McLaughlin-Whilby looks for success in 400m

first_imgAnneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, who in her first Olympics last year copped silver with Jamaica’s 4x400m women’s relay team, returned to training last week with her sights set on the 400m at next year’s IAAF World Championships in London next year. The former Holmwood Technical standout, now a 30-year-old wife, last summer, copped an all important medal which was, no doubt, the missing part of a very resplendent youth career. “I started training this week, so I am very excited. I would say I had a wonderful season last year; 2016 was good for me and a comeback year for me,” she outlined. “I made my first Olympic team and I got a silver medal in the women’s 4x400m,” the athlete continued, in company of her number-one fan and husband Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Captain Cortess Whilby. They were present at a ceremony for the country’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes at the National Indoor Sports Centre last Saturday night. “I definitely think my best is yet to come seeing as I changed to the 400m, so the room for improvement is great, and I am just looking forward to next season,” she continued. “Personally, I don’t really set short-term goals. I do it one step at a time as the season progresses. I don’t really have times that I would like to meet; I just look to go out there and compete to do my best and surpass my previous marks,” she told The Gleaner. In 2002, the talented athlete was awarded the Austin Sealy Trophy for the most outstanding athlete of the Carifta Games. However, she never made the expected transition onto the world stage. She finished fifth in the 200m final at the 2009 IAAF World Championships and reached the Commonwealth Games final also, then dropped the 200m to pursue the 400m at the National trials prior to the Rio Olympics. She is still working with high school coach Maurice Wilson. “I just hope to train hard and stay injury free and, hopefully, I will make the World Championships team,” added the athlete. She was backed by a husband who is also the JDF’s sports team captain. “It was a good feeling when she and her team picked up that medal. I’m hoping for the best for her. She did well this season and we are looking for better next season, hopefully God is on her side and she stays injury free and will pull through with gold,” Captain Whilby pointed out. He noted that he will be hoping to travel to London to support his wife. “Well, my boss is here. Hopefully, there is nothing in the country that requires me here, and, hopefully, I can go,” he remarked. “I do think she has her best to come.” HARD WORK AHEADlast_img read more

Manchester United transfer news: Why Mou is upset and what’s set to happen next

first_img 7. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – France superstar Griezmann is spending at least one more year in Spain, but already his potential move next summer is being spoken about. Signing a new contract hasn’t dampened speculation with the player saying: “To be honest, I don’t know. I’m going to be here next season, after that we’ll see.” 1. Jose Mourinho is unhappy with the lack of transfer business – Click the right arrow above for more Manchester United news and rumours… – During the days of Sir Alex Ferguson, there weren’t too many leaks out of Old Trafford, but currently several media outlets have managed to get wind of Mourinho’s unhappiness. Last summer, Manchester United had four deals done early doors, but currently only have Victor Lindelof signed up when they ideally want four transfers in total. The main reason behind Mourinho’s unhappiness appears to centre around the fact he wanted his new stars to be with the club for the start of their pre-season tour. It’s been a difficult summer as Manchester United attempt to strengthen their team ahead of the new season.The Red Devils may have signed Victor Lindelof, but in their bid to land a number of key targets early in the window, they appear to be failing.Several stars, including Alvaro Morata are being linked with big money moves, but executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has been unable to land them, which has seemingly irked Jose Mourinho.So what is the latest news doing the rounds about transfers at Old Trafford? Click the right arrow above to find out… 6. Chris Smalling to West Ham or West Brom – With West Ham and West Brom on the England defender’s tail, the 27-year-old is seeking talks at Old Trafford. Smalling wants first-team assurances ahead of next year’s World Cup, but it appears Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly will see it curtailed. 2. Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid) – Spain star Morata has, reportedly, been Jose Mourinho’s top attacking target this summer, but still a deal hasn’t been done. Currently, Real are holding out for a £72m fee, but the Red Devils are trying to lower this asking price. It is believed the player still expects a move to happen, but it might not happen in time for him to join them at the start of their pre-season tour. Mourinho is said to want the deal done by Sunday, but there are still hoops to jump through to get the deal over the line. 7 7 7 7 4. Wayne Rooney to Everton – A deal to take the England international back to Goodison Park is creeping ever closer. It appears the move will be a free transfer, allowing Everton to pay him £250,000 a week, over two years. 3. Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan) – With Mourinho urging Ed Woodward to hurry up with his transfer business, it appears the Croat could join imminently. Italian media is suggesting the player has agreed personal terms, which will see him get paid £6.2m a year. A transfer fee still needs to be sorted, though, with Manchester United around £10m below the figure Inter Milan. 5. David De Gea to Real Madrid – As Real Madrid seek a long-term replacement for Keylor Navas, they may be about to turn their attention to De Gea once more. Earlier in the summer, Real had been interested in landing Gianluigi Donnarumma, but this deal now appears to be off the table, leaving them to look at other options. Talks between the club and his agent are likely but it’s doubtful a transfer will materialise any time soon. 7 7 7last_img read more