Semenya early Olympic 800m favourite after winning in Doha

first_imgDOHA, Qatar (AP): Caster Semenya made herself the early Olympic frontrunner by easily winning the women’s 800 metres in the Doha Diamond League meet yesterday. Semenya decimated the field in a season’s best 1:58.26 seconds, almost nine-tenths of a second better than second-place Habitam Alemu of Ethiopia, 1:59.14. It was her second standout result to start the Olympic year, after announcing her ambition last month with an unprecedented hat-trick of 400m, 800m, and 1,500m titles at the South African championships. They were all the more remarkable because she’s hardly featured since her 2012 Olympic silver medal. She still hasn’t come close to the 1:55.56 she set in winning the 2009 Worlds’, when news leaked that she would be subject to gender testing. Semenya improved on her 800m time in Stellenbosch at Doha and was delighted. “I feel very good this year. I am focused on what I am doing,” she said. “My preparation has gone really well, but I can’t say there have been many changes in my training or my attitude.” DISAPPOINTED WITH LOSS Not so happy were Dafne Schippers, the World 200 champion, who was pipped in the 100m by American Tori Bowie, and the home favourite in the men’s high jump, Mutaz Essa Barshim. Barshim, who has jumped as high as 2.43 metres in setting the Asian record, could not do any better than 2.26, and was seventh in a competition won by American Erik Kynard at 2.33. “It’s all part of the plan. This being an Olympic year, I’m taking things slow,” Barshim insisted. “Last year, I peaked early, and by July, I was practically dead. I’m not going to repeat that mistake.” Bowie, the 100 bronze-medal winner at the Worlds last year in Beijing, said: “I gave the race my everything, and the win was mine. This being an Olympic year, I’m eagerly looking ahead at the outdoor season. I feel I’m a much better runner now than I was last season.” The women’s 3,000m featured two World champions in a fascinating duel. World champion Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia prevailed against World 10,000 champion Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya. Ayana was pushed to clock a season’s best 8:23.11. Cheruiyot was fourth. The men’s 200m was won by American Emir Webb in a meet record of 19.85s. He was the only person to break 20 seconds. Kenyans swept the 1,500m and 3,000m steeplechase. Asbel Kiprop led Elijah Motonei Manangoi and Silas Kiplagat to the podium in the 1,500m in 3:32.15, and Conseslus Kipruto won the steeplechase.last_img read more

Pingris, Magnolia thriving in PBA’s physical play

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor Marc Pingris, Magnolia needed a few bumps here and there to knock some sense back into the team.Bullied by the desperate GlobalPort to start the game to fall behind by as much as 20 in the first quarter, the two-seed Hotshots were shell-shocked as the prospects of wasting their twice-to-beat advantage slowly loomed over their heads.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jarencio takes blame for GlobalPort meltdown: ‘I wasn’t able to prepare my team’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The veteran forward is relishing the new physicality in the PBA, which has been one of the changes under new commissioner Willie Marcial.“The game in the PBA now is different. It’s more physical and I like it because we’re used to that type of game. That’s how it is in the provinces: a little physical but without any intention to hurt,” he said.But Pingris is not falling complacent as Magnolia prepares for its semifinals date against either NLEX or Alaska.“We can’t tell what will happen because the way the game is officiated, it changes in the semis and in the Finals,” he said. “You can’t take away the physicality, but you should always have the right mindset to play your game. Hopefully, with the changes, we can have the opportunity that we’ve long prayed for, to once again make it to the Finals.”ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Saudis cut loose at rave-like event02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer “In the first quarter, we didn’t show any defense. We were too excited to beat them and that’s how we fell behind,” he said in Filipino.“Coach [Chito Victolero] told us to relax and remind ourselves who we are, how our defense was, and play our game. That’s what we did: bank on our defense.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWith the Hotshots playing again like the juggernaut that they were in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup, it didn’t take long before they overtook the Batang Pier and claimed the 86-79 win on Tuesday to once again proceed to the semifinals.Pingris could not let Magnolia back down from the opposition as it matched GlobalPort’s physicality on his way to 13 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks in the victory.last_img read more

WCD braces for flooding during high tides

first_img…as sections of sea defence remains unrepairedOne year ago, the seawall structure along the West Coast of Demerara was hit by massive waves during a period of high tide which caused mass flooding. Presently, residents are concerned since some sections of the structure remains unrepaired, posing an imminent danger should the water rise further.Guyana Times visited the area on Sunday where many individuals complained of the lengthy period which these works have taken. Karamchand Singh explained that these works should have been completed immediately after the surge last April.Boulders placed at the site to contain the wavesViolent waves rush over the Uitvlugt seawall“Last year, the flood was a serious thing and the seawall was in a better shape then. They just put boulder there to hold off the water and we know what kinda waves does come over when the tide raise. We don’t know how long more we got to wait and wait,” he explained.Singh added, “They fix some of the other parts but in Uitvlugt, the seawall is in our backyard. That water coming straight into we houses. I see some people already block off the doors cause they know what could happen.”During the past month, the area has experienced significant rainfall in addition to spring tides. Boulders that were placed last year to keep out the water continue to serve as the main barrier. During that encounter, some of the waves caused destruction to properties after moving over the sea defence at some 20 feet.An assessment of the flooding last year pegged the damages at some $100 million. Earlier this year, it was reported that works had commenced at several locations. However, it was indicated that the equipment has been stationed at these locations and is only operational for days at a time.“We see people coming to work for a couple days and then they gone for a week. This is why the repair taking over a year. Over one year and they still can’t finish,” Bibi Haniff lamented.For Leonora, a contract was awarded to the sum of $175 million to address a gap of 325 metres while at Uitvlugt, a sum of $130 million was allocated to address 250 metres of sea defence. For Stewartville, $107 million was awarded for 200 metres of work.For De Willem, the works were pegged at $107 million and at Anna Catherina, two projects were tendered at $104 and $106 million, which will be executed simultaneously. Sluices were also on the rehabilitation list and were treated as a separate project.However, earlier this month, the Cinderella Park Koker at Zeelugt suffered a breach after one of its components failed, allowing water to enter at a rapid rate. Regional officials were later dispatched to normalise the situation. It is unclear whether this issue was permanently fixed.last_img read more