Breaking the mould

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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

Florida man jailed twice in 2 days for impersonating cop

first_imgThe Flagler County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a man for impersonating a law enforcement officer just days after he was arrested for the exact same charge.60-year-old LeRoy Stotelmyer was arrested on March 11 after investigators received a tip from a toll bridge attendant who said Stotelmyer flashed a law enforcement badge twice to avoid paying a $2 toll.On-duty officers are allowed to cross free of charge, officials said.The toll booth attendant told investigators that Stotelmyer flashed the silver badge at him, and he then showed LeRoy the article about his arrest for impersonating an officer. He said Stotelmyer then put away the badge and paid the toll.Sheriff Rick Staly said Stotelmyer was arrested March 9 on charges of impersonating an officer and shoplifting. On March 11 he was charged with felony violation of pre-trial release and impersonating an officer. He was being held without bond.,60-year-old LeRoy Stotelmyer was arrested on March 11 after investigators received a tip from a toll bridge attendant who said Stotelmyer flashed a law enforcement badge twice to avoid paying a $2 toll.On-duty officers are allowed to cross free of charge, officials said.The toll booth attendant told investigators that Stotelmyer flashed the silver badge at him, and he then showed LeRoy the article about his arrest for impersonating an officer. He said Stotelmyer then put away the badge and paid the toll.Sheriff Rick Staly said Stotelmyer was arrested March 9 on charges of impersonating an officer and shoplifting. On March 11 he was charged with felony violation of pre-trial release and impersonating an officer. He was being held without bond.last_img read more

Saints start second half of BCIHL schedule with tough challenge at home against SFU

first_img“We’ll need to find our legs quickly on Saturday night and play a smart, disciplined game if we’re going to beat a very good opponent.”The 12-0 Saints have faced SFU once this season, charging out to a five-goal lead on the road on November 3rd and holding on for a 5-3 victory.That win ended the Clan’s 25-game home unbeaten streak, so there’s no doubt that SFU will be motivated to return the favour. With a victory on Saturday night, the Saints would set a new BCIHL record for consecutive wins with 13.Selkirk tied the existing 12-game record when they defeated the University of Victoria in their final game of 2012 in early December.Dubois said that one benefit of the long break was the chance for players to rehab injuries and return to the ice fully healthy for the stretch drive of the regular season.“With the exception of Stephen Saretsky, who hasn’t played yet this season, we’re 100 percent healthy and ready to go,” Dubois explained.”We may make some choices based on what we see from the guys this week in terms of their conditioning, but it’s good to have all our guys available for this first time since early in the season.”SFU is led offensively by forwards Ben Van Lare and Jono Ceci, who finished first and second in BCIHL scoring last season.The dynamic duo is joined up the Clan’s top line by three-year WHL product Brenden Silvester, who joined the team at Christmas and has already scored five times in two appearances. There’s no easing into the second half of the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League regular season for the Selkirk College Saints.The Saints play host to second-place Simon Fraser University Clan Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Castlegar Recreation Complex.However, before the Clan can ready themselves to knock off the undefeated Saints, the Burnaby-based club must take to the road Friday for a date south of the 49th parallel against the Eastern Washington Eagles in Cheney, Wash.“SFU certainly had the jump on us in terms of getting back onto the ice, and they’ll be playing their sixth game since Christmas while we’ll be playing our first,” said Selkirk head coach Jeff Dubois.The Clan sit just three points back in the league standings at 10-1-1.“That adds to the challenge for us, but it’s not going to be used as an excuse,” Dubois added.last_img read more

Rep VanderWall Proposal to lower auto insurance rates step in right direction

first_img Categories: News,VanderWall News 26Sep Rep. VanderWall: Proposal to lower auto insurance rates step in right direction State Rep. Curt VanderWall today attended the announcement of a bipartisan coalition to reform Michigan’s broken auto no-fault insurance system and dramatically cut costs for drivers.VanderWall is reviewing legislation introduced today that will lower the cost of auto insurance in Michigan – which now has the highest rates in the nation – by offering motorists more coverage options, fighting fraud and reining in medical costs.“Everywhere I go in northern Michigan, people tell me the same thing – auto insurance costs far too much. We lead the nation in auto insurance costs, and that’s the sort of thing you don’t want to be No. 1 in,” said VanderWall, of Ludington. “We’ve heard these concerns loud and clear, and we’re committed to doing something about it. This proposal is a first step as we work toward lower insurance costs for drivers in Michigan.”Michigan’s average full coverage auto insurance premium cost – nearly $2,400 per year – is more than $1,000 above the national average and twice as high as those in neighboring states.The new bipartisan plan continues benefits for Michiganders already receiving lifetime health care after a catastrophic traffic accident. The plan also gives motorists the option to continue to buy unlimited personal injury protection coverage, or buy more affordable alternative coverage plans.The legislation:Provides a guaranteed rate reduction for drivers who choose certain coverage plans alternative to the unlimited plan;Gives individuals the choice on the extent of PIP coverage as part of their auto insurance. Choice levels include $250,000, $500,000 or unlimited;Allows seniors age 62 or older with lifetime health care benefits the option to opt out of PIP coverage to avoid the current double taxation;Establishes fee schedules and attendant care limits to lower medical costs related to auto injuries;Helps the state ensure insurance companies are complying with state law, and creates a fraud authority to address fraudulent claims;Provides a state review of the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) to make sure motorists are not overpaying for insurance; andAddresses attorney fee costs and unfounded lawsuits while eliminating attorney conflict of interests with medical providers.VanderWall is vice chair of the House Insurance Committee, which will take up the legislation for further review.#####last_img read more