Richards’ struggles continue in Eugene

first_imgEUGENE, Oregon: World Championships bronze medallist O’Dayne Richards continued his early season struggles in the shot put after posting a modest 19.09m on the opening day of the 2016 Prefontaine Classic at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene earlier.  Richards, who is still trying to regain his best form after a leg surgery earlier this year, says he will have to remain patient and continue to work hard, but was of course left disappointed with his result.  “There’s still a little bit of time but I think I was too cautious especially on my first throw. Its going to take some time and I know that I must remain calm and patient,” Richards told The Gleaner after his event. After fouling on his first attempt, Richards registered his best mark of the day on is second before going 18.30m on his final effort. World champion Joe Kovacs (USA) won the event, avenging his loss to Kurt Roberts at the recent Shanghai Diamond League with a world leading 22.13m effort on his last attempt.  Kovacs came into his own on his last three efforts, landing the implement at 21.57m and 21.66m before capping off the competition with the first 22m mark of the season.  Second place went to Tom Walsh (New Zealand) with 20.84m, with Reese Hoffa (USA), 20.58m finishing third.  Pawel Majewski (Poland) was too good for the rest of the field in the men’s hammer throw with a 80.28m mark. He was followed by Dilshod Nazarov (Tajikistan), 78.12m and Wojceich Nowicki (Poland), 76.86m. Olympic and world champion Sandra Perkovic (Croatia) was not at her best, but she was still the class act in the women’s discus event, winning in 68.57m ahead of Nadine Muller (Germany), 65.31m and Melina Robert-Michon (France), 63.39m. Brittney Reese (USA), 6.92m was tops in the women’s long jump with Ivana Spanovic (Serbia), 6.88m, finishing second and Lorraine Ugen (Great Britain), 6.76m taking third place.last_img read more

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Ssimbwa beats Kerr to win August award

first_img0Shares0000Sofapaka heaD coach Sam Ssimbwa has been named the Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month for August. Photo/ RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 17 – Sofapaka tactician Sam Ssimbwa was on Tuesday awarded the Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month for August at their Eastleigh High School training ground.  Ssimbwa led title chasing Sofapaka to four victories and draw, scoring fifteen goals while at it win the gong ahead of Gor Mahia’s Dylan Kerr. The August goal-blitz saw Sofapaka edge Muhoroni Youth 2-3 away then dismissed struggling Thika United 3-0 at home. A seven-goal thriller between Batoto ba Mungu and Nakumatt ended Sofapaka’s way as they put five past Nakumatt.Their fourth victory came over Nzoia Sugar in a 3-1 result before Posta Rangers held them to a 1-1 draw.Sofapaka players congratulating their coach Sam Ssibwa for winning the August Coach of the Month Award. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYASofapaka’s 13 point’s haul was only matched by Gor who beat Muhoroni Youth 2-0 at home and 1-2 away followed by two 1-0 wins over Nakumatt and Posta Rangers. A highly anticipated Mashemeji Derby ended 1-1, leaving Gor Mahia with 13 points but with a lower goal count than Sofapaka.Coaches Kerr and Ssimbwa then squared off in a vote which the Sofapaka tactician won in a landslide. He pocketed Sh75, 000 as a result in addition to the personalized trophy and looks ahead with greater enthusiasm.“We started the league as underdogs but it’s commendable we have done well, especially in the second leg. There is a slim mathematical possibility of getting to the title but Gor Mahia have a huge advantage. Anything is possible in football though, and all we need to do is just win our matches one after another.” An elated Ssimbwa said after picking his accolade.Sofapaka head coach Sam Ssimbwa. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“I’ve won such awards elsewhere in Uganda and Rwanda and winning in Kenya gives me so much joy. Credit to my players who worked hard all through and the technical bench who assist me in coaching,” Ssimbwa addedLeading scorer at Sofapaka Umaru Kasumba who joined mid-season is hopeful of eventually ending up with the golden boot, having notched 11 in the league and trail the leader by just one goal.“I work very hard and everyone here can attest to that. I want to go harder in the remaining matches with a view of getting the golden boot. There are no secrets and the Kenyan league is not easy but I just work hard and the goals come.” Kasumba said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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