Rio left to grapple with social realities as Olympic party moves to Tokyo


Jordanian runner beaten by stray dog in marathon marked by drama


South America’s first Olympic Games closes with Jamaica equalling Beijing medal haul

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Empty seats — but plenty of passion — as Rio Paralympics gets going | 9/9/2016

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — The stadiums may be mostly empty but passionate fans and the enthusiastic Brazilian hosts insisted yesterday that the Rio Paralympics are off to a good start. Only a smattering of seats were taken at the 60,000-capacity Engenhao stadium for the beginning of track and field events in South America’s first Paralympics. The judo and table tennis arenas a ...More

Controversy at Rio 2016 | 8/28/2016


The Lightning Bolt from Beijing to Rio | 8/28/2016


Jamaica’s Rio Olympics results | 8/28/2016

Jamaica Observer analyst Zaheer Clarke, has compiled below results of Jamaica’s athletes — women and men — who participated at the recently concluded Olympics Games held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. WOMEN AISHA PRAUGHT 3,000m steeplechase Round 1 - Heat 3 9:35.79s (8th) Final 9:34.20s (14th) ALIA ATKINSON 100m breaststroke Heat 5 1:06.72s (2nd) Semi-final 3 1:06.52s ( ...More

The moral beauty of the Olympics | 8/28/2016

One can always be cynical of the Olympics, especially the last Games held in Brazil, a country in the throes of political and economic turmoil. Rio de Janeiro, where most of the action was centred, is festooned by suffering, the muck and the grime of the well-advertised and well-known crime-infested favelas, the Brazilian version of what we know as ghettoes, dare I say garrisons. As if all thi ...More

Ten lasting quotes from the 2016 Rio Games | 8/28/2016

“There you go. I’m the greatest.” - Usain Bolt on securing his ‘triple triple’ of 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay golds. “This is how I wanted to finish my career. I’ve lived a dream come true. Being able to cap it off with these Games is just the perfect way to finish.” - Michael Phelps after winning his 23rd gold medal. “We have survived a ...More

From Rio to London | 8/28/2016

Jamaican track and field fans are still basking in the 11-medal haul at the XXXI Olympics that ended in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last week and while the celebrations will no doubt go on for a while, it is never too early to start looking ahead, even as some of our long-serving athletes get ready to leave the stage. Several of our long-standing and outstanding athletes have announced that Rio wou ...More

Patience is a medal virtue | 8/28/2016

What a difference a year can make. Rewind to last year and the 4x400m relay final at the World Championships in Beijing, China and who can ever forget Javon Francis receiving the baton from Rusheen McDonald behind teams from the United States, Trinidad and Tobago, Great Britain and Belgium. Then in one fell swoop, Francis, with almost unnatural speed, quickly overtook all his rivals including ...More

Analysing Jamaica’s tremendous Rio performance | 8/28/2016

No praise is too high for Jamaica’s superlative performance at the Rio Olympics with 6 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals. This performance, however, has to be better contextualised for the magnitude of this success to be fully appreciated. Apart from finishing third overall in the Track and Field section behind the USA and Kenya, Jamaica ended up 16th out of the 206 countries that compet ...More

Elaine Thompson, successor to the throne | 8/28/2016

This former resident of Banana Ground in Manchester was an average runner for the first part of her athletic career. Born 26th June 1992, she first came to notice at the Christiana High School. She later transitioned to Manchester High School, which was better known for its track programme and where she felt she could emerge as a better than average athlete. Indeed, Elaine’s start on ...More

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    August 12, 2016
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