Caribbean Badminton Team Championships 2016

first_imgGuyana secure wins over Barbados, ArubaGUYANA’S Badminton team at the Caribbean Badminton Team Championships 2016 over the weekend successfully disposed of Barbados and Aruba and will now move on to the knockout phase.On Sunday, Guyana defeated Barbados 3-2 with Jonathan Mangra beating Shae Martin: 21-13, 15-21, 21-19, while in the Girls’ singlesAmbika Ramraj lost to Amanda Haywood 6-21, 9-21.In the Boys doubles, Narayan Ramdhani & Jonathan Mangra defeated Jehu Gaskin & Keshem Moore 21-15, 21-10. In the Girls doubles Priyanna Ramdhani & Ambika Ramraj whipped Cheyanna Burnett-Griffith: 21-14, 21-6.In the Mixed doubles Narayan Ramdhani & Priyanna Ramdhani lost to Shae Martin & Amanda Haywood 16-21, 16-21.Meanwhile yesterday, Guyana blanked Aruba 5-0. In the Boys singles, Narayan Ramdhani crushed Efraim Van Der Linden: 21-7, 21-4, while Priyanna Ramdhani trounced Thyrza Van Der Linden: 21-10, 21-10 on the distaff end.In Boys Doubles action, Narayan Ramdhani & Jonathan Mangra: thrashed Tim Hankark & Efraim van Der Linden: 21-3, 21-5 while Priyanna Ramdhani & Ambika Ramraj bettered Leyenne Schairer & Thyrza Van Der Linden: 21-8, 21-15 in the Girls’ division. Jonathan Mangra & Ambika Ramraj also teamed up in the Mixed doubles to demolish Jai Lalwani & Leyenne Schairer: 21-4, 21-6The Guyana Badminton Team are currently playing in the Caribbean Badminton Team Championships which started on Monday August 22 2016 at the Centro Deportivo Sports Hall.They faced Suriname late last evening.last_img read more

Cricket News Making a name in cricket is tougher now: Virender Sehwag

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: More and more players are emerging from the smaller towns now unlike in the 1980s and 90s and making it big in cricket has become tougher, says former India opener Virender Sehwag. “A lot of kids today are playing and taking cricket as a professional career choice. Making a name isn’t easy in this environment, it is not just about being good, but one also needs to be talented and have the ability to convert their talent to performance,? Sehwag said.”If a youngster who has made it to the big league can continuously convert his talent to performances only then they can have a secure future and hope to play 10-12 years and earn a lot of money,” the swashbuckling batsman added. TV channel Discovery will unravel the trials and tribulations of aspiring cricketers in a new show called ‘All Access: The Contenders’.The upcoming cricketers whose journey has been covered as a part of the show include Shivam Dube (all-rounder from Mumbai), Kamlesh Nagarkoti (fast bowler from Rajasthan), Ishan Porel (medium pacer from West Bengal), Harvik Desai (wicketkeeper-batsman from Gujarat), and cousins Anmolpreet Singh (batsman) and Prabhsimran Singh (wicketkeeper-batsman) from Punjab.”If you look at 80’s and 90’s, there were lots of players from metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai etc.However, this seems to be changing. Now, smaller town representation in Indian team has increased,” Sehwag said. The show will give young aspirants a glimpse of what coaches, franchisees and team management look at while identifying their picks. It also brings to the forefront how difficult it is to stay relevant in the ever-changing dynamics of the shorter format of the game. last_img read more

ICC World Cup Here’s how Amitabh Bachchan, Paresh Rawal mocked ICC’s super over rules

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The 2019 World Cup culminated into a climax that could have never been predicted or even thought about. The England vs New Zealand encounter at Lords offered numerous nail-biting moments punctuated with ups and downs. At last, by the virtue of ICC’s boundary count rule, host-England had all luck going in their favour as they clinched their first World Cup title. The result of final amazed a lot many cricket supporters worldwide. With this, celebrities took to Twitter to express their discontent and raised questions over this ‘weird’ ICC regulation while former cricketers ridiculed this rule calling it ‘unfair’.Moreover, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan came up with a hilarious analogy to describe what unfolded in the match.Writer Chetan Bhagat also mocked the ICC Boundary rule, as he tweeted-Actor Paresh Rawal slammed ICC for focussing on changing MSD’s gloves rather than doing something about the rules which go against the spirit of the game.Earlier, New Zealand skipper said, “No one lost the final. At the end of the day nothing separated us, no one lost the final, but there was a crowned winner and there it is.”The 4192nd ODI witnessed was one of the greatest clashes in the history of the One Day International Game. In 11 World Cup editions, the closest victory margin was seven runs by Australia against England in 1987 at Kolkata. Now, England, with the pain of three World Cup final losses and New Zealand, the 2015 final losers, clashed against each other. last_img read more

