Defensive mistakes: “We can not make mistakes like the third goal. We will try to fix it, it is unforgivable that we fit three goals at home. It did not fit into our plans, it is true that they are three times and three goals, Mallorca had total effectiveness. We were wrong. a lot on how to defend 2-2 and then in 3-3 we get confused. “Match: “Until you get the room you can not come up. If you watch the game coldly, you have to win. In attack the team liked me, but we did not defend well. Cucho’s volley was beautiful.”Dismissal: “I do not think about those things, I will continue working, I will shake the tree if necessary because performance is sought. Just like other days we did not deserve it, we generated to have won even if it was 5-3”.Mestalla: “We can win in Valencia”.Season: “The season is not over at all, mathematically many things can happen, we are not happy as the campaign has been so far. I think the team has moments that see the idea of dominated play. We are not fitting out and it costs us more to materialize the occasions. I will continue insisting and if it is considered a failure and we have to recognize it, it will be done. Europe: “I’ve been talking about Europe for days, I’m going game by game. The distance is not close but I don’t care.” Sensations: “I am angry and hurt because obviously we had to win this game.”Vicente Moreno: “More things have happened than in Vigo, with penalties and rare actions”Well Change: “Of course it has conditioned us. We have had many difficulties again. Today without Lumor, playing Fran Gámez as left back although he has complied.”Many things in the matches: “Today more things have happened than in Vigo, with penalties and rare actions. We are a team that always seeks victory at home and abroad, also trying to curb the things that the opponent does. But there is a lot of level. Rarely we find the victories but we deserve them, because any mistake you pay. “Draw too soon: “It is a blow and makes a dent in the team. We have broken down a bit. We work so that this does not happen, because receiving the tie so soon twice is an added difficulty. But I am left with the team to believe and want to win games “.Kubo: It brings us many things. “We want him to have more continuity, not to step forward one game and two back the next. The other day he entered the second half and today has been the same but from the beginning. He has many possibilities for improvement and wants to improve.”Celtic-Leganés result: “We will be the same as the previous week or worse. From here to the end of the season it is complicated if we do not win. We will be fighting until the end, between the descent and the limit of permanence. Let’s see if we get a positive dynamic but it’s difficult. Now rivals like Getafe, Barcelona, Madrid, Athletic arrive to us. It’s very difficult but we have the illusion of adding “.
Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele joins Barça’s roster of futures for the 2020-21 season. This is what Mundo Deportivo says this Thursday. In fact, it takes it to its cover as one of the favorites by the technical secretariat to reinforce a midfield that needs youth, vigor and legs, the ones that Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal are already missing, veteran players who are in their last stage in the Catalan team. Fabián, Napoli midfielder, is also among the favorites of the Catalan team. For its part, Sport returns to the Lautaro Martínez affair and reports that Barça will try to get players into the operation to make their transfer cheaper. Inter would not look badly at this possibility, which would allow it to have players of a good theoretical level such as Coutinho, Vidal or Dembélé himself.L’Esportiu, for its part, takes to its front page the managerial-player negotiations for the reduction of wages while the state of confinement lasts. Barça intends to lower 70% of the players’ chips although it could make exceptions with football. At the moment, there is no agreement.
But this whole plan was called into question by a single sentence from President Ceferin, who said on the German channel ZDF that “it may not be possible to play again”. Something that does not match what he himself says in a letter sent to the 55 European federations and that he signs together with Agnelli (ECA) and Olsson (Leagues), and in which he insists that the priority is “to bring all national competitions to an end natural so that the titles are a consequence of the results obtained on the field “.In any case, UEFA wants unity in the block. He did not like the idea of Belgium to end his unfinished League by giving Bruges its champion. And to give an example, it has reminded its 55 affiliated federations that “both the Champions and the Europa League have admission rules who pass by occupying the merit places that are awarded according to the result of each league. “He has done it so that the example of Belgium does not expand, since the Netherlands has made a move to copy that model. The Championship of League can be restarted on June 5, provided that the Government of Spain authorizes it and fulfill the plans that UEFA has drawn up for the various European federations and the hopes that forward coronavirus pandemic, at least to be able to contest the eleven days pending in the First Division behind closed doors. This is the scenario with which it works, in the absence of UEFA itself, based on the development of the Covid-19, auction a cunified booklet that could be released on May 18.Spain and England are the ones that have made the most of UEFA to make the leagues conclude “Even if part of the schedule for next season needs to be invaded.” At the moment it is not an option contemplated by UEFA, which is optimistic about finishing the leagues in the summer. Its director of competitions, Giorgio Marchetti, is working on the calendar that he wants to present in mid-May, and also on the possibility of finishing European competitions in ‘final four’ format, as reported by this newspaper.
