Will it be Bolt or Gatlin?

first_imgAndre: It’s the big one. Usain Bolt vs Justin Gatlin with Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay hoping to have a say as well. KC: This is like a heavyweight boxing match, and it’s a pity this event is coming so early in the championships as things may deflate a bit after this. Andre: Gatlin has set the pace this year. He is hungry and determined to make his point, but the signs are also positive for Bolt, whose only concern is his race rust. Still, I don’t expect this to be a factor after the heats and semi. Bolt is fit and ready and has a higher ceiling than Gatlin and I’m now convinced its going to be hard to beat him here. KC: We have heard about his performances in training but training and competition are two different things. Gatlin is also training well according to what I am hearing, but what matters most is the performance in competition and Gatlin has that. Andre: No one is arguing with that, but we know that a fit Bolt is going to run low 9.6 and so far all we have seen from Gatlin is mid 9.7s – buck. He is going to have to go faster if he is going to beat THIS Bolt, because Bolt is ready to run 9.6 right now. KC: The problem is that despite Gatlin running mid 9.7, no one has been close enough to him to push him so we don’t know how much faster he can go, but with Bolt’s class to test him we could see him going low 9.6. Remember that he’s the only one to run below 9.8 over the past two years and he has done that four times already this year! Andre: That’s impressive but what’s really important is Bolt’s start because if he is close enough to Gatlin out of the blocks, his four sub 9.8s will mean very little. If Bolt is, however, two or more steps behind Gatlin after the gun, then he will struggle to pull him back. KC: Bolt says his start has improved in training but this can be different when you line up against your rivals. Bolt cannot give away two metres at the start to Gatlin as his entire race has improved. Gatlin does his damage in the first 30m and his top-end speed has also got much better. Bolt will have to be with him at 80m if he is to beat him. Andre: We agree on some of that, and it seems that Bolt himself knows he needs a good start. That’s good. Both athletes are extremely motivated, but in the end Bolt’s class and power will see him winning in relative comfort in the 9.61 to 9.65 range. Gatlin will make it interesting for 80m but will have to take the silver. He has a tendency to tighten up under pressure at the end of his races. We haven’t seen that this year since he has not been put under pressure yet. I am giving Asafa the edge over Gay for the bronze medal. KC: As a Jamaican, I want Bolt to win and most track fans want this as well, but I am not going to let sentiments get the better of me … Andre: No sentiments here, sir … . KC: … Listen. Gatlin is in great form and although Bolt is a beast I think he is race rusty and it will show in the final, which I expect Gatlin to win in 9.68 seconds with Bolt second in 9.73. Third will be interesting between Powell and Gay, but I don’t like how Gay has been silent, and it could be he is ready to unleash here and even surprise the big two.last_img read more

40,000 FAMILIES STILL WAITING ON LETTERKENNY GRANT DECISION

first_imgMore than a month into the new school year, there are still almost 40,000 families waiting for Back to School allowance payments to be processed in Letterkenny, according to Donegal Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill. Senator Ó Domhnaill said: “The Government’s lack of planning is causing unacceptable delays in the processing of applications for the Back to School clothing and footwear allowance.“It’s causing great distress to families in Donegal and across the country who are dependent on this payment to help them cope with the cost of the new school term.“I have raised this issue several times in the Seanad and I am very disappointed with the lack of urgency from the Government in tackling what has become a completely unacceptable delay. Many parents in my own constituency have contacted me because they cannot afford essentials like new school uniforms and shoes without the State support that’s available.“The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has informed me that to date, 179,000 households have received payments under the scheme but that some 38,500 households are still waiting for their applications to be processed and paid. “I am calling on Minister Burton to make additional resources available to the Back to School clothing & footwear Allowance section of her Department so that all payments can be issued in the next couple of weeks.”The applications are being processed by staff in Letterkenny.Sources say they are ‘snowed under’ and just don’t have enough people to process more than 1,000 applications per day.40,000 FAMILIES STILL WAITING ON LETTERKENNY GRANT DECISION was last modified: October 5th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:back to school delaysletterkennySenator Brian O’Domhnaillsocial welfarelast_img read more