Four climbers on Mount Rainier’s Liberty Ridge stranded, as rescue delayed by weather

first_imgchinaface/iStock(TACOMA, Wash.) — The rescue of four climbers stuck on Mount Rainier in Washington state have been thwarted for three days by high winds and bad weather conditions, but efforts are expected to resume on Thursday.Mount Rainier National Park rangers began rescue operations on Monday after being informed the climbers were stranded on Liberty Ridge, which is known as a uniquely steep and challenging climb, but bad weather has prevented helicopter and on-the-ground rescues.Plans have been drawn up to rescue the climbers either by air and by land, assuming that weather conditions are favorable for rescue workers, according to local ABC affiliate KOMO.The four climbers — Yevgeniy Krasnitskiy, Ruslan Khasbulatov, Vasily Aushev and Kostya “Constantine” Toporov — started climbing Mount Rainier in Washington on May 31, according to a park press notice, but high winds forced them to stop on the Liberty Ridge route.“It’s a place that is on a narrow ridge that goes up the north side of the mountain — very, very steep, very technical in terms of climbing ability, which is why very few people climb the mountain by this route,” Mount Rainier National Park spokesman Kevin Bacher told ABC News in late May, before this rescue operation began. “But [it’s] also why it is so popular among the climbers who have the skills necessary to tackle the challenge. It’s a uniquely beautiful and uniquely challenging and extraordinary route up to the summit of Mount Rainier, but it also brings with it unique challenges.”A park helicopter located the climbers at 13,500 feet on Monday, but 30 mph winds “made rescue impossible using short-haul techniques,” according to the notice. The winds had blown the climbers’ tent and equipment away, so rescuers attempted to drop supplies to them. However, because of the winds, the supplies were dropped 1,500 feet below the climbers.A helicopter located the climbers again on Tuesday, and they’d only been able to descend 250 feet, and a significant distance from the dropped supplies, to a “more sheltered, but still precarious, position,” according to the release.Again, high winds prevented a helicopter rescue or supply delivery, and another attempt later on Tuesday was again thwarted by bad weather conditions.Later on Tuesday, a Chinook with three pararescue jumpers from the Air Force’s 304th Rescue Squadron in Portland, Ore., and five general support members from an Air Force base near Tacoma, Wash., joined the rescue efforts, but they, too, were thwarted by clouds and wind.Clouds and rain prevented rescue attempts by helicopter Wednesday, the press notice said, although crews were able to prepare for air and ground rescue operations.The same day the stranded climbers began their attempt — May 31 — one person was killed and two were injured by falling rocks on the Liberty Ridge route.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

50-year counselors to be recognized

first_img50-year counselors to be recognized March 15, 2010 Regular News 5 0-year counselors to be recognized Attorneys who achieve 50 years in the practice, even if they spent part of their careers in other states, can be recognized for their dedication and service.The Florida Bar will recognize veteran lawyers during a luncheon at the Bar’s Annual Convention June 25 at the Boca Raton Hotel and Resort. Both 50-year members of The Florida Bar and Senior Attorney awards will be awarded at the luncheon.The program, which was recommended by the Out-of-State Practitioners Division, will recognize current active and inactive Bar members who have practiced law for 50 years and have not previously been recognized for this accomplishment. Participants must write a letter stating their request to be considered for a 50-Year Senior Counselor Award and include a list of all bar memberships held with both start and end dates indicated. The cumulative 50 years in legal practice must have been completed by January 1 for this year’s honors.Letters should be addressed to: 50 Year Senior Counselor Award, attention Dana Larichiuta, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300, and must be received no later than Monday, March 31. For more information, contact Larichiuta at (800)-342-8060, ext. 5767, or e-mail [email protected]last_img read more

