Jennifer Ellison-Brown: Factors affecting performance

first_img The Weather: If the weather is hotter, colder, windier or more humid than you are accustomed to, you won’t perform to the best of your ability. Change in weather may lead to change in tactics. Altitude: At high altitudes, the air is thinner so less oxygen is taken in with each breath. If the body is not adapted to this condition, you are likely to become breathless and dizzy. However, whereas long distance events are difficult to perform at high altitudes, performance in sprinting, jumping and throwing events are enhanced. Playing surface and equipment: Performance can be affected by equipment used and surface performed on. The need for special equipment can prevent some people from taking part, thus restricting their opportunities. Equipment changes as technology influences the design and materials used for increasing durability and performance e.g. boots are lighter and more flexible than before, Running shoes provide more support and protection in the ability to absorb and disperse shock. If you are used to performing on one type of surface, there can be a dramatic change in performance level if you have to adapt suddenly to another. The body and mind affect each other and the environment affects both. Therefore, all three combined will tremendously impact performance. If they are all at their best, optimum performance will be achieved. PHYSIOLOGICAL FACTORS PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS Skill: The more skillful you are, the more likely you are to perform well. Fitness: Once the physical fitness components are satisfied, the performance will be better. Physique: You will perform better at an activity that suits your Somatotype (ectomorph, mesomorph, endomorph) Age and gender: If an activity depends on strength and speed, the performance will be better at 25 years than 40 years. However, for some activities such as golf age is less important than experience. Age and gender (whether male or female) affects your capacities. Natural physical capacities begin to deteriorate sometimes at age 25. Body composition: Carrying extra weight (over fat) is not good for performance. Illness and injury: Injury and illness can ruin performances. It is best to stay away from the activity. An injury will only get worse. Diet: Diet affects health, which in turn will affect your fitness. What and when you eat before an event will also affect your performance. Drugs: Some drugs improve performance in short term but have long term damaging effects. Athletes can be banned for using performance enhancing drugs. Socially accepted drugs such as alcohol and cigarettes impair performance. Performances are snapshots of what is learned, combined with all the factors affecting us at the same time. Performance levels go up and down constantly depending on how we feel, the weather and interactions with other people. Everyone competes at different levels. The higher the level, the more important these factors become. Therefore, how well you perform in an event or any sport will depend on the following factors. Personality: Some sports suit some personalities (introvert, extrovert). Everybody has their own distinctive character formed as a result of a complex unique to them and their personal history. Performance will be better in sports that fit personality. Motivation: This involves a sense of purpose, commitment and determination which comes from inside (intrinsic). Every performer needs this to do well. Sometimes the motivation comes from outside (extrinsic) and must be valued by the performer for it to have an effect. Arousal: There must be a general mental preparation to action, which is focused and sustained at the optimum point at which the performance is at its very best (psyched up). However, it is important to remain in control and not to pass the optimum level (psyche out) where performance declines under pressure (stress, worry, self doubt, anxiety). Stress: Any stressful situation ( injury, family issues etc … ) or other reasons than participation in the activity, is likely to impair performance. ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORSlast_img read more

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Gayle smashes T20 record fifty off 12 balls

