For his achievement in earning a bronze medal in the shot put at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. In taking third spot in Beijing he equalled his own National Record (21.69 metres) which he had established in winning the shot put gold at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada.
Red Stripe Premier League new boys the University of the West Indies (UWI) FC are having a wonderful first season and have a top-four spot in sight. UWI won the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Super League last season before gaining a spot to the nation’s top league by advancing from the Jamaica Football Federation’s play-offs. After 25 games, UWI have surprised many by moving away from the relegation zone and are currently in fifth position in the 12-team league with 34 points, behind Montego Bay United (51), Arnett Gardens (49), Portmore United (46), and Humble Lion (36). At the completion of the preliminary stage, the top four will battle for the title. “We are still mathematically just a point from safety, we will take it from there and continue to accumulate points and see where it takes us,” Marcel Gayle, coach of UWI told The Gleaner. “We have conceded 34 goals, but the team has been scoring goals,” Gayle pointed out. “We are going to pursue a spot in the semi-final,” he said. Looking ahead to the next fixture against Boys’ Town at UWI Bowl next Sunday, Gayle said honours were even in the first two games. “Well, the teams have shared a win apiece, so it will be crucial to come away with maximum points against Boys’ Town,” he shared. “These guys are putting in the hard work and playing for each other, and that is key,” Gayle reasoned. “We are not totally satisfied but grateful for what has happened,” he said.
Former champions Vere Technical advanced to the 2016 Headley Cup final after easing past Munro College by nine wickets last Friday.Scores in the two-day semi-final match played at Vere were Munro 95 and 140; Vere Technical 215 and 21 for one.The Robert Turner-coached Vere Technical have been unbeaten all season and they continued their fine run with another magnificent display. The destroyers on Friday were spinners Romaine Jacobs, with five for 36, and Ryan Burnett, three for 36. Javon Francis (28), David Curtis (25) and Phillip Ebanks (20) were the main contributors for the Malvern-based Munro.Vere reached 165 for six in reply on the opening day. The second day was delayed by almost two hours due to overnight rain. However, when play was resumed, Vere added a further 50 runs for their last four wickets. Romario Allen made 51 and Javere Bryan 36.GOOD INNINGSKnowing that only an outright win was their only hope of advancing, Munro started their second innings on fire as they racked up 35 runs off the first five overs. However, when Vere introduced the spin attack of AndrÈ Stubbs and Burnett, it was a different affair. Stubbs had excellent figures of seven for 61 and Burnett three for 24 as Munro slipped to 140 all out and a 20-run overall lead. Vere easily got past the required runs.Turner is hoping to turn back defending champions St Elizabeth Technical when both teams meet in the three-day final starting tomorrow at the Jamalco Sports Club.”It’s a great feeling to be in the final as the boys have played very well all season, and we did not expect to win that easily as Munro have been scoring very high all season,” Turner said.He said Vere were very confident they could dethrone St Elizabeth.”We are looking forward to meeting St Elizabeth Technical as over the years, they have beaten us either at this stage or in the quarter-finals but this time around, we are confident that we can go all the way,” Turner said last Friday.