Judicial administration rules amended to make filings more accessible

first_imgJudicial administration rules amended to make filings more accessible October 15, 2011 Regular News Judicial administration rules amended to make filings more accessiblecenter_img The Florida Rules of Judicial Administration have been amended to require any e-filing that will become part of the “judicial branch record” be ADA compliant.The Supreme Court also changed the rules to require client contact information be included in motions to withdraw, and amended other provisions dealing with testimony taken via communication equipment.The court acted September 28 in Case No. SC11-52. Accessibility To address making electronic documents accessible to persons with disabilities — a concern originally raised by Justice Peggy Quince — the court adopted new Rule 2.526 to require any electronically transmitted document that is or will become a “judicial branch record,” to be formatted in compliance with state and federal accessibility requirements.The new rule applies to all electronically transmitted “court records” and “administrative records,” i.e., records made or received in connection with the transaction of official business by any judicial branch entity.The court also modified new subdivision (g) of Rule 2.525 to require that all documents transmitted in any electronic form under that rule must comply with the accessibility requirements of new Rule 2.526. Motion to Withdraw The court also amended Rule 2.505(f)(1) (Withdrawal of Attorney) to require that a motion to withdraw include the client’s telephone number and email address. The Rules of Judicial Administration Committee has asked that the client’s telephone number be included in a motion to withdraw to make it easier for the court to maintain contact with a party who may have to proceed pro se after withdrawal of the attorney. To further that goal, the court added the requirement that the client’s email address also be included in the motion. Testimony The court also adopted an amendment to Rule 2.530(d)(1) (Testimony; Generally), which currently provides that if all the parties consent, a county or circuit judge may allow testimony to be taken through communication equipment.The rule was amended to provide that testimony also can be taken by communication equipment “if permitted by another applicable rule of procedure,” allowing the various Florida Bar rules committees to consider whether their bodies of rules should be amended to allow for the use of communication equipment without the parties’ consent.In response to a suggestion by the Family Law Section, the court also amended Rule 2.530(d)(1) to clarify that general magistrates, special magistrates, and hearing officers also may allow the use of communication equipment in accordance with the amended rule.The amendments become effective January 1, 2012, at 12:01 a.m.last_img read more

Huskies Drop Series Opener At UND

first_img About Connatix V56892 360p 1/1 GRAND FORKS – The St. Cloud State Huskies opened their weekend series losing 5-2 at the University of North Dakota.SCSU found itself down 2-0 late in the first when UND scored back-to-back goals only 1:15 apart. The Huskies scored 2 power-play goals in the 2nd period, sandwiched around another goal from UND. The score was 3-2 entering the 3rd period.UND would add the all important next goal to go up 4-2 with less than 8 minutes to go in the 3rd. The fighting Hawks would add a empty netter to finish off SCSU 5-2. 1080p HD Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip center_img 720p HD About Connatix V56892 Auto (360p) The goal scorers for the Huskies were Jacob Benson and Jimmy Schuldt.The game was the first of a best of three opening round of the NCHC playoffs. The winner of the series will go to the NCHC Frozen Face-Off at the Target Center in Minneapolis next weekend.SCSU will need to win Saturday to force a winner take all game on Sunday. Puck drop is 7:07 on REV 96.7.last_img read more

