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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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Klopp desperate to end Liverpool trophy drought

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first_imgHe has lost his past six finals since winning his first with Borussia Dortmund in 2012.At his presentation as Reds boss in October 2015 he pledged to win a “title” within four years. But after three trophy near-misses, the last in May’s Champions League final against Real Madrid, he admits he does not know when that claim will come to fruition.Liverpool’s last major trophy was the League Cup in 2012 but they have not been English champions since 1990.“I have said it a few times: I have no idea when we will win something but I’m sure this club will win something,” he said in an interview with Premier League Productions.“I don’t know when so let’s have the best times of our lives until then.”Klopp added: “Nobody wants to look back in 10 or 20 years and say ‘So the best time we had without winning anything was when Klopp was here. It was so funny and all that stuff.”Liverpool have been touted as Manchester City’s closest challengers for the Premier League this season and are currently level with Pep Guardiola’s side and Chelsea on 18 points after eight matches, having yet to be defeated in the league.“If you think about it, we are maybe in the best moment for ages but a few other clubs are the same and they made the same steps so that makes it really hard,” Klopp said.“It looks like we are really on a good way and the only thing I can guarantee is that we constantly develop.”But he warned fans that he is not a miracle-worker.“As I said in my first press conference here, if anybody thinks that I can perform wonders then it could become really difficult in the future, because I can’t.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp walks past the Champions League trophy after defeat to Real Madrid in the 2018 final © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 12 – Jurgen Klopp says he does not want to be remembered as the “fun” Liverpool manager who failed to win silverware as expectations rise that the club can break their long trophy drought.The German manager celebrated his three-year anniversary at Anfield this week but has not tasted success despite taking the club to three finals.last_img read more

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