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Gordon, Paul lead Harden-less Rockets past MavericksGordon, Paul lead Harden-less Rockets past Mavericks

first_imgDallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea, left, defends Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 11, 2018 in Dallas. (AP Photo/ Richard W. Rodriguez)DALLAS — When the Houston Rockets’ MVP candidate needs a night off, they can simply elevate the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year to the starting lineup.Or turn the ball over to an eight-time all-NBA point guard.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Federer opens Indian Wells title defense with 2-day win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mavericks: Barea assisted on nine of the Mavericks’ first 10 field goals. … Dallas signed F Jameel Warney to a 10-day contract. Warney has averaged 20 points in 40 games for the Mavericks’ G-League affiliate, the Texas Legends. Warney entered in the fourth quarter and scored five points. … In addition to Matthews, Dorian Finney-Smith and Salah Mejri sat out for the Mavericks. Finney-Smith had played Saturday after missing 51 with a quadriceps injury.UP NEXTRockets: Host the Spurs on Monday for the second half of a back-to-back.Mavericks: Start a four-game road trip Tuesday at the Knicks. Dallas plays 10 of its final 15 on the road.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dwight Powell led the Mavericks with 20 points, one short of his career high, on 9-of-11 shooting. Harrison Barnes added 14. Dallas shot just 35 percent from the field, a figure that looks even worse in the context of Powell’s night.A TON OF BRICKSDallas finished 33 for 94 from the field. Barnes shot 4 of 16, Dennis Smith was 2 of 12, and J.J. Barea was 2 of 9, though he had 13 assists.From 3-point range, the Mavericks made a season-low five shots on 31 attempts, and even Dallas’ normally reliable free-throw shooting was off. The team averages 77 percent from the line but hit just 11 of 18 (61 percent) Sunday.“They are a great team, even without Harden,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “They did what they had to do, and we just couldn’t make enough shots.”MATTHEWS SITS OUTMavericks guard Wesley Matthews sat out Sunday because of a right leg injury suffered in the first half of the Mavericks win over Memphis on Saturday night. He said he played through it and was ready to go Sunday, but was advised to sit out. Carlisle said Matthews wouldn’t travel, at least initially, on the team’s upcoming four-game road trip.“I’m going to get an MRI tomorrow, and we’ll know more then,” Matthews said. “It took three heads to pull me off the court tonight.”TIP-INSRockets: D’Antoni said Harden should be available Monday against San Antonio. The Rockets are 5-3 without him in the lineup. … Houston used its 13th different starting lineup of the year. … D’Antoni was on hand in nearby Frisco, Texas, to watch his alma mater, Marshall, coached by his brother Dan, win the Conference USA Tournament final Saturday. The Thundering Herd beat Western Kentucky 67-66 for their first NCAA Tournament berth since 1987. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Paul either scored or assisted on the first 20 points of the quarter and finished the quarter with 12 points and five assists as Houston outscored Dallas 32-16.“He orchestrated a great game, but he has done that for about 15 years,” coach Mike D’Antoni said.Houston clinched a playoff spot with the win. When asked about that achievement after the game, Gordon said: “I’d much rather have that No. 1 seed.”On that front, the Rockets moved 1 ½ games ahead of Golden State for the best record in the NBA after the Warriors lost to Minnesota earlier Sunday. Houston also holds the tiebreaker on Golden State should the teams finish with identical records.Houston also swept the four-game season series from the Mavericks for the second year in a row.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings That’s why they have the best record in the league — as Houston showed without James Harden on Sunday night. Eric Gordon scored 26 points and Chris Paul had 24 points and 12 assists as the Rockets beat the Dallas Mavericks 105-82.Harden sat because of a sore left knee, but the team had plenty of 3-point shooting even without him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“What’s that? Thirty points a night?” Paul said of Harden’s absence. “But it just gave other guys an opportunity to step up.”Houston, which had its 17-game win streak snapped Friday in Toronto, broke the game open in the third quarter after leading by only one at the break. The Rockets hit their first six 3s of the period amid a 22-10 run. They finished 17 for 45 from beyond the arc, with Gordon going 6 for 11. View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcanolast_img read more