Other Sports Nikhat, Deepak among five Indian boxers to make Thailand International finals

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Former junior world champion Nikhat Zareen (51kg) was the lone woman boxer to make the finals, while Asian silver-winner Deepak Singh (49kg) led a four-strong Indian men’s charge into the summit clashes of the Thailand International Tournament in Bangkok on Friday. Ashish Kumar (75kg), Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist Mohammed Husammuddin (56kg) and Brijesh Yadav (81kg) were the other three men to make the gold medal bouts. However, former Asian youth silver-medallist Ashish (69kg) lost his semifinal bout to sign off with a bronze medal. Ashish lost to Thailand’s Wuttichai Masuk in a split decision after an exhausting clash.Among the women, Manju Rani (48kg) and Bhagyabati Kachari (81kg) ended with third-place finishes. Manju went down to Chuthamat Raksat of Thailand, while Bhagyabati lost to China’s Li Qian. Earlier, Deepak hardly broke a sweat against Bhutan’s Tashi Wangdi. The Indian’s dominance was such that Wangdi faced two standing eight counts and was left with a gash above his right eye. The judges eventually ruled unanimously in the Indian’s favour. Nikhat was up against Thailand’s Jutamas Jitpong.ALSO READ: EXCLUSIVE: I wanted to prove my father’s statement wrong, says boxer Nikhat ZareenThe Hyderabadi impressed with the ferocity of her punches as she edged past the local favourite 4-1 and let out a scream to express her elation when her hand was raised by the referee. “I dedicate my today’s Semi-Final victory at the Thailand Open to our brave soldiers of Kargil war who sacrificed their lives for our country,” Nikhat said after the bout.Also advancing was Husammuddin (56kg). In a messy slugfest with Thailand’s Ammarit Yaodam, the Indian came out as the more aggressive and clean puncher to emerge triumphant in a 3-2 decision. In the 75kg category, Ashish defeated Uzbekistan’s Fanat Kakhramnov to make the finals. Brijesh was up against local favourite in Saranon Klompian in the last bout of the day and produced a ferocious performance.A left hook just a minute into the second round sent his opponent crashing and the Thai could not regain his composure after that.Klompian faced three eight counts before the referee stopped the bout in Brijesh’s favour.  last_img read more

Cricket News It will be foolish to remove Virat Kohli from captaincy: Shoaib Akhtar

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar feels that it will be foolish to remove Virat Kohli from captaincy at this juncture, especially after Indian cricket establishment has invested on him massively. “I think Virat Kohli shouldn’t be removed as the captain because a lot has been invested on him. He has been the captain for the last 3-4 years. What he needs is a better coach, better selection committee and he can be made better,” Akhtar was quoted as saying on his YouTube channel.After India’s disappointing exit in the semi-final of the World Cup, there were suggestions that split captaincy is the need of the hour, wherein Kohli should continue to lead in Test cricket and Rohit Sharma be appointed as the leader in limited-overs formats.But Akhtar begs to differ.“I have no doubts that Rohit is a good captain and he has done a good job in IPL but I think an investment has been made and that investment can be made better with a slight tweak. Virat Kohli is a sensible choice to carry on. I think it will be foolish to remove Kohli from captaincy,” the former speedster said. “There is a talk going on in India that the team is divided into into groups because of the reported rift between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. I guess Rohit wants to become the captain and Virat is coming in his way but I don’t think these rumours are true.” last_img read more