What channel is NASCAR on today? Time, TV schedule for Dover race

first_imgThe 2:30 p.m. ET start time for the Dover race is only the third of five such start times for the Cup Series this season. As for the TV channel, the NASCAR Cup Series this weekend is on NBCSN for the 11th time this year. As part of NBC’s TV deal with NASCAR for the 2019 season, NBC was slated to show seven of the final 20 races of the season, with the other 13 scheduled to be shown on NBCSN.MORE: Watch the Dover race live with fuboTV (7-day trial)Sunday’s race at Dover, which will consist of three stages (120 laps, 120 laps and 160 laps), is the 31st race on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule (30th when not counting the All-Star Race). There are seven races left this season, and there are three more races before the second cut-off point of the playoffs.Dover is a one-mile, concrete oval that features 24-degree banking in the turns and nine-degree banking on the straights. This season marks the second time the fourth race of the Cup Series playoffs will be held at Dover, which has participated in the playoffs since its inception in 2004. No non-playoff driver has ever won the playoff race at Dover.Below is all the info you need regarding how to watch Sunday’s NASCAR race at Dover.What channel is NASCAR on today?TV channel: NBCSNLive stream: fuboTVRadio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR RadioSunday’s 400-lap race at Dover will be the 11th of 13 races this season to be shown on NBCSN. The network’s broadcast crew consists of Rick Allen, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte in the booth, with Marty Snider, Dave Burns, Kelli Stavast and Parker Kligerman reporting from pit road.In addition to the TV coverage on NBCSN, Sunday’s race at Dover is available via live stream through fuboTV. New fuboTV users can sign up with a seven-day free trial.Q&A: Jimmie Johnson talks NASCAR’s future, midweek Cup races, more What channel is the NASCAR race on today? What time does the NASCAR race start? These are the questions that plague race fans every Sunday, when each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will be on either NBC or NBCSN for the second half of the 2019 season with differing start times.As for Sunday’s Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway, the Cup Series’ second visit to the track this season and the fourth race of the 2019 playoffs, the channel that will broadcast the race is NBCSN. The start time for the race at Dover is 2:30 p.m. ET. NASCAR at Dover: What time does today’s race start?Date: Sunday, Oct. 6Time: 2:30 p.m. ETLocation: Dover International SpeedwayIncluding Sunday’s race at Dover, only five NASCAR Cup races this season were scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. ET. The season-opening Daytona 500 and last week’s Roval race began at 2:30 p.m. ET, and after this weekend, two more playoff races (Kansas, Phoenix) will begin at the same time.There have been 99 NASCAR Cup Series races at Dover, one race per year in 1969 and 1970, and two races per year since 1971. Among active drivers, Jimmie Johnson has the highest career driver rating (113.3) at Dover. He is followed by playoff drivers Chase Elliott (108.3) and Kyle Busch (104.6).NASCAR schedule 2019DateRaceTrackTime/TV info/winnerFeb. 10Advance Auto Parts ClashDaytona International SpeedwayJimmie JohnsonFeb. 14Gander RV Duel 1 at DaytonaDaytona International SpeedwayKevin HarvickFeb. 14Gander RV Duel 2 at DaytonaDaytona International SpeedwayJoey LoganoFeb. 17Daytona 500Daytona International SpeedwayDenny HamlinFeb. 24Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayBrad KeselowskiMarch 3Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy LubeLas Vegas Motor SpeedwayJoey LoganoMarch 10TicketGuardian 500ISM RacewayKyle BuschMarch 17AutoClub 400Auto Club SpeedwayKyle BuschMarch 24STP 500Martinsville SpeedwayBrad KeselowskiMarch 31O’Reilly Auto Parts 500Texas Motor SpeedwayDenny HamlinApril 7Food City 500Bristol Motor SpeedwayKyle BuschApril 13Toyota Owners 400Richmond RacewayMartin Truex Jr.April 28Geico 500Talladega SpeedwayChase ElliottMay 5Cup Series Race at DoverDover International SpeedwayMartin Truex Jr.May 11Cup Series Race at KansasKansas SpeedwayBrad KeselowskiMay 18Monster Energy OpenCharlotte Motor Speedway—May 18Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star RaceCharlotte Motor SpeedwayKyle LarsonMay 26Coca-Cola 600Charlotte Motor SpeedwayMartin Truex Jr.June 2Pocono 400Pocono RacewayKyle BuschJune 10FireKeepers Casino 400Michigan International SpeedwayJoey LoganoJune 23Toyota/Save Mart 350Sonoma RacewayMartin Truex Jr.June 30Camping World 400Chicagoland SpeedwayAlex BowmanJuly 6Coke Zero Sugar 400Daytona International SpeedwayJustin HaleyJuly 13Quaker State 400Kentucky SpeedwayKurt BuschJuly 21Foxwoods Resort Casino 301New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayKevin HarvickJuly 28Gander Outdoors 400Pocono RacewayDenny HamlinAug. 4Go Bowling at The GlenWatkins Glen InternationalChase ElliottAug. 11Consumers Energy 400Michigan International SpeedwayKevin HarvickAug. 17Bass Pro Shops NRA Night RaceBristol Motor SpeedwayDenny HamlinSept. 1Bojangles’ Southern 500Darlington RacewayErik JonesSept. 8Big Machine Vodka 400Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayKevin Harvick2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup playoff scheduleDateRaceTrackTime/TV info/winnerSept. 15South Point 400Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayMartin Truex Jr.Sept. 21Federated Auto Parts 400Richmond RacewayMartin Truex Jr.Sept. 29Bank of America ROVAL 400Charlotte Motor Speedway Road CoarseChase ElliottOct. 6Cup Series Race at DoverDover International Speedway2:30 p.m., NBCSN/fuboTVOct. 500Talladega Superspeedway2 p.m., NBC/fuboTVOct. 20Hollywood Casino 400Kansas Speedway2:30 p.m., NBC/fuboTVOct. 27First Data 500Martinsville Speedway3 p.m., NBCSN/fuboTVNov. 3AAA Texas 500Texas Motor Speedway3 p.m., NBCSN/fuboTVNov. 10Cup Series Race at ISMISM Raceway2:30 p.m., NBC/fuboTVNov. 17Ford EcoBoost 400Homestead-Miami Speedway3 p.m., NBC/fuboTVlast_img read more

