Swim Jamaica president, Handel Lamey, says the performances of Justin Plaschka and Michael Gunning at the recent FINA World Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary, was very encouraging and he expects them to continue improving their times and ranking. Gunning lowered his 200- metre freestyle national record of one minute: 50.71 seconds and set a new mark of 1:50.00, which placed him 43rd overall and made him the best placed Jamaican male at a world championships since Olympian Allan-Roy Marsh in 1982. He competed in the 200-metre butterfly and completed it in 2:01.83 to place 35th overall, but claim the number one spot in Carifta and is the second fastest from the Central American and Caribbean region. Meanwhile, Plaschka also clocked a new personal best for the season in the 50m freestyle. The national record holder finished in 24.63 to place 41st overall, and became the second fastest from the region. Plaschka’s time also makes him the fastest ever Jamaican to compete at the Long Course World Championships bettering the 25.68 by former national record holder Brad Hamilton. He is also the highest-placed Jamaican man ever and the best ever placed Jamaican, surpassing Olympian Alia Atkinson who went to 46th. The performance of the pair in Budapest had swimming association president, Lamey, beaming with optimism. “It’s very encouraging, especially from Justin Plascka, who has been trying for some time to improve his time and has sacrificed so much, but has been able to do it now,” Lamey told The Gleaner. “Michael (Gunning) has also done very well and is now one of the best ranked swimmer in the entire region, and this is really a feather in his cap,” he added.. He noted that Gunning avoided the regional championship to concentrate on the World Championship, and it paid off for him. “I think that was the right decision,” he added. Lamey did not expect a podium finish from either swimmer at the world championships but he expects them to continue improving their times and continue to climb the world rankings. “They are definitely on the right track, and they are doing exceptionally well … we expect them to improve their times and final placings as time goes along,” he said.
Video footage on a tram appears to show supporters chanting anti-Semitic songs 1 Anti-Semitic songs chanted by passengers on a tram ahead of Manchester City’s Premier League meeting with Tottenham on Saturday have been widely condemned by the Jewish community.Video footage on a tram appears to show supporters heading to the match singing ‘you’re getting gassed in the morning’ – a reference to the treatment of Jews in concentration camps during the Second World War.Tottenham’s support is historically made up of a large Jewish fanbase, meaning anti-Semitic chants and behaviour have been aimed at them for decades.The footage was reportedly filmed on a Metrolink tram from Manchester city centre to the Etihad Stadium at around 1710 on Saturday.The incident has been criticised by Jonathan Arkush, the president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the national representative organisation of the UK Jewish community.“Sick racist chanting has been an enduring part of the football scene in this country for far too long now,” he said in a statement released to Press Association Sport.“It is a criminal offence. The perpetrators should be arrested and feel the full force of the law.”The chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council, Simon Johnson, also criticised the actions shown on mobile phone footage. He said: “It is incumbent upon all clubs, and the football authorities, to take extra measures to prevent this from happening and rapidly identify the culprits.”A spokesman for City has said the club “strongly condemns the use of any anti-Semitic language” and would be cooperating with any investigation into the matter.Police have said they are investigating the incident.Superintendent Steve Howard, from the City of Manchester Division, said: ”Following recent media coverage, Greater Manchester Police have been made aware of a video showing people chanting anti-Semitic songs.”We believe those involved were heading for the football match between Manchester City and Tottenham on Saturday, January 21 2017.”This has yet to be formally reported to police however we have now launched an investigation and we are treating this as a hate crime.”We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or has video footage to contact police as soon as possible.”There is no place in society for such abhorrent behaviour and we will not tolerate hate crime of any sort in Greater Manchester.”The game ended as a 2-2 draw as goals from Dele Alli and Son Heung-min earned Spurs a point after City surrendered a two-goal lead, given to them by Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne.