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

Read more →

Who will become Arsenal captain if Laurent Koscielny leaves?

first_img boost Getty Images 7 Papastathopoulos has a wealth of experience to offer in the role Getty Images Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal defender Cohen Bramall has taken a parting shot at Gunners boss Unai Emery deals Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea LATEST JIBE Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January FAREWELL TROPHY The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star But who would take on the captain’s armband should he leave? The Daily Star believe it could be Granit Xhaka having missed out on a move to Atletico Madrid.talkSPORT.com assesses the candidates.Granit XhakaThe Gunners midfielder is now unlikely to leave the Emirates having previously been courted by Atletico Madrid.His three years with the club as a starter stand him in good stead as does his no nonsense personality, along with the fact he’s already vice-captain along with Mesut Ozil.The main problem with naming Xhaka as captain is that he’s someone who could find himself replaced next summer as the club continue to rebuild. REVEALED Monreal has been a huge success at the Emirats Laurent Koscielny in action for Arsenal 7 Alexandre LacazetteIt might come as a surprise but the French striker is now 28-years-old and is 12 games shy of a century of matches at the Emirates in his two seasons.This year he’s become a truly key player with his clinical finishing seeing him notch 19 goals in 49 appearances across all competitions, while he seems to have bought into the club’s philosophy quite extensively.His form has earned interest from Barcelona and handing Lacazette the captaincy could keep those wolves from the door and ensure they retain at least one of their superstar strikers. targets New job Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Could Leno be the long-term successor to Koscielny> 7 7 He is said to have been offered a three-year deal by Bordeaux, with other Ligue 1 clubs also taking an interest in the former Lorient ace.Nonetheless, he was expected to be part of the squad flying to the USA on Thursday – but Arsenal confirmed on Thursday Koscielny will stay behind.“Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour,” a short statement on the club’s official website read.“We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions.“We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time.” 7 Bernd LenoThe German shot-stopper is a superb diplomat and won the adoration of Arsenal fans last summer with his comments upon joining the club.Leno worked his way past Petr Cech early last year and has now established himself as the No.1 at the Emirates.He’s set to be their goalkeeper in the long-term and handing him the captaincy offers him excellent chance for growth as a leader and should keep the Gunners in safe hands. Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Getty Images Sokratis PapastathopoulosThe Greek centre-back, 31, has got a wealth of experience having spent five seasons with Borussia Dortmund prior to last summer’s Emirates switch.He’s a leader in the backline and has dealt with numerous superstar team-mates in his time, which will help with the Gunners, especially as youngsters like Matteo Guendouzi rise to prominence.Papastathopoulos has been handed the armband before, becoming AEK Athens’ youngster ever captain, aged 19, in 2008. Nacho MonrealSet for one last season at the top with the Gunners, Monreal has been a real rock for the club since he joined from Malaga in 2013.He’s definitely got the credentials as a leader in the squad and the fact he’s an exemplary professional help his case too.Like Xhaka, though, Monreal isn’t likely to remain with the club for much longer and it might not make too much sense in the long term, or just look like a sentimental appointment given his lengthy service. Arsenal could be on the hunt for a new captain after Laurent Koscielny refused to travel with the Gunners on their pre-season tour of the United States.The club are set to open disciplinary proceedings with their skipper after announcing their disappointment with his actions. Getty Images Getty LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES 7 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:44Loaded: 22.38%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Xhaka is a Swiss international Hector BellerinSome supporters might not be massive fans of what the Spaniard gets up to in his time off but the the player’s commitment to Arsenal is undeniable.He joined the club as a teenager but considers himself a real Gunner and it’s always been said he conducts himself superbly in training.Branded ‘independent and driven’ the 24-year-old has still got his best years ahead of him and could ply them at the Emirates as captain. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Getty Lacazette could be a wildcard captain 7 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update latest Bellerin saw last season ended early by a knee injurylast_img read more

Read more →