WESTERN BUREAU:Edwin Allen High School’s girls continue to impress ahead of next month’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships at the National Stadium after dominating the high school categories at Saturday’s Milo Western Relays.They won five of six relay gold on offer, sweeping all the classes and establishing a new meet record 47.60 seconds to win the Class Four 4x100m. They finished in front of rivals Hydel High (49.26) and Holmwood Technical (50.67) seconds.The new record eclipsed their old standard of 48.35 seconds, which they ran in 2014, and signalled that their depth this year will make them hard to beat at Champs.Edwin Allen’s girls also won the Class One 4x100m relay in 46.34 seconds, with Hydel, once again, playing second fiddle with a time of 46.51, and Herbert Morrison taking third place in 47.56 seconds.In Class Three, they were equally impressive, winning in 45.98 seconds. Hydel, who finished second at Champs last year, looked good. They were timed at 46.84 seconds, with Manchester third in 48.25.Big surpriseCornwall College surprised everyone to win the Class One boys’ 4x100m ahead of powerhouse Kingston College in one of the races of the meet.Cornwall clocked 41.02 seconds in a driving finish from KC, 41.16, and Garvey Maceo, 41.21.That blip aside, the purple and white clad team from North Street was, at least, near their best.They ran a record 43.99 seconds to win the boys’ Class Three 4x100m event. Herbert Morrison took second spot at 44.84 and William Knibb third in 45.38.Munro won the Class Two 4x100m relay in a time of 42.31 seconds. KC’s time of 42.81 was god enough for second place, while fast-finishing Green Island High were third in 42.84.The Class Four title went to KC in 45.46 seconds. Herbert Morrison were second in 50.08 ahead of Munro, 50.86 seconds.St Elizabeth Technical High School were superb in the boys’ 4x800m relay, taking top spot in a new record 7:41.44 seconds, beating Spalding High’s old mark of 7:45.08, which they had set in 2014.Kingston College ran 7:47.57 for second place, and Holmwood Boys third in a time of 7:49.17 seconds.STETHS was again atop the podium, when their girls, led by the super-impressive Junelle Bromfield, made it look easy to win the Girls Class 4x400m relay Open event.Timed at 3:40.67 seconds, the STETHS quartet of Sethania Wright, Kenesha Chambers, Stacey Ann Williams and Junelle Bromfield won ahead of Edwin Allen, 3:41.36, with Holmwood taking third in 3:42.44.
TOKYO — A storybook ending to the career of one of baseball’s all-time legends came at the expense of the A’s.The A’s had plenty of chances to spoil Ichiro Suzuki’s retirement, but a bad throw to first by Jurickson Profar made sure his final Major League Baseball game ended with a victory as the A’s fell to the Mariners 5-4 in 12 innings.By the way, Ichiro’s Major League debut? It was also a 5-4 Mariners victory over the Oakland A’s on April 2, 2001.“It would have been a lot easier if we … read more
TOKYO — Jesús Luzardo’s chances of making the Opening Day rotation are officially over.The A’s electric young left-hander has been diagnosed with a rotator cuff strain in his left shoulder. Luzardo will be shut down 4-6 weeks. From that point, the A’s hope is that he would be fully recovered and ready to build his arm back up in the minor leagues.“It’s something that we have to be patient with,” A’s general manager David Forst said. “If we get him out there too soon, you run the risk of doing … read more
China leads the way with 13 gold, 10 silver and 11 bronze medals for a total of 34 medals in all. Australia (7,4,8,19) is in second place, with Ukraine (6, 5, 5, 16) in third. Team South Africa’s Hendri Herbst claimed a bronze medal in the pool at the London Paralympic Games on Friday to add to the gold medal won by Natalie du Toit on Thursday. Unsuccessful defenceFanie van der Merwe was unsuccessful in the defence of his 200 metres title in the T37 class after he lost his balance. The world record holder in the event, Van der Merwe led rounding the bend, but after suffering a speed wobble finished in sixth place in 23.79 seconds. Chenelle van Zyl finished sixth in the women’s discus F35/36, which was decided on a controversial points system. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Renette Bloem swam an African record time of 1:25.72 in the heats of the S11 100m freestyle, but did not progress to the final, while Shireen Sapiro’s African record of 30.87 in the heats of the S10 50m freestyle was also not enough to take her through to the final. Russia’s Roman Kapranov claimed victory in 23.10, which equalled Van der Merwe’s world record, while there were regional records for second placed Guangxu Shang of China and Omar Monterola of Venezuela. BasketballAfter being drubbed 93-39 by defending champions, Australia, in their first outing, the South African men’s basketball team produced a far more competitive showing second time out, but were again beaten, going down 74-50 against Spain. Men’s S13 100m butterflyCharl Bouwer, the winner of a gold medal in the 400m freestyle in Beijing, was in action in the 100m butterfly in the S13 class. He finished well out of the running in seventh place, with a time of 59.39. Ihar Boki of Belarus took the win in a Paralympic record of 55.50, with Russia’s Roman Dubovoy in second and the Australian Timothy Antalfy in third. Competing in the 100m freestyle S11 class, Herbst clocked 59.60 seconds to finish third behind the USA’s Bradley Snyder (57.43) and Bozun Yang (58.61). Medal tableBy the end of Friday’s competition, South Africa shared 19th place on the medal table with Cuba, Denmark, and the Republic of Korea. Kevin Paul set another African record in the men’s S10 50m freestyle, but his time of 25.49 didn’t secure him a place in the final. Anrune Liebenberg qualified for the final of the women’s 200m T45 classification with an African record time of 25.79 seconds, which was the second fastest time in the heats. Marike Naude failed to advance from the heats of the S13 women’s 50m freestyle. At Eton Dornay, where South African Olympians claimed gold and bronze, Sandra Khumalo went through to the repechage of the women’s single scull ASW1x after finishing fifth in her heat. On the cycling track, Jaco van Zyl placed tenth in the men’s C2 individual pursuit in a time of 4:12.794. Australian Ellie Cole was a convincing winner of the gold medal in an Oceania record of 1:09.42. British swimmer Stephanie Milward placed second in 1:11.07 and the USA’s Elizabeth Stone took third in 1:12.28. They were the only three men to dip below the one-minute barrier in the race for blind swimmers. Spain’s Enhamed Enhamed, the winner of the S11 50m and 100m freestyle in the Beijing Paralympics, was fourth in 1:00.76. Gray was slower than she had been in the heats. Her qualifying time of 1:15.59 was just over a second faster than her 1:16.65 in the final, which left her in seventh place. 1 September 2012 Du Toit, who was fifth at the turn, came home strongly, with a second 50m that was barely a second slower than her first 50m, in a time of 1:12.56 to finish fourth. The hosts, Great Britain, are in fifth place. Their total of 20 medals is second to only the Chinese. Women’s S9 100m backstrokeNatalie du Toit, who has seven events on her schedule in London, contested the final of the S9 100m backstroke, an event she had not swum in two previous visits to the Paralympics. Emily Gray gave South Africa two finalists in the same race. read more