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Gallant Hudson gets fourth

Gallant Hudson gets fourth

first_imgJamaica’s Shane Hudson clocked a season’s best 49.07 seconds for fourth in the men’s T45/46/47 400 metres final at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday. “I gave it my all,” Hudson said after he narrowly missed out on the bronze medal. He added: “This will make me more determined to continue. The time, 49.07, is my season’s best. I look now to London next year, where the International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships will be held”. Jamaica Paralympic Association president Christopher Samuda described Hudson’s run as “valiant and inspiring and what we expect from an athlete who is determined to give his best on the day”. Hudson was strongly tipped for a medal after he advanced from Friday’s semi-finals with the fastest time. Yesterday, however, he was outrun by the medallists in a very close finish for the top four spots. Cuba’s Ernesto Blanco, beaten by Hudson in the semi-finals, won gold in a personal best 48.79. Silver went to Brazil’s Petrucio Ferreira dos Santos (personal best 48.87), while Gunther Matsinger of Austria pocketed bronze after clocking a season’s best 48.95. Jamaica, with just three competitors, ended the Games without a medal. The other members of the team are Alphanso Cunningham, who competed in the F53/54 javelin throw and the F53 shot put; and Dana-Gaye Weller, who competed in the women’s F51 club throw. Strongly tippedlast_img read more

Three mega striker signings – but who is the best?

Three mega striker signings – but who is the best?

first_imgWith the summer transfer window getting into full swing, clubs are moving to secure their targets ahead of the new Premier League season.Alexandre Lacazette, Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata are all expected to line-up for new clubs when the action kicks off on August 12.But who is most likely to hit the ground running and fire their team towards glory?All three are tipped to smash their future club’s record transfer fees, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United ready to splurge over £180million collectively on new leading men.Lukaku is the only striker with Premier League experience and may benefit from already forged relationships during his previous spell with the Blues.Lacazette and Morata will add further star quality to England’s top-flight and will be confident they can take to a new style of play with relative ease.Style of playAll three players could argue they offer something completely different, but what the trio do have in common is a habit for finding the back of the net.Lacazette proved to be Lyon’s star man last season, scoring 28 Ligue 1 goals and helping the club to a fourth place finish in France’s top division.His relentless style of pressing will offer Arsenal the chance to play higher up the pitch and utilise their possession to better effect, something they simply can’t do when Olivier Giroud is occupying a central role.At Everton, the priority of any Toffees performance was to play to the strengths of Lukaku, where a direct approach helped the big Belgian bag an impressive 25 Premier League goals.But should Lukaku complete his expected return to Stamford Bridge, he will have to adapt to being less of a battering ram, and more of a leading man that is capable of linking the play.Despite making only 14 starts in LaLiga, Morata notched 15 goals as he largely played as a back up to the striking trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale.Jose Mourinho will be hoping the player he handed his Real Madrid debut to, will be able to fill the shoes of the departed Zlatan Ibrahimovic and provide the Red Devils with more of a mobile threat than the big Swede offered in his single season at Old Trafford.Opening fixturesPremier League success stories are often written within the opening chapters, so it is vital each striker gets off to an impressive start with their new club.Lacazette will face Leicester, Stoke, Liverpool, Bournemouth and Chelsea in his first five league games in the red shirt of Arsenal.The Frenchman’s preference to run at defenders should prove effective against teams who would otherwise sit back and wait to be opened up. But Lacazette’s real test of his credentials will come up against the leading lights of Liverpool and Antonio Conte’s champions.Lukaku, meanwhile, will play against Burnley, Tottenham, Everton, Leicester and Arsenal on his expected return to west London.The 24-year-old won’t be lacking motivation should he face his current Toffees teammates and is likely to thrive in three home fixtures, where he will be expected to justify his price tag with a bright start to the season.Morata’s impending arrival will see him come up against West Ham, Swansea, Leicester, Stoke and Everton on his introduction to life in England.The Spaniard’s considerable frame should allow him to hold his own in the early stages of his Old Trafford career, and with a kind fixture list, Morata will be eager to replicate Ibrahimovic’s early impact.Show us your medalsWhile Morata may have lacked the consistent run of starts that Lacazette and Lukaku have enjoyed, when it comes to honours there is simply no contest.So far, Morata has picked up two LaLiga titles, two Copa del Reys, two Champions Leagues, one Super Cup, one Club World Cup, two Serie A titles, two Coppa Italias and one Supercoppa Italia.To save you counting, that’s 13 club trophies earned during his career with Real Madrid and Juventus.Meanwhile, Lukaku picked up the only piece of silverware to date in his career, when Chelsea won the FA Cup in his debut season at Stamford Bridge.Surprisingly, despite being 26, Lacazette has yet to taste victory on the biggest stage, saving most of his adulation for individual awards during his seven years with Lyon.Whatever past successes the trio have enjoyed, memories will be put to one side as they attempt to establish themselves as their new club’s most reliable threat in front of goal. 1 The three strikers are set to compete against each other in the Premier League last_img read more

