Athletics

Saluting a brave Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

Fraser-Pryce in Rio

Jamaicans are still basking in the glow of yet another outstanding performance by our track and field ambassadors in an international championship, following their exploits at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro. Eleven medals – a record-equalling six gold and a third straight go ... Read More

Members of the organising committee of the 2016 CUMI Come  Run and sponsors pose for the camera during Tuesday’s media launch at Deja Resorts on Gloucester Avenue in Montego Bay. CUMI Come Run has integrity — Francis
MONTEGO BAY, St James — The CUMI Come Run event, which will have its 8th staging at Tryall in ... Read More

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike waves the Olympic flag during its arrival ceremony at the Tokyo’s Haneda airport yesterday. (Photo: AFP) Olympic flag arrives in Tokyo for 2020 Games
TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — The Olympic flag arrived in Tokyo yesterday as Japan’s capital gear ... Read More

Irish Olympic ticket probe extends to previous Games
LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Former High Court Judge Carroll Moran has been appointed to hea ... Read More

Bolt’s management moves to clamp down on illegal use of his images

Wednesday, August 24, 2016    

Global superstar Usain Bolt (right) and manager Nugent Walker at the Jamaica Olympic team’s training base in Brazil earlier this month.Bryan Cummings

THE managing company for triple Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt has moved to ward off any unauthorised use or misuse of the trademarks and images of the world’s fastest man, cautioning perpetrators that they could face legal action. “It has come to our attention that in violation of Usain Bolt’s intellectual property rights, persons are using his trademarks and image in the advertising of their products and services and otherwise in the course of trade, without proper author ... Read More

Sprint queen Elaine Thompson booked for Paris Diamond League

Wednesday, August 24, 2016    

Elaine Thompson (right) celebrates winning the Women’s 100m Final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 13, 2016.  (Photo: AFP) FRANCK FIFE

Paris, France (AFP) — Jamaica’s newly crowned double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson will headline a strong field featuring 27 Rio medallists in Friday’s Diamond League meeting in Paris, event organisers announced yesterday. French supporters will also have a chance to welcome back four of their own Olympic stars, including pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie, who was left in tears after losing his title to Brazil’s Thiago Braz da Silva in front of a jeering partisan ... Read More

Walcott criticises disunity in Trinidad & Tobago camp

Wednesday, August 24, 2016    

Trinidad and Tobago’s Keshorn Walcott competes in the Men’s javelin throw qualifying round during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 17, 2016. (Photo: AFP) ADRIAN DENNIS

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (CMC) — Trinidad and Tobago’s (T and T)Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott has criticised a lack of team spirit and unity within the camp during the just-ended games in Brazil. The javelin thrower had to settle for bronze, only medal in Rio, after stunning the world in London four years ago when he became the second Trinidadian to win Olympic gold. Walcott threw the javelin a distance of 85.38 metres on Saturday after German Thomas Rohler, who won gold with a to ... Read More

Olympics protest runner fails to return to Ethiopia

Wednesday, August 24, 2016    

Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lilesa (silver) crosses the finish line of the Men’s Marathon at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016. (Photo: AFP) OLIVIER MORIN

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (AFP) — Olympic marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa failed to return to Ethiopia Monday night despite assurances he would not be punished for his Rio protest over political repression in his country. AnAFP journalist at the airport in Addis Ababa said Lilesa was not onboard the plane that landed on Monday night carrying Ethiopia’s Olympics team. Ethiopian sports officials congratulated team members but made no mention of Lilesa’s silver medal achieve ... Read More

Russian ban upheld, Moscow cries foul

Wednesday, August 24, 2016    

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Geneva, Switzerland (AFP) — A ban on Russian athletes competing in the Rio Paralympics was upheld yesterday, triggering anger in Moscow after the country lost an appeal against their exclusion over a vast, state-run doping programme. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed an appeal filed by the Russian Paralympic Committee, which sought to overturn the August 7 ban by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev denounced the doping cha ... Read More

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

Tuesday, August 23, 2016    

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt on the podium during the medal ceremony for the men’s 200m.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — Rio de Janeiro returned to the cold reality of Brazil’s political crisis and recession yesterday after bringing a carnivalesque curtain down on its Olympics festival and passing the torch to Tokyo. After a 16-day extravaganza of sporting heroics from the likes of Olympics legends Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps, Brazil woke up to the hangover of suspended president Dilma Rousseff’s looming impeachment trial and the country’s worst recession i ... Read More

Jordanian runner beaten by stray dog in marathon marked by drama

Tuesday, August 23, 2016    

Jordan’s Methkal Abu Drais celebrates crossing the finish line of the men’s marathon at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sunday. (Photos: AFP)

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) – Amid celebrations for the end of the Rio Olympics, few spared a thought for Jordan's Methkal Abu Drais who finished the marathon behind a Japanese comedian, a stray dog and an Argentinian running sideways.   It sounds like a punchline to a joke, but that's what happened as the 32-year-old army sergeant trotted home last in Sunday's race, finishing 140th more than 37 minutes behind gold medallist Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya. Enough time perhaps to fashion ... Read More

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

BY HOWARD WALKER Senior Sport Reporter at the Rio Olympic Games | Monday, August 22, 2016    

Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team of from left: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell Brown, Elaine Thompson, and Christania Williams display their silver medal. (Photos: Bryan Cummings)

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Despite Jamaica’s success at the Rio Olympic Games, Maurice Wilson, the team’s technical leader, wants to see policies implemented that will enhance the performances. Jamaica finished with 11 medals, consisting of six gold, three silver and two bronze, and third on the athletics table behind the United States of America. The American scopped 32 medals inclusive of 13 gold, 10 silver and nine bronze, while African long distance powerhouses Kenya were ... Read More

Rio police seize passports in raid on Irish Olympics office

Monday, August 22, 2016    

Olympic Council of Ireland President Patrick Hickey was held by Brazilian police on August 17 concerning an alleged involvement in illegally passing on tickets for the games to unoffical vendors, media reports said. (Photo: AFP)

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — Brazilian police yesterday seized passports from three Irish Olympic officials accused of involvement in a black market ticket ring in Rio, police said. The early morning raid at the Irish office in the Olympic Village also netted phones and computers, Irish officials said. Irish International Olympic Committee member Patrick Hickey has already been detained in the inquiry and is being held in Rio’s Bangu maximum security prison, awaiting a court hear ... Read More

Isinbayeva shrugs off IOC opposition to election

Monday, August 22, 2016    

Newly elected member of the IOC Athletes Commission Yelena Isinbayeva, of Russia, takes oath during the election of new IOC members in the IOC 129th Session at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro yesterday. Isinbayeva was unable to defend her title in Rio after the Russian squad was banned by the International Association of Athletics Federations over a state-sponsored doping scandal which rocked track and field. (Photos: AFP)

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva was officially welcomed onto the International Olympic Committee (IOC) athletes commission yesterday only to discover that 23 of 70 members of the organisation voted against her. The Russian world record holder was one of four new members voted onto the commission to serve an eight-year term. Her election came despite her being unable to defend her pole vault title after the Russian track and field squa ... Read More



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