PUNE, India (CMC): Dashing West Indies opener Dwayne Smith stroked a high-class half-century in a Man-of-the-Match performance to help leaders Gujarat Lions beat Rising Pune Supergiants by three wickets off the last ball in their Indian Premier League contest here yesterday. Set an imposing 196 for victory at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Lions scrambled the nine runs needed from the last over to pull off their sixth win in seven outings to move four points clear at the top of the standings on 12 points. Smith pioneered the run chase with a superb 63 from 37 balls to record his second half-century in three days and extend his rich vein of form. The Barbadian right-hander counted nine fours and a six and put on 93 for the first wicket with New Zealander Brendon McCullum, whose 43 came from 22 balls and included five fours and two sixes. Captain Suresh Raina chipped in with 34 from 28 balls while wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik hit 33 from 20 deliveries. Australian stroke-maker Steve Smith had earlier pummelled his maiden T20 hundred to help fire Supergiants to 195 for three off their 20 overs after they were sent in. The classy right-hander carved out 101 off 54 deliveries with eight fours and five sixes, adding 111 for the second wicket with opener Ajinkya Rahane, who made 53 off 45 balls and a further 64 for the second wicket with captain MS Dhoni, who slammed an unbeaten 30 from 18 balls. West Indies medium pacer Dwayne Bravo accounted for Smith in the final over to finish with one for 40 from his four overs.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP): New Zealand beat Zimbabwe by 38 runs with 14 balls to spare in the third one-day international yesterday and took the series 2-1 after losing the first match.Made to bat first, stand-in captain Kane Williamson anchored the New Zealand innings for nearly 30 overs in scoring 90, setting up a competitive total of 273-6.The Zimbabwe openers made a great start until Chamu Chibhabha missed Mitchell McClenaghan and lost his off stump at 97-1. In the face of some terrific fielding, Sean Williams kept Zimbabwe in the hunt with 63 runs off 62 balls until he was caught on the boundary, the eighth man down in the 46th over.Zimbabwe were all out for 235.Fast bowler McClenaghan, who took only one wicket in the first two matches, claimed a team-best 3-36.series awardsWilliamson’s 90 off 109 balls, his sixth straight fifty-plus ODI score and fourth in the 90s, helped him to the man of the match and series awards.He enjoyed fruitful half-century partnerships with opener Martin Guptill (42) and Grant Elliott (36) before he was out to a stunning catch by Craig Ervine. Ervine made a running catch on the long-on boundary, threw the ball up before going over the line, and jumped back just in time to make the second catch.An unbeaten 50 off the last 25 balls between James Neesham – in for the injured Ross Taylor – and Nathan McCullum boosted the Kiwis to 273-6.Zimbabwe, eyeing its first ODI series win over New Zealand in 14 years, began promisingly until Chibhabha lost his focus, and fellow opener Hamilton Masakadza (57) fell in the next over.The teams play a tour-ending Twenty20 tomorrow.
BRISBANE, Australia (CMC): Left-hander Darren Bravo was nearing a half-century as he led a West Indies fightback on the rain-hit opening day of their four-day tour match against a Cricket Australia XI here yesterday. Opting to bat first, West Indies finished on 154 for six, on a day at the Allan Border Field when only 60 overs were possible because of interruptions for weather. Bravo was unbeaten on 46 at the close, an innings that helped to stabilise the Caribbean side’s innings after they lay in virtual ruins at 83 for five inside the first hour after lunch. However, Bravo anchored two stands to revive the innings, adding 32 for the sixth wicket with captain Jason Holder, who scored 26, and a further 39 in an unbroken seventh wicket stand with Carlos Brathwaite, who was unbeaten on 25 at the close. Holder faced 34 balls and counted two fours and a six, while Brathwaite’s knock has required 46 deliveries and included a four and two sixes. Bravo has, so far, consumed 135 balls and included six fours and a six. He was missed on one off leg-spinner Cameron Boyce, but put his head down to be unbeaten on 11 when bad light forced lunch to be taken early at 52 for two. West Indies got a cautious start from Kraigg Brathwaite and Rajindra Chandrika, who put on 32 for the first wicket before both fell to 20-year-old seamer James Bazley within 34 balls of each other with just three runs added. Chandrika batted an hour and faced 45 deliveries for his 10 before missing a full length delivery and falling lbw, while Brathwaite hit 21 from 64 balls before driving at a wide delivery and nicking a catch to Josh Inglis at first slip. Marlon Samuels, unbeaten on six at lunch, scored a run-a-ball 19 with two fours and a six to put on 21 with Bravo, but was one of three wickets to fall for 17 runs as Jermaine Blackwood (1) and Denesh Ramdin (0) also perished cheaply. Bazley has so far taken two for 27, while fast bowler Simon Milenko has chipped in with two for 33. The game is the only tour fixture before West Indies face Australia in the opening Test in Hobart on December 10.
