Double delight for Herbert Morrison pair

first_imgWhen the finalists of the boys’ Class Three high jump final were announced at the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships at the National Stadium yesterday, all eyes were on Cayman-born high jumper and the Class Three champion and record holder, Calabar High’s Lamar Reid. Not many had their eyes on the Herbert Morrison’s pair of Antonio Hanson and Javier Hall, who both jumped 1.85 metres to take first and second, respectively, and relegate the defending champion, Reid — who scaled 1.75m — to third. Gold medallist Hanson said many people knew of their potential after both jumped personal bests of 1.90 metres at the St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) meet earlier this year, but no one expected them to take the top positions. “People knew we jumped 1.90m at STETHS so they were looking out for us, but they never expected us to win. I knew it would have been hard for us because no one was looking out for us, everyone was looking out for Lamar Reid, the record holder to take this event,” said Hanson. “But we trained hard, trained together and fed off each other’s energy and we came out here and we won … and I expect to beat him (Reid) even if he jumped higher because when he did the last jump I didn’t feel the vibes to jump anymore,” he told The Gleaner. Hall said he expected a tougher fight from Reid. “We expected to win and we came out to win, but he (Reid) never put up the fight we expected so there was no competition. But it is a joy taking back home the gold and silver,” he added. Reid said it was just a bad day. “I feel very bad, I expected to win. But the other team won because I had a bad day today,” he said.last_img read more

Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty opens door to surprise Azerbaijan switch

first_imgNorthern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty has left the door open on a potential move to Azerbaijan champions Qarabag, having just returned from international duty in Baku.The 29-year-old came off the bench for Northern Ireland against Azerbaijan on Saturday, where Stuart Dallas’ dramatic late winner sealed a 1-0 victory to strengthen their hold on second spot in their World Cup qualifying group.They did so in the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, home to Qarabag, who are believed to have shown an interest in luring Lafferty to the Land of Fire after he was released by Norwich this summer.Six of Azerbaijan’s starting XI on Saturday play for Qarabag, the club who have won the Azerbaijan title for four years in a row.And Lafferty admitted he would be intrigued should they firm up their interest.“I heard about the fact they were supposedly interested in me but I haven’t heard anything more,” he said.“Obviously I’ve spent a few days there and from what I’ve seen the city is fantastic and I was really impressed by the stadium.“Who knows what could happen if Qarabag come in with an offer for me? I could be back playing my football in Baku.”Lafferty has previously shown a willingness to ply his trade further afield after spells in Switzerland, Italy and Turkey.His limited playing time at Norwich over the past three years has seen him slip down the pecking order at international level, though Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill is confident he will be a success wherever he ends up, provided he is shown some love.“He needs to go somewhere where first of all he’s happy that he’s valued and if you make Kyle feel like that, he’ll do well for you, simple as that,” O’Neill said last week.“If he goes to a club that really want him, really value him and he makes the right decision in terms of the move he makes, I’ve no doubts he’ll be a good signing for any club.” 1 Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty last_img read more