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

DONE DEAL! Yannick Bolasie signs five-year contract at Everton

first_img1 After weeks of speculation, Yannick Bolasie has finally joined Everton Everton have completed the signing of Yannick Bolasie from Crystal Palace.The 27-year-old winger has signed a five-year deal with the Merseysiders after a £25m fee was agreed with Palace.Bolasie is the fourth signing made by Everton boss Ronald Koeman this summer, following deals for Maarten Stekelenburg, Idrissa Gueye and Ashley Williams.“I’m looking forward to putting on the Everton shirt,” Bolasie said.“This is a big club and I know all about it from having played against them over the years.“For me, it was a no-brainer to come here. But now that I’ve come to Everton, the job is not done. I’ve got to work hard and feel my way in. I’m ready and up for the challenge.“It’s not about the money for me. It’s about looking at the ambition of the club and where they are trying to get to. I just like to play football.“I just like to play football and it’s going to be really interesting to learn from someone like Ronald Koeman, who was obviously a top centre-back as a player and he played with some of the best players in the world.“The club has made good signings, players like Ashley Williams who I know well – and I know that I’ve joined a club that not only has lots of quality players but one that produces lots of quality players, like Ross Barkley, as well.“This season is going to be very interesting and I’m looking forward to being part of it here at Everton.”Bolasie made 143 appearances for Palace, scoring 13 goals, in a four-year spell at Selhurst Park.His last outing for the Eagles came as a substitute in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to West Brom on the opening day of the new Premier League season.Koeman said of his new signing: “Yannick is a player who has been a long time on my radar because he’s the type of winger I like – fast, strong and he can play different positions in the forward line. He’s a really good signing for the club.“At 27, he’s a good age and he has experience in the Premier League. He will give strength to the team and I’m very pleased to have Yannick as part of what we are trying to build here at Everton.”last_img read more