty up the game, to try to get into my head or whatnot, I’m all for it. But I’m gonna play basketball how I know how to play basketball. And respect the people that I have to respect,” he said.“It’s just a game. It’s not that serious. Basketball is just a game in the big scheme of life. If the opposing team wants to hate me, they can hate me all they want. As long as the guys in my locker room and their families like me as a teammate and as a person, I’m fine with that.” View commentslast_img read more

Local father and son to feature in major car advert filmed in Donegal

first_imgŠKODA Ireland have used the rugged Inishowen landscape as the backdrop for their sponsorship of ‘Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip’ Series Two, which is hitting TV screens next month as it makes a move from UTV to RTÉ One.The six adverts show some stunning Inishowen landscapes and sun-sets, feature local father and son actors Stephen and Scott Robb from Raphoe.Scott and his sister Bethany attend Speech and Drama classes at Karen Gorman with their mum Diana bringing them to classes every week. “We are absolutely delighted to have our clients as the sole actors in the campaign which tells the beautiful story of a father son relationship through not 1 but 6 TV adverts!“Stephen and Scott were absolute naturals on location and a delight for the crew to work with. Scott and his sister Bethany achieve fantastic results in their Grade exams, the Robbs are certainly a multi talented family!“Indeed Bethany and mum Diana were on location over the few days of the shoot also. The clips will play during the commercial breaks of the show.“The adverts bring the father & son on a treasure hunt, finishing on Polla beach in Ballyliffin,” she said. Follow the ŠKODA adventure for Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip at www.facebook.com/SKODAIreland and tune into RTÉ One at 8:30pm on Tuesday nights from 7th March.The Robbs with Karen Gorman.Local father and son to feature in major car advert filmed in Donegal was last modified: February 23rd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more