22m in Beijing for Richards?

first_imgOdayne Richards is already the finest shot putter in Jamaica’s history. Richards, however, isn’t resting on his hard-won laurels. He has his eye on Beijing, the upcoming World Championships, and the 22-metre line. The stocky MVP putter produced a second-round national record throw of 21.69 metres to win gold for Jamaica at the recent Pan American Games. That mirrored his win last year at the Commonwealth Games, where he took charge of the national record with a distance of 21.62m. Even though no Jamaican had ever won shot put gold in either the Pan Am or Commonwealth Games before, Richards has his aim on Beijing. “The goal is to throw 22m in the final in the World Championships in Beijing,” he calmly asserted. Those firsts don’t occupy his mind too much. “It does feel good, but I’m not too concerned about the history,” he explained. “I believe that other people will come up and do great,” he predicted. He eased off the gas at the Pan Am Games after the big throw. “I had thrown 21m,” he stated. “So the rest of the throws were safe throws to try and keep healthy.” The St George’s College and University of Technology graduate is looking forward to meeting world leader Joe Kovacs of the USA, reigning champion David Storl of Germany, and the rest of the world’s best in Beijing. “I expect them to come well, and I’d like to be one of those persons who compete well against them and possibly beat them.” The 25-year-old had appeared to struggle early in the season, but he and coach Linval Swaby were working on building strength. “After we achieved what we set out in the strength area,” explained Swaby, “we started focusing on throwing, and he has been responding.” Kovacs, 22.56m, and Storl, 22.20m, are the only men with marks past 22 metres, but Richards is number 3 this season with his national record. Even so, he expects the American pair of former World champions, Christian Cantwell and Reese Hoffa, to return to 22m territory in Beijing. “I’d just like to join that elite group of throwers who have gone over 22m,” he said quietly. “That’s my goal,”, he concluded, “and I believe it is possible to throw far enough to medal.” building strengthlast_img read more

Flyers rebound with solid effort in win over the Comets

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers got back into the win column with an emphatic victory over the visiting Manning Comets on Saturday night.Jeff Fast got the home side on the board with 15:16 to go in the opening period, assisted by Dan Pappin and Brady Busche. Four minutes and seven seconds later Jordan Harder found the net after a great individual effort to make it 2-0. Busche scored his second of the frame with 4:02 to go after accepting a saucer pass from Rick Cleaver, Rylan Sideroff with the secondary assist. The Flyers skated into the first intermission with a 3-0 lead.Steven Fast finished off a sweet passing play between Robbie Sidhu and Bryan Lewis 1:22 into the middle frame to make it 4-0. Rick Cleaver buried a one-timer off a feed from Jeff Shipton with 7:44 to play. Pappin got in on the action three minutes later when he buried a juicy rebound off a shot from Sam Brennan. The Flyers took a 6-0 into the final twenty minutes of play.Robbie Sidhu scored the home sides seventh goal 5:33 into the final stanza, assisted by Rylan Sideroff and Lien Miller-Jeannotte. The visitors broke the shutout with 6:32 remaining to make it 7-1.- Advertisement -Travis McLean stopped 18 of 19 shots, while the Flyers fired 51 rubbed biscuits on the Comets goaltender. Rick Cleaver, Brady Busche, Rylan Sideroff and Robbie Sidhu each chipped in with two-point outings.“It game tonight was a night and day difference from our Dawson Creek performance,” said Andrew Leriger. It amazing what happens when you have a full roster of players and the compete level is where it needs to be.”Next up for the Flyers is a trip to Manning to finish off the home and home series with the Comets on Friday. Puck drop is at 8:30 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

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