Chemutai third female athlete to qualify for Rio Olympics

first_imgPeruth Chemutai clocked a personal best time of 9:31.34 in the 3000 Metres Steeplechase at the Shanghai IAAF Diamond League race today to qualify for the Rio Olympics.Chemutai finished 10th in the sixth fastest women’s steeplechase race of all time, becoming  just the third Ugandan woman to qualify for the Rio track and field events.   The race was won by Kenyan world champion Hyvin Kiyeng, who won in a glorious 9:07.42.Chekwel was the second woman to qualify on Uganda’s track and field team to Rio last month. She has been joined by Chemutai, below, who is stepping in the shoes of Inzikuru in the steeplechase (IAAF and Zimbo photos)Chemutai’s time was 15 seconds into the Olympic qualifying time of 9:45.00 on a great day for Uganda in Shanghai, with Joshua Cheptegei, who had already qualified in the 10000m, running a personal best of 13:00.60 in finishing 2nd in the men’s 5000m. (see video below)The Ugandan is clearly walking in the shoes of Dorcus Inzikuru who won the first World Championship SteepleChase race in 2005. Like Inzikuru,  Chemutai first made her mark at junior level, making history in the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa by winning two silver medals.The other women who have hit the mark are Juliet Chekwel who qualified in the 10,000 metres last month in a national record time of 31:37.99 and marathoner Adero Nyakesi (2:34:54 in Amsterdam Oct 2015). Muktar edged Uganda’s Cheptegei in the final 100 metres. SHANGHAI DIAMOND LEAGUE PHOTOCheptegei beaten in last 100 metresA storming last 200m for the unfancied former world champion Muktar Edris helped him win a five-man last lap bust-up in the 5000m race.Former world junior champion Muktar exploded off the final bend to pull clear of two fellow Ethiopians, Uganda’s Cheptegei and Kenyan Olympic medalist Thomas Longosiwa in the second stop of the IAAF Diamond League.Muktar crossed the line in 12:59.96 to claim the Shanghai meeting’s first ever sub-13 minute, as Cheptegei took second in 13:00.60 – a huge personal best for the Uganda world junior 10,000m champion.“The pace was slow at the beginning, but end very good. I like to have the battle with the Ethiopians. Improved my personal best with a half minute. You know, you have to focus and I have to work on my speed. This was a good race, but I believe I can still improve,” said Uganda’s Cheptegei.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Athletes compete in the women’s 3000m Steeplechase at the Shanghai Diamond League athletics competition in Shanghai on May 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTOlast_img read more

English FA bracing for long spell without fans

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | English Football Association chairman Greg Clarke does not believe fans will be allowed into stadiums “any time soon” and has warned that the coronavirus crisis could cost the governing body £300 million ($373 million).Football across England has been indefinitely suspended, with the 2019/20 season in all leagues below the top four divisions already declared over.However, there are growing fears that the 2020/21 campaign also faces huge disruption due to social-distancing guidelines.“With social distancing in place for some time to come we do face substantial changes to the whole football ecosystem,” Clarke wrote in a letter to the FA Council.“For example, it’s hard to foresee crowds of fans, who are the lifeblood of the game, returning to matches any time soon.”The Premier League is still hoping to finish the season behind closed doors, with “Project Restart” aimed at minimising a predicted £1 billion loss if the campaign cannot be completed.It is understood top-flight clubs were told on Friday that the remaining matches of the season must be played at neutral venues. Further down the pyramid, where gate receipts make up a much higher percentage of clubs’ income without lucrative TV deals, there are doubts over whether a new season can even start without fans being allowed to attend.The FA has also been affected by the cancellation of at least four England fixtures and the suspension of the FA Cup.Clarke said a “sensible” £75 million budget cut had been agreed.“In a worst-case scenario, this would be necessary for the next four years to offset a £300 million deficit,” he added.“Clearly that will impact many of our plans as every area of the game will be touched and projects that we all value will be affected.” Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Nelson Killjoys host Dam City Rollers in Mountain Mayhem Championship Saturday at NDCC Arena

first_imgThe Killjoys won the league title in 2013.“The keys to success for our team have been teamwork and constantly improving on our strategies,” said Ablast.“We work hard, we support each other and we strive to be the best that we can.”The West Kootenay Roller Derby League started the 2015 season with four teams — Castlegar Dam City Rollers, Nelson Killjoys, Rossland/Trail Roller Girls and Valley Brutality.However, the Valley squad folded after the season opener due to a lack of skaters, leaving the league with three teams.Tickets for the Mountain Mayhem Championship can be purchased at Chop Shop, Tribute Boardshop and online at kootenayrollerderby.comDoors open at 5 p.m.First jam goes at 6 p.m.The public is encouraged to bring canned food to donate at the door for a local food bank. The Nelson Killjoys have some unfinished business ahead Saturday against the Castlegar Dam City Rollers at the Mountain Mayhem Championship in the NDCC Arena.The game is the finale for the West Kootenay Roller Derby League as the two teams battle it out for the Golden Boot Trophy.“The Killjoys are expecting a challenging and exciting game in the finals against Dam City,” said team spokesperson Meg Ablast, a skater on the Nelson KillJoys women’s roller derby team.“We have been training hard all season, under the unfaltering leadership of coach Kai Boss.”“We are strong, disciplined, and determined, and we are eager to hold our spot as number one in the West Kootenays,” Ablast added.The contest is a rematch from the 2014 championship between the two West Kootenay rivals, won by Dam City Rollers.last_img read more