Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown takes the applause after
winning the women’s 100 metres at the Jamaica International
Invitational in 11.01 seconds at the National Stadium in
Kingston on May 4, 2013, after which she provided the
sample which was said to have tested positive for HCT.

LONDON, England (AP) — Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell Brown was cleared of doping because of blatant flaws in the test collection procedures and possible "environmental contamination" of her urine sample, sport's highest appeals body said yesterday. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CA ... Read More

Action from last year’s event. The JISA-CPJ Western Invitational Friendship Meet on today
ATHLETICS in private schools in Western Jamaica is set to continue growing in the years ahead follow ... Read More

Minister with Responsibility for Sports Natalie Neita Headley (left), CEO of the Heart Institute of the Caribbean Professor
Ernest Madu (second right) and JAAA President Dr Warren Blake (right) look on as junior athlete Warren Barrett Jr tries
the spin bike at the HIC’s Breath Wellness Centre yesterday. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) HIC, JAAA sign off on 4-year cardiovascular screening deal
THE Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC) yesterday announced details of a partnership with the Jam ... Read More

Dr Warren Blake Toxicology report could clarify Cavahn's cause of death, says JAAA boss
THE family of the late St Jago High student Cavahn McKenzie could get definitive news on the cause o ... Read More

Glasgow marks 100 days to go to 'Comm Games' with iconic images

Wednesday, April 16, 2014    

Glasgow marks 100 days to go to 'Comm Games' with iconic images

Glasgow 2014 yesterday marked 100 days to go until the start of the Commonwealth Games with a stunning aerial shot of Hampden Park, Scotland's national football stadium, temporarily transformed into an athletics venue for the Games. The Venue for Track and Field had a giant '100' painted onto the grass infield for an iconic image which shows the still in-construction running track for the first time. Hampden will be the centrepiece of the Games with more than a thousand athletes going all out ... Read More

Carrie Russell lights up UTech Classic on record-breaking night

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter | Tuesday, April 15, 2014    

MVP’s Latoya Greaves (right) clears the hurdle on her way to winning
the 100m hurdles in 13.20 seconds. Chrisdale McCarthy (second left)
of UTech finishes third in 13.54. At left is Angelita Broadbelt-Blake of
Cameron Blazers who was fourth with 13.68 seconds.

CARRIE Russell of MVP sped to an impressive 11.19 seconds to win the Women's 100m Invitational event at the UTech Classic and equalled Schillonie Calvert's 2009 record on a night when nine records were broken at the National Stadium last Saturday. The powerfully built Russell had none other than Calvert of Racers well behind in second spot with 11.36 with Annesha McLaughin third in 11.40 seconds. This is expected to be break out year for the promising Russell, whose time is joint third fastest ... Read More

PA Benjamin assists St Jago track team for Penn relays

Tuesday, April 15, 2014    

PA Benjamin assists St Jago track team for Penn relays

Christopher Powell (left), commercial manager of PA Benjamin Manufacturing Company Limited, hands over a cheque for $90,000 to Natalliah Whyte (second right) and Nathon Allen, members of the track and field team at St Jago High School. The donation is to assist the team to participate in the annual Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from April 24-26, 2014. Sharing in the moment is Sandra Swyer-Watson, principal of St Jago High Read More

Prosecutor puts more pressure on Pistorius at murder trial

Tuesday, April 15, 2014    

Oscar Pistorius

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The chief prosecutor in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial yesterday alleged numerous inconsistencies in the athlete's account of how he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year, seeking to show that the athlete is lying when he says he shot her by mistake. Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel also accused Pistorius of tailoring his testimony to fit the evidence at the scene. Pistorius denied the accusations. Nel alleged that the Olympic runner changed his aim with his ... Read More

5 records tumble

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter | Sunday, April 13, 2014    

Yohan Blake (left) of Racers Track Club pulls alongside Tyquendo Tracey of UTech on the final leg of the men’s 4x100m relay
at the UTech Classic at the National Stadium yesterday. Racers won the event in a meet record 38.41 seconds.

RISTANNANA Tracey smashed the women's 400m hurdles record at the UTech Classic and in the process established a world-leading time of 55.64 seconds yesterday. Tracey, a former Edwin Allen star, now at Racers Track Club, said her race wasn't perfect but was not surprised by the time, as she lowered Kaliese Spencer's record of 56.32 seconds set in 2009. "I felt great about my race. I think I executed fairly well. However, there were parts in my race that I actually messed up, but overall I'm ple ... Read More

‘Grace-ious’ Champs coaches revel in recognition

Howard Walker | Sunday, April 13, 2014    

GraceKennedy’s CEO Don Wehby (centre) in discussion with Calabar’s assistant coach Omar Hawes (right) and Edwin Allen head coach Michael Dyke during
the handover function for winning coaches of Champs on Friday. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

ISSA GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships’ winning coaches Michael Dyke of Edwin Allen and Omar Hawes of Calabar High received their $150,000 winning cheques and gift vouchers from GraceKennedy CEO Don Wehby on Friday. GraceKennedy, with a total sponsorship investment of $36.5m this year, for the very first time in the history of the event, decided to reward the unsung heroes of Champs, the coaches, with cash prizes. Wehby, in congratulating both coaches, sa ... Read More

Though he loves to gallop, Javon Francis is no 'donkey'

By Dr Rachael Irving | Sunday, April 13, 2014    

Calabar High’s Javon Francis in action at the recent
ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletic Championships at
the National Stadium.

NEW Class One 400m record holder Javon Francis limps up the stairs as he makes his way on stage in an emotional farewell following his final appearance for Calabar High. The staging of the ISSA Boys' and Girls' Championships has always been phenomenal. It is from Champs that we expect to see young talents emerge who will eventually replace the Shelly-Anns and Usains when they retire. Young Javon Francis is one of those talents. I cried when he did that impossible run that took the men's 4x400 ... Read More

Valuable lesson from a sad episode

Saturday, April 12, 2014    

POWELL... this ruling is
not only unfair, it is
patently unjust

We suspect that the recent exoneration of Mrs Veronica Campbell-Brown will have encouraged Mr Asafa Powell and Miss Sherone Simpson in their stated determination to contest their 18-month doping-related suspensions at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. We would expect that the issues will be very carefully explored by the athletes, their handlers and lawyers before a final decision is taken. Another Jamaican, of far less prominence, Olympic discus thrower Ms Allison Randall, was also handed a ... Read More

UTech Classic promises to be a cracker — Francis

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter | Saturday, April 12, 2014    

MVP athletes Nester Carter (left) and Kaliese Spencer are expected to participate

THE seventh staging of the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) Invitational Track and Field Classic promises to be a "cracker", meet director Paul Francis told the Jamaica Observer yesterday. With arguably the greatest female sprinter of all time, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, withdrawing following instructions from her medical team to take two weeks' rest, Francis believes enough quality will be on show. "All I can say for sure at this point, it's all systems go and the meet appearing at thi ... Read More

Athletes need to 'man up', says Collins

Saturday, April 12, 2014    

Kim Collins 

LONDON, England (CMC) — Veteran St Kitts and Nevis sprinter Kim Collins believes athletes who test positive for banned substances need to "man up" instead of resorting to excuses. The former world champion, now in the twilight of his career, told BBC Sport it was important that athletes took responsibility for their actions, similar to what British sprinter Dwain Chambers did after his failed drugs test back in 2003. Collins was reacting after Thursday's announcement that Jamaican sprint ... Read More



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