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It was indeed a 'family affair' in Marathon Bahamas this Sunday, as the two overall titles from the running of the fifth annual event were captured by the husband and wife team of Justin and Melissa Gillette.
The dynamic duo were just one of many families that completed in the 26.2-mile course, which took runners on a picturesque route on the northern tip of New Providence. Justin won the men's overall title in 2:36.57 and Melissa took the female title in 3:04.01.
"It felt good to win," said men's winner Justin Gillette. "It was definitely a shock to my system, to go from eight
degrees (weather), and here we were running in about 65 or 70. Everybody here on the island was just so excited. It didn't matter what country you were from, they were cheering real loud so it was pretty fun to be a part of this and to win. I've never been to The Bahamas before, so I just thought it was a unique idea. It is winter time back home so the idea of going to an island in the middle of winter is always appealing. We brought the whole family down, my kids, my wife and my in-laws. We just made a nice little vacation out of it. It is nice to have matching awards in the house, it makes the trip feel a whole lot better."
While Justin said the wind was a bit of a problem for him around mile 16 or 17, Melissa said the wind actually helped to cool her down. She also said seeing her husband out front, made her push even harder.
She said: "I think it was a little different experience for me. The beginning was rough for me. I had to get adjusted to the temperature. For me, the wind actually helped to cool me down so I ran about four seconds faster in the second half, than what I ran the first half. I got into a rhythm later on."
The top masters male division was won by Bahamian Keithrell Hanna and visitor Michelle Walker took the top masters female spot. Hanna's time was 2:49.25 and Walker finished in 3:41.26. Hanna was the first Bahamian to cross the finish line. The Freeport, Grand Bahama native said: "It feels great and I give God thanks for the victory. I have been running for 30-plus years, from I was a little child.
"This is the my third marathon. I am getting ready for the Boston Marathon, I was just preparing myself and using this for bigger events. In Freeport, I run 15-20 miles every Saturday and Sunday, running the sand and on the grass."
A number of groups and organizations also competed in the annual event. One group in particular, the Kids of Courage, an organization based in New York, had more than 50 participants. The race, for one of their members Merra Herman, was special in more ways than one. Herman said: "Kids of Courage is fairly new to me, but it has been amazing. I used to do a lot of things, like getting myself up and keeping myself up emotionally. Sometimes I used to sit in class and I couldn't move my legs because I couldn't feel them. I used to be in tremendous pain. I used to say I don't know how I was going to get up, but now, whenever that happens, all I do is think about my wonderful counsellors, the wonderful staff and friends at Kids of Courage. It is just amazing because I never had that before. It also brought me and my family closer. My brother, he pushed me pretty much the whole way, and I don't think many siblings would have done that."
The top relay team in the male division was Pharmachem Technologies which posted a time of 3:23.27 for the win. Following them in a time of 4:00.27 was Iberolam. Strombus was third in 4:03.48. The Hillview Pathfinders clocked 4:11.46 for fourth and Deloitte As One came in fifth in 4:16.58. The Smoking Hot Mamas was the top female relay team, stopping the clock at 3:56.59. The Long Island Gals came in second and the Desperate Housewives team finished third in times of 3:59.34 and 4:11.26 respectively.
Winning the men's half marathon was Jonathan Volpi, in 1:11.27, and Angela Cobb took the women's half marathon in 1:26.23.
BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT - The murder trial of Coletor Johnson and Glinton Louis opened in the Supreme Court yesterday with testimony from eye-witnesses who recalled how 23-year-old Markinson Justin was struck by a car that left the scene.
The matter being heard before Senior Justice Hartman Longley.
Johnson, 23, and Glinton, 32, are accused of being concerned together and intentionally causing the death of Justin at Explorer's Way on July 12, 2011.
It is alleged that some time after 8am, the accused were in a gold 2000 Buick Century that struck and killed the victim, who was walking.
According to the prosecution, Justin ...
In 2013, although faced with a complicated domestic and international situation, the CPC (Communist Party of China) Central Committee and the State Council led the people of all nationalities of China in thoroughly implementing the spirit of the 18th Party Congress, upheld the general ethos of "moving forward while maintaining stability", and adhered to the guideline that "the macro policy should be stable, micro policy flexible and social policy should support the bottom line", while maintaining steady growth, adjusting economic structures and forging ahead with reform, all while actively making innovations to the means of macro control. As a result, national economic and social development saw stabilized and accelerated growth and achieved a good start.
Economic performance fulfilled its target in 2013
The economy as a whole was stable and experienced comparatively fast growth in 2013. GDP for the year reached 56.88 trillion yuan (1 USD = 6.1 yuan), an increase of 7.7 percent over the previous year and in full accord with the targeted figure. China's government revenue increased by 10.1 percent to 12.91 trillion yuan and the deficit was 1.2 trillion yuan. Profits from industrial enterprises totaled 6.28 trillion yuan. It is gratifying that domestic demand continued to be the main driving force of growth. Retail sales of consumer goods totaled 23.78 trillion yuan, an increase of 13.1 percent. A number of new forms and areas of consumption were very vigorous, and the value of e-commerce transactions exceeded 10 trillion yuan, an increase of 19.3 percent. The contribution of domestic demand to economic growth reached 104.4 percent.
