Jamaica’s men lament hurtful 4x400m loss

first_imgBEIJING, China:When Sanjay Ayre slipped from the silver-medal spot to fourth place in the men’s 4x400m final in the space of a few metres at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan, it hurt.Not even that colossal anchor leg failure could have given as much grief as Jamaica’s agonising fourth-place finish on the final day of the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, yesterday.The team of Peter Matthews, Ricardo Chambers, Rusheen McDonald, and Javon Francis clocked 2:58.51, the same time as bronze-medal winners Great Britain and Northern Ireland, with the USA running away with the gold medal in 2:57.82 and Trinidad and Tobago getting the silver in 2:58.20.The Jamaicans were in a good position up to the third leg, when McDonald slipped to almost sixth, before handing over the baton to Francis.FAst moveFrancis wasted little time in moving to the front of the pack, showing his 20.58 200-metre speed at the first opportunity. It looked familiar, as his 44.00 split from the Moscow 2013 World Championships, which dragged Jamaica from fifth to second in the event, looked like it was about to repeat itself.As brave as he was, Francis faded towards the end and was caught on the 100m stretch. Clinging for dear life to the bronze medal now, the Jamaican stepped across the line as Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s Martyn Rooney clipped him for third, despite both times being rounded up to reflect 2:58.51, as was confirmed by the photo-finish camera.It was a heart-crushing defeat. Francis was devastated.”From I have been losing races, this is one of the most hurtful losses I have ever experienced,” lamented Chambers. “But we came out here as a team, and we fought as a team, but today we didn’t have enough to win.”We got the same time as Great Britain, but we just have to accept the result and move on to next year and different targets,” added Chambers.disappointedThe Jamaican team management didn’t readily accept the result, as they had the tape reviewed to see if they could have gotten a share of the bronze medal.”To be honest, I am really disappointed that we didn’t make the podium, but we are thankful at the same time,” said Peter Matthews. “I am really feeling hurt, and I’m sure the other fellows are as well; we really wanted this.”Matthews is hoping that the team can stay together and believes that the capability is there for a medal at next year’s Olympic Games.”With everyone, healthy next year, we have a good chance of even winning the 4x400m in Rio. We had a good side this year, but the competition was also very good, too,” Matthews said.last_img read more


first_imgAn Clochan Liath Club NotesBad aid 4, 14, 18 agus 21 na huimhireacha lotto a tarraingeadh ag deireadh na seachtaine seachtaine agus nior baineadh póta óir an lotto. Beidh €4,700 sa phóta óir don seachtain seo. Bhain na daoine seo leanas €20 an ceann Louise & Cormac Hartnett, Falmore, Kate McCole, Sheskinarone, Breege McGill, Fintown agues Lorraine Sweeney, Sheskinarone.Bhain Mary Gallagher as Meenbanad €150, bhain Jeannie Sweeney as Sheskinarone, Connie O’Donnell as St. Peter’s Tce, Hugh Gallagher as Belcruit agus Nellie Doherty as Glenties €100 ag an bhingo. All Club Members that ordered tickets for the Derry v Donegal Match will be available for collection on Friday 16th May in the Rosses Community School from 8pm – 9pm.When collecting tickets could everyone check their envelopes to make sure order is correct before leaving.Dungloe U14 Hurlers played Letterkenny Gaels in Rosses Park on Sunday past in a crucial match to decide qualification for the league semi finals.Dungloe started against the breeze and the hill and absorbed early pressure well with Harry Noble in goals and his full and half back line all excelling. Dungloe at the other end were picking off nice scores including a well taken point by Philip Rodgers.They did concede due to lack of concentration a goal leading up to half time and went in at the break 2.2 to 0.4 down.The second half proved controversial. Gaels were awarded a goal when the ball it seemed certainly didn’t cross the line and decisions in General were frustrating for the Dungloe team.Dungloe despite all the odds continued to battle hard.Thomas Hartnett was excellent at centre back and controlled that area from start to finish. Matthew scored a great goal and could have had two others and James Hartnett got a fine point. Dungloe hit the post, were guilty of some over carrying and wides, but in general were far more hungry and determined.The game finished with Dungloe it seemed winning by a point, but disappointingly the referees record was that of a draw.Odhran McGonagle Joe Greene, Nicholas Wherely were good in defence for Dungloe, but man of the match today was Thomas Hartnett at centre back.The next game in the league is Thursday against Carndonagh but Dungloe are already certain of a league semi final placing. Our Senior Team had a win away against Cloughaneely on a score line of An Clochan liath 2-12 Cloughaneely 0-11. Reserves unfortunately were beaten on a score line of An Clochan liath 0-11 Cloughaneely 3-6.GAA NEWS: DUNGLOE REMAIN UNBEATEN AS THEY DEFEAT CLOUGHANEELY was last modified: May 13th, 2014 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)Tags:dungloeGAANoticesSportlast_img read more