Athletics

Women’s 400m promises fireworks at Trials

WILLIAMS-MILLS... third fastest Jamaican over the distance so far this season with 50.87 seconds

The quality and depth of the women’s 400m at this weekend’s Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) Senior Championships could overshadow most, if not all, of the other events at the four-day trials that will double as the qualifier for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. M ... Read More

Jamaica’s Olympic and World champion Usain Bolt cruises to victory in the preliminaries of the 100m at the Supreme Ventures Limited National Senior Championships at the National Stadium yesterday. Bolt clocked a pedestrian 10.15 seconds. (Photo: Bryan Cummings) Bolt, Shelly cruise; Asafa stumbles out of blocks
Olympic champions Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce safely navigated their way into the semi-fi ... Read More

Sprinter Nesta Carter tested positive for the stimulant methylhexanamine from a retest of samples eight years ago from Beijing Olympics in China. Anke Waelischmiller) PJ Patterson questions validity of Nesta Carter retest
Former prime minister and top Queen’s Counsel PJ Patterson says he won’t be coming out o ... Read More

Bryan Cummings Jamaica’s athletes chase Olympic Games qualification
The journey to Olympic glory continues in earnest today as athletes hunt spots to the Rio Olympics d ... Read More

Livermore hunts Rio spot

Thursday, June 30, 2016    

LIVERMORE…winner of the B 100m sprint at the Racers Grand Prix

Sprinter Jason Livermore was arguably the happiest athlete at the JN Racers Grand Prix on June 11 — or at least he celebrated the most, almost running another 200 metres after he ran a new lifetime best 10.03 seconds (1.6m/s) to win the B 100m race. A full 30 minutes after the race he was still emotional, celebrating after lowering the 10.05 seconds he had run two years ago. It was an indication he is back to full health. Livermore had crashed to the track in late April at the Penn Relay ... Read More

Whyte eyes Olympic Games berth

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, June 30, 2016    

WHYTE... I am doing well in training, I am feeling great and ready for Trials.

The men’s 400m hurdles will be one of the most wide open events at this weekend’s JAAA Olympic Trials at the National Stadium, and Annsert Whyte thinks he is well placed for a first Olympic Games berth. The soft-spoken Racers Track Club athlete had a set back early in the season with a recurring hamstring injury but ran a season’s best 49.25 seconds for fourth place at the Racers Grand Prix three weeks ago and says he is on pace for one of the three spots in the team. Present ... Read More

Canadian-born thrower Daina Levy walks into history at Rio romp

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, June 28, 2016    

Daina Levy in action with the hammer throw. (Photos: Paul Reid)

Daina Levy will create Jamaican track and field history when she steps into the hammer throw ring on the first day of track and field at the Rio Olympics, Friday, August 12, as she will be the first-ever Jamaican – male or female – to participate in the event at this level. The 23-year-old Canadian-born Levy made the Olympic qualifying mark of 71.00m and improved her own National Record after she won the event in the Lawrence Last Chance meet in Kansas on Saturday. She had just two ... Read More

Quarter-miler Tiffany James on the fast track

Monday, June 27, 2016    

JAMES... I have been getting faster and faster

A change of environment appears to be the tonic that was needed to reignite the promising career of quarter-miler Tiffany James, as she ran a personal best (PB) 52.06 seconds to win the girls 400m at the recent Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association’s (JAAA) National Junior Trials at the National Stadium in Kingston. The 19-year-old, who announced herself with a 400m/800m double in Class Three at the 2012 ISSA Girls Championships, created history as the first medallist for Papine H ... Read More

Nedrick forced to choose between the throws

Monday, June 27, 2016    

NEDRICK... I would choose the shot put as the 19m mark to me is more impressive than the discus

Kevin Nedrick could have a big decision to make after an outstanding two days at the recent Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association’s (JAAA) National Junior Trials at the National Stadium in Kingston. The Petersfield High thrower won the boys discus throw with 55.72m on the final day of the two-day trials, after placing second in the shot put to his teammate Sanjae Lawrence a day earlier with a personal best 19.18m. Both marks were over the qualifying distance for the IAAF World Und ... Read More

On track - Ellis and Kalawan set for Poland

Monday, June 27, 2016    

Kalawan excelled in the 400m hurdles. (Bryan Cummings)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — St Elizabeth Technical’s Nigel Ellis and Edwin Allen’s Shannon Kalawan were lead performers from south-central Jamaica at the recent JAAA National Junior Championships held at the National Stadium in Kingston. Highly ranked on the IAAF World Junior performance lists in their respective events, Ellis and Kalawan are now set for the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland next month. After his sensational disqualification from the boys ... Read More

Bailey-Cole positive despite latest setback

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, June 26, 2016    

BAILEY-COLE... the mindset is just to be ready to compete and when I run I will know how the body feels.

Commonwealth Games 100-metre champion Kemar Bailey-Cole’s misfortune prior to a major championship has reared its ugly head again with him admitting to having suspected Zika virus. All this as he prepares for the National Championships and, by extension, the Olympic Games. Just days before the Supreme Ventures Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) National Senior Trials, Bailey-Cole told the Jamaica Observer that he would not consider himself unlucky or “salt”, i ... Read More

Tacky’s Supreme Joy!

Sunday, June 26, 2016    

Students of Tacky High School celebrate after receiving a guarantee of 150 tickets from Assistant VP, Group Corporate Communications at Supreme Ventures Limited, Simone Clarke-Cooper (right), to attend the Supreme Ventures Senior National Trials from June 30-July 1 at the National Stadium. A number of Corporate Area and rural area schools were guaranteed 150 tickets to attend the trials. At left is Sonia Atkinson-Meek, vice-principal of Tacky High School. (Photo: Collin Reid)

Students of Tacky High School celebrate after receiving a guarantee of 150 tickets from Assistant VP, Group Corporate Communications at Supreme Ventures Limited, Simone Clarke-Cooper (right), to attend the Supreme Ventures Senior National Trials from June 30-July 1 at the National Stadium. A number of Corporate Area and rural area schools were guaranteed 150 tickets to attend the trials. At left is Sonia Atkinson-Meek, vice-principal of Tacky High School. (Photo: Collin Reid) Read More

Flow excites Half Way Tree with 50-day Olympics countdown

Saturday, June 25, 2016    

Carlo Redwood (second left), VP Marketing & TV at FLOW is joined by FLOW Brand Ambassador, Jaheel Hyde (right), sprint hurdles Olympic hopeful and Latin Dancers Yamilka Cortina (left) and Gizell Gerreo during FLOW’s 50-day Olympic countdown celebration in Half-Way-Tree last week Friday.Leo Hudson

Kingston’s activity mecca of Half-Way-Tree exploded with sights, sounds and excitement recently as telecommunications firm Flow, official broadcast partners of the Rio 2016 Olympics Games, kicked off its 50-day countdown to the world’s most anticipated sporting event. Sharing details on its Olympic activation, which is set to include more than 2000 hours of HD content and four channel feeds, Flow also gave Kingstonians and other commuters a taste of Brazil’s capital city, Rio ... Read More

Double mania

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, June 24, 2016    

BOLT... double sprint Olympic champion aims to defend titles in Brazil

Olympic 200m bronze medallist Warren Weir is the surprise package among several elite athletes that have signed up for the 100m and 200m double, while Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby has joined the golden girls in what will be an enticing 400m at the Supreme Ventures Senior Championships slated to start June 30 at the National Stadium. The incomparable Usain Bolt, double 100m Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, double 200m Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown, Elaine Thompson, Kerron Stew ... Read More



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