Christoffe Bryan opened his season with a win in the men’s high jump at the Kansas State University (KSU), University of Kansas (KU), Wichita State University (WSU) Showdown in Lawrence, Kansas.Bryan, the former Wolmerian, won with a leap of 2.20m as his team finished second in the contest among the three universities.His countrywoman, Kimberly Williams, won the women’s equivalent with a 1.87m leap as she continues her gradual improvement since attending KSU two season ago.Despite his winning opening, Bryan is far from happy. A bothersome knee that has plagued him for years now continues to hamper his progress, a big concern since he plans to represent Jamaica at the Olympic Games in Rio this summer.”That’s the main goal,” said a frustrated Bryan. “I was supposed to go to the World Championships last year, but I had to pull out because of the same knee issue. But I am trying to get it sorted out as soon as possible.”Bryan has been struggling with a bad knee since his days in high school. He has had it treated, but nothing seems to be able help him put the injury behind him. It has now become a nuisance.”I am having this problem for too long and it’s holding me back. I went 2.28m last year and couldn’t get back there, so I was pretty frustrated and disappointed,” he said.The knee has not allowed him to jump much in practice this off-season, and he believes it affected him on Friday.”I feel it was a pretty good performance because I haven’t jumped that much in practice, so my timing was off,” he said. “When I got to 2.25m, my knee was bothering me a little, but I pushed through.”Bryan said that he aims to break 2.30m this season, which should help him earn a spot on the national team to Rio, and as such, he plans to undergo a procedure in a couple of months that he hopes will alleviate the knee problem that has been preventing him from soaring to new heights.
West Ham United have completed the signing of Andriy Yarmolenko from Borussia Dortmund.The Ukrainian winger has joined the Hammers for a fee of £17.5million and becomes the Premier League club’s fifth summer signing. targets Andriy Yarmolenko spent just one season at Borussia Dortmund 2 moving on Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father West Ham’s newly-appointed director football, Mario Husillos, said of their latest arrrival: “We are very happy to welcome Andriy. When we had the opportunity to sign him, we did not hesitate, because he really is the kind of player that we were looking for.“He is a left-footed player but can play on the right and is very quick, very good one-on-one against a defender. He gives the team a lot of attacking options and scores goals, is fast on the counter-attack and provides aerial threat with his height.“He also has very good experience, of playing for big teams and fighting for titles. At Dortmund, he had some good matches but perhaps didn’t quite show his very best. However, I think Manuel Pellegrini is the perfect coach for Andriy and his style of play.“I believe he is joining us in the perfect moment. He is 28, the prime age for football, and we have great expectation about what he can achieve with West Ham United.” targets Latest Transfer News Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Yarmolenko, 28, has penned a four-year contract with West Ham.“Of course, I am very happy to sign for West Ham United,” he told the club’s official website. “West Ham is a big club with good fans and I am happy to come to play in the Premier League.“The Premier League is the best league in the world and I know that an interesting project is being built here at West Ham.“The team wants to achieve high things and I am excited for this challenge.” LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED LIVING THE DREAM REVEALED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Andriy Yarmolenko won three Ukrainian Premier League titles with Dynamo Kiev before moving to Borussia Dortmund in 2017 IN DEMAND 2 Yarmolenko only joined Dortmund last summer from Dynamo Kiev for a fee of around £23million.He made 30 appearances last season as the German club finished fourth in the Bundesliga.But Dortmund were happy to let him go as they target a new winger, with Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha reportedly on their radar.Having appointed Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager in June, West Ham have been making some ambitious moves in the transfer market.The deal for Yarmolenko takes their spending beyond the £45million mark, having also splashed out £22m on defender Issa Diop and £7m on goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianksi.There has also been a significant outlay on signing-on fees and wages, with Ryan Fredericks and Jack Wilshere have joined on free transfers, from Fulham and Arsenal respectively.