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Rookie Thompson for 200m gold at World Championships

first_imgShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will not defend her 200 metres title in Beijing. However, things will not change for Jamaica as Fraser-Pryce’s training partner, Elaine Thompson, looks set to make a successful World Championships in Athletics debut and keep the title in the ‘Land of Wood and Water’.Twelve months ago when the name Elaine Thompson was called in track and field circles, not many would have known who she was except for her teammates at the University of Technology (UTech).Things have changed significantly over the past six months, and the rookie is now one of the hottest female sprinters in the world.Thompson is the second- fastest Jamaican woman this year in the 100m, behind teammate Fraser-Pryce, with 10.84 seconds.Down to contest the 200m in Beijing, the number three-ranked athlete in the event is the odds-on favourite to win the gold medal.The Stephen Francis-coached athlete competed with the big guns for the first time in the 200m at the London Diamond League meet in late July and clocked a personal best of 22.10 seconds.Impressive victoryWhat made that victory impressive was the manner in which she destroyed the American, Candyce McGrone, who, days earlier, had scored a convincing win in Monaco in 22.08 seconds. However, she was no match for Thompson, who even had time to ‘shut it down’ close to home. Sub-22 seconds is definitely on the cards for Thompson, as this could be the start of a dynasty.With many-time champion Allyson Felix opting for the 400m, McGrone will be the flagbearer for the United States in Beijing. Jenna Prandini, with a season-best 22.20, Jeneba Tarmoh, 22.23, and Senior Pan Am Games champion Kaylin Whitney, 22.47, are the USA’s other prospects.Good competition is also expected to come from Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands, who was a close second behind McGrone in Monaco in 22.09 seconds.Two other Jamaicans, Sherone Simpson and 2005 and 2011 champion Veronica Campbell-Brown, will be hoping to medal as well. Despite their experience, they will need to do something extra special for this to happen. With season-best times of 22.62 and 22.61 seconds, respectively, they will have to show dramatic improvement.Also, 2013 silver and bronze medallists, Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast and Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria, will be hoping to improve their placings.Thompson, however, looks the most likely winner.Top Three: 1. Elaine Thompson (Jam) 2. Dafne Schippers (Ned) 3. Murielle Ahoure (CIV).last_img read more

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Travel-weary Yemenis dream big

first_imgMOST READ View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia diescenter_img Potts out to fulfill promise to grandfather by joining PBA Draft “We had to face all these problems, but we will do our best to win tomorrow’s match,” he said. “We’re very thankful to be here. We want to make history (by qualifying for the Asian Cup) because it the people of Yemen love football.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees 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 LATEST STORIES To reach Bacolod, the team traveled for almost 30 hours by bus to Muscat, Oman, where it took a two-hour flight to Doha, Qatar. The next leg of the journey was a nine-hour flight from Doha to Manila, before they jumped on another short flight to this bustling city. “We are struggling from all the traveling,” admitted Yemen’s Ethiopian coach Abraham Mebrato Gebreselassie. “Even from the capital Sana’a to Oman was a very tough journey for us because that was by bus. Its because Sana’a airport is closed that’s why we traveled such a long way.”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’Except for a few players who ply their trade in Oman, Gebreselassie’s squad doesn’t have the benefit of playing in a local league since it has been stopped two years ago because of security concerns brought by the civil war in the country.  But Gebreselassie said these challenges serve as a motivation as they clash with the Azkals in a crucial Group F clash in Asian Cup Qualifying. Having been based in Sana’a for the past eight years, handling the country’s Under-22 and Olympic teams, the Ethiopian knows the importance of qualifying for the Asian Cup as a means to unite the country. Cedelf Tupas/INQUIRERBACOLOD CITY – Yemen harbors dreams of reaching the AFC Asian Cup for the first time in 2019 in the United Arab Emirates, but playing matches in the qualifying stage should already count as a victory in itself considering the trouble its team has to go through just to represent the strife-torn Arab nation in the competition. The Yemenis arrived in this sugar-producing province last Saturday night for their clash with the Philippines on Tuesday at Panaad Stadium, after traveling for almost three days from the capital Sana’a, whose international airport has been closed since 2015 due to security reasons.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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