Francis matches fastest Jamaican 4x400m relay leg ever

first_img 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.last_img read more

Evacuation Alert issued for residents near Mile 80 of the Alaska Highway

first_imgHelicopters were also assisting, but Epp said they had to land due to smoke obscuring their sight.Evacuation-Alert-May-4-2016-Mile-80-Alaska-HighwaySix areas in the North Peace are now under an evacuation alert.  Those areas include the Beatton Airport Road area, the Doig River First Nation area, the Siphon Creek area, Blueberry First Nation, the Cecil Lake area and the newest one near Mile 80.If you’re in an area under an evacuation alert, you need to be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.  The following article includes tips on what to pack.  Click here to read how to prepare to evacuate.Here is an example of a basic emergency kit put together by the Province of B.C.Here is an example of a basic emergency kit put together by the Province of B.C.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has issued an Evacuation Alert for residents in the area of a new forest fire near Mile 80 of the Alaska Highway.Geographic Area (see attached map), including all properties on the following roads:North West on the Alaska Highway from Beatton Airport Road to Aitken Creek RoadNorth on Aitken Creek Road to where it crosses the Blueberry RiverEast following the Blueberry River to where the Blueberry River crosses the Beatton Airport RoadSouth along Beatton Airport Road to the Alaska HighwayAn Evacuation Alert has been issued to prepare you to evacuate your premises or property should it be found necessary. Residents will be given as much notice as possible if the alert is changed to an evacuation order.- Advertisement -Fire Information Officer Emily Epp says the fire is 50 hectares in size, with airtankers and 11 firefighters are combating the blaze.Here is a photo of the fire from the B.C. Wildfire Service. This is near Mile 77 of the Alaska Highway.Here is a photo of the fire from the B.C. Wildfire Service. This is near Mile 77 of the Alaska Highway.She added that Oil and Gas infrastructure is located near the fire, and that the BC Wildfire Service has recommended that companies relocate workers away from the sites.Advertisementlast_img read more

Job Vacancy: Donegal Daily seeks Digital News Reporter

first_imgThe Donegal Daily Group require a Digital News Reporter.This is a full-time position within Donegal’s biggest media outlet and will be based out of our Letterkenny office.The successful candidate will have relevant experience within the media industry and a background in online news is essential. Previous coverage of courts, council meetings and other relevant ‘markings’ will also be an advantage.They will be required to work flexible hours with a knowledge of sport also an advantage.If you think this is the position for you to further your career in journalism working within a talented and dedicated team of reporters, please send your CV to info@donegaldaily.comClosing date for applications: 5pm Monday 18th November Job Vacancy: Donegal Daily seeks Digital News Reporter was last modified: November 15th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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