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Mercurial Chris Gayle equalled the fastest ever half-century in Twenty20s with an extraordinary knock as he brought the curtain down on his controversial – and perhaps final – campaign in the Australia Big Bash here yesterday.With Melbourne Renegades needing to overhaul Adelaide Strikers’ 170 in order to have a chance at a semi-final spot, opener Gayle blasted a top score of 56 off 17 deliveries, but wickets fell steadily around him and the hosts came up short at 143 all out in the 16th over to lose by 27 runs.Gayle, who will perhaps best be remembered in this tournament for his controversial ‘Don’t blush, Baby’ remarks to Channel Ten reporter Mel McLaughlin a fortnight ago, set the stage for the run chase by racing to his 50 in record pace.He smashed two fours and seven sixes en route as he equalled the previous record set by Indian left-hander Yuvraj Singh nine years ago against England in Durban during the Twenty20 World Cup.Gayle plundered 26 runs from the first over of the innings sent down by 21-year-old rookie seamer Greg West, which cost 27 runs.After starting with a wide, West watched as Gayle collected a couple to mid-wicket. The left-handed Jamaican blocked the second delivery but then burst to life, clearing the ropes with the remaining four deliveries of the over.The first six was a savage pull over mid-wicket; the second was an even bigger hit into the same area; while the third sailed over backward square leg. Gayle ended the over by depositing a full toss over long on.In the third over from seamer Ben Laughlin, Gayle belted sixes over long off and then over mid-wicket to move into the 40s before punching the right-armer to the long-off boundary.Off the first ball of the next over, he drew level with Yuvraj when he cleared the ropes at long on with off-spinner Travis Head.CAUGHTBEHINDDisappointingly, Gayle fell in Head’s next over, the sixth of the innings, top-edging a catch behind – the last of the bowler’s first three wickets.The half-century was Gayle’s first in eight innings in the Big Bash this season.Despite his fireworks, Renegades capitulated with opener Tom Cooper and West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo suffering the indignity of first-ball ‘ducks’ and captain Cameron White managing just six.Earlier, Tim Ludeman hit 49 and Jono Dean, 48, in an opening stand of 85 off 64 deliveries, which gave Strikers a flying start.At the end, captain Brad Hodge stroked a cameo, unbeaten 37 off just 21 deliveries in a 55-run, fifth-wicket stand off 31 balls with Jake Lehmann (24).Bravo claimed one for 36 from his four overs of medium pace.Renegades’ defeat ensured that AndrÈ Russell’s Sydney Thunder booked their first spot in the BBL semi-finals.last_img read more

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Impressive win by Long Running Train

first_img Following a stewards’ inquiry, BRAWN (3-1), who passed the post third with Aaron Chatrie aboard, was disqualified and placed fourth for causing interference to topweight HOVER CRAFT (4-1), who was promoted to third. Last season’s Most Improved Trainer, Harry Parsard, said that LONG RUNNING TRAIN is turning out to be a top-class filly and racing fans are yet to see the best of her. “She won with the minimum of fuss today and although effective over middle distances, she has progressed to a point where it’s going to be difficult for any horse to beat her going two turns,” argued Parsard, who also owns the bay filly by Flower Alley – Cuz You Never Know. “This was her first win in grade one company and I suspect it will be the first of many,” he added. Henry, on the other hand, described LONG RUNNING TRAIN as an ‘exceptional filly’ who is ready to go places. “I am happy that my recent shoulder injury, which kept me out of the saddle for almost a month, has healed in time to secure the ride and provide me with yet another win aboard her,” said Henry, who rode two winners on the card, including the 52-1 outsider PAPER N LACE for trainer Fitzgerald Richards in the second race over a mile. Meanwhile, on a day of upsets, LAZZA (4-1), the first of two winners for apprentice Hakeem Pottinger, won the Jockeys’ Guild of Jamaica Trophy race in post-to-post fashion, while CHEXIMAKIT, with Harleston Lewis up, scored a 15-1 upset in the Al Gopie Memorial Cup for maidens over the straight. Disqualified The progressive American 4-y-o filly LONG RUNNING TRAIN made it two wins from as many starts this season, slamming her five opponents in the annual renewal of the Bonnie Blue Flag Trophy grade one feature over 1820 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. Installed a short priced favourite at 2-5 with former champion Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry aboard, LONG RUNNING TRAIN chased and disposed of long-time leader RAGING PROSPECT (31-1) leaving the half mile and moving away to win by seven lengths from SOUTHERN CRUISE (5-1).last_img read more