2005 ASICS NTL- SENIORS DAY THREE SUMMARY

2005 ASICS NTL- SENIORS DAY THREE SUMMARY

first_imgWell, day three at the 2005 Asics Seniors NTL has been long but good. We kicked off at 7:30am Friday morning and didn’t finish games until 10:00pm Friday night. After Thursday’s storm action, we had drizzle all day, had to move games from the main arena to preserve the muddy surface and give it time to dry out before finals and got to watch a beautiful sunset as the lights came on and we had some great night Touch. The day was action packed, with special mention going to retiring Australian Touch CEO Bill Ker (or Sonny Bill Ker as he’s now known). Bill pulled on the boots and slipped into the ACT uniform to help out a side hit hard by injuries. It was his first appearance playing at the NTL, having always been involved as an administrator. What a way to go out Sonny Bill! (Pictured here.) Summary of day three: MENS 30’s: After the final round of competition in the Mens 30’s, the Mets and Sharks finished on top of the ladder, with no losses but a draw against each other. With the Scorpions no more than one or two touchdowns behind those two sides, the finals are sure to be hot. In Saturday’s semis the Mets will face the Scorpions and the Sharks will meet the Mets, guaranteeing a certain NSW v Qld style grand final. The Cyclones are the only side yet to win a match in the Mens 30’s and will be looking to topple the Crusaders in their 8th-9th play off and finish with a match against the Warriors for 7th place. MENS 35’s: In the Mens 35’s the Sydney Scorpions and Mets are looking very tough to go past, although the Sharks and the Cyclones round up the top four and are lurking as the outside chances. The Sharks have been slightly inconsistent though, their 3-2 win over the Mets followed by a 7-6 loss to the Hornets. Other quality matches on day three of the Mens 35’s included the Rustlers 4-3 win over the Warriors and the Mets 4-2 win over the Cyclones. MENS 40’s: The Mens 40’s had a massive day of competition, not finishing until 10pm due to the cancellation of their matches the previous day. It looks like it will be an action packed competition, as the Scorpions, Sharks and Suns are all tightly packed at the top of the ladder and the Northern Eagles not far behind. The Northern Eagles are defending Champions, so they can be expected to put in a solid performance come semi finals times. The Scorpions will face the Eagles and the Sharks will play the Suns. MENS 45’s: The Cobras have been the outstanding side of the Mens 45’s, only allowing 7 touchdowns to be scored against them, with three of those being from their match against the ACT (led by the mighty Sonny Bill Ker, ATA retiring CEO who stepped in to make a final appearance for the last few matches, as the ACT side has been decimated by injuries.) The Mets, Scorpions and Eagles look like they could be the only sides who will challenge the defense of the Cobras, who are still looking as fresh as they did on day one amazingly. The Cobras will face the Eagles and the Mets will face the Scorpions in the Mens 45’s semi finals. MENS 50’s: The Mens 50’s were among the last to leave Coffs Stadium Friday night, with their matches finishing after 9pm. It was certainly a tough night for the Mens 50’s, with the weather and wind being cold, although the atmosphere under lights is always something special. Being the end of a very long day and quite late at night, amny of their final round of pool matches were low scoring affairs, the Eagles winning 6-0 over the Rustlers, Cyclones 4-0 over the Suns, Sharks 4-0 over the Cobras and Mets 2-1 over Hornets. The Mets will face the Sharks in the first semi final, while the Hornets will meet the local Northern Eagles. WOMENS 30’s: The Crusaders and Scorpions look the side to beat in this division, their 3-3 draw earlier in the competition leaving them on top of the ladder together. Their strong record puts them straight through to the semi finals, with the other sides forced into qualifying finals for the final two spots in the semis Friday night. The qualifying system looks complicated, but basically the remaining sides, the Suns, Mets, Cobras and Rustlers are fighting for the two remaining spots in the Semi finals. WOMENS 35’s: The Womens 35’s competition may only have five teams but it is certainly tough. The Cyclones and Rustlers played off for the final spot in the final four, with the Cyclones, yet to win a match all tournament, defeating the Rustlers 1-0. They now go through to a semi final against the Hornets, while the Suns will face the Sharks. WOMENS 40’s: The Sydney Scorpions finished top of their pool with four wins and a draw, with the draw against the third placed Cyclones indicating the Eagles (finishing second,) the Scorpions and Cyclones all have more than just a fingertip on the title. The Scorpions will face the Cobras in the first semi final, while the Eagles play the Cyclones.last_img read more