Hubert Lawrence: Bolting into the future

first_imgIt can only mean one thing. If Usain Bolt is contemplating an extension of his career beyond the 2017 World Championships, then his coach, Glen Mills, must have again set new acceptable targets for the tall man. Mills has done it before, and the sport of athletics is breathing a slow sigh of relief because he is doing it again. Had Bolt retired after his sport-altering 2008 and 2009 seasons, he would already have been the king of sprinters. It’s a no-brainer. The world-record doubles at the Beijing Olympics and the Berlin World Championships were, and still are, the stuff of legend. Mills had the tall man focused and led him on consistency. He came back to show how human he was with the infamous 100-metre false start at the 2011 Worlds and how brilliant he was with the rip-snorting Olympic double title defence in London almost four years ago. When he retained his Olympic crown in the 100m, he did it in 9.63 seconds. That’s inferior only to his world record of 9.58. Had he retired then, he would still be the best sprinter of all time. After all, no one had done the Olympic sprint double twice. Had he retired then, he’d have missed the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, where he reigned supreme. In 2015, his absence would have left Justin Gatlin as World 100-metre champion. Bolt will be 34 when the 2020 Olympics roll around. Glen Mills, however, has seen something in the athlete he has coached for more than a decade. Perhaps if and when Bolt loses the snap required to rule the 100m, they will concentrate on the 200 metres. If he doesn’t break the 19-second barrier this year or in 2017, that will be one reason to continue. If that barrier is breached by next season, it’s my guess that Bolt’s retirement would probably come as originally contemplated at the end of the 2017 season. There would hardly be any reason to run another step. The only target left would be the 400 metres. No one has ever won global titles at 100, 200, and 400 metres. If he sticks around past 2017, even with his well-known disinterest in the longest of sprints, Bolt could be the one. • Hubert Lawrence has been amazed by Bolt since 2002. AIMING FOR A RECORDlast_img read more

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Man faces life sentence in park shooting

first_imgOrtega said he was happy to hear of Arellanes’ conviction because “the community was really concerned.” “Some community members stepped up and testified, even though they were concerned about their safety to a degree,” Ortega said. “That was good to see. So it is closure for us, and for the community.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – A Pico Rivera man is facing a possible life sentence after being convicted of opening fire on rival gang members at a park – an incident that sent dozens of parents and children fleeing for cover during a Little League game last year. Bobby Arellanes, 19, could be ordered to spend the rest of his life behind bars when he is sentenced March 27, said Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Sean Coen. After a five-day trial in Bellflower Superior Court, jurors found him guilty Wednesday of attempted murder, and assault with a firearm. Jurors also found true several allegations under the attempted murder and firearm charges, including that it was a willful, deliberate and premeditated shooting, and that it was a crime committed for the benefit of a gang. “I think the people and the jury were just fed up with this sort of crime happening in the neighborhood,” Coen said. “And the fact that this was a gang shooting that occurred in a park where kids were playing baseball didn’t help the situation.” The April 3, 2006, shooting at Streamland Park triggered community outrage and prompted deputies from the Sheriff’s Department’s Pico Rivera Station to increase park patrols. During his trial, witnesses testified that Arellanes belonged to a gang that claims the park as its territory, and that other gang members ordered him to open fire on a rival gang member. Another witness testified that she drove Arellanes to Streamland Park to pick up a friend on the day of the shooting. She said Arellanes told her to drive up to a man in the parking lot and slow down. David Morones, 26, of Pico Rivera was the intended victim, sheriff’s gang Detective Hank Ortega said. Ortega testified that a dispute between the two gangs over control of the park led to the shooting. last_img read more

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