Big expectations for Gaye at JN Racers GP

first_imgIT has been a very good season so far for Demish Gaye of the GC Foster College, who has been in great form over the 400m. He was the first Jamaican to go under 45 seconds this season, when he clocked a personal best of 44.85 seconds in early May at a JAAA All Comers Meet inside the National Stadium. Since then, however, he has been bettered by two other Jamaicans in Nathan Allen, with 44.52 seconds, and Akeem Bloomfield, who clocked 44.74. Gaye showed, a few weeks ago, that he is now ready for top competition, as he looked quite relaxed in winning the one lap event at the Jamaica International Invitational Meet in 45.08 seconds where he defeated a decent field. Come this Saturday at the JN Racers Grand Prix, he will face his sternest test when he meets the likes of the Trinidad and Tobago duo of Lalonde Gordon and Machel Cedenio, along with the United States’ Vernon Norwood and Mike Berry and Jamaica’s own Fitzroy Dunkley and national 400m record holder Rusheen McDonald. Based on his progress so far this season, the very talented Gaye looks set to pass this test with flying colours. His coach at the GC Foster College, Maurice Wilson, who is the Technical Director of the country’s Senior Track and field programme, thinks he will do something special on Saturday. “Demish has improved tremendously in relation to his speed. He has so far run 20.48 seconds in 200m, almost 0.4 better than his previous personal best. This season he has run four major 400s and has shown improvement in various different parts of the race. The expectation based on his training is for him to do very well at the Racers Grand Prix Meet, then take that form in to the National Trials where the expectation is that he will take one of the individual spots to the World Championships,” said a very upbeat Wilson. Although he has not yet hit his best form yet this season, Cedenio, who was fourth in Rio last year with a best of 44.01 seconds, could hit top form on Saturday despite a season best of 45,65 seconds. Norwood shows at the Eugene Diamond League that he is getting near to his best after finishing third in 45.05 seconds and with a season best of 44.82 seconds, done in Baton Rouge earlier in the season, he could go all the way. Dunkley, however, showed good form at the Penn Relays when he anchored Jamaica to a rare win over the USA in the mile relay.last_img read more

