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American Taylor retains Olympic triple jump gold

first_imgBy Jack Stubbs in Rio de JaneiroRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) – Christian Taylor of the United States retained his Olympic men’s triple jump title yesterday, recording the longest jump of the year to claim the podium top spot.Taylor, the defending Olympic and world champion, made his mark of 17.86 metres with his first jump, staking a claim for the gold medal that his rivals were unable to match.His American teammate Will Claye took silver and China’s Dong Bin went home with bronze after they recorded 17.76 and 17.58 respectively, also at their first attempts.“The job is done,” Taylor told reporters. “I never thought on my first jump that would be the gold medal.“I wanted it so much. It came together, the stars aligned.”In what soon developed into a predictable tussle for silver and gold from within the U.S. team, the rest of the field in Rio fell behind to join the spectators watching Taylor and Claye re-enact their Olympic duel from London four years ago.“It’s just who executes better on that day. We’re equally talented,” Claye said. “We’re all beatable. I just have to come back and get my win next time.”A notable absentee was world silver medallist Pedro Pablo Pichardo of Cuba, who would have been a challenger for the gold, having posted several marks at 18 metres and further in 2015.The 23-year-old has reportedly struggled with an ankle injury and opted not to jump in Rio, smoothing the way for Taylor.`Taylor’s road to Rio has been a rocky one after a worsening knee injury forced him to switch his take-off leg following his 2012 Olympic triumph, a radical move in one of the most technically challenging events in athletics.After a “game-changing” 2015, the 26-year-old was once again clearing the 18-metre mark, making a jump of 18.21 metres at the Beijing world championships to claim second place in the all-time list behind Briton Jonathan Edwards’ 1995 world record of 18.29.Speaking before the Games, Taylor had said the world record was within his sights but his winning mark yesterday fell more than 40 cm short.“I wanted the world record but it wasn’t to be,” he said. “Now the fire burns even stronger because I know it’s in the tank.”last_img

AFCON 2019: Black Stars XI v Benin – Kwadwo Asamoah benched

first_imgGhana begins the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations campaign against West African neighbours Benin on Tuesday evening in Ismailia. Coach Kwesi Appiah has named his lineup to face Benin nine hours before kick-off as the Black Stars seek to start this year’s tournament on a good note. Ghana will open their account in Egypt tonight, but how have they fared in their AFCON openers since 2000?3 wins ✅2 losses❌3 draws🤝#JoyAFCON #AFCON2019 #TotalAFCON2019 #BlackStars #FootballTogether #GoGhana #GHABEN pic.twitter.com/cHsY4c2zoj— JoySports #JoyAFCON (@JoySportsGH) June 25, 2019 Kwasi Appiah relied heavily on the 4-4-2 formation during the qualifiers but he is set to switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation. A system he tried in Black Stars last pre-tournament friendly against South Africa which ended 0-0. Despite the team failing to score, the performance exhibited according to Joy Sports’ tournament correspondent, Benedict Owusu, who watched the game, was very impressive. Making their debuts in the Africa Cup of Nations will be Lumor Agbeyenu, Kasim Nuhu and Thomas Agyepong. The shock omission is vice-captain of the side Kwadwo Asamoah who was expected to play in a midfield role. The Inter Milan star was reportedly Ghana’s best player in two pre-tournament friendlies. As expected, Maritzburg goalkeeper Richard Ofori is the first choice to start in goal. With Harrison Afful failing to make the squad due to injury,  Reading defender Andy Yiadom starts right back with Lumor Agbeyenu starting ahead of Baba Rahman.Metz defender John Boye will partner German-based Kassim Nuhu with Mubarak Wakaso and Partey shielding the back four.Atsu will play from his favourite right flank and Thomas Agyepong will be on duty on the opposite flank. Skipper Andre Ayew will play behind his brother Jordan Ayew.Ghana’s starting XI to face Benin: Richard Ofori- Andy Yiadom, Lumor Agbeyenu, John Boye, Kasim Nuhu- Mubarak Wakaso, Thomas Partey, Thomas Agyepong, Christian Atsu, Andre Ayew-Jordan Ayew.Follow all the tournament games with #JoyAFCON. There’s live radio commentary on Joy 99.7FM, post-match programs on Joy FM, JoyNews TV (available via MultiTV Digibox and on DStv channel 421), Joy Prime (on DStv 281), analysis shows, and fan zones. Follow complete social media coverage on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with @JoySportsGH.last_img read more