Outstanding Holy Trinity High School footballer Jordan Foote, who last Thursday had his leg amputated due to life-threatening bone cancer, is thankful to be alive, but his coach says he will need counselling to overcome the loss.”He needs some professional help with counselling,” his coach Devon Anderson said as the former schoolboy football star begins to cope with life as an amputee.The coach, who admits he has been a driving force and like a father to the cancer-stricken player, is hoping to receive assistance with a prosthetic leg for his charge.His leg was amputated five inches above the knee during surgery at the University Hospital of the West Indies last Thursday.get assistance”We would like a prosthetic leg for him. I have been doing some research and for someone to come from Cuba to put it (prosthetic) on it will cost about $1.4 million. We would really like to put it out there so he can get assistance,” Anderson told The Gleaner yesterday.He added that Foote is now recovering at home, and it will take four to six months before his leg heals.Organisations such as schoolboy football sponsor FLOW, the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association and the Premier League Clubs Association had assisted the player with his recent surgery and Anderson is hoping the same generosity can come to his rescue again.”He puts the best outside and puts on a brave face when he sees people, but deep down the loss is very hard to take,” Anderson stressed.Eighteen-year-old Foote made a name for himself as a Holy Trinity player last year in the FLOW Super Cup competition. They were surprise finalists and were beaten in the championship match by Jamaica College.
Physical fitness can be tested and assessed through various ways. Maximum Strength 1. The one repetition max test using free weights or multi-gym equipment. Add weight gradually to work to maximum you can lift. Allow recovery between each lift. 2. Hand grip dynamometer test is used to measure hand grip strength. The handle of the equipment is squeezed as hard as possible. The equipment will give readings of the strength of the grip. Muscular Power a. Standing Broad Jump – stand with feet comfortably apart behind a start line; bend knees, jump as far as possible. Measure the distance. b. Sergeant Jump – stand next to a wall, reach up with arm nearest to the wall, and mark the highest point you can reach with both feet planted on the ground. Chalk your fingertips and leap upwards marking the wall at the highest point. Measure the distance between marks. Muscular Endurance 1. Sit ups Test – measures muscular endurance of abdominal muscles. Lie on the floor with knees bent, hands across the chest and feet flat on the floor. Raise your trunk until your elbows are touching the knees. Then lower yourself to the floor again. Complete as many as possible within 30 seconds Men Women High Score >26 >23 Low Score <21 <17 2. Press-up Test – measures muscular endurance of chest and shoulder muscles. Complete as many as possible in 60 seconds. Speed 30m speed test. Mark the start line, then measure 30m from the start line, mark the finish line. Stand 20m behind the start line, get a partner to record your speed in seconds from the moment you cross the start line to the finish line. At go sprint as fast as you can from there to the finish. Men Women High Score <7.2 seconds <7.8 seconds Low Score>9.1 seconds >9.7 seconds Agility Illinois Agility 50m shuttle run test An area is marked for a shuttle including a start and a finish. Lying face down on the floor behind a starting line, leap to your feet and complete the designated course which involves running around a series of obstacles in the shortest time. Men Women High Score <15.9 seconds <17.8 seconds Low Score>18.8 seconds >23.4 seconds Balance Stork Stand Stand comfortably on both feet with hands on hips. Lift one leg and place the toes on the knee of the other. Raise the heel of the planted foot and stand on toes for as long as possible. High score – >49 seconds Low score – <10 seconds Coordination Alternate Hand Wall Toss Test Stand two metres from wall, toss a tennis ball from right hand to wall and catch it with your left hand. Repeat using alternate hand for 30 seconds. High score ->35 catches Low score – <20 catches Reaction Time This can be measured by computerised programmes that ask for a response as quickly as possible to a stimulus such as a sound or visual cue. Reaction time is a person’s speed of reaction to a stimulus. It depends on the efficiency of the nervous system (sensory and motor) and high percentage of fast twitch muscle fibres. Flexibility Sit and reach test for hamstring flexibility Turn a bench on its side, tape a ruler on top, sit with feet flat against the