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Press Class Two for speed

first_img The absence of Helps, RenÈe Medley, Sashalee Forbes, Carmelita Griffiths and Jeanine Williams, and the possible deployment of St Jago teammate Shanice Reid to the 400m leaves defending girls’ Class One 100m and 200m champion Natalliah Whyte in a league of her own this year. Helps, Reid, Medley and Forbes, Griffiths and Williams were second, third, fourth and fifth, sixth and seventh in the Class One 100m final last year. Together, those circumstances force fans to look to Class Two for quality depth and mass speed. Calabar’s Dejour Russell and Tyreke Wilson, first and second in the 100m, both return. Wilson will want to add the Class Two title to the Class Three version he won over Russell in 2014, but the big boy will want to repeat. If their starts are better than they were last year, fast times are possible. The best group of speedsters are probably in the girls’ Class Two category. Defending champion Shellece Clarke of Edwin Allen has been winning since her Class Four days, but her hand could be full at Champs this year. Not only must she cope with last year’s Class Three winner Kimone Shaw of St Jago, she probably will have company from Sheneil English. In Class Three, English beat both Shaw and Clarke at 200 metres while attending Hydel High. Now she is Shaw’s teammate at St Jago and missed the 2015 season of Champs eligibility because of the switch. Since then, the smooth running English has reached the World Youth 200m final. Recently, she opened her 2016 with a trip over 400 metres. Shaw is the best starter of the three, but the other two are great finishers. The last time they all met in a Champs 100m, the order was Clarke – English – Yanique Dayle of Hydel – Shaw. That was two years ago. All have improved, and a run at Helps’ Class Two record of 11.50 isn’t out of the question. – Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980 With Michael O’Hara and Shauna Helps gone a year early from Class One, the search for speed might settle in Class Two when ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships arrives in March. That’s where Calabar’s potent sprinters dominated last year on the boys’ side. Edwin Allen did likewise amongst the girls but may have challengers this year. O’Hara, Edward Clarke and Raheem Robinson, the top three from the Class One 100 final are gone. So is Okeen Williams who was fifth. That should leave the way clear for Raheem Chambers, St Jago’s former Class Two and Three 100m winner and Nigel Ellis of St Elizabeth Technical who has already shown promise over 200 metres this season. If Jevaughn Matherson of Kingston College bounces back from a wretched 2015 campaign, he could be a threat. He broke Chambers’ Class Three record, and when the St Jago speed merchant set the Class Two record of 10.29 seconds in 2014, Matherson was a splendid second in 10.37, a fine time for a first-year Class Two athlete. LEAGUE OF THEIR OWNlast_img read more

Latest: QPR 0 Liverpool 1 – Reds within sight of victory at Loftus Road

first_imgRichard Dunne’s 67th-minute own goal left bottom-of-the-table QPR staring at another defeat despite a much improved display.They have dominated large parts of the game at Loftus Road, with Leroy Fer hitting the Liverpool bar twice in the first half.With his position under scrutiny after a dismal start to the season, Rangers manager Harry Redknapp made major changes.He switched to a 4-4-2 formation with Fer playing from the left, while Dunne replaced Rio Ferdinand, Mauricio Isla was deployed on the right flank, Yun Suk-Young was given a Premier League debut and Bobby Zamora started up front alongside Charlie Austin.There was also a debut for summer signing Alex McCarthy, with the goalkeeper coming in for Rob Green, who has tonsillitis.Redknapp called for more energy from his side and they responded early on, pressing Liverpool with an intensity that was sorely lacking in previous matches this season.They came close to scoring when Austin bundled his way past two challenges and was denied by keeper Simon Mignolet before shooting into the side netting from an awkward angle as he tried to bury the resulting loose ball.And an unmarked Fer missed a glorious chance when he fired against the top of the bar from 10 yards out after Zamora had pulled the ball back from the right.Fer almost atoned when found by Zamora’s right-wing cross but after the Dutchman’s header bounced off the woodwork, Austin could not force the ball past Glen Johnson on the line and Martin Skrtel was eventually able to clear.QPR kept up the pressure after the interval and Sandro had an effort saved by Mignolet but the Brazilian midfielder suffered another injury setback on the hour mark and limped off.Rangers suddenly lost their way and were rescued by a fine save by McCarthy and Mario Balotelli’s poor finishing.With the home defence under pressure, Isla inadvertently nudged the ball into Adam Lallana’s path and after McCarthy did superbly to get a hand to the midfielder’s shot, Balotelli wastefully fired over from the rebound.But there was nothing McCarthy could do when Dunne sliced Johnson’s low cross into his own net following a quickly taken free-kick after substitute Armand Traore had been harshly adjudged to have fouled Raheem Sterling.It was Dunne’s 10th own goal in the Premier League. QPR (4-4-2): McCarthy; Onuoha, Dunne, Caulker, Yun; Isla (Phillips 45), Henry; Sandro, Fer; Austin, Zamora. Subs: Murphy, Traore, Ferdinand, Kranjcar, Hoilett, Vargas.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more