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‘Anything is possible’ – Thompson says race execution key to getting national record

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first_img POWERING AWAY Despite winning the women’s 100m in a wind-aided 10.71 seconds at Saturday night’s 13th Jamaica International Invitational at the National Stadium, IAAF World Championship 200m silver medallist Elaine Thompson rued not executing a ‘complete race’. The time is not official because the wind reading was +2.4, above the allowable +2.0 mps limit. Thompson, whose 100m PB is 10.84 seconds, believes that with good race execution and ideal conditions, she could better the national 100m mark (10.70 seconds), which is held by her training partner, Olympic and World Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. “Anything is possible, hopefully,” Thompson said of her chances of getting the national record in her post-race interview. Speaking about her race execution, Thompson said: “… Not the first part only, I am working on all of the 100m. My first 30 metres is not the best, so I am trying to work on that more.” Continuing, she said: “The comparison between last year and this year, I mean, last year, I was a collegiate athlete. I am not racing that much this year, but I’ll just keep on training and putting in the work and go out there and deliver.” The 23-year-old’s time was greeted by voracious cheers of approval from the National Stadium crowd. She ran from Lane Four, stamped her class over the final 20 metres and powered from the rest of a competitive field, which included American English Gardner (10.85), who finished second, and Trinidad & Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye (10.98), who placed third. The meet record is 10.86, set by American Carmelita Jeter in 2011. Thompson reiterated that she has been “training really hard and happy to come out victorious”. “It’s a stepping stone for me to see where I’m at, so I have to go home and train harder and see the mistake that I made and see if I can correct it from there,” emphasised the MVP athlete. Meanwhile, Thompson is not sure what sprint event(s) she will do at trials for this summer’s Oympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but leaves the decision to veteran tactician Stephen Francis. “I am not sure. My coach will decide. My training has been going okay so far, so I’ll just continue doing my best out there at all times.”last_img read more

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Andy Murray confirms his fitness for Wimbledon

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first_imgAndy Murray will begin his Wimbledon title defence on Monday after confirming his recovery from a hip injury that has disrupted his preparation for this year’s tournament.”It’s felt much better the last few days,” the world number one told a media conference on Sunday.”If I feel like I do today, I’ll be fine to play the tournament. I’ll be fine to play seven matches.”Murray, who will play Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik, a lucky loser ranked 134, in the Centre Court opener on Monday, said he felt no lasting effects from the injury which caused him to pull out of two exhibition matches at London’s Hurlingham Club last week.”I’ve had hip problems since I was very young,” said the Scot, who added that he had benefited from several days’ rest. “It’s not something new to me. It’s just been very sore the last few weeks.”It was giving me quite a lot of trouble moving to certain shots and getting into certain positions.”This is an extremely important tournament, so you worry a little bit. It’s a little bit stressful if you can’t practise for a few days.”You really want to be preparing, training as much as you can to get ready and make you feel better, especially when you hadn’t had any matches.”Murray confirmed British media reports that he and his wife Kim are expecting their second child, but said it would not distract him in his title defence.”We’re both obviously very happy and looking forward to it,” he said.advertisement”I’ve had family the whole time I’ve been playing tennis, so yeah, I’ll be fine dealing with that. It’s certainly not a distraction in the slightest.”Murray, who has won Wimbledon twice in the past four years and reached at least the quarter-finals every year since 2008, is attempting to successfully defend a grand slam title for the first time.”Hopefully I’m able to deal with things better this time round,” said Murray, who won his first grand slam title at the U.S. Open in 2012.”Once you get out there, I don’t feel like I’m coming in trying to defend something. I’m going out there trying to win Wimbledon again. I want to try to win the competition.”This year the odds appear more stacked against him after a year disrupted by a series of minor problems including chest infections, elbow problems, flu and shingles.However, the 30-year-old Briton said he was hopeful of being a force to reckon with at his home grand slam for years to come.”You want to make the most of every tournament you play. I think you realise that a little bit more as you start to get older. I hope I’m still playing here for five, six, seven more years, if possible.”last_img read more

