Other Sports Elavenil Valarivan clinches maiden senior gold medal in women’s 10m air rifle World Cup competition

first_imghighlights Elavenil is a junior World Cup gold-medallist besides being an Asian champion.World number one and finals world record holder Apurvi Chandela finished 11th.India is already assured of a quota in the 10m air rifle event in Tokyo 2020. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img Rio de Janeiro: The fast-rising Elavenil Valarivan claimed her maiden senior World Cup gold medal, finishing on top in the women’s 10m air rifle competition but fancied teammates Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela ended outside the medal bracket at the ISSF Rifle/Pistol Stage event in Rio de Janeiro. In her debut year at the senior level, the 20-year-old Elavenil shot 251.7 in the finals to help India extend their new-found dominance in the event, leaving behind Seonaid Mcintosh of Britain, who won silver with an effort of 250.6 on Wednesday. India has now won three out of the four World Cup gold medals in the women’s 10m air this year.  Elavenil is a junior World Cup gold-medallist besides being an Asian champion.Chinese Taipei’s Ying-Shin Lin won bronze as well as one of the two Tokyo 2020 quota places on offer. The second quota was won by Iran. India is already assured of a quota in this event. Gujarat’s Elavenil had earlier pipped her senior Anjum in qualification, with an impressive 629.4 to the world No.2s 629.1 as they took the fourth and fifth spots through to the eight-woman final.  World number one and finals world record holder Apurvi failed to qualify for the finals, finishing 11th with a score of 627.7.Such has been India’s supremacy that Mehuli Ghosh, shooting in the non-competition Minimum Qualification Score (MQS) section, shot a 629.1, which could have earned her a final spot as well. Anjum led the finals field after the first five shots. Seonaid began as the Indian finished and the eight finalists bunched closely at the top.  The Briton then attempted to pull ahead after 10 shots as Anjum had a poor second series to go down to fifth by the 12th shot.However, Elavenil, who was shooting brilliantly, went ahead of Seonaid. American Mary Tucker was the first to be eliminated in eighth place after the 12th shot. Korea’s Kim, then went out in seventh after the 14th shot at which stage there were three athletes, including Elavenil and Seonaid, who were jointly in the lead with a score of 147.1. Anjum maintained her fourth place at that stage.  Anjum finished fifth losing to Romania’s Laura-Georgeta Coman.The Indian shot a 10.1 to Coman’s 10.4 to go out in fifth. Meanwhile, Elavenil was dishing out a master-class with a series of high 10s, which saw her maintain a 1.4 points lead with four shots of the 24-shot final to go. Seonaid and Elavenil battled till the end, but it was the Indian who prevailed for a milestone win. In the Women’s 25m Pistol, Annu Raj Singh, making a comeback to the India squad, shot a solid 292 in the precision stage to set herself in 12th spot ahead of the Rapid Fire round on Thursday, preceding the final.   Compatriot Chinky Yadav shot 290 to lie in 17thplace while Abhidnya Ashok Patil shot 286 to be further back in 43rdspot. In the men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions competition, there was a qualification world record in the first elimination round itself as Austria’s Jan Lochbihler shot 1188 to set the new mark. India’s Sanjeev Rajput shot 1170 in the first elimination round to sail through with a 14thspot finish. He will now shoot the qualifying round on Thursday for a shot in the finals.   So will Parul Kumar, who finished 10th in his elimination round with a score of 1169. Chain Singh shot 1163 in the same round along with Sanjeev to end in 27th position. Thursday has as many as three finals on the schedule beginning with the men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions, followed by the women’s 25m Pistol and the men’s 10m Air Pistol being the concluding final of the day.last_img read more

