‘This one is special’, says Bolt of 100m victory

first_img “It’s a special victory. Justin (Gatlin) has been going great throughout the season, I have been struggling, and for me to come here and it comes together at the right time like this, is a special thing,” said Bolt, after clocking 9.79 – the third-fastest time in a World 100m final – to beat Gatlin (USA), 9.80, and 20-year-olds Trayvon Bromell (USA) and AndrÈ De Grasse (Canada), who both clocked 9.92 to share the bronze medal. Asafa Powell, 10.00 was seventh. “I have been through a lot this season and a lot of people really counted me out, so for me to come here and win is a big deal,” added Bolt, who became the third man to win three World 100m titles. He now becomes the most successful man at the World Championships, with nine gold and two silver, as well as the man with the most gold medals at the championships. “If I want to continue my legacy, I had to win, so that was all the pressure I needed.” Richards continues to fly the flag as the island’s leading competitor in the field, taking his stocks even higher with a bronze-medal performance in the shot put, equalling his NR of 21.69 metres to finish behind Joe Kovacs (USA), 21.93m, and David Storl (Germany), 21.74m. Richards became the first Jamaican to win a medal in the event, following up on his success at the Commonwealth Games last year and the Pan American Games recently. All three Jamaicans are through to the men’s 400m, but it was McDonald who was most impressive. The MVP man clocked 43.93 – the same time as Saudi Arabia’s Yousef Masrahi as the two enter the next round with the fastest time. Peter Mathews, 44.69, posted a personal best to book his space after a fourth-place finish in his heat, with Javon Francis, 44.83, also booking his spot after a second-place job in his heat. Both Annsert Whyte and Leford Green failed to advance to the final of the men’s 400m hurdles. Whyte finished his semi-final in seventh place in 48.90, while Green took sixth place in his semi-final in 49.59. In the heats of the women’s 400m hurdles, medal favourite Kaliese Spencer, 55.03, and Janieve Russell, 55.09, won their heats. However, Shevon Stoddart clocked 56.60 for fifth and Ristananna Tracey clocked 57.60 for seventh place in her heat and were both eliminated. Fraser-Pryce is the huge favourite to retain her 100m title, and she enters today’s semi-final round as the joint fastest qualifier, along with American Torie Bowie, who, like her, clocked 10.88 in the heats. Veronica Campbell-Brown, 11.04, Natasha Morrison, 11.08, and Sherone Simpson, 11.22, will all join her in the semi-finals. Tuesday morning’s session (Monday night) will see the running of the semi-finals of the women’s 400m, with Damar Forbes expected to line up in the long jump and Usain Bolt leading the team of Nickel Ashmeade, Warren Weir, and Julian Forte in the heats of the men’s 200m. BEIJING, China: He saved his 100 metres world title, he saved his legacy, and perhaps he even saved track and field. Usain Bolt’s 100m gold- medal run highlighted a hugely productive day for Jamaica at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, with O’Dayne Richards capturing a historic bronze in the shot put event and Rusheen McDonald dropping a 43.96 bomb in 400-metre qualifying to batter the old national record. But with sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce eager to strap on her jet pack, with the women’s 100m semi-finals and final on today’s schedule; and a pair of Jamaicans lining up in the women’s triple jump medal round, the island’s two-medal tally looks likely to increase by the end of today’s action. It was almost as if everyone had stepped inside a time warp and it was the 2008 Olympic Games again. The Bird’s Nest sure felt like home for the Jamaicans yesterday. Jamaican flags waved vigorously from the stands; Bob Marley tunes flowed from the loud speakers; and locals, young and old, sported their Jamaican garb. Bolt, far from his best throughout the season, described the win as one of his most “special” yet given the issues he has had to overcome this year. great timing Most impressivelast_img read more


first_imgHOW IT WAS: THE EMPRESS OF BRITAINA survey by a Marine Robotics Team from University of Limerick (UL) using the UL built Smart ROV Latis has shed new light on two shipwrecks off the coast of Donegal, the S.S. Empire Heritage and the S. S. Empress of Britain.The survey onboard the RV Celtic Explorer led by Dr. Daniel Toal, University of Limerick (UL) captured photo images as well as multi-beam sonar images at two archaeological sites. The survey planning drew on the knowledge of technical diver Dr Ger Dooley, a member of the survey team who has dived on many wrecks on the northern approaches off the Donegal Coast.High resolution sonar imaging was used to create new images of the S.S. Empire Heritage, a cargo ship which had been carrying dozens of Sherman Tanks when it was torpedoed and sank in 1944 with the loss of 113 lives. New images of the S. S. Empress of Britain, a passenger liner, thought to have been carrying gold when it sank in 1940 were also created. The S. S. Empire Heritage now lies at a depth of 70 metres, 15 miles north-west of Malin Head and the survey captured images of the cargo of tanks, originally destined to fight in WWII, now scattered across the seafloor.The S. S. Empress of Britain, a 42,000 ton, 230 m passenger liner lies at 160 metres, 40 miles north-west of Bloody Foreland and is believed to be the largest ship sunk by a U-boat.A salvage operation carried out on the wreck in 1995 on suspicion that the ship had been carrying a large cargo of Gold from Africa destined for America reported finding the Empress upside-down in 500 feet of water.The salvagers reported breaking into the