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More sports in brief

first_imgDhawan ruled out of Sri Lanka tour NEW DELHI (AP): India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who struck a century in the opening game of an ongoing three-Test series in Sri Lanka, has been ruled out of the remainder of the tour because of a hand injury. The Board of Control for Cricket in India said in a statement yesterday that Dhawan has a hairline fracture on his right hand. Dhawan scored 134 at Galle, but a poor team effort in the second innings saw India lose by 63 runs. The BCCI had earlier on Sunday drafted allrounder Stuart Binny into the side, but did not immediately name a replacement for Dhawan. The remaining two Tests will be played in Colombo – at Sara Oval from Thursday and at Sinhalese Sports Club from August 28. Allrounder Binny to join Test squad NEW DELHI (AP): Allrounder Stuart Binny has been drafted into the Indian team for their ongoing three-Test series in Sri Lanka. The Board of Control for Cricket in India named Binny as an additional member, taking the squad to 16, after India lost last week’s opening Test in Galle by 63 runs. Binny is expected to lend batting depth to the Virat Kohli-led side that went into the first Test with five specialist bowlers and failed badly in a chase of 176 runs. The second Test starts in Colombo on Thursday. Ramos signs new contract with Real MADRID (AP): Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos signed a new contract yesterday that will tie him to the club for the next five seasons. The 29-year-old Ramos had been linked to interest from Manchester United throughout the offseason. “As I said at my presentation 10 years ago, forming part of this cub is a dream and I want to keep living it as long as possible,” Ramos said at a news conference attended by new coach Rafa Benitez. Neither club nor player revealed the financial details of the contract, but Ramos said he received offers of more money from other clubs. “I know that these negotiations have been drawn out, but my heart has always been here,” Ramos said. “If this had been about money I wouldn’t have stayed.” Since arriving from Sevilla in 2005, Ramos has helped Madrid win one Champions League trophy, three Spanish league titles and two Copa del Rey titles. His injury-time goal in the final of the 2014 Champions League forced extra time, and Madrid ended up beating crosstown rival Atletico Madrid 4-1 for its record 10th European Cup. “Sergio Ramos is a symbol for Madrid’s faithful,” club president Florentino Perez said after Ramos had signed his new deal. Ramos also formed part of Spain’s 2010 World Cup-winning team and their two European champion squads.last_img read more

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Students benefit from Warren Weir Foundation

first_imgTen students, ranging from the primary to tertiary level, were recipients of back-to-school financial grants from the Warren Weir Foundation.The presentation, from the Olympic 200 metres bronze medallist, took place at the Facey Commodity Merchandise Division on Wednesday.The financial contributions, Weir said, are to help the various families offset back-to-school expenses and he hopes other sponsors will contribute to his Foundation and assist more students in the future.”As a single parent, back to school is one of the roughest times and we know the pain they (parents) face when it’s back to school, so it’s a wonderful feeling to know that I am in a position to come back and help them,” Weir, who is the brand ambassador for Serge Island milk, said.”As role models, we know that we have a job to give back to the wider society. So it’s not hard to give back,” he continued. “It is something that I always wanted to do. When I was younger, I said, whenever I am in a place where I am okay and I can give back to the wider society, I would, and it’s a pleasure to know that I can come here today and do that,” he noted.Four male students, Nathan Morrison (New Providence Primary), Justice Case (Jamaica College), Daniel Matthew (Papine High) and Royan Newman (Naggo Head Primary, along with six females, Kemora Pilliner (Grove Primary), Thembeka Jarrett (Cedar Grove Academy), Shenelle Harriott (Merl Grove High), Lotoya Coley (Lacovia High) and Britanyah Dunn (Bog Walk Primary), were selected through national outreach programmes and churches, and the athletic star wants to now expand the programme to assist more of the nation’s children.Selection process”They were selected from three churches and one outreach programme and the amount (contribution) was based on their (school) level. Primary got a certain amount, high school got a certain amount and tertiary got a certain amount.”Also, if you are doing CXC and a child is in third form, the CXC student would get more or a child in six grade would get more than a child in five grade,” he explained. “But I’d like for more sponsors to come on board. They are not sponsoring me, this is to help my Foundation and reach out to more kids.”It doesn’t have to be much, just a pencil, a pen, a book goes a long way, as there are kids out there with nothing for school. So once you can reach out to them in some way, it would be a wonderful gesture,” he said.Delroy Edwards, a family member of Merl Grove High’s sixth former, Shenelle Harriott, said it will be of great assistance and heaped praise on Weir for his conscience and foresight.”Things are really tough, so this means a lot; it will help cut down the expenses and help her go to school and continue her education, so this contribution will help a lot,” he said.”I want to thank Warren for the contribution and tell him keep it up and may God continue to bless him,” he commented.Rhona Jarrett, the guardian of Thembeka Jarrett, was extremely grateful for the contribution, which she says will eliminate her burden of school fees this term.”I just want to thank Warren to help us in paying the school fee. I am grateful, very grateful,” she said.last_img read more

