Despite 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.”
Arnett Gardens FC registered a come-from-behind 2-1 victory against Montego Bay United (MBU) in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) top of the table football match at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Trench Town yesterday. Montego Bay took the lead when the RSPL’s leading marksman, Owayne Gordon, fired home his season high 16th goal past Arnett’s custodian, Peter Harrison, in the 21st minute. However, the home side fought back and scored twice inside two minutes. Kenniel Hyde swerved a kick from 25 yards past Romaine Bowers in goal for MBU in the 43rd minute. Then veteran striker Leon Strickland headed home in the 45th minute. MoBay United started well with some beautiful build-ups from Gordon, Dino Williams and Cory Hylton and took the lead when Williams threaded a perfect pass to Gordon, who finished off the play beautifully. However, Arnett gradually took over and scored two goals in the closing minutes of the first half for a good win that pushed them into second position on 57 points, three off leaders Portmore United (60) and ahead of MBU, on 54 points, in the race for the $1 million incentive awarded to the team that completes the preliminary stage of the league on most points. Two rounds remain. “I’m proud of the team coming from behind today (yesterday) to beat MoBay United. We also had some players out but the other players stepped up,” Jerome Waite, head coach of defending champions Arnett, told The Gleaner. The veteran coach was also confident that his team would retain the title. “We are here to retain the title,” he declared. On the other hand, MBU’s head coach, Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis who was also head coach at Arnett – had high praises for his team’s effort. “It was a pretty good game as we had seven players out. We went ahead and the players put out their best and now we will win the Premier League,” Davis, who is also a former national striker disclosed. Arnett Gardens 2 MoBay United 1 Boys’ Town 0 Humble Lion 1 Harbour View 1 FC Reno 1 Portmore United 1 Waterhouse 0 Rivoli United 0 Tivoli Gardens 1 UWI FC 1 Cavalier SC 0 Yesterday’s Results
NORWICH (4-2-3-1)RUDDY,PINTO, MARTIN,BASSONG, OLSSON,HOWSON, O’NEIL,REDMOND, HOOLAHAN, BRADY,JEROMEUNITED (4-2-3-1)RASHFORD,MARTIAL, ROONEY,LINGARD,SCHNEIDERLIN,CARRICK,ROJO, BLIND, SMALLING, VALENCIA,DE GEANorwich are back in the relegation zone after losing 1-0 at Arsenal last Saturday and though they have a game in hand over rivals Newcastle, they trail them by two points.They face a Manchester United team bidding to finish in the top four. They drew with Leicester on Sunday but Manchester City’s defeat at Southampton means the Louis van Gaal’s men are four points behind their neighbours with a game in hand.United have scored only 19 goals away from home and need one more from either this game or next week’s trip to West Ham to avoid setting a club record. Their previous fewest number of away goals in the Premier League is 21, set last season.And they have managed just 17 wins, two short of their record fewest Premier League wins, set in the 2013-14 campaign.Norwich, though, have lost 20 league games – only relegated Aston Villa (26) have lost more. And the Canaries have lost 11 and draw two of their last 15 league games. Leaving them with a desperate fight for safety.