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Bolt nears 50 sub-10 clockings

first_imgUsain Bolt could log his 50th sub-10 seconds 100-metre clocking in 2016. Bolt, the 2008 and 2012 Olympic 100 and 200 metres champion, has already run 45 such races in his career. With the Olympic Games in the offing, he could well reach the milestone next season. The tall man moved his total up by four in 2015 with twin times of 9.87 seconds in the London Diamond League meet and clockings of 9.95 and 9.79 at the World Championships. Hampered by a back injury in 2015, he chose not to race after the World Championships. If he is fit throughout next season, he might even surpass retired American Maurice Greene, who broke the 10-second barrier 53 times. Greene has the second highest total of sub-10 times, far behind Jamaica’s Asafa Powell, who has 93 of them. Greene might also be overtaken by fellow American Justin Gatlin. The 100-metre runner-up to Bolt in both the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, Gatlin has 46 sub-10 races under his belt. He, too, should reach his half-century in 2016 if he stays as fast as he has been recently. Gatlin fired off 10 sub-10-second marks in 2013, eight in 2014 and seven in 2015. In 2008 and 2009, when he set world records of 9.69 and 9.58 seconds, respectively, Bolt reeled off fast times almost at will. In 2008, he beat 10 seconds 10 times, with seven more in 2009. Next on the list of sub-10 mass producers are 2007 World champion Tyson Gay and his USA teammate Mike Rodgers. The latter has crossed the 10-second threshold 38 times, with Gay hitting the target on 36 occasions. Statistics for this article were drawn from www.alltime-athletics.com.last_img read more

NYS vacates Korogocho football ground

first_img0Shares0000Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Margaret Kobia addressing the residents of Korogocho.NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 1 – Following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s order, the National Youth Service (NYS) has vacated the football ground it had occupied in Korogocho, Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Margaret Kobia announced on Thursday.Kobia also directed the NYS to level the field, plant grass and put goal posts immediately so that the area youth can begin to host tournaments in Korogocho. The CS further directed the NYS to rehabilitate a community building bordering the field, which had been occupied by the NYS personnel who have been carrying out community service in the area.On other issues raised by the area youth pertaining to the management of the field, after various groups laid claim, the CS directed the local government administration to find a lasting solution.Kids playing at the Korogocho playing ground that was occupied by NYS.Korogocho based football academy Acakoro was handed a priceless gift last Monday when President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered the NYS to vacate from the piece of land they had occupied eating up into almost half of the team’s training ground.Acakoro, famed for its U-11 side’s victory over Barcelona in the Donauauen Cup in 2016 had been forced to either train in shifts in the squeezed field or seek alternatives, thus hindering their training regime.The President directed that the NYS vacate the field, asking Cabinet Secretary for Gender and Youth Margaret Kobia who was present to ensure that is followed up and the same is implemented.“The young man I was sitting next to tells me their pitch in Korogocho was taken away by the NYS and now we have agreed today and madam CS is there, she will rectify that situation.President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks at State House, Nairobi during the FIFA World Cup trophy tour luncheon. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNYS will relocate to a new place and make sure you fix their field and you sort it out so that they are able to play their game,” President Kenyatta said, directing the orders to Kobia.The President was speaking during the hosting of the FIFA World Cup trophy at State House in Nairobi where Acakoro was one of the teams invited for the event.The Director General of NYS Richard Ndubai, who accompanied the CS, said work on the playground was to start immediately and take about one week to complete both assignments.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more