IAAF World Championships London 2017: Liberia’s Representative Finishes at Semi in Men’s 100 Metres

first_imgLiberia’s lone representative at the 2017 IAAF World Championship, Emmanuel Matadi, over the weekend bowed out in the semi-final stage of the Men’s 100m at the Olympic Stadium in London.Matadi, 26, finished 14th overall with a time of 10.20 seconds, finishing below US sprinter Christopher Belcher by 0.002 seconds, after both ran the same time down to hundredths of a second.The young sprinter qualified for the semi-final after finishing as one of the six provisional runners in Heat 1, 0.006 seconds above Barbados’s Ramon Gittens and 0.03 seconds below Cejhae Greene of Antigua & Barbuda.Matadi, who finished 5th in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, enjoyed the preliminaries of the 100m after winning Heat 1 with a time of 10.27s that qualified him alongside Brendon Rodney of Canada and Mart Otieno Odhiambo of Kenya to the next round.According to Liquid Sports in Ghana, following his first race at the event, the Liberian expressed delight after finishing first in the preliminaries. He, however, added that there was a need for improvement. “I wanted to be faster but it’s early days and the first round, so we’ll see what happens next. This race was really just about getting out and getting through, so onto the next,” Matadi told Liquid Sports.The Men’s 100m produced a shocking result after 35 year old Justin Gatlin of the USA finished ahead of 30 year old Usain Bolt, who was running his last 100m, to win the gold medal in 9.92s, with silver going to 22 year old US sprinter Christian Coleman, who finished with a time of 9.94s.A terrible start for Bolt prevented him from making a perfect finish. He clinched bronze in the IAAF 100m, where he has collected 11 golds and two silvers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – Liberia’s sprinter Emmanuel Matadi(Photo Credit: Getty Images)last_img read more

Nagasu becomes 3rd woman, 1st American, to land Olympic triple axel

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Truth is: Cavaliers rout Celtics on Paul Pierce’s day MOST READ Read Next Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Mirai Nagasu reacts after her performance during the women’s free skate event at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif., Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Mirai Nagasu wasted no time making some figure skating history.The 24-year-old from Montebello, California, became the first American woman _ and third woman overall _ to land a triple axel in the Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Nagasu accomplished the rare feat just 21 seconds into the women’s free skate on Monday. She was the first of the five women to compete and led off her routine with the triple axel, drawing huge cheers from the crowd at the Gangneung Ice Arena.“I feel really great,” Nagasu said. “Going into it, I was like a train and I was like, ‘Get on the tracks and get some speed.’ And, I tripped a couple times. I don’t know if you could tell. It was more something I could feel, but to nail it the way I did, even out of the corner of my eye, I could see my teammates standing out of excitement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“And at that moment, I wanted to stop the music and get off, but I still had my whole program ahead of me.”And, she took care of business. Nagasu skated a flawless routine and pumped both fists as she completed it, smiling as the crowd gave her a standing ovation. AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Nagasu also drew lots of compliments from fellow American skaters, incuding Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton and Meryl Davis. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nagasu had landed triple axels in previous competitions, but never in such a pressure-packed situation as the Olympic stage.“To complete the performance to the best of my ability is really exciting,” she said.She received a personal-best score of 137.53 points, narrowly edging Canada’s Gabrielle Daleman (137.14) for second place in the free skate. Russian Alina Zagitova won the event, topping even her performance in taking the European title last month with a season-best 158.08 points.Japan’s Midori Ito and Mao Asada also landed triple axels during the Olympics. Nagasu, who is also Japanese, joked about the history the three now share.“Maybe it’s the Japanese genetics,” Nagasu said with a big smile. “But lucky for me, I’m American, so I’m the first American to land it.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more