Bolt, Thompson tipped to top RJR Awards

first_imgTrack and field is expected to again dominate tonight’s RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards ceremony as the island’s sporting standouts are recognised.Rio de Janeiro 2016 multiple gold medallists Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson are the overwhelming favourites for the top honours at the gala event, which takes place at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel at 7:00 this evening.If all goes according to the script, it will continue the sport’s dominance of the awards.Bolt was nominated for his dominance at the Rio Olympics, winning gold in the 100 and 200 metres and the 4x100m relay, taking his overall total of Olympic gold medals to nine.Sprint hurdler Omar McLeod won gold in the 110m hurdles event in Rio, the first Jamaican to triumph in the event at the Games. He also became the first Jamaican men’s 60m hurdles champion at the World Indoor Games held in Portland, Oregon, last February.West Indies cricketer Marlon Samuels is the third and final in the men’s section, and this is for his top score of 85 not out to guide the West Indies to the ICC World Twenty20 title last April.OLYMPIC DOUBLEElaine Thompson became the first woman to win double Olympic gold in the 100 and 200m sprints since 1988 and took a silver medal as part of Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team in Rio. She also equalled the national record of 10.70 in the women’s 100m sprint at the JAAA’s National Championships in June and also won the Diamond for the women’s 100m in the IAAF Diamond League in 2016.Last year’s winner, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, had a creditable 2016 after taking bronze in the 100m sprint and silver in the 4x100m at the Olympics, while carrying a toe injury.Alia Atkinson is also nominated for breaking the 50m short-course breaststroke world record in a time of 28.64 seconds at the FINA Swimming World Cup in Tokyo, Japan last October.Shericka Jackson is also nominated for her 400m bronze at the Rio Games, while cricketer Stafanie Taylor has been nominated for leading the West Indies Women’s team to victory in the ICC Women’s World Cup in India in April.The People’s Choice Award allows the public to vote for its favourite performance of 2016 and it includes five entries: Atkinson’s world record swim; Thompson’s 200m Olympic Final gold medal run; Calabar High’s Christopher Taylor’s brilliant anchor leg, which swept his team to victory in the 4x400m relay final at the 2016 Grace Kennedy ISSA Boys’ Championships; Michael Binns’ spectacular goal from 35 yards for Portmore United against Montego Bay United in the Red Stripe Premier League Final; and Yona Knight-Wisdom’s series of dives to qualify for the 3m springboard semi-final at the Olympics.The Victoria Mutual Building Society Youth Award is a new category, and here, nominees will be those considered “new talent”, under 21 years old, and not professional.last_img read more

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first_imgTHERE is widespread shock and grief in a Co Donegal town today after a 25-year-old man killed in a traffic accident overnight died just 100 yards from where his cousin was killed 20 years ago.The victim, named locally as Shane McMonagle, died when his car struck a telegraph post at around 4.25am at Carnagarve, just outside Moville.No other vehicles were involved in the incident which killed the popular local and well-known DJ. Shane’s cousin Mark McMonagle was killed not far from the scene of this morning’s incident two decades ago.He was a pedestrian who was out walking along the road when a car came around the corner and killed him.“This is just dreadful news for the McMonagle family,” said one local on Moville’s main street today.“Everyone is just in deep shock. Shane was a grand fella and his death is a dreadful reminder of the death of his cousin Mark. “Our prayers and sympathies are with his entire family circle today.”Superintendent Kevin English said the investigation is continuing into the incident. The car had left the road and was spotted by two witnesses.“We would like to offer our sympathies to the family,” he said.Said a Garda spokesperson: “Gardai in Buncrana are investigating a single vehicle fatal road traffic collision that occurred at Greencastle Road, Moville at approximately 4.25a.m. this morning 19th July, 2012.“A man in his mid 20′s was fatally injured when his car left the road and collided with a telegraph pole.  He has been removed to Letterkenny General Hospital. “The road has been closed pending completion of an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators. Local diversions are in place but please note that no articulated lorries or heavy good vehicles will have access between Moville & Greencastle in both directions untill the road re-opens.”Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Buncrana Garda Station on 074 – 9320540, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station. Forensic officers are at the scene which has been cordoned off.Our earlier report is here: CAR CRASH VICTIM DIES 100 YARDS FROM WHERE COUSIN WAS KILLED was last modified: July 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CAR CRASH VICTIM DIES 100 YARDS FROM WHERE COUSIN WAS KILLEDlast_img read more