Biado rules Indonesia 10-ball tiltBiado rules Indonesia 10-ball tilt

first_imgFILE – CONTRIBUTED PHOTOCarlo Biado stamped his class, ruling the Jogja 10-Ball Open International Billiard Tournament 2018 Sunday at Rama Billiard in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.The 34-year-old pool wizard bested fellow Filipino Jundel Mazon, 13-11, in the final to take home the $10,000 cash prize.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Pingris out 6-8 months with ACL injury Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kingscenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City His latest conquest further established his position as one of the top cue masters in the world after also winning the 2017 World 9-Ball Championship that earned him the distinction of being named as one of the three Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Athlete of the Year awardees.Biado first downed hometown bet Ricky Yang of Indonesia, 11-5, in the semifinals, while Mazon edged compatriot Hushley Jusayan, 11-9, to setup the all-Filipino championship match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMazon bagged $6,000 for his runner-up finish, while Jusayan claimed $2,000 for placing third. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View commentslast_img read more

NMWU secures 52% in survey to represent minersNMWU secures 52% in survey to represent miners

first_img…to be granted certification by Labour DepartmentThe National Mine Workers Union (NMWU) has secured a 52 per cent vote in a recent survey conducted by the Labour Department, making it the official representative body of workers of Aurora Gold Mine, operated by Guyana Goldfields Incorporated.NMWU PresidentSherwayne DownerOne of the workers informed Guyana Times on Tuesday that support was thrown behind the Union since it had been supporting their struggles since 2015. As such, they are examining the prospects that would be achieved, having obtained a voice to negotiate demands and better working conditions.Meanwhile, President of the Union, Sherwayne Downer expressed on Wednesday that they are now awaiting official certification documents from the Labour Department.“As of August 20, the Trade Union Certification Board made a pronouncement. It was announced that the National Mine Workers Union has won 52 per cent in the survey conducted by the Department of Labour and so the Union is officially the legal bargaining agent for Aurora Gold Mines employees. It was a survey and not a poll so no other union were present. The miners solely threw their support behind the NMWU. We are awaiting a certificate of recognition from the Department of Labour,” Downer expressed.However, they will continue strides to advocate for the rights of miners. This development, he noted, is a victory for the AGM workers.He added, “It is a victory for the workers of AGM. As President of the Union, I vow to go above and beyond to ensure that those employees, who would have trusted and placed confidence in us, will be on the receiving end of the highest level of effective representation”.In July, over 200 workers had downed their tools and initiated strike actions for two days after calls mounted for them to be officially represented by a union and other improved working conditions and wages.During the strike, the workers had claimed that they were threatened with having their internet connection disconnected, which is vital to ensure communication from their Cuyuni-Mazaruni location to the coast.They were also demanding better wages, better quality food and laundry services, out of town allowance, missing NIS contributions among others.Three days later, the Canadian-based company indicated that persons were returning to work on a phased approach and it is anticipated that full production will resume shortly. Three days without production has resulted in an estimated 22,500 ounces of unprocessed ore.A letter was then issued to employees, granting the second quarterly bonus of 7.6 per cent on July 25, while promising that the formula for the next bonus will be reviewed. However, most of these promises were yet to be fulfilled after weeks had elapsed and some miners had threatened to initiate strike actions once more.“This is not something big we’re asking for. These things are basic workplace facility we’re asking for. I don’t know why AGM taking so long to treat their workers properly,” one miner was quoted as saying.last_img read more

ALL-IRELAND SENIOR FOOBTALL FINAL: DONEGAL LEVEL WITH KERRY AT HALF-TIMEALL-IRELAND SENIOR FOOBTALL FINAL: DONEGAL LEVEL WITH KERRY AT HALF-TIME

first_imgDonegal captain Michael Murphy.Donegal 0-06 Kerry 1-03Donegal are level with Kerry at half time in their All-Ireland Senior Football Final clash at Croke Park as Jim McGuinness’s bid to win their second title in three years.Donegal made the worse possible start, conceding a goal in the first minute, when Paul Geaney climbed to collect a high ball  by Stephen O’Brien to turn and shoot low to the back of the net. Donegal lived dangerously in the open period and after a Johnny Buckley shot hit the post, Kieran Donaghy put the ball over the bar from 15  metres to put the Kingdom four points in front with only four minutes on the clock.A Michael Murphy free, after a foul on Leo McLoone inside the 45, got Donegal off the mark in the fifth minute.The Donegal captain put over another free from 50 metres to reduce the deficit six minutes later.Geaney restored the three point lead when he put over a free from 14 metres following a foul on Kieran Donaghy. Donegal had a let off when keeper Durcan came for, and missed, a high ball and could only look on as the ball bounced narrowly wide of an empty net.Murphy stepped up once again  in the 16th minute to put over another free over the bar to reduce the deficit to two points on a scoreline of 1-02 to 0-04.He got his, and Donegal’s fourth, again from a free in the 23rd minute to make in a one point game.Kerry keeper Brian Kelly pulled off a brilliant save a minute later to get a leg to a low O’Connor shot, the ball going wide, referee Eddie Kinsella, from Meath, wrongly awarding a goal-kick instead of a 45.Donegal got lucky when, from close in,  Paul Keaney blasted over the bar with the goal at his mercy. Odhran MacNiallais scored a brilliant point off the ground from play from 30 yards to reduce the deficit before Carl Lacey levelled the game in the 30th minute.All to play for the in second half – come on Donegal !!ALL-IRELAND SENIOR FOOBTALL FINAL: DONEGAL LEVEL WITH KERRY AT HALF-TIME was last modified: September 21st, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:all-irelandcrokedonegalfinalFootballKerryparkSeniorlast_img read more