Cricket News IND vs RSA, Highlights, 1st Test Day 1: Play Called Off Due To Rain After Rohit Sharma Ton

first_imgNew Delhi: Before the start of the Vizag Test, all eyes were on Rohit Sharma and his new slot which would be opening the Test batting for India. However, Rohit answered the call brilliantly as he negotiated the likes of Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and the spinners brilliantly by notvhing up his 11th fifty and his first as an opener. Mayank Agarwal also gave him good support and the dup have stitched a partnership which is near 100. South Africa’s bowlers had their moments but they have been delfated by this partnership.15:41 hrs IST: Play has been called off due to rain. India are 202/0 and play will start 30 minutes earlier in order to make up for the lost time.15:02 hrs IST: The whole outfield is covered now. It is raining steadily. The blue is in the outfield with huge blue sheets covering the outfield. It does not look good.14:49 hrs IST: It is raining heavily in Vizag. For the game to have any chance of beginning today, it must stop raining ideally by 3:45 or 4:00 PM. The ground’s drainage is good but one feels that a restart chances are pretty slim.14:16 hrs IST: Live visuals from the ground show that the covers are coming out and majority of the outfield is covered. The rain is coming and we might have a delayed start to the final session.14:08 hrs IST: The players are walking off. It has gotten overcast and there is rain in the horizon. However, the session has all been about Rohit Sharma and his brilliance. India are 202/0 and one hopes that the teams come out after the tea break.14:01 hrs IST: Rohit smashes two boundaries off Philander while Agarwal steers Maharaj to the third man fence. The 200-run opening partnership is up between these two and South Africa continue to struggle in Vizag. India are 202/0.13:56 hrs IST: Rohit sweeps Maharaj for a big six, his fifth in the innings and South Africa are bleeding runs in the second session. India are 190/0 and going strongly.13:45 hrs IST: CENTURY! Brilliant, brilliant from Rohit Sharma. Finally, he has arrived on the Test scene. He was touted as the next Virender Sehwag and he certainly has shown plenty of swag. What an effort! India 179/0 and Rohit hits his fourth century and first as opener.13:39 hrs IST: Rohit steers a flatter delivery from Keshav Maharaj to come closer to his century. Rohit on 97 and India are 174/0.13:29 hrs IST: Rohit is on an absolute roll. He blasts two consecutive sixes off Dane Piedt to move into the 90s. This will be a magnificent knock if Rohit does it. India 163/0.13:18 hrs IST: South Africa are simply having no answers as they work hard to break this partnership. Agarwal and Rohit have dug in and only a loose shot can end their innings. India are 141/0.13:05 hrs IST: Rohit continues to find the boundries at will. India are scoring at over three runs an over. Can he get a 100 and make the opener’s slot his own? India are 136/0.12:42 hrs IST: Rohit continues to bat freely and he steers Kagiso Rabada to the third man region. South Africa are trying hard for the breakthrough but it is not happening. India are 117/0.12:38 hrs IST: SIX! Brilliant stuff from Mayank Agarwal as he notches up his fourth fifty with an inside out six off Keshav Maharaj. This is brilliant stuff from both the openers and India are 111/0.12:33 hrs IST: The opening partnership between Rohit and Agarwal has gone past 100 and it is notched up in style with Agarwal flicking a full ball from Vernon Philander to the widish long on region. India are 103/0 and South Africa’s pain continue.12:18 hrs IST: Rohit begins the session in style by creaming Keshav Maharaj to the cover boundary and India are 99/0.11:37 hrs IST: That is lunch on day 1 and India are firmly on top. Rohit’s 11th fifty and his first as an opener has given India plenty to smile while Mayank Agarwal is in good touch.11:30 hrs IST: Brilliant from Rohit Sharma as he notches up his 11th fifty! However, he almost perishes in the process. Senuran Muthusamy bowls a flatter delivery on leg stump, Rohit attempts the sweep but gets a top edge that eludes fine leg and goes to the boundary. India are 91/0.11:11 hrs IST: Rohit nears a fifty by blasting a six off Dane Piedt. His second in the innings and India are 79/0.11:06 hrs IST: Mayank Agarwal is now looking to dominate and he thumps Dane Piedt down the ground for a big six. India are making superb progress and are 68/0.10:56 hrs IST: The fifty-run partnership is up between Rohit and Agarwal and the stand is brought up in style as Rohit launches Keshav Maharaj over long on for the first six of the game and the series. India are 53/0.10:45 hrs IST: Agarwal is looking in solid touch as he lunges forward and drives Keshav Maharaj to the deep backward point fence. That had shades of Rahul Dravid in it. India are 44/0.10:33 hrs IST: Agarwal pierces the gap by driving a full ball from Vernon Philander. Both he and Rohit are rotating the strike as India reach 37/0. The first hour had belonged to India.10:26 hrs IST: Maharaj floats a flighted delivery on the stumps but Agarwal gets to the pitch of the ball and drills it past mid on for a boundary. India are surviving the first hour well and are 30/0.10:23 hrs IST: Rabada is trying short. He is trying full but Rohit is upto the task. He unfurls the pull and uses the straight drive but the timing is not proper. India are 26/0.10:19 hrs IST: Rabada is touching 150 kmph while Maharaj is bowling with discipline. India are not getting easy runs and they remain on 22/0.10:10 hrs IST: Keshav Maharaj, the left-arm spinner, is into the attack and he is getting some zip and drift off this wicket. Agarwal and Rohit hang in as India reach 22/0. 09:58 hrs IST: After two back-to-back maiden overs, Rabada and Philander are settling into a nice rhythm. Agarwal gets a full ball to deep point for a couple but he survives couple of balls later by getting a leading edge that goes past gully and slip. India are 15/0.09:45 hrs IST: Superb over from Vernon Philander. Some late outswing and stump-to-stump bowling. Agarwal gets an inside edge to square leg as the ball scoots through off the surface. However, Rohit gets beaten twice on the outswing as India reach 9/0. 09:40 hrs IST: The first hour of this pulsating battle is won by Rohit Sharma. Rabada is getting swing but it is too wide of off stump. Rohit steers one wide delivery to the third man fence and India are 8/0. This is a flat wicket.09:36 hrs IST: The pitch is dry and dead. Not much of bounce. Vernon Philander is getting some swing but Mayank Agarwal gets going by punishing a full ball to the deep backward point fence. India are 4/0. Time for Kagiso Rabada vs Rohit Sharma09:30 hrs IST: Out come Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma. This is a vital period for both individuals, more so for Rohit after he was dismissed second ball in the warm-up game against South Africa at Vizianagaram.09:19 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs of both the sides. There is a debutant in the South Africa side and he is a spinner by the name of Senuran Muthusamy South Africa (Playing XI): Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Theunis de Bruyn, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Vernon Philander, Senuran Muthusamy, Keshav Maharaj, Dane Piedt, Kagiso RabadaIndia (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami09:03 hrs IST: Virat Kohli has won the toss and he will bat. The India cricket team captain has said it is a no-brainer. Faf du Plessis also said that it is a dry wicket and that their record with tosses in the sub-continent is not too great.08:59 hrs IST: The wicket is dry and there are some cracks. They are expected to widen and the spinners will get plenty of assistance. The team that wins the toss should bat first and they should eye a score in the range of 400 to 450. There will be some reverse swing on offer for the pacers.08:55 hrs IST: For South Africa, there have been plenty of changes in the side. There is no Hashim Amla. No Dale Steyn. The two people who made a big impact in 2010 in South Africa’s last Test win in India are no longer playing Tests. Faf du Plessis has returned to the side but he will have a big task in managing South Africa’s new line-up. 08:45 hrs IST: Call it providence or a twist of fate. In 2010, Rohit Sharma was all set to debut in the Test match against South Africa in Nagpur but he suffered a knee injury just before the toss and was ruled out. That set back his career by a few years. In 2019, against the same opponents, Rohit is all set to literally open a new chapter in his Test career. Will be pass the Test or will he continue being an enigma in Test cricket?08:39 hrs IST: After a gap of one year, Tests return to India and the first match will take place in Vizag. This is the first match for South Africa in the new World Test Championship and they will be keen to shun the nightmares of their 2015 visit when they were hammered 3-0 in the four-Test series. Conditions in Vizag are overcast and whether this will tempt the teams to bowl first will be worth seeing. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The Latest: Curtis Cup, 2 other British amateurs postponed

