Champs matchups to savour

first_imgAbsorbing match-ups are sprinkled liberally across the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships this week. Yet, despite the collective allure, one has captured the nation’s imagination. That special one pits Nigel Ellis of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) against Jhevaughn Matherson of Kingston College (KC) and Raheem Chambers of St Jago High School. In a world where the Olympic or World 100m champion has long been dubbed the world’s fastest human, that extra interest is understandable. Chambers and Matherson are precocious talents who each have won the Class Three 100m in record time. Two years ago, Chambers out-started his friendly KC rival to win in a Class Two record time of 10.29 seconds, with Matherson next in 10.37 seconds. By contrast, Ellis has never won a Champs medal before. This late bloomer moved from Cambridge High and has blossomed at STETHS. He was fourth in both the Class One 100 and 200m last year, with Chambers behind him in the shorter race. All of those ahead of him, including former Calabar standout Michael O’Hara, are gone. So is his 2015 personal best of 10.45. Some didn’t believe his fast-winning Western Champs times of 10.20 and 20.40 seconds until his measured 10.26-second dash to beat Chambers in the Under-20 100m at the recent Carifta Trials. Even though that was Chambers’ first 100m of the season, and even though Matherson smoothly released a 10.25 to win the under-18, everyone believes in Ellis now. His mission is to become the first boy from STETHS to win the Class One 100m. For all that, there are some other big matchups. Ellis’ schoolmate, Junelle Bromfield, and Ashley Williams of Holmwood Technical are heading for a highly anticipated meeting in the Class One 400m. Bromfield is strong and Williams is quick, but the STETHS girl is just about 0.3 faster on the clock this year. Despite all that and the lofty expectations for the clashes between Jauavney James, Shevon Parkes, and Leon Clarke in the Class One 800m and between the JC pair of O’Brien Wasome and Clayton Brown in the Class One triple jump, the girls’ Class Two 100m hurdles will share the spotlight. Two former Class Three and Four winners, Sidney Marshall of Manchester High and Holmwood’s Shanette Allison, demand attention in the Class Two 100 metres hurdles. Allison edged her elder rival at Central Champs and looked great on Tuesday in the Champs heats. Her time of 13.60 seconds led all qualifiers in the preliminary round. Perhaps next year, when she will again be in Class Two, she will knock on the door of the record, set at 13.38 seconds by Peta-Gaye Williams. As in the boys’ Class One 100m, there is another worthy contender. That’s Marshall’s teammate, Daszay Freeman. This leggy lass has sprint credentials, having beaten St Jago’s outstanding Kimone Shaw. Marshall is slick. Allison is quick and Freeman has the look of someone who will keep improving. One of them could become really, really good. That’s the great thing about Champs. Whether the athlete is as unheralded as Ellis or as established as bright prospects like Chambers and Matherson, those who watch Champs keenly could see a gem. So here’s a word of advice. Don’t lose focus after the big 100-metre final. The girls’ Class Two 100-metre hurdles could be the race of the meet. HIGHLY ANTICIPATEDlast_img read more

Sunderland v QPR line-ups: Robinson out, Manning in, Sunderland star starts

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesRyan Manning and Idrissa Sylla start at the Stadium of Light for QPR, who are without Jack Robinson.In-form defender Robinson misses out after breaking a bone in his hand ahead of the game.Sylla starts up front along with Jamie Mackie, with Conor Washington among the Rangers substitutes.Joel Lynch also starts for the R’s, who are without defenders Steven Caulker, Nedum Onuoha, Grant Hall and James Perch.For Sunderland, fit-again winger Duncan Watmore starts and Lewis Grabban is on the bench after recovering from a hamstring problem.Sunderland: Steele, Jones, Matthews, O’Shea, Oviedo, Cattermole, Ndong, Honeyman, Eatmore, McGeady, Vaughan.Subs: Ruiter, Grabban, Williams, Gibson, McManaman, Gooch, Love.QPR: Smithies, Baptiste, Lynch, Bidwell, Wszolek, Scowen, Luongo, Freeman, Manning, Mackie, Sylla.Subs: Lumley, Washington, Furlong, Smith, Ngbakoto, Osayi-Samuel, Wheeler. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Mangosong, Gabriel dominate anew in MMF Supercross

