Amec’s ambition

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Canada contracts with Novavax for 76 million vaccine doses for 2021

first_imgThe deal comes as the US government granted Novavax US$1.6 billion to help fund development and manufacture of the vaccine, giving the US priority for the first 100 million doses.Maryland-based biotech Novavax has already signed partnership or vaccine delivery agreements with Britain, Japan and India.Canada, meanwhile, has also concluded agreements with Pfizer and Moderna for deliveries of millions of doses of their experimental vaccines, now in Phase 3 trials — among the most advanced.Early tests showed Novavax’s vaccine candidate was “generally well-tolerated” and elicited a “robust antibody responses,” Novavax said. The Canadian government announced Monday a deal with American biotech firm Novavax for 76 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine in development, if it proves to be effective against the new coronavirus.The NVX-CoV2373 vaccine candidate, which is currently in Phase 2 clinical trials to evaluate its safety and immunogenicity, could be delivered in the second quarter of 2021, Ottawa and the company said in a joint statement.Procurement Minister Anita Anand said the deal “will give Canadians access to a promising COVID-19 vaccine candidate.” “We are moving forward with clinical development of NVX-CoV2373 with a strong sense of urgency in our quest to deliver a vaccine to protect the world,” said company president Stanley Erck.As of Monday, Canada reported nearly 128,000 cases of Covid-19 and some 9,150 deaths.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Anthony Joshua loses friends to COVID-19

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Unified heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, said on Thursday he has lost “close friends” to the Coronavirus Disease pandemic. Joshua, who holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles, said this in a video on his YouTube channel, urging people to stay safe. He said: “Wherever you are in the world, I’m just checking in personally for everyone to just say that I hope you’re all well, you’re all keeping safe. “This is a message to say you’ve got my support, we’re all doing the right thing. “To the people who are suffering from coronavirus, I wish you a speedy recovery because it is no joke. “To the ones who have suffered, and lost loved ones, I want to say keep your head up. “You’ve got my love. “Blessings to you and your family and condolences. “I’ve lost no one immediate to me, but I’ve lost close ones from my boxing gym, close friends, friends of friends, and it gets serious when it starts coming closer to home.” Joshua is in self-isolation having come into contact with with Prince Charles, who had tested positive for coronavirus. Joshua was at a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey with Prince Charles on March 9. Also in attendance were Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and several stars from across the worlds of sports and entertainment.Tags: Anthony JoshuaCOVID-19Prince CharlesQueen Elizabethlast_img read more

Lambert happy to stop the rot

first_imgPaul Lambert hailed a huge point against Southampton as Aston Villa stopped the “bleeding”. Villa went into the game on the back of four successive Barclays Premier League defeats and at the end of a week that saw Lambert’s assistants Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa suspended by the club. No explanation for the suspension has yet been given, with youth coach Gordon Cowans and out-of-favour goalkeeper Shay Given stepping up to help Lambert. The contest against Saints, who had lost three of their previous four games, was not pretty but the 0-0 draw moved Villa five points clear of the relegation zone. Lambert said: ” It was a really tough game. Sometimes in football matches you get big points and you get huge points – that was a huge point for us considering what’s been going on. It’s been a hard week. “I thought second half we were excellent, we gave as good as we got against a really good side. “I didn’t think there was much in it. They started better than us and 15 minutes into the game we started to get a foothold. In the second half I thought (Marc) Albrighton and (Gabriel) Agbonlahor were excellent for us. “When you look at the way the lads played and the determination there, they stepped up to the plate when questions were asked. I said to them that I’m proud of them for what they did today. “We had to stop the bleeding and get something.” Lambert praised the impact made by Cowans and Given, whose last game for Villa came in January 2013. “The two lads have been great,” said Lambert. “Gordon, who I know really well, his status at the football club is huge. “Shay, contrary to what people think because I never played him, I’ve never had one cross word with him. I respect him as a goalkeeper and as a guy, and he and Gordon accepted within seconds. I’m really appreciative of the help.” Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino felt his side deserved more from the game and was particularly unhappy they were not awarded a late penalty. Nathaniel Clyne’s cross clearly hit the hand of Ryan Bertrand in the box but referee Lee Mason decided it was accidental and waved away the vociferous appeals. Pochettino said: “I think we deserved to win. We did everything right except actually score. “I’m very happy with the team’s performance but I’m a little bit sad because we had many chances, and I think we were a little wasteful as well with the chances we created. “It was a clear penalty. And the linesman was quite close. It’s unexplainable to me why that penalty was not given. “We feel hard done by because in the last few games we had decisions that haven’t gone our way and probably, if those decisions had gone our way as they should have, then we would have more points right now. The players did not deserve those calls.” Speaking about the incident, Lambert said: ” I’ve haven’t seen it yet. But if ever a team deserved a little bit of luck, it would be ourselves.” Pochettino, meanwhile, welcomed the PFA award nominations for Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw. Lallana was named alongside Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge, Eden Hazard and Yaya Toure on the shortlist for player of the year while Shaw has been nominated for the young player award. Pochettino said: “It’s something that’s great for the club and for the team and it’s only going to improve the two players’ performances.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Max McCaffrey forges own path at Duke to become team-leading receiver

