RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil: Jamaica last night ended track and field competition at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games with 11 medals, including six gold – matching its best-ever gold medal return at an Olympic Games, but technical leader Maurice Wilson is warning that there needs to be continued support to ensure that the country’s success continues. The island’s 11-medal campaign matches the Beijing 2008 returns and falls one short of the 12 that were won in London four years ago, but Wilson, who hailed the athletes and the support team of coaches and medical personnel here, underlined the importance of proper investment in the country’s track and field development. “I think the team of athletes and management staff represented Jamaica extremely well. We would have surpassed, in terms of gold medals what we did at the 2012 Games, and that was our primary objective. The fact that we have garnered 11 medals shows the power of our people and of our athletes, and I am extremely pleased,” Wilson told The Sunday Gleaner after Jamaica’s double silver in the men’s and women’s 4x400m relays last night inside the Olympic stadium. “We need to invest more in terms of the youth camps, in terms of giving assistance to the various institutions that have been turning out the athletes and coaches – G.C. Foster College, University of Technology and the University of the West Indies – and try to improve in our collegiate structure,” added Wilson. “We see where the clubs are playing a great role in providing the athletes, so we have to make investments in those areas. We cannot sit back. INVESTING “We see countries such as Japan, China, Bahrain, and so on, investing and doing well, so it’s important for us to build on the success of the past by building a strong path for the future,” he added. “The base has been laid and we have to build on the successes that have been enjoyed over the years.” Wilson noted that there were some challenges along the way, but that the management team did well to resolve the issues that arose. “I am here to make sure I resolve all disputes in the interest of the country. Anything that will make the athletes do better, I am here to provide that sort of assistance,” he said.
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The 118 rescue helicopter was dispatched earlier today to remove two stricken fishermen from their sinking boat.Two fishermen have been rescued off Arranmore Island after their half-decker was struck by a wave.Despite the lovely weather being enjoyed all across the county the West Bay spot where the men got into difficulty is notoriously hazardous for fishing.The area is very shallow and is full of rocks and can be difficult to negotiate around in heavy seas. The half-decker was hit with a wave and began taking on water very quickly.A mayday call was quickly issued and as ever the Arranmore Lifeboat was on hand almost immediately to assist in the rescue operation.Both men were removed to Letterkenny General Hospital by the Sligo 118 rescue chopper.Both were assessed by medical personnel but were fine and had sustained no injuries during the ordeal. Both the Arranmore Lifeboat service and the 118 rescue chopper have been praised for their prompt actions during the rescue operation.TWO FISHERMEN RESCUED AFTER ROGUE WAVE SINKS BOAT was last modified: April 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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)