Gabriel Paulista is in Valencia and his signing is imminent

first_img EFE/Sport EN 17/08/2017 Upd. at 20:17 Gabriel Paulista está en Valencia y su fichaje es inminente Valencia sign Juventus goalkeeper Neto CEST On arriving from London, the Arsenal player said he was “very happy” and his knee is “good” ater injury, although he said he’s “still lacking something” to be able to play straight away. He would like to be fit for the second game of the season, against Real Madrid.  Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista has landed at the Manises airport and in the evening, might be announced officially by Valencia, if he he passes his medical tests. IN SPORT.ES RELATED STORIES The 26 year old will become the third signing under Marcelino this summer, who coached him at Villarreal and wanted him to join now. Valencia have added Juventus stopper Neto and Maksimovic from Astana.last_img read more

Silence on strays crackdown

first_imgA new agreement being pushed by Cardinia Shire Council means some local vets may not be able to accept and…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Danielle Kutchel last_img

Weekend Galway GAA Results

first_imgFOOTBALL RESULTS Senior Football ChampionshipSt Michael’s 0-15 Barna 1-9Mountbellew Moylough 0-17 Killanin 1-12Corofin 2-20 Carna Caiseal 0-8Tuam Stars 2-12 Cortoon Shamrocks 2-11 AETAn Cheathru Rua 1-16 Leitir Mor 1-8Milltown 2-7 Salthill Knocknacarra 1-8St. James 3-9 Caherlistrane 1-14Micheal Breathnach 5-10 Killererin 1-10Moycullen 1-16 Kilconly 0-8Caltra 2-13 Annaghdown 0-9 Intermediate Football Championship Headford 3-14 Kilkerrin-Clonberne 2-13 AETClaregalway 2-17 Glenamaddy 0-11Oughterard 1-15 St Brendan’s 1-8An Spideal 1-18 Monivea-Abbey 2-15 AETOileain Arainn 2-13 Clifden 1-8Williamstown 0-15 Menlough 1-12 AETDunmore MacHales 2-12 Corofin 1-13Division 4 football LeagueClonbur 1-13 St Gabriel’s 1-11Division 6 football league (West)Killanin 2-15 Salthill Knocknacarra 1-15Division 7 football league (West)An Cheathru Rua 2-13 Micheal Breathnach 2-9Division 8B football league (North)Mountbellew/Moylough W/O AnnaghdownHURLING RESULTSSenior B Hurling Championship – Group 1Beagh 1-16 Kiltormer 0-6Senior B Hurling Championship – Group 2Clarinbridge 0-13 Mullagh 0-13Ocean Hygiene Supplies & Packaging U16 B Hurling ChampionshipArdrahan 4-16 Tommy Larkins 2-3Junior A Hurling Championship – Group A Meelick-Eyrecourt 0-16 St Thomas 1-10Junior A Hurling Championship – Group CCraughwell 2-14 Kilnadeema-Leitrim 0-12Junior B Hurling Championship – Group CPadraig Pearses 6-19 Oranmore-Maree 4-11U21 A Hurling Championship semi finalsLiam Mellows 2-21 Loughrea 4-14Turloughmore 2-21 Ardrahan 1-8U21 B Hurling Championship – Group CKillimordaly 7-16 Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry 0-16Killimor 4-17 Meelick-Eyrecourt 1-17print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

