Hours away from a historic run in the monobob at the Winter Youth Olympics now under way in Lillehammer, Norway, there’s an air of optimism around 17 year-old Jamaican participant Daniel Mayhew.The Monobob heat gets under way at 8 a.m. (Jamaica time), with Mayhew scheduled to be the 13th competitor on the ice. The Charlemont High school student is Jamaica’s first competitor at the event, and coach Harry Nelson was in a confident mood ahead of today’s heat, where the youngster will be looking to vie for a top spot.Nelson told The Gleaner that Mayhew is in good spirits, has been training well, and has been performing with more consistency since his arrival.”He had his final training run today (yesterday) and he didn’t look bad at all. He is showing some consistency, his driving time wasn’t a personal best, but the conditions on the day wasn’t that good. But going into the event, he is actually eight right now and moving up, so we are feeling good,” said Nelson.”I’m very pleased with how things are looking at this point. Even though the conditions weren’t great in training yesterday, he got his best push-off time of 5.70,” added Nelson. “The day before, he got his best track time of 57.40 seconds.”STILL CONFIDENTNelson, however, admitted that he would have preferred if he was able to work a little longer on the ice with his young charge, but remains confident that he will represent himself and the nation well when competition gets under way.”We would have definitely liked more time on the ice, but we have to work with what we’ve got,” Nelson noted.”Daniel is very upbeat and ready to go. There is no pressure on him. He went through his qualification runs with no incident, as well as a personal best in his runs, so we are happy,” Nelson added.The coach underlined that the main objective is to ensure that the youngster completes the course without incident, but made it clear that they are keeping an eye on the top positions.”The major objective is to make sure he finishes the track incident-free, and anything after that, we will go for it. We are Jamaicans, so you know we always give our best, and so we will be looking to put ourselves in a spot where we can try to get the gold,” said Nelson.
Month: February 2020
ASTON VILLA VS CHELSEAAston Villa are doomed; they are bottom of the Barclays Premier League with 16 points, nine behind 19th-placed Newcastle and a massive 11 from safety with just seven games remaining. As it stands they need four wins to move out of the relegation zone. And now they have no manager after Remi Garde left the club after just four months and only two wins in 20 league games. Garde left by mutual consent on Tuesday night.NORWICH CITY VS NEWCASTLE UNITEDBoth Norwich City and Newcastle United are fighting to stay in the Barclays Premier League. Norwich are just clear of the relegation zone, in 17th place on 28 points while Newcastle are 19th, with 25. The Canaries won 1-0 at West Bromwich Albion last time out, securing their first league win since January 2 and ending a sequence of 10 games without a win and just two points secured from a possible 30.STOKE VS SWANSEA, Stoke suffered a blow ahead of this game when first-choice goalkeeper Jack Butland broke an ankle in England’s recent 3-2 win in Germany. With second-choice Shay Given also missing Mark Hughes will have to give a Barclays Premier League debut to 23-year-old Dane Jakob Haugaard. Stoke, though, are enjoying an improvement in form with just one defeat from their last six Premier League games.SUNDERLAND VS WEST BROM,Sunderland have drawn their last three league games, and though Sam Allardyce’s men have won just once in their last nine, five of those games were stalemates. West Bromwich Albion, meanwhile, have won three and drawn one of their last five league outings, but suffered a 1-0 home defeat by another of the strugglers, Norwich, last time out.WEST HAM VSCRYSTAL PALACEWest Ham United can sense a place in next season’s Champions League; they are in fifth place in the Barclays Premier League just one point behind fourth-placed Manchester City. Palace, meanwhile, last won in the league, at Stoke in December; since then they have played 13 games, losing nine and drawing four, taking just four points from a possible 39.MAN UNITED VSEVERTONManchester United have won three of their last four games in the Barclays Premier League and now face Everton in what could prove to be a dress-rehearsal for the FA Cup semi-final if United beat West Ham in their sixth-round replay. Everton’s record at Old Trafford is poor; in 23 visits they have won just twice, while losing 17 and drawing four.