800m FINAL JAMAICA were in record mood at the NACAC Senior Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica, yesterday, capturing two gold and one bronze medal. Rasheed Dwyer took the men’s 200 metres, and the men’s 4×100 metres relay quartet of Mario Forsythe, Jason Livermore, Oshane Bailey and Sheldon Mitchell mined gold in Championships record time, while Kimara McDonald claimed bronze in the women’s 800 metres. The three took Jamaica’s overall tally to seven – three gold, one silver and three bronze. Heavy rain and thunderstorm had forced a postponement of the 4x100m on Saturday night. Jamaica did not field a team in the women’s event. However, the men’s team was in a no-nonsense mood as they sped to an impressive record run of 38.07 seconds. The United States were second in 38.45 seconds, with Barbados third in 38.55. A few hours later, Dwyer took the track in the men’s 200m final, where he was the favourite to win the gold medal, following his 20.17 seconds record run in the semi-final the previous day. Drawn in lane four, the Jamaican covered his rivals quickly before sprinting away to a new meet record of 20.12 seconds. Yancarlos Martinez of the Dominican Republic finished second in 20.37, while Antoine Adams of St Kitts/Nevis took bronze in 20.47. Olympic and Word Championship medallist, Kerron Stewart, continued along a miserable path this season, as she placed fourth in the women’s 200m final, in 22.80 seconds. Her teammate, Jodean Williams, finished sixth in 23.12 seconds. The United States’ Kyra Jefferson won the gold medal in a Championship record 22.50 seconds, just edging out Trinidad and Tobago’s Samoy Hackett, 22.51 and Dezerea Bryant, also of the United States, who claimed bronze in 22.58. McDonald, the fastest qualifier going into the women’s 800m final, finished third in 2:02.14. The United States’ Chanelle Pryce won gold in 2:00.48, ahead of Cuba’s Gabrielle Medina, who clocked 2:02.13. In the men’s 800m final, Jamaica’s Ricardo Cunningham just missed out on a medal, as he placed fourth in 1:47.14. The United States’ Ryan Martin won in a record 1:45.78. Other Jamaicans fared worse yesterday. Samantha Elliot was fifth in the women’s 400m hurdles final in 56.26 seconds, as the United States’ Tiffany Williams won in a record 54.37. In the men’s equivalent, Javarn Gallimore placed sixth in 50.59 seconds. Puerto Rico’s Javier Culson won in a Championship record 48.70 seconds. On Saturday night, Kamal Fuller gave the country its third medal, as he took silver in the men’s long jump final with a leap of 7.88m. At press time last time, Jamaica were poised to add to the medal tally, with teams in the respective men’s and women’s 4x400m finals.
‘grateful’ SOCHI, Russia (CMC): Lewis Hamilton took a giant leap towards his second straight Formula One drivers’ title, and third overall, when he won the Russian Grand Prix here yesterday. Starting from second on the grid, the 30-year-old Brit capitalised on the retirement of pole-sitter and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg after eight laps, to take the chequered flag in one hour, 37.11 minutes. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was five seconds behind in second, while Force India’s Sergio Perez snatched a surprise place on the podium. With his ninth victory of the season, Hamilton moved 66 points clear at the top of the drivers’ standings on 302 points, and now needs nine more points than the second-placed Vettel and two more than third-placed Rosberg at the next race in the United States to clinch the title. “I’ve been incredibly grateful to be where I am. I think today’s just a happy moment for me,” said Hamilton, whose paternal grandparents are Grenadian. “Yesterday, of course, when you qualify second and your target is to excel and over-deliver and when you under-deliver, of course it’s not a happy moment, but today I came here with a positive attitude, which I have at every race, and I think even in the last race – not all the races – I’ve been incredibly grateful for the car holding together.” Hamilton drove aggressively from the outset, but failed to get past Rosberg, who opened up a lead after the first lap. A smash-up shortly after saw the safety car come out, and when the race restarted on lap four, Rosberg was already experiencing problems with his throttle. With the car fading, Hamilton snatched the lead on lap seven and dominated the event with Vettel in pursuit. The victory was Hamilton’s second straight in Sochi following his triumph last year – and the 42nd of his career – tying him with Vettel for third on the all-time list. His victory also gave Mercedes the constructors’ title with three races left in the season.