Fraser-Pryce may double at World Champs

first_img 200m a possibililty Fraser-Pryce’s status makes her the woman to beat, but that fact does not trouble her. “For the 100m, you don’t have to look at the start lists to know that it is competitive right now,” she said. “They (her competitors) are running well and they are excited and hungry. Five other Jamaican athletes will compete at the meet. Peter Matthews will contest the 400m, while Simoya Campbell competes in the 800m. There are two Jamaican men in the 400m – Edino Steele and Rusheen McDonald. Joining Fraser-Pryce in the 100m will be Natasha Morrison. Stockholm, Sweden: REIGNING OLYMPIC and World 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce may very well also compete in the 200m at next month’s World Championships in Beijing after all. The defending 200m world champion admitted yesterday that her coach is now reconsidering his earlier decision to have her only compete in the 100m. Fraser-Pryce is currently in Sweden to contest the 100m at the BAUHAUS Athletics meet which makes up a leg of the prestigious IAAF Diamond League series. Once proceedings are over in the Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Fraser-Pryce will concentrate all her efforts on retaining her 100m World title at the Bird’s Nest Stadium. However, the Jamaican sprint star was unsure whether she would also compete in the 200m at the sport’s global showcase next month. A clearly relaxed Fraser-Pryce said: “My coach (Stephen Francis) did say earlier in the year that I would not be running the 200m at the World Championships. “But last week in training, I did 250m, 200m and 150m, and I’m like, why is he sending me all the way round the track? “His response was, ‘Who said you’re not doing the 200m at the World Championships?’ “He added that he’s changed his mind and he’s not sure just yet! “The good thing is I’m qualified for the 200m, so it’s not like I’m taking anybody else’s spot. “But for me, my mind is just on the 100m at present.” The affable Fraser-Pryce revealed that should she take part in the longer sprint, she would have a game plan. “The 200m is more strategic than anything else. I’m not an endurance runner, whereas there are other athletes who are good at it because they can run a very good 400m, too. I don’t run a very good 400m at all. “When I get to the 200m start line, it is more a case of whether I go hard for the first 50m, or do I give it 80 per cent and then blast the final stages? “Whatever I settle on along with my coach, that’s what I’m going to do. She added jokingly: “The 200m is too hard!” During her last Diamond League outing in Paris, Fraser-Pryce saw off a top-class field to record 10.74 seconds. In her wake was the highly rated English Gardner from the United States and Africans Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria) and Murielle Ahoure (Ivory Coast). Shelly the one to beatlast_img read more


first_imgSean DunnionTHE chair of the Donegal County Board has hit out at the allocation of funds from the GAA – saying Ulster counties in the Republic are getting a raw deal in funding.Sean Dunnion revealed that of a huge €1.28M given to Ulster counties last year, Donegal got just €40,200. Dublin got even more than that – just to one county.The revelations come at a time when the Centre of Excellence is in dire need of extra funding to bring it up to any sort of standard, players being forced to use run-down portacabins to change. Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan, are all being under-funded by the GAA, said Dunnion.The financial report revealed that Dublin received over €1.46m for games development last year while Ulster received a collective figure which fell just shy of €1.28m.Sean Dunnion said Donegal is particularly disadvantaged by the fact that they are located outside the border of the six Ulster counties.“We’re particularly disadvantaged with regards to funding being one of the three counties in Ulster outside the Six Counties. They’re getting a lot of money pumped in through the various departments in the Ulster Council. It comes with the condition that it can only be spent in the Six Counties,” Dunnion told NewsTalk. “We’re certainly at a disadvantage – ourselves, Cavan and Monaghan – with regards to the funding that comes out of Ulster even. We have been making representation along those lines recently.”Dunnion said that he fears that unless the imbalance of funding is addressed, Donegal and other counties are at risk of falling even further behind Dublin.“You’d have to ask the question if Dublin are getting 47 per cent of the coaching money and you look at their strength at the moment,” he said.“There certainly is an imbalance and that needs to be readdressed in some fashion because Dublin are only going to continue to get stronger if we don’t invest more in the other counties. Dublin is a huge county with a huge population, but our take on it would be that we would like to get more finance into the county for coaching.“We believe that we need more, we would really be thin on the ground with full-time coaches in the county. We would certainly be advocating for more funding, whether the right thing is to take it off Dublin and give it to the other counties, I don’t know.” REVEALED: DONEGAL CHAIR SEAN DUNNION ANGRY AT LACK OF FUNDING FROM GAA HQ was last modified: February 12th, 2016 by John2Share 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:donegalfundingNewstalkSean Dunnionlast_img read more