Hard training Motivation “With the support I got from my team, all my friends, and the support from Jamaica and my fans all around the world, I pulled through,” said the world’s fastest man. Bolt said that this was made possible through hard training, but joked that coach Glen Mills, a man he described during his acceptance speech as his father and friend, would disagree. “For me, it was a very hard season,” he said. “I trained really hard. I know my coach is watching and saying ‘lies, Usain, lies!'” Bolt said with a big smile, but added: “I worked really hard to get to my goal.” Bolt left a message of motivation for his younger fans, telling them never to give up on their dreams. Triple Olympic, gold medallist Usain Bolt, who won the RJR Sport Foundation National Sportsman of the Year Award for 2016, said on Friday night that he hopes that he has been an inspiration to youngsters. Bolt, who has now won the award on seven occasions – 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 – has now equalled former boxer Michael McCallum’s tally, which he gained in the years 1978, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989 and 1990. Speaking after he received his award at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Friday night, Bolt said that he had what he described as a ‘rough and up and down season’ in 2016, but he was successful because of “God’s strength” and the support he got from many persons. “I am from Trelawny and I’ve never thought I’d be, at this stage of my life, one of the greatest athletes ever. In that, I want to say that hard work pays off. So if you want to be great, just work towards what you want, not only to be a track star, but if you want to be a doctor or lawyer, never give up. I have been through a lot in my career, but I have never given up (even) once. I have always pushed on, and look where I am! So just use me as motivation or as an example just to work to be the best you can be.” Bolt added that he wanted to help to keep the track and field flag flying high after he has finished competing. “I definitely want to be a part of my sport when I retire. I don’t want to just walk away. I want to help it as much as possible, like when I was running,” he said.
Buncrana’s John Hutchinson chalked up another win with a sensational points win over hometown favourite Gerard Healy on last night in front his delighted travelling support at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on the World Title eliminator bill featuring Tyson Fury aired live on Channel 5.The rugged 26-year-old endured a tough and torrid time in his debut victory this August in Mayo against Connacht fight Darren Cruise. But it was a different script in Belfast as Hutchinson’s improved fitness ensured that he was able to outwork and outpint the more experienced Belfastman in a 12 minute toe-to-toe war that earned the accolade of ‘Fight of the Night’.Hutchinson, who boxes out of the legendary Breen Gym in Belfast, disposed with the usual ‘feeling out’ process as the green-clad ‘Buncrana Banger’ crossed the ring after the first bell, bobbing and weaving his way into close quarters and began to lash away at his foe.Healy immediately responded with a number of doubled up jabs and long right hooks in an attempt to thwart Hutchinson’s wave of attacks but the Donegal fighter piled forward laying on as much pressure as he could to take the first round.The second round saw much of Hutchinson’s best work as the landed a number meaty shots at close quarters when Healy attempted to push the pace. The momentum swung back in favour of the Antrim man in the third round as Healy bit down on his gumshield and found his second wind. Hutchinson needed to win the fourth and final round to ensure he maintained his unbeaten record. The action was more akin to a bar-room brawl than an Olympic Final in the last as both fighters were desperate to stake a final claim on the bout.The pair traded blows in equal measure and heads clashed as the blood and thunder encounter made its way into the final minute of the contest.Hutchinson, roared on by a large band of Donegal supporters, then found an extra reserve to pin his opposite number against the ropes and fired off a volley of head and body shots which was enough to seal the victory in the eyes of referee John Lowey, who scored the bout 40-37 in Hutchinson’s favour.“It was a hard fight and he was a better man tonight than his previous performance. But I thought I was the busier boxer, and when I did ‘box’ as I should’ve been I was quicker and beating him to the punch but I got drawn into a scrap and let the occasion and emotion get to me,” said a critical Hutchinson.“I knew he was confident and coming for the win, but I was well prepared for this one. It was a true toe-to-toe fight and all-action, but I enjoyed it, I enjoy those types of fights more than I should and so do the fans but I enjoyed the result even more.“It was another fantastic win away from home and caps off a great year for me, it can only get better next year and I have to commend everyone from home that came up for the fight and supported me because they really pushed me over the line at the end,” acknowledged the ‘Buncrana Banger’. “The scorecards gave it to me by a very wide margin, but that doesn’t tell the full tale of the fight. Gerard and I are good friends and he is a genuine warrior and pushed me hard in every round. Some of his team weren’t happy with the result so maybe we might have a rematch sometime next year if there is any lingering doubts with his team.“But we have our own plans and for now I will relax and enjoy Christmas. We have options to go and fight in England and even Dubai so we will see how those pan out and make a decision on the next step in the new year. I plan on it being a big year for me and hopefully I will start targeting some titles,” ended a jubilant Hutchinson.BUNCRANA’S HUTCH OVERCOMES HEALY TO KEEP PRO-BOX CAREER FLYING was last modified: December 2nd, 2012 by StephenShare 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)
Team India are all set to defend their Champions Trophy title in the upcoming ICC tournament but their record in one-day international cricket in the last two years hasn’t been the best. The Men in Blue are in sixth spot in the list of teams with the highest win percentage in the world.India have won 15 ODIs and lost 12 since their semi-final exit from the World Cup in 2015 where they suffered a 95-run loss against Australia.The team registered three series wins during this period – 3-0 whitewash’s vs Zimbabwe (in 2015 and 2016), 3-2 win vs New Zealand (2017) – and lost three series – 2-1 vs Bangladesh (2015), 3-2 vs South Africa (2015) and 4-1 vs Australia (2016).The win percentage of the defending champions of the Champions Trophy is a mere 55.56 per cent since March 26, 2015, a little over 12 per cent more than arch-rivals Pakistan (43.24).%win ODI sides since #CWC 201562.79 Eng62.50 SAf59.52 Aus57.14 Ban55.81 NZ55.56 Ind43.24 Pak34.21 SL26.83 Zim21.74 WI#EngvSA- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) May 27, 2017England (62.79) and No. 1 ranked ODI team South Africa (62.50) have the highest winning percentage and occupy the first and second positions in the list respectively. Australia (59.52) are third followed by Bangladesh (57.14) and New Zealand (55.81).England had crashed out of the 2015 World Cup in the group stages while South Africa suffered a heartbreaking loss against New Zealand in the semi-finals.India travelled to Bangladesh right after the World Cup where they lost the three-match series 2-1 and then whitewashed Zimbabwe with a second-string side under MS Dhoni in Zimbabwe.The year ended with a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Proteas on home soil after which India went to Australia and lost the five-ODI series 4-1. Once again India whitewashed Zimbabwe in the three-match series last year in June and finished the year with a 3-2 win against New Zealand.advertisementDhoni then stepped down from the captain’s post in 2017 and the mantle was handed over to Virat Kohli who then led India to a 2-1 series win over England on home soil.India defeated New Zealand by 45 runs (via D/L) in their first warm-up match at the Oval on Sunday. India’s Champions Trophy defence will begin with the first match against Pakistan on June 4 in Edgbaston.