Discus thrower Philippa Roles passes away at the age of 39
Welsh discus thrower Philippa Roles represented Great Britain. She was involved in two Olympic games as the 39-year-old from Neath participated at Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008. She was fourth in the British rankings for her throw of 62.89 metres that she managed to achieve in 2003. She was the Wales’ 2008 discus champion and was fourth at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester and Delhi and finished sixth in Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne. The cause of death still remains a mystery as a lot of people await the reason for the demise of Roles. She was a bubbly personality and will be dearly missed by her family, friends and fans.
Elaine Thompson wins 200m race in Jamaica
The two-time Olympic Champion Elaine Thompson won the 200m at the IAAF World Challenge in Jamaica last weekend. She finished the race in 22.09 seconds equaling the fastest time of the year. The fastest time is also held by Americans Tori Bowie and Deajah Stevens this year. 24-year-old Elaine beat compatriot Shericka Jackson and Shalonda Solomon of the United States in Kingston. Elaine was very happy with the win as her technique and execution went right as her preparation continue for London. Elsewhere, Canadian Olympic silver medallist Andre de Grasse won the 200m after finishing in 20.14 seconds, with American Lashawn Merritt and Britain’s Zharnel Hughes finishing second and third respectively. The 100m race was won by Jamaican Yohan Blake to beat America’s Ronnie Baker and Mike Rodgers. Kyron McMaster of the British Virgin Islands won the 400m hurdles to post the fastest time of the year i.e. 47.80 seconds.
Russia’s anti-doping agency chair to be removed
Yelena Isinbayeva is set to be removed from a key anti-doping position in Russia. The 34-year-old was one of those banned from taking part in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Isinbayeva is now retired and is set to lose her position following Chair of WADA’s Compliance and Review Committee Rob Koehler’s comments saying that she will be gone by the 31st of May. Last Friday, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko confirmed that Isinbayeva will definitely step down from her post. It is a step the Russian authorities have to take to convince the world that they will be doing everything to provide a display of clean games.