New recruits add depth to talented 2015 roster

first_imgWearing a cardinal and gold jersey carries a rich tradition of football greatness in a program unparalleled by any other. With the prestige of a USC education, the unique qualities that Los Angeles adds to a college experience and the powerhouse football program, it’s no wonder that football recruits put USC at the top of their list.Year after year, USC appears in the top 10 in rankings of recruiting classes, and this year is no different. In his second year, recruiting coordinator and linebacker coach Peter Sirmon has rounded up a successful recruiting class to carry the torch for the upcoming season. Many media outlets have USC’s incoming class among the top three in the nation: No. 1 by rivals.com, No. 2 by 247sports.com and No. 3 by ESPN.com. Coming into a historic program of champions, the new recruits know they have big shoes to fill.“We didn’t come here to be mediocre, we didn’t come here [to] be OK. We came here to win championships,” head coach Steve Sarkisian told recruits at PAC-12 media day. “If the expectations were going to be too big, this wasn’t the place for you.”The spring enrollees got a head start on navigating college and are flourishing. WR Isaac Whitney (Southmoore HS/Oklahoma City, Oklahoma/Riverside CC) provides depth as he joins in the rotation at the wideout position.  LB Cameron Smith (Granite Bay HS/Roseville, California), OL Roy Hemsley (Windward School/Los Angeles, California), and OL Chuma Edoga (McEachern HS/Powder Springs, Georgia).As the Trojans enter the fall season, they add another 19 members from California, Nevada, Utah and Texas.New QB Sam Darnold (San Clemente HS/Capistrano Beach, California) is an exceptional athlete and joins a growing roster of potential replacements for Kessler once he leaves USC.“Behind [Kessler], we have quality depth,” Sarkisian said leading into spring practice.  “There will be a tremendous battle for the backup role and the future starting job,”Joining the team in hopes of supplementing Sarkisian’s approach of playing an up-tempo, no-huddle offense are new faces OL Cole Smith (Mission Viejo HS/ Mission Viejo, California), WR De’Quan Hampton (Dominguez HS/Carson, California/Long Beach CC), TE Tyler Petite (Campolindo HS/Lafayette, California), WR Deontay Burnett (Junipero Serra/ Gardena, California), WR Deontay Burnett (Serra HS/ Gardena, California), and preferred walk-on TE Caleb Wilson (Serra HS/ Gardena, California). The Trojans are not short in the speed department with the addition of the rookies: TB-WR Dominic Davis (Bishop Alemany HS/Los Angeles, California), TB Ronald Jones II (McKinney North HS/McKinney, Texas), and TB Aca’Cedric Ware (Cedar Hill HS/DeSoto, Texas).Playing on both sides of the ball has worked for veteran Trojans, including Adoree’ Jackson. Three freshmen looking to make a similar impact for the 2015 season are DB-WR Isaiah Langley (Foothill HS/Hayward, California), DB-WR Ykili Ross (Riverside Poly HS/Riverside, California) and LB-TE Osa Masina (Brighton HS/Salt Lake City, Utah).A big loss came early with the Trojans following the 2014 season with losing standout two-time-All-American defensive end and sixth overall NFL draft pick Leonard Williams. Incoming freshmen DL Jacob Daniel (North HS/Fresno, California), DL Rasheem Green (Serra HS/Los Angeles, California), DL Noah Jefferson (Liberty HS/Las Vegas, Nevada), DL Christian Rector (Loyola HS/South Pasadena, California) and DL Kevin Scott  (Salesian HS/Duarte, California) hope to fill the slot that Williams left behind.Sarkisian knows that the loss of Williams will be detrimental, but he said he is not worried about the upcoming depth of this position.“There is lots of senior leadership, while at the same time the new players will be hungry to push for playing time,” he said.After losing Senior captain Hayes Pullard to the NFL draft and graduation, USC comes up big with the addition of two tough linebackers, LB John Houston Jr. (Serra HS/ Carson, California) and LB Porter Gustin (Salem Hills HS/Elk Ridge, Utah). Junior SOLB Su’a Cravens stated during PAC-12 media day that he’s following in the footsteps of some of his former teammates and mentors and is “taking on a leadership role that’s not focusing on just [his] game, but also on those around [him], especially the young guys.” In the 2015 season, the Sam, Mike and Will positions are stacked more than ever under the leadership of Sirmon and veterans Anthony Sarao, Lamar Dawson and Scott Felix.Defensively, USC is rebuilding from losing key players, but Sarkisian knows that his guys have what it takes.“We have signed tremendous recruiting classes here that have added depth to our roster,” Sarkisian said. “We expect to be a better team in the fourth quarter this year and finish games stronger.”last_img read more

On the (medical) record with Lystra John

first_imgShe is a member of the American Health Information Management Association which certifies the RHIT. After a decade in the medical industry, John says there are no regrets. She believes being a RHIT has “helped me grow. It’s a fulfilling job knowing you are securing people’s health records.” Registered Health Information TechnicianNine years ago, John became a Registered Health InformationTechnician (RHIT). She is currently the Health Information Management (HIM) director at Florida Medical Center (FMC) in the City of Lauderhill. John earned her RHIT certificate from Miami Dade College and has worked in the field for nine years, starting with North Shore Medical before going to FMC. Teaches HIMShe also teaches HIM at Miami Dade College. Like the situation cited in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois, she has noticed an increase in persons becoming RHITs in South Florida. The precarious nature of the financial sector in 2008 influenced her to consider a career change shortly after she relocated to the Sunshine State. “When I relocated here from New York a lot of jobs were being outsourced and the economy was changing, so I decided to change as well,” she stated. “Definitely, and the demographics are changing. We see a lot more Caribbean people and Hispanics, a lot more males. I’m glad they’re doing this,” she said. TrinidadianLystra John is from Trin City Orange Grove in east Trinidad. She migrated to Montreal, Canada, 20 years ago, then went to New York where she earned an executive masters’ degree in business administration from Baruch College. Increasingly attractive fieldThe RHIT field has become increasingly attractive. Last year, the University of Wisconsin reported that, “In the past five years, the number of Registered Health Information Administrators who passed the RHIA exam in Wisconsin nearly tripled.” That trend is even more positive in the neighboring states of Minnesota and Illinois. An RHIT compiles data on patients and transfers it to administration for coding, or medical records as it was once known. “It’s a very important field. Once a patient goes through their procedure everything comes to the HIM. We put codes in place so the hospital can be reimbursed,” John explained. By Howard CampbellWhen Lystra John moved to South Florida from New York just over 10 years ago, she had cut her teeth in the financial industry. But the recession that hit the United States in 2008 influenced a career change.last_img read more