first_imgThe Latest: Curtis Cup, 2 other British amateurs postponed International players’ union FIFPro says players in Belarus have reached out with concerns about playing during the coronavirus pandemic.___English soccer authorities say there are “no quick answers” to the question of when play can resume following the coronavirus outbreak.The Premier League, English Football League and Football Association say in a joint statement there will be play “only when it is safe to do so.”They say clubs and supporters have a role to play in the meantime “in supporting the government’s guidance and ensuring community strength and solidarity.” Soccer fans from two clubs in Belarus say they will stop going to games because of the coronavirus.A leading fan group at Neman Grodno says its members will stop attending games and they have urged supporters for other teams to do the same.The fans have called on the national soccer federation to “draw on some courage and stop the Belarusian championship, as the rest of the world has done.”Fans of Shakhter Soligorsk have also said they will stop going to games “until the epidemiological situation allows us to return to the stands.” But they stopped short of calling for the season to be suspended.Belarus is the only nation in Europe still hosting professional soccer games with fans in the stadium. April 1, 2020 The Curtis Cup was to be played June 12-14 at Conwy Golf Club in Wales. The R&A and USGA say the matches for female amateurs from the U.S. against a team from Britain and Ireland will move to 2021. The dates were not decided.The R&A says the British Amateur and the British Women’s Amateur will move from June to August, but that depends on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.K.The British Amateur had been scheduled for June 15-20 at Royal Birkdale. The British Women’s Amateur was to be played June 23-27 at Kilmarnock on the west coast of Scotland.The Curtis Cup captains, Sarah Ingram of the U.S. and Elaine Ratcliffe for GB&I, will remain for the 2021 matches. The teams had not been decided. Players were to have been selected later this month.___ The public will have limited access to view the flame, and organizers hope to limit the crowd size because of restrictions in place for the coronavirus.The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 20 and the torch relay was to have started last week from Fukushima. The flame has remained in the prefecture with Wednesday’s event merely ceremonial.The Fukushima prefecture is the region of Japan that was devastated in 2011 by an earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors.Olympic officials have postponed the Tokyo Games until next year with the opening now set for July 23, 2021.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The R&A is postponing three amateur golf championships scheduled for June, including the Curtis Cup. The most recent update from soccer authorities said there will be no play until April 30 at the earliest.___A hockey team and a soccer club in Russia face being removed from their leagues after government financial support was diverted to fight the coronavirus.The sports ministry in the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai says it sees no point in funding player contracts for another season if it’s not clear when competitions will resume. It wants the Admiral Vladivostok hockey club to drop out of the Kontinental Hockey League and the Luch Vladivostok soccer team to drop down two divisions into the amateur leagues.The ministry says regional funding earmarked for professional sports will instead go into an anti-coronavirus fund. Associated Press Many Russian sports team rely heavily on regional governments and state-owned companies for much of their funding. Primorsky Krai is the first region to impose such drastic cuts.All major sporting events in Russia are currently suspended.___The Olympic flame will be on display until the end of April in Japan’s northeastern prefecture of Fukushima.Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official “handover ceremony”on Wednesday at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Pele FC Alumni to donate laptops to National Library today