first_imgMax McCaffrey didn’t grow up in the typical athletic family. His father, Ed, spent 13 seasons in the NFL and his mother played three years of Division I soccer at Stanford. His grandfather and two uncles spent their college days at Duke playing sports such as baseball, track and field, basketball and football.When it came time to choose a school to play football, McCaffrey chose Duke over Stanford — his parents’ alma mater — and a host of other offers because he felt at home. He enjoyed the environment head coach David Cutcliffe was building.McCaffrey’s official visit to Durham, North Carolina allowed him to see Cutcliffe’s vision for the team and he knew Duke was a place where he could help mold a program on the rise, he said.For someone trying to build on his family’s legacy and forge his own, Duke provided the perfect opportunity.“I’m proud of my family and all the success they’ve had individually,” McCaffrey said. “… But I’m my own person and player. I enjoy being a part of something bigger than myself and building things up.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe senior leads the Blue Devils with 503 receiving yards on 42 receptions and three touchdowns, but wide receivers coach Jeffrey Faris said that McCaffrey’s off-field influence almost outweighs anything he does on the field.He leads weekly film sessions for the receivers and in the offseason, McCaffrey coordinated and ran training sessions each week where quarterback Thomas Sirk would throw passes as the receivers practiced running routes.“Max leads this team’s receivers by example and does so very well,” Faris said. “He wants to have the best group possible and he holds everyone accountable on his way to elevating the play of everyone around him.”McCaffrey’s knack for leading began growing up. The oldest of four boys, McCaffrey enjoyed a childhood of fishing, video games, basketball in the driveway and football games in the backyard with his brothers. He taught his brothers the right way to compete, Ed said, and it’s rooted in their backyard games.McCaffrey’s younger brother Christian, now a sophomore running back at Stanford, has stolen a good chunk of the national spotlight as his 241.8 all-purpose yards per game leads the Football Bowl Subdivision. McCaffery won’t take any credit for his brother’s success, but he did lend a helping hand as Christian started playing football — teaching his brother how to put on pads, mold a mouthpiece and properly lift weights.While McCaffrey’s time at Duke reflects similar guidance, Faris said most of the leadership happens by example. In a four-overtime win over Virginia Tech this season, McCaffrey  “outworked every other player” to make play after play, including the Duke’s first two touchdowns and plays to set up game-extending scores in overtime.Faris remembers finding his star receiver after the game amid the postgame scrum to tell McCaffrey just how proud he was of his effort and toughness throughout the game.Even playing high school basketball, McCaffrey found a way to win.With seconds remaining on the clock and his team down one point, McCaffrey stepped to the free-throw line to shoot once. The shot bounced off the front rim, his father recalled, and McCaffrey slipped by all five players in the paint. He leapt to catch his own rebound midair and followed with a put-back to win the game.“I think it was sheer will to win that allowed him to get to the ball and put it in,” Ed said. “He’s going to give his teammates and team everything that he’s got every single time he puts on a uniform.”Faris praised McCaffrey’s commitment to running cleaner routes, getting stronger to block on the outside and working on his ability to catch deep balls. As this season winds down, McCaffrey feels confident that he’s left his own distinct legacy with Duke football.“It would be easy for a kid whose father had success to feel entitled, but Max is the furthest thing from that,” Faris said. “He’s worked to become a very good receiver regardless of what his last name is.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 18, 2015 at 9:21 pm Contact Liam: lpsull01@syr.edulast_img read more

