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T&T s Keshorn Walcott will be
one of seven athletes who struck
gold last summer at the London
2012 Olympic Games, and among
the 18 past and present Olympic
champions, who will compete at
the IAAF Diamond League meet-
ing in Shanghai, China, today.
In the men s javelin, surprise
2012 Olympic Games champion
Walcott faces Norwegian great
Andreas Thorkildsen, the Athens
2004 and Beijing 2008 gold medal-
list, from 8.34 am.
Speaking earlier this week at a
pre-event press conference at the
Shanghai Stadium in China, Wal-
cott, who produced one of the
shocks of the London 2012
Olympic Games when he emerged
from the junior ranks to win javelin
gold at the age of 19, was keen to
shrug off any talk of pressure ahead
of the meet.
After an incredible season in
which he also claimed the world
junior title, one might expect Wal-
cott to be feeling the weight of
expectations as he moves into the
big league of world athletics to
compete weekly against the likes
Walcott was having none of it,
however. "It hasn t been distracting
to me at all to have the Olympic
title at that age," he said. "Thork-
ildsen is a great athlete and com-
petitor but there are other athletes,
too, including others from the
"It will be a keen and tough
competition but that s OK, I am
looking forward to it."
Walcott finished sixth in his first
ever Diamond League meeting in
Doha last Friday (May 10), an event
won by the Czech Republic thrower
Vitezslav Vesely, with Thorkildsen
third. Walcott was a little short of
his best with 79.79 metres.
But one defeat won t do much
to lesson the attention he s now
getting back in the Caribbean and,
it seems, around the globe too.
Indeed, Walcott accepts he s some-
thing of a novelty for being a top-
class javelin thrower from a region
rather better known for its sprint-
"Everyone knows T&T for its
sprinters," said Walcott, who broke
his national and area junior record
to become the Olympic champion
"I just wanted to be different so
I went into the field events. I put
work, and together with my coach
managed to improve. I ve even
come out as a champion."
The Czech could be favourite
for another win, although two
Finns, Antti Ruuskanen and Tero
Pitkämäki, shouldn t be discounted.
Ruuskanen won bronze at London
2012 while Pitkämäki beat Thork-
ildsen to take the 2007 world title.
A third Finn, Ari Mannio, is also
in the field, along with Kenyan
record holder and African cham-
pion Julius Yego, another London
On May 3, Walcott opened his
season at the T&T Elite Twilight
Games at the Hasely Crawford Sta-
dium, Mucurapo, by throwing the
javelin 84.39 m while he ended
sixth in Doha, last week, with a
The men s 400m, which takes
place from 8.38 am, will be one of
the most hotly contested pitching
Grenada s reigning World and
Olympic champion Kirani James
against the USA s LaShawn Merritt,
who took the gold medal over one
lap of the track in Beijing back in
James also faces the two men
he beat to claim the Olympic
crown: Dominican Republic s 2012
World junior champion Luguelin
Santos, who clinched the silver
medal in London, and T&T s
bronze medallist Lalonde Gordon,
while European champion Pavel
Maslak and Belgium s Jonathan
Borlée add even more class to the
In the women s shot put, T&T s
Cleopatra Borel, who has a season
best throw of 17.75 will be the first
in action at 6.30 am when she does
battle with Aliona Dubitskaya
(Belarus), USA s Jeneva Mc Call
and Michelle Carter, Chinese duo
Liu Xiangrong and Gong Lijiao, as
well as Anca Heltne (Romania),
Anita Marton (Hungary), Russian
Oleysa Sviridova and Germany s
Josephine Terlecki and Christina
In another highly anticipated
event, the women s 100m, double
Olympic champion Jamaica s
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce takes on
world champion Camelita Jeter of
USA in a re-run of the London
Cooper s small cameo failed to save
Rajasthan Royals as Darren Sammy s
Hyderabad Sunrisers moved into play-
off contention in the Indian Premier
League with a 23-run victory in India,
The unassuming Cooper smashed
26 from 12 balls as the Royals, chasing
137 for victory, finished on 113 for nine
off their 20 overs.
Playing at the Rajiv Gandhi Inter-
national Stadium, the hosts stumbled
to 136 for nine after winning the toss
and opting to bat, with Biplab
Samantray top-scoring with 55.