Finishing the season before June 30 would have to have the go-ahead from the British authorities by May and on the other hand, would help the stage for next season. And it is that different actors of English football have been reluctant to sacrifice the following year for the current one.According to the BBC, several clubs have agreed on informal talks, but not all. Brighton owner Tony Bloom explained Thursday that he does not see June 30 as a kind of point of no return. “It is a unique situation, all options will have to be valued,” he said.The clear intention of the Premier’s leaders is finish the league even if it has to be played in the summer, and a joint management of the calendars of the other national competitions is also needed, as urged also by UEFA and the Association of European Clubs (ECA), who chose to request that the competitions not be canceled early. The Premier League clubs and executives are scheduled for Friday in an important meeting with the future of the competition on the table, in the face of the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the idea that many teams defend try not to extend the season beyond June 30.The objective of the clubs that have had different conversations in recent days is avoid potential conflicts from going beyond the end date of many contracts, both for players and for example club kits.FIFA, within his working group in the face of the situation created by the coronavirus, he spoke last week of have “flexibility” with the option of a third transfer window. However, Emilio García Silvero, FIFA’s legal director, spoke of the fact that “Collective agreements and obviously FIFA is not above the legislation of the States.”
The other semifinal match came with a result, a priori, more favorable for the visitors, who came with a two-goal advantage thanks to the 2-0 win in the first leg. In the first part, Dinamo Brest, champion of the Cup in 2017 and 2018 and of the last League, He came out with very clear ideas and was able to go to the break winning 0-2 thanks to goals from Savitskiy, who had already scored in Brest, and Gordjchuk.Shakhtyor Soligorsk, reigning Cup champion and that only five days ago he beat his rival in the league, he saw his options of reaching the final almost sentenced. But, after passing through the locker room, Vernydub’s team went all out for their rival. Ivanovic and Lisakovich, in a double game, put the game upside down in 8 minutes.Podstrelov’s goal, fifteen minutes from the end, heralded a period comeback for a team that had serious options for a heroic feat, to score five goals in 45 minutes and qualify for the final. The Shakhtyor’s dream, however, was not fulfilled. Only one goal separated them from one of the great footballing feats of this health crisis. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, there are still gaps that soccer fans can hold on to. One of them is in Belarus. Today, BATE Borisov and Dinamo Brest have qualified for the Cup final, to be held on May 24, after eliminating Slavia Mozyr and Shakhtyor Soligorsk respectively. Both teams, which have started the League well, achieving 10 points the first and 9 the second of 18 possible, will face each other in the last battle of the title fight.The BATE, old acquaintance of the League, since it has faced Barcelona and Real Madrid, and the most successful team in Belarus, managed to overcome the 1-0 with which Slavia Mozyr had taken advantage in the first leg. At Borisov Arena, Volkov and Tymonyuk, with an own goal, turned the tie in the first 45 minutes.After defeating Gorodeja at home, BATE was also superior to Slavia, and although throughout the second part they lived with the tension of knowing that a goal from the visitors left them out of the fight for the title, Alshevsky’s pupils were solvent and knew how to endure the result.
“With measures of this sort we strive to ensure that the danger of COVID-19 is minimized and the recommendations make it clear that the danger can’t be utterly eradicated, “reads the ITF assertion, so it’s clear from this assertion that these measures will happen so long as the evolution of the pandemic is favorable. For now, The exercise of the skilled circuits stays suspended till July 13. Regardless of the undeniable fact that tennis is one of the sports activities most punished worldwide by the coronavirus pandemic, and authoritative voices corresponding to that of Rafael Nadal aren’t optimistic about his return, the completely different worldwide organizations are finalizing the Preparations for the motion to resume in a couple of months.It’s the case of the ITF (Worldwide Tennis Federation), which in an official assertion has introduced a sequence of recommendations to be made to make returning to tennis a protected follow. Amongst the most excellent measures is that of play solely particular person matches and with out spectators, so many tournaments can have to think about taking part in behind closed doorways. As well as, gamers should stay two meters away from one another, so protocol greetings earlier than and after video games can be suppressed. Lastly, it must be famous that the tennis gamers will change courts on completely different sides of the internet, use completely different units of balls that shall be marked, and won’t share the tools.
