Parchmnent working hard to secure gold in Rio

first_imgDespite the “unpredictable” and highly technical nature of the 110-metre hurdles, 25-year-old Hansle Parchment believes he has enough experience and confidence to upstage his main rivals and win Jamaica’s’ first-ever gold in this event at this year’s Rio Olympics in Brazil.”Everyone is potentially a medal winner, it (110m hurdles) is a very unpredictable event and anyone can win,” said Parchment, adding “very, very difficult in my discipline. Sometimes you are very relaxed and that’s when you are running faster, sometimes you tense a bit and that’s when you slow down. So it’s unpredictable.”He first crafted his hunt for supremacy with gold at the 2011 World University Games.Parchment is now Jamaica’s most successful hurdler, courtesy of an Olympic bronze medal from the 2012 London Olympics and silver at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, last year.”You don’t know when you will run fast. You just have to work on your technique and set goals each time, and go with God,” he continued.With regard to this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he said of his target: “Gold. I am aiming for the highest, once I am healthy.”I am working really hard and I feel I can be among the top three,” he told The Gleaner.13-SECOND BARRIERThe former University of the West Indies athlete also holds a place in local history as the first Jamaican to break the magical 13-second barrier.”I am very positive, I feel good, and remaining healthy is the main aim for this season. Once I can keep healthy, I will perform very well and I am really looking towards the Olympics this year, I think it will be great for a lot of people,” Parchment said, while tipping himself to medal.Coached by the legendary Fitz Coleman, Parchment has already achieved what former outstanding Jamaican hurdles giants like Keith Gardner and Maurice Wignall before him did not.He, however, maintains not taking anything for granted.”I work tirelessly on getting my technique better each year. With this hard work that I am putting in, I want to give some really great performances this year.”last_img read more

Chase century salvages first day for Windies

first_imgWEST INDIES 1st InningsK Brathwaite c wkp Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Amir 9K Powell lbw b Mohammad Amir 38S Hetmyer c Azhar Ali b Mohammad Abbas 1S Hope c wkp Sarfraz Ahmed b Yasir Shah 5R Chase not out 131V Singh c Younis Khan b Mohammad Abbas 3+S Dowrich c Younis Khan b Shadab Khan 29*J Holder not out 58Extras (b4, lb6, w2) 12TOTAL (6 wkts, 89 overs) 286To bat: D Bishoo, A Joseph,S Gabriel.Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Brathwaite),2-13 (Hetmyer), 3-37 (Hope), 4-102 (Powell), 5-107 (Singh), 6-154 (Dowrich)Bowling: Mohammad Amir 22-4-52-2, Mohammad Abbas 18-4-47-2 (w2), Yasir Shah 25-2-83-1, Shadab Khan 23-3-90-1, Azhar Ali 1-0-4-0.PAKISTANMisbah-ul-Haq (captain), Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Abbas.Toss: West Indies.Umpires: Richard Kettleborough, Bruce Oxenford; TV – Richard Illingworth. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Phlegmatic right-hander Roston Chase carved out a fluent unbeaten hundred to avert another West Indies catastrophe and frustrate Pakistan on the opening day of the second Test at Kensington Oval here yesterday.With the innings threatening to come apart at the seams at 37 for three in the first session, the 25-year-old Chase stepped up to hit an unbeaten 131 – his second Test hundred – to propel West Indies to 286 for six at the close.Chase got support from captain Jason Holder, who struck a composed unbeaten 58, while opener Kieran Powell chipped in with 38 and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, 29.New-ball seamers Mohammad Abbas (2-47) and Mohammad Amir (2-52) both finished with two wickets apiece, but Pakistan’s bowlers were forced to toil without success in the final session as West Indies dominated.Chase anchored three key partnerships to fuel West Indies’ revival, the chief of which was an attractive 132-run seventh-wicket stand with Holder.All told, the right-handed Chase faced 207 deliveries in three hours and nine minutes at the crease and struck 17 fours, while Holder has counted eight boundaries in an innings spanning 125 balls and 161 minutes.Opting to bat first, West Indies seemed doomed to repeat the first Test tragedy when they lost their first three wickets cheaply.Opener Kraigg Brathwaite failed for the third straight innings with nine when he pushed tentatively at one from left-armer Amir and nicked a catch behind in the morning’s fifth over with the score on 12.DEFENSIVE PRODFour balls later in the following over, with a single run added, left-hander Shimron Hetmyer (1) slashed at a side ball from Abbas and was well taken high at third slip by Azhar Ali.Shai Hope once again failed to impress, batting nearly an hour for his five before edging a defensive prod at leg-spinner Yasir Shah and giving wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed a straightforward catch 45 minutes before lunch.Chase and Powell then combined in a 65-run, fourth-wicket stand that settled the innings and steered West Indies to lunch at 72 for three.The left-handed Powell never appeared troubled in his 83-ball and near 21/2 hour stay at the crease that included five fours, but perished in the sixth over after lunch, lbw to Amir on review after he was initially given not out.Three overs later, left-hander Vishal Singh’s tough initiation continued when he edged the 13th ball he faced from Abbas low to Younis Khan at second slip to depart for three and leave West Indies on 107 for five 40 minutes after the break.Not for the first time, Chase found an ally in Dowrich, and together, they steadied the innings in a 47-run, sixth-wicket partnership which blunted Pakistan’s attack.Dowrich had struck five fours in an innings lasting 54 deliveries and just over an hour when he edged a leg-break from debutant Shadab Khan to Younis at slip to fall 14 minutes before tea.At the crossroads at 154 for six, West Indies gathered momentum through the enterprise of Chase and Holder.Unbeaten on 23 at lunch, Chase brought up his third Test half-century 40 minutes after the resumption when he pulled a short one from Yasir to the ropes at midwicket, and was unbeaten on 70 at tea with Holder yet to score.Chase then strolled to three figures an hour and 20 minutes after tea, raising the landmark with a delightful cover drive off Shadab to follow up his brilliant maiden hundred against India at Sabina Park last August.Not to be left out, Holder notched his sixth Test half-century and second in as many matches, bringing up the milestone late in the day with a couple to third man off Amir.Scoreboardlast_img read more