ARRANGEMENTS ANNOUNCED FOR FUNERAL OF MARK FARRENARRANGEMENTS ANNOUNCED FOR FUNERAL OF MARK FARREN

first_imgTHE funeral arrangements have been announced for Mark Farren.The 33-year-old’s remains will leave his home at Mill Glen in Moville at 10.20 am this Friday for 11 am Requiem Mass at St Mary’s church in Ballybrack.He will be laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. Hundreds of people, many fans and players are expected to attend his funeral as a mark of respect for the hot shot striker who has been described today as a “legend and a good man”.A huge fundraising campaign was launched to raise the money needed to send Mark for specialist treatment in Mexico in a bid to beat his brain tumour.However, despite this, Mark, who was from Greencastle, passed away this morning.ARRANGEMENTS ANNOUNCED FOR FUNERAL OF MARK FARREN was last modified: February 3rd, 2016 by John2Share 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:ARRANGEMENTS ANNOUNCED FOR FUNERAL OF MARK FARRENlast_img read more

IT’S HORSES FOR COURSES FOR DANIEL AT THE GRAND NATIONAL!IT’S HORSES FOR COURSES FOR DANIEL AT THE GRAND NATIONAL!

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has revealed he has attended his first race meeting – since his donkey derby days in Donegal!Daniel and wife Majella were guests at the recent Grand National last weekend.“Majella and I were invited as guests of our good friend Judy Halewood, whose company Halewood International sponsored “The Crabbies Grand National at Aintree”. “It was my first time at the races and I have to say we had a wonderful day. Mind you I did go to the “Donkey Derby” at Keadue strand many years ago,” he laughed.Daniel is currently in the UK but says his recent touring experience in Sri Lanka just blew him away.“After over 30 years in the music business it’s fantastic to be able to experience something new and this experience came in the way of a trip to Sri Lanka to perform our first show.“I never thought when I started all those years ago that I would travel so much and going to Sri Lanka was certainly never on my mind. “We had a wonderful time there and I was amazed at the enthusiasm of the audience, they knew every word of every song and sang louder than I did. I really hope we get to visit you all again sometime.”Daniel revealed that Majella is doing well and they are planning some much-needed time in their holiday home in Tenerife.“I’m glad to say Majella is doing very well two months after her surgery and after the shows finish next week we will spend some time in Tenerife. We are really looking forward to the break,” he said. IT’S HORSES FOR COURSES FOR DANIEL AT THE GRAND NATIONAL! was last modified: April 13th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:daniel o’donnellGrand NationalMajellalast_img read more

Minister’s tribute to the late James OsbourneMinister’s tribute to the late James Osbourne

