Bailey backs Thompson for greatness

first_imgAthens Olympics sprint relay gold medallist Aileen Bailey has described 2016 RJR Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year nominee Elaine Thompson as an amazing young lady.Bailey believes that Thompson will do well in the future and that she could be the spearhead of Jamaican sprinting when six-time Olympic winner Usain Bolt retires.An Olympic 100 and 200 metres finalist herself in 2004, Bailey has high praise for Thompson and her achievements in 2016. During an interview earlier this week, Bailey said: “She’s been doing well and representing us well and I just wish the best for her.”Thompson sprinted to an undefeated season in the 100m, equalling Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce’s national record of 10.70 seconds in the process and taking gold at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Though she lost a couple of races over 200 metres, she led the world with her Olympic gold medal-winning time of 21.78 seconds. Thompson’s super Olympic campaign has earned her a nomination for the prestigious Sportswoman of the Year award.She has already been voted the 2016 International Female Athlete of the Year by readers of the British journal, ATHLETICS WEEKLY.”Based on her build, she reminds me of Usain,” Bailey continued to assess, “how they cover ground and everything like that”. The 2004 and 2008 Olympian is certain that good things lie ahead for the 24-year-old Thompson.”She’s being guided by Mr Francis, so she’ll definitely do well,” Bailey said in a reference to MVP coach Stephen Francis.”I feel that this year, all our national records in the sprints are going to be gone,” she predicted, “because she’s an amazing young lady.” Jamaica’s national 200-metre record stands at 21.64 seconds. That’s just 0.02 quicker than Thompson’s personal best of 21.66 seconds.The existing mark was set by Merlene Ottey in 1991.In addition to that, Bailey thinks Thompson could be Jamaica’s big star of the post-Bolt era. “It could be,” she envisaged, “Bolt is going out, so she could be the replacement that we need.”Thompson was among the nominees for the 2015 Sportswoman of the Year award won by Fraser-Pryce. Swimmer Alia Atkinson and 400 metres runner Shericka Jackson, cricketer Stafanie Taylor and Fraser-Pryce complete the list of nominees for the award this time around.last_img read more

Everton line-up v Young Boys: winger to make rare start?

first_img Everton travel to Switzerland on Thursday evening to play Young Boys in the first leg of their Europa League last 32 tie, live on talkSPORT, from 6pm. GoalkeeperTim Howard returned between the sticks for the Toffees’ visit to Chelsea last week and the American performed well in his first game back since December.DefenceEverton’s defensive record has been their Achilles heel this season, but with three clean sheets in their last four games, confidence will be high.Bryan Oviedo will continue in place for the injured Baines, while Seamus Coleman will look to supply the service for Romelu Lukaku down the right.MidfieldJames McCarthy came on at half-time at Stamford Bridge last week, but with Roberto Martinez wary of the midfielder’s fitness following a month-long absence with a hamstring injury, he could start from the bench again.Ross Barkley should start and the pressure is on the young Englishman to perform, after failing to hit the heights of last season.Atsu will be raring to go after impressive displays at the Africa Cup of Nations, but the Ghanaian may have settle for a place on the bench.AttackLukaku will spearhead the Everton attack and the Belgian will be determined to silence his critics and justify his £28m price-tag.Everton fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Young Boys? Comment below… 1 Everton travel to Switzerland on Thursday evening to play Young Boys in the first leg of their Europa League last 32 tie, live on talkSPORT, from 6pm.The Toffees, who topped their qualifying group in the competition, travelled without eight players, including Leighton Baines and Aiden McGeady.Arouna Kone, Steven Pienaar, and Leon Osman played for the club’s under-21s on Monday as they work back to full fitness, but Tony Hibbert and Sylvain Distin are out.Transfer deadline day loan signing Aaron Lennon is cup-tied after playing for Tottenham earlier in the competition, but on-loan Chelsea winger Christian Atsu could feature after starring for Ghana as they reached the African Cup of Nations final.Possible Everton line-up against Young Boys: 1last_img read more