Thompson on top in Rabat – Richards sets national shot put record

first_imgRabat, Morocco: ON a night when there were mixed results for Jamaican athletes here on the 10th leg of the IAAF Diamond League, the very dependable Elaine Thompson shone the brightest as she stretched her 100m wins to 14 in a row, capturing another Diamond League event in a new meet record of 10.87 seconds to erase her one year-old-mark of 11.02. Thompson was the only Jamaican to win on the night where there were second-place finishes for Janieve Russell, Kimberly Williams and O’Dayne Richards. Thompson warmed up for the World Championships in fine style, getting a good start and, despite a persistent challenge from the improved Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast, had too much top-end speed in the end to turn back her main rival, who finished second in a season-best 10.90 seconds. Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye finished third in 11.02 seconds. Jura Levy, 11.18, and Christania Williams, the other Jamaicans in the race, finished down the track in seventh and ninth, respectively. Thompson was happy with another victory on the circuit. “I am very pleased with the win and the time, as I came out to execute as usual, and getting a meet record, it is a wonderful feeling. This win puts me in good stead for the World Championships and I am now in a position where I want to be,” said Thompson, who stated that she was looking forward to her second World Championships. Jamaica’s best female 400m hurdler this season, Russell, who failed to make the World Championships team after finishing fourth at the National Championships, was the country’s next best athlete on the track, after finishing second in the women’s 400m hurdles. Russell ran on strongly in the closing stages of the event to finish second in 54.36 seconds, just behind the Czech Republic’s Zuzana Hejnova, who won in a season best 54.22 seconds with third going to Eilidh Doyle of Great Britain in 54.92 seconds. It was disappointment for national champion Rhonda Whyte on her first time competing in Europe. The 26-year-old was never in the hunt as she finished eighth in 56.00 seconds and 11th overall. Ristananna Tracey, who won the B race in 55.18 seconds, and her sister, Nikita, who was third in 55.50 seconds, ended fourth and eighth overall respectively. Recovering from an early-season injury, triple jumper Kimberly Williams got her season back on track after producing a season best of 14.31m to finish second in the women’s triple jump, behind winner Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia with 14.51m. Both Novlene Williams-Mills and Shericka Jackson finished out of the top three in the women’s 400m. Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo was too good for the field, clocking her third sub-50 seconds this season. Running out of lane six, she covered her two rivals going very fast over the first 200m, then maintained her form well to win easily in a new meet record of 49.80 seconds. The American pair of Natasha Hastings, 50.86, and Quanera Hayes, 51.08 seconds, finished second and third. Williams-Mills was fourth in 51.18 seconds, while Jackson was fifth in 51.20 seconds. Richards was the best performer among the Jamaican males. He finished second in the men’s shot put to set a national record with 21.96m, as the United States’ Ryan Crouser won with a new meet record of 22.47m. Crouser’s teammate Ryan Whiting came in third with 21.26m. Richards was very happy with his performance. “This is a very good result for me, as I didn’t expect this result today (yesterday), but this is a good sign going to the World Championships and I am hoping to go over the 22m barrier in London,” said Richards. It was disappointment for the other males for Jamaica at the meet as both Rasheed Dwyer and Warren Weir struggled in the men’s 200m, finishing sixth and seventh, respectively, in 20.43 and 20.48 seconds. Canadian AndrÈ DeGrasse won the event in 20.03 seconds, ahead of Ameer Webb of the United States, second in 20.18 seconds, and Zharnell Hughes of Great Britain, third in a season-best 20.22 seconds, running out of lane one. Making his Diamond League debut, long jumper Tajay Gayle, out of the University of Technology, finished ninth with 7.41m. WONDERFUL FEELINGlast_img read more

