Jamaica won seven medals on the opening day at the 31st staging of the CARIFTA Swimming Championships in Martinique.The Jamaicans earned one gold, three silver and three bronze medals on Tuesday, a performance that carried 24 personal bests.First-time national representative, Kelsie Campbell, led the way with gold in the 15-17 girls 100-metre butterfly in 1:04.99.The last time a Jamaican won this event was when Jamaica hosted the event in 2013 and Zara Bailey prevailed in 1:04.87.Campbell’s teammate, Shaun Johnson, finished seventh in the event in a personal best 1:06.78.Another national debutant, Rajiv Redhi, won Jamaica’s first medal, a silver in the 11-12 boys’ 200m breaststroke, in a personal best 2:45.69. This is the first medal Jamaica has won in this event since 2011 when Xavier Philips won bronze.Cameron Brown placed sixth in the 13-14 boys’ 200m breaststroke in a personal best 2:39.48.Emily MacDonald, also representing Jamaica for the first time, won bronze in the 11-12 girls 50m backstroke in a personal best 33.46 and Shaun Johnson, also making her debut at the meet, won silver in the 15-17 girls 50m backstroke in a personal best 31.06. Angara Sinclair placed fourth in the same event, in 31.67.SILVER FOR DOLSThe 15-17 boys’ 100m butterfly saw Olympic hopeful, Keanan Dols, returning after a one-year absence to win silver in 56.80, while Jesse Marsh finished eighth in 58.95.Dols also placed fourth in the 15-17 boys’ 50m backstroke in 28.07.Simone Vale ended a long drought for Jamaica in the 11-12 girl’s 100-metre butterfly, securing bronze in 1:12.17. Bryanna Renuart ended an even drier spell when she won the bronze in the girl’s 13-14 200-metre breaststroke in 2:44.51.Jamaica had not won a medal in this event since Gabrielle Hopkins claimed silver in 2012 in 2:54.90.Nicholas Vale, brother of Simone, finished sixth in the 13-14 boys’ 100m butterfly in a personal best time of 1:00.57.
The French Football Federation confirmed on Thursday that Didier Deschamps will remain the coach of the national team until his contract expires in 2020.FFF President Noel Le Graet confirmed that he will be there for the first match of the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship in Germany and said that the federation will honour the contract handout out to the World Cup wining coach irrespective of results.”Yes, he’ll still be there for the first match in Germany,” said FFF President Noel Le Graet, referring to the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship, after being asked if Deschamps would stay on after the team’s World Cup victory in Russia, reports Efe.”We had a contract until 2020 — even when things were going less well — I said that he would be in his position until that date. Now, he has won, and what a way to do it!” he added.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”He really is someone who works enormously hard, because without hard work we would have nothing. The work done by Didier and his team is significant,” Le Graet said.Deschamps joined an elite club after France’s World Cup triumph in Russia after beating Croatia 4-2 in Moscow on Sunday. Didier Deschamps was the French captain when they won the World Cup in 1998 (Reuters Photo)Deschamps, who captained France to the elusive trophy in 1998, became only the third man in history to win the World Cup as a player and as a coach.The former Juventus coach equalled the record of Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer.advertisementBrazil legend Zagallo was the first person to achieve the feat after lifting the World Cup twice in 1958 and 1962 while he won as a manager in 1970. He also won the 1994 edition as assistant manager.Germany great Beckenbauer followed next as he clinched the World Cup as captain in 1974 and as coach in 1990.By reaching the final of the 2018 edition, Deschamps had also become the first French coach to reach the final of two major tournaments – Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018. And he will now have the chance to script history and win the UEFA nations league in 2020 with the French team as well before his contract expires.Le Graet however, refrained from making any comments on Zinedine Zidane eventually joining the team as a coach, saying that Zizou has not expressed any interest in the position as of now.