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Minutes earlier, the 21-year-old Gabriel, a mass communication student at Wesleyan University in Cabanatuan City, repulsed the determined challenges of Jasmin Jao, Quiana Reyes and Davao sensation Susi Magarang to take first place in the Ladies Class also with 150 points.Ralph Ramento settled for second overall with 135 points, followed by Ompong Gabriel (114), CK Ramento (96) and Jolet Jao (75). Mangosong pocketed  P50,000 as overall champion, plus P10,000 as 7th leg winner. Ramento took home P25,000 and Gabriel P10,000.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsKnown for his double-quad-double stint during the final leg, Mangosong never looked back after winning the Dunlop holeshot. Ramento had a crash early in the 20-minute lap, while new face Terrence Napat surprised the crowd by securing the third spot.“For every round of the series, I always make sure to have an ace hidden at my back pocket like the overjumps, the sudden change of lines from the conventional outside berm lines to switching inside inside, and now the double quad double. It is done by learning the track and mixing things up to my advantage. That’s all part of my strategy for this whole series,” said the 28-year old Mangosong.  Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Jericho Cruz reunites with Yeng Guiao at NLEX DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messcenter_img CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Davao’s pride Ruel “Bornzkie” Mangosong and Nueva Ecija’s fearless lady rider Clianna Patricia “Pia” Gabriel put an exclamation mark to their tag as King ang Queen of Philippine motocross with overpowering victories in the 7th and final round of the MMF Supercross 7 at the MX Messiah Fairgrounds in Taytay, Rizal.Mangosong, whose mental toughness is the envy of fellow pro riders, turned the one-hectare racetrack into his own domain to rule the centerpiece Shell Advance Pro Open enroute to winning the 7-leg series with an overall total of 150 points.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport “My motivation is still the same, God and my family, for everything I learned all throughout my racing career, from my amateur days up until now God has put me in this position to be a blessing and an inspiration to others who are walking in my path,” said Mangosong.Mangosong also sees a bright future for motocross.“I see the sport growing and moving forward. I mean now it’s already on its stage where all want to step up on the next level,’’ said Mangosong.Celebrity rider Oyo Sotto emerged victorious in the Beginners Open Production with 151 points and in the power enduro with 118 points. Moto king Jao secured the Veterans Open with 150 overall points, while Jojo Sayas beat the odds and took home the Executive Production with 128 points. Amateur Open Production winners Rico Herrero and Maynard Mercado both settled with 111 points while Open Underbone champ Renato Balay Jr (102) edged Jayvee Antazo (97). Ariz Amaro (132) and Jomar Francisco (107) grabbed the spotlight after winning the local enduro 2-stroke and local enduro 6-stroke, respectively. ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Shana Vernice Tamayo (139 points) outsmarted Xyxy Maximo to win the girls class (age 12 and below). Maximo bagged the 50cc class (age 9 and below) with 136 points. Rising motocross stars Joshua Tamayo ruled the 50cc class (age 7 and below), Carl Celestino won the 65cc (age 11 and below) and Dylan Fabian topped the Yamaha PW50. Wenson Reyes reigned supreme in the 85cc class.Organized by Pastor Sam Tamayoof the Generation Congregation, the seven-leg series attracted big names from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Tamayo,  who advocates safe riding, expressed his gratitude to sponsors Shell Advance, Yamaha Motor Ph, Dunlop, Rich Bian Taxi, Fox Head Ph, Coffee Grounds, Mmf Academy, Vermosa, NAMSSA, Dans, Monster Energy, MySiP, Power Roof Construction, DG Budget Hotel, SOFT, BEST Taytay and Armed Safe. ‘‘To you Lord be all the glory and honor,’’ added Tamayo, who said it was a miracle that the series happened. ‘‘Last year after the season I told my wife @faithzjoy we need a miracle and clear direction from the Lord if we are still to continue the MMF ministry… We’ve gone through a lot of tough times during the time. Felt like an uphill battle in our quest to glorify the Lord through the sport.. Then the Lord sent @osotto and @khsotto family to affirm to us He still has a wonderful plan for the sports. Thank you Lord.’’The series was sanctioned by the Games and Amusements Board headed by Baham Mitra.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP View commentslast_img read more