Meanwhile, overall price levels were basically stable. Consumer prices for the year rose 2.6 percent, within the targeted range. The work of purchasing, storing and releasing important commodities and of adjusting their imports and exports proceeded in good order.
Progress was made in structural adjustment and economic transformation
China has experienced three decades of super-fast growth at the expense of cheap costs. Now, we face more restrictions from limited natural resources and an ageing society. Domestic consumption should be the new growth engine. In 2013, the Chinese government comprehensively advanced economic structural reform and created sound systems and mechanisms for maintaining stable growth and carrying out structural adjustments.
China's economic adjustments have shown marked progress. Industrial structural adjustment proceeded steadily. Significant achievements were made in technological innovations and fostering emerging industries. The integration of urban and rural development proceeded in an orderly fashion. Development in multiple regions became better balanced. Efforts were accelerated to conserve energy, reduce emissions and protect the environment. According to statistics, the proportion of the manufacturing industry to GDP dropped for the first time. The growth rate in the less developed central and western parts of the country was much higher than in the richer eastern region in 2013, signaling more balanced development across the board.
An array of measures have successfully helped to transform the economy, such as using value-added tax to replace turnover tax and setting up the pilot Shanghai Free Trade Zone. China's fast development has proved the doomsayers wrong.
Meanwhile, China is putting forth efforts to use innovation to support and lead economic structural improvements and upgrades. Innovation is the motive force for adjusting and upgrading the economic structure. The government aims to make innovation the core of China's development endeavors, promote the full integration of science and technology with economic and social development, and elevate China's industries to a high level in the global value chain.
Deepening reform is the top priority for the Chinese government
The Chinese government has determined that the process of comprehensively deepening reform will be completed in seven years, and 2014 marks the first year. Reform is the primary theme of the government's agenda this year, with economic reform in particular being the paramount task. The direction of many reforms has been made clear and the measures have been readied for implementation. They can be divided into three categories. Those pertaining to the economy include streamlining administration and delegating power to lower levels, tax reform, financial reform and accelerating economic transformation. Those relating to social development and management include advancing urbanization, improving people's well-being and reforming the household registration system. Finally, reform in ecological progress comprises measures to advance the transformation of energy production and consumption.
China's reform used to be led by the government, but future reform will be a revolution imposed by the government on itself. This will be a painful process, which will call for not only great determination, but also great political wisdom. This year's reform measures are aimed at ensuring stable economic growth and avoiding unnecessary risks. Therefore, they must facilitate economic growth.
China's measures of comprehensive reform are also good news for the world economy. Because the fortunes of the Chinese economy are so incredibly linked with those of the global economy, sound economic and social development in China will bring opportunities to the wider world.
o Yuan Guisen is the ambassador of the People's Republic of China to The Bahamas.
Mr. Althorne Brett "Tootes" Toote Sr. age 32 years of Crawford Street, Oakes Field and formerly of Freeport, Grand Bahama will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 11am at Faith Temple Ministries International, Prince Charles Drive. Bishop Philemon R. Wilson, assisted by Rev. Carlos Thompson will officiate and burial will be in Lakeview Memorial Gardens and Mausoleums, John F. Kennedy Drive and Gladstone Road.
The Radiance of this "Topaz of A Gem" will always glow in the hearts of his: One Son: Althorne Toote Jr.; Three Daughters: Mylan Dean, Jasmine Cleare and Serenity Trembley; Mother: Loretta Marie Simms; Father: Brett Orville Toote; Step Father: Basil Simms; Step Mother: Sandra Toote; Two Brothers: Jonathan and Aaron Toote; One Adopted Brother: Darren Knowles; One Grandmother: Barbara Toote; Step Brothers and Sisters: Dexter McIntrye, Shindo, Shantell and Sherese Simms, Tanya Henfield and Shikera Knowles; Three Nieces: A'nya and Gabriella Toote and Devonya Knowles; Ten Uncles: Mark, Art, Stephen, Patrick and Al Francis, Hartley Wilkinson, Churton, Vaughn "Ricardo" Sr., Keith and Mario Toote; Twelve Aunts: Sabrina, Esther and Shorlette Francis, Theresa Burrows, Pamela Thompson, Marilyn, Sonja, Jacqueline, Deloris, Dersiree, Neisha and Edith Toote; Granduncles: Seron Adams of Nassau Bahamas and Kermit Bowe of New York; Grandaunts: Andrea McDonald of Miami, Florida, Marie Sealy of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Ruth Adams Edgecombe, Isa Strachan and Veronica Adams of Nassau, Bahamas and Nadine Lewis of Ohio; Numerous Cousins: D'Marco, Marcus, Tyler, Elan, Anson, Durana, Jem, Duran