SEEKING TO IMPROVE ROME, Italy: Young Jamaican hurdler Janeive Russell faces another tough test as she hunts her second straight win on the Diamond League circuit against a strong field at today’s Golden Gala Diamond League stop in Rome, which includes circuit standout Kaliese Spencer among the threats. Elaine Thompson lines up in the women’s 100m, with Kimberly Williams shaking off a hamstring injury to join Shanieka Thomas in the women’s triple jump, while World Championships finalist Federick Dacres, in the discus, and national record holder Rusheen McDonald, in the 400m, sign off Jamaica’s involvement in the meeting, set for Rome’s Stadio Olimpico. Wayde van Niekerk, the world champion over 400m, will also make his first major appearance in the event this season after posting 44.11 at a small South African meet almost a month ago, and American Justin Gatlin returns to the scene of his only victory over Usain Bolt in the 100m, looking for his fourth straight win of the season. After turning back a strong field at the Rabat Diamond League a few weeks ago, Russell, who comes into this meet as the second-fastest woman in the world over the 400m hurdles, with a time of 54.16, will face another challenge this time around. The 22-year-old will face four-time Diamond race winner in the event and Commonwealth champion Spencer, with world leader Georgeanne Moline and fellow early season pacesetters Eilidh Child, Cassandra Tate, and Wenda Theron Nel all present for what should be an explosive contest. Spencer is coming off a second-place finish at the Ostrava Golden Spike meet on May 20 and will be hoping to improve her times, with a modest 55.02 seconds being her best mark coming into this race. Thompson, who had a positive opening to her 200m campaign at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene last weekend with a 22.16 third-place finish, will look to continue her unbeaten start in the 100m, where English Gardner – the winner in Eugene – Michelle-Lee Ahye and Barbera Pierre will provide the main challenge. In her twelve 100m runs since the beginning of 2015, Thompson has only suffered two losses – both of them being second-place finishes. Two Jamaicans will contest the women’s triple jump with Williams, who had to skip the Doha Diamond League because of a hamstring concern. She is eager to get in the sandpit, with the National Senior Championships just a few weeks away. She will have Thomas for company, but they will both have to find something special to stop runaway Diamond Race leader Caterine Ibarguen, who is the only woman in the field to have already jumped over 15 metres this season. Dacres, whose 68.02m makes him the fourth-best man in the discus this season, will make his Diamond League, debut with world leader Piotr Malachowski (68.15m) being the only man lining up against him to have bettered his distance this year. McDonald has looked nothing like the man who ran 43.93 seconds at the World Championships since that first round run and has started the season in pretty poor condition, with fifth-, seventh- and eighth-place finishes and a pedestrian 45.90 seconds being his best efforts to date. Today, he faces world champion van Niekerk, with Isaac Makwala and Deon Lendore being the other class athletes in the field. Though not a Diamond League event here, the men’s 100m should provide some amount of interest, with Gatlin set to be tested by fellow 2016 sub-10 club members Akani Simbine and Femi Ogunode, while 100m World Championships bronze medal winner, Trayvon Brommel, faces Christophe Lemaitre, and Diamond race leader Alonso Edward in the 200m.
A man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl will claim she made up the allegations because she wanted to split himself and her mother up.Letterkenny court.The man, who is in his 40s, faces three charges of sexually assaulting the girl at two different addresses in Co Donegal between 1998 and 2002. The girl told Letterkenny Circuit Court today the assaults allegedly happened when she was aged between 6 and 9 years of age.The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denies all the charges.The girl, who is now a young woman in her 20s, recalled the three occasions when she was allegedly assaulted.On the first two occasions the man is alleged to have come into the girl’s bedroom where the alleged assaults took place.On the first occasion when the girl was 6, she had been sleeping when he is alleged to have put his hand down the front of her pyjamas and rubbed her vagina.The woman then claimed he asked her “Do you like that?” before he left the room.On the second occasion the girl said she was aged eight or nine and she was playing her Playstation in her bedroom.The Playstation stuck and she called for her mum who was on the phone and the man came into her bedroom.The man is again alleged to have put his hands down the girl’s pyjamas and rubbed her vagina with his fingers.On the last occasion she had suffered a nightmare and had come into her mum’s bedroom which she shared with the man.She got into the bed between the man and her mother but the next morning her mother was gone from the bed.She then claims that the man took her hand and placed it down the front of his boxer shorts and forced her hands on his penis rubbing it up and down.This lasted for about five minutes saying she could not take her hand away because he had his hand gripped so tightly on her hand, she said.Defense barrister Damien Crawford asked the woman if she was sure she could remember the man moving in with her mother when she was just four years old?The woman said she could and she could remember starting school and also described the colour and make of the man’s car.Barrister for the prosecution Patricia McLoughlin put it to the woman that the accused will say these allegations were made up because she wanted to split up her mum and the man.“That’s not true,” said the young woman.The girl added she wished she had have told her mother when she was young but she didn’t before she broke down in tears.Mr Crawford added that it was most unusual that the man did not say anything to the girl following the alleged assaults including asking her to keep it secret.He also said it would have ben reckless for him to carry out the alleged assaults with her mother close-by.“He’s very crafty and he’s good at telling lies anyway,” said the young woman.Mr Crawford also asked why she got into the bed with her mother and the man if she was so afraid of him from the alleged previous assault.He then said that the man must have had “hundreds if not thousands” of opportunities to carry out similar acts on the girl.“Is it fair to say that you grew not to like him?” he asked.The girl replied that she realised what had happened to her as she got older and that she “couldn’t get peace.”Mr Crawford added that he was only exercising discipline.But the young woman added that he invaded her privacy by coming into her bedroom and even in the bathroom when she was in it.Mr Crawford added that they girl often reminded the man that he wasn’t her father and she agreed with this.The young woman said she eventually told he friend who encouraged her to tell her grandmother.Mr Crawford asked the young woman why she din’t tell her mother?“I would have been a lot closer to my granny than my mother,” she answered.She said she told her mum what had happened but did not give her the full details of what had allegedly happened.“What was your mother’s reaction,” asked Mr Crawford.The young woman said she was shocked and she just left.Mr Crawford asked the young woman if her mother believed her and she replied “I don’t think she knows what to believe because I think she is brainwashed.”The court heard the man has denied all allegations from the outset of the claims.“He would claim he spoilt you over the years,” said Mr Crawford.The young woman said he gave her money if she was crying to make her feel better.The court heard the girl’s mother is still in a relationship with the accused man until this day.The accused has not yet given evidence in the trial.The trial before Judge John O’Hagan continues and is expected to last two days.MAN TO CLAIM GIRL MADE UP ALLEGATIONS TO END HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH HER MOTHER was last modified: July 24th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalJUdge John O’HaganmanPlaystationsex assault