Bolt focused on Rio .. Sprinter cops intl awards, sets sights on Olympic success

first_imgHaving secured two new, glistening post-season accolades, Jamaican speedster Usain Bolt says he is fully focused on ending next season like the last: on top. Bolt, like he did in 2008, 2009, and 2012, followed up another triple gold-medal-winning season by topping tennis star Novak Djokovic for his record fourth Champion of Champions award, handed out by French media outlet L’Equipe. The sprinter was also named the Male Athlete of the Year by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) Americas (a grouping of Latin American-based sports journalists). This follows the 29-year-old receiving the top award from the Caribbean Sports Journalists’ Association. Bolt successfully defended his 100m, 200m, and 4x100m titles at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, in August. “I am always happy when my hard work is recognised, and so I am pleased to have received these awards. It’s also pleasing to have come out on top over so many other global sporting superstars,” said Bolt, who bettered the likes of Lionel Messi, Steph Curry, and Lewis Hamilton, among others for the L’Equipe award. SERENA WILLIAMS American tennis star Serena Williams won the female Champion of Champions award, while Cuban pole vaulter Yarisley Silva Rodriguez was the AIPS’ Americas Female Athlete of the Year. “I want to thank the organisations for this honour and all the fans for continuing to support me,” Bolt told The Gleaner before going on to underline his ambitions heading into the next season, when he will look to defend his Olympic sprint titles. “Last year was a good year for me, and I am thankful for what I was able to accomplish. However, I am working hard to achieve my goals for the coming season,” said Bolt. “The 2016 Olympic Games represent a major point in my career and ambitions, and I am putting in the work to ensure I will be in top shape in Rio.” Bolt, a six-time Olympic and 11-times World Championships gold medal winner and world record holder in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m, has so far confirmed one appearance in 2016, the Anniversary Games in London, which takes place a couple weeks before the start of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The five-time National Sportsman of the Year, has also won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award (2009, 2010, 2012); the IAAF World Athlete of the Year (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013); the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year (2008, 2009, 2012); and the Jamaica Gleaner Man of the Year award (2008 and 2009).last_img read more

Fire forces out convalescent patients

first_imgCaregivers moved patients lying in rolling beds and sitting in wheelchairs, taking them down an incline and into the shade at the front of the hospital. A few elderly women in the rolling beds had linen over the heads to protect them from the sun. With everyone in the shade, caregivers stood by patients and attended to their needs. Patient Angelique Wynn, 27, who was in a wheelchair, said she went to sleep with a migraine and was awakened by nurses saying there was a fire. “I thought I was dreaming at first,” she said. “I’m upset because my dad’s going to come here and he’s going to freak when he sees all these cops.” Workers stripping paint from the roof with heat guns sparked the fire, English said. Small portions of the roof and attic burned, and the fire caused about $85,000 in damage, she said. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – Workers stripping paint at the Santa Clarita Convalescent Hospital sparked a small fire Tuesday that forced the evacuation of nearly 100 patients, authorities said. The fire started about 1:45 p.m., and was quickly extinguished, said Stephanie English, a spokeswoman for the county Fire Department. Most of the building was still inhabitable, so nearly all the 92 patients at the hospital were moved back inside by 3:15 p.m. About 15 patients were moved to nearby facilities operated by the company that runs the hospital, and two needing life support were taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, English said. last_img read more