‘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

Margibi Authorities Begin Health Workers’ Encouragement Package Scheme

first_imgAuthorities of Margibi County have begun distributing what they termed motivational benefits to health workers at C.H. Rennie, government’s only referral hospital in Kakata City.Addressing several government and volunteer health workers, Margibi Supt. John Zubah Buway said the county administration, including the Legislative Caucus thought it prudent to allocate some money from the county development funds to give  to health workers as an encouragement package.According to Supt. Buway, not all health workers in the county would benefit from the health workers’ motivational package due to what he described as some financial disparity.“We are starting with workers at our government hospital (C.H. Rennie) and this exercise will continue until the government can start paying you people salary and other benefits,” Supt. Buway promised.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more