Parchment, McLeod plot hurdles dominance

first_imgDOHA, Qatar:World Championships and Olympic Games 110 metres hurdles medallist Hansle Parchment strongly believes that Jamaica, with Omar McLeod and himself leading the way, can wrestle supremacy in the sprint hurdles away from the Americans and Russians.The 25-year-old Parchment won bronze in the event at the 2012 Olympics, with American Aries Merritt, the world record holder, taking gold. Parchment came even closer at last year’s World Championships when he copped silver behind Russia’s Sergey Shubenkov, with McLeod, in his first senior competition final, placing sixth.Parchment now believes that Jamaica has the ammunition to conquer the field at the Rio Olympics later this year.”I feel we have the potential. We are two strong athletes and we are working towards our goals,” Parchment said. “It would be great for us to start to dominate hurdling, which we have never done before.”McLeod, 22, is also keen on a Jamaican dominance of the event. He also envisions himself and Parchment making history.”He (Parchment) is my big bro (brother). We always give each other pep talks before races, we warm up together and we run together,” McLeod shared. “So it is always exciting running with him, and I just want both of us to continue to make Jamaica proud and create a lot of history.”The two gave a glimpse into the future when they finished first and second in the opening Diamond League meet of the season.McLeod won in a world leading and season’s best time of 13.05 seconds, while Parchment, who, like his compatriot, was competing in his first Diamond League, clocked a season-best 13.10.Spain’s Orlando Ortega (13.12) was third, while 2013 World Champion, American David Oliver (13.16) was fourth, and Merritt was sixth in 13.37.unpredictableParchment has, however, warned against complacency. He stressed that the event is very unpredictable and it is just a matter of who executes better on the day.”The hurdles are very unpredictable, so sometimes we can’t tell who will win,” Parchment said. “It is early and I believe everyone is still in the transition phase. This is my second race, so we are really just getting started. It is a very good start so far; probably the best ever for me, so I am giving thanks for that.”McLeod, on the other hand, already has his sights set on winning the Diamond trophy for the event and achieving Olympics glory.”That is my aim (to win everything); that is my goal; especially with the Olympics,” McLeod said. “So I am really just taking it one step at a time and not jumping the gun too much. One race at a time and I know if I do that and go out there and have fun, the sky is the limit.”ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Update – A Fort St. John Man escapes from Psychiatric Hospital

first_img**Update – The RCMP confirmed late Thursday that Terry Giesbrecht returned voluntarily to the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital.We have confirmation this morning that a Fort St. John man convicted of two murders in northeastern B.C. has disappeared from a psychiatric unit. He’s described as caucasian, with dark brown hair and brown eyes. He’s now 46 year old, 6’2″ tall and weighs about 265 pounds.The Mounties say anyone who sees him should not approach nor confront him, but should call 911 immediately. center_img The RCMP in the Vancouver suburb of Coquitlam warned last night that Terry Scott Giesbrecht, left the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in that city on Tuesday, with authorization but has not returned.- Advertisement -He was found guilty in 2005, of second-degree murder in the two Fort St. John beating deaths and after a forensic psychiatrist determined he suffered from paraonoid schizophrenia, he was ruled criminally insane.One RCMP spokesperson is quoted as saying, he has been assessed as having the potential for violent behaviour.There is a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest, and police are seeking public assistance in their search for him.Advertisementlast_img read more

Pochettino accepts blame for ‘sloppy’ Spurs

first_img0Shares0000Ajax in wonderland: Donny van de Beek scored the winner as Ajax beat Tottenham 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, May 1 – Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted he was at fault as Ajax closed in on a first Champions League final for 23 years thanks to Donny van de Beek’s early goal to win the first leg of their semi-final 1-0 on Tuesday.Van de Beek’s opener on 15 minutes was just reward for the Dutch side’s first-half dominance as Tottenham badly missed the presence of the injured Harry Kane and suspended Son Heung-min. Tottenham improved after the break despite another injury blow as Jan Vertonghen had to be helped down the tunnel after a sickening head knock, but lacked the inspiration needed to get back on level terms without their two top scorers.“Watching now of course I can accept it was a mistake the shape we used. But there were not too many options,” said Pochettino.“I am not happy, but our lack of energy from the beginning made our game difficult. We were a little sloppy.”Ajax had shown they are not fazed on the road despite the tender age of many of their squad by shocking Real Madrid and Juventus away to reach the last four and started confidently.Hakim Ziyech’s through ball picked out midfielder Van de Beek who took his time to leave Hugo Lloris prone before slotting into the bottom corner.“I think it was an amazing evening, an amazing result,” said Ajax coach Erik ten Hag.“In the beginning we very strong, we were completely dominating the game and we made a fantastic goal.”Lloris kept his side in the game 10 minutes later from another Van de Beek effort as Ajax threatened to run riot.“The way we conceded the goal was so painful, I think we were so poor in this action,” added Pochettino.“They showed more energy than us, but I think after 30 minutes we started to equalise the game.”– Spurs miss Kane and Son –On top of Kane and Son, Spurs were shorn of the injured Erik Lamela and Harry Winks and lost another key player when Vertonghen came off worst as he contested a high ball with Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana and teammate Toby Alderweireld.Tottenham’s injury woes continued as Jan Vertonghen (left) was forced off with a head knock © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONThe Belgian was patched up and briefly returned to the field before having to be helped down the tunnel leading to questions over why the Spurs medical staff allowed him to continue.“I wasn’t involved,” insisted Pochettino. “It is the doctors’ decision.“I think (the health of the player) is so important, the protocol is there and our medical staff follow the protocol.”Despite that latest blow, the hosts reacted well to end the half on top with Vertonghen’s replacement Moussa Sissoko driving a long-range effort wide.Pochettino’s half-time pep talk had the desired effect as Spurs dug deep into their energy reserves to raise the tempo and intensity of their display after the break.Yet, the quality needed in the final third to get back on level terms was missing without Kane and Son.“We arrived in the last third but we didn’t find a way to create clear chances,” continued Pochettino. “Always we missed the last pass or shot.”Ajax did not make the most of their chances on the break to kill the tie off, but were unfortunate when David Neres’s effort back across Lloris left the French captain helpless only for the ball to rebound back off the post.“We could have kept the ball more and played calmer and that creates opportunities,” said Ten Hag.“With for instance Neres that he didn’t score that was such a pity. Nevertheless winning 1-0 in Tottenham is an amazing result.“We know we can do a lot better next week to finish it off.”Son will be back for the trip to Amsterdam next Wednesday and Spurs will hope the South Korean can repeat his double away to Manchester City in the last eight, but Ajax are in pole position for a final against Barcelona or Liverpool come June 1 in Madrid.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more