WITH the Pick-9 and Super-6s having been caught on Wednesday, both start anew on tomorrow’s mammoth 13-race programme, which commences as early as 11.15 a.m. The Pick-9 will embrace races five to 13, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from eight to 13. We look at the first Super-6, which commences with a $550,000-$500,000 claiming race to be contested by seven starters over 1400 metres, including the recent winner, FORCE DE JOUR, with 3.0kg claiming apprentice Bebeto Harvey riding for veteran trainer Robert Darby Sr. FORCE DE JOUR beat RED FLAG and EDISON over 1100 metres on January 31 in a highly competitive overnight allowance race, and now edging down to high claiming company, should tick off his eighth win from his last 11 races. ACTION MAN, who won recently, and the consistent GOLDEN BULLET, should ensure that FORCE DE JOUR is extended. RICHIE’S PIK, with champion jockey Shane Ellis riding for trainer Collin Blair, looks best of a moderate lot in the second race again over 1400 for maiden four-year-olds and up. The four-year-old son of War Marshall was a fast-finishing second to LAGUNA POINT over the straight course on January 1 and followed up with a fair effort behind MINY LEE on January 9. On both occasions, he was ridden by the sparingly-used jockey Phillip Parchment. Ellis could make all the difference tomorrow. LEGAL ARENA looks the obvious danger in a field of 10. SIR BIGGS, who has been knocking at the door lately, gets the nod over old rival SCAR in the third race over a mile to be contested by nine starters. SIR BIGGS, who will now be ridden by top apprentice Linton Steadman for trainer Donovan Plummer, went under in a close finish to TURBO MACHINE CAT over 1400 metres on January 31, a race in which SCAR was just behind in third and is a danger to SIR BIGGS as a result of that performance. The last three races in the first Super-6 should be won by GOLD MINER (Omar Walker up), down in class DA JACKAL (Aaron Chatrie), and ALEXANDER with Dane Nelson aboard. FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES (1) FORCE DE HOUR/GOLDEN BULLET (2) RICHIE’S PIK/LEGAL ARENA (3) SIR BIGGS (4) GOLD MINER/ZANDRINA (5) DA JACKAL/CHEERS (6) ALEXANDER/EXPRESS TRUCK
PCB wants security guarantee ISLAMABAD (AP) : The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) wants the Indian government to publicly guarantee security for the Pakistan team during the World Twenty20 in India. The board reacted yesterday to reported comments this week by the head of Himachal Pradesh state that he could not provide security for the Pakistan team and that its WT20 match with India should be shifted to another state. “These latest threats need to be taken seriously,” PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said in Lahore. “Political parties (in India) like Shiv Sena, and now even the Congress, have said they will not let us play, and they are the ones creating agitation.” Khan said that he has asked the International Cricket Council to tell the Indian government it needed to issue a public statement welcoming Pakistan’s team in India. India beat UAE by nine wickets DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP): India enjoyed a romp before the Asia Cup final in accounting for the United Arab Emirates by nine wickets yesterday. The bowlers paved the way to the easy victory, restricting UAE to 81-9 in 20 overs. India took 10.1 overs to win with 82-1, and seal their fourth straight victory in the tournament. The Indians meet hosts Bangladesh in the final on Sunday. Opener Rohit Sharma hit 39 while Yuvraj Singh was 25 not out and hit the winning boundary. Fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar led the way for India with two for eight. Shaiman Anwar scored 43 after UAE captain Amjad Javed elected to bat first. Court dismisses Pistorius appeal JOHANNESBURG (AP): South Africa’s highest court has dismissed Oscar Pistorius’ appeal of his murder conviction, a lawyer said yesterday signalling that the former track star’s long legal battle since he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp may be drawing to a close. The ruling by the Constitutional Court clears the way for a judge to sentence the double-amputee runner for murder at a hearing scheduled for April 18. “We’ll proceed to the sentencing,” defence lawyer Andrew Fawcett said.
