Initially fearful “I was scared when my coach told me I was going to run the 200m at trials. But, I worked with him. He’s a great coach so I tried to execute and follow his instructions,” Thompson said. “I am surprised because I didn’t love the 200m. I had always told myself that I cannot run the event, but my coach said to take that out my brain because I can be a good 200m runner and I just worked with him and he turned me into a good 200-metre runner,” Thompson added. The youngster will now turn her attention to the women’s 4x100m where she is expected to feature in the final. – A.L. Tried hard BEIJING, China: Between 2009 and the end of last year, Elaine Thompson had competed in a mere eleven 200-metre races. Before her heat at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing on Wednesday, Thompson had made only two international appearances in the event. Two races later, she is the World Championships silver medallist in an event she had no idea she would be good at. Thompson signalled her intention from her very first race at the championships, easing to a conformable 22.78 seconds win before also taking her semi-final in another comfortable display, posting 22.13, setting up a clash with Dutch star Dafne Schippers, the 100m silver medal winner, who had also looked impressive throughout the two rounds. In the final, Thompson came off the curve in front of the powerful Dutch sprinter but could not hold her off as Schippers crossed the line in 22.63 making her the second-fastest woman in history. Thompson took the silver in an equally jaw-dropping personal-best time of 21.66 with Veronica Campbell-Brown finishing third in 21.97. Thompson was elated with the result, stating that she did everything she could to hold off the towering Dutchwoman, but underlining that she had no regrets given her efforts. “I have to give God thanks. I came back second with a big PB. I cannot complain. I was really trying to get to the line. I saw her coming and I was trying to pull through, but I came in second,” said Thompson, who is now the second-fastest Jamaica in the event after Merlene Ottey’s national record 21.64 set in 1991. “My coach Stephen Francis has prepared me well physically and mentally, so I just came out here, delivered and executed as best as I can,” Thompson said. “The plan was to come out as quickly as I can. I knew she has a strong finish and I had to get out first but she still caught me.” Thompson said she is extremely surprised by her performances and by the new personal best mark that she achieved, especially considering she never considered the 200m an event she is good at.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventA total of 2,500 parents and children were expected to attend. Showing children the exciting career possibilities that await them in aviation can help them approach their classes “with more of a sense of purpose,” Cardenas said. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman and Los Angeles City Council members Cindy Montanez and Alex Padilla also attended. Villaraigosa complimented the parents for taking the time to bring their children to the event. “We want them to participate in career days, we want to push them into good jobs like the ones here in aviation, push them into college, so they can grow up to be aviators, engineers, maybe even mayor,” Villaraigosa said. Sherman noted that the Van Nuys Airport is the world’s largest general aviation airport with 500,000 take-offs and landings a year, and 10,000 jobs, making it an important economic engine for the valley. Besides the plane rides, children also could inspect displays by Syncro, the Van Nuys Flight Center, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, the U.S. Naval Academy and several local community colleges. The event also included honors for World War II fighter pilot Bob Hoover and Kitty Hawk Air Explorer Squadron III instructor Ralph Truglio, who has donated thousands of hours of free flight lessons to young people over the past 51 years. People also could pay $425 for a flight in a 1945 B-17G Flying Fortress, the “Aluminum Overcast,” operated by the EAA Aviation Foundation. Less than a dozen of these planes are still flying. Even those children who don’t plan on a career in aviation said they enjoyed the event. For a handful of Brownies from Troop 400, the highlight of the day was getting to meet the mayor, but they liked the planes, too. “Their eyes were all glowing and sparkling,” said Jill Lopez, 13, of San Fernando, a cadet with Troop 400, of her younger, star-struck troopmates. She added that until Saturday’s career day, she hadn’t realized there were so many different jobs in aviation besides being a pilot. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3663160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS – For 7-year-old Joshua Flaig, the flight in the single-engine Cessna Skyhawk plane Saturday at the Van Nuys Airport was a dream come true – and a taste of the future. The Simi Valley boy is a World War II aviation buff who has already decided that he’s going to be a pilot when he grows up. “It was fun!” he said, his eyes shining as he ran toward his mother, Heather Flaig, 36. “I liked looking down and thinking what it was like for World War II pilots.” Joshua and his older brothers, Zachary, 10, and Matthew, 9, were three of about 400 children who took free plane rides Saturday, courtesy of the Experimental Aircraft Association, as part of the inaugural Aviation Career Day, sponsored by Syncro Aviation and Los Angeles City Council member Tony Cardenas.