BEIJING, 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.
Among the heads of state who arrived to pay their respects were King Abdullah II of Jordan, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Iraqi President Jalal Talbani, and Hosni Mubarak, the president of Egypt. Arab League Secretary- General Amr Moussa said Sheik Jaber was a “wise leader.” U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that under the emir Kuwait “made progress toward more political freedom, women’s rights and social justice.” The U.S. government did not comment Sunday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Members of the ruling family, including Prime Minister Sheik Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, stood for hours at the Sulaibikat public cemetery to accept condolences from dignitaries and ordinary Kuwaitis. Sheik Sabah is the former emir’s half brother. Abdul-Rhida Asiri, head of the political science department at Kuwait University, said the prime minister will become the “de facto ruler” for now, and the ruling family could make further leadership decisions after the mourning period. The close alliance with the U.S. is not likely to change under Sheik Saad. Washington named Kuwait a major non-NATO ally in 2004. Kuwait signed a defense pact with Washington after a U.S.-led coalition fought the 1991 Gulf War that liberated Kuwait from a seven-month Iraqi occupation under Saddam. The small state’s strategic significance lays mainly with its oil reserves, with some estimates ranking it fifth overall. The Al Sabah family has ruled Kuwait for more than 250 years, and enjoys the respect and approval of Kuwaitis. KUWAIT CITY – Sheik Jaber al-Ahmed al-Sabah, the emir of Kuwait and one of the United States’ closest Mideast allies, was buried in an unmarked grave Sunday in a ceremony attended by thousands of weeping citizens who mourned the death of an admired ruler. The crown prince, Sheik Saad al-Abdullah al-Sabah – in his mid-70s and ailing himself – assumed the throne. But he was expected to leave control of day-to-day government affairs to the veteran prime minister, and no major policy shifts were expected. Sheik Jaber, who was restored to power by American forces after Saddam Hussein invaded the tiny, oil-rich country in 1990, was 79 when he died after 27 years in power. He was one of the few Arab rulers who supported the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq to topple Saddam. He allowed his country to be used as a launching pad for the American drive to Baghdad. The new emir, who suffers from a colon condition and must travel abroad periodically for medical treatment, watched from a wheelchair as the body of his distant cousin, wrapped in a Kuwaiti flag, was carried shoulder-high through a crowd of 10,000 mourners and lowered into the grave after a brief Muslim prayer.
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Checking in with Tyler Dragon, who covers the Bengals for the Cincinnati Enquirer:1. Are Andy Dalton’s career-high 418 yards in the opening loss at Seattle a legitimate sign that he should flourish under a new system?I don’t want to be prisoner of the moment and say that Andy Dalton will flourish in Zac Taylor’s offensive system based off one game. It’s an extremely small sample size. What I can say is, Dalton and the Bengals should feel encouraged after passing for a career best 418 yards. …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals program recently awarded $500 grants to 10 local YAP groups and one Collegiate Farm Bureau group. Courtesy of Farm Credit Mid-America, the grants fund YAP-focused educational programming or events, aimed at members ages 18-35.The recipients and their programming are:Ashland/Wayne Counties YAPFunds will support YAP’s third annual Ag Toy Drive in November. Toy donations over the past two years have resulted in more than $3,000 worth of toys being donated to Toys for Tots. Ashtabula County Farm BureauThe Ashtabula County Farm Bureau will partner with Farm Credit Mid-America and other local organizations to host a Developing Young Ag Professionals seminar for FFA, 4-H and Farm Bureau youth in which they will learn public speaking skills, interview tips and resume building. Clinton County YAPA “Sign, Sip and Paint” event is planned for YAP members and those interested in becoming a member. Participants will paint an agriculture-based picture while enjoying refreshments and camaraderie. Darke County YAPPlans are to create a “YAP Blastoff” event that will take place throughout the year and be focused on agriculture education and awareness. A goal is to create social networks that help YAP members improve their farming operations. Fulton, Henry, Defiance and Williams Counties YAPA “Young Farmer Resources” event will feature an evening of dinner, networking and learning about local resources available to young farmers. Topics include business planning, land access and starting a freezer meat operation. Gallia County Farm BureauThe Gallia County Farm Bureau board of trustees plans to start a local Young Farmers Community Council that will meet throughout the year and allow young farmers to talk about the physical, financial and policy struggles they are facing in agriculture today. Geauga and Lake County Farm BureausAn Ag Career Day will be held at Lake Metroparks Farmpark with industry experts describing the wide variety of jobs available in the agricultural industry. Montgomery County YAPAn “Equipment, Farm and Livestock Safety” event will be held during the county fair with various stations that have hands-on learning about farm safety. Ohio State University Collegiate Farm BureauCollegiate Farm Bureau will partner with student clubs on an event that welcomes new students to Ohio State University and informs them on how to become involved with Collegiate Farm Bureau. Trumbull County Farm BureauAn educational series will teach residents about the life cycle of food and feature visits to working farms, meat processors, grocery stores, sale barns and an orchard. Warren County YAPWarren County YAP plans to do a financial literacy series with programs on credit, loans, financial security and debt. Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals are singles and married couples ages 18 to 35 who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills. To learn more visit experienceyap.com.