South African para-cyclists shine at World Cup

first_img13 May 2014The South African Para-cycling team produced a series of top performances in the UCI World Cup in Castiglione, Italy on the weekend, highlighted by gold medals for Pieter du Preez and Justine Asher.Time trialA spectacular time trial route had the riders racing across a flat coastal foreland through Mediterranean coastal forest, with the smell of pine resin and the singing of a few early cicadas adding much to the ambience.The largely non-technical nature of the circuit proved deceptive in the way that it enticed the unwary rider to go out too fast and to not leave enough in reserve for the return section.GoldH1 hand-cyclist Pieter du Preez adapted to the challenges brilliantly to capture gold in his class. Ernst van Dyk picked up a silver medal in the H5 hand-cycling category, while George Rex added a bronze in the T1 tri-cycling class.While Justine Asher used the event to prepare for the following day’s road race, a number of other riders performed well: C3 cyclist Craig Ridgard, competing in his first international tour, finished respectably in the middle of his group; Stuart McCreadie finished fifth in the H3 category; and youngster Yusthin Lintnaar finished sixth, ahead of former Italian T2 world champion Giorgio Farroni.Road raceCompletely different to the time trial route in terms of a technical challenge, the route selected for the road race threaded its way through the narrow streets of Castiglione della Pescaia and the even narrower country roads extending out of town into the postcard landscape of olive groves and vineyards.As the first South African rider Stuart McCreadie discovered, the route made it extremely difficult to maintain a place in the lead group and he lost touch with it towards the end of the 65 km race. Nonetheless, he finished in a very competitive seventh place.George Rex, using lighter gears than in the time trial (to accelerate quickly out of the route’s myriad tight corners) improved on his previous day’s results by claiming a silver medal.His T2 tricycling teammate Lintnaar rode to a pre-set race plan, which worked perfectly and positioned him for a fourth place result after a sprint finish, one bike length behind Paralympian gold medallist David Stone, who finished third. The result was unfortunately later overturned when Lintnaar was disqualified for an infringement.HighlightA highlight performance of the day was Justine Asher’s gold medal win in the H2 category and the award to her of the World Cup champion’s jersey for her outstanding overall performance in the first leg of the season’s road race series.Pieter du Preez added a silver in his event to his time trial gold, while Ernst van Dyk picked up a bronze medal after a three-way sprint to the line to go with his silver in the time trial.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Woman Killed By Friends While Fleeing a Shoplifting Spree

first_imgChermaine Mayo, 38 is the Maryland woman authorities said ran over and killed her own friend while trying to flee from a shoplifting spree. “For me, it’s really sad to see that someone could just dehumanize someone like that and leave the scene,” says Captain Joe Zurolo, Elkton Police Department. Police said Mayo and her two accomplices, Donisha Harris and Keneesha Cunningham, tried leaving the Walmart off Pulaski Highway without paying for over $1,000 worth of merchandise.A loss prevention associate followed the trio and tried snapping photos of their car. “In an attempt to conceal the tag, the victim, Kaneesha Cunningham, jumped on the trunk of the vehicle and tried to use her body to cover tag,” said Captain Zurolo. Police said Mayo was behind the wheel and reversed, hitting a curb, leaving Cunningham trapped under the car before reversing and hitting another curb. “It’s crazy, I mean a total disregard of life in my opinion. They didn’t even attempt to at least render aid” said Captain Zurolo. Cunningham was pronounced dead on the scene, while the other two suspects fled on foot and were quickly apprehended.Shoppers are now trying to fathom the crazy story. “Not even like try to help her. They just ran. It blows my mind,” said Brittany Savage, of Elkton. Many are left outraged over how a shoplifting incident could escalate to this. “No need for it to rise to that level of violence where someone loses their life. Totally outrageous,” said Captain Zurolo. Police said Mayo faces several charges including negligent manslaughter by vehicle and negligent auto homicide. They said Harris was charged with theft and released on her own recognizance.   [Source: WJZ13 News]- Sponsor –   Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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