Marta in tears as Sweden inflict penalty pain on Brazil

first_img0Shares0000Marta in tears as Sweden inflict penalty pain on Brazil.PHOTO/AFPRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Aug 17 – Sweden ended a disconsolate Marta’s dreams of guiding Brazil’s women to a first Olympic football gold medal Tuesday with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win to set up a final with Germany on Friday.Brazil had thrashed the Swedes 5-1 in the group stages just 10 days ago, but were held to a third consecutive 0-0 draw and, as in their quarter-final win over Australia, forced to go through the agony of penalties. Unlike against the Aussies, five-time World Player of the Year Marta did convert from the spot, but was reduced to tears as her ambition of capping a glorious career by finally winning a major international title fell short of the final.“There is no way to describe the feeling of frustration,” said Brazil coach Vadao. Sweden’s Emma Berglund consoles Brazil’s Marta after Brazil lost 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out in their Olympic semi-final football match.PHOTO/AFPMarta, who has played her club football in Sweden for the past four years, was consoled by the Swedish players, whilst a huge crowd in excess of 70,000 at the iconic Maracana stadium gave their defeated team a huge ovation.Cristiane, the Olympics’ all-time top scorer, and Andressa saw spot-kicks saved by Hedvig Lindahl after neither side could score a goal in 120 minutes.Lisa Dahlkvist converted the winning penalty to secure a place in the final and Sweden’s first women’s football Olympic medal.Germany also avenged a group stage defeat in the other semi-final as goals from tournament top scorer Melanie Behringer and Sara Daebritz confined Canada to a 2-0 defeat and another battle for the bronze they won in London four years ago against Brazil in Sao Paolo on Friday.Brazil’s women were playing for just the second time at the iconic Maracana and Vadao hopes the momentum built-up for the women’s version of the game in football-mad Brazil is not halted by the disappointment.“This is a glorious moment for women’s football. It is everybody’s dream to play here,” added Vadao.“It is full of tradition. It is a cultural thing in Brazil, it is a symbol. Maracana means Brazil and Brazil means football. It is quite a moment and I am just sorry we didn’t make it to the final.” By contrast, there was delight for Sweden coach Pia Sundhage, who now has the chance to win a third straight gold medal after leading the USA to victory in 2008 and 2012.“It is very emotional. I have been in China and London in Olympic finals, but with a team everyone expected to do well. Brazilian Andressa misses her penalty kick during the penalty shoot-out with Sweden.PHOTP/AFP“The road we have taken has been different, a wonderful trip with one or two upsets.”Sweden’s hero Lindahl described the baking sun in Salvador during the Scandinavians’ shock quarter-final win over three-time defending gold medallists the United States on penalties as “her enemy”.Lindahl suffers from vitiligo, a condition that causes patches of skin to lose their pigment, making the skin particularly sensitive in the sun.And she was under fire in the Rio heat as a flurry of early Brazilian attacks peppered the Sweden goal.Lindahl even had to endure chants of “Zika” from the home fans, which had been previously reserved for outspoken USA ‘keeper Hope Solo.Marta inspired the 5-1 thrashing of Sweden with two goals in the group stage, but despite their dominance the ball wouldn’t go in for the hosts as Marta, Beatriz and Debinha all came close.Solo had castigated Sweden as “cowards” for their defensive display in the last eight, but that seemed to only strengthen the resolve of Sundhage’s women as they barely threatened the Brazilian goal.“It is not for me to criticise the opponent, especially because their strategy worked and they had good results in both matches,” said Vadao graciously.Vadao introduced Cristiane for extra-time despite doubts over her fitness after missing the quarter-final through injury.That gamble backfired, though, as she couldn’t add to the 14 goals she has scored across four Games from the spot and, when Lindahl parried Andressa’s effort, Dahlkvist coolly slotted home to silence the Maracana.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Retired cops back on the beat

first_imgWHITTIER – In his 27-year career at the Whittier Police Department, Lt. Mike Roy has patrolled streets in a uniform, gone undercover to buy narcotics, and supervised teams of detectives. On July 20, he retired, and his co-workers said he left a void in the agency. “A guy like him, when he retires … it takes a while for someone to get the experience he had,” said Whittier Lt. Bill Webster. “Mike had tremendous investigative and patrol experience. You lose a lot when a guy like that leaves.” To help fill that void, the City Council has approved a recommendation that the Police Department rehire retired officers on a temporary basis. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“It’s to utilize the expertise and knowledge of those officers that have retired,” Mayor Cathy Warner said. “In any large business, you are constantly having a turnover, and it seems like you never get any position full … This way, we can utilize their expertise.” Whittier police Capt. Kenton Rainey said Roy and other recently retired officers now have the option of applying for Retired Peace Officer Employment. “When you have someone who spent 30 years at your agency, they not only know the agency, they know the community,” Rainey said. Roy worked as watch commander for the last seven years. He oversaw the entire agency during his shift, wrote reports to City Council, and watched over the city’s regional police beats, said Webster. He began his career at the department in 1979 as a patrol officer. In the mid-1980s, he became the first member of the department’s “Hype team.” There, he concentrated on arresting intravenous drug users because they were involved in much of the city’s property crimes, said Webster. His next promotion was to the Narcotics Bureau, where he used his experience on the “Hype team” working as an undercover narcotics detective. In 1990, he became a patrol sergeant, supervising a team of officers. Then he joined a multi- agency task force between the police department and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. There, he worked major narcotics investigations, said Webster. In 1995, he became a patrol Lieutenant, overseeing the entire agency as a watch commander and supervising a team of detectives. “A guy like Mike knows so many people in town, if something comes up, he had resources,” Webster said. “He knew who to go to and how to get things done.” Rainey said Roy and other recent retirees will bring back key expertise to the agency. “They would be doing the same thing they did before they retired,” he said. “It just depends on what the need is.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more