Atkinson pleased to make black history

first_img DELIGHTED AT RECOGNITION She said that she is delighted to know that her achievements have been noted not just in Jamaica, but all across the world, in places that are not traditionally known for producing good swimmers. Atkinson’s feat followed another historic moment in black history in aquatics as American swimmer Simone Manuel also made history at the 2016 Rio Olympics, becoming the first African-American female swimmer to win an Olympic medal in an individual event. “We’re seeing a lot of people from the African nations, the minorities coming out more, swimmers in the Caribbean, and it’s truly fantastic to think that I may have been a part of that, so to break the world record as well, it kind of cements what I have done. It’s just showing that it wasn’t a one-time thing, this girl is the fastest person to ever have swam this event to date,” Atkinson said. “She’s a Jamaican, she’s a person of colour and she’s … well, a female. I think it’s something we can all sit back and think about, because it’s truly a remarkable thing – the fastest person ever to come from Jamaica in swimming.” However, Atkinson said that she is not going to stop there and she is aiming to set even faster times this year. “That is always the goal, to go faster,” she said. “But right now, I’m going to control the things I can, and that’s just getting better and trying to better my stroke and my technique and with that should come faster times.” RJR SportS Foundation Sportswoman of the Year runner-up, Alia Atkinson, said that it is a fulfilling feeling knowing that her world-record swim in the 50-metre breaststroke last year can inspire a new generation of black female swimmers. Atkinson set the record in a time of 28.64 seconds at the FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup in Tokyo, Japan, last October, becoming the first black swimmer to hold a world record on her own after equalling the old record the previous August. “It’s truly something remarkable to sit back and know that I’ve inspired one person, much less thousands of other people from all the different countries,” Atkinson told The Gleaner.last_img read more

Chelsea defender apologises to Pavard after inflicting horrific neck injury

first_img possible standings RANKED highlights Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade smart causal England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures impact Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has issued an apology to Benjamin Pavard after accidentally standing on his neck during last night’s UEFA Nations League clash between Germany and France.The German centre-back’s studs caught Pavard as they challenged for the ball in the first-half, leaving him with horrendous-looking scratches on his neck. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade silverware However, Rudiger insists the stamp was completely accidental and wished the Stuttgart right-back a speedy recovery.He tweeted: “Sorry for @BenPavard28, it wasn’t intentional. I have apologised to him right after it happened and I also want to use this opportunity to wish him a speedy recovery!”Fortunately, Pavard was fine to continue playing, but could be left with some hefty scars.The game finished goalless as Didier Deschamps’ side competed for the first time since winning the World Cup. Pavard shows the damage caused to his neck MONEY Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED 1 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era?last_img read more