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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

Casualty update

Casualty update

first_imgOutside the Afghan region, the Defense Department reports 61 more members of the U.S. military died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Of those, two were the result of hostile action. The military lists these other locations as: Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba; Djibouti; Eritrea; Jordan; Kenya; Kyrgyzstan; Philippines; Seychelles; Sudan; Tajikistan; Turkey and Yemen. There were also four CIA officer deaths and one military civilian death. – Associated Press As of Saturday, at least 3,297 members of the U.S. military had died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 2,674 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers. The AP count is five higher than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated Friday. The British military has reported 140 deaths; Italy, 33; Ukraine, 18; Poland, 19; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11; Denmark, six; El Salvador, five; Slovakia, four; Latvia, three; Estonia, Netherlands, Thailand, two each; and Australia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Romania, one death each. As of Saturday, at least 312 members of the U.S. military have died in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to the Defense Department. Of those, the military reports 196 were killed by hostile action. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more