Olympic shot put finalist O’Dayne Richards is optimistic about his 2017 prospects and is looking forward to competition with the likes of Olympic champion Ryan Crouser and World Champion Joe Kovacs. Speaking in Mandeville before he won the shot put event at the Manchester High School/Charlie Fuller Memorial, Richards says he is working to improve this year. He also hopes more fans will watch the shot as time goes by.He was at the Memorial to test his fitness a season after knee surgery and a slow recovery threatened his Olympic hopes. He is thankful to be headed in the right direction.”I think there is still a bit of room to catch up,” the MVP Track Club throwing ace said. “It’s very close to what it was the year before.”In that year, he cemented years of steady advances with the Pan-Am Games gold medal and bronze at the World Championships in Beijing, China. Both were achieved with the national record distance of 21.69 metres. Now he just wants to improve.”That has always been the target and I guess the target really hasn’t changed; to continue to improve,” Richards noted.With a nod to the size of giant rivals like the 6 foot 7 inch Crouser, the 5′ 11″ Jamaican cracked a little smile and said, “No I can’t get taller so everything that I have control over, speed, technique, mental strength, you know, everything, whatever it takes for me to try and improve, that is what I’m working on.”The American pair of Crouser and Kovacs and New Zealander Tom Walsh went beyond 22m in 2016 and the St George’s College and University of Technology graduate thinks others will soon do it as well.”I expected to be amongst four or five guys hitting 22m within the same year,” he shared calmly, while waiting for his event to start at the Memorial. “So far, we haven’t seen it yet and I still believe that one year we will see four or five guys hitting 22m within the same year.”Richards has clear ideas as to how to get more Jamaicans to take an interest in his event. He recommends the staging of street shot put meets in places like Half Way Tree and Crossroads.”Some people stay far away in the stadium,” he described. “So you don’t really know how heavy the shot put lands on the ground.””You don’t really see it coming at you at 13 metres per second,” Richards said with a statistic on the high speed at with his implement travels.”So when people come to get closer to the event, even get involved, maybe roll back a shot and see how heavy it is and I guess people will start to see and maybe enjoy it.”Richards won the shot put at the Memorial with a distance of 20.11m.
Having launched Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Go series, Xiaomi is all geared up for the new budget phone Redmi Y3 and in a bid to gain eyeballs ahead of the official debut, the company has come out with a durability test video of the upcoming device.In the teaser clip, Xiaomi’s Redmi Y3 is thrown into a dustbin and the top is plastered with the device inside. It is made to tumble down the stairs multiple times and we can see the phone getting hit at multiple points including the display, but in the end, there is not even a scratch anywhere on the phone. Xiaomi Redmi Y3’s shell teased on TwitterRedmi India/Twitter (screen-grab)In the process, Xiaomi has officially revealed the design language front and back. It sports a dot-notch display and on the rear side, it features a vertically aligned dual-camera in the top left corner and a fingerprint sensor upper middle in the centre.It also flaunts glossy blue-hued shell with gradient finish, as it reflects multiple colours when viewed in different angles. Going by the video, I believe the Redmi Y3 features a polycarbonate-based cover with an extra layer of either glass or transparent plastic on top, which is found in rival brands in the sub-Rs 20,000 price range. Is Redmi Note 7 the new-age Nokia 3310? Close Xiaomi is all set to launch the new Redmi Y3 in India next weekRedmi India/Twitter (screen-grab)It can be noted that previous generation Redmi Y series has been priced under Rs 12,000 and I expect the upcoming the Redmi Y3 to come with a similar price tag if not less depending on RAM+Storage configuration.So far, the company has confirmed to boast 32MP selfie camera, 4,000mAh battery, dot-notch display with most probably HD+ resolution and 2Pi water splash resistant coating similar to the Redmi Note 7 series. On the back, it is said to sport a dual-camera and a fingerprint sensor.There. Dropped it down the stairs. Will you drop your phone like that? #32MPSuperSelfie coming on 24-04-2019 pic.twitter.com/b998mk8JRS— Redmi India (@RedmiIndia) April 20, 2019Xiaomi Redmi Y3 undergoes durability test ahead of launch in IndiaRedmi India/TwitterThe Redmi Y2 (review) successor will most probably run Android Pie-based MIUI 10 OS and come in 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 4GB RAM+ 64GB storage variants.