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.
Now playing: Watch this: Mar 15 • Men can now breastfeed reading • Uber whistleblower: ‘I wanted to speak up, share my story and get back to work’ Tags Her blog post spurred Uber to launch an investigation into the claims, which led to the resignation of CEO Travis Kalanick, as well as 20 other executives. It also put her on the cover of Time Magazine, along with other women who spoke out in the #MeToo movement. In July, Fowler joined the New York Times’ Op-Ed section as technology editor. 2 Mar 20 • Us review: Jordan Peele’s horror flick holds up a dark mirror to Get Out See All SXSW 2019 Comments Share your voice During her talk, she spoke about the lessons she’s learn, one of them being how diversity and inclusion programs aren’t enough. She said Uber checked all the boxes, offering things like employee resource groups and training on unconscious bias — a buffet of the kinds of programs and initiatives that would signal a company invested in the issue. However, Fowler said, there were foundational issues and systemic problems undermining all those efforts. “It was like trying to put a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound,” she said.Nevertheless, Fowler focused on how her life experiences and the wide breadth of other people’s stories and philosophical works she’s read shaped her and equipped her to write the blog post and deal with everything that came next. “Live your story, whatever it is, and make it a good one,” she said. Culture At SXSW 2019, Susan Fowler said a “group of people all over the world decided to take their story back.” Rita Quinn / Getty Images In the two years since Susan Fowler published a blog post chronicling sexual harassment and discrimination at Uber, she’s chosen to say as little as possible about her experience.But Sunday, at SXSW during a session called The Power of a Story, Fowler said she was finally ready to talk. “The world completely changed, and for the most part, it completely changed for the better,” Fowler told the crowd, alluding to the #metoo movement against sexual harassment that swept through industries like media and tech in 2017. “It changed because a group of people all over the world decided to take their story back.” In a roughly hour-long session, Fowler stood at the podium and delivered an optimistic and encouraging view on the power of stories. She described Silicon Valley in 2017 as “Rome at the height of its decadence and decay,” with a whisper network of information about the companies and managers to avoid that wasn’t accessible to junior engineers like she’d been. • SXSW 2019 More from SXSW Bill Nye crashes AOC’s session SXSW 2019 embraces #MeToo Amazon’s apocalypse is a party Good Omens brings the End Times to SXSW 1:13 Mar 19 • AOC, Bill Nye and the apocalypse: The insanity of SXSW 2019 Mar 15 • LG ‘Snow White’ makes ice cream from capsules