Take one look at Jamaican Olympic triple jump hopeful Shanieka Thomas and her potential is obvious. At six-foot tall and 145 pounds, she is built almost exactly like world record holder Inessa Kravets. Thomas, 11th at the 2015 World Championships, knows the similarity and hopes one day to match the Ukrainian’s fine achievements. Kravets set the record – 15.50 metres – at the 1995 Worlds and took gold as well at the 1996 Olympics. “The fact that the world record holder has the same build as me is encouragement to show I’m able to achieve the world record or even more,” she observed after a training session at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies last week. “A lot of people don’t remember that the world record holder has a really slim build,” she pinpointed. Thomas, a three-time US collegiate champion at San Diego State University, left California to train at Mona last season. “Everyone was asking me, ‘Why come back to Jamaica and there’s not a lot of people doing well in the field events?’,” she recalled. “It’s hard to have a lot of people doing well in the field events if nobody actually comes home to show the talent the coaches have here,” she analysed. “So it’s a big jump, and it was risky at first, but I like the transition because it’s been going well.” With astute advice from her coach, Kerry-Lee Ricketts, the former Vere Technical High School student-athlete qualified for the Worlds at the last opportunity with a winning 14.23-metre jump at the NACAC Championships in Costa Rica. Now their goal is to make her faster and stronger. MORE SPEED “This year,” she revealed, “we’re focusing on getting more speed down the runway, as well as strengthening, making sure I’m more powerful.” Now almost 24, Thomas has great respect for retired 2005 World Champion Trecia Smith and her former Vere Technical teammate, Kimberly Williams, who in 2014 succeeded Smith as Commonwealth champion. Mention of Smith’s national record of 15.16 metres and Thomas glows. “That’s a really big performance, and I would love to jump at least 15.01,” she envisioned, “just to be over the mark.” During her San Diego years, the 2008 Carifta Games Under-17 champion ran relays on a regular basis. Now she dreams of running the 4×400 in black green and gold. “Every season, I contemplate doing the 400, but when I start thinking about the training for the 400,” she shudders, “I’m like, no. I’m going to stick with the triple jump.” She is encouraged by the relay running of World and Olympic triple jump men’s champion Christian Taylor at the 2014 World Relays. “If it’s not the Olympics or the World Championships,” she said, “if it’s even like the Pan-Am Games or something like that, I want to run a 4×4 … for Jamaica.” Runs over 350 and 400 metres are part of her background training for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and she says “you’ll maybe see me on the 4×4 for UWI for the preparation towards Rio”.
Newcastle United v Huddersfield Town Newcastle United Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Huddersfield Town Goal Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Newcastle United v Huddersfield Town Newcastle United Huddersfield Town Premier League Rafael Benitez’s side are looking to edge further away from the relegation zone when they host a side struggling away this season Newcastle United may have climbed up to 13th in the Premier League, but Rafael Benitez’s side have little room to relax in their fight for survival.The Magpies picked up a much-needed 3-0 win over Southampton before the international break to move four points clear of the relegation zone.But with a few of their rivals near the bottom of the table taking on top half sides this weekend, Newcastle have a chance to push further ahead of those struggling below them as they welcome Huddersfield Town. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Although David Wagner’s team sit just a point behind Newcastle, they have just one point from their last three games and have lost 10 on the road this term, and Benitez’s men will be hoping to record consecutive league wins for the first time since September.Newcastle injuries The hosts are likely to have Matt Ritchie fit, despite his early return from the Scotland squad, but Islam Slimani is still injured and yet to make his first appearance for the club, while Jonjo Shelvey is a doubt.Newcastle suspensions Newcastle do not have any suspended players ahead of the tie.Newcastle potential starting line-upRitchie could make the starting XI after training during the week so could take his place on the right.With Shelvey’s availability unknown, Isaac Hayden could be the man to partner Mohamed Diame in midfield.Huddersfield Town team news Jon Stankovic, Michael Hefele and Danny Williams are all out injured, while Terence Kongolo and Sean Scannell remain doubtful.Huddersfield have no suspensions heading into this game.TV channel & kick-off time The fixture will not be broadcast live in the UK (United Kingdom), but can be watched in the United States on NBC Gold and kicks off at 10:00 ET.Best Opta match facts Newcastle haven’t won three consecutive matches at St. James’ Park in the Premier League since a run of four under Alan Pardew in December 2014. Huddersfield have failed to score in any of their last three Premier League games. It’s their third run of three consecutive goalless league games this season, but they’re yet to go four without a goal in the Premier League. The Terriers have only scored in four of their 15 away Premier League games this season, but they haven’t lost any of those games in which they’ve found the net (W3 D1). After failing to score with his first 43 shots in the Premier League this season, Matt Ritchie has found the net with two of his last four in the competition. Aaron Mooy has scored in each of Huddersfield’s last two league matches against Newcastle, netting the winner in this season’s reverse fixture.