Marvin Watts, the last Jamaican to compete in the men’s 800m at the World Championships, believes that the country can do well in the two-lap event. His advice to aspiring 800m men is to move to a middle-distance training programme when their highschool days are over and to stick with it. Speaking from first-hand experience, Watts pinpointed the heavier training load done by the athletes from the African middle distance superpowers as the big difference.He outlined the steps needed to make progress. “That would entail after high school,” he explained, “going into a middle-distance programme, whether locally or overseas, having the right coaches and sticking to a programme.”Watts competed in the 800m semi-finals in the 1998 Commonwealth Games, the 2000 Olympics and the 2001 World Championships. In the latter meet, the tall, slim Jamaican strode through his heat in 1 minute 46.43 seconds, a personal best that lodges him at number 10 in the Jamaican all-time 800m performance list.”It’s really tough to make it to the finals,” said the former St George’s College and University of South Carolina star. “But again, I think what I would have needed, and what other athletes would need, is to join a strategic training programme.”The programme will get you there,” he assured aspirants. “That’s how many athletes worldwide – if you speak to them, they were average runners in high school. but they stuck to a programme, which entails endurance training, stamina training, speed work and, over time, you will come down in time and you will make the grade.”In 2004, Watts participated in a four-month training camp in Kenya. Injury derailed his plans, but the experience showed him the big difference between how Jamaica approaches the 800m and how Kenya approaches the same event. “I think it was just the load; compared to what we do, it was much more intense.”He also understands why Jamaican 400m runners don’t move up to the 800m.”You might have 45-46 seconds 400m runners who can do well at the 800m, but they prefer the shorter distances of 400m or less because of the popularity of the event,” he analysed.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Looking for a job in agriculture?Come to Farm Science Review and you just might find one.For the first time, the annual agricultural trade show, sponsored by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), will offer the Career Exploration Fair for anyone interested in working in agriculture.On Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon, visitors to the career fair can discuss jobs and internships with representatives from a variety of companies, many of them exhibitors at FSR, which is held at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio.“With the hundreds of exhibiting companies, it’s a great place to look for another job or new career,” said Nick Zachrich, manager of FSR.At a financially challenging time for many farmers, the career fair could offer a boost for individuals seeking additional work opportunities in agriculture.“There are jobs available and people looking for jobs,” Zachrich said. “We’re doing our best to connect the two. And there are many people who come to Farm Science Review looking for a job or career.”Currently, there’s a shortage of workers, including service technicians, welders, turfgrass managers, horticulture growers, licensed veterinary technicians, greenhouse managers, and sales and marketing specialists, he said.Adults seeking a career change or high school students looking to get into an agriculture-related job can benefit from attending the fair, Zachrich said. In addition to recruiting new employees, company representatives can discuss the qualifications and training required for positions likely to open up in the future.“There are companies that want to hire today and will train and even pay for education for the right people to work for them,” Zachrich said.Any company that’s not exhibiting at FSR but would like to participate in the job fair can contact the FSR office for details. The Career Exploration Fair will be held in the Celebration Tent near Gate I on Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.The career fair is just one of the many offerings for visitors at FSR. The show offers talks from a variety of experts in the agriculture fields from water quality to estate planning. Along with attending talks, visitors can peruse the latest in farm machinery and technology. FSR features 4,000 product lines and over 700 commercial and educational exhibits, as well as workshops and presentations delivered by CFAES experts.
