Athletics

NFL holds no appeal for Man United super-fan Bolt

Olympic athlete Usain Bolt (right) is being interviewed by Lance Fresh, Bleacher Report at Foot Locker in New York City on Thursday. (Photo: AFP)

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The bruising NFL isn’t on Usain Bolt’s post-athletics agenda, but Jamaica’s sprint superstar says he’d answer a call from his beloved Manchester United in a heartbeat. Bolt, who capped his glittering Olympic career with a third-straig ... Read More

Sanya Gooden (right), student of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, receives a scholarship certificate from Douglas Orane, co-patron of CB Group UWI/5K, at the launch of the 2016 event held at the UWI Regional Headquarters on Wednesday. CB/UWI 5K targets $20 million
Organisers of this year’s Caribbean Broilers (CB)/University of the West Indies (UWI) 5K Run/W ... Read More

Lucy Meyer (yellow shirt), UNICEF and Special Olympics youth advocate, is greeted by athletes from Special Olympics St James athletes shortly after arriving at the Sangster International Airport on Tuesday.  
SOJ buoyed by visit of UNICEF youth advocate
Lorna Bell, executive director Special Olympics Jamaica (SOJ, says the visit of UNICEF and Special O ... Read More

Junelle Bromfield (left) of St Elizabeth Technical High School receiving the 2015 Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence for her accomplishments in academics and sports from Dr David McBean, chairman of the Supreme Ventures Foundation, while Courtney Walsh looks on. Top student athletes to be recognised at 2016 Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence
A male and female student athlete in high schools who have managed to excel both in their academics ... Read More

Photo: Walk For The Cure

Wednesday, September 21, 2016    

Tthe CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank fifth annual Walk For The Cure is scheduled for Sunday, October 2, 2016 at Kingston’s Emancipation Park. Seen here following the media launch at the Spanish Court Hotel last Friday are (from left) Nigel Holness, managing director of the bank; Jackie Lechler Stewart, managing director, Stewart’s Motor Sales; Yulit Gordon, executive director, Jamaica Cancer Society; (JCS) and Jerome Griffiths, HR manager, FirstCaribbean Bank. The event will see bank employees, friends and families, sponsors, customers and other registered participants walking 10 laps at Emancipation Park to raise funds to finance cancer care and treatment programmes in Jamaica. Walk For The Cure is a region-wide initiative of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, involving the bank’s operations in 17 Caribbean countries in collaboration with their respective cancer associations which benefit from funds raised. The bank partners in Jamaica with the JCS. (Garfield Robinson)

The CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank fifth annual Walk For The Cure is scheduled for Sunday, October 2, 2016 at Kingston’s Emancipation Park. Seen here following the media launch at the Spanish Court Hotel last Friday are (from left) Nigel Holness, managing director of the bank; Jackie Lechler Stewart, managing director, Stewart’s Motor Sales; Yulit Gordon, executive director, Jamaica Cancer Society; (JCS) and Jerome Griffiths, HR manager, FirstCaribbean Bank. The event will se ... Read More

Chambers, Martin take Astra Run

Tuesday, September 20, 2016    

Winners of Astra Run, Ryon Chambers (second left), who clocked 16.42 minutes and Aretha Martin (second right) with 22.02 minutes receive their trophies from Dr Ernestine Watson (left), director of the Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica, while Commander John McFarlane, chairman of the Kidney Support Foundation of Jamaica looks on.  The Astra Run took place on Saturday evening at the Police Officers’ Club.

The Astra 5K Walk/Run, which is a joint venture between the Kidney Support Foundation of Jamaica (KSFJ) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica (PSJ) last Saturday at the Police Officers’ Club in Kingston. The overall winner, Ryon Chambers, crossed the finish line in 16.42 minutes to the cheers of the crowd, including sponsors and various service providers. Andrew Gutzmore was a close second in 16.43 minutes, with Troy Pennington third, a little way off in 18.04 minutes. The overall ... Read More

Hudson progresses to T47 400m final at Paralympics

Saturday, September 17, 2016    

Shane Hudson being introduced prior to the start of his semi-final event in the men’s T47 400m in Rio de Janeiro yesterday.