and Enriqua Francis, Georgette Robinson-Sands, Jacqueline Robinson, Nadia Rolle, India Wilson, Phillipa Armbrister, Jennika Lee, Shervonder Kemp, D'Angelo Bethel, Steven and Saasha Fountain, Tornesha, Stevana, Stephen Jr., and Tess Burrows, Adrian and Justin Carey, Harold and Betty Cash, Christen and Veron Charlton, Tinia Toote-Parker, Christopher and Kendra Toote-Cooper, Chana, Byron, Monique, Blain, Kenya, Sharon, Kevin, Keithra, Vaughnique, Javaughn, Vonrico, Vonya, Vaughn Jr. and Vaughnia Toote, Dominique and Denise Johnson, Chrislyn Dean, Trevor and Patricia Edgecome, Tia and Alexis Roberts, Merlin and Buttons Bowe, Devon and Carmen Strachan-Major, Mia, Anita and Len King, Calouise Williams, Donovan and Maria Laing, Maurice and Gayle McDonald, Raleigh Robinson and Joy Walker of Ohio, Joy Wilkinson-Moss, Chasserie, Mary Elizabeth and Churuse Sealy, Dion, Andrew, Davinia and Patria Thompson; God Sister: Nakesha Knowles-Kelly; Adopted Mothers: Rosemary Elvies, Margaret Gellineau, Dianna Simmons, Violet Patrick, Barbara Hanna, Arlene Sands and Pamela Sturrup; Adopted Sisters: Miriam Smith and Phillipa Brown; Other Loving Family and Friends Including: Bro. Clement Maycock, Sis. Patricia Ferguson, Bro. Emile Lesbot, Bro. Perry Decosta, Bro. Melvin Wallace, Tyrone Nabbie, Yvonne and Lester Flowers, Anise Bullard, Betty Henchell, Naomi Lubronson, Debbie Allen, Kristina Miller, Anjamarie Charles, Bro. Simms, Dr. Michael and Antonya Toote, Tamara Lockhart, Divinia Dean, Sivanna Cleare, Justina Trembley, Adrian Tinker, Ceri Howells, Kirk and Kyle Wilson, Terrell Culmer, Roy Minnis, Mark Davis, Ted Kay, John Carey, Eugia Edwards of Florida, Mark Dillard, Marshall Neymour, Gravin "Lukkie" Woodside, Changamarie (Co) Carey, Justin Sands, Nakiel Russell, Ezra Rolle, Jay, Shantanica Cooper, Percel Sturrup, Tara Clare and their families; The Edwards, Lockharts, Francis, Toote, Simms, Turnquests, Smiths, Burrows, Bethels, Lightbournes, Newbolds, Laings, Stubbs, Jones and Youngs Families.
Special Thanks To: Hon. Leslie O. Miller, Michael Fernandez, Maudline Hanna, Claudette Gibson, Eric Messmer, Shornette Smith, Lina Camacho, Princess Pinnock, Christine Russell, The Crawford Street Community, The Ringwood Drive Community, Freport Grand Bahama, Freeport Seventh Day Adventist Church, Family Guardian Freeport, Grand Bahama, The Adelaide Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Visitation will be in the "Emerald Suite" Emerald Ridge Mortuary & Monument Company Ltd. #20 Claridge Road on Friday, June 10, 2011 from 1pm to 6pm there will be no viewing at the church.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Althorne Brett Toote Sr. children's educational fund at any Royal Bank of Canada Branch Account number 7516024.
Funeral service for Jehu Timothee, 29 yrs., a resident of Sumner Street, Nassau Village & formerly of St. Louis Du Nord, Haiti, who died on 12th April, 2012, will be held at Solid Baptist Church, Kool Air Subdivision off Fox Hill Road, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Pastor Paul Justin, assisted by Bro. Rivet Petit DOS. Interment follows in Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Roads.Left to cherish his memories are his Parents: Belizaire & Marie Timothee; Sisters: Gladys & Esther Timothee;Brothers: Nehu, Moise & Baby Timothee; Foster Parents: John & Deborah Deleveaux; Special Friends: Yudi Thomas; Employers: Toby Austin & Deidre Fernander; Grandmother: Decius Timothee; Aunts: Cizelia, Marina, Altagrace & Charitable Timothee; Cousins: Rev. Paul Justin, Anthony, Renaud, Philony, Leonie, Leon, Maxene & Vilner Timothee, Lemoine, Jonas & Yvronie Justin, Herold & Evins Lubin; Numerous other relatives & friends including: Exmini & Renea Benoit.Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.
Men's Track Events
This was probably one of the most anticipated events in the championships. World record holder and defending champion Usain Bolt was seventh in the season's best list at 9.88 seconds with countryman Asafa Powell in the lead at 9.78 seconds. Tyson Gay, who had beaten Bolt last year, had the season's second best time at 9.79 seconds. Gay got injured at the U.S. Championships and days prior to the opening, Powell pulled out.
The 100m then should have been a cakewalk for Bolt. He was on the front of the daily program. In the first round heats, Bahamian Adrian Griffith was the first to suffer from the new false start rule which had been in effect from January of 2010. He was out after one false start. In the semi-final, it was Dwain Chambers of Great Britain who had served a four years ban from competition due to a doping offense. He had run second to Bolt in the first round.
Justin Gatlin, the Athens Olympic Champion and Helsinki Champion was back after serving a four-year suspension for doping. He ran 10.31 seconds for second in the first round and 10.23 seconds for fourth in the second, not advancing to the final. Jamaican Yohan Blake won the first semi-final in a season's best of 9.95 seconds, Usain Bolt the second in 10.05 seconds, and Kim Collins, the 2003 Champion the third in 10.08 seconds.
The unimaginable happened in the final. Usain Bolt, who everybody said did not have to worry about his start, false started. It was clear and Bolt took off his jersey as he ran down the straight away. This caused numerous people to question the existence of the no fault start rule. The question now was who will win?Was it going to be Jamaica's Nesta Carter, France's Christophe Lemaitre or Jamaica's Blake?