first_imgA special Memorial Service in Trinity College Dublin this Friday afternoon will commemorate the life and times of the well-known business consultant and solicitor James Osborne whose family history is deeply rooted in Milford.Mr. Osborne was aged 68 and his body was recovered on Friday afternoon by the emergency services following a major alert at Cratlagh, on the main Milford-Carrigart road involving the Gardai, Irish Coastguard personnel, the 118 helicopter and the local community.His death has shocked the Milford community where in former times the family name was well known in medical and legal circles. Among those paying tribute and offering their sympathy was Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys.She has expressed her sadness on hearing of the death of Mr. Osborne: he was Chairman of the Irish Heritage Trust and served as a Director from the time it was established in 2006 and served as its Chairman since November 2012.The Minister offered her sympathy and condolences to Mr. Osborne’s family and also expressed her gratitude for his dedication and enthusiasm to the heritage sector over the years.He was one of the main figures behind the making of the film about Irish Travellers ‘Into the West’ in 1992 which was written by Jim Sherida and starred Gabriel Byrne and Ellen Barkin. James Osborne visited Mulroy Bay on his yacht on a number of occasions and would have spent time on the picturesque ‘Osborne’s Island’ off Cratlagh. It was in this area that his body was recovered by the emergency services on Friday afternoon and removed to Letterkenny University Hospital.His father, John was a Commander in the Royal Navy and was a native of Church Road in Milford.James’s grandfather, John Allen Osborne founded one of Donegal best known legal practices in Milford in 1894 and continued for sixty years.And his great-grandfather in his professional capacity as the local doctor was one of the medical witnesses at the hearing into the murder of the Third Earl of Leitrim at Cratlagh during the court hearing on Milford’s Kilmacrennan Road on Wednesday April 3rd 1878.James Osborne’s car remained parked at Cratlagh overnight on last Thursday and local neighbours told the Tribune that while they noted its presence no other issues had arisen. Then on Friday morning around eight o’clock the community awoke to a large presence of emergency services. Gardai were joined by the 118 helicopter, the Coastguard services and lifeboats from Mevagh and locals joined in the search as concerns grew about Mr. Osborne’s whereabouts. It is understood the Garda alert was not raised by the local community. James Osborne was a former INM chairman and well known lawyer and business consultant and his services were much sought after in a lengthy career in his professional life.A former A&L Goodbody managing partner had served his legal internship in Lawlor Solicitors, the practice founded by his grandfather. Ironically the ashes of the late Mr. Lawlor were interred in the family plot in Milford last Saturday.James Osborne went on to become one of Ireland’s most sought after non-executive directors, serving on the boards of numerous publicly listed and private companies.Mr Osborne attended Campbell College, Belfast, and Trinity College Dublin before joining A&L Goodbody in 1973. He opened the firm’s New York office in 1979 and become managing partner in 1982 aged just 32, a post he held until 1994. He was a director and chairman to a group of Irish companies – notably Ryanair which he advised on its stock market flotation in London, New York, and Dublin before serving on the board for more than two decades.He served on boards including Bank of Ireland, Golden Vale, Adare, Carrolls Holdings and was chairman of Centric Health, Monaghan Mushrooms and Easons.He was a former chairman of the board of Independent News & Media (INM) but served less than a year in the role before being voted off the board.Mr. Osborne was also on the Irish Heritage Trust and the International Advisory Board of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.He resided in Ranelagh and is survived by his wife, Heather, his daughter, Lucy, son Patch: his partner Patricia Devine and father of Pia and grand daughter Maya. He is also survived by his brothers, John and Henry and an extended family circle to whom deepest sympathy is extended.The memorial service will take place in Trinity College Dublin on this Friday afternoon at three o’clock.Minister’s tribute to the late James Osbourne was last modified: August 24th, 2017 by StephenShare 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:deathdonegalJames OsbourneMilfordlast_img read more

Photo library: Nature 7Photo library: Nature 7

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Nature contact sheet (785KB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal province: Flowers on the mountain in the Injasuthi Nature Reserve. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: The aquarium at the uShaka Marine World theme park. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Snake exhibit at the aquarium, uShaka Marine World theme park. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: The seal show at the uShaka Marine World theme park. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Limpopo province: Baobab trees stand out against the bushy landscape near Musina. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Limpopo province: Baobab trees stand out against the bushy landscape near Musina. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Limpopo province: Baobab trees stand out against the bushy landscape near Musina. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Limpopo province: A scops owl in the Kruger National Park. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Limpopo province: Elephant in the Kruger National Park. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageNATURE 7: {loadposition nature}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