Caymanas Park Results forMarch 12, 2016Track Condition: GoodWeather: FineRace 1 1100 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II*1. SIMPLY THE BEST PFrancis 50.02. PROUD PRESIDENT AChatrie 52.5 10L3. MEGATRON SEllis 53.0 1/2L4. GLYDER CBudhai 51.0 2 1/2LWIN: $94.00Final Time : 1:06.2 Splits : 23.1, 46.2,Winner : 3yo b filly – ADORE THE GOLD – SUPA LEITrainer : PHILIP FEANNY Owner : DONALD WEHBY & CLOVIS METCALFEBred by HERMINE & LEISHA METCALFEQu: $699.00 Ex: $1,267.00Trifecta: $494.00Race 2 1200 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHTAPPRENTICE RACE*1. FREE RANGE DDawkins3 50.02. BIG BUCK JInnis4 51.0 3L3. MR. TOPPER TOP MAN AndreePowell4 51.0 3/4L4. CONNOR JPatterson4 51.0 6 1/2LWIN: $89.00PLACE: $75.00, $271.00, $135.00Final Time: 1:17.1 Splits : 23.2, 48.0Winner: 4yo b filly – PORTO SANTO – PERFECT STORMTrainer: PATRICK LYNCH Owner: MICHAEL MARLOWEBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Qu: $776.00 Ex: $1,067.00D/E: $156.00Superfecta: $5,995.00Race 3 1200 M (Purse $768,000)NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIALWEIGHT -FILLIES (DIV.I)*1. CLASSY AVIATOR AChatrie 53.02. RUNNING STAR DDawkins3 50.0 9L3. FLYING MACHINE SMuir 53.0 3/4L4. MEMORY OF TS RHalledeen 55.0 2 1/4LWIN: $70.00PLACE: $51.00, $52.00, $54.00Final Time : 1:14.3 Splits : 23.1, 46.4Winner : 3yo ch filly – SEEKING THE GLORY – CLASSY CHANELTrainer : GARY SUBRATIE Owner : TEST PILOTSBred by REEVES, EVERDEEN MAXWELLQu: $123.00 Ex: $186.0D/E: $142.00Superfecta: $485.00Rolling Triple: $326.00Race 4 1820 M (Purse $530,000)3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2)&6YO&UP(NW4)1. GO GO TRAIN JInnis4 47.5*2. BATIDOR DE MUNDO BebHarvey3 52.5 Neck3. TROPICALDEPRESSION JPatterson4 49.0 4 1/2L4. PAPER N LACE OnBeckford4 50.5 1 1/2LWIN: $368.00PLACE: $101.00, $66.00, $109.00Final Time: 2:01.1 Splits : 27.2, 52.4, 1:18.0, 1:45.3Winner : 6yo b mare – WESTERN CLASSIC – SHANEISHATrainer : HARRY PARSARD Owner: RAYMOND TOWNSENDBred by HARRY PARSARDQu: $455.00 Ex: $1,471.00D/E: $709.00Superfecta: $25,236.00Rolling Triple: $2,018.00Race 5 1400 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)*1. MIND SET OWalker 55.02. BALLON D’OR LSteadman3 53.0 1 3/4L3. SHINE RMairs 54.0 3/4L4. STORMING DDawkins3 52.0 2 1/2LWIN: $102.00PLACE: $51.00, $52.00, $56.00Final Time : 1:27.0 Splits : 24.0, 47.1, 1:12.3Winner : 4yo colt – BURNING MARQUE – PROUD AGAINTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : ELIZABETH A. DACOSTA & BRUCE D. LEVYBred by NEW BLUE LTD.Qu: $97.00 Ex: $203.00D/E: $1,122.00Superfecta: $473.00Rolling Triple: $1,656.00Race 6 2000 M (Purse $530,000)NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. CAPTAIN GRANVILLE ZMeikle 54.0*2. SIR BIGGS SEllis 56.0 *1/1 1/2L3. BRIDLED PRINCESS JPatterson4 48.5 3/4L4. SNEAK PEEK DaneNelson 52.5 2L5. MINY LEE HLewis 53.0 3 1/2L6. MEET JUSTIN HPottinger4 50.5 1/2LWIN: $1,133.00PLACE: $190.00, $67.00, $260.00Final Time : 2:15.0 Splits : 25.4, 52.4, 1:17.3, 1:44.1Winner : 4yo colt – BRIDLED QUEST – LADY BALARITrainer : LANCE P. RICHARDS Owner : MICHAEL E KENNEDYBred by GRANVILLE BYLESQu: $1,972.00 Exacta: $5,697.00D/E: $3,322.00Trifecta: $9,175.00Hit-6 carry-over : $81,047.20Rolling Triple: $56,182.00Super-6: $84,913.80Race 7 1100 M (Purse $620,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)/NB4YO(NW4)1. FORCE DE JOUR JPatterson4 56.02. DREAMCOMETRUE DaneNelson 54.0 3L3. HOLOGRAM SHADOW JErwin 55.0 1 1/2L4. UNBREAKABLE BebHarvey3 52.0 3 1/2LWIN: $222.00PLACE: $232.00, $78.00, $165.00Final Time : 1:07.0 Splits : 22.4, 46.0Winner : 5yo colt – SHARP HUMOR – SONG BIRD TOOTrainer : ROWAN MATHIE Owner: VINCENT MAINEBred by DOUG BRANHAMQu: $476.00 Ex: $910.00D/E: $6,401.00Trifecta: $11,990.00Rolling Triple: $45,583.00Race 8 1200 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIALWEIGHT -FILLIES (DIV.II)1. GOLDEN GLORY AChatrie 53.02. LIKE A LADY CChow 53.0 9/23. PATCH RWilson 53.5 7/2 Nose*4. HELLO LADY SEllis 53.0 2 1/2L5. IGNITION OMullings 53.0 1LLate scratch : #5 EXECUTIVE CHARMWIN: $141.00PLACE: $77.00, $142.00, $97.00Final Time : 1:14.2 Splits : 23.0, 46.3,Winner : 3yo ch filly – SEEKING THE GLORY – THE GOLDEN ONETrainer : GARY SUBRATIE Owner : NICHOLAS WEHBYBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $443.00 Ex: $642.00D/E: $574.00Trifecta: $4,450.00Hi-5: $1,216.00Rolling Triple : (7-4-4) $27,455.00Pick-4 : $708,800.00RODERICK “PILOT” FRANCIS MEMORIAL TROPHYRace 9 1200 M (Purse $650,000) 4YO&UP CLM($180,0)-START FOR $180,0 SINCE NOV.12(Sponsored by B & D TRAWLING LTD).1. EL CLIENTE LSteadman3 54.02. EUSEBIA BebHarvey3 51.0 6L3. BURNING MEDIC AndrePowell4 52.0 2L4. REIGN OVER ALL RHalledeen 54.0 Sh.HeadWIN: $182.00PLACE: $105.00, $69.00, $138.00Final Time: 1:15.3 Splits : 23.2, 47.4Winner : 6yo b horse – SEEKING THE GLORY – RHYTHMICAL RAINTrainer: ANTHONY SMITH Owner : MERCURIALBred by CARL CHANG & PETER CHUCKQu: $323.00 Exacta: $513.00D/E: $415.00Superfecta: $4,549.00Race 10 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE*1. BIG MISTAKE AndrePowell4 51.02. DUTCHESS URIEL LSteadman3 53.5 11 1/2L3. GUAVA GROUND RWilson 54.0 1 1/4L4. URBAN PRINCIPAL OBennett 56.0 1 1/4L5. ZOOMIN RLahoe 52.5 1 1/4LDNF: #7 ZANDRINA AMartin 54.0 2/1Late scratch : #2 DANCEHALL SWEET, #13 TAMARAQWIN: $139.00PLACE: $81.00, $69.00, $473.00Final Time: 0:59.3 Splits: 22.4, 46.2Winner : 3yo b colt – HE’STHEREALTHING – PECCADILLOTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner: ELIZABETH DACOSTABred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $394.00 Ex: $641.00D/E: $988.00 (3-2) $166.00Trifecta: $368,520.00Hi-5 carry-over : $62,630.75Rolling Triple: $1,528.00PlacePot 8: $1,623.00CHAIRMAN’S TROPHYRace 11 1500 M (Purse $1,200,000) 3-Y-O & UP GRADED STAKES1. FRANFIELD DaneNelson 52.5*2. SEEKING MY DREAM OWalker 57.0 1 1/4L3. PERFECT NEIGHBOUR RHalledeen 57.0 4 1/2L4. CAMPESINO PFrancis 50.0 1 1/4LWIN: $252.00Final Time : 1:31.0 Splits : 23.2, 45.0Winner : 5yo ch colt – TRADITIONAL – SUPA LEITrainer : RICHARD AZAN Owner: ELITE BLOODSTOCK LIMITEDBred by HERMINE & LEISHA METCALFEQu: $251.00 Ex: $978.00D/E: $1,244.00Trifecta: $3,080.00Rolling Triple: $6,526.00Race 12 1000 M (S) (Purse $560,000)3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)1. ZEEVA AChatrie 52.5*2. AGAKHAN RHalledeen 54.0 1L3. GOLD SCREW MWard4 50.0 1 1/2L4. ROCKETEER JInnis4 48.0 1/2L5. JUNIOR DON RLahoe 54.0 1 1/2LWIN: $571.00PLACE: $232.00, $90.00, $538.00Final Time : 1:00.1 Splits : 23.0, 45.4Winner : 5yo b filly – SHUFFLING MADDNES – LADY SARKATrainer : VICTOR WILLIAMS Owner : MR.PHWBred by EVERGLADES FARMS LTD.Qu: $1,351.00 Ex: $2,476.00D/E: $4,479.00Trifecta: $117,350.00Hi-5 carry-over : $213,378.75Rolling Triple: $25,181.00Pick-4: $95,464.00Super-6: $526,663.90Pick-9: $53,992.00; $616.50Carry-over: $3,653,250.30
