DeRosa Finishes Third in SWAC Indoor Championships
Tiara DeRosa concluded competing in the 2021 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships inside the Birmingham Crossplex.
DeRosa representing Mississippi Valley State competed in the Women’s Weight Throw, she picked up the Bronze Medal finishing 3rd with a top toss of 15.88m or 52 feet, 1.25 inches.
DeRosa’s top distance came on her second throw, she would record a throw of 15.49m on her first attempt, before she had back-to-back fouls on throws three and four, trying to catch the winner Alexandria McCoy representing Southern who recorded a distance of 16.68m.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
DeRosa Finishes Second in SWAC Indoor Championships
Tiara DeRosa began competing in the 2021 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships inside the Birmingham Crossplex.
The SWAC is considered one of the premier HBCU conferences in the country and currently ranks among the elite in the nation in terms of HBCU alumni playing with professional sports teams.
DeRosa representing Mississippi Valley State competed in the Women’s Shot Put, she picked up the Silver Medal finishing 2nd with a top toss of 13.21m or 43 feet, 4.25 inches.
DeRosa’s top distance came on her only legal throw, she would record three consecutive fouls trying to catch the winner Hannah White representing Jackson State who recorded a distance of 15.63m.
Monday, February 22, 2021
Para Athletes Yet to be Classified for Tokyo
Bermuda Jessica Lewis competes in T53
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has confirmed "a number of athletes" have yet to be classified ahead of the delayed Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
Japanese capital Tokyo is due to stage the Games in just six months’ time but many athletes are still waiting to find out which categories they will compete in.
The IPC said the wait for classifications was "impacting" 10 of the 22 Paralympic sports, although the organization would not specify what they were.
The delay is said to come as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic which caused events to be canceled or postponed last year.
According to Japanese news agency Kyodo News, more than 30 athletes that have either qualified to represent Japan at Tokyo 2020 or are still looking to book their place to represent the host nation at the Games have yet to be classified.
Among those are said to include Paralympic champions and there are fears athletes might not receive their classifications before the Games are planned to start on August 24th.
"We cannot have a situation where athletes can't compete because of (no) classification," said Yumiko Taniguchi, executive director at the Japan Swimming Federation for Persons with an Intellectual Disability.
Classification is deemed to be the "cornerstone" of the Paralympic Movement by the IPC, determining which athletes are eligible to compete and how they are grouped together to ensure the credibility of the competition.
The classification reviews would usually take place at major events, but many have been called off because of the global health crisis leading to a delay for athletes.
A spokesman from the IPC said it was aiming to get all athletes who need to be classified reviewed ahead of the Games.
"Due to COVID-19 and multiple canceled competitions in 2020, there are a number of athletes that still need to be classified ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games," an IPC spokesman told insidethegames.
"This is impacting athletes across 10 of the 22 sports for Tokyo 2020.
"The IPC is working closely with the relevant International Federations on various scenarios to ensure athletes can be classified ahead of the Games."
Kyodo News reports Tomoya Ito, who won the men's 400 and 800 meters in the T52 category at Beijing 2008, and table tennis player Takashi Asano are among the Japanese athletes whose classifications have yet to be reviewed despite already qualifying for the Games.
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Morris Wins IMG Academy Invitational Women's 100m
Sanaa Rae Morris represented the IMG Academy Elite Track and Field team at the IMG Academy Invitational.
Morris would run to victory in the Women’s 100m clocking a time of 12.36 during Heat 5, the time would see Morris finish first overall.
Suresh Black clocked a time of 21.67, winning the Men 200 Meter Dash Open, while the Men’s 5000 Meter Run Open saw Chris Estwanik clock a winning time of 14:46.89, while Dage Minors was second in 14:55.05.
The Under 20 Women 200 Meter Dash was won by Za'kayza Parsons who stopped the clock in a time of 26.79, Nhoaa Powell was second in 27.35, and Massassi Maxwell-Smith finished third clocking 28.34.
Shianne Smith won the Women 800 Meter Run Open clocking a time of 2:25.55.
Zenji Washington won the Under 17 Girls 200 Meter Dash clocking a time of 26.56, Kemauri Darrell was second in a time of 28.10, and Jahstice Grant finished third clocking 28.41.