DCU Saints cause upset in Men’s Super League while Liffey Celtics overcome Cup champs…

first_imgBasketball Ireland Women’s Super League: NUIG Mystics 59-71 Maxol WIT WildcatsPortlaoise Panthers 52-87 Ambassador UCC GlanmireCourtyard Liffey Celtics 61-57 DCU MercyIT Carlow Basketball 51-73 Pyrobel Killester Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One:   Ballincollig v IT Carlow Basketball, Ballincollig CS, 16:00;Dublin Lions v Titans, Colaiste Bride, 18:30;EJ Sligo All-Stars v Scotts Lakers St Pauls Killarney, Mercy College, 19:30; Neptune v Ulster University Elks, Neptune Stadium, 20:00;Portlaoise Panthers v Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin, St Marys Sports Hall, 20:00 Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:NUIG Mystics 59-71 Maxol WIT WildcatsTop scorers NUIG Mystics: Dayna Finn 18, Deja Bullock 16, Deirdre O’Shea 15Top scorers Maxol WIT Wildcats: Megan Donohue 13, Jasmine Walker 12, Abby Flynn 12, Helena Rohan 12Half time score: NUIG Mystics 30-37 Maxol WIT Wildcats Sunday 11th February 2018           Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:   UCC Demons v Belfast Star, Mardyke Arena, 15:00; Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One: Griffith College Swords Thunder 64-55 Ulster University ElksMarble City Hawks 63-53 Ulster University Elks Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One: LYIT Donegal 58-81 Paris Texas KilkennyDublin Lions 81-74 EJ Sligo All-StarsFr Mathews 80-69 IT Carlow BasketballPortlaoise Panthers 60-101 NeptuneUlster University Elks 85-85 Ballincollig A nail-biting finale to one of the games of the weekend, saw the clash ultimately decided on the free throw line, as everyone held their breath when Dee Proby edged DCU ahead, while UCD Marian missed the opportunity from the same spot at the other end (netting just one from two of their bonus shots) to tie the game on the buzzer to send the game to overtime. Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:   Ambassador UCC Glanmire v NUIG Mystics, Mardyke Arena, 13:00;Singleton SuperValu Brunell v Courtyard Liffey Celtics, Parochial Hall, 14:45;IT Carlow Basketball v DCU Mercy, Barrow Centre-IT Carlow, 15:30;print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Moycullen 72-85 UCC DemonsTop scorers Moycullen: James Loughnane 17, Brandon McGuire 15, Dylan Cunningham 13Top scorers UCC Demons: Lehmon Colbert 23, Kyle Hosford 21, Adrian O’Sullivan 17Half time score: Moycullen 45-38 UCC Demonscenter_img Basketball Ireland Detailed Results: February 3rd and 4thBasketball Ireland Men’s Super League: Griffith College Swords Thunder 89-65 MareeTop scorers Griffith College Swords Thunder: Conroy Baltimore 21, Charlie Coombes 18, Kevin Lacey 14Top scorers Maree: Corey Hammell 21, Kenneth Hansberry 17, Eoin Rockall 11Half time score: Griffith College Swords Thunder 36-28 Maree Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One:   Marble City Hawks v UL Huskies, O Loughlins GAA, 17:00;Fr Mathews v Ulster University Elks, Colaiste Chriost Ri, 17:45;Fabplus North West v Griffith College Swords Thunde, Ballyshannon, 19:30; Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:Portlaoise Panthers v Pyrobel Killester, St Marys, 18:00; Basketball Ireland Results: February 3rd and 4thBasketball Ireland Men’s Super League: Griffith College Swords Thunder 89-65 MareeMoycullen 72-85 UCC DemonsBelfast Star 71-62 Eanna