PARIS, France: Three Jamaicans – Stephenie Ann McPherson, Christine Day and Simone Facey – will be in action when the Meeting de Paris, the 12th of 14 IAAF Diamond League meets, gets underway at the Stade de France in Paris today. McPherson and Day will go in the 400 metres while Facey will line up in the 200 metres. Fans here were eagerly awaiting another clash in the 200m between Diamond League leader Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands and Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson, who won in a close finish in the Rio de Janeiro finals. However, Thompson, who was an impressive winner in the 100 metres two days ago at the Lausanne Diamond League, has opted out of the meet to go back to her training camp in Italy to prepare for upcoming meets. Schippers should, therefore, have little difficulty in topping the 200 metres and extending her lead for the Diamond Trophy. She should easily defeat Facey, Cote d’Ivoire’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou, who was fourth in Rio, and the likes of American Jenna Prandini, who finished second behind Thompson in the 100m in Lausanne. Despite a sixth-place finish in the women’s 400m in Rio de Janeiro, competing in the one-lap event today will be added motivation for McPherson, who has an outside chance of winning the Diamond Trophy. With race leader, Olympic champion Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas (30 points) missing, McPherson, in second place on 25, could take over the lead with a big performance today. Natasha Hastings of the United States, third on 18, will also be hoping for a win and ten points to make it interesting going into Zurich, where the points for each event are doubled. Following her disappointing run in Rio, Day will be eyeing a return to top form. She is out of Diamond Trophy contention, but will want to end her season on a high. Olympic semi-finalists Oluwakemi Adekoya of Bahrain and home town girl Floria Guai should make the event very competitive. In other female events, runaway Diamond League leader Kendra Harrison, fresh from her win on Thursday in Lausanne, should remain unbeaten in the women’s 100m hurdles, where countrywomen Dawn Harper-Nelson and Jasmine Stowers should once again fight it out for second and third. CLOSE FINISH The men’s 400 metres hurdles could see a close finish, with Olympic champion Kerron Clement the favourite to win. Following his false start in Rio de Janeiro, Puerto Rico’s Javier Culson will be hoping for some redemption. Turkey’s Yasmani Capello, the Rio silver medallist, American Michael Tinsley and Kenya’s Nicholas Bett are the other top contenders in the event. After a National record in the men’s 200m in Lausanne, Churandy Martina, who expressed a lot of confidence yesterday, looks set to take the men’s 100 metres, where he will face the likes of veteran Kim Collins of St Kitts and the French duo of Christophe Lamaitre and Jimmy Vicaut. Another athlete who should be looking for a big home performance is pole vaulter Renaud Lavillene, who is coming off two second-place finishes in Rio and Lausanne. The Frenchman will be hoping to turn the tables this time on American Sam Kendricks, who got the better of him two days ago. Jamaicans in action today 1:17 p.m: Christine Day, Stephenie McPherson – Women’s 400m 1:55 p.m: Simone Facey – Women’s 200m.
The car that was driven by the Police Constablea 10-year-old child was on Sunday evening killed after a Police Constable, who was reportedly under the influence of alcohol, slammed into a parked car and then into the child, who was riding along the Sisters Village Public Road, West Bank Demerara.Devin Sealey, of Lot 904 Sisters Village, was reportedly struck by the car driven by the Policeman in the vicinityThe car into which the Police Officer slammed before hitting the ladof the Sisters Village Post Office while on his way to collect money from his father.According to reports received, the driver of the car lost control while negotiating a turn and slammed into a parked car after which he struck the lad and ended up crashing into a utility pole in the area.He also sustained injuries and was presently hospitalised at the West Demerara Regional Hospital.At the home of the dead lad on Monday, his father, Deon Sealey explained that he left his son home on Sunday evening and went to meet his bro ther at his mother’s house.He noted that while there, his reputed wife informed him that she was sending the child to collect some money to give to someone.He noted that as he waited on the child, he heard the screeching tyres of the car coming around the turn followed by a loud impact. He said from all indications, the car crashed into a parked car, so he went to check on the driver.As he rushed to the scene, he saw his son lying on the roadway. He panicked and rushed home to his reputed wife and told her that their son was struck down. He was then accompanied by the woman back to the site, but the lad from all appearances was already dead. He was picked up by a church member who took him to the hospital.“He hand break up, he foot break up and so… he de already dead… I can’t see a Police Officer drinking and driving so reckless…and to know meh son just come out the Post Office Street and this car slammed into he,” the father said in anguish.He noted that his son was pronounced dead on arrival at the West Demerara Regional Hospital. The grieving father said when he visited the police station, he was told to return on Monday, but when he went back, he was told that owing to the injuries the Police rank sustained, his colleagues were unable to take a statement.Sealey is hoping that the Policeman responsible for his son’s death faces the full brunt of the law. The mother of the child, who sat on the stairway of the home, was in tears and was being consoled by relatives. She recounted that her son was a loving child who was always willing to help.She noted that she was at home when she saw her reputed husband running towards her breathlessly and thought that something was amiss. As he neared her, he screamed that Devin was struck down. Without hesitation, she rushed to the scene only to see her son’s lifeless body on the roadway.She, too, is hoping that the Police carry out a thorough investigation and institute charges against the driver who is supposed to know the law. “A Policeman should know that drinking and driving is an offence… he shouldn’t even go to court… just put he in jail,” she added.The lad leaves to mourn his parents and five siblings. However, the Police have confirmed that the Police rank was tested and it was proven that he was over the legal alcohol limit. The Police are continuing their investigations.Devin Sealey