Alie Jimerson transferred to Syracuse, where ‘lacrosse became fun again’

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Alie Jimerson clung to memories of home. The Albany freshman called her parents via Skype every other night to see their faces. Something was wrong and they didn’t notice.A year later, the Irving, New York, native folded and told her mother she wanted to transfer. Her mother, Claudia, thought she was “being a baby,” but the sophomore pleaded. Claudia realized her daughter was unhappy, giving the repeated video chats a new meaning.This January, Jimerson left her best friends behind and traded purple for orange. She felt the 140-mile move from Albany to Syracuse would change her perspective.“Freshman year I thought about it,” Jimerson said. “I stayed another year and stuck it out. In the end, I wasn’t happy anymore, so I decided to come closer to home.”In 13 games this season, Jimerson has emerged as an integral part of No. 11 SU’s (11-4, 4-1 Atlantic Coast) offense. Her 23 points (16 goals, seven assists) are good for fifth on the team. Recently, the junior attack has stepped up in wake of the injuries to Nicole Levy and Taylor Gait.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGrowing up, Jimerson’s ideal target was Syracuse. Not only for the competitive lacrosse, but for the chance to connect to her Native American roots. The Midwinter Ceremony, an annual Cayuga event, occurs 15 minutes away from the SU campus. Jimerson, closer to the reservation, could now attend where she couldn’t before.She also is a recipient of the Haudenosaunee Promise Scholarship, which SU offers to first-year or transfer students who are in one of 17 recognized territories. The honor allowed her to go on “culture leaves” — Syracuse-allowed trips to one’s reservation, such as the Midwinter. Back east in Albany, Jimerson would have been academically penalized if she had left.On the field, Jimerson didn’t have a hard time at Albany. She totaled 113 points in two years as a Great Dane, third-most on the roster in that span. She developed a connection with her friends off the field and sometimes that helped her feel comfortable.Jimerson transferred to SU three months ago, a school that didn’t recruit her in high school. Albany head coach John Battaglino lost one of his best players, and Jimerson hoped to find a joy that eluded her.“We left things on pretty good terms,” Jimerson said. “I think in the end he wanted me to be happy, too.”Through a spokesman, Battaglino declined to comment for this story.At SU, it took several weeks for Jimerson to adjust. She missed fall training and lost chances to mesh with the offense. Through seven games, she had only five points. Injuries to Taylor Gait (March) and Levy (last week) bumped Jimerson into the starting lineup. In her last six games, she has recorded 18 points.“I think we’re really seeing what she’s capable of,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “I think she’s added a little dimension to our attack over the last couple of games.”As a Great Dane, Jimerson excelled behind the cage, using her height to dodge around defenders and find cutting attacks. She is trying to fit in the same role at Syracuse.Before, playing at Albany, Jimerson’s parents did not see their daughter play because of the near-five-hour drive east. Instead, they saw her only once every couple of months. Now that the drive is roughly three hours, the family attends every home game. They love it.The switch brought her closer to her home, family and heritage. And to the Orange’s benefit, it rekindled her connection to the sport she loves.“Lacrosse became fun again,” Jimerson said. “Everything became not fun (at Albany).” Comments Published on April 12, 2017 at 11:27 pm Contact Nick: | @nick_a_alvarezlast_img read more

