Not only did the Jamaican win the 100 metres and 200 metres gold medals at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the Diamond League Trophy for the 100m, Thompson has also emerged as one of the top 10 moneymakers of the 2016 IAAF Diamond League with earnings of US$100,000. Thompson capped a brilliant season with a 10.72-second victory in the 100m to win the Diamond Trophy at the Memorial van Damme in Brussels last Friday. The athlete, who is a member of the University of Technology-based MVP Track and Field Club, is in joint fifth place among the Diamond League moneymakers. The Jamaican is tied with 100m hurdles world record holder, Kendra Harrison of the United States; 3,000m steeplechase runner Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya; pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie of France; and Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya of South Africa. Only discus thrower Sandra Perkovic of Croatia and Olympic 200m silver medallist, Dafne Schippers of The Netherlands, with US$110,000 each; triple jumper Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia (US$106,000) and Olympic long jump bronze medallist Ivana Spanovic of Serbia (US$102,000) have earned more. The Diamond Trophy winners earn US$40,000, with race winners taking home $10,000 for a first-place finish; $6,000 for second; $4,000 for third; $3,000 for fourth; $2,500 for fifth; $2,000 for sixth; $1,500 for seventh and $1,000 for eighth. In addition to securing the Diamond Trophy, Thompson also won five races throughout the season – in Rabat, Rome, Lausanne, Zurich and Brussels, and finished second in Oslo and third in Eugene. A few other Jamaicans were also among the leading earners in the Diamond League. The 400m Diamond Trophy winner Stephenie-Ann McPherson, with US$75,000, was the 28th highest earner. Former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell was not far behind, having earned US$56,000 to be 32nd on the list. Olympic 110-metre hurdles champion Omar McLeod earned US$29,000 and was 53rd. Simone Facey and Julian Forte earned US$20,500 each at 88th and 89th, respectively; Veronica Campbell-Brown (94th), Damar Forbes (95th) and Janieve Russell (100th), all earning US$20,000. Other Jamaicans who earned above $10,000 in Diamond League winnings were 400m runner Novlene Williams-Mills (US$17,000), triple jumper Kimberley Williams (US$14,500); sprint hurdler Hansle Parchment (US$12,000) and 400m hurdler and former Diamond champion, Kaliese Spencer (US$11,500).
Mae’s graduationThe 2018 graduating class of Mae’s Schools was charged by former Education Minister Priya Manickchand to envision the Guyana they would like to live in and involve themselves in work that would get the country there.The students were congratulated for their hard work and told that they were already winners as millions of children across the world are unable to complete their primary education.Manickchand pointed out to the graduating class that they are all intelligent students who could and must do well where ever they go.She used statistics to show that schools all across the country are doing well andFormer Education Minister Priya Manickchand with Mae’s student, Anjalie Dhoray who secured a perfect score in Social Studies. Also in photo is Anjalie’s mother, Christine Dhoraypointed out that children that topped the region at CXC had come Anna Regina, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) and New Amsterdam, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne). She urged the graduates to go on and shine and involve themselves in the civic life of the country so that together we could take Guyana forward.Manickchand especially recognised Maefield Rodrigues, who she said is a pioneer in the private school industry. She hailed the teachers for giving consistently good results to those they teach but implored them to keep consciously examining their methods for relevance and effectiveness.Nalia Rahaman, 11, of Westfield Prep, is the country’s top student at the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) examinations, having secured a perfect score of 529.The elated student explained that she was very happy to have been informed that she had secured the top spot this year. Rahaman sat the examination at a tender age of 10 with the aspiration of becoming an author.The top student for Region One (Barima-Waini) was Romario De Souza; from Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), it was Alex Muntaz; from Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), it was Darren Ramphal; from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Kaydee Ali prevailed; as did Anne Khemraj from Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Rajiv Babulall from Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), Kenneth Edwards from Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Lotasha Stanislaus from Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), Nikolai Kissoon from Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), and Shakina Mc Gregor from Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).
Head coach Mike Gundy is one of 22 coaches tabbed to the watch list for the 2015 Bryant Coach of the Year Award, it was released Wednesday. The prestigious award is given to the Coach of the Year and “honors excellence in college football coaching while raising funds to fight heart disease and stroke,” according to the website.@CoachGundy is on the Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant coach of the year watch list midway through 2015.Gundy won the award in 2011. #okstate— Kevin Klintworth (@KKlintworth) October 21, 2015AdChoices广告Fellow Big 12 coach Gary Patterson won the award last season. The ‘final’ finalists for the award will be announced in December. If Gundy’s Pokes keep rolling, there’s a good chance he has another shot at winning the highly regarded award. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.