Sammy hit 23 from 19 balls with one
four and a six in adding 56 for the fifth
wicket with Samantray, as they dragged
Sunrisers around from 49 for four in
the 11th over.
The West Indies Test and Twenty20
captain eventually fell in the 17th over,
failing to clear long-off against Australia
seamer James Faulkner.
Cooper finished with nine for 39
from his overs.
In reply, the Royals were 39 without
loss before crashing to 85 for eight in
the 18th over.
Cooper arrived to smash three fours
and a six---including two successive
boundaries in the final over bowled by
South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn---
before holing out to deep point.
Sunrisers occupies the fourth and
final play-off spot on 18 points, two
ahead of Chris Gayle s Royal Challengers
Bangalore which plays its final prelim-
inary game against Dwayne Bravo s
Chennai Super Kings on Saturday.
Sunrisers plays its last game on Sun-
day against defending champions
Kolkata Knight Riders which features
West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine.
Sunrisers Hyderabad 136 for 9
(Samantray 55, Faulkner 5-16) vs
Rajasthan Royals 113 for 9 (Mishra
2-8, Steyn 2-17). Sunrisers won by
Cooper's cameo fails to
stop Sammy's Sunrisers
Darren Sammy of Sunrisers Hyderabad drives a delivery off the back foot during
the Indian Premier League against Rajasthan Royals at the Rajiv Gandhi
International Stadium in Hyderabad, India, yesterday. Sunrisers won by 23 runs.
Fresh from the disappoint-
ment of being beaten in the finals
of the regional first class season,
the national senior team players
will be hoping for places on a
Caribbean Premier League (CPL)
franchise, while the administra-
tors will meet and plan a way
forward for the national outfit.
First vice-president of the T&T
Cricket Board (TTCB) Dudnath
Ramkessoon said that the board
will first meet with the project
team that oversaw the national
team preparations for the past
season. "We are going to have a
de-briefing session with the proj-
ect team, firstly, before we engage
others in talks surrounding the
national cricket team.
"We continue to struggle in the
longer format of the game and
while we have dominated and
constructed a great brand in the
T20 format, we need to get suc-
cess all around. With the
Caribbean Premier League taking
away the national teams from the
T20 version, we now have more
time and energy to focus on the
longer format of the game.
"Normally, after the regional
season ends we go into prepara-
tion mode for the T20 tourna-
ment which is played first in Jan-
uary. Now, we have for the last
time to prepare our national team
for Champions League and after
that we would have the time to
focus on the longer format.
"The first regional competition
will now be the first class tour-
nament and we have more time
to get our players ready from after
October period. We have a num-
ber of trial matches to select the
team and the players would have
enough time to get themselves in
the best shape possible.
"We have had success in the
Super50 series and we are going
to continue to build on this but
we need urgent attention to the
first class side. Looking at the
team, we have very capable play-
ers yet we have not gotten the
results we would have liked.
"So far, the board has agreed
that attention needs to be paid
to the mental aspect of the game
for our players and we are going
to work closely with the Sport
Company to have officials trained
in that area to work with our team
on a regular basis."
Ramkessoon added that the
TTCB is not going to take any
chances and will look to have
sports psychologists work with
the age-group national teams.
"We want to start giving them
the best preparation for their
careers from a young age and we
are going to have sports psychog-
nosis work with them from
TTCB looks at new ways
for regional success
Stoke City management said it
will make investigations after a pig s
head was reported to have been left
in the locker of striker Kenwyne
Jones at the club s training ground.
Jones was said to have been furious
and manager Tony Pulis will discuss
the incident with his players today.
"A full internal investigation will
be carried out," said a club statement.
"Those responsible for any unac-
ceptable behaviour will be dealt with
in accordance with the club s disci-
Pulis said he would be looking into
the incident before its final match
of the season against Southampton
"We have a smashing dressing
room, and there are four or five lads
who are always up to something.
There is always banter going on.
"I honestly don t know what s
gone on this morning---I ve missed
all of what s happened. I try to stay
away from the home dressing room
as much as I possibly can, I let the
lads get on with it.
"We will look at it tomorrow, I
will have a chat with the lads and
find out exactly what has happened.
From that point onwards we ll let
everybody know exactly what the
Stoke to investigate pig's
head in Jones' locker
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