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): World number one West Indies will face host nation India, along with Australia, in the warm-up round of the ICC World Twenty20 Championship, which bowls off in March. The ICC recently unveiled the pre-tournament fixtures, showing the Windies matches – both to be played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The match against India will be on March 10, while the contest against the Aussies will be on March 13. No other official fixtures have been listed, leaving these matches key to the team’s preparation for the March 8 to April 3 tournament. West Indies have been drawn in Group One of the Super 10 stage of the T20 World Cup and will play alongside England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and one of the qualifiers from the first round. Group Two will comprise India, New Zealand, Pakistan, and Australia and a qualifier advancing from the first round.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC):The young WestIndies cricketer, Shamar Springer, who broke Bangladeshi hearts with an unbeaten half-century that set up a thrilling, three-wicket victory, says it felt good to beat the hosts in front of thousands of spectators.Springer steadied the young West Indies innings with an unbeaten 62 from 88 balls, which steered them past Bangladesh’s 226 all out, with eight balls to spare in front of thousands of dejected home fans.His match-winning effort, which followed a disciplined bowling performance in which he grabbed two wickets, ensured the Caribbean side will meet the undefeated India Under-19s for the title on Sunday at the same venue.”Right now words can’t really explain how I feel,” said Springer, a lanky all-rounder from Haggatt Hall in the Barbadian parish of St. Michael.”This is a very heart-warming feeling to guide my team to victory. It feels very good and it feels even better to beat them in front of 15,000.”WINNING RUNSSpringer capped his performance by hitting the winning runs, a drive through cover, off Mohammad Saiffudin, for his fifth four, and was named Player of the Match.”I was very satisfied,” said Springer, referring to his bowling figures of two for 36 from ten overs, same as compatriot Chemar Holder.”This was my best performance, in my opinion, with the ball, and it was great to get that performance in at this stage”.It will be the second time a West Indies Under-19 teamwill play in the Final of the tournament, following Denesh Ramdin’s side which lost to Pakistan Under-19s 12 years ago.”They should watch us because we are young andexciting and just hungry for victory,” said Springer, in a comment directed at West Indies fans eager for a favourable outcome in Sunday’s final.”They should also look forward to see my chestroll again”.
Jamaica’s first ever competitor at the Winter Youth Olympics Daniel Mayhew finished in 13th position in the Monobob competition in Lillehammer, Norway on Saturday morning (Jamaica time). Mayhew, who was introduced to the bobsled event less than a year ago, stopped the clock at 58.85 seconds in his first run and then posted 58.62 seconds in his second run for a combined time of 1:57.47. This left him in 13th spot in the 15 athlete field. The gold medal went to Germany’s Jonas Jannusch (1:54.29) with Russia’s Maksim Ivanov (1:54.44) taking second and Norway’s Christian Olsen (1:54.53) finishing in third place. In his first heat, Mayhew’s push – off time was an impressive 5.67 seconds but he failed to get enough speed down the course and lost some speed in the fourth sector after hitting turn number 13.
