Athletics

Pistorius gets 5 years in prison

South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius (centre) is led by an officer into a holding cell
after being sentenced at the high court in Pretoria, yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison yesterday for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, completing a transformation from an acclaimed sprinter at the 2012 Olympics to a convicted criminal led away in a police van with barred windows. Wearing a dar ... Read More

Frater (right) poses with fellow Jamaica sprint star Asafa Powell at Ribbiz Lounge last Thursday night. (PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD) Frater unfit to collect Walsh award, but fit to party
SPRINTER and athletics administrator Michael Frater told officials of the Courtney Walsh Award for E ... Read More

PHOTO: Marriage on track
World Youth 200m gold medallist Anneisha McLaughlin receives the heart-shaped baton from hubby JDF L ... Read More

From left) Gary Taylor of Jamdammers, Reggae Marathon race director Alfred Francis, Jamdammers president Kaysia Johnson, Jamdammers’ Delrose Campbell
and chairman of Reggae Marathon Richard Lake at the media launch of the Reggae Marathon Half Marathon and 10K at the Altamonnt Court Hotel on Tuesday.
(PHOTO: COLLIN REID) Reggae Marathon to welcome runners from 29 countries
The 14th annual staging of the Reggae Marathon was launched at the Altamont Court Hotel in Kingston ... Read More

Defence witness claims Pistorius could face gang rape in prison

Wednesday, October 15, 2014    

PISTORIUS... due to be sentenced on Friday

PRETORIA, South Africa (AFP) — Double amputee Oscar Pistorius would be vulnerable to gang rape if sent to one of South Africa's brutal prisons, a defence witness claimed during a day of heated courtroom argument yesterday. With sentencing days away, the state and defence traded angry barbs over the Paralympian star athlete's disability, charity work and "blood money" apparently paid to Reeva Steenkamp's family since her death. Pistorius has been found guilty of unlawfully killing the 29- ... Read More

International athletes endorse CDA's 5K

Tuesday, October 14, 2014    

Jamaica's Kaliese
Spencer
celebrates after
winning the
women's 400m
hurdles event and
her fourth
Diamond League
trophy in five
years at the
Memorial Van
Damme Athletics
Diamond League
meeting in
Brussels, recently.
(PHOTO: AFP)

Commonwealth 400m hurdle champion and Diamond League Champion Kaliese Spencer and her MVP Track teammate and Continental Cup gold medallist Christine Day have endorsed the Child Development Agency's (CDA) Fit for Children 5k Run/Walk and Push Kart Derby, set for Sunday October 19. The Fit for Children 5k run/walk and push kart derby is being staged in an effort to raise funds to construct Jamaica's first residential therapeutic centre for children suffering from emotional trauma due to abuse. ... Read More

Defence witness recommends 3 years' house arrest for Pistorius

Tuesday, October 14, 2014    

South African Paralympic
athlete Oscar Pistorius uses
his mobile phone at the end
of his sentencing hearing at
the High Court in Pretoria
yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)

PRETORIA, South Africa (AFP) -- A South African prison official yesterday recommended Oscar Pistorius clean a museum as punishment for shooting dead his girlfriend, sparking prosecution anger in a court weighing what sentence to give the Paralympian. Defence witness, Joel Maringa, a social worker in South Africa's notoriously crowded and brutal jails, said Pistorius should not go to prison, but receive "correctional supervision" through three years of house arrest. He should also clean a Pretor ... Read More

Up for track honours, Gatlin shrugs off critics

BY PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer | Sunday, October 12, 2014    

Justin Gatlin, of the United States, wins the men’s
200-metre event at the Herculis International
Athletics Meet at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco in
this July 18, 2014 file photo. (PHOTO: AP)

JUSTIN Gatlin is far more interested in winning races than popularity contests. Still, the American sprinter with a doping history doesn't quite understand the backlash over his nomination for track and field athlete of the year. Gatlin went undefeated in the 100 and 200 metres this season, a year that didn't include a major meet and one in which Usain Bolt chose to give his nagging injuries time to heal. But Gatlin's inclusion for track's annual award has angered some athletes. So much so th ... Read More

PHOTO: There he goes!