States. However, it was Shubenkov’s event to win as the Russian was flawless en route to victory.Omar McLeod, who wound up sixth in 13.18, is a promising prospect in the hurdles and should take heart that he would have learnt some significant lessons in Beijing, which should bode well for the future.Janieve Russell is another promising prospect for Jamaica. The quarter-mile hurdler entered the final with the more accomplished Kaliese Spencer expected to challenge for the title. This was not to be, but Russell, running blindly from the outside, delivered brilliantly to finish just outside the medals for a fourth place with a big PB of 54.64.Kimberley Williams (season’s best) 14.55-metre and Fredrick Dacres – 64.22m represented well in the triple jump for women and the discus throw for men, respectively. Their efforts placed them at fifth and seventh in the world; no mean feat!Kudos to O’Dayne Richards for delivering bronze in the men’s shot put. It is projected that his trophy cupboard will fill up pretty quickly and that 22 metres will come by next season. Anticipate great things come Rio 2016.FastestRusheen McDonald became the fastest Jamaican of all time in the 400m. He started things off by going sub-44 seconds in the heats on the second morning of competition, leading off the greatest first round in the history of men’s one-lap racing, in a new national record of 43.93.While Peter Matthews, McDonald and Javon Francis did not advance beyond the semi-final round, the male quarter-milers showed that they are on the upsurge. But once again, in the closing event of the IAAF World Championships, the men’s 4x400m relay, Javon ‘Donkeyman’ Francis was called to produce a heroic performance.He duly obliged for his country and did not disappoint spectators, as this time around he produced the performance of the final day in a battle that kept spectators on the edge of their seats until the very last fractions of the race.With the USA’s LaShawn Merritt and Trinidad and Tobago’s World Junior champion, Machel Cedenio, combating for the lead, Francis, who received the baton in fifth place, overtook the more fancied athletes and kept going. Victory would give Jamaica a clean sweep of the relays, a feat which the nation has never achieved in spite of its illustrious track and field heritage.While the mission was not fully accomplished, Francis, who became known as a national “brave man” in Moscow two years ago when still a teenager, he split 44.00 as an anchor to bring his country the silver medal. This time, he couldn’t maintain his surge and as the leading sprinters entered the home stretch he started to fade.Francis, whose 43.52 split was the fastest of the championships, fought like no other Jamaican, and won the hearts of the Chinese spectators, only to be edged for the bronze by Great Britain’s team captain Martyn Rooney.The Jamaican and the Briton simultaneously leaned for the line, both teams given the time of 2:58.51, but Rooney was adjudged to be just ahead on the photo finish, winning the bronze by four-thousandth of a second.