Andre: Ok things are getting really interesting now. Lot of big names missing, still some serious ones in the mix, add to that the constant possibilities of a surprise or two… The women’s 400m looks like it’s going to be another good one. KC: I think this is one of the most wide open 400m female events at a major championships as I think the field lacks good quality. Andre: I knew you’d say that because your girl Francena McCorory did not make the U.S. 400m team. I think there is good quality here and we have seen in the heats that folks are coming into form, looking comfortable in qualifying and threatening to run much faster when it’s needed. KC: It is so unfortunate that the best female quarter-miler in the world will not be competing here as she can beat anyone in this line up by a half a second but the show has to go on. Imagine a line-up going into the Championships where only one lady has gone sub 50 seconds this season in Shaunae Miller and I will not be surprised if the winning time will be the slowest in history at these Championships. Andre: McCorory knew what the qualifying criteria was. She foolishly sacrificed a spot on the 400m team for a world lead and as an experienced athlete you would expect better. Anyway, let’s talk about the ladies who are actually competing. Allyson Felix has multiple sub 50 times to her credit and will definitely go there this week. KC: This is a great opportunity for Jamaica to make history here as we could see all four making it to the final where I think McPherson is our best medal hope and she is due for a very big performance. If she is not too far off the pace in the final, she could be in for a history-making performance. Andre: McPherson has had her issues this year, but she is doing better and looks like she will go fast here, same for Bianca Razor and we know that Christine Ohuruogu will be there when the roll is called. But yes, it’s a good chance for some Jamaican joy in this event, even if Felix and Miller are ahead of our girls. KC: I am not worried about Razor here as she has PR already in the first round, a similar situation like we saw in the men’s 400m. I expect though that it will be a duel for gold between Miller and Felix, as these two have the best 200 metres speed in the field and could use this to their advantage. Andre: Yes, I agree. I think there will be two races in one; the race for the gold between Miller and Felix and the race for the bronze between McPherson and Ohuruogu, who I find it hard to count out. Natasha Hastings looked unconvincing in the heats, but has decent quality and could also be a factor, along with youngster Shericka Jackson, who is ready to break out. KC: McPherson has been finishing third all season in majority of the Diamond League meets and must be hungry now for a better placing, but can she beat either, Miller or Felix? Yes, I think so and while Ohuruogu always saves her best for the big moments, this time she could be found wanting as I think her luck will run out. Williams-Mills is also in the same situation as time is catching up on them and both could find themselves out of the final this time around. Andre: I’m worried about Novlene Williams-Mills, she has some medical issues this year and it has affected her preparation. McPherson is ready to run fast, but her preparation has also been hampered this year. I’m banking on the young Bahamian to win, just over Felix, with McPherson going one better than last World Champs and taking the bronze. KC: The experience and class of Felix will prevail here and she will win her first major 400 metres title and make up for her narrow loss to Montsho in Daegu as this lineup is not frightening. Miller should do enough to hold on for second and Hasting, who normally goes out fast, could cause some problems here. She and McPherson could have a battle royal in the final 50 metres for the bronze medal.
…PSC, GPSU, diplomatic missions among applicantsThe Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Monday confirmed receipt of applications from entities for election observer status. However, the number of applications is cause for concern.At a press conference on Monday, Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield was asked for an update on local and international observers, and whether they have been approved.While not clear on whether the commission has approved the observers, Lowenfield did explain that entities such as the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) and the Private Sector Commission (PSC) are among the local applicants.“As far as the observers go, you may be aware that we had made a public advertisement for groups who are desirous of participating in the observation of the process. We have received very few of those.”“The Private Sector, the Public Service Union, I think some of the embassies, I think the US and Canadian (missions) would have made submissions to the Commission for approval. So they’re the only ones who’ve responded to us in terms of participating in the observation subset,” Lowenfield said.He explained that the applications received were deliberated on at the level of the Commission. Asked if any applicants were turned down by GECOM, Lowenfield noted that he had no knowledge of this.The last time Local government elections were held, in 2016, the US Embassy and the British and Canadian High Commissions had fielded observer teams. With elections expected to be held on November 12, the deadline for application for local observer status was October 11.Lists of candidates in Municipalities and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils have already been approved. The disciplined services are expected to go to the polls on November 2, with the general populace being scheduled to vote on November 12.The People’s Progressive Party had previously indicated that over 3000 candidates have been put forward by that party to contest local elections in all 80 Local Authority Areas (LAAs). The other parties will be contesting on a smaller scale.A Partnership for National Unity will be contesting elections in 76 of the 80 LAAs. Meanwhile, the Alliance For Change (AFC) on Wednesday announced plans to contest only 38 LAAs at the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE), scheduled for November 12.This announcement follows previous statements made by that party to the effect that it had planned to contest the elections in more than 50 LAAs.
In his first season, Klopp guided Liverpool to the 2016 Europa League final where they lost to Sevilla but he is now contemplating a leap upwards in terms of quality of opposition.“I said (at his unveiling as Liverpool manager) if I sit here in four years probably we won something, otherwise it’s not possible,” Klopp told reporters after the 2-1 second-leg victory over Pep Guardiola’s team on Tuesday.“It’s now two and a half years and I still haven’t won anything so time is running.”Klopp, who guided Borussia Dortmund to the 2013 Champions League final where they lost to bitter German rivals Bayern Munich, says it is far too early to claim Liverpool can be the equals of European giants Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.– ‘We fought for each opportunity’ –Bayern and Real are potential semi-final opponents should they come through their quarter-finals unscathed on Wednesday. And a huge obstacle to all the teams’ chances of lifting the trophy was removed on Tuesday with AS Roma’s miraculous dismantling of Barcelona.“I have absolutely no interest in comparing us. Barca, Bayern, Real Madrid they win everything in the past 20 years,” said Klopp.“You don’t become a winner overnight.”Liverpool do of course have a rich Champions League history, most recently with the miraculous comeback in the 2005 Champions League final against AC Milan in Istanbul, although the Italians gained revenge in the final two years later.Klopp says his side are still a work in progress.A big step in that direction has come with his gamble to outlay a world record fee for a defender to acquire Virgil van Dijk. The Dutchman has added much-needed defensive solidity.“We can only develop,” said Klopp. “This competition is unbelievably strong.“I don’t care who is in (the draw), we are there and we deserved it and so far we fought for each opportunity to get it and then used it.“That’s what we will do (in the semis) but the other sides are not without their ambitions.”However, the laidback side of Klopp — he admits he finds time to be a bookworm — is reflected in how he felt he would have preferred to have watched the match.“You cannot imagine how much intensity you feel before a game like this,” he said.“Everybody wrote me a message: ‘I will watch the game here, there, I’ll have a beer together with friends’.“I would really like to do that as well sometimes, drink beer and watch a Champions League game. Unfortunately it is all work.”Come May 26 in Kiev he may at last be able to down a beer or three should Liverpool fulfil his personal ambition and restore the term European giants to their name.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp refuses to bracket Liverpool with the European greats despite their rich Champions League pedigree © AFP / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 11 – Jurgen Klopp admits the clock is ticking on his target of winning a trophy within the first four years of his Liverpool tenure but after eliminating Manchester City he says he dare not dream that it will be the Champions League.The 50-year-old German refuses to contemplate a sixth European crown for the historic club even after they beat the runaway Premier League leaders 5-1 on aggregate in the quarter-final to reach their first Champions League semi-final for a decade.