Sunday, October 12, 2014    

Garfield Gordon crosses the finish line to take the Digicel Foundation 5K Run/Walk in approximately 15 minutes last night at the telecommunication giant’s
Downtown head office. There to greet him holding the finish line mark are Digicel Foundation executives Samantha Chantrelle (right), CEO, and Judine Hunter,
special needs programme manager. The third annual 5K Run/Walk, which saw thousands of participants coming out, is in aid of Jamaica’s special needs community.

Garfield Gordon crosses the finish line to take the Digicel Foundation 5K Run/Walk in approximately 15 minutes last night at the telecommunication giant's Downtown head office. There to greet him holding the finish line mark are Digicel Foundation executives Samantha Chantrelle (right), CEO, and Judine Hunter, special needs programme manager. The third annual 5K Run/Walk, which saw thousands of participants coming out, is in aid of Jamaica's special needs community. Read More

Partial sample collection process

Friday, October 10, 2014    

Nadia Vassell (left), director, technical services, Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), demonstrates the partial sample collection process with the assistance of Taffari Edwards, student, Foga Road High School in Clarendon. The occasion was the Junior Athletes Anti-Doping Education Workshop for athletes and athlete support personnel from schools in St Catherine and Clarendon, which was held on Wednesday at the GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport. JADCO is stepping up its public ... Read More

Coe 'big problems' with Gatlin on IAAF shortlist

Wednesday, October 08, 2014    

Chairman of the organising committee for the 2012 London Olympic Games, Sebastian Coe, talks during a news conference at a school in east London, yesterday. (Photo: AP)

LONDON, England (AP) -- IAAF vice-president Sebastian Coe has "big problems" with the track and field governing body including doping-tainted sprinter Justin Gatlin on the athlete of the year shortlist. The American athlete has served a four-year doping ban, leading to Olympic discus champion Robert Harting asking to be removed from the 10-strong shortlist. "I think you'd be pretty surprised if I did sit here and was sanguine about that," Coe said when asked yesterday about Gatlin's inclusion ... Read More

Pocket Rocket Foundation reaches out to student athletes

BY SHERDON COWAN | Monday, October 06, 2014    

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (centre) is flanked by four of the eight academic scholarship recipients through her Pocket Rocket
Foundation. From Left: Nicholas Haughton (Campion College); Zinedine Russell (Alpha); Romae Quarrie (Campion College)
and Shadae Grant (St Jago).

RECIPIENTS of academic scholarships through the Pocket Rocket Foundation hailed the bursaries as a blessing which will now put their mind at ease and allow them to focus more on education and sport. Eight student athletes from various high schools were awarded $50,000 to assist with tuition, books, lunch, and transportation each academic year. The foundation, which is the brain child of two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, has now assisted 15 student athletes as the first batch o ... Read More

Spencer among 10 named for IAAF 2014 World Athlete of the Year award

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Saturday, October 04, 2014    

SPENCER… won her
first global senior
gold medal when she
won the
Commonwealth
Games title in
Glasgow, Scotland

JAMAICA'S Commonwealth Games and IAAF Diamond Trophy champion Kaliese Spencer is the only Jamaican named on the shortlist of 10 female and 10 male athletes for the IAAF 2014 World Athlete of the Year award. Spencer had an almost perfect season, losing just once in the 400m hurdles while recording the top three times and eight of the top 10. The athlete, who also won silver in the 400m at the IAAF World Indoor, won her first global senior gold medal when she won the Commonwealth Games title in ... Read More

JADCO to host 5 junior athletes anti-doping education workshops in October

Saturday, October 04, 2014    

Vanessa Reid (right), director of communication and education, Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), and Dr Paula
Dawson (second right), medical practitioner, discuss the changes to the WADA Prohibited List with Rayan Patterson (left)
and Cameal Palmer, both of St Thomas Technical High School. The occasion was the junior athletes anti-doping education
workshop for athletes and athlete support personnel from schools in Kingston and St Andrew and St Thomas, which was
held on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at the Jamaica Conference Centre (JCC).

THE Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) has stepped up its public education initiatives during the month of October by hosting five junior athletes anti-doping education workshops across the island. The first in the series of anti-doping education workshops targeting junior athletes and their support personnel was held in Kingston at the Jamaica Conference Centre (JCC) on October 1. Participants included students from schools located in eastern Jamaica, from the parishes of St Thomas, Kings ... Read More



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