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In Our Communities

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first_img ADC AUTHOR Maine established a task force earlier this month to study PFAS contamination in drinking water, according to the Press Herald. “The EPA is dragging its feet on the issue, leaving states to take the lead,” Gov. Janet Mills (D) said in a statement….Tensions have eased between Robins Air Force Base, Ga., and the local American Federal Government Employees union after a long period of turmoil, federal lawmakers said at a recent 21st Century Partnership event, the Telegraph reported. “It portends good things for our future if you don’t lose sight of what got you here in the first place, which is good people doing good things for our future,” Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said.Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson at Robins Air Force Base in January. Air Force photo by Tommie Hortonlast_img read more

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PIC Can you guess why is Priyanka Chopra being trolled over this

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first_imgInstagramThe controversies and trolling over Priyanka Chopra’s birthday doesn’t seem to be dying out anytime soon. The diva, who celebrated her birthday in style, got mired in a series of controversies owing to her Miami vacation.First, a picture of Priyanka Chopra trying to blow out sparkling candles on her birthday cake paved way for fans to troll the actress. While many called Priyanka ‘dumb’ many showed sympathy towards Nick Jonas.Then, a picture of Priyanka Chopra having a smoke along with mother and husband made its way to the social media and what followed was constant backlash and criticism over Priyanka’s smoking. Priyanka drew ire of the netizens as they reminded her about her ‘asthma’ which she had said was suffering from since childhood and had urged everyone not to burst crackers on Diwali.Third, with Assam drowning in floodwaters, Priyanka Chopra, who is the brand ambassador of Assam Tourism, having fun in the waters at Miami also drew flak. And now, the actress is being trolled for her fashion choices. A picture shared by Priyanka, shows the actress wearing sheer gloves with a pink bikini. While we absolutely love Priyanka’s style, Netizens are finding it difficult to digest.When cousin Parineeti Chopra was asked to comment on it, she said in an interaction with India Today, “I respond by saying that I have no right to answer this question, so I won’t.”Priyanka however, gave a royal snub to the haters by acknowledging the good wishes that came her way. She wrote on Instagram, “Hi everyone! Thank you so much for all the wonderful birthday messages and wishes… You have made my day extremely special. Sorry I haven’t responded earlier, was taking a bit of a break from technology… But now I’m back and I just want to say THANK YOU ALL SOOOOO MUCH| I hope everyone feels as loved as I do.”last_img read more

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Dhaka summons Myanmar ambassador protests at antiBangladesh remarks

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first_img.The government of Bangladesh on Wednesday strongly protested Myanmar’s recent ‘anti-Bangladesh and racist’ remarks by a Myanmar minister.Dhaka said Myanmar’s such remarks are “unacceptable” that hurt the sentiment of Muslims, reports UNB.Myanmar ambassador in Dhaka Lwin Oo was summoned at the office of maritime affairs unit secretary at the ministry of foreign affairs M Khurshed Alam to lodge the protest, the agency quoted a diplomatic source as saying.Prothom Alo’s diplomatic correspondent reported that the ambassador Lwin was not served with tea during the meeting while it is customary to serve tea to the visitors in this kind of meeting.Myanmar’s religious affairs and culture minister Thura Aung Ko on Tuesday said Rohingyas living in Bangladesh are being “brainwashed” and Bangladesh is not allowing them to return, according to international media reports.Myanmar refers to the Rohingyas as “Bengalis” apparently to suggest that they are from Bangladesh but Rohingyas say they are from Rakhine state of Myanmar.The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has recently said there is compelling evidence that the Myanmar military committed ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity, and genocide against the Rohingya, the Muslim minority population of Myanmar.The Museum came to the conclusion based on: a careful analysis in consultation with an advisory group of atrocity experts; its own on-the-ground, original research that resulted in a joint report in 2017 with Fortify Rights; and information recently released in the Department of State’s documentation report and the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission.”The Burmese [Myanmar] military’s campaign against the Rohingya, especially the attacks of August 2017, have been deliberate, systematic, and widespread,” said Lee Feinstein, a member of the Museum’s governing Council and the Chairman of its Committee on Conscience, which advises the genocide prevention work of the Museum.”For the sake of the remnant community of Rohingya still in Burma and those threatened with being returned, we hope this announcement prods action,” Feinstein added.For decades, the Myanmar government has persecuted the Rohingya, stripping them of citizenship and subjecting them to waves of mass violence, according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.last_img read more

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