At Pink Game, Tiana Mangakahia’s inspiring story shines through

first_imgHer battle with cancer inspired the Syracuse community and made a national impact. After Syracuse’s game against Oregon on Nov. 24, reigning Wooden Award winner Sabrina Ionescu stopped Mangakahia before the game and asked for a photo. Ducks head coach Kelly Graves called Mangakahia the “biggest star in the gym” that day, and the whole team took a picture with her. “We support her, we love her, and I know she inspires us,” Graves said after that game.Sunday’s scene in the Dome — one of omnipresent pink — was the first thing Mangakahia saw after leaving the locker room. Eight chemotherapy treatments, a double mastectomy and countless trips to the hospital with her teammates prefaced the Play4Kay game — named after the late hall of fame coach Sandra Kay Yow — which raises awareness for breast cancer.Otto’s Army representatives handed out free pink T-shirts with the foundation’s name printed on the back. Pitt donned pink alternate jerseys, and fans were encouraged to wear pink gear. Both teams warmed up in black and pink jerseys with the “Power of One” logo and a pink breast cancer ribbon, and Syracuse players also showed off their #Tough4T shirts before tipoff.During a timeout halfway through the first quarter, a video played on the Carrier Dome big screens. One after another, SU players flashed in front of the camera and lauded the courage and strength of those affected by breast cancer.“Stay strong, stay positive, keep the hope. We’re here for you,” graduate transfer Whisper Fisher said in the video. “Take it day by day,” Lauren Fitzmaurice said. “You are stronger than you might feel right now,” Amaya Finklea-Guity echoed.At halftime, another video package appeared on the screen, this time with more personalized messages from Mangakahia’s teammates offering their unwavering support. Then, Mangakahia and 14 other cancer survivors in the community lined up at half-court. The crowd stood as a public address announcer told the stories of the survivors.“That was a big moment, I know, for her,” Lewis said. Forward Emily Engstler, one of Mangakahia’s closest friends, said Sunday’s tributes were “powerful” and should help Mangakahia regain the confidence she had “before the battle.” Mangakahia said in a video that one of the biggest challenges for her was losing her once-long and blonde hair, which has begun to grow back in.Throughout the season, Mangakahia has sat on the bench during games and watched practices when she’s not undergoing treatment. Graduate transfer Elemy Colomé called her a “player-coach” and said she brings a fresh perspective to the SU sideline. In November, Hillsman said he once had to yell at Mangakahia for talking too much during practice. “She doesn’t get a pass,” he said on Nov. 5.Two days later, the team announced Mangakahia was officially cancer-free. According to, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their life. Mangakahia and long-time SU fan Victoria Hill-Gilbert are part of that statistic.When the final buzzer sounded Sunday, Mangakahia walked back to the locker room after the handshake line but stopped by Hill-Gilbert’s front-row seat. She signed the Syracuse native’s game program featuring Mangakahia without hair in an orange Syracuse jersey.Danny Emerman | Sports EditorIt meant a lot to Hill-Gilbert, especially since she has stage 4 breast cancer. Mangakahia smiled after signing. The Syracuse all-time assist leader hopes to play next year pending an NCAA waiver for another year of eligibility, but until then, her impact will transcend any game.“I think it’s very important that we have people, women, who stand up and say breast cancer is still an issue,” Hill-Gilbert said.“It’s been very inspirational.” Comments Twenty seconds before the end of warmups, Tiana Mangakahia emerged alone from the locker room tunnel. Smiling and shaking her head in awe, she high-fived fans wearing pink t-shirts, headbands and sweaters before taking her seat on the bench.Every game, home or away, Mangakahia is adoringly welcomed by fans, opposing coaches and players. It’s become routine for her. The 2019 All-American’s battle with breast cancer has captured the attention of the sport. And on Sunday, for the first time since her breast cancer diagnosis in June, the 24-year-old addressed the Carrier Dome crowd.“Syracuse is my second home now,” Mangakahia said at halftime near midcourt. “I probably wouldn’t have been able to make it through without everyone’s support, especially from my teammates, coaches, athletic department. Just thank you so much.”In Syracuse’s annual Play4Kay/Pink Game, the Orange (14-11, 8-6 Atlantic Coast) honored Mangakahia’s battle with breast cancer with video tributes and a halftime ceremony. “The day was special,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said. A 71-53 blowout win against last-place Pittsburgh (4-21, 1-13) served as background noise for the true main event: Mangakahia, who’s been cancer-free since November.“Everyone probably has someone that they know in their family that has been touched by cancer,” Hillsman, wearing a pink dress shirt and pink paisley bowtie, said. “It’s different when it’s someone that plays for you. When it’s one of your kids, it’s like it’s one of your daughters.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textElizabeth Billman | Asst. Photo EditorThe game itself was never in question. The Orange led by double digits for almost the entire contest. They’ve adjusted this year without their superstar point guard, as redshirt junior Kiara Lewis (19 points, six assists, six rebounds) has taken on lead-guard responsibilities. With two top-10 wins and now a four-game winning streak, an eighth-straight NCAA tournament appearance is within reach.Yet Mangakahia’s battle has always been bigger than basketball, than tournament aspirations, than wins and losses. She announced her decision to return to Syracuse for her senior season — her final year of eligibility — in April because she wanted to improve her draft stock. Two months later, she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer, or invasive ductal carcinoma. Published on February 16, 2020 at 11:27 pm Contact Danny: | @DannyEmerman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Jamaica’s Consul General, Oliver Mair 2019 Christmas/New Year’s Message

