Eleven Drake Relays Competitors Already Set To Represent the USA In Rio

first_imgThe Rio Olympic Games Preview events staged at the 2016 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee have truly lived up to their name. Eleven American athletes that competed in those events have earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team as the U.S. Olympic Team Trials have reached the halfway point with a day of rest on July 5. Five more days of competition will follow as athletes vie for one of the coveted spots on Team USA for the upcoming Rio Olympic Games.Below are those athletes that have earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team after using the 2016 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee as a springboard to the Olympic Trials.Clayton Murphy – men’s 800 metersBoris Berian – men’s 800 metersKate Grace – women’s 800 metersLaShawn Merritt – men’s 400 meters David Verburg – men’s 400 metersMarquis Dendy – men’s long jumpVashti Cunningham – women’s high jumpInika McPherson – women’s high jumpSam Kendricks – men’s pole vaultJanay DeLoach – women’s long jumpBrittney Reese – women’s long jumpOn July 4, Clayton Murphy and Boris Berian finished first and second, respectively, in the men’s 800 meters to match their finishes on the Blue Oval in April. A rough-and-tumble women’s 800 meters saw Kate Grace take top honors after she finished second in the 1,500 meters at the Relays. Ajee Wilson finished second at the trials to earn a place on the Olympic team. She was the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee women’s 800 meter champion in 2015. Two 400-meter runners that took one lap around the Blue Oval also qualified as LaShawn Merritt won his third-straight U.S. Olympic Trials in a blazing 43.97 to become the first man to run under 44 seconds this season. David Verburg captured the final spot on the team with a third-place finish in the event. In April. Merritt finished second on the Blue Oval while Verburg was fourth.A pair of athletes that took to the long jump runway together at Drake Stadium are also headed to Rio. Brittney Reese won the long jump at the Olympic trials with a U.S. Olympic Trials record jump of 23-11.75 (7.31m), the longest jump in the world since 2004 and the longest by an American since 1998. Janay DeLoach finished third in the event to join Reese in Rio. At the Drake Relays, Reese finished second in the event while DeLoach was sixth.The men’s long jump also produced an Olympic qualifier in Marquis Dendy. He finished fourth at the Trials, but the third-place finisher, Will Claye, did not hit the Olympic qualifying standard. Claye was also a 2016 Relays competitor, finishing fourth at Drake Stadium while Dendy was sixth.The women’s high jump also has a pair of new Olympians that competed at the Drake Relays. Vashti Cunningham used a second-place finish at her second professional meet at the Drake Relays to propel her to a second-place finish at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Inika McPherson, who has also been a Relays regular, finished third at the Trials to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team.Sam Kendricks also advanced to Rio in the men’s pole vault with a meet record clearance of 19-4.75 (5.91m). Kendricks was third at the Drake Relays and also finished second at the Capital Square Vault event.Those nine qualifiers will almost certainly be joined by more qualifiers later in the week in addition to the international Olympic athletes that competed in Rio Olympic Games Preview events at the 2016 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Qantas and nib will offer up to 11 million Qantas

first_imgQantas and nib will offer up to 11 million Qantas Frequent Flyers a more rewarding health insurance experience.Called Qantas Assure, this new programme will reward people with Qantas Points for being active when it launches in the first half of 2016. It will feature travel insurance under the same umbrella, which the airline already offers to more than half-a-million customers a year.Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said Qantas Assure, which forms part of the growing Qantas Loyalty suite of businesses, would bring together nib’s health insurance products with the market reach and consumer insights built up over almost three decades of the Qantas Frequent Flyer programme.“Qantas Loyalty has evolved beyond a typical airline rewards programme to something that influences the purchasing decisions of millions of people through highly sought-after Qantas Points.“Qantas Loyalty has shown it knows how to attract, reward and retain members for their choice of airline, credit card or retailer. By partnering with nib, we believe there is a huge opportunity to do the same thing in the $19 billion private health insurance market and drive significant growth for the Loyalty business.”Through the deal, nib will provide its health insurance, risk assessment and underwriting capability while Qantas Loyalty provides its marketing, data and customer retention expertise. The result will be a range of Qantas Assure-branded health insurance products and the ability to earn Qantas Points through the Frequent Flyer programme. Value will be shared equally between the parties.Qantas Assure is targeting a 2-3% share of the Australian private health insurance market on a revenue basis in its first 5 years.Explaining a key point of difference of Qantas Assure, Mr Joyce said wearable technology would have a key role in rewarding members for even moderate increases in levels of physical activity.“This is not about simply earning points when you pay a bill. It’s about offering members the opportunity to be rewarded for being more active, which is something that also has a direct impact on improving your wellness.”From next year, Qantas Frequent Flyer members who purchase a Qantas Assure policy can download a wellness app that syncs with popular forms of wearable technology. The app will log the number of steps taken in a day and then deposit Qantas Points into their Frequent Flyer account. These points can then be used with over 400 partners for flights, shopping or towards a health insurance premium itself.Members will be able to choose from a variety of daily or weekly targets depending on their lifestyles, with the number of points earned increasing with the size of the target.CEO of Qantas Loyalty, Lesley Grant, said: “The idea behind Qantas Assure came from our members telling us they want to be rewarded for leading a more active lifestyle. They also want to feel more engaged in the health insurance experience rather than just paying their monthly premium or making a claim.“We believe Qantas Assure will create a very different relationship between customers and their health insurance. It’s deliberately different and we think it’s very exciting.“When members combine the Qantas points they can earn from literally walking around the block with all the other ways to earn, it becomes a very powerful proposition.nib’s Managing Director, Mr Mark Fitzgibbon, said the partnership with Qantas is one of the most innovative partnerships ever offered in the Australian private health insurance market.last_img read more

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