‘You’ve to run like a champion’ – Jamaica’s women revel in 4x400m gold-medal triumph

first_img perennial bridesmaids Buoyed by the confidence of fielding four persons in the 400 metres final a few days earlier and simply tired of losing to the Americans, Jamaica’s women’s 4x400m relay team stepped on to the Bird’s Nest’s mondo track knowing that something had to give. It had been 14 years since the quartet of Sandie Richards, Catherine Scott, Debbie-Ann Parris, and Lorraine Fenton won the 4x400m at the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton, Canada. Back then, the Jamaicans beat Germany and Russia into second and third, respectively, with Fenton, World and Olympic silver medallist, making the most of a mistake from the US anchor leg runner, Suziann Reid, who had dropped the baton after receiving it with a 10-metre lead. The United States has since won the event at four of the next six World Championships that followed. This time, however, the Jamaicans, who are perennial bridesmaids, having won four silver and two bronze medals, were more confident than ever after their four athletes – Christine Day, Shericka Jackson, Stephenie-Ann McPherson, and Novlene Williams-Mills – had earlier created history by becoming the first quartet from the same country to compete in a World Championships 400m final. Cancer survivor Williams-Mills showed that she is just as determined on the track, as she tracked American Francena McCorory like a predator stalking its prey, striking at the top of the 100m straight and pulling away to lead the Jamaicans home in a world-leading 3:19.13, with the Americans finishing second in 3:19.44 andlast_img read more

Andray Blatche, Mark Barroca return to Gilas pool for final World Cup qualifying window

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThe Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas on Tuesday announced the Philippines’ 14-man pool for the sixth and final window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers next month.Andray Blatche will be back as Gilas Pilipinas’ naturalized player with Fil-German big man Christian Standhardinger as the backup.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Aside from Blatche the latest additions to the pool are Mark Barroca, Roger Pogoy and Raymond Almazan.“We are also happy to announce that Andray Blatche has committed to help our drive to qualify for the FIBA World Cup in China,” said Panlilio, adding that Blatche is expected to arrive first week of February.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissJayson Castro, Paul Lee, Scottie Thompson, Marcio Lassiter, Gabe Norwood, Troy Rosario, Japeth Aguilar, Poy Erram, June Mar Fajardo complete the pool.Gilas Pilipinas, which went 1-3 in its last four games, plays Qatar on February 21 and Kazakhstan on February 25 both on the road and are must-win.center_img Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Kings overcome Damian Lillard’s 35 to frustrate Trail Blazers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more