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – Greetings to my fellow nationals and friends! What a year this has been marked with both challenges and accomplishments.  As we give God thanks for the success, we pray for His continued blessings and the courage to pursue our personal development and that of our homeland.My staff and I, at the Consulate express our profound gratitude to each and every one, who has supported our relocation of office in Downtown Miami, the first move since officially opening the Mission in 1974.  This move has given us the opportunity to have a more welcoming environment to our many nationals and friends who visit the Consulate daily. We are also grateful to the many companies who have collaborated with us to showcase Jamaica at its best, in our Lobby through the promotion of goods and services.  We welcome you to your new home away from home.We are so proud of our performance on the world stage as Jamaica continues to dominate success in sports, education, culture and entertainment. As the old adage goes ‘we likkle but we tallawah”.  We celebrate the recent crowning of Miss Toni-Ann Singh as Miss World 2019, the fourth time Jamaica has held this honour.  Earlier this year, we hosted the Reggae Girlz in a week long ‘Send-off celebration’ as they headed to Paris for the World Cup series.  Across the globe, we also marked the Centenary (100th ) birthday anniversary of our renowned cultural ambassador, the late Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley, OM, OJ, MBE, (Miss Lou, as she was affectionately called).  We recently witnessed the inauguration of our first Jamaican-American Mayor of Broward County, Mr. Dale Holness, as he joined the now 15 elected officials of Jamaican heritage holding public office in South Florida and in Georgia.With the Government’s thrust on investment and economic development, we have taken the show on the road through a series of investment forums in South Florida; Atlanta, Georgia’ and Houston, Texas.  Our monthly lecture series at the Consulate has also inspired ongoing conversations about our local communities and about Jamaica.  I am excited about the positive trends in the Jamaican economy despite the challenges, and encourage you our nationals, to not only be “good news ambassadors” but to use this as an opportunity to further invest in our country. We thank the many sponsors and companies, who have collaborated with us in this effort, among them, our Legacy partners including Victoria Mutual Building Society, JN Bank, Grace Kennedy Company, JAMPRO and the Jamaica Tourist Board.My heartfelt gratitude to our entire constituency for the success of the recent Jamaica Hi-5K Walk/Run which was held simultaneously on October 5th in five regions across the Southern USA community – Atlanta, GA; Orlando, FLA; and the tri-county area of South Florida (Miami, Broward and Palm Beach).  Proceeds from registration of more than 300 persons will benefit the Ministry of Health’s Adopt A Clinic programme, geared towards improving primary health care in Jamaica.Following recent Diaspora elections, we welcome the newly elected Advisory Board Representative for the Southern USA, Dr. Allan Cunningham, and express our appreciation to Attorney Wayne Golding, CD, who has served us with dignity and integrity for the past four years. We will remain united and engaged building better for personal and community development, here in the Diaspora and in Jamaica.  Coming out of the recent National Biennial Diaspora Conference in Kingston, Jamaica, we look forward to new and exciting possibilities for our Diaspora communities.  We are encouraged by the youth engagement of our second and third generations, as they have taken on a cohesive role in Diaspora activities.  We have begun to welcome new candidates of Jamaican citizenship as we recently held the first Jamaican Citizenship Ceremony in Plantation.  This is the first of a quarterly installation, the next to be held in February 2020.This year, as we celebrate giving thanks for the greatest gift of all and sharing with others, the Consulate remembers with gratitude the various philanthropic groups who continue to support Jamaica.  The hand of support was extended to the Bahamas following the recent devastation dealt by Hurricane Dorian.  As you know, there is nothing we can’t achieve, when we come together as Jamaicans. Looking ahead to 2020, we will let kindness be our guide.  Let us remain committed to our partnership with individuals, corporations and community groups as we build on Diaspora development and nation building in our beloved homeland.On behalf of the staff of the Consulate General of Jamaica at Miami, and my family, Tanya and Serena, I wish you all a blessed Christmas season of peace, love and joy.  As our heavenly Father declares (Book of Jeremiah 29:11), let us call upon Him in prayer as we continue our purpose to serve.Happy holidays!last_img read more

