Boys bow into action today hoping to continue dominance at Penn Relays

St Jago High’s girls’ coach Keilando Goulbourne gesticulates to his team from the stands on yesterday’s first day of the 122nd Penn Relays Carnival in Philadelphia. Paul Reid

PHILADELPHIA, USA — The expected domination of the boys’ high school relays by Jamaican schools at the 122nd Penn Relays is set to get under way this morning, the second full day of competition at Franklin Field, in Philadelphia. Calabar High will defend both the 4x100m and 4x400m title ... Read More

Vere Technical athletes make a baton change during their 4x800m heats yesterday. (Photo: Collin Reid courtesy of Supreme Ventures, Courts and Team Jamaica Bickle) (Photo: Collin Reid courtesy of Supreme Ventures, Courts and Team Jamaica Bickle) Edwin Allen, Holmwood impress on opening day of Penn Relays
PHILADELPHIA, USA — Edwin Allen High and Holmwood Technical had a good day in the relays as ea ... Read More

Shanice Love of Excelsior High in action during yesterday’s discus event at the 122nd staging of the Penn Relays Carnival at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, USA.  (Photo: Collin Reid courtesy of Supreme Ventures, Courts and Team Jamaica Bickle) More ‘Love’ for Shanice
PHILADELPHIA, USA — Shanice Love continued her impressive season setting her second National J ... Read More

Some of the coaches and school administrators who attended the nutrition seminar hosted by CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank for 10 schools to which the bank provided sponsorship support to the Penn Relays in Pennsylvania, USA, from today through Saturday.  From left are Hyacinth Miller, vice-principal, Ardenne High; Jennifer Brown, athletic director, St Andrew High; John Mair, coach, Vere Technical; Omar Bryan, coach, Munro College; Jeremy DeLisser, coach, Edwin Allen High; and Geraldine Palmer-Allen, vice-principal, St Catherine High. Supplements can destroy your career, nutritionist warns athletes
Supplements, while generally useful in maintaining good health, can lead to the end of a promising a ... Read More

High expectations as 122nd Penn Relays Carnival begins today

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Thursday, April 28, 2016    

Action from last year’s Penn Relays Carnival at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. (Photo: Collin Reid)

PHILADELPHIA, USA — Expectations will be high among the over 50 Jamaican high schools and college teams as the 122nd staging of the Penn Relays Carnival gets under way at Franklin Field in Philadelphia in what is expected to be wet and cold conditions today. The bar has been set high as last year Jamaican high schools swept all six Championships of Americas relays they contested, with Edwin Allen girls and Calabar boys winning two each, the respective 4x100m and 4x400m; Holmwood Technical ... Read More

Russia leads 2014 doping tally — WADA

Thursday, April 28, 2016    

Montreal, CANADA (AFP) — Russia was the top drugs offender in 2014, accounting for 148 of the 1,693 doping violations recorded, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said yesterday. Athletics and bodybuilding were the worst offenders, accounting for more than 400 of the violations between them in WADA’s annual report for 2014. Russia, which could miss the Rio Olympics athletics because of a doping scandal, was followed by Italy (123), India (96), Belgium (91), France (91), Turkey (73 ... Read More

Fraser-Pryce heads Ja’s team to Penn

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Wednesday, April 27, 2016    

FRASER-PRYCE... outstanding, but goes up against strong competition

World and Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and two members of the World Championships women’s 4x400m relay team have been named in a 22-member team by the JAAA to compete in the USA vs The World relays at this weekend’s 122nd staging of the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. The Jamaican women won two of three relays last year, retaining the 4x100m and winning the 4x400m, while coming up just short in the 4x200m. Elaine Thompson, the World Championships outdoor 200m silver medall ... Read More

Bolt to open European season with 100m on May 20

Wednesday, April 27, 2016    

BOLT... it’ll definitely be my last Olympics

Prague, Czech Republic (AFP) — Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt will run the 100 metres at the Golden Spike meet in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava on May 20, the event’s organisers said yesterday. This will be Bolt’s second race in the run-up to the Rio Olympics in August, where he will defend his 100m, 200m and 4x100m titles from 2012. In his first race this year, he is due to run the 100m at the Cayman Invitational Meet on May 14. “I am pleased to return to the Gol ... Read More

100 Days to Rio 2016 – Until the magic begins!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016    

Jaheel Hyde, hurdler of Jamaica

Today Flow joins International Olympic Committee (IOC) partners all over the world in celebration of the official 100-day countdown to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. To mark the occasion, Flow, the region’s only multi-platform Rio 2016 Olympic Games broadcast partner, officially announced that it will be broadcasting the Games in HD across the region on Flow Sports, as well as on up to three additional HD channels. Flow will also be delivering the Games via the innovative Flow Rio 2016 Extr ... Read More

German athletes to bank 20,000 euros per Rio gold

Wednesday, April 27, 2016    

Germany flag

Berlin, Germany (AFP) — German athletes will receive up to 20,000 euros ($22,518) for a gold medal at this August’s Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, the German Sports Aid (DSH) foundation said yesterday. Germany’s silver medallists at the Rio Games, from August 5-21, will receive 15,000 euros, while 10,000 will go to bronze medallists, and finalists will bank from 5,000 euros for fourth place to 1500 for finishing eighth and last. The scale will also be used for the Paralympic G ... Read More

China lab admits failing to spot positive samples

Wednesday, April 27, 2016    

Beijing, China (AFP) — China’s national anti-doping laboratory failed to identify two positive samples in a test by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) last year, it admitted yesterday after WADA suspended its accreditation just months before the Olympics. The suspension, for a maximum of four months, means China’s National Anti-Doping Laboratory is barred from carrying out WADA-related tests such as blood and urine analysis. WADA did not specify the reasons for Thursday&rsqu ... Read More

Powell eases to victory in Michael Johnson Invitational

Tuesday, April 26, 2016    

POWELL... clocked 20.51 seconds to win the 200m in Texas, on Saturday night

WACO, Texas (CMC) — Asafa Powell blew away the field to win the 200m during the Michael Johnson Invitational at Clyde Hart Track and Field stadium in Texas, Saturday night. The Olympic gold medallist clocked 20.51 seconds to secure the win after launching his outdoor campaign with victory in a 400m run last month. The Jamaican sprinter, preparing for the Olympics in Brazil this summer, beat Diondre Batson, who was second in 20.55 World Indoor 60m champion Trayvon Bromell of the USA took ... Read More

Tokyo 2020 unveils ‘snake-eye’ logo after plagiarism row

Tuesday, April 26, 2016    

Tokyo, Japan (AFP) — Tokyo 2020 Olympic organisers yesterday unveiled a new “snake-eye” logo nearly eight months after the original choice was scrapped over a plagiarism scandal. However, they faced an immediate backlash from critics calling it “dull” while in another twist, there was further embarrassment for Japanese Olympic chiefs after local media revealed the winning design well before the official announcement. The new emblem — with roots in feudal Jap ... Read More

McLeod surprised by fast 100m clocking

PAUL A REID Observer writer | Monday, April 25, 2016    

MCLEOD...I still have not wrapped my mind around this yetDavid J. Phillip

Jamaica’s sprint hurdler Omar McLeod continues to surprise himself, and by extension, the rest of the track and field world. Just over a month after he stunned the field to win the gold medal in the 60m hurdles in a new National Indoor Record 7.41 seconds at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon, McLeod created history after he ran a new lifetime best 9.99 seconds (2.0m/s) to win a 100m race at the John McDonnell Invitational at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville ... Read More



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