Rio hopes it's turned corner; IOC inspectors visit

A sculpture of the trademark of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on display during a press conference on the eve of the day that marks two years for the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, at the headquarters of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) — Organisers of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 hope they've turned a corner in preparations, spurred on by Brazil's better-than-expected World Cup and the role of IOC-appointed troubleshooter Gilbert Felli. They'll learn where they stand when IOC inspectors be ... Read More

BOLT 7 Jamaican sportsmen for University Hall of Fame
MANY talented Jamaican athletes have, over the last five or six decades, received sport scholarships ... Read More

Coach Gillian Millwood.
Nicholas Haughton Four swimmers off to PanAm Olympic Sports Festival in Mexico
THE Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) in conjunction with the Jamaica Olympic Associati ... Read More

Andrew Gutzmore (left) and Arieta Martin (second right) display their winning prizes after copping
the men’s and women’s sections of the inaugural Kidney Support Foundation of Jamaica’s 5K Health
Run/Walk at the Police Officers’ Club in Kingston on Sunday. The winners were joined on the
presentation stand by Cornelia Nathan of Gatorade and Commander John McFarlane, chairman of the
foundation. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Gutzmore, Martin win inaugural KSFJ 5K
ANDREW Gutzmore and Arieta Martin won the inaugural Kidney Support Foundation of Jamaica 5K Health R ... Read More

Mills, Blagrove retain CUMI Come Run 10K championship titles

Tuesday, September 23, 2014    

Karlene Blagrove crosses the finish line with ease at the recent
Tryall Club CUMI Come Run to retain her 10K title.
Jane Clauson emerged the
winning female of the 5K

Sandy Bay, HANOVER — Last year's 10K champions Christopher Mills and Karlene Blagrove retained their titles at the Tryall Club CUMI Come Run 2014 clocking 39:20 and 45:10 minutes, respectively, on Saturday. "I did it again! was the first thought I had crossing the finish line," said an excited Mills, who admitted the win was unexpected. "It's always a great feeling winning, but I wasn't completely ready and I didn't put in as much training as I should." Blagrove, who journeyed all the w ... Read More

Olympian Frater ignites gathering at Hall of Fame induction

Monday, September 22, 2014    

FRATER... education gives
maturity and freedom to the
thoughts of the mind

OLYMPIAN Michael Frater was last week inducted into the Hall of Fame of his alma mater, Texas Christian University, at a stellar banquet attended by public officials, corporate executives, noted professionals as well as the elite of the university. Frater's eloquent response to the conferment brought the patrons of the blue ribbon affair to their feet in recognition of a scholar and an athlete who distinguished himself at the university, and who was now being honoured for his accomplishments. ... Read More

SA federation told to pay $900K to hurt athlete

Saturday, September 20, 2014    

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa's troubled athletics federation said Friday it would seek guidance from the IAAF after being ordered by a court to pay nearly $1 million to an athlete in compensation for injuries he sustained at a meet. Athletics South Africa said pole-vaulter Jan Blignaut's case should not have gone to a civil court under IAAF regulations and should have been dealt with through arbitration instead. ASA said in a statement it will now seek advice from the inte ... Read More

Good support for CUMI Come Run

Thursday, September 18, 2014    

SANDY BAY, Hanover THE sixth staging of the Tryall CUMI Come Run has been oversubscribed, with more than 600 signing on to participate by the Tuesday deadline for entries, organisers say. The event is scheduled for Saturday and will see participants taking part in three races — a 5K and 10K run and a 5K walk. Proceeds for the event are in aid of projects being carried out by the Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI). Some 400-plus persons took part in the event last y ... Read More

Devon Spencer is first recipient of Digicel/MVP Grassroots Athletics scholarship

BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter | Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

Javelin thrower Devon Spencer (second right) illustrates to Digicel’s marketing director Peter Lloyd (right) as MVP track
and field coach Paul Francis (left) and MVP president Bruce James look on at the end of yesterday’s launch of the second
Digicel/MVP Grassroots Athletics programme at the UTech grass track. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