bench, legs straight and slowly reach forward as far as you can. The distance the fingertips reached on the ruler is recorded. Male Female High score 11cm and above 16cm and above Low score Less than -5cm less than 1cm Shoulder hyperextension test for the chest and shoulders Lie face down on the floor with arms stretched out in front, hold a metre rule with hands shoulder width apart. Raise your arms as high as possible, keeping your chin on the ground and stick parallel to the floor. The height is measured. Male Female High score 41cm and above 46cm and above Low score 0-10cm 0-15cm Body Composition Modern testing equipment can take skinfold measurement using calliper and reference tables. The BMI can also be used. BMI=Weight (kg)/Height squared (m2) Underweight - <20 Overweight – 25-30 Obese ->30
Having posted a “satisfying” 10.07 seconds in the 100 metres at last weekend’s UTech/MVP Classic inside the National Stadium, 2013 IAAF World Championship silver medallist, Warren Weir, says his eyes are firmly set on competing well this season and having fun.The 200m Racers Track Club star says he is in the process of bouncing back from an injury-plagued 2015.More disappointingly, Weir had to settle for a semi-final finish at the World Athletics Championships that same year.This year, however, he assured he is working patiently to put in some big performances.”I am very, very wonderful. I must say give God thanks (that) I finished another injury-free race and my recovery phase is going very good,” Weir said after running on Saturday.Buoyed by that 10.07 and while hoping to go quicker, the athlete says fast times aren’t his priority.”Not pressuring myself; you know that you are fit, but until you run that race that’s when you know where you really are so after that result I feel really, really good,” he stressed. “Just putting in the work and the time will speak for itself.”Weir reasoned that it is back to the drawing board and more training, and leaving decisions in his coach’s hands.”I Just have to strengthen those areas and put in new techniques and work in training, the at-home training is also important. We put all those into place and so it’s coming on very good,” outlined the Glen Mills- coached athlete.He furthered noted that Mills will decide what events he will do, or if he could possibly do the sprint double this year.”The big man (Glen Mills) will say when it’s time and what to do. We just take the orders. I am just looking forward towards having fun and just competing. I just run and take the orders from coach, so that’s how it works,” he added.
COUVA, Trinidad (CMC):Tom Saintfiet appealed for more time to shape the Trinidad & Tobago Soca Warriors into a formidable force following elimination from the CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifiers.An extra-time brace from Andrew Jean-Baptiste upstaged a hat-trick from Shahdon Winchester and saw Haiti continue on the road to the Gold Cup, following a 4-3 victory over T&T on Sunday at the Ato Boldon Stadium in this central Trinidad town.The result followed the Soca Warriors splitting a pair of friendlies with Nicaragua and losing 2-1 in extra time against Suriname in another Gold Cup qualifier.”I had very limited time,” said Saintfiet. “I came here a week before the games started and I had to select a squad, so I was seeing some matches and I was counting on advice.”Many of the top Soca Warriors’ players were not available, due to one reason or another, and Saintfiet said this affected the competitiveness of his side.”We had no FIFA dates and we invited Khaleem Hyland, Jan-Michael Williams, Levi Garcia, John Bostock, Kevin Molino, Joevin Jones, Cordell Cato and Mekeil Williams (and all of them could not show up),” he said.”We invited a lot of players who were not available for several reasons, not released because of FIFA dates or personally not ready to perform for the team.”There are consequences if you have a lot of good players missing for such important games. On the other side, I saw in these two weeks the boys growing, working very hard and I think even the local people discovered some local players that they never expected to play at this level.”WARRIORS’ PLAYING ASSETSSaintfiet said the matches allowed him to get a better grasp of the depth of the playing assets available to the Soca Warriors.”I have some good experiences of working with the boys, and for sure some of the players proved that in the future they have to be on the squad, but in the four matches in two weeks’ time, I learnt that some people are maybe not yet ready for it,” he said.Saintfiet will now turn his attention in the coming weeks to fine-tuning the side for resumption of World Cup qualification in March, when they are due to face Panama.