Athletics

Bailey-Cole, Powell clash again in Zagreb

JAMAICA'S Commonwealth Games champion Kemar Bailey-Cole and former world record holder Asafa Powell will clash over the 100m for the second time in less than a week when they meet at an IAAF World Challenge meeting in Zagreb, Croatia, today. Five Jamaican men will compete at the meet, which is the ... Read More

STEWART…
bounced back
to edge
American
Joanna Atkins
to the tape Stewart bounces back to claim 100m in Germany
Commonwealth Games double medallist Kerron Stewart was the only Jamaican winner at the ISTAF IAAF Wo ... Read More

Jamaica’s Kenneth Edwards (right) knocks back his Canadian opponent in the semi-finals of
the senior black belt team sparring at yesterday’s final day of the Fifth ITF World Cup held at
the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Rose Hall. Edwards led Jamaica to their first ever
World Cup team title, beating Argentina 10-8 in an exciting final. (PHOTO: PAUL REID) HISTORIC!
ROSE HALL, St James — Jamaica brought the curtains down on a wildly successful Fifth Internati ... Read More

Island Aquatics Synchro Club 12 and under team (from left) Laila Bailey,
Felice Combs, Nyouka Baugh, Hannah Smith and MaryAnn Baker at the
UANA Pan American Synchronised Swimming Championship in Riverside,
California, from August 10-17, 2014. Island Aquatics Synchro end season on high note
ISLAND Aquatics Synchro Club completed a very successful synchronised swimming season by making the ... Read More

Nominations open for 2014 Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence

BY RUDDY ALLEN | Saturday, August 30, 2014    

(From left) Saleen Lazarus, a director at CHASE Fund, Wavell Hinds, former recipient of the Courtney Walsh Award for
Excellence, Robert Richards, president for the Jamaica Badminton Association and Mike Fennell, president for the
Jamaica Olympic Association, in discussion at the launch of the awards at Cuddy’z Sports Bar & Restaurant in New
Kingston on Thursday. (PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD)

NOMINATIONS for the 10th annual Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence opened with a press launch at Cuddy'z Sports Bar & Restaurant, New Kingston Shopping Centre on Thursday. The Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence is awarded annually, recognising exemplary qualities in male or female Jamaican nationals between the ages of 18 and 40, who have represented the country in the field of sport. The Award, which is administered by the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, is the ... Read More

VCB, Bailey-Cole cop 100m titles

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, August 29, 2014    

Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell Brown (centre), between Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare (left) and Kerron Stewart, crosses
the finish line to win the women’s 100m final at the Diamond League Athletics meeting Weltklasse yesterday in Zurich.
(PHOTOS: AFP)

JAMAICA'S Veronica Campbell Brown captured her first IAAF Diamond trophy yesterday after edging Ivory Coast's Murielle Ahoure to win the 100m race at the Zurich Diamond League meeting. Campbell Brown and Ahoure were both timed in 11.04 seconds (0.7m/s) with the Jamaican given the edge. With the points doubled for the final race in the series she finished with 10 points, three more than Ahoure and compatriot Kerron Stewart. Commonwealth Games sprint double champion Blessing Okagbare was third y ... Read More

Jamaica continue to dominate at ITF World Champs

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, August 29, 2014    

Jamaica’s ITF World Cup champion in the boys’ 15-17 black belt under 50kg sparring Delano Francis is mobbed by
teammates after beating Puerto Rico’s Gustavo M Lipezker-Salas 3-1 in the final at the fifth staging of the event, held at
the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, yesterday. (PHOTOS: PAUL REID)

SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD junior black belt Delano Francis and two junior coloured belt medal clean sweeps ignited a loud Jamaican cheering section at yesterday's second day of the fifth International Tae kwon do Federation's (ITF's) World Cup at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St James. Francis won the first black belt gold for the hosts, outclassing Puerto Rico's Gustavo M Lipezker-Salas 3-1 in the final, as Jamaica added 10 medals on the second day to have 19 overall - six gold, fiv ... Read More