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Serena Williams powers past Giorgi for first win of 2020

first_imgNo need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In Williams’ first match since losing the US Open final in September, she took time to settle and was forced to save an early break point with the first six games all going with serve.But at 3-3 in the first set, Williams found her range and from there on the result was never in doubt.Auckland is an important tournament for the veteran as she prepares for the Australian Open later in the month with her eyes firmly on a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.While Williams is the undisputed face of American tennis, she has been joined in Auckland by the new wave of US tennis stars, headed by the tournament third seed Amanda Anisimova who did not disappoint.The 18-year-old, who captured world attention reaching the semi-finals of the French Open last year where she lost in three sets to eventual champion Asleigh Barty, needed 78 minutes to dispose of Kateryna Kozlova of the Ukraine 6-3, 6-4.ADVERTISEMENT View comments ‘People evacuated on their own’ Serena Williams of the US hits a return against Camila Giorgi of Italy during their women’s singles first round match during the Auckland Classic tennis tournament in Auckland on January 7, 2020. (Photo by MICHAEL BRADLEY / AFP)Serena Williams found her power game after a sluggish start as she overcame qualifier Camila Giorgi to open her 2020 season with a straight-sets victory at the Auckland WTA Classic on Tuesday.With an eye on the Australian Open later in the month, the 38-year-old worked her way into a blistering performance that proved too much for the 1.7 metres (5ft 6in) Italian.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas ‘M-V-P!’: Ish Smith helps Wizards top no-Kemba Celtics More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption MOST READcenter_img ‘People evacuated on their own’ SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Unlike Williams, Anisimova said she felt quite at home in the Auckland wind.“I’ve been training in Miami and it’s really the same,” she said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high “I feel really good, it was fun to be out there,” Williams said after sealing her 6-3, 6-2 victory with her eighth ace against the 99th-ranked Giorgi.“It’s really good that I still have some power left in my arms and my legs.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Williams, originally drawn to play two-time Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova before the Russian pulled out due to a virus, said her preparation had been helped by playing doubles with Caroline Wozniacki the previous evening which allowed her to adapt to the blustery Auckland weather.“I knew it was going to be really tough but I think the doubles really helped. I got to come out here and play a little bit in these conditions and get used to them.” LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Scoil Mhuire Buncrana students are coding champions!

first_imgScoil Mhuire won the 11-14 year old section in the LYIT U Code Competition on Friday!170 students from 16 schools across Donegal and Derry took part. The teams of 3 were challenged to design a game to teach a 5-6 year old about animal welfare.The Scoil Mhuire boys had 90 minutes to design and develop the game using Scratch software. The 3 first year boys, Rory Coleman, Matthew Clifford and Jack Davison designed the game about a dog who had to be named, fed, exercised and finally taught to sit down.Michael Murphy presented the prizes of Raspberry Pi3 and a LK voucher of €75 euro eachThe successful students, under the guidance of Technology teacher, Mr Darragh Geaney, will now showcase their creation at the Digital Donegal Week in April 2017.Principal Rosaleen Grant is very proud of the boys and especially since this is our first time to enter the competition and these young men have a very bright future in STEM. Scoil Mhuire Buncrana students are coding champions! was last modified: March 11th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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) Tags:codingLYITScoil Mhuire BuncranaSTEMTechnologylast_img read more

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Aldi invests £25m to expand its Bathgate distribution centre

first_imgAldi invests £25m to expand its Bathgate distribution centrePosted By: News Deskon: March 23, 2018In: Business, Distribution, Industries, RetailPrintEmailGerman supermarket chain Aldi has been granted planning permission by West Lothian Council for a £25 million expansion of its distribution centre in Bathgate, Scotland.Aldi’s growing presence in Scotland has made the expansion necessary, as the chain now has 78 stores across the country.The investment will pay for a new 196,000 square foot food and chill facility on the site, and the company says that construction will start this year, estimating that the facility should be completed by 2020.Up to 200 new jobs will be created at the facility once the expansion has been completed.Richard Holloway, regional managing director for Scotland, said: “We’re investing heavily in Scotland to enable the business to achieve continued growth.“With particular focus on opening new stores and increasing the number of local producers we work with, we’re confident of expanding our customer base north of the border.“These new facilities in Bathgate represent a steadfast commitment to Scotland and will enable Aldito deliver significant economic benefit for the local area through investment and increased employment.”Share with your network: Tags: AldidistributioninvestmentssupermarketsUKlast_img read more

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