Blake was the clear winner at 9.92 seconds, a season's best with the USA's Walter Dix in second in 10.08 seconds. The old reliable Kim Collins, the 2003 Champion and 2007 bronze medalist, at 35 years of age, finished with the bronze medal, in 10.09 seconds.
At 21, Frenchman Lemaitre finished in fourth place with a 10.19 seconds clocking, Daniel Bailey from Antigua and Barbuda finished fifth in 10.26 seconds, France's Jimmy Vicaut at age 19 finished in fifth place in 10.26 seconds, and Jamaica's Nesta Carter a surprising seventh in 10.95 seconds. Blake became the second Jamaican to win the 100m at the World Championships.
After the false start by Bolt in the 100 meters(m)everybody was waiting to see how he would do in the 200m, his favorite event. The first round and semi-final were held on Thursday, September 2.
Bolt lead the first round qualifiers in 20.30 seconds. The USA's Walter Dix had the second best first round time at 20.42 seconds with Bahamian Michael Mathieu running the third best first round time, running in Bolt's heat, in 20.46 seconds. France's Christopher Lemaitre had the best time in the semi-finals, running 20.17 seconds, a season's best. Bolt ran 20.31 seconds and Dix ran 20.37 seconds.
In the final, Panamanian Alonso Edward, the silver medalist from Berlin, did not finish. Bolt won with an impressive clocking of 19.40 seconds, the best time in the world this season, and the fourth best time ever, behind only Bolt's world record of 19.19 seconds, Bolt's 19.30 seconds at the Beijing Olympics, and Michael Johnson's former world record of 19.32 seconds.
There was no slowing down or clowning at the tape. Dix finished in second place with a 19.70 seconds season's best and France's Lemaitre finished with the bronze medal in a French National record of 19.80 seconds.
There was no clear favorite in this event. Grenadian Kirani James, 19 at the time, ran 44.61 seconds in London in August to set the world's leading time. In that race the defending champion LaShawn Merritt finished second after not running for nearly two years. His time then was 44.74 seconds.
There were five first round heats and Merritt ran 44.35 seconds in his first round heat, the fastest time ran in history for a first round in either the Olympics or World Championships. Rondell Bartholomew of Grenada ran 44.82 seconds in his first round heat. Trinidad and Tobago's Reny Quow, the Berlin bronze medalist, ran 44.84 seconds in that heat.
Jamaica's Jermaine Gonzales won the second heat in 45.12 seconds. Demetrius Pinder from The Bahamas finished fourth in 45.53 seconds, advancing to the semi-final. James won the fourth heat in 45.12 seconds. In that heat, The Bahamas'Ramon Miller ran a season's best of 45.31 seconds to advance to the semi-final.
The Bahamas'Chris Brown won the fifth heat in 45.29 seconds. In that heat was South African,'The Blade Runner, Oscar Pistorius, who ran 45.39 seconds. Pistorius had won a decision by the IAAF to allow him to participate as a double prosthetic.
In the semi-final, Merritt continued his speedy running, running 44.76 seconds for the win in the first semi-final heat. James ran 45.20 seconds to win the second heat and Jamaica's Gonzales ran 44.99 seconds to win the third heat of the semi-finals.
In the final were Merritt from the USA, James and Bartholomew from Grenada, Gonzales from Jamaica, the Borlee twins, Kevin and Jonathan, from Belgium, Tabarie Henry from the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Femi Ogunode from Qatar.
This was a race to watch as the teenager from Grenada, who had won the IAAF World Youth, and Junior Championships, ran down the defending champion Merritt to win in 44.60 seconds, an improvement of one, one hundredth of a second of his personal best. After running the fast time in the preliminary rounds, it seemed that Merritt was unable to respond to the finishing surge of James. Merritt was three one hundredths of a second behind in 44.63 seconds and Belgium's Kevin Borlee finished in third in 44.90 seconds.
Gonzales was fourth in 44.99 seconds, the identical time he ran in the semi-final. Jonathan Borlee placed fifth in 45.07 seconds with Grenada's Bartholomew sixth in 45.45 seconds, U.S. Virgin Island's Henry seventh in 45.55 seconds and Ogunode of Qatar eighth, also in 45.55 seconds.
Henry had placed fourth in Berlin in 45.42 seconds. Bahamian Chris Brown just missed the final with a 45.54 seconds clocking, just behind Henry who ran 45.53 seconds to make the final. This was the first time since Paris in 2003 that Brown failed to make the final. Demetrius Pinder finished seventh in his semi-final heat in 45.87 seconds and Ramon Miller fifth in his semi-final heat in 45.88 seconds.
Also from the region, William Collazo from Cuba and Erison Hurtault from Dominica finished seventh and eighth in the first semi-final heat in times of 46.13 seconds and 46.41 seconds respectively. In the second semi-final heat, Costa Rica's Nery Brenes finished fifth in 45.93 seconds and Jamaica's Riker Hylton finished eighth in 46.99 seconds.
At the age of 22, Kenya's David Rudisha set a new world record of 1:41.01 nearly a year prior on August 29, in Rieti, Italy. This season he had the best time of 1:42.61. He also had the best semi-final time of 1:44.20, in winning the third semi-final heat.