C.K Akonnor to instill national team philosophy

first_imgBlack Stars head coach C.K Akonnor wants greater synergy between all local coaches if the goal of having one philosophy for Ghana’s national teams will be achieved.He believes a system can and should be created for this purpose.“We need to understand that we need to have a set up that each and every team will follow.“If for instance we are playing a certain formation the junior teams will emulate the same blueprint.“This will ensure that the journey to the top will not be difficult.“Before I got into the national team I was playing for the U – 20 when Otto Pfister saw me and asked for me to be brought into the senior team the following week.“This was because there were similarities between the styles of play of the two teams,” he stated.Since his appointment he has pledged to play the eye catching football that Ghanaians crave but has also cautioned that results will be his main end goal.last_img read more

Focused Bolt primed to dazzle in Moscow

first_imgUsain Bolt will be expected to bring some razzle-dazzle to the world championships on Sunday in the semi-finals and final of the 100 metres after the Jamaican played it safe in the heats.Triple Olympic champion Bolt, who infamously false-started and was disqualified from the final two years ago in Daegu, took no chances on his first appearance in the Luzhniki stadium with a win in 10.07.“I’m happy with my run. I took it easy as it was the first round. I just wanted to get my reaction and start right,” he said.Bolt is hot favourite for the title in the absence of injured 2011 winner Yohan Blake and 2007 champion Tyson Gay who announced last month he had failed a dope test.The decathlon is among five other golds to be decided on the second day of the championships and world record holder Ashton Eaton holds a nine-point lead over U.S. team mate Gunnar Nixon with the 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500 metres (1635) to go.Any hope of an American sweep of the podium went when defending world champion Trey Hardee no-heighted in the high jump in Saturday’s fourth event.Ethiopia’s Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba is unbeaten over 10,000 metres and favourite to win the women’s final (1705), a title she earned in 2005 and 2007. Dibaba was the first women to win the distance double when she also took gold over 5,000 in Helsinki in 2005 but although the 27-year-old has been entered into the shorter race here, Ethiopian media reports suggest she will run only the one event.Another athlete who has dominated her event, Sandra Perkovic, will attempt to win a first discus world gold (1615).The 23-year-old Croatian has the top four throws in the world this year with a best of 68.96 metres.“I’ve never won a world title – I was too young in 2009 (finished ninth) but now is perfect,” she told Reuters.Cuba’s Yarelys Barrios leads the rest of the contenders and is aiming to become the first woman to win four successive world championship medals in the event after silvers in 2007 and 2009 and bronze in 2011.World and Olympic long jump champion Britney Reese had a scare, scraping into Sunday’s final (1500) in 12th and last place on countback with 6.57 metres as Britain’s Shara Proctor led the qualifiers with 6.85 despite taking off way behind the board. The first medal of the day comes in the men’s 20-km walk (1300 GMT) which includes Olympic champion Olympic champion Chen Ding, although the Chinese has been plagued by injury and has not finished a race winning gold in London.last_img read more