first_imgTHE Pele Football Club’s Alumni as part of the club’s 46th anniversary celebration, will today present eight laptop computers to the National Library for use by students countrywide.The Pele FC was founded by former national player and coach Lennox `Mullen’ Arthur, afterPhoto Name: FrankArthur, a former midfield player left Santos FC and decided to form Pele, using the name (Pele) after Brazilian great `King’ Pele. This move attracted a number of youth players drawn mainly from schools throughout Georgetown.Among the notable players who joined were Clive `Oiler’ Watson, son of the club’s first president, the late Frank Watson, who was an aircraft pilot. Sadly, Frank died in an aircraft crash in 1973, co-piloting a Cessna aircraft.Others players that the club attracted were: Terrence Archer who served as the club’s captain from 1985 to 1992. Archer also captained the Guyana national team for a number of years and was an outstanding defence player.Other outstanding players who represented the club and went on to represent Guyana at the international level were Wendell Manifold, who captained the team with distinction for a number of years; Patrick `Labba’ Barton, Ashton Taylor, Gordon `Ultimate Warrior’ Braithwaite and Terrence Haynes among others.Two years after the club was founded in the Albouystown YMCA building, Pele FC became a dominant force on the local scene and subsequently won local tournaments at all levels of the sport.In the early 1970s six of the club’s players received scholarships to Clemson University in the United States.A few years later, those players who received scholarships to Clemson and a few others, who migrated, formed the Pele Alumni in the US, which is currently chaired by Dennis Carrington. Every five years, they return to Guyana and contribute not only to the development of Pele FC’s members, but other clubs and youth organisations with an aim of keeping youths involved in sports while encouraging Guyana’s youths to secure a sound education.Current president of the club, Robbie Rambarran, Carrington and Alumni secretary Patrick `Labba’ Barton will be among other Alumni members handing over the computers to the National Library.last_img

