BEIJING, China:Gold medal hopeful Elaine Thompson says she is excited and focused on doing well at what is her first appearance at the World Championships, noting ahead of the 200m final that she is growing in confidence after each round.Thompson added that she has made a special effort not to let the occasion get to her, and though she has impressed in her two races to date, the sprinter isn’t ready to count her eggs before they hatch as she prepares for the biggest race of her young career and focuses on properly executing her races.”I am excited! It’s, of course, my first World Championships individual 200m appearance. It’s been a good experience, and all I’ve been doing is following my coach’s instructions to advance to the final,” she said.Thompson was again impressive in her semi-final win, shutting off the engine with 50 or so metres to go, stopping the clock at 22.13 seconds making her the second-fastest qualifier going into today’s final. She got the better of American Candyce McGrone, 22.26, and Bulgaria’s Ivet Lalova-Collio, 22.32.”It was okay, a comfortable run. I didn’t want to blow out so fast, just wanted to get to the final,” said Thompson, who seems primed to dip below the 22-second barrier when she gets going in the final.”I’m excited, but let the day speak for itself. It would mean a lot to me to get on the podium, I have been watching these guys since I was small, so it would mean a whole lot,” said Thompson. “It’s a big day, so let’s see what happens.”Two other Jamaicans contesting the final are Veronica Campbell-Brown and Sherone Simpson.The women’s 200m final takes place at 8 a.m. today.- A.L.
And not surprisingly, Nancy constantly creeps into his consciousness. An entry noting his wedding anniversary described their marriage as “29 years of more happiness than any man could rightly deserve.” Another candidly recalled Mrs. Reagan’s return to the White House after a long trip and “a race” between the president and dog Rex to be the first one to greet her. “Personally, I believe it is the strongest love affair ever written from the White House,” Blackwood said. When Nancy Reagan was away on her frequent “Just Say No” anti-drug crusades, Reagan wrote in his diary about going “upstairs to a lonely old house.” When she returned to the White House after her mastectomy, Reagan wrote: “Rex is happy. So am I.” “We didn’t like being apart. In the White House, it is a lonely place,” Nancy Reagan said in an interview videotaped last week for Monday’s “Good Morning America.” As for the diaries, “I can hear him, see him; it’s just Ronnie.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The turbulent sweep of the White House years provides unvarnished details of acrimonious moments with his kids – “Insanity is hereditary you catch it from your kids” – optimism after meeting Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev (he refers to him as Gorby) and fears of war in the Middle East – “Sometimes I wonder if we are destined to witness Armageddon.” Reagan wrote of the 1986 explosion of the space shuttle Challenger (“A day we’ll remember for the rest of our lives”) and the 1981 assassination of Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat (“He was truly a great man, a kind man with warmth and humor”). “Many times when books by historians or authors or journalists are out, it’s their take. This is the president writing. No spin. No agenda,” library executive director Duke Blackwood said. The Reagan Library Foundation partnered with HarperCollins Publishers to print the diaries, described as the most detailed presidential record in American history. Few presidents since John Adams kept personal diaries, and the Reagan diaries certify the nation’s 40th chief executive as one of the most prolific writers ever in the Oval Office. The entries reveal a spare writing style that gives a concise sensibility into the private thoughts of the man known as the Great Communicator. SIMI VALLEY – God, family and country leap from the pages in the just-released diaries of former President Ronald Reagan, but the cover-to-cover theme in Reagan’s writings from the world stage is his wife, Nancy. The 784-page “The Reagan Diaries,” edited by Douglas Brinkley, made its debut Monday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, a day before the $35 book’s national release. Nancy Reagan placed two of her late husband’s five maroon, leather-bound diaries in a display case. Reagan wrote diary notations each night for his eight years as one of the 20th century’s most popular presidents, with the exception of a few days after he was shot by John Hinckley Jr. – “Getting shot hurts,” he wrote. On Jan. 19, 1989, Reagan wrote simply: “Tomorrow I stop being President.”