Kalawan wins impressive silver, a bronze for Nigel Ellis

Shannon Kalawan (left) as proud as can be with her silver medal from the 400m hurdles. With her is winner Anna Cockrell (centre) of the United States and bronze medallist Xahria Santiago of Canada. (Photos: Collin Reid — Courtesy of Supreme Ventures and Courts)

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland — Intermediate hurdler Shannon Kalawan and sprinter Nigel Ellis added to Jamaica’s medal tally at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships at Zawiszaw stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland, last night with a silver and a bronze, respectively, to take the island’s tally to fou ... Read More

BOLT... Over time, I’ll be fine, I’ll just keep doing the work. (Photos: AFP) Bolt not satisfied with 19.89 seconds
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt turned in a workman-like performance to win the men’s 200m in 19.89 ... Read More

From left: Patrick King, Director of Customer Solutions at Digicel, Annsert Whyte, Jevaughn Minzie, Javon Francis, Juliet Holness, wife of  Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Minister of Sports Olivia Grange, Peter Matthews,  Ristananna Tracey, Brazilian Ambassador to Jamaica, Carlos den Hartog and Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby participate in the cake cutting at the Digicel Athletes send-off party at the Brazilian Embassy on Tuesday last. (Photo: Bryan Cummings) Off to Rio
Brazilian ambassador to Jamaica Carlos den Hartog and sponsors Digicel celebrated with Team Jamaica ... Read More

Jaheel Hyde winning his heat in the 400m hurdles. (Photos: Collin Reid - courtesy of Supreme Ventures and Courts) Jaheel Hyde easily qualifies for final of 400m hurdles
As expected, defending champion Jaheel Hyde advanced to today’s final of the 400m hurdles, cru ... Read More

The tears flowed as Shanice Love watched discus final

BY PAUL A REID Observer Writer | Saturday, July 23, 2016    

Shanice Love

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland — Tears of pain flowed down the face of Shanice Love as she sat and watched the women’s discus throw final on Thursday’s third afternoon of the IAAF World Under 20 Championships at Zawiszaw stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland. For two years she plotted her revenge after she had fouled out of the competition in Eugene, Oregon, and she came to Bydgoszcz in the best shape of her life and with a string of great results all year, ready to challenge for a medal that woul ... Read More


Saturday, July 23, 2016    

(Photo: AFP)

Usain Bolt made a winning return after recovering from a hamstring injury to win the 200 metres in a fast 19.89 seconds at the London Diamond League meet yesterday. Read More

Holness says he might go to Rio

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter | Saturday, July 23, 2016    

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness (second right) and Carlios den Hartog, the Brazilian Ambassador to Jamaica, dancing the Samba and Reggae.(Photo: Bryan Cummings)

Prime Minister Andrew Holness revealed on Tuesday night that he could have a change of heart and attend the Olympic Games in Rio as he provided encouraging words to the athletes during a Digicel send-off function at the Brazilian embassy on Tuesday night. With most of Jamaica’s athletes overseas in camps or on the track-and-field circuit, only a handful were present at the send off party including - Jona Knight-Wisdom, Javon Francis, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Peter Matthews, Annsert White, Jevau ... Read More

Farah backs banning of Russian athletes from Games

Saturday, July 23, 2016    

FARAH...Usain and myself and the rest of us, we work so hard and then something happens and it takes away our limelight. Nobody wants to see it, but we have to do what is right. (Photo: AP)

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) - British distance running great Mo Farah yesterday followed fellow Olympic gold medallists Usain Bolt and Jessica Ennis-Hill in supporting the banning of Russian track and field athletes from next month’s Olympic Games. The 33-year-old Somalia-born dual Olympic champion who was speaking on the eve of his returning to compete at the stadium where he won 5000 and 10000m Olympic golds in London in 2012 added he felt some sympathy towards those athletes who will ... Read More

Pain-loving Schippers ready for different Rio experience

Saturday, July 23, 2016    

SCHIPPERS … warned that despite strong Jamaican and US teams in the sprints, everything remained open in the quest for Olympic gold.(Photo: AFP)

MONACO, Principality of Monaco (AFP) - Dutch sprint sensation Dafne Schippers predicted that the Rio Olympics would be an altogether different experience from the London edition four years ago. In 2012, a fresh-faced Schippers finished 12th in the heptathlon won by Briton Jessica Ennis-Hill on that famed ‘Super Saturday’. Schippers has since ditched the gruelling, two-day multi-discipline event to concentrate on the sprints, her last major championships in the heptathlon coming in ... Read More

