Big shot confrontation at Champs

first_imgFormer Cornwall College and Calabar High School thrower Warren Barrett and expert throws coach Marlon Gayle will be watching the Boys and Girls’ Champs Class 1 shot put extra keenly. Barrett and Gayle expect big putts from reigning champion Kyle Mitchell of Calabar and season-leading Petersfield High School ace Kevin Nedrick, but neither is 100 per cent sure who will win. Barrett is hoping his former Calabar training partner will win, but Gayle is simply envisaging a great duel.Speaking at the G.C. Foster College for Sports and Physical Education, where he lectures and coaches, Gayle believes that the record of 19.52m will fall. “I think it’s time for the record to go,” he said at the Central Championships. He traced the ownership of the record from Ashinia Miller, who put 18.98m in 2011; to Fedrick Dacres; at 19.29m in 2013; and to the present holder, Demar Gayle, whom he coached at Edwin Allen. “If you check historically,” he recalled, “Ashinia had it about two years; Dacres took it, and Dacres had it for two years.””Demar did the very same,” he recounted of young Gayle’s 2015 mark of 19.52m.”It is two years old now,” pronounced the coach, “and I think it is time.” His guess is based on Nedrick’s outstanding 2017 season and his 20.08m throw at the CARIFTA Trials.Barrett believes in Mitchell. “I still think Kyle can come on top,” he said recently, “because both guys are capable of one big throw.” Mitchell’s big missile upset Barrett at Champs last year when it landed 19.27m from the circle. “That’s what I’ve noticed about both of them,” he expertly observed, “because last year, both of them threw 19m once, and it was to the shock of many.”Asked what makes the tall and athletic Nedrick so good, Gayle said, “This is a young man that loves competition, and I really admire that”. But he gives Mitchell high ratings in part because of fine work by Calabar throws genius Julian Robinson. “Based on what I’ve seen in Kyle, it’s just to put a few things together and I think from there, it should an exciting competition.”He is longing for a restaging of the 2013 shot fest between Dacres and Chadwick DaCosta from Kingston College. “That was an awesome competition,” the coach said.THRILLING SHOT PUTThe Class 1 shot put has been a thriller all season long. When Nedrick and Mitchell met at the Charlie Fuller Memorial at Manchester High in January, Mitchell took the lead with his last effort with a distance of 18.33m. The Petersfield boy cranked up a final-throw heartbreaker of 18.85m to win. He followed that with heaves of 19.05m at the STETHS Invitational and 18.94m at Western Champs.Nevertheless, Barrett hopes that the Calabar tradition in the throws will continue. “I think that Kyle can come out on top, hopefully, with a 20m throw,” he said in the knowledge that Miller’s national junior record is 20.12m. “I’ve been talking to him and mentoring him about some things I’ve done last year,” Barrett revealed, “and how he can improve on that, so I’ve been talking to him and, hopefully, if it’s God’s will, he’ll come on top at Champs once again.””He’s a very good, very good competitor,” Barrett said of Nedrick. “He’s one of the best I’ve seen since I started track and field.”last_img read more

Match Against Diabetes Set for Today

first_imgIn view of the severity of the diabetes and its effect on Liberians, the Liberia Diabetes Testing Center (LDTC) will today kick off an awareness campaign in the city of Monrovia. According to a press release yesterday, LDTC director James Momoh said the awareness in the city of Paynesville is aimed at engaging residents and providing them the needed education on diabetes prevention, management and treatment.He said diabetes, “which is an autoimmune disease, is gradually consuming the population due to the lack of awareness on the prevention of the disease which is often associated with life style changes.”He explained that Type 2 Diabetes, which runs in families, is the common type of hyperglycemia in Liberia. It requires life style changes, and is manageable if individuals suffering from the condition can get tested to know the status of their sugar levels.He said people that will participate in today’s awareness campaign will be wearing t-shirts, displaying banners depicting diabetes prevention, management and its treatment.Momoh said discussions are currently going on to expand services provided at the center to other communities in the city of Monrovia to make diabetes testing and awareness accessible to more Liberians in Monrovia and its environs.“Diabetes is only manageable if the people are provided the opportunity to get tested,” Momoh emphasized. At the testing center on Front Street opposite the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSA), the release said many Liberians are currently benefiting from LDTC services.Meanwhile, the release said participants will also have the opportunity to get evaluated on the status, including hypertension and other manageable medical conditions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Am I ready for another challenge?’ – Wenger drops retirement hint

first_imgTransfers ‘Am I ready for another crazy challenge? I’m not sure’ – Wenger drops retirement hint Robin Bairner 21:24 6/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arsene Wenger Arsenal Getty Images Transfers Arsène Wenger Arsenal The veteran coach has previously expressed his desire to feed his footballing addiction, but has now suggested that he will not necessarily go on Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that he does not know what the future holds for him.The Frenchman stepped down from his role as Gunners boss at the end of the previous season after nearly 22 years in charge. While he has previously said that he is interested in a return to management, he has suggested for the first time that he may be willing to quit the game if he does not feel that he can give any future job the commitment he feels is necessary.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “Do I still have the desire to be a coach? It’s the question I’m going to have to answer in the next two weeks,” he told TF1’s ‘Telefoot’ programme.“Do I still have the desire to be a coach? Yes. Do I have the desire to throw myself into another crazy challenge? I don’t know. It’s a job that requires total commitment. “I must give myself a little distance, which is something I’ve never done. I’ll have to see how much I miss it.”Wenger first moved into management in 1984 with Nancy, where he stayed three years before moving on to Monaco. A successful spell at Stade Louis II last seven seasons before he left the club. After a brief sojourn from the game, he made a surprise move to Japan with Nagoya Grampus Eight.He joined Arsenal in 1996 and would be at the club for over two decades. He led the Gunners to numerous trophies, including three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups. Moreover, he also guided them to the Champions League final of 2005-06.Since departing Arsenal, he has been associated with a potential switch to Real Madrid, where countryman Zinedine Zidane recently stepped down after winning three successive Champions League trophies, while he has also been touted as a potential replacement for Didier Deschamps at the head of the France national team should they flop at World Cup 2018.There have also been links to Paris Saint-Germain, where he could go as a sporting director to work with head coach Thomas Tuchel.last_img read more