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Top netballers in Intercol showdown

first_imgSeveral of the country’s top senior netballers will be in action at the University of the West Indies (UWI) netball court as the top four collegiate teams, The Mico University College, UWI, G.C. Foster College and University of Technology (UTech), contest the semi-finals of the senior, junior and intermediate inter-collegiate competitions.In junior action, which starts at 2:00 p.m., Mico ‘C’ will face Northern Caribbean University (NCU) and G.C. Foster ‘C’ go up against Church Teachers’ College. The intermediate semis are set to follow at 3:00 p.m., with Mico ‘B’ facing G.C. Foster ‘B’ and EXED Community College lock horns with UWI ‘B’.Most of the attention will be focused on the senior showdowns at 4:00 p.m. G.C. Foster will face UWI, while Mico will go up against UTech.Finding formDefending champions G.C. Foster ‘A’ are looking to find their best form after not being at their best in the preliminary round, where they lost twice against Mico and UWI, to finish third. They will be hoping to avenge their three-goal defeat at home three weeks ago.Stacyann Facey will lead the charge for G.C. Foster and should get good support from former national Under-16 players, goal shooter April Thompson and goal attack Deneen Taylor, along centre Adeen Thomas.Meanwhile UWI, with one defeat – a narrow one to Mico – will be hoping to get the better of their opponents. They will be relying on their experience captain Nadine Bryan at wing attack, their tall goal defence, Shameera Sterling and goal shooter Thristina Harwood, all national representatives.Pre-season favourites and Open Rally champions, Mico, have been in great form all season and are yet to lose a match, winning all seven to top the preliminary round with 21 points. Early in the season they easily defeated UTech by 17 goals and look set to advance to their third final in a row.National goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler has been a tower of strength this season for the Mico team and with their good centre court led by Trishauna Hanson and the experienced national player, Vangelee Williams, at goal defence, they will be hard to beat.The winners will advance to Saturday’s final, which is scheduled for G.C. Foster College.last_img read more

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#JaVotes2016: ‘Lie she a tell!’ – JLP supporters deny Brown Burke’s claim of intimidation

first_img Other JLP supporters demanded that Brown Burke leave the polling station. “She needs to leave, she just come to make mischief,” another JLP supporter said. Voters at the Mountain View Primary School, in the Eastern St Andrew constituency,  have refuted claims made by PNP Vice President Angela Brown Burke that PNP indoor agents at the polling station have been intimidated. JLP supporters blocked the gate and denied Brown Burke entrance to the polling station. “A lie she a tell, no gun man no hold them up. Look how much police and soldier deh ya , if dat did happen dem wudda do something bout it,” a JLP supporter told The Gleaner.last_img