Paralympian Shane Hudson ran cautiously but somewhat assertively to progress to the final of the T47 400m today when he hopes that the battle he won yesterday will become the prized victory in today’s war. With sights on a medal, Hudson’s game plan in the semi-final was to test the competition and execute in order to earn a good lane for the final. And he did just that. Running from lane four in the third semi-final, he had an even start but took control at the top of the backstretc ... Read More

The Astra Run today

Saturday, September 17, 2016    

(File Photo: Garfield Robinson)

The first Astra Run hits the road today at 6:30 pm. It is the result of the Kidney Support Foundation of Jamaica (KSFJ) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica (PSJ) joining forces again this year. The two parties came together last year after organising their 5K separately the year before but crossing paths travelling in opposite directions on Hope Road. It will be a night run for the first time since the organisations came together to stage their 5K run/walk. The Astra Run begins and e ... Read More

Brathwaite wants quick adjustment as Windies arrive

Friday, September 16, 2016    

Carlos Brathwaite

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) — West Indies arrived here yesterday full of confidence ahead of their three-match Twenty20 International series against Pakistan, with captain Carlos Brathwaite urging his side to adapt quickly to conditions. The Caribbean side open the tour with a warm-up game against an Emirates Cricket Board XI at the ICC Academy next Tuesday before facing Pakistan in the opening T20 International three days later at the Dubai International Stadium. With temperatures ... Read More

Francis hints at Fraser-Pryce staying put at MVP

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, September 15, 2016    

MVP Head Coach Stephen Francis speaking at a welcome reception at the Norman Manley International Airport on Tuesday night. (karl mclarty)

It appears that the rift between MVP Head Coach Stephen Francis and his star athlete Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is mending, which could see the two-time Olympic 100m champion remaining at the club after all. Francis, who returned to the island on Tuesday night accompanied by six members of his powerful MVP club, told the Jamaica Observer that things seem to be changing. “I don’t know if I can say anything, but from what I am hearing, it looks as if things are not as clear-cut as they ... Read More

MVP home

By Howard Walker Observer senior reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, September 15, 2016    

The MVP members of Jamaica’s 2016 Olympic team were greeted by officials upon arrival Tuesday night at Norman Manley International Airport. (From left) Christania Williams, Shericka Jackson, Digicel’s Patrick King, Elaine Thompson, Julian Forte, Minister of Sport Olivia Grange, Megan Simmonds, NCB’s Gabrielle Banbury-Kelly, and Dr Warren Blake, president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association. (karl mclarty)

Head coach of the powerful and successful MVP camp, Stephen Francis, was once again offered a national award by the Government upon his arrival in the island on Tuesday night, along with new sprint queen Elaine Thompson and her five other Jamaican Olympian teammates. Olympic 400m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson; mile relay silver medallist Stephenie Ann McPherson; Olympic 100m finalist and 4x100m relay silver medallist Christania Williams; Megan Simmonds, who reached the 100m hurdles semi-fin ... Read More

Injury wrecks Cunningham’s shot put hopes

Thursday, September 15, 2016    

CUNNINGHAM…recurring back injury prevented him for giving of his best

It was not to be the golden day Jamaica had expected as an injured Alphanso “The Ambassador” Cunningham competed in the Men’s F53 shot put at the Rio Paralympic Games, bowing out in the first round. A recurrent back injury prevented the multiple medallist from giving the usual authoritative display of expertise and experience which only champions have, and Cunningham has proven consistently in the international arena that he has the credentials. “I could hardly do the j ... Read More

Photo: To Usain, from SportsMax

Thursday, September 15, 2016    

From the home of champions, SportsMax, to the ultimate champion Usain Bolt! SportsMax CEO Oliver McIntosh (left) and head of marketing Tanya Lee present Usain Bolt with a golden portrait on Tuesday during his first day at work as Digicel’s chief speed officer.

From the home of champions, SportsMax, to the ultimate champion Usain Bolt! SportsMax CEO Oliver McIntosh (left) and head of marketing Tanya Lee present Usain Bolt with a golden portrait on Tuesday during his first day at work as Digicel’s chief speed officer. Read More

Paralympian Hudson waiting patiently

Thursday, September 15, 2016    

HUDSON… comes out of the blocks in a semi-final tomorrow

Jamaica’s Paralympian Shane Hudson is quietly awaiting Friday when he starts his campaign for the gold medal in the Men’s T47 400m. Training has been going well under the watchful eyes of Head Coach Neville Sinclair, and his physical conditioning is continually being monitored by Rushane McDonald, the team’s massage therapist. Hudson is taking it seriously having missed out on gold at the 2011 Guadalajara Pan American Games the 2014 Toronto Pan American Games and the 2014 IPC ... Read More



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