Athletics

Quarter-miler Van Niekerk to train with Bolt ahead of Grand Prix

World 400m champion Wayde Van Niekerk, who is expected to illuminate the rarely run 300m at the Racers Grand Prix, will be arriving in the island a week early to have training stints with Usain Bolt and the Racers crew. Glen Mills, president of the powerful Racers Track Club, confirmed to the Jamai ... Read More

Mega showdown
Despite his huge success, not very often does sprint coach guru Glen Mills exhibit emotion in his ar ... Read More

KC’s Akeem Bloomfield eases to victory in the men’s 200m in a personal best 20.66 seconds at the JAAA All Comers meet at the National Stadium on Saturday. (Bryan Cummings)                Akeem in full ‘bloom’ at All Comers Meet
Impressive-looking Christania Williams and Akeem Bloomfield had tongues wagging with personal bests ... Read More

FRANCIS... I always wanted to run with the big boys ‘Donkey Man’ lives dream by measuring up to ‘big boys’
Javon Francis says he has “always wanted to run with the big boys”, and he is getting th ... Read More

Day lights her path in chase of Olympic glory

Tuesday, May 24, 2016    

DAY... says she is working to lower her personal best

Three weeks ago after finishing fourth in the women’s 400m at the Jamaica International Invitational meet in 51.91 seconds, Christine Day told reporters she had some work to do on her race with the speed her main concern. On Friday at the 55th Golden Spikes meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic, it appeared the work had started paying off for the slim Jamaican as she powered her way home to win comfortably in a season’s best 51.09 seconds, the fourth- fastest Jamaican woman over the on ... Read More

PHOTO: Shelly vs Jeter

Tuesday, May 24, 2016    

Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (left) and American Carmelita Jeter in tight competition during one of their many battles in the 100 metres.

Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (left) and American Carmelita Jeter in tight competition during one of their many battles in the 100 metres. Read More

Thompson, Russell post wins at Morocco Diamond League meet

Monday, May 23, 2016    

Elaine Thompson (left) from
Jamaica crosses the finish line
to win women’s 100-metre at
the International Mohammed VI
track and field meeting in Rabat,
Morocco, yesterday, ahead of
Carmelita Jeter of the United
States. (Photo AP)

RABAT, Morocco (AFP) — Jamaican stars Elaine Thompson and Janieve Russell posted impressive victories as Morocco hosted its first Diamond League meeting yesterday at a windy Rabat. Thompson ran into a 1.3sec headwind to register a 100m victory in 11.02 seconds ahead of Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare in 11.11, with compatriot Kerron Stewart finishing third in 11.19 seconds. In the 400m hurdles, Russell recovered from a slow start to win comfortably in a personal best 54.16 seconds to f ... Read More

Racers gen-sec urges athletics fans to purchase online tickets

By Howard Walker Observer senior reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, May 23, 2016    

COOKE…says it will be money well spent to watch the Racers Grand Prix

Online ticket sales for the Racers Grand Prix is going well, according to Cynthia Cooke, general secretary of the Racers Track Club, and she has urged athletics lovers to purchase tickets quickly because they won’t be disappointed, especially after watching the men’s 100m. Double Olympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt will match strides with former world record holder Asafa Powell, the youngest 100m World champion Yohan Blake, and 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Kemar ... Read More

St Andrew retain JTA/Sagicor National Athletics Champs

BY GERALD REID Observer Writer | Sunday, May 22, 2016    

Jada Beckford (right) of St Andrew crosses the finish line ahead of her teammate Tatyana Crawford (second left) in the Girls’ Under-17 100-metre final at the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA)/Sagicor National Primary, All-Age and Junior High Schools Athletics Championships at the National Stadium yesterday. Beckford’s winning time was 13.56 seconds. Nickeliah Ellis (left) of St Ann was third.   (Bryan Cumming)

ST ANDREW amassed a combined 359.50 points to retain their title at the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA)/Sagicor Jamaica National Primary, All-Age and Junior Schools Athletics Championships that ended at the National Stadium yesterday. The St Andrew team brought the two-day exciting championships to a fantastic close by capturing the final event, the boys’ 1600 metres medley open final in 4:02.13 minutes. It was also the 18th time St Andrew were crowning themselves champions as ... Read More

Bright future for Jamaica women’s discus

by PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, May 22, 2016    

Tara Sue Barnett

The women’s discus throw, often overshadowed by the outstanding Jamaican men, could force fans at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association Olympic Trials in late June to pay attention. There is a strong possibility that the Jamaican team to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil could have at least two female discus throwers. Tara-Sue Barnett has already secured the automatic qualifying mark of 61.00m after she threw a personal best 61.28m at the Steve Scott Invitational in ... Read More

Fisher says no name change despite Bahrain switch

Sunday, May 22, 2016    

FISHER...the Jamaican team right now is a hard one to make and we all have ambitions to compete at the highest level

For almost every athlete at any level of competition, the aim is to compete at the Olympic Games and World Championships for his or her national team. It is no different for former Albert Town High and St Elizabeth Technical High School sprinter Andrew Fisher, except for if and when he lines up in the first round of the men’s 100m at the Rio Olympic Games in August he will be wearing the red and white of Bahrain and not the black, green and gold of Jamaica where he was born. Fisher, who ... Read More

Champs St Andrew surge ahead at JTA/Sagicor meet

BY GERALD REID Observer Writer | Saturday, May 21, 2016    

Nemoy Cockett of St Andrew in full flight to win the boys’ high jump Open with a leap of 1.65 metres.

DEFENDING champions St Andrew have taken the early lead with a combined score of 69.50 points on day one of the 33rd staging of the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA)/Sagicor National Primary, All-Age and Junior High Schools Athletics Championships at the National Stadium yesterday. The two-day meet, which ends today, is scheduled to start at 10:00 am with 48 finals. Trailing defending champions St Andrew in the points standings after eight completed finals are St Catherine with 43.50 points ... Read More

Bolt vows win in Rio despite slow start in Ostrava

Saturday, May 21, 2016    

Usain Bolt strikes his famous pose after winning the men’s 100m event.

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AFP) – Usain Bolt won the 100 metres at the Czech Golden Spike event in 9.98 seconds yesterday, in his second race this season in the run-up to August’s Rio Olympics. Bolt said he was not “fully happy,” blaming a poor first part of the race on failing to meet his plan of 9.8 seconds in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava. “My first 40m was kind of sluggish,” he said after beating Ramon Gittens of Barbados by 0.23 seconds and third-plac ... Read More

Annual police athletics meet runs off tomorrow

By Howard Walker Observer senior reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, May 21, 2016    

Nattisha Scott (left), general manager of Jamaica Police Co-operative Credit Union, hands over a symbolic cheque at the launch of the Police National Athletics Championships at Sabina Park yesterday. Sharing the occasion are Mayberry Investments’ Gary Peart (centre); Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams (second right); SSP Terrence Bent (right); and Anthony McLaughlin, chairman of Jamaica Police Co-operative Credit Union. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)

The 43rd staging of the National Police Sports Council’s Annual Athletic Championship to be held on May 21 and May 28 was launched yesterday at Sabina Park. Once again, Mayberry Investments, who has pumped in $2.5 million in cash and kind, and Jamaica Police Cooperative Credit Union, who jumped in with $2 million, are the main sponsors of the two-day event to be held at the Elletson Road Police Depot. KFC, Rum-Bar, ICool, RJR, Main Event, Stewarts, JustBet and Ariskincare are also on boa ... Read More



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