Athletics

IOC awards Olympic broadcast rights to Qatar's beIN Media

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded broadcast rights in the Middle East and North Africa from 2018-2024 to Qatar's beIN Media Group. The IOC said yesterday the deal would cover the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the 2020 Summer Game ... Read More

(From left) Quincy Harrison, Robin Hurtt and Hattie Harrison hold placards displaying their
support for Special Olympics Jamaica athlete Keith Ricketts at the USC campus on Sunday.
(PHOTO: SANJAY MYERS) Alcoa Foundation throws support behind sprinter Keith Ricketts
CALIFORNIA, USA -- Three females stood smiling when the Jamaica Observer caught up with them on Sund ... Read More

Pan Am Junior team off to championships in Canada
JAMAICA'S 36-member delegation to this weekend's Pan American Junior Athletics Championships left th ... Read More

Women's quarter-mile relay team adds silver to medal tally
JAMAICA'S women's 4x400m team added a silver medal on Saturday night's final day of Pan American Gam ... Read More

First Lady Michelle Obama opens Special Olympics Summer Games

BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter myerss@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, July 27, 2015    

The Special Olympics Jamaican delegation enter the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during the
parade of teams at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Summer Games on
Saturday. (PHOTOS: COLLIN REID COURTESY OF DIGICEL, SCOTIABANK AND CHASE FUND)

California, USA -- It was an event studded with appearances from famous actors, musicians, sport personalities and even the First Lady Michelle Obama. But the real stars of the evening were the thousands of Special Olympic athletes from around the globe, who took the spotlight on the red carpet of Saturday's opening ceremony of the 2015 World Summer Games here at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. At the venue, which holds a capacity of 91,000 for an NFL football game, over 62,000 people cheer ... Read More

The flame arrives

Monday, July 27, 2015    

THE
FLAME
ARRIVES

Athletes carry the flame inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday during the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics World Summer Games. (PHOTO: COLLIN REID COURTESY OF DIGICEL, SCOTIABANK AND CHASE FUND) THE FLAME ARRIVES --> Read More

Women’s team finish second in sprint relay

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Sunday, July 26, 2015    

United States and Jamaican athletes compete in the final of the women’s 4x100-metre relay at the Pan Am Games in Toronto,
yesterday. (PHOTO: AP)

JAMAICA added another silver medal in track and field at the 19th Pan-American Games at York University track stadium in Ontario, Canada, after the women's 4x100m team finished second to the USA, which set a new Pan American record of 42.58 seconds. The Jamaicans, anchored by Simone Facey, got silver in 42.68 seconds, while Canada were third in 43.00 seconds. Facey got the baton in third place and chased the Americans who were leading but just failed to catch Kaylin Whitney, the 200m champion. ... Read More

Special Olympics Jamaica feted by Digicel boss

BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter myerss@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, July 26, 2015    

Lorna Bell (second right), executive director, SOJ, presents a special collage of SOJ activities between 2002 to 2015 to
John Delves (centre), acting on behalf of Denis O’brien, chairman of Digicel, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in
downtown Los Angeles. Delves is the regional chief executive officer for Digicel covering Trinidad & Tobago, French West
Indies, Suriname and Barbados. Participating in the presentation (from left) are Mary Davis, managing director of Special
Olympics Europe/Eurasia, Anne Anderson, Irish ambassador to the USA, and Allie McNab. This was at a special welcome
function put on by Digicel Chairman Denis O’Brien for all volunteers to the Special Olympics World Summer Games.
(PHOTO: COLLIN REID COURTESY OF DIGICEL, SCOTIABANK AND CHASE FUND)

LOS ANGELES, United States — Special Olympics Jamaica Executive Director Lorna Bell was beaming from ear to ear during Friday's evening mellow barbeque put on by Digicel Chairman Denis O'Brien here at the Westin Hotel. While she had many reasons to be happy, two were quite obvious. She was happy Jamaica were invited to celebrate alongside other nations from the global Special Olympics community. In addition, Bell had just received a letter of encouragement from Jamaica's Prime Minister P ... Read More

On course for Beijing

Saturday, July 25, 2015    

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt (right) competes against American Mike Rodgers to win the men’s 100m final during the IAAF Diamond League Anniversary Games athletics meeting at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium in Stratford, west London, yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)

