GREAT SHAPE MONTE CARLO, Monaco: Olympic champion Omar McLeod described his gold-medal run at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as technically his worst, but he underlined that with Olympic gold now fixed around his neck, his ambition has turned to breaking the 110 metres hurdles world record. McLeod capped a dominant year in the event with a 13.05 seconds run in a soaked Olympic Games final in Rio de Janeiro but noted that in that race, his focus was simply to cross the line in front and win his and Jamaica’s first Olympic gold medal in the event. “Technically, the Rio final was my worst race of the season. I didn’t get out; I was just preserving, holding back,” McLeod said. “I wanted to be an Olympic champion first. I didn’t want to overdo it. I had nothing to prove. I knew all I needed to do was stay in my comfort zone and hurdle, and once I got over the barriers, I would be a clear winner. “When I was at the Olympics, I told myself that all I needed to do was hurdle, not to try anything spectacular, just hurdle and be an Olympic champion first, and then I have all my career to break the world record,” added McLeod. McLeod, earlier in the year also won gold in the 60m at the World Indoor Championships, which he said helped his confidence going into the rest of the year. “It’s definitely an ambition. It’s every athlete’s goal to be the best at what they do, to break a world record to go in the history books, and I am no different. I think I was in great shape to do it this year, but, in this sport, you have to set your priorities straight,” said McLeod. “I have the speed, but it tends to get the better of me at times, such as when I had the two falls before the Olympics, but it goes to show that I was in great shape and ready to run fast, but I had to make an adjustment. “Being an Olympic champion – it’s an amazing feeling. That’s the pinnacle of all sport,” McLeod continued. “Just to be an Olympian is a big deal, so to be an Olympic champion, it’s even a bigger deal, and never in a million years did I think I would achieve that so early. I remember it like yesterday. It’s an indescribable feeling. It’s awesome to be honest.” McLeod, who is switching his technique to a seven-step approach, added that his win indoors came as a surprise and went some distance towards helping towards his Rio success. “I was really impressed that I actually won. I didn’t go there with that expectancy. I am not doubting myself, but there were experienced people there who also medalled already in the event, so I was just going there to have fun and it led to a gold medal, so I was really grateful,” McLeod said.
Arsenal have six goals in their last eight games in all competitions 1 Arsene Wenger has conceded his Arsenal side must find a quick answer to their lack of goals in recent weeks.The Gunners go into the weekend two points off the top of the Premier League and travel to face long-term adversaries Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.Wenger saw his side blow the Red Devils apart with a scintillating start to their meeting at the Emirates Stadium in October – scoring all three goals in their 3-0 win inside the opening 19 minutes.But, with six goals in their last eight games in all competitions, such a performance has not looked close to materialising of late.In the last week, Wenger has seen his side held to a 0-0 draw by Sky Bet Championship side Hull in the FA Cup fifth round and then lose 2-0 to Barcelona in their Champions League last-16 clash on Tuesday night.They go to Old Trafford having won their last league game in the dying embers of a clash with leaders Leicester, with former United forward Danny Welbeck grabbing the injury-time winner.Wenger will be hoping his return can add more goals to a faltering frontline having admitted he is concerned by Arsenal’s form in front of goal.“That’s a good question – and it’s a bad answer,” he replied when asked why his team had stopped scoring.“If I had an obvious answer…. It’s going through my head at the moment. I agree that our goals have dried up seriously and we have to find a solution. I’m conscious of that.“There’s many aspects that I analyse at the moment and we have to find a quick answer.”The 3-0 victory in north London on October 4 has been hailed by Wenger as their best result of the campaign so far – despite also beating Manchester City and Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium.“We had a good performance against (United),” he said.“I think we took them a little bit by surprise and we played at a high pace from the start and closed down well early on. We need to play at that pace again.“We had some good results at the Emirates, we beat City, we beat Bayern and United but it was maybe one of our best.“I was surprised we were 3-0 up. You expect always a good performance.”
Babar Azam narrowly missed out on his maiden Test century but Pakistan strengthened their grip on the second and final Test against Australia by setting them a 538-run target in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.Azam fell for a career-best 99 and captain Sarfraz Ahmed failed to score a century for the second time in the same Test falling for 81 before Pakistan declared their second innings at 400/9, giving themselves two days to win the Test.Pakistan delayed their declaration perhaps thinking about the first Test in Dubai, where Australia had escaped defeat. In Dubai, Pakistan had declared with just a little under five sessions to be played and despite being given a massive 462-run target to win, Australia held on with just two wickets to spare.This time around, Pakistan set an even bigger target for Australia and gave themselves a little more than six session to win the match. Australia, already burdened with a daunting task, lost Shaun Marsh for just four runs with an incredible delivery by debutant Mir Hamza after Marsh and Aaron Finch opened the innings with Usman Khawaja injured.Pakistan vs Australia 2nd Test Day 3: HIGHLIGHTSBy stumps on day three, Australia were 47-1 — Aaron Finch not out on 24 and Travis Head on 17.That’s stumps. Pakistan are nine wickets away from a series win with two days still to play in Abu Dhabi: https://t.co/oisEOaAba8 #PAKvAUS pic.twitter.com/F6UwguxQDWcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 18, 2018Pakistan resumed their innings from 144-2 overnight and the morning session was lowlighted by Azhar Ali’s embarrassing run out on 64.advertisementAli steered a delivery through slips and the ball rolled towards the boundary. Ali didn’t run, believing he had hit a four, and met Asad Shafiq in the middle of the pitch to talk.But the ball stopped just short of the boundary at third man, and the chasing Mitchell Starc threw it at the striker’s end and captain Tim Paine whipped the bails off.All this while, Azhar Ali and Shafiq were chatting on the pitch. Ali, playing his 67th Test, and Shafiq, playing his 63rd, were dumbfounded while the Australians celebrated a little slice of luck.Schoolboy error!Azhar Ali assumed that the ball had reached the boundary, and this brain fade led to a comical run-out that will make every highlight reel from the match! #PAKvAUS #SPNSports pic.twitter.com/mYAGukuITBSPN- Sports (@SPNSportsIndia) October 18, 2018That dropped Pakistan to 160-4 but Shafiq and particularly Azam and Sarfraz took advantage of a tiring Australia attack. Shafiq was the only wicket to fall in the middle session, caught at point for 44.Then Azam and Sarfraz dominated, briskly scoring 133 runs for the sixth wicket. Australia couldn’t break the partnership even with the second new ball.Azam was on 99 when he fell lbw to seamer Mitchell Marsh while trying to play across the line. Azam’s disappointment was obvious. His 161-ball knock included six fours and three sixes.Offspinner Nathan Lyon, burdened with much of the workload, then grabbed two wickets in one over, those of Bilal Asif (15) and Yasir Shah (4).Legspinner Marnus Labuschagne got Sarfraz when the captain missed a sweep and was trapped lbw. Ahmed faced 123 balls and hit five fours and a six.Lyon finished with 4-135 from 43 overs, and eight wickets in the match.Marsh was forced to open the innings after regular opener Usman Khawaja injured his troublesome left knee during a warm-up before the third day’s play. He didn’t field all day and had to drop down the order.This is the fourth different opening partnership for Australia in as many Tests #PAKvAUS pic.twitter.com/WAXxjKtEgccricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 18, 2018Marsh has struggled in the series, which has ended for him with scores of 7, 0, 3 and 4. The lefthander couldn’t cope against the Pakistan seamers, and gave Hamza his first Test wicket when he lost his off stump.(With AP inputs)