COMBINED TIME Though his effort left Jamaica just short of a medal in Sunday’s World Championship 4×400-metre final, Javon Francis produced a sterling anchor-leg effort. As he did to rescue a silver medal in the same event two years ago, the 21-year-old national champion charged into the lead. In the 2013 World Championships, his anchor was timed at 44 seconds flat. On Sunday, he was even faster at 43.5 seconds. That matched the fastest hand-timed relay split ever, a 43.5 by renowned baton genius Davian Clarke, to finish a national record run of two minutes, 56.75 seconds in the 1997 World Championships. When more precise electronic times are considered, Clarke retains the lead by 0.01, 43.51 to 43.52 for Francis. In 1997, Michael McDonald, Greg Haughton, Danny McFarlane, and Clarke got the silver medal, as did Rusheen McDonald, Edino Steele, Omar Johnson, and Francis in 2013. Unfortunately, despite the anchor leg heroics, Peter Matthews, Ricardo Chambers, McDonald, and Francis just missed a medal on Sunday. They combined for a time of two minutes, 58.51 seconds, the same as Great Britain, but with the photo-finish camera revealing the edge for the British anchorman, Martyn Rooney. This was Francis’ first relay sub-44 clocking. He joins Clarke, Haughton and Seymour Newman as Jamaicans to produce such times on the 4×400-metre relay. Newman was the first, with 43.8 in the 1976 Olympics. Clarke matched that in the heats of the 1995 World Championships. In that race, McDonald, Clarke, Dennis, Blake and McFarlane became the first Jamaican team to break three minutes in 4x400m relay history. The Clarke sub-44 portfolio also includes a 43.81 that took Jamaica to the bronze in the 2005 Worlds and a 43.88 to seal the silver medal at the 1999 Worlds. Haughton’s sub-44 was an urgent 43.88 to connect Jamaica to second place in the 2001 World Championships. The fastest 4x400m leg on record is the 42.9-second anchor by outstanding American Michael Johnson at the 1993 World Championship. That closed a world record run of two minutes, 54.29 seconds.
Ramsawan Singh was on Friday arraigned in a Georgetown Magistrate’s court for the attempted murder of his ex-lover, Geeta “Pinky” Deochand, allegedly committed at Cornelia Ida, West Coast Demerara on June 28, 2018.Geeta ‘Pinky’ DeochandThe 27-year-old accused was not required to plead to the indicated charge, which stated that, with intent to commit murder, he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Deochand of Lot 12 Sea View Street, Cornelia Ida, West Coast Demerara at about 8:00hrs on the day in question.Singh has been remanded to prison, and will make his next court appearance on July 12.RECAPBased on reports received, 28-year-old Geeta “Pinky” Deochand was taking her son to school on June 18 at about 08:00h when the 27-year-old Ramsawan Singh rode up to her at Cornelia Ida, West Coast Demerara and requested that she allow him to kiss his son. The woman did not give him permission, and an argument ensued.Enraged, Singh allegedly whipped out a knife from his pants pocket and started to stab the woman in the presence of their three-year-old son. The woman was reportedly stabbed several times about her body, and is currently a patient at the West Demerara Regional Hospital, where her condition is listed as stable.After committing the act, Singh, who works at the Meadow Bank Wharf as a fish cleaner, jumped on his pedal cycle and rode away, but was later apprehended by the Police.Relatives told Guyana Times that the couple’s relationship, which ended two years ago, had been a rocky affair. The three-year-old child in question is reportedly staying with the relatives of the injured woman.
1 Martin Skrtel Inter Milan look set to enquire about the availability of Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel.According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter are targeting the former Zenit Saint Petersburg defender, whose contract at Liverpool expires at the end of next season.The Slovakian international has failed to agree terms on a new deal at the Merseyside club – despite being offered a three-year contract, prompting interest from the Italian giants.Skrtel, who has made over 200 Premier League appearances for the Reds after signing for £6m from Russian side Zenit in January 2008, has refused to sign a new three-year deal after rejecting a clause which states he will only receive his full salary if playing a particular number of games each season.The 30-year-old defender, who has scored 17 goals during his time in England, is likely to attract interest from across Europe, though Inter are the first to express an interest in signing the Slovakian defender.