Assam government asked to punish refinery for defying SC order to demolish wall on jumbo pathAssam government asked to punish refinery for defying SC order to demolish wall on jumbo path

first_imgThe Assam government has been urged to take action against Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) for non-compliance of the Supreme Court and National Green Tribunal’s orders to demolish a wall erected on a major elephant corridor.The refinery is in eastern Assam’s Golaghat district and a 2.2 km wall around its extended township is partly on the 133.45-hectare Deopahar Reserve Forest besides blocking the migration route of elephants. The reserve forest falls within the No-Development Zone around Kaziranga National Park, about 200 km east of Guwahati.Hearing a petition by Golaghat-based green activist Rohit Choudhury, the NGT had on August 24, 2016, ordered the public sector refinery to demolish the wall. But the refinery pulled down only a 289-metre stretch of the wall within a month’s deadline set by NGT.The case was taken to the Supreme Court, which on January 18 this year ordered NRL to comply with the NGT order and demolish the entire wall.The Assam government and NRL have shown utter disregard for the order of the NGT, Mr. Choudhury wrote in his letter to the State Chief Secretary Alok Kumar on February 20. He also outlined the penalties under relevant sections of the National Green Tribunal Act of 2010 and pointed out that letting the wall be would be contempt of the apex court’s order.“It is stated that the illegal boundary wall constructed by NRL in the Deopahar forest of No-Development Zone be demolished immediately. In case no action is taken urgently to demolish the said boundary wall, then the undersigned will be constrained to take legal recourse,” Mr. Choudhury wrote with copies of the letter to the Supreme Court, the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest and other senior administrative officers.NRL officials, however, said the refinery has taken no decision yet about removing the wall. While one officer said they were not aware of any direction of the NGT or the Supreme Court, a spokesperson on Friday said they have maintained “status quo because of a Gauhati High Court stay against the demolition”.Notably, the Golaghat district administration had, on February 14, ordered the refinery to demolish the wall within a week. The deadline ended on Thursday.“We are pursuing the matter,’ the district’s Deputy Commissioner Dhiren Hazarika said.last_img read more

Triple jump gold and meet record for MayookhaTriple jump gold and meet record for Mayookha

first_imgMayookha Johny was a league of her own at the 51st National Open Athletics Championship here on Monday she bettered her own meet record and bagged the gold in triple jump.Mayookha cleared 13.71 meters on the third attempt to improve upon her existing meet record of 13.54m set in 2008. This was the second gold medal for the ONGC athlete who has already qualified for next year’s Olympics Games in London.The silver and the bronze medal went to Madhya Pradesh’s Neethu Matthew (13.24m) and the Maharashtra’s Shradha Ghule (12.85m) respectively.The Kerala girl said that she was still not satisfied with her new record and that her sole focus was to perform well at the 2012 London Olympics. She had already made it to the Olympics in triple jump and also holds the national record of 14.11m, a national record, set at the Asian Athletics Championship in Kobe, Japan.Shot put star Om Prakash Singh, who has qualified for the Olympics, lived up to his billing as he won the gold with a throw of 19.45m at the SAI complex. He threw the iron ball to 19.45m on his sixth attempt, though he fell short of the meet record of Bahadur Singh (19.59m).The second and the third place went to ONGC’s Sourabh Vij (18.17m) and Punjab’s Tejinder Singh (18.01m).Mayookha now aims to qualify for the Olympics in long jump as well. “The triple jump qualification was a great achievement for me, but I am keen on qualifying in long jump as I guess I have better prospects in this event,” she said.advertisementMayookha won the long jump gold on Saturday but her effort of 6.54m was much short of the B standard Olympic qualifying distance of 6.65m. Attaining B standard means provisional qualification.”This was the last domestic event of the season, so today my only aim was to attain a good position. However, I am disappointed with my performance in long jump,” she said.”Though I could only reach the 6.5m mark here, I have cleared 6.80m mark a number of times during the practice sessions, which is enough to qualify for the Olympics even by the A standard.”Mayookha was also optimistic about a much yearned Olympic medal. “The reason I am concentrating so much on long jump is that I am confident of reaching the 6.90m mark by next year which, going by the performances at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is enough to fetch me a medal. In Beijing, the girl who won the bronze jumped 6.91m, so going by that I have good chances,” she said.However, Mayookha is not taking triple jump lightly. “Both are my favourite events and I am equally concentrating on them. But to attain success in triple jump, one has to touch at least the 15m mark. Though I am trying hard, it is very difficult to reach that level in less than one year,” she said.On her preparation for the Olympics, she said for now she would only be training and participate in competitions early next year.”As the season has ended, it is time for me to train the body for the big leap. I have planned practice and lots of practice in mind and will soon chalk out the course for the next calendar year with my coach Shyam Kumar,” Mayookha said.Shyam Kumar said training outside India should help her performance. “Now that the season is over we will have to look at the next year. We have two-three months’ gap which we wish to utilise well. We are looking forward to train abroad too. Going by her current performances at practice sessions, I am confident she will do well at the Olympics,” he said.last_img read more