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McLeod can give Ja a medal in 110m hurdles

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first_imgJAMAICA is yet to win a medal in the men’s 110 metres hurdles at the IAAF World Championships, but history is on the horizon. Two athletes, Omar McLeod and Hansle Parchment, with strong medal prospects in the event will represent the island at the 2015 Beijing World Championships. The country’s best placing in the event at these championships came at the 2009 Berlin meet where Maurice Wignall finished fifth and Dwight Thomas seventh. World leader Orlando Ortega of Cuba, with a winning time of 12.94 seconds at the Paris Diamond League, will not be in Beijing and as a result of this, Jamaica’s Omar McLeod will go into the championships as the top seed, following his personal best of 12.97 to win at the Jamaica National Senior Championships in June. Only one other athlete, defending champion, American David Oliver, with 12.98, has gone sub 13 seconds this season. With no one taking the event this season by ‘storm’, Jamaica’s top two – McLeod and Hansle Parchment, with a season best of 13.08 – both have glorious opportunities to put their names and the country’s into the history book. Parchment does have the potential to go sub-13 seconds, as a year ago in Monaco he raced to victory in a personal best of 12.95. However, he has not competed since the June Trials. With world record holder Aries Merritt of the United States and France’s Pascal Martinot-Lagarde both struggling for good form, this will be a wide open race. After a wonderful 2015 season on the collegiate circuit where he dominated his peers, McLeod looks set to go much faster than his 12.97 best.He has an excellent start and good speed over the first three hurdles and could dominate early and ‘leave the field for dead’. Teammate Parchment, who mined bronze in the event at the 2012 London Olympic Games, may lack the competitive edge, but if he reports fit for Beijing, he could be among the medals. The other Jamaican in the event, Andrew Riley, will need a big improvement on his season’s best of 13.28 to be a factor. Oliver, the defending champion, will be hard to beat, but has his problems. He tends to start slowly and he will need to be on top of his game to win this event. Of the others, Serjey Shubenkov of Russia looks the best of the lot. While McLeod seems to be the best tactically in the event, Oliver with his experience is given the edge, but just to get the win here over McLeod. MY TOP THREE: 1. David Oliver (USA), 2. Omar McLeod (Jamaica), 3. Serjey Shubenkov (Russia). SET TO GO FASTERlast_img read more

FIANNA FAIL MOTION CALLS FOR ACTION ON FODDER CRISIS – McCONALOGUE

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first_imgFianna Fáil is calling for the establishment of a dedicated unit within the Department of Agriculture to co-ordinate the response to the fodder crisis.The Dáil will this week will discuss a Fianna Fáil motion criticising what the party claims was a slow and inadequate response to a crisis which has been devastating for hundreds of farmers across the North West of Ireland.Donegal Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue explained, “I and my colleagues spent weeks in the early stages of this crisis appealing to the Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to see what was going on, and take decisive action to prevent unnecessary hardship for families. Unfortunately, it took several weeks for the Minister to admit there even was a problem, and since then the response has been too little too late. “I very much welcome the fact that the agriculture industry is pulling together to ensure that farmers get through this difficult time. The support of co-ops and farming organisations is helping many farmers to feed their cattle when they may otherwise have been unable to.“Meanwhile the response from Minister Coveney and his government has been totally inadequate. It took far too long for the Minister to intervene and hundreds of farmers are still struggling to get the help that they need. This crisis is not over yet. Many farmers here in Donegal will continue to struggle in the aftermath of this crisis and the Government simply cannot afford to take its eye off the ball.“Fianna Fáil is calling for the establishment of a special unit within the Department of Agriculture to oversee and co-ordinate efforts between government departments, agencies, co-ops, marts and financial institutions to tackle this crisis. This unit must also keep fodder and credit supplies under review, with fail safe measures to ensure that this crisis does not emerge again.“We also want the Department of Agriculture and financial institutions to reach agreement to ensure an adequate supply of credit to farmers during times of acute pressures on essential agricultural supplies. “Next week in the Dáil, TDs will be given a chance to vote on our proposals aimed at ensuring that farmers here in Donegal and across the country do not continue to suffer undue hardship as a result of this and that this is never allowed to happen again,” Deputy McConalogue said. FIANNA FAIL MOTION CALLS FOR ACTION ON FODDER CRISIS – McCONALOGUE was last modified: May 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more