Five of the best women in Beijing

first_imgIn the just concluded 15th World Championships, several athletes entertained fans with their best efforts. However, five women stood out in Beijing, the host city of the meet. They were Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland, Allyson Felix of the United States, Dafne Schippers of Holland, Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia and Cuban Denia Caballero. Before the world’s best congregated in Beijing, Wlodarcyzk had stretched her global record past 80 metres with a mark of 81.08m. In Beijing, the Polish blond dominated with the second and third 80 plus throws in history. Her best was 80.85 metres. Elegant as ever, Felix turned on the speed early in the 400 metres final and left the field gasping in her wake. After a little rest in the third quarter of the race, she floored the accelerator in the last 100m to win the gold medal in 49.26 seconds, a personal best. She was even more impressive in the 4x400m. Her third leg was an outstanding interval of 47.7, the second fastest ever recorded. Runner-up in the 100m, Schippers edged past Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson on the finish line in the 200 metres final. The astounding times – 21.63 to 21.66 seconds – moved the gold and silver medal winners to fourth and sixth fastest of all time. Almaz did a demolition job on the Dibaba family in the 5000 metres. Though pundits picked 1,500 winner and world record holder Genzebe Dibaba to win, Almaz used a long surge to break away. Her dispirited compatriot slipped to third. Almaz’s time of 14 minutes 26.83 seconds did the damage and lowered the old meet record which had belonged to Dibaba’s celebrated big sister, Tirunesh. Caballero had issued a warning by beating reigning discus champion Sandra Perkovic before Beijing. Once there, she ruled. In the end, she made good her threat with a winning throw of 69.28 metres. That’s the longest in World Championship history since the 1991 renewal in Tokyo. Caballero is the first Cuban to win the event at the World Championships.last_img read more

Lastimosa, Mallari team up as NLEX rises to 4-0

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Celebrities get slice of action in Ironman Cebu Kevin Alas, who has been NLEX’s most consistent local this conference, chimed in 13 markers and four rebounds, while JR Quiñahan had 10 points and five boards in the victory.Despite leading the standings with a 4-0 mark, Guiao said NLEX’s the coming games against powerhouse teams will determine if his team is really for real.“We have four wins, but I don’t know if this is true or we’re just being pretenders. The signs are good, but we’ll see in the next games. The elite teams are coming up, so we’ll see how we’ll fare against them,” he said.Eugene Phelps led Phoenix with 31 points, 18 rebounds, and six assists, while Matthew Wright got 17 markers, five boards, and three dimes.Their efforts, however, couldn’t stop the Fuel Masters from dropping their second straight defeat and sinking to an even 2-2 slate.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets LATEST STORIES ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans “We’re starting to look like a team,” noted NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao, whose squad has now won six straight games dating back to last conference.“We’ve been winning games in the end game, and we’ve been able to hold our own and pull through in the crisis situations. That’s a good sign for a team that’s really just trying to put it together.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Lastimosa dropped 11 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, while Mallari also got 14 markers, eight coming in the final frame, that went with of five rebounds and three dimes.Aaron Fuller topscored for the Road Warriors with 18 points and had a game-high 24 boards. The scores:NLEX 95 – Fuller 18, Mallari 14, Lastimosa 14, Alas 13, Quinahan 10, Fonacier 5, Monfort 4, Soyud 4, Tiongson 4, Taulava 4, Rios 3, Baracael 2, J. Villanueva 0, Al-Hussaini 0, Ighalo 0.PHOENIX 91 – Phelps 31, Wright 17, Baguio 8, Jazul 8, Dehesa 8, Eriobu 7, Kramer 4, Intal 4, Lanete 4, W. Wilson 0, Alolino 0, Borboran 0.Quarters: 14-15, 39-43, 64-69, 95-91.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carlo Lastimosa. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCarlo Lastimosa and Alex Mallari took matters into their own hands as NLEX stayed unscathed through four games in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup with a 95-91 win over Phoenix Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Down 10, 78-68 with 8:58 to play, Lastimosa sparked a 13-2 run to get the Road Warriors back in the game, 81-80, midway in the payoff period, before Mallari put on the finishing touches, none bigger than his trey from the right wing with 9.5 seconds remaining.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more