Jean-Paul Duminy missed his century by a single run as South Africa beat Ireland by a massive 131-run margin in their World Cup Group B match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Tuesday. ScoreChasing 273, Ireland were bundled out for 141 in 33.2 overs.Like South Africa, Ireland too saw their opener William Porterfield walk back early. A good length ball from round the wicket that was pitched on the off by Morne Morkel, saw the left-hander nick the ball to Graeme Smith in the slips when the score was 8/1 off the last ball of the second over.South Africa could have got another one early had Morkel no dropped Paul Stirling in the third over. But, the joy was short-lived for the Irish team as in the very next over Morkel made amends and got the better of Stirling with Jacques Kallis performing the final rites. Stirling fell for 10 and South Africa lost their second wicket on 19/2. Then came a lull as far as South Africa bowlers were concerend as both Ed Joyce and Niall O’Brien were trying hard to build the innings. But, the storm wasn’t far away and it took the shape of Jacques Kallis. Kallis struck on the fifth ball of his first over to despatch Niall on 10 and Ireland lost their third wicket on 35.The spinners too got going with offie Johan Botha claiming Ed Joyce on 51/4.Finally, Kevin O’Brien and Gary Wilson got on with a partnership. The duo had put 41 runs on board for the fifth wicket when another spinner.advertisementThis time a left-arm spinner Robin Peterson got rid of ‘giant killer’ Kevin on 19 to reduced Ireland to 92/5 in 22 overs. But his over was far from over and on the fifth ball of the same over he got the other man who had got the partnership going. Wilson fell on 31 off a LBW decision that even saw the Irish team waste their review. Ireland were now 95/6.A few minutes later Peterson got rid of Alex Cusack to increase his victims tally to three and reduce Ireland on 107/7. From here on things just fell apart for the Ireland team as the last three wickets fell in the space of 34 runs.Morkel and Peterson finished with three wickets a piece.South Africa inningsEarlier, J.P. Duminy scored a fine 99 as South Africa put 272/7 on board after being put to bat.It turned out to be a rather poor start for the South Africans as they lost their opener Hashim Amla early. Amla fell trying to play an upper cut off Boyd Rankin. The ball took a thickish edge of his bat and George Dockrell took a fine catch in the deep. He scored 18 of 17 balls. South Africa lost their first wicket on 18/1 in the 5th over.The slide started with that wicket as soon South Africa were reduced to 117/5 with their in-form batsmen back in the pavillion.Skipper Graeme Smith, who has been out of form since long, was the second wicket of the day out on a run out. South Africa lost him on 52/2 in the 10th over. Smith managed to score just seven runs.But, there was more to come as Dockrell clean bowled Morne van Wyk and Jacques Kallis got run out and South Africa were reduced to 95/4 in the 21st over.The Proteas plight was far from over. Soon Faf du Plessis too walked back when the score was a partly 117/5. Paul Stirling flighted the ball outside the off-stump, Plessis was lured into playing a shot and an edge off his bat was easily taken by Trent Johnston in the slips cordon. South Africa fell to 117/5 in the 27th over. Finally, J.P. Duminy and Colin Ingram provided some stablity to the South Africa innings. However, just when things were looking up for South Africa, Johnston struck again to send Ingram back. A slower ball from him deceived the batsman, who went for a sweep but the ball kept low and struck his stumps to reduce South Africa to 204/6 in the 40th over. Ingram put 87 runs for the sixth wicket with Duminy before getting out on 46.Towards the end Duminy and Johan Botha helped South Africa reach a decent total at the Eden Gardens. The duo put on 65 runs for the seventh wicket before Duminy fell on 99 while attempting a big hit in the last over off John Mooney. He didn’t quite time the ball and ended up giving a catch to Johnston in the deep. He fell when the South Africa score was 269.advertisementBotha and Robin Petersen remained unbeaten to help South Africa post 272/7 in 50 overs.