SHARJAH, UAE, CMC:Captain Jason Holder has urged his West Indies side to “stay hungry” after they broke a prolonged slump to beat Pakistan by five wickets in the third and final Test here yesterday to post their first Test win in 19 months.The all-rounder said the Windies had the makings of a very good unit, but stressed it was important to build on the Sharjah success and begin to produce more consistent performances in the future.Holder, who was presiding over his first Test win, also called for the unit to be kept together as he believes they have the potential to become a dominant Test force.”This is a very good group of guys. We’ve shown glimpses that we can compete, we’ve shown glimpses we have what it takes to compete at this level,” said Holder, who turns 25 tomorrow.”For us, it’s just a matter of consistency. We mustn’t get complacent. We have no reason to be complacent. One Test victory, by all means, is not enough. It’s a situation where we have to stay hungry, and that’s something I really believe we have in the group.”Everybody is young, everybody is looking to make their mark on the international circuit, so everybody is hungry for success. And one thing I really enjoy in this dressing room is that everybody is happy for each other’s success.”GOOD MATCHESHe continued: “It’s just a situation where I think we need to stay together. We need to be given some time together as a group to gel, to understand one another, to play some good solid cricket.”We’ve definitely shown it here. We’ve competed against India [earlier this year], we had a good last few Test matches in Australia [last year], so it’s a situation where we need to string together consistent performances over an extended period of time.”I have no doubt we will get back on the right track in order to take West Indies cricket back up to the top.”West Indies completed an emphatic victory at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium when they easily chased down a modest target of 153.They resumed the final day on 114 for five, still requiring 39 runs for victory, but opener Kraigg Brathwaite and wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich both stroked 60 not out in stretching their overnight unbroken sixth-wicket stand to 87 to rule out any chance of defeat.Holder said that after losses in the first Test in Dubai and the second Test in Abu Dhabi, he was proud of the way West Indies had rebounded to win here.”If I could sum up my feelings right now in one word, I’d just say ‘proud’ – proud of the character which the guys showed, proud of the fight they showed on the back of a lot of criticism here and there,” he explained.”It’s been a tough year, and for the guys to come out in this last Test match and perform the way they did – and not only this Test match. I thought we were competitive the entire series, and just to show that commitment, that willpower, that never-say-die attitude, it’s really, really commendable and makes me feel really proud.”He added: “One Test match victory does not make us a world-beating side, but it’s just a situation where we’ve shown people we can do it. We’ve competed with Pakistan throughout this entire series.”We fell short in Dubai. I thought we were basically outplayed in Abu Dhabi but still managed to come up with one of the highest fourth innings totals there in that Test match and to come here now and just finish an actual game on the winning side is just a wonderful feeling.”Seamer Holder played a pivotal role in the victory, coming up with his maiden career Test five-wicket haul to help bundle Pakistan out for 208 in their second innings and put the Windies in command.He said the performance was an inspiring personal achievement.”Playing cricket for West Indies is something I always dreamt of doing and I’m here today playing cricket for West Indies, and to be able to win a Test match – win any cricket game for West Indies – means a lot to me personally,” he noted.”But to be a big factor in terms of contributing to the team win is obviously a heartening feeling for me and one which I really, really take to heart and will go a long way for me going forward in the future.”
SOCHI, Russia (AP):Valtteri Bottas fended off hard-charging Sebastian Vettel and outshone Lewis Hamilton to claim his first Formula One win on Sunday in the Russian Grand Prix.As Mercedes responded to Ferrari’s strong early-season pace, it was Bottas, often viewed as the number two driver of the team, who delivered a calm, precise win when his more illustrious teammate Hamilton struggled in the Sochi heat.Bottas started third but beat second-placed Kimi Raikkonen off the start and slipstreamed past Vettel’s Ferrari to lead at the end of the first straight.The Finn looked on course for a straightforward win until a rare slip saw him damage a tire. That helped Vettel to close in, but Bottas held on to cross the line 0.6 seconds ahead of the Ferrari. Raikkonen took third, 10.3 seconds further back.”Took quite a while, more than 80 races,” said Bottas, who had his debut with Williams in 2013. “Worth the wait.”The 27-year-old Finn joined Mercedes after last year’s champion, Nico Rosberg, surprisingly announced his retirement.GREAT OPPORTUNITY”There was this strange opportunity that happened in the winter that made this possible,” Bottas said. “You never know in life what’s going to happen and it was a great opportunity.”Vettel, who had started on pole, hunted Bottas down in the latter part of the race. However, he was left fuming after his hopes of passing him on the last lap were dashed by having to lap the Williams of Felipe Massa. “What was that?” Vettel asked over the team radio in frustration that Massa hadn’t moved out of his way swiftly enough, though the German was in conciliatory mood afterward.”It doesn’t matter,” Vettel said of the incident with Massa. “This is the man of the race today, big congrats to Valtteri.”Vettel’s second place meant the German extended his standings lead to 13 points over Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who trailed in fourth after suffering overheating trouble. Bottas is third, 10 points further back.
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