Murray‘s century pilots Devonshire Castle to victory in T20 tournament

first_imgA COMMANDING unbeaten even hundred from Vishnu Murray highlighted the latest round of the Motielall, Jailall and Praboo Memorial T20 cricket tournament which wa played in North Essequibo last Sunday.At the Walton Hall ground, Devonshire Castle continued their winning streak with a convincing 55-run finish over Young Achievers.Batting first after winning the toss, Devonshire Castle amassed 245-2 from their allotted 20 overs, as Vishnu Murray’s brilliant 100 from 43 balls, which included 12 fours and 4 sixes, Navin Hurrel 79 (7×4, 3×6) along with Anthony Persaud’s 30 (3×6) contributed to the home team’s challenging total.In reply, solid half-centuries from Shamesh Bridgemohan 70 (5×4, 4×6) and Tamesh Dhanpaul 54 (6×4, 3×6) kept the youngsters in the hunt for most of their innings.Their dismissals, however, saw them collapse and end on 189-9 in 20 overs.Controlled medium pace from captain Dinesh Chattergoon with 3-40 from 4 overs ensured that his team kept the ascendancy and a place in the last eight.In the other game at the same venue, Gunners failed to fire against Walton Hall and lost by 5 wickets. Batting first, Gunners managed only 108 all-out in 15 overs, to which Walton Hall replied with 110-5 in 13 overs.Meanwhile, at the Imam Bacchus ground in Affiance, Sparwin gained a walkover from Lima United while Imam Bacchus Sports Club easily disposed of Charity by 92 runs.Imam Bacchus reached 236-4 in 20 overs batting first, with former National Under-19 opener Yogeshwar Lall stroking 67 (8×4) and Navindra Persaud contributing 45 (5×4). Charity SC then reached 140 for 5 in their 20 overs with Ryan Tang hitting 35 (4×4).The preliminary matches have been completed, paving the way for the quarter-finals involving the eight top teams based on the point standings.The annual tournament is sponsored by businessman Daramdeo Lall and played in memory of his three uncles who were former cricketers from the village of Walton Hall. (Elroy Sephney)last_img read more

Thompson leads Caribbean Rio champions in Shanghai showdown

first_imgSHANGHAI, China (CMC) – Reigning Olympic sprint queen Elaine Thompson will chase her second win of the new Diamond League series here when she lines up in a solid field in the women’s 100 metres here tomorrow.The Jamaican opened her season with a comfortable victory in Doha last week and will now headline the Grand Prix here in her first 100 metres.Thompson will lock horns with Olympic 200m silver medallist, American Tori Bowie, in a race which also sees former World champion Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica and Trinidadian Michelle-Lee Ahye in action.The 24-year-old Thompson, who dominated the 100 and 200m at last year’s Rio Olympics, clocked 22.19 seconds last week in Doha and is favourite to take the line first here.Jamaican Omar McLeod, the reigning men’s Olympic sprint hurdles champion, will be the star attraction in that event, in his first appearance of the season.He will take on countryman Hansle Parchment who missed out on the Rio Olympics due to injury but is now back to full fitness.Former World champion David Oliver and fellow American Aries Merritt will also both feature.Another Caribbean Rio gold medallist, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, will also be in action in the women’s 400 metres, when she takes on the likes of Jamaica’s Stephenie Ann McPherson in what is also her season debut.The 23-year-old Bahamian is the defending champion in Shanghai after narrowly beating McPherson last year. She went on to produce a dramatic finish to win Olympic gold, diving across the line to edge out American world champion Allyson Felix in 49.44.Jamaicans Novlene Williams-Mills and Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby are also in the line-up.last_img read more