FLASHBACK FRIDAY: LIBERIA’S FIRST GOLD MEDALIST – JANGY ADDY

 

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Jangy Addy won Liberia the Gold Medal in the Decathlon at the 2011 All Africa games hosted in Maputo, Mozambique.  Addy is a 2 time Olympian for Liberia.

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THE JOURNEY TO WORLDS: LIBERIA OLYMPIAN, EMMANUEL MATADI MOVES ON TO SEMIFINALS. 

The International Association Athletics Foundation 2017 World Championships in London has officially begun. The last time we covered this topic it was to introduce the four man team. Although Liberia’s newly formed 4×100 team did not qualify, Liberia was given the opportunity to send one unqualified male and one unqualified female. Liberia sent Emmanuel Matadi to compete in the Men’s 100 meter race. 

In the preliminary round, the first 3 in each heat and the next 2 fastest will advance. Matadi competed in Heat 1 and placed first in his heat with a 10.27 (+1.4 wind) qualifying mark.

 In his second race, Matadi placed 4th in Heat 1 with a time of 10.24. The qualification for advancing includes the first 3 in each heat and the next 6 fastest times. Even though Matadi placed 4th, he was in the next 6 fastest times overall so he has advanced on to the semifinals. 


We wish him well as he competes again on Saturday August 5, 2017 at 7:05pm (2:05pm Eastern). NBC Sports is broadcasting the competition. 

Watch his races below.  



IOC APPROVES AWARDING 2024, 2028 OLYMPICS: PARIS AND LOS ANGELES

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) ratified a proposal to award both the 2024 and 2028 Olympics this summer, paving the way for Los Angeles and Paris to both host the Games.  Which city gets 2024 and which gets 2028 is to be decided after further negotiations among both cities and the IOC. LA and Paris both prefer 2024 over 2028. If an agreement can’t be reached, only the normal 2024 Olympic vote will happen in September between LA and Paris, the two remaining 2024 finalists.

The IOC deemed the LA and Paris bids for 2024 so strong that it wanted to grant an Olympics to each city.

“This is a golden opportunity,” IOC president Thomas Bach said of the rare double-awarding proposal by the IOC executive board before it was ratified in Lausanne, Switzerland. “It’s hard to imagine something better.”

The last time two Olympic hosts were determined at once was in 1921, when the 1924 Paris and 1928 Amsterdam Games were awarded, according to Olympstats.com

The U.S. would host its first Olympics since 2002 (and first Summer Games since 1996). Paris would host for the first time since 1924.

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What are your thoughts?  Where would you like to see the 2024, 2028 Olympic games held?

*Article originally posted here.

THE JOURNEY TO WORLDS: LIBERIA’S 4X100 TEAM

With 46 days until the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships, Liberia has formed a men’s 4×100 relay team.  The hope is to be one of the 16 qualified teams present in London from August 4-13, 2017.

There are two ways to qualify for Worlds: (1) Top 8 teams from the 2017 IAAF World Relays and; (2) Top 8 best ranked teams at the end of the qualification period which is July 23, 2017.

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The men’s 4×1 Team preparing to take the track. L to R: Matadi, Sirleaf, Selman, and Zaza

On June 17, 2017 in Stockbridge, GA, the newly formed relay team tested their chemistry.  Leading was Wellington Zaza who handed the baton off to second leg, Paul Selman.  Next up was Akeem Sirleaf who passed it on to the anchor, Olympian, Emmanuel Matadi.

For their first time running together at a trial meet, the four athletes ran the relay in 40.80 seconds.  The top 5 spots have been filled since the IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas leaving 11 ranking positions up for grabs.  Liberia will need to run under 39 seconds to secure a spot for Worlds.   With additional practice meets, they are confident they can reach that mark and represent Liberia in London come August.

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All four athletes take great pride in the opportunity to represent their native land, Liberia.  To those aspiring to represent Liberia, the message from Matadi is to, “Trust the process” while Zaza says to, “Stay persistent.”

The team will be running at more trial meets to build upon what they have created.  The next meet will be on June 24th, 2017 in Alabama.

Follow the 4×100 Relay team on their social media: Wellington Zaza @ripqw; Paul Selman @pspeedy03; Akeem Sirleaf @keem_james_6; and Emmanuel Matadi @matadi.

 

 

Liberia National Men's 4x100 Relay Team

LIBERIAN WOMEN IN SPORTS

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Last week, the International Olympic Committee approved the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games’ event program. The approval included 5 new sports and 15 new events, which will increase the number of women participants and fulfill the committee’s gender balance goal. Out of Liberia’s 46 past Olympians, 9 are women. Liberia’s first female Olympian, Grace Ann Dinkins represented the country in 1984. Since then, Liberia has sent at least 1 female athlete to each attended Game. Liberia has done well sending women to represent the country, at the last 3 Olympics, but how does Liberia support female athletes outside of the Olympics? Let’s take a look.

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MINNEAPOLIS CITY MIDFIELDER GETS LIBERIA NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM CALL

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FiftyFive.One, a Minnesota based soccer news platform, recently posted a story about Minneapolis City midfielder Martin Browne, Jr.  In the article, Browne shares his extensive soccer  journey from Liberia to Minnesota.  The soccer player shares the pinnacle moment he received a call from the Liberia National Football Team coach, James Debbah, offering Browne a possible spot on the team.

“He gave me a call, he liked what he saw, and while he didn’t promise I’d get a chance to play, he said there was an opportunity with the games coming up.”

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The article goes on to share a follow-up call from the Liberia National Football Team requesting Browne at the June 11, 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Zimbabwe. “It’s a blessing in disguise, happening now,” Browne said.

Click here to read the original article written by Kyle Eliason. Congratulations to Martin Browne, Jr. and best wishes to Liberia’s National Football Team the Lone Stars.

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Martin Browne takes part in a counter attack in a friendly staged ahead of Minneapolis City’s 2016 U.S. Open Cup qualifier. Image courtesy of Daniel Mick. 

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