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

Chelsea’s latest decision over Loftus-Cheek is sure to anger fans

first_imgChelsea will NOT sell Ruben Loftus-Cheek this summer, but he could leave Stamford Bridge on loan, according to reports.Loftus-Cheek, the midfielder, is currently part of the England squad at the World Cup, impressing in the two games he has played so far; he came off the bench in the 2-1 defeat of Tunisia, then completed the full 90 minutes against Panama on Sunday. 2 The 22-year-old looks to have established himself as one of Gareth Southgate’s key players, and following his impressive season on loan at Crystal Palace, it was expected he would be part of Chelsea’s first-team next term.Loftus-Cheek has made it clear he will not settle for playing a bit-part role in west London, and Premier League trio Palace, West Ham and Everton are all showing an interest in moving for the youngster if he is frustrated about his playing time, according to The Guardian.Chelsea have no intention of selling Loftus-Cheek, even though other clubs have shown interest in securing him on a permanent deal, but they are willing to consider another loan move for the midfielder.Loftus-Cheek could sign a new long-term contract before leaving Stamford Bridge on a temporary basis. Loftus-Cheek spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea Loftus-Cheek has impressed playing for England at the World Cup Chelsea fans have long called for the inclusion of Loftus-Cheek in the club’s plans moving forward, and any decision to not utilise him in 2018/19 is sure to anger the Stamford Bridge faithful. 2last_img read more