Praise for Dodd, the record breaker

first_imgDanniel Thomas-Dodd upped her national shot put record for the second time in 2017 with a runner-up finish at the US NCAA Indoor Championships. Competing on the College Station campus of Texas A&M University, Dodd pushed the shot put to 18.40m. That added 8cm to a mark she set last month. Dodd broke the Jamaican record of 18.20m last month with a mark of 18.32. In College Station, she peppered the 18m line with a six throw series of 18.00, 17.90, 17.99, 18.26, 18.40 and a final-round foul. Willingness to work Marlon Gayle, who coached the Westmoreland native for two seasons at Edwin Allen Comprehensive High School, attributes her improvement to her willingness to work with a goal in mind. Speaking on March 12, he said, “If she wants something, she’s going to work towards it, and I told her regardless of which college you go to, university you go, you’re going to do well.” She left Edwin Allen with the 2012 Boys and Girls’ Championships shot put record – 14.47m – and set sail for Kent State University in Ohio. She has blossomed there. A member of Jamaica’s teams to the 2014 Commonwealth Games where she was a finalist in the discus, the 2015 Pan-American Games where she punched the shot 17.76m to place 5th, she has also competed against the best on the planet at the 2015 World Championships and the 2016 Olympics. According to Gayle, the 24- year-old Thomas-Dodd is a coach’s dream. “What makes coaching exciting and achieving objectives a good thing, is to have an athlete who really knows what he or she is about”, he said. “That motivates any coach to really do their very best and be their very best for those individuals,” Gayle smiled.last_img read more

Patralekhaa reveals the one quality she despises in a man

first_imgFrom playing a simple, farmer’s wife from rural Rajasthan in her debut film Citylights against actor Rajkumar Rao, in 2014, to acting in Vikram Bhatts’s urban thriller Love Games to be released in April, actor Patralekhaa has come a long way. The Shillong-born, 26-year-old beauty who worked in TV commercials,From playing a simple, farmer’s wife from rural Rajasthan in her debut film Citylights against actor Rajkumar Rao, in 2014, to acting in Vikram Bhatts’s urban thriller Love Games to be released in April, actor Patralekhaa has come a long way. The Shillong-born, 26-year-old beauty who worked in TV commercials before entering Bollywood, is evidently both experimental and versatile as seen in her brief, but impressive career graph. Daughter of a chartered accountant father, she realised during her boarding days at Bishop Cotton Girl’s School, Bangalore, that she was not cut out for academics.”I always knew that I wanted to be an actor,” she says. It was during her time at boarding school that she got exposed to multiple cultural activities ranging from stage and drama, to singing, dancing and sports. During her college days at HR College, Mumbai, she got the chance to do her first commercial advertisement, and soon many more followed. In order to overcome her fears and anxieties related to acting, and hone her skills, she also did a three-month workshop with Barry John Acting Studio, and since then, she hasn’t looked back.FONDEST MEMORYEverything is a beautiful memory onlyWILDEST DREAMBeing nominated for the OscarsFIRST JOBDoing a commercial television advertisement for Reliance during my college days, for which I got paid Rs 5,000INSPIRATIONVidya Balan. I really feel Vidya ma’am has brought a change through her impactful roles in The Dirty Picture and Kahaani. It shows how a girl can carry a film on her shoulders.advertisementFAVOURITE ACTORRajkumar Rao. From Hollywood, Leonardo DiCaprio.QUALITIES YOU MOST DESPISE IN A MANMCP (male chauvinist pig), who thinks women are less than menBEST WAY TO DE-STRESSWatching films, lots of them, of every kind in the worldBIGGEST STRENGTH AND WEAKNESSMy family is both my strength as well as weakness; as your strength is your weakness too. My family is like the bone marrow of my life and has always been a great support.PROUDEST MEMORYThe release of my first film, CitylightsLAST BOOK YOU READRevolution by British comedian and actor Russell Brandlast_img read more