7 bow into action as World University Games start

Jamaica’s Simoya Campbell (second left) competing in the 4x800m
relays at the World Relays in the Bahamas earlier this year.

SEVEN of Jamaica's 11-member track and field team will be in action on Wednesday's (late this evening local time) first day of the athletics programme at the World University Games being held in Gwanju, South Korea. Sprinters Kemarley Brown, Shimayra Williams and Kedisha Dallas, 400m runners Tovea ... Read More

KC’s Zharnel Hughes rounds the
bend to enter the straight in the
Class One 200m heats in easy
fashion in 2014. He won comfortably in
21.20 seconds. (File PHOTO) Hughes claims 200m title at British National Championships
ZHARNEL Hughes made his debut at the British National Championships a memorable one after he won the ... Read More

BUBKA Zero tolerance for dopers, warns Bubka
PARIS, France (AFP) -- There should be zero tolerance for athletes who use banned drugs, according t ... Read More

Asafa Powell
and Shelly-Ann
Fraser-Pryce celebrate
after winning their
respective 100m in
Paris, yesterday.
(PHOTO: AFP) Powell, Fraser-Pryce in blazing form in Paris
PARIS, France (AP) -- Asafa Powell is getting quicker and quicker the closer the World Championships ... Read More

Clayton Brown fulfilling 2015 dreams

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Sunday, July 05, 2015    

BROWN… had set his personal best 2.20m at a JAAA All Comers meet.

Clayton Brown is well on his way to fulfilling his goals for 2015 as he has been named in both the teams to the Pan-American Junior track and field championships and the Pan-American Games team, both to be held in Canada in the coming weeks. The Jamaica College sixth former had an outstanding two seasons, even if he has been able to stay under the radar, and won both high jump events at the JAAA Junior and Senior Championships in back-to-back weekends recently. Last weekend he beat an out of ... Read More

McLeod to make pro debut next Tuesday in Hungary

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Sunday, July 05, 2015    

Omar McLeod (centre) celebrates after beating
Hansle Parchment (right) to win the 110m
hurdles in 12.97 seconds last night. Parchment
was second in 13.18 while Dwight Thomas
finished fifth with 13.43 seconds.

Newly crowned national senior champion and world leader in the men's 110m hurdles Omar McLeod will make his professional debut at the Istvan Gyulai Memorial meeting in Budapest, Hungary, next Tuesday, the meet organisers announced yesterday. McLeod, who ran a lifetime best and world-leading 12.97 seconds, was expected to have signed a professional contract this week, ending his collegiate career on a high after winning both the indoor 60m and outdoor 110m titles this season. His 12.97 seconds ... Read More

Bubka backs innovative ideas to bring athletics to the people

Sunday, July 05, 2015    

BUBKA... former six-time world champion declared his candidacy to succeed
Jacques Rogge

PARIS, France (AFP) -- Track and field events staged outside stadiums in street situations are crucial to attract interest in and increase popularity of athletics, International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) presidential candidate Sergey Bubka said yesterday. The former Olympic and 10-time pole vault world champion is in a two-way race with two-time 1,500m gold medallist Seb Coe to succeed Lamine Diack as president of the IAAF. And Bubka insisted that innovative ideas to bring at ... Read More

CCCAN gold, silver for Jamaica's synchro team

Saturday, July 04, 2015    

National synchronised swimmers (from left) Nyouka
Baugh, Jamielya Shaw and Felice Coombs

Jamaica's three-member National Synchronised Swimming Team reaped success in Barbados at the recently concluded CCCAN Age Group Championship with a four-medal haul of one gold and three silver medals. The two-day event took place from June 29 to 30 and saw some 25 athletes from five Caribbean countries competing in the 12 and under, 13-15 and 16-18 age groups. Jamaica's gold medal was won in the 12 and under duet category with Nyouka Baugh and Felice Coombs topping the event. Coombs also won s ... Read More

Zharnel Hughes leads all qualifiers in British Championships 200m final

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Saturday, July 04, 2015    

KC’s Zharnel Hughes
cruising home in the
Class One 200m in a
decent 20.8 seconds at
the Alcor Windows and
Doors Corporate Area
Meet at the National
Stadium yesterday.

ZHARNEL Hughes leads the qualifiers into today's final of the men's 200m after running 20.55 seconds (-0.2m/s) to win his semi-final heat on yesterday's first day of the British Championships at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. The former Anguillan runner, who has a Jamaican mother and competed for Kingston College at last year's ISSA Boys' Championships, switched allegiances this year. In yesterday's semi-finals he eased up with about 40 metres to go to beat Freddie Owsley with 21.12 seconds ... Read More

Something to prove

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Friday, July 03, 2015    

WALKER... I need for everyone to understand that is something I want to do for my own

FORMER World and Olympic Games 400m hurdles champion Melaine Walker made a surprise appearance at last weekend's JAAA National Senior Trials at the National Stadium, and while she had a disappointing showing in the 100m hurdles, she says she can get to the top of the world in the sprint hurdle event. Thirty-two-year-old Walker, who dominated the 400m hurdles for three years before walking away from the MVP club after the 2012 Olympic Games, has insisted she never "walked away from the hurdles", ... Read More

Jamaica names 65-member team to Pan Am Games

Friday, July 03, 2015    

Swimming lanes are in view as Jamaican swimmer Alia
Atkinson races to the finish

A 65-member team was named by the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) to represent Jamaica at the 17th Pan American Games set for Toronto, Canada July 10-26. Jamaica will participate in seven sporting disciplines — track and field, swimming, badminton, cycling, shooting, golf and tae kwon do. Reigning Sportswoman of the Year, Alia Atkinson, the 100m-breaststroke short course world record holder, is among six swimmers in the team. A powerful track and field aggregation is responsible for 5 ... Read More

Another fast one

Thursday, July 02, 2015    

POWELL... I was involved in designing the
emojis and working with Thumbkandi

JAMAICAN sprint sensation Asafa Powell has partnered with Thumbkandi, the newest interactive messaging app, to launch the first emoji collection to feature an international pro runner. Powell, who has clocked the most sub-10 100m runs in the history of the sport, copped another win this season on Friday last. The sprinter reclaimed his national 100m title at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association's (JAAA) National Senior Championships in Kingston, securing his spot on the team to the ... Read More

Forbes to jump at any chance to break record

Thursday, July 02, 2015    

FORBES... I am still going
after it (long jump record)

DAMAR Forbes has no intention of backing down from remarks he made two years ago that he will break the Jamaican senior men's long jump record of 8.62m set 18 years ago in 1997 by James Beckford. Despite a personal best of 8.25m set at the National Stadium in 2013, Forbes, who was born in St Ann but raised in Georgia and attended Louisiana State University, says he thinks he could take the mark this season. "I am still going after it, I am not going to back down and hopefully if not before the ... Read More

Twelve western-based students named in national athletic teams

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, July 02, 2015    

Jauavney James winning the Class 2 boys 400m in a
new time of 50.70 seconds

TWELVE athletes from western Jamaica-based schools have been named on two teams that will represent Jamaica in major junior athletics competitions set for later this month. Seven have been named on the team to take part in the IAAF World Youth Championships to be held in Cali, Colombia, from July 15-19, while the other five were included in the team to the Pan-American Junior Track and Field Championships to be held in Edmonton, Canada, between July 31 and August 2. Additionally, Michael McInt ... Read More



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