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In Your Neighbourhood

first_img Mandeville-based journalist Paul Byfield, who covered sporting events in Manchester and St Elizabeth for the last 15 years, will be buried today following a church service starting 11 a.m. at the Pentecostal Church on Brumalia Road. Byfield, who primarily worked as a correspondent for CVM TV, died two weeks ago at the age of 54 after battling colon cancer. At a special get-together on Thursday night, Byfield’s home in the community of Waltham was packed with persons from the sporting, business, and civil communities in Mandeville. Retired sports administrator Pat Anderson, who is credited with introducing Byfield to the field of sports coverage when he handed him a tape of a popular road race in Mandeville around 2000, remembered his energy in covering sports. “He was among the first on the list of invitees when planning a function as you felt that if he came, it would definitely be covered. I admired that about him,” said Anderson. The Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC), through its president, Orville Henriques, also offered a tribute to Byfield’s work and condolences to his family. “Byfield was one of the first journalists to cover events at MRPC, so we remember him with much gratitude in helping to get shooting out at a time when people didn’t believe in what we were trying to achieve,” said Henriques. “May his soul rest in peace, and I know it is a difficult time for his family, but I wish them the same energy and interest he had to succeed.” Women With a Purpose 5K Run/Walk Treasure Beach and its environs will come alive today, starting with this morning’s Women With A Purpose 5K Treasure Hunt Run/Walk event. The Treasure Beach Women’s Group is the chief organisers of the event, which seeks to bring awareness to breast cancer victims and former victims who have beaten the odds by surviving. The group is seeking to raise $3 million to fund their outreach services. The event has got a tremendous boost, with the acquisition of sponsorship from German bra manufacturers Anita, who actually make a special line of bra that caters specifically to women who have had a mastectomy. The race is set to start at 7 a.m., following which there will be an after-party, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Portmore Business House football kicks off Naggo Head win INSPORTS netball rally Mandeville sportscaster to be buried today There were incentives galore as the finals of the Central Manchester Sports Development Committee netball leagues for the fourth quarter were completed at the May Day High School last Sunday. For the second year in a row, Williamsfield emerged as champions, defeating Bombay 22-20 in an exciting senior final, which was decided in the last two minutes of the game. The junior final was decided in similar fashion, with Pear Tree taking the title after outlasting Albion 16-13. Porus snapped up third place by defeating Broadleaf 22-17. The prize was impressive, with Williamsfield collecting $60,000, a trophy and 10 medals. Bombay were left smiling with $40,000 for second place, while Police garnered $30,000. Pear Tree collected $50,000 for the junior crown, with second-place Albion getting $30,000 and Porus pocketing $20,000. The payout for the individual awards were similarly decent, with Williamsfield’s Samantha Martin and Pear Tree’s Sheena Ricketts each taking home $10,000 for being the respective senior and junior Most Valuable players. The Most Disciplined team award, copped by Albion, yielded a $25,000. Baseball/softball certification Waterhouse United staved off the challenge of Braeton All Stars to carve out a 20-point (300-280) victory over their arch-rivals in the Jamaica Domino Council Association Premier League mid-season final at the Olympia Crown Hotel, 53 Molynes Road, St Andrew. Earlier, in arguably the best match of the season, Waterhouse United shocked previously unbeaten Braeton All Stars 300-299 in a nail-biting countdown during the eighth round. With the victory, Waterhouse gained additional bragging rights, a trophy, and a cash award. Williamsfield, Pear Tree win Central Manchester titlescenter_img Naggo Head Primary were crowned Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Klayto