BCDCU Saints 71-70 UCD MarianGarvey’s Tralee Warriors 84-72 Pyrobel KillesterBlack Amber Templeogue 96-76 KUBS BCUCC Demons 78-95 UCD Marian Basketball Ireland Fixtures: February 10-11th 2018Saturday 10th February 2018         Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:Pyrobel Killester v UCD Marian, IWA-Clontarf, 18:00;Eanna v Garvey’s Tralee Warriors, Colaiste Eanna, 19:00;DCU Saints v Griffith College Swords Thunder, DCU Complex, 19:00;Maree v Black Amber Templeogue, CC-Oranmore, 19:45;KUBS BC v Moycullen, Greendale, 20:00; DCU Saints caused a big upset in the Men’s Super League on Saturday evening as they overcame league leaders, UCD Marian, at the death, 71-70. “I’m delighted with the win!” said Saints head coach, Joey Boylan. “It was a tough game, and the last couple of minutes it came down to who was getting their shots and who would miss them and, unfortunately for them, they missed a free throw on the buzzer.”Marian didn’t have long to wait though until they got back to winning ways as they took the spoils from their big clash with UCC Demons at the Mardyke in Cork on Sunday, winning out 95-78 in the end with a 31-point display from Mike Garrow.“We would have loved to have won both games,” admitted Marian’s Ioannis Liapakis. “But the way things came about, one win is enough – it’s good, we’re happy. We needed that win: in five months we had only two losses and all of a sudden, in one week we had two losses in a row. We needed that win today to get back on track.”Demons also had a double-header weekend of games, and won out 85-72 over Moycullen on Saturday evening in Galway.Garvey’s Tralee Warriors meanwhile kept their spot at second place on the table secure this weekend, with an 84-72 point win over Pyrobel Killester in the Complex in Tralee. Trae Pemberton shot the lights out for the Kerry side as he netted an impressive 38 points and put in an absolutely stunning performance on both sides of the court and, despite a third quarter run from Killester, Tralee’s early lead in the first half, teamed with a fantastic finishing performance from Kieran Donaghy and Darren O’Sullivan saw them come out on top.Elsewhere, Cup champions Black Amber Templeogue got the better of KUBS while Belfast Star ran out 71-62 point winners over Eanna.In the Women’s Super League, meanwhile, the hugely anticipated clash between Courtyard Liffey Celtics and DCU Mercy certainly lived up to all expectations, with Liffey winning out 61-57 in a cracking game. A nail-biting end to the clash saw brilliant scoring from Devon Brookshire and international underage star Sorcha Tiernan see them home to victory.“That was the third close game we’ve had between the two teams this season,” said Celtics’ coach, Mark Byrne afterwards. “DCU were coming off the back of a great cup win the previous weekend, so it was just a great game for us to come out on top.“Sorcha [Tiernan] is probably one of the best, if not the best, young player in the country right now. She showed great composure today. DCU are known for putting a lot of pressure on people and they pressed us for the whole game, and she shot 15 points so it was an all round great performance from her.”Elsewhere, Ambassador UCC Glanmire took a comfortable win over Portlaoise Panthers, NUIG Mystics fell to Maxol WIT Wildcats 59-71, while Pyrobel Killester secured the win on the road against IT Carlow Basketball.last_img read more

