Other Sports Caeleb Dressel overcomes poor start, win hat-trick of swimming world titles

first_imghighlights Caeleb Dressel won a hat-trick of gold medals in the world swimming event.Michael Phelps holds the record for most Olympic gold medals with eight in 2008.Dressel only managed a silver in the 4x100m mixed medley. Gwangju: Everything he touches turns to gold, but American swim sensation Caeleb Dressel beat himself up over a less-than-perfect start Saturday after completing a stunning hat-trick of world titles. The 22-year-old retained his 50 metres freestyle and 100m butterfly crowns in Gwangju with plenty to spare, before leading the American mixed 4x100m freestyle team to a new world record for good measure. “I probably sound like a broken record but every time I race I always look for the bad,” said Dressel, who became the first swimmer to capture at least six gold medals at two world championships.     “It wasn’t easy tonight. I don’t want it to be easy, I really don’t.”      But despite leaving Brazilian Bruno Fratus and Greek Kristian Gkolomeev for dead in the 50m free, which he won in a championship best 21.04 seconds, Dressel was still fretting about his start.     “It was so bad, I wish I could have that one back,” said the tattooed pin-up, who swept to seven gold medals at the 2017 world championships in Budapest.     “There’s a lot of parts of my race that I can improve on,” added Dressel in a comment that will bring a collective gulp from rivals in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “I’ve never had a perfect race in my life and I certainly don’t think I will.”      In reality, Dressel is beginning to look like Michael Phelps in his pomp. And, whisper it, maybe even better.     Dressel obliterated Phelps’s 10-year-old 100m butterfly world record in Friday’s semi-finals, clocking a jaw-dropping 49.50 seconds to lop 0.32 off the American legend’s old bodysuit mark and rob him of a second world record in 48 hours.     ‘No accident’     The final was little more than a formality as Dressel exploded from the blocks in a signature fast start to win in 49.66 — only the second-quickest swim ever.     “It doesn’t just come together by accident,” he shrugged. “It’s just about getting in every day and learning event to event, practice to practice.     “But I’m glad it’s over — I certainly don’t want to swim any more than this tonight,” added Dressel, who could pocket the seventh gold — and eighth medal of the week — in Sunday’s 4x100m mixed medley.     “Tomorrow I will be ready to swim one more, and one more fast.”      The only blot on Dressel’s copy-book in Gwangju was a silver medal behind Australia in the 4x100m mixed medley earlier this week. But in the individual races, the American looks untouchable, also winning the 50m fly and retaining his title in swimming’s blue riband event, the 100m freestyle. Dressel’s challenge will be to play down the massive expectation on him to emulate Phelps’s record eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in Tokyo next summer.     “I’ve never been one to buy into all the hype,” he insisted. “It’s really just between myself and my coach and getting ready. But I’ll be ready for it next year.”center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Football: Zrinjski Against Maribor

first_imgFootball players of Zrinjski will play tonight against Maribor in Mostar the first match of the second qualifying round of the Champions League.The coach of B&H champions Branko Karačić points out that Maribor is an organized club that has experience playing for European Cups but his players has no reason to fear.“We maximally respect opponents. Maribor has played the group phase of Champions League and European League and that is their advantage. We hope for a good result. If we do not receive a goal in the first match, our chances to defeat Maribor are greater”, said Karačić.The match Zrinjski – Maribor will be played at the Stadium Pod Bijelim Brijegom, at 19:30, and the main referee will be Carlos del Cerro from Spain.(Source: Fena)last_img

Ex-soldier remains on run after escaping from Lusignan Prison

first_imgThe Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and Prison Service have intensified their hunt for John Lambert, who escaped from the Lusignan Prison, East Coast Demerara (ECD), in the wee hours of April 7.The 24-year-old ex-soldier made his escape less than three days after being sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for narcotics possession.Director of the Guyana Prison Service (GPS), Gladwyn Samuels told Guyana Times on Sunday that the ex-soldier is still at large but that the manhunt by law enforcement officials to recapture him continues.“We are not giving up the search for him. As long as he is out there, we will keep looking, the manhunt is still on. It has not been called off,” he stated.Meanwhile, law enforcement officials are asking that if anyone knows the whereabouts or has seen Lambert, to please make contact with the nearest police station or call 911.Two Sundays ago, at about 03:39h, Lambert escaped from the penitentiary by scaling a fence on the south-eastern side of Holding Bay Three at that facility. Since then, the GPS has been collaborating with the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to recapture the prisoner.Upon his escape, acting Director of the Prison, Kevin Pilgrim had stated that during Lambert’s escape, a rank at the Operational Post of the prison spotted the convict and verbally warned him to desist but eventually had to engage the young man in order to prevent him from getting away. However, the rank’s attempts proved futile.“A rank would have engaged him and had to discharge several rounds in that direction which actually raised an initial alarm. There is police on standby right at Lusignan and you also have a Prison Task Force which complements that.When they would have heard the gunshot, they would have obviously responded not knowing exactly what they were responding to, all but they knew was that it was an emergency,” he explained.Guyana Times was further told that upon responding to the alarm that was raised, the teams automatically reverted to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for such cases.“They managed to have picked up trails of the jersey, the general area that he was in but as you know, he is an ex-military person so he is more prone to have been tactical about his escape. It was not just wild and acted out of impulse, he would have been more precise based on what he is doing because that was exactly the case even for him escaping.It was very precise, he just used his training for not a good purpose today, but he will still make some mistakes too because once you take good training and try to put it to bad use you will make some mistakes”, Pilgrim added.According to the Prison’s records, Lambert was incarcerated on Friday, April 5, 2019, following his appearance at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court, West Coast Demerara (WCD), for the offence of trafficking in cannabis (1456 grams).He was sentenced to pay a fine of $30,000 as well as serve four years’ imprisonment.last_img read more