DEVON Spencer, the former St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) student, was announced as the first scholarship recipient of the Digicel/MVP Grassroots Athletics Programme as stakeholders partnered yesterday for the launch of its second staging at the University of Technology (UTech) grass track. Through the efforts of the telecommunications firm and the UTech-based MVP Track and Field Club, the 19-year-old javelin thrower has been awarded a scholarship valued at $1 million to pursue stud ... Read More

Gatorade spearheads islandwide hunt for athletic talent

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter | Tuesday, September 16, 2014    


Pepsi Jamaica Limited will partner with one of the world's biggest athletics club in MVP through its brand Gatorade with a plan to unearth raw talent in their grassroots programme to be launched soon. Gatorade will be the official hydration sponsor for the MVP Grassroot Athletic Clinic, conducting islandwide athletics training camps to include student-athletes in the age group 12 to 18 years old and their coaches. The programme will take place in all three counties from, all 14 parishes and in ... Read More

Pistorius free to compete, SA Olympic body says

Tuesday, September 16, 2014    

In this Thursday, June 21, 2007 file photo Oscar Pistorius rests after a training session in Pretoria, South Africa
in the early days of his running career. (PHOTO: AP)

STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) — The chief executive of South Africa's Olympic committee says Oscar Pistorius is free to compete, even after his conviction for culpable homicide in the shooting death of his girlfriend. South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee chief executive Tubby Reddy tells The Associated Press that the sports body has no regulations that prevent someone with a criminal record from representing the country. Reddy says "as he stands right now, he is fre ... Read More

Spencer, VCB triumph

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Sunday, September 14, 2014    

Jamaican athlete Spencer
Kaliese competes in the
women’s 400 metres hurdles
event during the IAAF Continental
Cup 2014 at the Grand Stade in
the Moroccan city of Marrakesh,
yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)

Jamaican intermediate hurdler Kaliese Spencer and sprinter Veronica Campbell Brown were winners yesterday as the two-day IAAF Inter-Continental Cup started in Marrakech, Morocco. Spencer completed a historic 2014 season sweeping all major titles after winning the women's 400m hurdles, while Campbell Brown won the 100m as they helped the Americas team to be in second place on 191 points, trailing defending champions Europe on 222.5 points with Africa in third place on 164 points and Asia-Pacific ... Read More

NCB banks on Jaheel Hyde

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter | Sunday, September 14, 2014    

Jaheel Hyde (second right) poses with his framed Jamaica Observer picture of his winning exploit at the World Junior Championships, presented to him by Nadeen
Matthews (left), NCB’s senior assistant general manager, strategy, marketing and communications. Sharing in the occasion are Hyde’s mother Angella Hussett
(right) and NCB’s Andrea Gordon, of the Group Operations and Technology Division. (PHOTO: NAPHTALI JUNIOR)

REFERRED to as the next big thing to Usain Bolt, Jamaica's athletics prodigy Jaheel Hyde was honoured by National Commercial Bank (NCB) on Friday when he was given a laptop and a framed picture of the Jamaica Observer's back page highlighting his recent exploits. Hyde, 17, not only has the world junior record for the 110 hurdles of 12.96 seconds in striking gold at the Youth Olympics, in Nanjing, China, but he is also the first person to hold all three youth titles in a 13-month period. The Wo ... Read More

Julian Walsh: Jamaican-born Japanese athlete making a name in 400m

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer writer | Sunday, September 14, 2014    

Julian Jrummi Walsh of Japan celebrates after taking silver in the men’s 4x400m relay
during day six of the IAAF World Junior Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene,
Oregon. (PHOTO: AFP)

HAVING left Jamaica as a toddler, Japanese quarter-miler Julian Walsh knows little about the rich sports heritage of his birthplace which has produced a number of outstanding 400 metres runners. The 17-year-old Walsh's (he turns 18 this Thursday) first major assignment came in July at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon. He was a member of the Japanese 4x400 metres team that finished second to the United States in the final of that event. He represents the Asia-Pacific team i ... Read More



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