Double 800m gold for South Africa

first_img24 August 2009Mbulaeni Mulaudzi emulated Caster Semenya’s feat in the women’s 800 metres by winning gold in the men’s race, while Khotso Mokoena took silver in the long jump, to lift South Africa into the top 10 on the medals table at the conclusion of the 2009 World Athletics Championships in Berlin on Sunday.Thanks to the weekend’s medal haul, and Semenya’s gold in the women’s 800 metres, South Africa finished ninth behind the USA, Jamaica, Kenya, Russia, Poland, Germany, Ethiopia, and Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In total, 202 countries took part in the championships.The 800 metres double is reminiscent of the feat achieved in the 2003 World Championships, when South Africans Jacques Freitag and Hestrie Cloete won gold in the men’s and women’s high jump.Running from the frontFor Mulaudzi, who has been one of the world’s leading 800 metres runners for many years now, Sunday’s victory was deeply satisfying. Afterwards, exhausted, he sat on the track, let out a yell, then lent back on his hands, and let out another yell of delight.Once he had recovered sufficiently, he wrapped himself in the South African flag and went to the crowd to soak up their applause.It was an especially impressive victory because of the manner in which he won, dictating the race from the front. It was also impressive considering the manner in which he reached the final.In qualifying, the South African star won his first heat in a time of one minute 46.40 seconds. However, in the semi-finals he was boxed out and finished only fourth in his heat. Despite this, he reached the medal-deciding race as one of the two fastest qualifiers to finish outside the top two in the three semi-final races.Having scraped into the final, Mulaudzi took the initiative and was rewarded for his brave decision.Digging deepIt was a very tight race, and on two occasions Mulaudzi had to push away the arm of the man behind him. Starting from the outside lane, he worked hard to take the lead as the runners neared the end of the first straight.At the completion of the first lap, the time was 53.44 seconds. Working hard down the back straight, Mulaudzi withstood the building pressure and accelerated as the field came off the bend into the final straight. He built up a small gap and then dug deep and dipped for the line to gain victory.Mulaudzi was first in one minute 45.29 seconds, with Kenya’s Alfred Kirwa Yego second in 1:45.35, and Bahrain’s Yusuf Saas Kamel third in the same time.Speaking at a press conference after his win, Mulaudzi said: “To lead was part of my plan. I have really battled in the past few championships and the past few races this year. But everything worked out in the last few weeks.“I spoke to my coach and my manager, and they said that the only way to run a good race was to be in control. So I led and ran a good last 200. That was it for me.‘Very happy, very grateful’“I’ve been around for a long time,” Mulaudzi added. “I’m very happy, very grateful for this gold medal. I’ve tried often to get a medal for outdoors, but I got injuries or I got sick. Today is the most important day in my life.“Last year we saw [Wilfred] Bungei come in to win the Olympics, and he is not a junior any more! Maybe experience also counts.“For me it was a great day, and technically my race plan was perfect. That’s how I won today.”He also described his victory lap, saying: “Everybody saw I was very happy, very pumped up. I was very excited the whole victory lap, with the whole crowd cheering.”Long jump silverKhotso Mokoena preceded Mulaudzi’s gold medal with a silver medal in the long jump on Saturday to match his result at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.After a no jump in the opening round, Mokoena moved into second place behind Dwight Phillips in the second round with a leap of 8.47 metres, just three centimetres short of his African record. Phillips, meanwhile, leapt 8.54 metres to add 14 centimetres to his first round jump, which had given him the lead.The second round jumps by Phillips and Mokoena proved to be the best of the competition, while Mitchell Watt recorded 8.37 metres in the fifth round to move to the bronze medal position.Commenting on his effort afterwards, Mokoena said: “Today, it was great. Coming into the championship I was positive. I came in to give it my best shot, training was good, and the spectators kept me going.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more