Ethiopian Mohammed Aman had the second fastest semi-final time of 1:44.57, a national record. Marcin Lewandowski from Poland ran 1:44.60, a season's best. Sudan's Abubaker Kaki, one of Rudisha's main rivals, ran 1:44.62 for third place in the first semi-final. In the final, Rudisha captured the gold medal in 1:43.91 over Kaki's 1:44.41. The usual fast finishing Russian Yuriy Borzakovskiy, Athens Olympic Champion, was able to secure third place in 1:44.49.
Poland's Marcin Lewandowskiy finished in fourth place in 1:44.80. The USA's Nick Symmonds finished in fifth place in 1:45.12. Poland's Adam Kszczot finished in sixth place in 1:45.25. Kenya's Alfred Kirwa Yego, the Berlin silver medalist, finished in seventh place in 1:45.83 and Ethiopia's Mohammed Aman placed eighth in 1:45.93.
The action heated up in the semi-final where Kenyan Abel Kiprop won the second heat in 3:36.75 with Algerian Tarek Boukensa following him in 3:36.84, Morocco's Mohamed Moustaoui in 3:36.87, Spain's Manuel Olmedo fourth in 3:36.91 and Venezuela's Eduar Villanueva fifth in 3:36.96, a national record.
The first semi-final was won by Matthew Centrowitz of the USA, 10 seconds slower than the second heat in 3:46.66. Centrowitz is the son of former distance star Matt Centrowitz of the USA. In that heat was Kenya's Silas Kiplagat, the world leader at 3:30.47, who finished third in 3:46.75, France's Mehdi Bala, the silver medalist from 2003, who finished fourth in 3:46.87, and the Berlin Champion Yusef Saad Kamel of Bahrain, who failed to reach the final with a 3:47.18 clocking.
The final saw the Beijing Olympic Champion, Kenya's Kiprop, win in 3:35.69 to Kiplagat's 3:35.92. The USA's Matt Centrowitz won the bronze medal in a time of 3:36.08. Centrowitz is the only American athlete to win a medal in the 1,500m in the championships other than the former Kenyan Bernard Lagat in Osaka and Berlin. Matt's father Matthew was a two-time Olympian. Eduar Villaneuva of Venezuela, the only athlete from the Central American and Caribbean region in the competition to compete in the 1,500m, finished eighth in the final in 3:37.31.
Britain's Mohammed Farah had the world's leading time this season at 12:53.11, less than a half second under Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya's championship record set in Paris in 2003. Farah had been anticipated to win the 10,000m but lost to Ethiopia's Ibrahim Jelan.
Also in the race were Bernard Lagat, who had won the event in Osaka and finished second in Berlin, and the championships record holder Kipchoge. Farah was a little bit more experienced in the 5,000m as he was able to defeat Lagat by 28 seconds to win. Ethiopia's Dejen Gebremeskel finished in third, another 28 seconds behind Lagat in 13:23.92. No other athletes from the Americas made the final.
Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, world and championships record holder, and four-time winner of the 10,000m at the age of 29 was not at the top of his game in Daegu.
Mohamed Farah, born in Mogadishu and representing Great Britain had the world's leading time of 26:46.57, at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon in June. He had won this event in last year's European Championships in Barcelona and seemed to be the person who would become World Champion. On the second day of the competition, little known Ethiopian Ibrahim Jeilan defeated Farah with a run of 27:13.81. Bekele dropped out of the race. Ethiopian Imane Merga had the second best time in the world at 26:48.35. He finished in third place in 27.19.14. Eritrea's Zersenay Tadese, the silver medalist from Berlin, finished in fourth place in 27:22.57.
Kenya's Abel Kirui set a new championships record of 2:06.54 in Berlin two years prior. Kirui was able to win the Daegu event in 2:07.38, a season's best. Kenya's Vincent Kipruto finished in second place in a time of 2:10.06. Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa won the bronze medal in a season's best of 2:10.32.
Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya was the defending champion who set a new championship record of 8:00.43 in Berlin. His teammate Brimin Kiprop Kipruto had the world's leading time at 7:56.34, done in Monaco in July. Kemboi won the event in 8:14.85 with Kipruto second in 8:16.05. France's M. Mekhissi-Bernard ran 8:16.09 for the bronze medal. Ion Luchianov from Moldova finished in eighth place in 8:19.69, a season's best.
The USA's David Oliver had the world leading time of 12.94 seconds, which he did in June at the Prefontaine Classic. In the first round, Jason Richardson, the 110m and 400m Hurdles Champion in the 2003 World Youth Championships had the best time of 13.19 seconds.
Former world record holder Xiang Liu ran 13.20 seconds to win his heat. David Oliver ran 13.27 seconds to capture his heat and Aries Merritt from the USA won his heat in 13.36 seconds. World record holder Dayron Robles settled for second in 13.42 seconds in that race. The semi-final saw Xiang Liu capture the first heat in 13.31 seconds. Richardson was far ahead in his semi-final heat in 13.11 seconds. David Oliver ran 13.40 seconds for second in that heat.
In the final, Robles seemed to win but a protest was made by the Chinese federation which accused Robles of interfering with Xiang Liu with his right arm. China won the protest and Robles was disqualified giving Richardson the gold medal and Liu the silver medal. Richardson clocked 13.16 seconds and Liu clocked 13.27 seconds.