Russia bid to avoid Rio ban as IOC reports new test failures

Saturday, July 23, 2016    

This combination of pictures shows some of the top Russian athletes who may miss the upcoming Olympics in Rio. Top row, from left: Sergey Shubenkov (men’s 110 metres hurdles), Yelena Isinbayeva (women’s pole vault), Vladimir Morozov (men’s 50-metre freestyle swim), and Yuliya Efimova (women’s 100m breaststroke swim). Second row, from left: Sofya Velikaya (Women’s sabre), Aliya Mustafina (Artistic Gymnastics), Dmitriy Muserskiy (L) and Dmitriy Ilinykh (men’s volleyball), and Evgenia Kanaeva (Rhythmic Gymnastics). (Photo: AFP)

MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) —Russia yesterday made a last-ditch bid to avoid a blanket ban at the Rio Games over state-run doping as a fresh batch of drug test failures from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 rocked the Olympics. The IOC’s executive board are to hold a conference call tomorrow to discuss barring Russia from the Olympics starting on August 5 over bombshell doping revelations. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Thursday rejected an appeal by Russia’s track and fie ... Read More

James claims historic gold

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Friday, July 22, 2016    

Jamaica’s Tiffany James (second right) powers to the finish line to win the women’s 400m final in 51.32 seconds ahead of the USA’s Lynna Irby
(left) in 51.39 seconds and Jamaica’s Junelle Bromfield (right) in 52.05 seconds at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships inside the Zawiszaw
Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland, yesterday. Australia’s Jessica Thornton was fourth. (Photos: Collin Reid courtesy of Supreme Ventures and Courts)

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland — The two medals won in yesterday’s historic women’s 400m final at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships at the Zawiszaw Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland, will lift the entire team moral and start the medals rush, head coach Danny Hawthorne has said. “To get two medals in one race is a wonderful feeling and not just the medals but how they got it. They fought all the way and we are all pleased; it has lifted the team and hopefully it will spur us on to more ... Read More

Usain Bolt relaxed ahead of 200m outing in London

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter | Friday, July 22, 2016    

Jamaican sprinter
Usain Bolt poses ahead
of a press conference
in London yesterday.
(Photo: AFP)

Jamaica and the rest of the globe will hold a collective breath as the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt looks to run his first race since pulling out of the Jamaica National Senior Championships. The sprinter is down to compete today in the 200-metre event at the two-day London Muller Anniversary Games. Bolt, the six-time Olympic champion, has not run since July 1 when he suffered a hamstring injury and was granted a medical exemption by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association. A ... Read More

Team coping with disappointments, says team leader

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Friday, July 22, 2016    

Jamaica’s 110m hurdler Damion Thomas (right) being consoled by team leader Ewan Scott (centre)
and team official Leroy Cooke after the medal prospect crashed out of the men’s 110m hurdles semifinals
on Wednesday at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships inside the Zawiszaw Stadium in
Bydgoszcz, Poland. (Photo: Collin Reid courtesy of Supreme Ventures and Courts)

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland — While sports can bring glory, and in some cases fame and fortune, it can be an unforgiving master and disaster is sometimes a millisecond away, destroying in the blink of an eye what took months or years to build. The first two evening sessions of the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, provided perfect examples as two Jamaican medal prospects crashed out before they even had the chance to challenge for MEDAL. On the opening day, female team captai ... Read More

Hyde confident, as Barrett feels great after opening 400m hurdles

Friday, July 22, 2016    

Jaheel Hyde reacts at the end of his
opening 400m hurdles event yesterday. At right: Timor Barrett breaks from the starting
block in his heat of the men’s 400m
hurdles yesterday.
(Photos: Collin Reid courtesy of Supreme
Ventures and Courts)

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland — It’s not good news for the other competitors in the men’s 400m hurdles at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships at the Zawiszaw Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland, as after easing to a smooth 50.81 seconds clocking in the first round yesterday, defending champion Jaheel Hyde says he will step up the pace in today’s second round. Hyde, who has the top three times as a junior in the world so far this year, topped by the national junior record 48.81 seconds se ... Read More



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