Fraser-Pryce chasing history

first_imgThe women’s sprints are exploding with speed. Last year, a 16-year-old American, Candace Hill, broke 11 seconds for 100 metres. New names have emerged here in the form of Elaine Thompson and Natasha Morrison and in Holland through Dafne Schippers. Africa has the dynamic duo of Blessing Okagbare and Murielle Ahoure. Britain has an entry into these high speed stakes in the form of 2014 World Junior Champion Dina Asher-Smith. These are just some of the women who stand between Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and a unique place in athletics history. At present, two Americans – Wyomia Tyus and Gail Devers – other than the little Jamaican have won the Olympic gold medal in the 100 metres. Tyus’ form dipped in between her gold medal runs in 1964 in Tokyo and in 1968 in Mexico, but that is perhaps understandable. Back then, there were no World Championships to chase. Devers was World Champion in 1993, when she won a squeaker over Jamaican icon Merlene Ottey. That narrow win came after her 1992 Olympic success over Juliet Cuthbert in Barcelona and before another heartbreaker over Ottey in the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996. Athletically, gold at the World Championships equals gold in track and field at the Olympics. Power of tradition However, the Worlds started only in 1983 and still lack the lustre of the Olympics. That’s the power of a tradition that started with the first Olympics in 1896. So even though she is already the most successful 100-metre sprinter, the 29-year-old Kingston native ‘needs’ to win an unprecedented third Olympic gold medal to become the undisputed Queen of Speed. Last year, she won her third World title despite easing off early to celebrate. This year could be harder. Schippers will fully focus on sprinting for the first time and Thompson will likely campaign in both the 100m and the 200m. Nigerian Okagbare and Ahoure, the ace from the Ivory Coast, could be back to the form that gave them medals at the 2013 World Championships. Asher-Smith, who took the British record under 11 seconds last season, could move forward again and the American World bronze medal winner, Tori Bowie, is certain to threaten. There is one other challenger. Veronica Campbell-Brown, the World 100m champion in 2007, is chasing her own piece of history. Fruitful career In a long and fruitful career, she has twice won the Olympic bronze medal in the 100 metres. At 33, she is older than Shelly, but her surprising 21.97-second run for third in the World Championships 200m final came after a season troubled by leg ailments. A win in the 100m might be enough to win VCB the undisputed title of best Jamaican female sprinter of all time. With the 2020 Olympics a further four years away, this is probably her last chance. The field is fabulous as all mentioned herein have broken 11 seconds, with Kerron Stewart, Sherone Simpson and Carmelita Jeter, all Olympic silver medal winners in the 100m and long jumper-sprinter Tianna Bartoletta, appearing as respected outsiders. However, on the strength of her dominating 2015 season and her consistent speed in big meets, Shelly-Ann is on course to make history. Mathematically, any medal will pull her away from Tyus and Devers, but that won’t be enough to settle the arguments. The gold medal is the big prize. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980.last_img read more

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Fort St. John gives update to Mayor and Council on Official Community Plan (OCP)

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Official Community Plan is now in phase 3. Phase 3 involves the drafting of the document inclusive of mapping. To go from Phase 3 to Phase 4, the OCP team would like a workshop with council before the OCP goes public.Mayor Lori Ackerman said she had no problem with meeting with the OCP team and they scheduled a meeting for Wednesday afternoon.The OCP team says that the majority of the draft is complete, however there are still areas that need to be completed/discussed such as Community-to-Community discussions with First Nations, Agricultural Land Reserve, and Fringe Area Development.- Advertisement -After the workshop with Mayor and Council is complete, the draft of the OCP can then receive public feedback and suggestions.The OCP team would like to bring the draft to the Block Party on September 10th to gather public feedback.last_img read more

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RCMP believe two deaths in rural Saskatchewan may be drug overdoses

first_imgPolice say two sudden deaths in a rural Saskatchewan community may be the result of drug overdoses.RCMP say the men were found when officers responded to a call about a death at a home in Maidstone near the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary.One of the men was already dead and the other died while receiving medical care at the scene.RCMP say it will take time for the chief coroner to confirm whether the men died of overdoses and, if so, what they had consumed.Mounties also say substances believed to be cocaine and fentanyl were found in two people in the Kamsack area northeast of Regina on Wednesday.The individuals did not require emergency medical treatment.Police are warning the public that street drugs often represented as one thing can contain other substances such as fentanyl, which can be deadly even in small doses.The latest deaths come after eight overdoses in the city of Saskatoon since last weekend. Three people died and Saskatoon police fear cocaine laced with fentanyl is circulating.Three men were arrested after investigators took the unusual step of releasing the street name and phone number of an alleged drug dealer in the hope of preventing further deaths.Police are still urging anyone who may have purchased cocaine from a dealer named “Lil Joe” or “Joe Bro” to hand the drug over to authorities. They say no charges will be laid.RCMP, too, are urging people to avoid taking illegal substances.“This particular drug may still be circulating in Saskatchewan. Contact should be completely avoided and police should be notified,” the Mounties said in a release Friday.last_img read more

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