Great Britain's Andrew Turner won the bronze medal with a 13.44 seconds performance. Oliver finished in fourth place, also in 13.44 seconds with Aries Merritt in fifth in 13.67 seconds. Jamaica's Dwight Thomas did not finish the event.
South Africa's L.J. Van Zyl had been on a tear this season clocking the world leading time of 47.66 seconds on February 25 in Pretoria, and May 31, in Ostrava. Three former champions, Felix Sanchez, Bershawn Jackson, Kerron Clement, and double Olympic Champion Angelo Taylor were in the competition. Great Britain's David Green had the best time of 48.52 seconds in the first round.
In the semi-final round, Puerto Rico's Javier Culson, the silver medalist from Berlin had the best time, winning the first heat in 48.52 seconds. Great Britain's David Greene won the second heat in 48.62 seconds and Bershawn Jackson won the third heat in 48.80 seconds.
The 2007 and 2009 champion Kerron Clement finished eighth in Greene's heat in 52.11 seconds and did not advance to the final. Also not advancing to the final from the Central American and Caribbean region were Jehu Gordon from Trinidad&Tobago who will turn 20 in December and finished fourth in Berlin, Joseph Robertson, Leford Green and Isa Phillips from Jamaica, and Omar Cesneros from Cuba.
In the final on September 1, David Greene won in 48.26 seconds, Javier Culson finished second as he did in Berlin, this time in 48.44
seconds, and L.J. Van Zyl won the bronze medal in 48.80 seconds. Two-time champion Felix Sanchez finished in fourth place in 48.87 seconds.
The USA finished one and two in this event. The defending champion Trey Hardee captured the event with 8,607 points, down from 8,790 in Berlin. Ashton Eaton was second with 8,505 points just four points ahead of Cuba's Leonel Suarez, who finished second in Berlin. Jamaica's Maurice Smith, the 2007 Osaka silver medalist, was unable to continue after seven events. Cuba's Yordani Garcia stopped after six events.
20k Race Walk
Russia won both gold and silver medals in this event with Valeriy Borchin winning in 1:19.56 and Vladimir Kanaykin winning the silver medal in 1:20.27. Kanaykin holds the world record at 1:17.16 and Ecuador's Jefferson Perez holds the Championship record at 1:17.21. Colombia won the bronze medal with Luis Fernando Lopez finishing in 1:20.38, a season's best. Other athletes from the Central American and Caribbean region finishing in the top 20 were Guatemela's Erick Barrando in 1:22.08, Mexico's Eder Sanchez 15th in 1:23.05, Colombia's James Rendon, 19th in a season's best of 1:24.08, and Mexico's Moracio Nava, 20th in 1:24.15.
50k Race Walk
Just like the 20k, Russia won the gold and silver medals, with Sergey Bakulin winning the gold medal in 3:41.24, and Denis Nizhegorodov winning the silver medal in 3:42.45, a season's best. Australia won the bronze medal with Jared Talent, who also clocked a season's best of 3:43.36. Ecuador's Andre's Chocho finished in 11th place in a season's best of 3:49.32. In the top 20 were these athletes from the Central American and Caribbean region-Edgar Hernandez of Mexico in 18th in a season's best of 3:54.46 and Jose Leyver of Mexico, 19th in 3:55.37.
This event was moved to the end of the competition.
There was a question as to whether Jamaica would have run former world record holder Asafa Powell who had pulled out of the men's 100m due to injury. Jamaica decided against that and with Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, World Champion Yohan Blake and Dexter Lee running the semi-final heats, they finished second to Trinidad&Tobago in 38.07 seconds. The team of Keston Bledman, Marc Burns, Aaron Armstrong and Richard Thompson, won the second semi-final heat in 37.91 seconds. St. Kitts&Nevis with bronze medalist Kim Collins on the second leg finished in third with a national record of 38.47 seconds.
The USA with Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin, Maurice Mitchell, and Travis Padgett, won the first semi-final heat in 37.79 seconds. France finished second to them in 38.38 seconds. Great Britain and Northern Ireland won the third heat in 38.29 seconds, with Poland in second in 38.37 seconds and Italy in 38.41 seconds.
Everybody was anticipating that Jamaica would win with Bolt in the line-up. After all, they had the world record of 37.10 seconds set in Beijing in 2008 and the championships record of 37.31 seconds established in Berlin two years ago. In the final, Darvis Patton of the United States, running on the third leg, hit Brit runner Marlon Devonish, who rolled over into the lane of Trinidad&Tobago.
The United States and Great Britain and Northern Ireland were unable to finish. It was now left to Jamaica and France. Replacing young Dexter Lee with Bolt, Jamaica did what some may call the impossible. They set a new world record of 37.04 seconds to win, more than a second ahead of France's 38.20 seconds.
Trinidad&Tobago were affected by Patton's actions and finished in sixth place in 39.01 seconds. This was a fitting end to and only world record in the Daegu World Championships. For this record the Jamaican team received$100,000.
The question now is:"Will Jamaica break 37 seconds at the London Olympics?"
There were two rounds of the Men's 4x400m Relay. Two heats were run on September 1. The first three finishers in each heat and the other two fastest times would qualify for the final.