Pacquiao readily re-linked with Hall-of-Fame trainer Freddie Roach at the famed Wild Card Boxing gym in Hollywood.Pacquiao was also photographed doing a morning run around the Griffith Park.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefTo top it all, he did gym work with his son on Christmas Eve.Naturally, there were those who started to suspect Pacquiao could be cramming, rushing to hit peak form. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Truth is there’s neither rust nor evident rush, only renewed intensity.One reason behind this could be the fact that Pacquiao will be fighting a younger, talented and very hungry challenger in Adrien Broner, 29, listed as a four-division world champ who has never suffered a stoppage.But if the fight were held tomorrow, Broner would be at a terrible disadvantage. Unlike Pacquiao, he was still terribly over the limit as bared in the latest video from his training camp in Florida.During his last birthday celebration, Pacquiao, 40, declared he has been feeling young and vigorous as 25.He also vowed to show against Broner the unseen best in his arsenal.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Before taking the evening flight to Los Angeles on Saturday, Manny Pacquiao did a four-mile jog in the morning then sparred for eight rounds later, veteran sports scribe Eddie Alinea reported.In California, his camp said there would be no holiday break for Pacquiao. It will be work, work, work all the way to the Jan. 19 defense of his WBA welterweight crown in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: SMC sweep SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ He did not mention specifics, although there were strict orders during earlier training at the Elorde Gym for guests and media to refrain from recording the proceedings.The order, it would be noted, came at a point when his handlers were working to perfect sharp, snappy blows clearly intended for the opponent’s body.Meanwhile, Broner’s chief handler, Kevin Cunningham, said they plan to jam Pacquiao’s fighting rhythm and zero in on his predictable adjustments.It goes without saying that Pacquiao, with that declaration from the opposing camp, can only be expected to come up with a full-proof weaponry, something like a bag of explosives, killer blasts to the body.These new killer blows could only be expected to flash and dig like phantom daggers, thrown from incredible points and angles.Broner better be ready with iron-clad defense of his body.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid View comments
MOST READ View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Alaska coach Alex Compton rhapsodized about having been given a chance to even compete for a spot in the playoffs, and said he looked to honor the game when they played NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT “Our defense was fantastic in the first half. Obviously we’re fortunate to get them after playing Magnolia last Wednesday, so we had fresher legs,” Compton noted.The Aces hurdled their first KO game of the conference and will enter two more in order to make the Final Four. They would have to beat the Fuel Masters two straight times to advance.The quarterfinals start Saturday with San Miguel Beer clashing with TNT KaTropa at 4:30 p.m. and Barangay Ginebra and Magnolia slugging it out at 6:45 at Mall of Asia Arena.Both series are best-of-three.“It’s a steeper, higher mountain,” said Compton of the task ahead as he faces his former deputy, Louie Alas, who has done a marvelous job at Phoenix.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Aces did just that, dominating the Road Warriors, 88-80, to complete the PBA Philippine Cup’s quarterfinal cast Friday night at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.“I think the guys battled [well],” Compton said. “I am so proud of the guys’ effort. All you ask is a chance, we had a chance, we took advantage of it, and now we have one more chance.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAlaska held NLEX to just eight points in the second period and to a total of 25 for the first half, basically winning it there as the Aces advanced as the eighth seed and will play No. 1 Phoenix Pulse in the quarterfinals.Sonny Thoss finished with 21 points and five rebounds in one of his worthiest games of late. Final four-defining matches up for 3 teams SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Sonny’s been awesome this conference. He’s invigorated. He’s turned back the clock this conference,” he said of his old reliable. “I think when his legs are fresh and playing strong like that, he’s a tough matchup for any big man in the league.”Simon Enciso and Carl Bryan Cruz pumped in 16 points each as Alaska avenged a 70-91 loss in their only elimination round clash.“It has been a tough conference for the both of us. I think NLEX is better than the conference they’ve had. But sometimes the cards are dealt in a certain way,” Compton said.The scores:Alaska 88—Thoss 21, Enciso 16, Cruz 16, Casio 13, Banchero 4, Baclao 4, Ayaay 4, Racal 3, Exciminiano 3, Teng 2, Potts 2, Pascual 0.NLEX 80—Ighalo 16, Galanza 14, Quinahan 13, Erram 10, Paniamogan 8, Magat 7, Rios 5, Baguio 3, Paredes 2, Tiongson 2, Taulava 0, Soyud 0, Tallo 0, Lao 0.Quarters: 23-17, 44-25, 73-50, 88-80Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next