His staggering athletic achievements notwithstanding, Mr Usain Bolt is actually human. So, for knowledgeable track and field watchers, signs of rust in his performances in London yesterday would have come as no surprise. After all, the iconic Mr Bolt -- record holder in the men's 100 and 200 metres and multiple gold medallist in the Olympics and other major games -- had not run competitively for six weeks dating back to June 13, because of a pelvic strain which affected training. Yet, rusty o ... Read More

Usain Bolt wins 100 metres in Diamond League

Saturday, July 25, 2015    

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt creates his ‘Lightning Bolt’ pose as he celebrates winning the men’s 100m final during the IAAF Diamond
League Anniversary Games athletics meeting at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium in Stratford, west London, yesterday.
(PHOTO: AFP

LONDON, England (AP) — Usain Bolt returned to form by winning the 100 metres in 9.87 seconds at the Diamond League meet in London’s Olympic Stadium yesterday. After a poor start, the Jamaican struggled to break away from the pack but eventually edged Michael Rodgers of the United States by three hundredths of a second. Kemar Bailey-Cole of Jamaica was third in 9.92 and appeared to have suffered an injury just before he crossed the line. Bolt equalled his season’s best of 9.87 ... Read More

Things warming up in Los Angeles

Sanjay Myers | Saturday, July 25, 2015    

Members of the Special Olympics Jamaica delegation travel along the Hollywood
Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, on Thursday.
(PHOTOS: COLLIN REID COURTESY DIGICEL, SCOTIABANK AND CHASE FUND)

LOS ANGELES, United States -- Packing for any trip to foreign territory usually requires careful thought. An important element to consider is the right apparel to match the expected weather conditions. This part of the United States west coast can be quite balmy in the summer, so little to no adjustment required. Give thanks. Since arriving here on Tuesday, the weather has been really kind. I was expecting stifling heat, typical of Los Angeles this time of year, but instead it has been mostly ... Read More

Coe promises financial dividend if elected IAAF president

Saturday, July 25, 2015    

Britain's Sebastian Coe,
double Olympic 1500m
champion, and candidate
for the succession of
Senegalese Lamine Diack
as President of the
International Association
of Athletics Federations
(IAAF) poses in a building
along the Mediterranean
Sea, in the southern
French city of
Marseille, yesterday.
(PHOTO: AFP)

LONDON, England (AP) — Seb Coe has offered a financial dividend of $22 million if he is elected president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) next month. Coe says the money, which he called an 'Olympic Dividend', will be divided up equally between the 214 member nations of the IAAF over the next four years. Coe says the plan equates to each member receiving at least $100,000. Speaking before London's Diamond League meeting, Coe said, "We need to release reso ... Read More

All eyes on Bolt

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, July 24, 2015    

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt poses
for photographers at the end of a
press conference, ahead of
competing in the Diamond League
athletics meeting at the Olympic
Stadium in London, yesterday.
(PHOTO: AP)

ALL eyes will be fixed on six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt as he lines up in the 100m at the two-day London Diamond League meet which starts today. Bolt will return to the scene of his 2012 triple Olympic triumph at the meet dubbed the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games. It will be an important indicator of his readiness for the World Championships in Beijing next month. Bolt, who has been struggling with poor form and a pelvic injury, takes on Americans Ryan Bailey and Mike Rodgers ... Read More

Dacres captures Pan Am discus gold

Friday, July 24, 2015    

Jamaica’s Rasheed Dwyer (left) and Antigua and Barbuda’s Miguel Francis
compete in the semi-finals of the men’s 200 metres at the Pan Am Games in
Toronto, yesterday. Dwyer finished first. (PHOTOS: AP)

Fedric Dacres won his first senior title yesterday after he landed the gold medal in the men's discus throw with 64.80 metres at the 19th Pan-American Games being held at the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletics Stadium in York, Ontario, yesterday. Jamaica won two medals yesterday as Roxroy Cato took the bronze in the men's 400m hurdles in a photo finish ahead of American Kerron Clement, both timed in 48.72 seconds. Reports are that the American team leaders protested the decision, but up to press ... Read More



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