Jamaican athletes still arriving at training base

BY PAUL A REID Observer staff reporter

Thursday, July 19, 2012    

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BIRMINGHAM, England — Jamaican athletes were still arriving at the pre-Olympic training camp at the University of Birmingham up to yesterday as final preparations for the start of the Olympic Games in London revved up.

Two-time Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell Brown arrived yesterday after competing in Switzerland a day earlier along with 100m World Champion Yohan Blake.

With the Jamaican media being barred from accessing the training facilities at the University of Birmingham and the unavailability of team officials to speak to the media, it is uncertain if all the athletes had reported to camp on time.

Sources had informed the Jamaica Observer that up to Monday evening, at least three top sprinters who did not have any competitions scheduled had not arrived at the camp, but efforts to confirm this were unfruitful.

Meanwhile, a number of athletes who are in camp have been posting on several social websites including Facebook and have been seen coming and going from the training site.

A local newspaper who got access to the camp on Monday, posted several photographs of Bolt walking to and from the track accompanied by several teammates.

Discus throwers Jason Morgan and Allison Randall, as well as 400m runner Rosemarie Whyte, all posted on their Facebook pages, while shot putter Dorian Scott was seen practising at the stadium on Wednesday morning.



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