‘I wanted the gold more’, says Alphanso Cunningham

first_img optimistic team “Come October, it will be tough, tough. But let’s see; the world may very well be at my feet,” he warned ominously of the World Athletics Championship scheduled for Doha in October. With Jamaica’s camp going into those Games hoping for a medal per member, Jones, who spoke to The Gleaner from Toronto yesterday, maintains that “a podium finish per day is on the cards”. “I am not going with a medal per member, I am expecting a podium finish a day from the team,” he said. “I am optimistic about the team we have here,” Jones said. Meanwhile, coach Neville Sinclair evaluated Team Jamaica’s performances on Monday as quite encouraging. “Alphanso (Cunningham), predictable in the way he focuses, handled the competition and delivered. He is a model athlete,” the coach assured. The Jamaicans were on the hunt for more medals yesterday, with Sylvia Grant in the women’s F56/57 shot put, while Tanto Campbell is on a medal charge in men’s F54/55/56. Jamaicans are being urged to support the Para Pan team on of the Jamaica Paralympic Association website for daily updates and videos at www.jamaicaparalympic.com. Like a true ambassador, Alphanso Cunningham answered his country’s call, led from the front for Jamaica’s six-member contingent and struck an early gold in the men’s discus F51/52/53/57 Class at the 2015 Toronto Para Pan American Games on Monday night. The country’s Paralympic star thrower opened the medal count, yet again, and set the tone for what is expected to be ‘a-podium-finish-a-day’ for Jamaica, according to chef de mission, Edmund Jones. Despite being already used to the big stage and competing under pressure at the highest level, the Jamaican delivered spectacularly as promised. “The guys showed grit and determination, but I suspect I wanted the gold more,” he outlined of his gold medal effort. Cunningham’s class is known, having achieved a world record 24.30 metres in the men’s F52-53 Javelin at the IPC Paralympic World Athletics Championships in Lyon, France, two years ago. The Jamaican, who clearly has no intention of slowing down, is already looking forward to more international dominance.last_img read more


first_imgMORE THAN 500 runners and walkers took part in today’s annual Ballyliffin Coastal 10 Mile Challenge – Ireland’s most picturesque event!The event, which takes place in and around the roads, byways, hills and even the beach at Ballyliffin, drew a huge crowd of supporters.And there were entries from all over Donegal – as well as all over Ireland, some fantastic runners from England…and one from France! John Harkin from Carndonagh won the event in a time of 56 minutes; but it was all about the taking part with other runners and walkers still passing the finishing line on Ballyliffin strand up to two hours later.Organiser and Olympic Team manager Patsy McGonagle was delighted with the entry – and the clear blue skies.As those taking part went for a traditional dip in the Atlantic Ocean after the race, Patsy told donegaldaily: “This is only the second year of the Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge but it has already caught the imagination of so many people.“It is certainly the most picturesque run/walk in the country.” That was evident by the large number of visitors from outside Donegal – many of whom took breaks from the run to take pictures along the coast.The staff at The Strand Hotel in Ballyliffin (www.ballyliffin.com) were superb after the event – laying on soup, tea and sandwiches for runners and supporters.A full list of runners/walkers and their times will be posted on donegaldaily later tonight along with pictures from the race.In the meantime, enjoy our video of the start of today’s event.VIDEO: 500 PEOPLE TAKE PART IN BALLYLIFFIN COASTAL CHALLENGE was last modified: June 18th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more