Jamaica to take women’s 4x100m gold

first_imgKC: All relays should be very competitive as there are three where it looks like it will be a Jamaica vs USA rivalry. AndrÈ: Yes, the sprint relays and the women’s 4x400m should be a straight war between the Jamaicans and the Americans. The thing is the US are far more prepared than Jamaica since they have been practising for a while and have already competed together so that’s an interesting point to consider. KC: It is so strange that we are a such a small nation compared to the United States and we can never get our people to come together to practise or to compete as a relay group before any major Championship and this has hurt us big time in the past and it could happen once again this weekend AndrÈ: We always seem to figure it out and rely on instincts more than anything else and we won’t see the value of true preparation until it hurts us. KC: But we are not learning as it has always hurt us and I do not see this changing soon because of the club situation where I think this takes precedent over national representation. AndrÈ: I agree, but we can only hope we have no major hiccups here. If we don’t, then we should be in for some exciting relay clashes. I’m interested to hear what the line up will be for the men 4x100m. Do we put Bolt on the backstretch or do we ask Asafa to run his first backstretch and receive and change the stick for the first time? Also, do we start the women’s 4×100 with the inexperienced Natasha Morrison and Elaine Thompson on the opening two legs? KC: Coming into the championships the United States looked very good but after the 100 and 200 metres things looked to be swinging into our favour especially on the female side. Morrison after a sub 11 seconds looks perfect for us on the lead off leg. AndrÈ: Like you, I’ve grown in confidence where the women’s 4x100m team is concerned. As long as nothing silly is done and the right people are used at the right time, I think we will win this. Morrison to Thompson to VCB to SFP may be our best line up now. Keep it simple, get the stick around and the gold medal is ours. KC: Perfect but who will be rested in the preliminary round. With so much at stake I don’t think the coaching staff should take any chances here as the same quartet for the final should start here with Morrison to Thompson to VCB to Shelly. I wouldn’t risk Stewart or Simpson on this team . AndrÈ: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is fresh after doing only the 100m and should be fine for the heats … I would rest VCB and bring in Sherone for the heats to run the third leg. KC: Not a bad idea but still a risk. I think we have a glorious chance of breaking the world record of 40.82 seconds set by the USA at the London Olympics. My only concern is that they have not done much baton changes as the camp was a waste of time. On the other hand the USA competed in Monaco where they ran two teams with the A team winning in 41.96 seconds which is a world leading time. However, I think we have a line-up which can run over one full second faster. AndrÈ: I’m going with a win for Jamaica, US. A will finish next best with Trinidad and Tobago getting the bronze. KC: The race will be won on the second leg where Allyson Felix and Elaine Thompson should have a battle royal but our two final kegs should have things their way with Shelly-Ann sprinting away to victory as the USA will be second with Trinidad, Great Britain, and Ukraine fighting for the bronze medal.last_img read more

How about this, Bale? Mouthwatering combined Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid XI

first_img 3. Centre back: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) – Ramos is still as volatile as ever, but, 10 years on, remains crucial to Real’s back line. Zidane will need his club captain at his sharpest this weekend, with the likes of Griezmann to contend with. 11. Left attack: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – Some might say Ronaldo has had an indifferent season, struggling to influence as consistently as he has done, but his 51 goals beg to differ. The Portuguese is far from finished. 11 11 2. Right back: Juanfran (Atletico Madrid) – He might have passed the age of 30, but Juanfran remains Diego Simeone’s trusted man at right back. It’s been yet another consistent campaign from the Spaniard. 11 11 It’s the Champions League final this Saturday 28 May between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, kick off 19:45 BST at the San Siro, and it’s live on talkSPORT.Ahead of the clash, Gareth Bale was the first to turn the heat up towards his rivals, claiming, ‘to me, no Atletico player would feature in Real Madrid’s team’.But is the Wales international right in his opinion? Are Zinedine Zidane’s men really that good?With this in mind, talkSPORT has put together a combined Real and Atleti XI – check it out by viewing the slideshow above – and, *spoiler*, sorry Bale, it’s not all Real. 5. Left back: Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid) – Perhaps a controversial choice given Marcelo’s dominance at left back for Real, but after a season to forget at Chelsea, how quickly he has returned to top form deserves applause. 11 7. Centre midfield: Koke (Atletico Madrid) – With 15 assists and five goals to his name, it’s been a superb season from Koke. He’s firmly established himself as one of Diego Simeone’s key men since his debut in 2009, and it’s little wonder that a number of clubs from the Premier League are keen on his signature. 11 6. Centre midfield: Luka Modric (Real Madrid) – Modric is that midfielder every team would love to have. Calm in possession – not over complicating proceedings or dwelling on the ball – the former Tottenham Hotspur man has proved an excellent acquisition for Real. 11 4. Centre back: Diego Godin (Real Madrid) – Godin symbolises the passion that Simeone has instilled on his side. The Uruguayan is at the heart of Aleti’s formidable defence. 9. Right attack: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – There’s no question Bale is finding life in the shadow of Ronaldo difficult; however, he isn’t doing too badly. With 19 goals and 11 assists to his name, it’s been an exciting season for the Welshman, who looks to be getting better and better. 8. Centre midfield: Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) – At 26, Kroos is just reaching his peak and continues to grow into his role in Madrid alongside Modric. His important is perhaps underestimated by outsiders, but Zidane will be more than aware of the German’s influence. 11 11 10. Centre forward: Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – With 32 goals in all competitions, including seven in the Champions League, Griezmann comfortably gets the nod ahead of Karim Benzema. No defence will look forward to coming up against the classy Frenchman. 1. Goalkeeper: Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) – check out the full combined Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid XI by clicking the arrow above, right – It’s a difficult call with Keylor Navas similarly in top form for his club, but Oblak just edges his rival. At 23-years-old he’s one of the most exciting young goalkeepers in Europe. 11 11last_img read more