TWO-TIME World 400-metre hurdles champion, Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic, has singled out Jamaica’s Kaliese Spencer as her greatest rival. Hejnova made the admission as part of an interview with the online IAAF publication Personal Bests. She said that she and the Jamaican were equally matched.”Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica is my greatest rival,” the 28-year-old Czech said. “We have a similar personal best and we seem to be equally matched each season,” she explained accurately. Spencer’s best time is just 0.04 faster than hers at 52.79 seconds.In 2010, when Hejnova and Spencer appeared in the top-10 world rankings published by the American publication Track and Field News for the first time together, they finished 1-2, with Spencer winning, in Gateshead, London, Zurich and Zagreb. They ended the year with Spencer ranked number two and Hejnova at number four.Hejnova ran in the 2011 London Diamond League race where the Jamaican set her personal best. Earlier in that season, they were first and second in Paris with the Czech in front.Spencer watched from the stands after a first round disqualification when Hejnova set her personal best of 52.83 seconds to win the 2013 World Championships.Together, they have dominated the number one ranking spot recently. Though just fourth at the London Olympics, Spencer was on top in 2012 with Olympic bronze medallist Hejnova at number three. Despite the loss in London, Spencer had victories over Hejnova in Rome, Lausanne, Birmingham and Brusselone.The Czech was number 1 at the end of a brilliant 2013 campaign, with Spencer regaining the spot in 2014.Hejnova, who struggled last year with injuries, is likely to be world number one this year. Despite losses to Spencer in Birmingham and Oslo, she defended her World title in Beijing with the injury troubled 28-year-old Jamaican eighth.
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Donegal Junior LeagueWell that’s it for another season in the Donegal Junior League. With the Cup Finals and the Play-Offs complete it now only remains to present the prizes and hold the AGM. These will take place in The Radisson Blu Hotel and Diamond Park respectively on Friday 22nd and Monday 25th May.So how did it all finish?Yesterday, Saturday, Castlefin Celtic Reserves and Glencar Celtic contested the Downtown Cup Final. With Castlefin relegated and Glencar runners-up in the League it seemed a bridge too far for the park View men. And so it turned out as the Letterkenny based outfit ran out 2-0 winners courtesy of goals from Paddy Collins and Declan Scanlon.At the same time in Killygordan Donegal Town Reserves were preserving their Saturday Division One status by defeating Mulroy Celtic 4-1. Today Gweedore Celtic and Lagan Harps met at “The Moss” to fight for a place in the Premier Division next season. A thrilling contest saw the teams locked at 3-3 after extratime. The penalty shoot-out then saw Gweedore prevail at 4-2.Meanwhile the big guns of Castlefin Celtic and St. Catherines were contesting the Brian Mc Cormick Cup Final at Diamond Park, Ballyare. In front of a sizeable attendance Castlefin took the lead after fifteen minutes. Ian Ward latching on to Barry Tourish’s cross. Daniel Breslin levelled for St. Catherines five minutes before the interval when he fired an unstoppable strike into the top corner of Anthony O’ Hagan’s net. With time almost up Shane O’ Rourke erased any thoughts of addition time when he arrived at the back post to guide home Ryan Farrell’s free-kick. The Brian Mc Cormick Cup destined to join the Premier Division trophy at Emerald Park.Well done to all the winners and better luck next time to the others. Hopefully everyone got something memorable from the season. Enjoy the summer and it will be back to the action again in late August.ResultsPromotion / Relegation Play-OffMulroy Celtic 1v 4 Fintown Harps or Donegal Town Downtown Cup FinalCastlefin Celtic Reserves 0 v 2 Glencar CelticPremier Division / Division OnePromotion / Relegation Play-Off Gweedore Celtic 3 v 3 Lagan Harps(Gweedore Celtic won 4-2 0n Penalties)Brian Mc Cormick Cup FinalSt. Catherines 2 v 1 Castlefin CelticDONEGAL LEAGUE – END OF SEASON REPORT was last modified: May 17th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)