strong room only to find a single skeleton and no gold. It was suspected the gold was unloaded while the Empress was on fire and its passengers were being evacuated. However, the high resolution sonar image which was taken during the recent ROV dive shows the wreck listing on its side, not upside-down as reported by the earlier salvage operation. The aim of the survey was to trial ROV technology developed by UL for a variety of marine applications including high resolution sonar imaging of ship wrecks for archaeological records, demonstration of ROV Latis’ precision underwater navigation and dynamic positioning capabilities to the Irish Coast Guard for Search and Rescue, as well as trialling a ‘daughter ROV’ or ‘fly-out out mini ROV’ for hull penetration and internal inspection where the larger ROV Latis cannot venture.Dr Toal explained: “In order to acquire high resolution sonar images the sonar instruments must be flown close to the ship wreck. Building a composite sonar image of a wreck with large numbers of sonar pings requires precise knowledge of the position and orientation of the ROV platform during the imaging transect. The ROV Latis is equipped with state of the art under water positioning, navigation and auto pilot control systems which makes it an ideal platform for this high resolution survey work.”When poor weather conditions during the six day survey prevented operation of the ROV, the team moved to the sheltered waters of Lough Swilly where they tested a new low cost terrain referenced navigation system for unmanned vehicles developed by the Marine Robotics Research Centre at UL.The survey was supported by the Marine Institute through the 2012 Ship Time Programme as part of the Sea Change Programme funded under the National Development Plan 2007 -2013. The shipwrecks surveyed were previously mapped from the sea surface by the Geological Survey of Ireland and Marine Institute during the INSS and INFOMAR national seabed mapping programmes.Further details and information on the shipwrecks are available in the new book published this week by government publications, entitled “Warships, U-Boats & Liners”. DIVERS USE LATEST TECHNOLOGY TO VIEW WARTIME SHIPWRECKS OFF DONEGAL was last modified: November 27th, 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:DIVERS USE LATEST TECHNOLOGY TO VIEW WARTIME SHIPWRECKS OFF DONEGALlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSince its opening in 2012, Imperial Springs, located in Conghua (some 40 minutes from Guangzhou’s Baiyun International Airport), has been a six-star retreat for China’s wealthy elite and visiting dignitaries. Now, however, the 246-hectare complex will be open to international guests, ushering in a new era of luxury for travellers in the Middle Kingdom.To launch this outward-looking change, Eric Zhang, Business Development Manager – Asia for Imperial Springs, and Tess Wilcox, General Manager of World Resorts of Distinction, hosted an intimate dinner at Longrain in Surry Hills on Thursday evening. Over a shared meal of South-East Asian delicacies such as smoked trout on betel leaf, freshly shucked oysters, an egg net filled with pork, prawns and peanuts, red Jungle curry of beef and caramelised pork hock, with dessert of coconut jelly and vanilla tapioca, Mr Zhang and Ms Wilcox shared details about the extraordinary property now open to Australians.As well as a luxury resort, Imperial Springs features a state-of-the-art international convention centre (host to many global summits and conferences), spa and fitness centre, 27-hole golf course and the Kingold Museum, one of the largest private museums in southern China containing more than 20,000 pieces from thousands of years of Chinese culture. Perhaps Conghua’s most well-known attribute, however, is its mineral-rich hot springs, found across the resort and in private villas. Since the 1950s, its springs and annual mean temperature of 21ºC has seen this area in the foothills of the Phoenix Mountains nicknamed China’s Winter Capital.The lush natural surrounds are complemented by 20 Deluxe Rooms, 90 suites and 37 courtyard-style villas rendered in a Chinese Imperial style, all featuring 24-hour butler service. Each villa is equipped with its own living room, private outdoor swimming pool, radon-rich hot spring pool, Jacuzzi and massage area. Villas start at 231sqm for one bedroom, ranging to a 732sqm compound with four bedrooms. Suites feature a minimum space of 109sqm, located within the hotel annex.  The resort is also home to the Presidential Villa, an 9968sqm complex of 28 suites, designed for modern leaders with banquet halls, meeting rooms, pools and libraries. The Prime stands apart as a corporate meeting venues, a multi-purpose commercial and leisure destination along the lines of Camp David, with a combined total of 115 rooms.Golf is taken seriously at Imperial Springs, with a 27-hole International Championship Golf Course designed by Colin Montgomerie (and a favourite with former Australian PM Bob Hawke). The Golf Club uses driverless golf carts and features five Master Villas for privacy while changing, preparing and waiting for tee-off time. The Montgomerie Lounge is a unique venue with Scottish flair and a 19m-high ceiling, with the finest whiskey, cigars and wine on offer for members.Western and Chinese chefs create the unique cuisine on offer in the five main restaurants, cafes and bars (meals can also be served in the privacy of guests’ villas), while the Imperial Spa features seven treatment rooms and eight spa villas, integrated into a garden design. As well as hot springs within villas, the resort complex features six spring pools able to accommodate up to 50 people, making the most of the natural landscape.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more