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  • Five of the best men in Beijing

    first_img YEGO’S 92.72 WINNING THROW Approximately 800 men went to Beijing to seek gold medals at the 2015 World Championships last month. Only 22 of them succeeded. An even smaller group of five – Ashton Eaton of America, his compatriot Christian Taylor, Kenyan Julius Yego, Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa and Jamaica’s incomparable Usain Bolt – produced performances so compelling that they were set apart from the rest. Bolt spared the sport’s blushes with a 0.01 second victory over American Justin Gatlin in the much-anticipated 100 metres. With the 100 competition greasing his wheels, the tall man won the 200-metres more easily with a world-leading run of 19.55 seconds. That’s ho-hum for him, but no one but Bolt has ever run faster in World Championships history. South African van Niekerk arrived in Beijing undefeated at 400 metres and left with the gold medal. Flying through the 200-metre mark in a reported time of 20.7 seconds, he kept going to clock 43.48, with former champions Lashawn Merritt and Kirani James making the final the first race ever with three men under 44 seconds. The American trio of Michael Johnson, Butch Reynolds and Jeremy Wariner are the only men with faster 400-metre times than van Niekerk. Yego, a stocky Kenyan, launched his javelin further than all but two others in the history of the sport. His winning throw of 92.72 metres missed the meet record by just eight centimetres and gave Kenya their first medal in a World Championships throwing event. The Finland-based Yego is now a superhero at home. While van Niekerk and Yego were winning World titles for the first time, Taylor regained the triple-jump title he first won in 2011. He did it in style with a towering jump of 18.21 metres. That missed the 20-year-old world and World Championships record of 18.29 by Great Briton Jonathan Edwards by the length of your little finger. As good as Bolt, van Niekerk, Yego and Taylor were, they all were put in the Beijing shade by Eaton. The American retained his decathlon title with a world record of 9,045 points. Miraculously, it was only the third time the 9,000-point threshold had been broken and Eaton has now done it twice, with two world records. The high point of Eaton’s two-day, 10-event display was a decathlon world best of 45 seconds flat in the 400 metres. That came at the end of a day in which he ran the 100, long jumped, putt the shot and high jumped. It makes you wonder. Maybe he can run 44-flat if he is fresh.last_img read more

  • URGENT WEATHER WARNING: DONEGAL ROADS IN TREACHEROUS CONDITION

    first_imgN56 AT ILLISTRIN COVERED IN ICE AND HAIL – DONEGALDAILY.COMDONEGAL drivers are being warned of treacherous conditions on many roads overnight.Hail and snow showers have covered salt laid down on main roads by gritters from Donegal County Council earlier.Earlier there were long tailbacks on the N56 from Letterkenny to Gaoth Dobhair as traffic was reduced to less than 20km/hr. With further hail and snow showers expected overnight, Gardai and AA Roadwatch are warning of dreadful conditions in many areas.It follows storms earlier in the day which knocked out power to hundreds of homes across the county, with the worst hit areas in Killybegs and Ballyshannon.Shortly before 11pm a new weather warning was issued by Met Eireann for the next 24 hours for Co Donegal.Damaging wind gusts of 130km/hr are expected on Tuesday. There were also lightening storms over Ballyshannon and Bundoran as well as Fanad and Inishowen.Peter O’Donnell from The Meteo Times says more of hail and snow is on the way.Here’s what he says about Tuesday: Very windy and cold with mixed wintry showers of hail, sleet and snow (accumulating to 3-7 cm on some northern hills) with west to northwest gale force winds 80-120 km/hr, and temperatures steady in the 2-4 C range possibly dropping to 0-2 C where snow accumulates. The rain-snow line will rapidly fall to about 150m or lower and some of the passing squally showers could be thundery with large hail or snow. Blizzard-like conditions may develop in higher sections of the north and occasionally may appear almost anywhere as strong convective showers move rapidly across the country. The sun may come out briefly between these heavy showers. It will feel exceptionally cold in the wind and conditions may become severe for livestock in higher elevations especially. By afternoon and evening, a somewhat less severe interval with temperatures 4-6 C will turn most of the showers back to rain except on highest elevations, but the wind will continue very strong from the northwest. This feature will appear in the north first and Munster could see intervals of snow before it arrives there about sunset. URGENT WEATHER WARNING: DONEGAL ROADS IN TREACHEROUS CONDITION was last modified: February 5th, 2013 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:Donegal DailyURGENT WEATHER WARNING: DONEGAL ROADS IN TREACHEROUS CONDITIONweatherlast_img read more