Ashmeade, Stewart look to secure Diamond

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, August 28, 2014    

POWELL… faces Gay fresh off a 9.87 run

JAMAICANS Nickel Ashmeade and Kerron Stewart could wrap up Diamond races in the 200m and 100m, respectively, at today's penultimate IAAF Diamond League meet of the season, the Weltklasse in Zurich, Switzerland starting at 1:00 pm (Jamaica time). Ashmeade leads Panama's Alonso Edward by three points (14 to 11) and the athlete who finishes ahead today will take the Diamond trophy in the 200m, while Stewart needs to finish in the top three to collect her first Diamond. Two other Jamaicans -- quar ... Read More

Bolt vs Yuvraj

Wednesday, August 27, 2014    

BOLT… an ardent cricket fan
who has expressed a desire
to play in the Indian Premier
League

NEW DELHI, India (AFP) — Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt will make his first trip to India next week to play cricket against India's World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh, organisers said yesterday. The cricket face-off — titled 'Bolt and Yuvi - Battle of the Legends' — is being organised by sportswear giants Puma and will take place at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on September 2. The format and details of the game have not been revealed. "Puma brings Usain Bolt down for ... Read More

Suriname win triple jump gold

Wednesday, August 27, 2014    

NANJING, China (CMC) — Suriname's Miquel van Assen claimed Olympic gold in the men's triple jump at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, on Monday. He established himself as the favourite to cop the gold medal when he qualified for the final with a 16.29-metre jump. However, in Monday's final a 16.15-metre jump was enough to secure the gold and a place in Suriname's sports history. "I am so proud to win a gold medal for Suriname. It was not easy, but I got it," the 18-year-old ath ... Read More

Rio Olympics gets first qualified athletes

Wednesday, August 27, 2014    

 Rio Olympics

CAEN, France (AP) — Almost two years before the 2016 Summer Olympics starts, the first competitors have qualified for the Rio de Janeiro Games. The International Equestrian Federation says Germany, Britain and Netherlands earned their Olympic entries in team dressage yesterday by finishing in the medal positions at the World Equestrian Games. The same three teams also took the medals at the 2012 London Olympics. Yesterday, Olympic silver medallists Germany won to reverse London placing ... Read More

Jamaica end with 4 medals at Youth Olympics

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, August 26, 2014    

Performers take part in the opening ceremony for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing,
in eastern China's Jiangsu province yesterday. More than 3,700 competitors, aged 15 to 18,
were expected to participate in the games, with many hoping to build towards a place at the
2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (PHOTO: AFP)

Jamaica ended the Second IOC Youth Olympic Games with a record four medals after failing to add to their tally on yesterday's final day of competition in track and field at the National Stadium Complex in Nanjing, China. Intermediate hurdler Shanice Cohen and men's triple jumper Jordan Scott failed to add to the medal tally as Jamaica slipped to sixth place on the medal table from the 32 countries that earned at least a medal. The four medals, three gold and a silver, easily beat the one medal ... Read More

Natalliah Whyte strikes gold in 200m

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, August 25, 2014    

WHYTE… ran 23.55 seconds to win Jamaica’s third gold medal
of the Youth Olympics (at right) WAYSOME… won a silver medal with a personal best 7.44m

NATALLIAH Whyte entered the history books on Saturday night (Jamaica time) at the Nanjing Olympic Stadium when she won the women's 200m gold medal at the Second International Olympic Committee (IOC) Youth Olympics to land Jamaica's first medal by a woman at the Championships. After recording the fastest time of 23.79 seconds in the preliminary rounds, Whyte, of St Jago High, came back in the final to run 23.55 seconds to win Jamaica's third gold medal of the Championships. Jamaica College's lo ... Read More

That's it!

Monday, August 25, 2014    

Jamaica's Usian Bolt reacts after winning the 100m of the 5th athletics Kamila Skolimowska Memorial event, a tribute to deceased Olympic champion Kamila Skolimowska, at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland, on Saturday. (PHOTO: AFP)

ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) — Usain Bolt has decided to end his injury-plagued season early, having competed in just three races in 2014. Organisers for Thursday's Diamond League meeting in Zurich said yesterday that Bolt had withdrawn from the event's 100-metre race and will not compete again this season. The decision comes a day after the Olympic champion and world record-holder won a 100m race in Warsaw, Poland, clocking 9.98 seconds. The statement said Bolt's coach Glen Mills "feels it ... Read More



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