Double 800m gold for South Africa

By on December 18, 2019

first_img24 August 2009Mbulaeni Mulaudzi emulated Caster Semenya’s feat in the women’s 800 metres by winning gold in the men’s race, while Khotso Mokoena took silver in the long jump, to lift South Africa into the top 10 on the medals table at the conclusion of the 2009 World Athletics Championships in Berlin on Sunday.Thanks to the weekend’s medal haul, and Semenya’s gold in the women’s 800 metres, South Africa finished ninth behind the USA, Jamaica, Kenya, Russia, Poland, Germany, Ethiopia, and Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In total, 202 countries took part in the championships.The 800 metres double is reminiscent of the feat achieved in the 2003 World Championships, when South Africans Jacques Freitag and Hestrie Cloete won gold in the men’s and women’s high jump.Running from the frontFor Mulaudzi, who has been one of the world’s leading 800 metres runners for many years now, Sunday’s victory was deeply satisfying. Afterwards, exhausted, he sat on the track, let out a yell, then lent back on his hands, and let out another yell of delight.Once he had recovered sufficiently, he wrapped himself in the South African flag and went to the crowd to soak up their applause.It was an especially impressive victory because of the manner in which he won, dictating the race from the front. It was also impressive considering the manner in which he reached the final.In qualifying, the South African star won his first heat in a time of one minute 46.40 seconds. However, in the semi-finals he was boxed out and finished only fourth in his heat. Despite this, he reached the medal-deciding race as one of the two fastest qualifiers to finish outside the top two in the three semi-final races.Having scraped into the final, Mulaudzi took the initiative and was rewarded for his brave decision.Digging deepIt was a very tight race, and on two occasions Mulaudzi had to push away the arm of the man behind him. Starting from the outside lane, he worked hard to take the lead as the runners neared the end of the first straight.At the completion of the first lap, the time was 53.44 seconds. Working hard down the back straight, Mulaudzi withstood the building pressure and accelerated as the field came off the bend into the final straight. He built up a small gap and then dug deep and dipped for the line to gain victory.Mulaudzi was first in one minute 45.29 seconds, with Kenya’s Alfred Kirwa Yego second in 1:45.35, and Bahrain’s Yusuf Saas Kamel third in the same time.Speaking at a press conference after his win, Mulaudzi said: “To lead was part of my plan. I have really battled in the past few championships and the past few races this year. But everything worked out in the last few weeks.“I spoke to my coach and my manager, and they said that the only way to run a good race was to be in control. So I led and ran a good last 200. That was it for me.‘Very happy, very grateful’“I’ve been around for a long time,” Mulaudzi added. “I’m very happy, very grateful for this gold medal. I’ve tried often to get a medal for outdoors, but I got injuries or I got sick. Today is the most important day in my life.“Last year we saw [Wilfred] Bungei come in to win the Olympics, and he is not a junior any more! Maybe experience also counts.“For me it was a great day, and technically my race plan was perfect. That’s how I won today.”He also described his victory lap, saying: “Everybody saw I was very happy, very pumped up. I was very excited the whole victory lap, with the whole crowd cheering.”Long jump silverKhotso Mokoena preceded Mulaudzi’s gold medal with a silver medal in the long jump on Saturday to match his result at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.After a no jump in the opening round, Mokoena moved into second place behind Dwight Phillips in the second round with a leap of 8.47 metres, just three centimetres short of his African record. Phillips, meanwhile, leapt 8.54 metres to add 14 centimetres to his first round jump, which had given him the lead.The second round jumps by Phillips and Mokoena proved to be the best of the competition, while Mitchell Watt recorded 8.37 metres in the fifth round to move to the bronze medal position.Commenting on his effort afterwards, Mokoena said: “Today, it was great. Coming into the championship I was positive. I came in to give it my best shot, training was good, and the spectators kept me going.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Yetter introduces 2966-002A Air Adjust Residue Manager

By on December 17, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Since Yetter Farm Equipment introduced the 2966-002 Residue Manager for John Deere 60/90 Series openers, growers have experienced effective residue management and improved emergence. Now, the 2966 is available with air-cylinder control, making it even more powerful and effective.The key innovation on the new 2966-002A Air Adjust Residue Manager for 60/90 Series openers is the 2-inch by 4.5-inch stroke cylinder controlled by the 2940 Air Adjust In-Cab Controller, which allows growers to adjust the up and down pressure of the floating residue manager from the tractor seat.“This effective and versatile residue management tool helps producers get over hurdles they face during seeding, such as residue hairpinning, inconsistent seed depth and placement and lack of seed-to-soil contact,” said Andy Thompson, Yetter territory manager.The new model mounts to the arm of John Deere 60/90 Series Openers. The Air Adjust Pneumatic Controller and Compressor Kit then mounts to the air seeder to create the ideal ride for the floating residue manager as it follows the soil terrain. Up and down pressure can be adjusted using the in-cab controller or ISOBUS screen. The unit can also be raised or lowered with the push of a button in wet areas or when the row cleaner is not needed for seeding.The single-wheel design uses the Yetter SharkTooth wheel to move residue in front of the disc opener, allowing soil to warm up more quickly. This leads to a reduced seeding population and improved emergence.“Moving the right amount of residue depending on the crop seeding and field conditions is important for producers using no-till and min-till systems, and so is creating the ideal seed zone for planting,” Thompson said. “With the Yetter 2966-002A Air Adjust Residue Manager, growers can do both — all from the cab.”last_img read more

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Update: Personal Data of 70 Million Sony Customers Exposed in Hack

By on December 16, 2019

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App dan rowinski Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img The hack that has plagued the Playstation Network for the last week is much worse than simply taking down the platform. Sony reports on its Playstation Network blog that personal data of its 70 million users has been exposed by the hacker, including the possibility of credit card numbers.According to the Playstation Network blog; “we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birth date, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip), and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may have been obtained.”Sony has said that credit card information may have been obtained but they cannot be sure.“While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility,” Sony wrote. “If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained.”The hack shows that even the biggest vendors on the Web are vulnerable to security threats by a motivated hacker. Yet, this is a big black eye for Sony and there will probably be some significant consequences.This goes way beyond a simple distributed denial of service attack or even a hack that just compromised connectivity. The fact that Sony cannot confirm if credit card information for 70 million accounts has been breached means that the attack was sophisticated enough to completely befuddle Sony’s security team.Sony says that the attack happened between April 17 and April 19. Since discovery, the company shutdown the network, engaged an outside security firm and attempted to strength the network by rebuilding the infrastructure with greater protection for personal information. Historic ProportionsThe depth of the breach and the amount of information taken ranks up there with some of the major data thefts in history. Last year two hackers infiltrated AT&T servers that held personal information on 120,000 iPads including government officials and celebrities. Gawker had a massive and embarrassing data breach in December, 2010 that exposed information on 1.25 million accounts. Just last week WordPress suffered an attack that took down many of the popular websites on the Internet and exposed 18 million accounts personal information. In what could be the most similar type of attack, social gaming and entertainment network RockYou.com exposed account information for 32 million accounts in December, 2010.Sony urges Playstation Network and Qriocity users to be vigilant in protecting in tracking and protecting their information. In its blog post it gives the numbers of credit card agencies and the Federal Trade Commission if users want to investigate the extent of their information leaked. Tags:#gaming#NYT#security#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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