The United States won the first of the two heats with Greg Nixon, Jamaal Torrance, Michael Berry, and LaShawn Merritt in 2:58.02. Jamaica finished in second place in 2:59.13. South Africa finished third in 2:59.21. Great Britain and Northern Ireland finished in fourth in 3:00.38 and Germany in fifth in 3:00.48.
The Bahamas competed in the second heat with Ramon Miller on starting leg, former World Champion Avard Moncur on the second leg, Andrae Williams on the third leg, and LaToy Williams on the anchor leg. They either had to finish in the top three or run better than Great Britain and Northern Ireland or Germany. If they did not make the top three they had to run better than 3:00.48, the time that Germany did.
That was not to be as Belgium won the heat in 3:00.78, Russia finished in second in 3:00.81, Kenya finished in third in 3:00.97 and The Bahamas finished in fourth in 3:01.54 below their season's best of 3:01.33 and their national record of 2:57.32. The Bahamas was out of the final, having not run national record holder Chris Brown nor National Champion Demetrius Pinder in the first round.
In the final, the USA team of Greg Nixon, Bershawn Jackson, Angelo Taylor, and LaShawn Merritt won in 2:59.31. South Africa without Oscar Pistorius finished in second place in 2:59.87, and Jamaica with Allodin Fothergill, Jermaine Gonzales, Ryker Hylton, and Leford Green, won the bronze medal with a 3:00.10 clocking.
We hope you enjoyed this and the previous issues of Daegu World Championships re-visited. We all look forward to the next edition, Moscow 2013.
Bahamians participated in the Innisbrook, Florida Tennis Futures this
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Lunn defeated Jody Turnquest in the first round 6-3 6-2. Justin
suffered an injury in the 2nd rd against Joshua Wardell (USA) at 40-30
and had to retire. He has to also withdraw from the next Futures at
Indian Harbor Beach, FL.
Philip Major def Franco Uliana (Arg) 6-0
6-0 in the first rd. Defeated Krisztian Mago (Hungary) 6-2 6-4 in the
2nd rd and lost to...
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Several Chippingham residents have expressed outrage over their water supply, which many have described as discolored and odorous.
Water and Sewerage Corporation Deputy General Manager Robert Deal said the corporation has received many complaints from residents in that area, particularly those on Columbus Avenue.
He said the corporation has increased the frequency of flushing exercises and filter changes, but admitted that it is not enough to resolve the issue in the long term.
"What has been happening is that some of these areas historically would have been supplied by ground water for many decades through older cast iron mains," Deal said.
"Now that we are supplying them with desalinated water, that desalinated water is reacting with the older mains and is producing what some people call rusty water, and what we call red water."
But residents told The Nassau Guardian they have been coping with the problem for far too long, and said an immediate resolution is needed.
Jane Brown (name changed), a Chippingham resident of more than six years, said the corporation has visited her home and changed filters on several occasions, but this has not alleviated the problem.
"The water is literally black and there is debris in it as well," she said.
"Sometimes the water is just rusted and that is bearable, [and] it will ruin your clothes if you try to do laundry.
"I would say it has been in excess of a year like that. We have all just been dealing with it basically."
Davis Longley, who grew up in the community, said even the public pump, a source of water for many residents, disperses brownish water.
He said the water in his home has a sulphur smell and the debris in it makes basic tasks such as brushing his teeth, taking a shower and washing clothes extremely challenging.
"The corporation did some cleaning yesterday (Wednesday), but it does not last very long," Longley said.
"I guess what residents have to do is collect the water and let it settle for a day or so, so all the rust can go to the bottom before they use it.
"Otherwise if you use the water [to wash] clothes, it is going to dirty them up."
Deal said the long-term solution is two-tiered and involves changing the mains and adjusting the chemical property of the water itself.
"Adjusting it from a chemical perspective to reduce the reaction between the older mains and the water itself [will] reduce incidents of red water or rusty water." he said.
However, that project will not begin until early 2014, according to Deal.
Under the current administration of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA), the junior program is as vibrant as it has ever been, the seniors are continuing to be afforded with opportunities to compete against the world's best, and more and more student athletes are benefiting from scholarships to attend universities abroad. However, here at home, an ongoing problem continues to rear its ugly head.
During the recent election of officers, it was speculated that animosity between New Providence and Grand Bahamian officials led to the eventual defeat of presidential candidate Curt Hollingsworth. The apparent issue came to light again, with the suspension of a couple Grand Bahamian coaches and schools from BAAA activities following infractions at the 2010 Penn Relays. Now, with BAAA officials requesting verifiable data from a recent Grand Bahamian meet in order to honor results, certain track enthusiasts are crying foul play once again.
There were apparently four qualifiers for the International Association of Athletic Federations' (IAAF) World Youth Championships, from the Daisy McPhee Invitational in Freeport, Grand Bahama, at the end of last month, and an additional athlete who apparently set a new junior national record. However, BAAA officials are questioning the authenticity of the results based on a number of discrepancies. They are asking for photo finishes and full automated results with little or no discrepancies, which according to a few local coaches and parents, are more than what is normally required, especially from New Providence based meets.
"I just want my meet to be treated to the same standard of every other meet held in this country," said meet organizer Dwayne Jennings, coach of the Grand Bahamian based Golden Eagles Track Club which hosted the meet. "I don't know of any other of meet where this kind of data is asked for by the BAAA to the extent it was asked for from my meet. I don't believe that an opportunity should be taken away from any deserving Bahamian athlete that meets international standards. Here, we had some kids meeting the standards and their results are being questioned," he added.
In addition to the Grand Bahamian kids, about 100 youngsters from New Providence took part in the meet hoping to attain qualifying marks for the World Youth Championships. The final trials for that world level event and the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Age Group Championships, were held this past weekend at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium.
Lyndale Lewis, mother of young talented hurdler Kirk Lewis, said that her son has done everything that is required of him to qualify for the World Youth Championships, but to date, his performances are still being questioned by the BAAA. Kirk Lewis was one of those four apparent qualifiers for the World Youth Championships in Freeport, running 13.90 seconds in the 110-meter (m) hurdles.
"Here we have some of our athletes trying to get these last opportunities to attain the qualifying marks for the World Youth Championships and the BAAA is making it extremely difficult on them," said Kirk's mother Lyndale. "These kids are making the IAAF times but the BAAA times are much more difficult to make. For instance, the IAAF standard for the World Youth Championships in the hurdles is 14.45 seconds and the BAAA standard is 13.90 seconds. My son still achieved that in Freeport, but now they are being told that the results from the Freeport meet are not consistent. That is ridiculous! The IAAF standards are set to give fair competition to athletes all over the world, and here they are adjusting them. I don't think that's fair to our athletes. We feel that the BAAA is not supporting our kids," she added.
The BAAA has taken the liberty to adjust a number of standards for the World Youth Championships, but in their defense, those standards were set in place from the beginning of the track season, and their ability to adjust them for the betterment of Bahamian athletics is totally within the realm of the full scope of their authority. BAAA President Mike Sands reserved comment on the matter until hearing all the complaints, but he did mention that whatever is done by his organization in respect of adjusting standards is done in the best interest of Bahamian athletics.
"If you have an athlete that is finishing seventh or eighth in the region, even though that athlete is running the time that is set in place by the IAAF, you really have to ask yourself, do you really take that person just to give them a trip or do you go with a view that our athletes need to prove themselves against the world? If a situation is like that and we have the authority by the IAAF to adjust the standards to suit our environment, then we have to exercise that right," said Sands briefly.
However, Jennings and others feel differently.
"I believe that international standards set by the IAAF should not be tampered with by any federation," said Jennings. "These standards are adjusted by the BAAA for junior athletes so our athletes are at a disadvantage to other athletes from other countries, but there are no adjustments on the senior level for any international meet," he added.
It seems like a certain number of Grand Bahamian track enthusiasts, on the whole, feel that their programs and even some of their athletes are constantly being neglected and overlooked by the BAAA. New Providence based coach Shaun Miller of Bahamas Speed Dynamics, and father of World Junior Champion Shaunae Miller, has some concerns as well. Shaunae Miller was the athlete who reportedly set the new junior national record in Freeport, running 52.40 seconds at the Daisy McPhee Invitational.
"To me, it sounds like Nassau and Freeport still have something personal going on against each other but they need to communicate and sort it out quickly because it is hurting our athletes," said Shaun Miller, nephew of former Bahamian quarter-miler and politician Leslie Miller. "The thing is, if they don't have communication then how are we going to get to the bottom of it. At this point, I am trying to keep these kids' morale up. I'm just letting them know to continue training and let the parents and the coaches sort this out. I've heard about this type of thing happening in the past, but this is the first time that I am experiencing it. I feel that if a meet is sanctioned by the BAAA, the BAAA should ensure that everything is in place."
Miller took over the head coaching duties for the Bahamas Speed Dynamics this year, filling in for George Cleare who left to take up a coaching spot with the University of Georgia Bulldogs. The four athletes who apparently ran World Youth Championships qualifying times in Freeport, were all from his club.
"We had inquired from the BAAA to make sure it was sanctioned and that BACO officials (Bahamas Association of Certified Officials) were there so that these kids' times and distances could be recognized," said Miller. "It was really our second to last chance of qualifying for the World Youth. We trained very hard, and at the end of the day, four kids qualified for the World Youth Championships.
"We were very excited but when we got back in, we heard that they are not honoring the times or that they are investigating this and that. Now, there was inclement weather that delayed the meet but all-in-all, it was a pretty good meet, so, to find out that these kids went out there and did what was required of them and to now have a lot of questions surrounding their performances... it's just heart-breaking."
Speaking from a parent's point of view, Lyndale Lewis said that she too and many other parents are also heart-broken, given the number of hours that their kids put in, in training for the Grand Bahamian meet.
"The track in Freeport is a Mondo track. It is IAAF certified so I don't understand why they would question the results," she said. "These kids weren't significantly better than what they have been in the past. They ran very good times but those times are not that far off from what they have done in the past. Freeport is always complaining that the BAAA is always questioning the results that are achieved there and here we have that same situation again," she added.
As far as the adjusted qualifying standards for the World Youth Championships are concerned, Miller said that he has always challenged the BAAA on the matter but is never given a satisfactory response.
"If the IAAF set times they know why they set them and we need to abide by those times," he said. "The IAAF is the world's governing body for track and field. If they set these standards, we need to leave them as is and see if we can get as much of our athletes to qualify as possible," he added.
The CAC Age Group Championships is set for July 1-3 in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, and the IAAF World Youth Championships are scheduled to be held July 6-10 in Lille, France.