Sutherland Portmore Primary Schools Netball Rally champion, after they defeated Portsmouth 2-0 in the final last Wednesday. Naggo Head’s Quacian Davis was named the competition’s Most Valuable Player (MVP). Waterford copped third place as they surprised Ascot Primary 3-1. Ascot looked good in the preliminary round as they notched up three straight wins. Ten schools contested the one-day event. The league commences on Wednesday, October 26. At the end of the final on Wednesday, Andrea Hanson, INSPORTS’ officer for Portmore, handed over the winning trophy to a jubilant Naggo Head team. Waterhouse United are mid-season champs Edwards, Hamilton take George Lee Foundation 6KM The quartet of Oshane Archibald, Kimara Austin, Jon Saleem Oliphant, and Natasha McKenzie were the top performers at the Church Teachers’ College 5K Run/Walk held in Mandeville last weekend. Archibald, representing GC Foster College, was first past the finish line in the 4600-metre run in a good 14 minutes and 29 seconds, finishing ahead of Holmwood Technical schoolboy Obrien Frith. Daniel Glave (GC Foster), Ainsworth Daley (Knox), and Kajay Walker (GC Foster), respectively, rounded out the top five. Kimara Austin of Spaldings High, who came in 24th overall at 19 minutes, 31 seconds, was the first-place female. Garrett Donald, who at age 11 was the youngest competitor, came in 30th overall at an impressive 20 minutes and 35 seconds. Oliphant and McKenzie defended their titles in the male and female walk, respectively. Oliphant was timed in 29:40, while McKenzie, who was third overall, finished in a time of 34:23. Coaches in Portmore and the corporate area were certified during a joint venture coaching course in softball/baseball by the Jamaica Baseball Association and the Jamaica Amateur Softball Association and Socana Elite, a Canadian-based coaching duo of Candice Stephens and Courtney Auger, at the Ascot Primary School in Portmore, recently. Stephens is an international pitcher for Canada and she possesses seven variations of pitches, while Auger is an international batter and catcher for South Africa and is ranked 18th in World softball. Both players suited up for Strathmore Magic, among other teams. The coaches were given practical and theoretical assignments, including teaching skills and rules of the games to children and how to instill discipline and proper conduct for budding players. Other information shared included setting up the batting line-up and field placements. Three-time defending champions Cable Pro got off to a less than inspirational start to their season as they were held 0-0 by newcomers Konnexx in the Portmore Business House five-a-side football league at the Sunshine playing field in Naggo Head, Portmore, on Wednesday night. During what was the official start of the season, Wisynco copped the best outfit award in the uniform parade. Next week’s games pit Network Plus versus Wisynco at 7:30 p.m., while the feature match at 8:30 p.m. will see Bridgeport Police battle Lasco Distributors. All games will be played at the Sunshine playing field. GC Foster athlete tops Church Teachers College 5K Showayne Edwards and Ackelia Hamilton won the respective male and female categories in the George Lee Foundation 6KM Road Race at the Portmore HEART Academy recently. Hamilton won in 20 minutes and 22 seconds to beat Bridgeport High’s 16-year-old athlete, David Thompson, who clocked 20 minutes and 42 seconds. St Catherine High’s Romardo Huluzana placed third in 21 minutes, .01 second. Hamilton, a student at St Catherine High, took the female section in 26 minutes, 24 seconds, while her schoolmate, Serena Douglas (26 minutes, 40 seconds), and Dana Thomas (27 minutes, 59 seconds) of Bridgeport High, placed second and third, respectively. Mayor George Lee, who died three years ago, is the first elected mayor in Portmore. He played a major role in Portmore achieving municipal status. The foundation, headed by Anita Lee, the former mayor’s widow, has been coordinating the event alongside OnDiRun, a data-management organisation. Proceeds of the road race will go towards scholarships for schoolchildren and a Senior Citizens Recreation Centre, two things the late mayor was passionate about.last_img read more

