Athletics

Fraser-Pryce, VCB lead Jamaicans into Zurich Diamond League meet

CAMPBELL BROWN…down to compete today. FRASER-PRYCE…
targets a new
national record when
she lines up in a
mouth-watering
women’s 100m today

JAMAICA'S Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the back-to-back IAAF World Championships 100m winner, will be targeting a new national record when she lines up in a mouth-watering women's 100m at today's Weltklasse Zurich Diamond League meeting in Switzerland, the penultimate meeting of the 14-race series. Sev ... Read More

THE A TEAM The A Team
Jamaica's sprint legend Usain Bolt (centre) is flanked by Agent Ricky Simms (left) and Manager Nugen ... Read More

Brazil flag Rio chief pledges to 'fix' water pollution
London, United Kingdom (AFP) -- The president of the organising committee for next year's Olympic Ga ... Read More

Tokyo Olympic committee to stop using scandal-hit logo: report
TOKYO, Japan (AFP) -- Tokyo's 2020 Olympics organisers will scrap the event's logo after it drew pla ... Read More

Kenya's deputy president vows to criminalise doping

Wednesday, September 02, 2015    

NAIROBI, Kenya (AFP) -- Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto yesterday announced plans to criminalise doping, after two of the east African nation's athletes were banned after positive tests during the Beijing World Athletics Championships. The warning came as Kenya's triumphant World Championships athletes were given a rousing welcome home, with thousands of supporters and top officials out in force for the homecoming. The Kenyan team topped the medals table for the first time since the cham ... Read More

Kenya's world champions get a hero's welcome

Wednesday, September 02, 2015    

2015 IAAF World
Championships 400m, javelin
and 3000m gold medallists
Nicholas Bett (fourth left),
Julius Yego (second left) and
Ezekiel Kemboi (third left),
are received by Kenya’s
Deputy President William
Ruto (right) and Sports
Cabinet Secretary Hassan
Wario (centre) yesterday at
Jomo Kenyatta airport in the
Kenyan capital Nairobi.

NAIROBI, Kenya (AFP) -- Kenya's triumphant World Championships athletes were given a rousing welcome home yesterday, with thousands of supporters and the east African nation's leaders out in force for the homecoming. Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport was crammed with well-wishers as the team returned from Beijing, where they topped the medals table for the first time since the championships started in 1983. Kenya garnered seven gold, six silver and three bronze. There were also two ... Read More

Nesta's rage

Tuesday, September 01, 2015    

Jamaica's Usain Bolt (left) and teammate Nesta Carter celebrate after winning the men's 4x100-metres relay at the IAAF
World Championships at the ‘Bird's Nest’ in Beijing, China, on Saturday. (PHOTO: AFP)

BEIJING, China -- Despite striking gold in the 4x100m relay, Nesta Carter could not contain his anger at the JAAA for what he claimed was their poor handling of an administrative matter that may have rendered him ineligible to defend his World Championships 100m bronze medal won in Moscow two years ago. Carter, who finished fourth at Jamaica's National Senior Championships in June and was named in the 4x100m relay pool, was drafted to replace an injured Kemar Bailey-Cole for the 100m event, but ... Read More

Football exec wants sprinter to be bestowed with nation’s fourth-highest honour

Tuesday, September 01, 2015    

BOLT... won three gold medals at
Beijing World Championships.

CAPTAIN Horace Burrell, president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), is asking for the Order of Merit (OM), the nation’s fourthhighest honour, to be bestowed on athletics legend Usain St Leo Bolt following the sprinter’s exploits at the recently concluded Beijing World Championships in China. The call was made yesterday at the launch of the 2015-2016 Red Stripe Premier League competition at the JFF headquarters in New Kingston. And, at the same time, former prime minister ... Read More

Asafa slips in individual pursuit, but rises as team champion

Tuesday, September 01, 2015    

Jamaica’s Asafa Powell runs his leg of the final of the men’s 4x100-metre relay at the World Championships at the ‘Bird’s
Nest’ National Stadium in Beijing, China, on Saturday. (PHOTO: AFP)

BEIJING, China — For years he has got the stick for not delivering on the big occasions, but despite his failure once again in the 100m in Beijing, Asafa Powell has shown a good quality as a team player. The former world record holder, put his foot down, showed a lot of guts and dug into Justin Gatlin’s advantage on the second leg, setting the stage for Jamaica’s victory in the men’s 4X100m relay at the recent IAAF World Championships. It might not have been a huge re ... Read More

The ghost of doping still haunts despite Worlds thriller

Tuesday, September 01, 2015    

COE... it is ostensibly a clean sport, but
we have our challenges.

BEIJING, China (AFP) -- A thrilling world athletics championships in Beijing failed to silence growing questions about doping, giving the sport's new boss Sebastian Coe much to ponder as he heads towards an Olympic year. While sprinter Usain Bolt led a barrage of superstar performances at the Bird's Nest stadium, scepticism was also not hard to find following allegations of widespread drug abuse by elite athletes. Britain's Coe won a narrow vote to succeed 82-year-old Lamine Diack as president ... Read More

Gatlin in shock after 'Lightning' Bolt strike

Tuesday, September 01, 2015    

The USA's Justin Gatlin reacts at the end of the final of the men's 4x100 metres relay at the IAAF
World Championships at the ‘Bird's Nest’ National Stadium in Beijing, China, on Saturday.
(PHOTO: AFP)

BEIJING, China -- Jamaica's dominance over the once mighty USA was once again strongly emphasised following the running of the World Championships 4x100m relays and much to the dismay of Justin Gatlin, who thought his team could have halted the Jamaican train. "Definitely (we hoped to have done better), but not because Jamaica was not as good as they have been in the past championships," said Gatlin, as he rapped with journalists in the mixed zone. The USA, with a population of some 300 millio ... Read More

Bolt headlines AFP’s top-five Beijing performers

Tuesday, September 01, 2015    

USA’s Aries
Merritt
(right)
competes
next to
France’s
Dimitri
Bascou in
the final of
the men’s
110-metre
hurdles.

USAIN BOLT (Jamaica) WAS it ever in doubt? The ‘Lightning Bolt’ struck once again in Beijing as the king of sprint stormed to yet another golden treble at the Bird’s Nest, where he shot to fame at the 2008 Olympics. As allegations raged over widespread doping in athletics, Bolt gave the crisis-hit sport a morale boost by crushing twotime doping offender Justin Gatlin in the 100 and 200 metres before anchoring Jamaica to gold in the 4x100 m relay — giving him an astoni ... Read More

Photo: Women of distinction

Tuesday, September 01, 2015    

Women of
distinction

Jamaica's Shericka Jackson (right) overcome by emotions as she celebrates with teammate Christine Day after their 4X400m relay team captured gold at the World Championships in Beijing, China, on Sunday. The Jamaican team -- completed by Novlene Williams-Mills and Stephenie Ann McPherson -- clocked a world-leading 3:19.13 minutes to win the race ahead of the USA. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS) Women of distinction --> Read More

Photo: 5K Start

Tuesday, September 01, 2015    

5K START

Runners get going in the the Good Samaritan 5K Health Run/Walk held in Kingston on Sunday. Ryon Chambers won the male category in 16:23 minutes, while Karlene Blagrove led the female runners with 20:40 minutes. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) 5K START --> Read More



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