‘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

Thursday night house fire in Fort St. John

first_imgPhoto:  The fire in this home broke out in the kitchen area – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caFort St. John Fire Crews were called to the scene of a house fire at 8916 84a street Thursday evening. – Advertisement -Crews were called shortly after 5pm, after the fire started in the kitchen area in the rear of the house. Fire Chief Fred Burrows believes the fire broke through a window and spread to exterior of the home. [asset|aid=1387|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=dfdff86d7e2bc327ee80b2e5a06d1a48-fred – 84a street fire_1_Pub.mp3] One child was inside the home when the fire started and was taken to hospital by ambulance to be checked out for smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but the fire department hopes to discover the cause in the coming days. Early damage estimates range around $50,000.last_img read more

Couple first to backpack across American trail

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week – Associated Press A husband-and-wife team reached the Pacific Ocean after a 4,900-mile cross-country hike, becoming the first to backpack the transcontinental American Discovery Trail in one continuous trek. Marcia and Ken Powers started Feb. 27 at Cape Henlopen in Delaware. Nearly eight months later, they looked out over the Pacific Ocean at Point Reyes. “We feel great. We’re done,” Marcia Powers said after reaching the ocean late Saturday afternoon, a day ahead of schedule. “We are a little bit sad that a great adventure is over. It was a fantastic adventure.” The couple from Pleasanton, Calif., traversed cities, desert, mountains and farmland as they crossed 13 states. last_img read more