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I don’t feel any pressure, says skipper Holder after second Test loss against Pakistan

first_imgABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):West Indies captain Jason Holder has brushed aside suggestions that he is under “pressure” as a result of a series of losses by the regional side on its current tour of the United Arab Emirates.Holder’s declaration was made after West Indies conceded the three-match Test series to Pakistan yesterday on the heels of losing T20 and ODI series as well.Pakistan beat the Caribbean side by 133 runs with one match remaining, to hand them their eighth straight loss on their current tour.”No, I don’t feel any pressure. It is a young and inexperienced squad and it’s going to take time to get the results we are looking for,” Holder told reporters at the post-match news conference.”We have been in a position of inconsistency for the last number of years. So I don’t feel any pressure. I’m here to do a job. At the end of the day, I can only do the best that I possibly can.”Chasing 456 for victory, West Indies, who resumed the final day on 171 for four, were bowled out for 322 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.Their 322 was the highest fourth-innings score by a visiting team to United Arab Emirates and the West Indies’ highest fourth-innings score against Pakistan.”We have not been on the better side of result in the recent past and it’s almost a decade we have been struggling,” said Holder.”We have taken steps and try to mend some younger faces into the team. It would take time for them to come in and nourish and develop.”Jermaine Blackwood batted brilliantly on the final day – scoring 95 off 127 balls with 11 boundaries.He added 63 for the fifth wicket with Roston Chase (20) and another 57 for the seventh wicket with wicketkeeper Shai Hope (41).”We have shown signs of improvement. We stretched the last game in Dubai. We have put ourselves into a position to win it, so we are seeing signs of progression, it’s just a matter of consistency here,” he said.”We have some young batsmen who have done well. We have Devendra Bishoo coming in the last game and taking eight wickets. Shannon Gabriel, in this game, five wickets. So we have seen signs of individual brilliance, it’s just a matter of putting together that strong collective effort and seizing the crucial moments of the game to push forward into a win.”The third and final Test between West Indies and Pakistan will be played in Sharjah from Sunday.last_img read more

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Athletics still in good hands – Blake says sport will continue to evolve

first_img ENOUGH TALENT LONDON, England: He’s getting ready to premiere his biopic ahead of what will be his farewell season, but despite Usain Bolt’s fast-approaching swansong, training partner Yohan Blake believes the sport will be left in good hands. Bolt’s documentary, I Am Bolt, which promises never-before-seen access to the life and experiences of the world’s greatest sprinter, is set to hit movie theatres across the world tomorrow, with the sprinter, his parents Jennifer and Wellesley, along with co-directors Benjamin and Gabe Turner, all expected at tomorrow’s glitzy premiere at London’s West End spot, Odeon Leicester Square. Blake, who despite recent injury setbacks is still considered by many to be among the sprinters, who will lead the tussle for the soon-to-be-vacated throne, is looking forward to the film, which he believes will show the sacrifices that professional athletes have to endure, while looking back at some of his more memorable moments competing alongside and against Bolt. “The documentary is wonderful. Usain has achieved so much in this sport. To win three Olympic gold medals at three straight Olympic Games – that is not easy, so he deserves all the attention, and I think the documentary will let people understand what it takes and what takes place. I think it’s very important,” Blake told The Sunday Gleaner. Bolt’s inevitable departure from competition has sparked some concern that track and field – which already struggles to keep pace with more commercial and popular sports – will fall further behind once the Jamaican leaves the track. Blake, however, believes there is more than enough exciting talent in the sport to build on the momentum and keep interest high once Bolt’s drawing card can no longer be called on. “I think the sport will continue to evolve (after Bolt’s retirement). Look at Wayde van Niekerk who broke the 400m world record (at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games). No one thought that this record would be broken for now and I have something up my sleeve myself, and with Warren (Weir), Trayvon Bromell and so on. A lot of guys are coming up and it will continue to be interesting, of course,” Blake stated. The 2011 World 100m champion, who says he is training well ahead of the new season following his return fourth-placed finish at the Rio Olympic Games, listed his double silver-medal run four years ago at the London Olympics as his favourite races against Bolt. “I wouldn’t say when I beat him (Bolt) in Jamaica (at the 2012 National Senior Championships), but I would say at the London Olympic Games. It was an epic one-on-one battle in the 100m and 200m, and, I think, for me, those were my favourite races against Usain,” Blake said. “It was good to be back at the Olympics. I have to give God thanks. He has changed my life. I came fourth and I am happy with that because you have to learn to appreciate the small moments. I was fourth in the world after an almost three-year layoff, so I am happy and looking forward to the next season,” said Blake. “Everything is going well. (My) coach and my entire team are loving the progress and I am enjoying the background work right now. I think I need to improve my flexibility, and I have been losing some muscle mass and getting back to my old self, and that’s what I am focusing on, and just working on my technique,” Blake added.last_img read more

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