Good support for CUMI Come Run

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 ... Read More

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 is first recipient of Digicel/MVP Grassroots Athletics scholarship
DEVON Spencer, the former St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) student, was announced as the ... Read More

BOLT... Jamaica's most famous athlete is sponsored by Gatorade Gatorade spearheads islandwide hunt for athletic talent
Pepsi Jamaica Limited will partner with one of the world's biggest athletics club in MVP through its ... Read More

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) Pistorius free to compete, SA Olympic body says
STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) — The chief executive of South Africa's Olympic committee says ... 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

Kidney Support Foundation 5K Health Run Walk

Sunday, September 14, 2014    

5k health

Chairman of Kidney Support Foundation Commander John McFarlane (left) presents the first registered competitor Claudia Gray with her number at the launch of the inaugural Kidney Support Foundation 5K Health Run Walk at Sabina Park on Thursday. Sharing the occasion are JAAA general secretary Garth Gayle (second left) and Professor Lawson Douglas. The event will be held on September 21 at the Police Officer's Club on Hope Road. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Read More

IAAF Continental Cup begins today

Saturday, September 13, 2014    

CAMPBELL BROWN… will face stiff competition in the 100m

MARRAKESH, Morocco (AFP) — Ukraine's reigning world high jump champion Bohdan Bondarenko, Russian Olympic champion Ivan Ukhov and Qatar's world indoor champion Mutaz Essa Barshim face a final showdown of the season at the IAAF Continental Cup on the weekend. With the weather in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh forecast to be perfect for jumping, the highly anticipated high jump will also feature Canadian Derek Drouin and American Erik Kynard. It will be a real bonus for the Continental Cup ... Read More

Cash-rich IAAF Continental Cup a lure for J'can athletes

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Friday, September 12, 2014    

(L-R) SPENCER... will
start the red-hot
favourite to win
the women's
400m hurdles. CARTER... will
compete in relay

AT least five Jamaicans will be in action on the first day of the two-day IAAF Continental Cup, which gets underway early Saturday morning Jamaican time in Marrakesh, Morocco. Nine Jamaicans accepted invitations to the event that will see a number of the top athletes in the world competing for continental teams for points towards the championships. The teams are the Americas, Europe, African and Asia-Pacific with two athletes per team taking part in each event, but no two athletes from the sam ... Read More

Four J'can cops at Torch Run Special Olympics Conference

Friday, September 12, 2014    

Former Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington (centre) stands among a group of participants
holding the Law Enforcement Torch at the 5k Run/Walk in April.

FOUR of Jamaica's law enforcement officers are currently in New Orleans, Louisana for the 2014 International Law Enforcement Torch Run Special Olympics Conference, which began on Wednesday and will end tomorrow. At the conference, over 2,000 law enforcement officers from around the globe will share ideas on raising funds and also awareness for the Special Olympics programmes in their respective countries. Officers will also be awarded for their outstanding work in individual countries. The co ... Read More

Tips on how J'can athletes can stay ahead of Ebola scourge

BY DR RACHAEL IRVING | Tuesday, September 09, 2014    

Tips on how J’can athletes can stay ahead of Ebola scourge

There is something surreal about the spread of the Ebola virus, and while we at this end of the world have not been impacted by this truly insidious microbe, it can arrive in Jamaica at any time by the convenience of jet travel. Ebola, one of history's deadliest pathogens, was first identified in the Congolese jungle village of Ebola in 1976 and since then it has mutated or changed into more than 340 forms. Some forms are so deadly that they have killed about 90 per cent of persons th ... Read More

Asafa, Russell, McPherson win in Rieti

By Paul Reid | Monday, September 08, 2014    

Jamaica's Asafa Powell celebrates after winning his heat of the men's 100m at the 44th IAAF Grand Prix athletics meeting at the Raul Guidobaldi Stadium in Rieti,
Italy, yesterday. (PHOTOS: AFP)

JAMAICAN athletes Carrie Russell and Stephenie Ann McPherson were winners at yesterday's IAAF World Challenge meeting in Rieti, Italy, as former World Record holder Asafa Powell continued his return to form in the men's 100m. Russell, a member of the gold medal winning women's 4x100m relay team at last year's World Championships in Moscow, Russia, ran a season's best 11.10 seconds (0.5m/s). American Jessica Young was second in a lifetime best 11.13 seconds, while Bulgaria's Ivet Lalova was thi ... Read More

PHOTO: Asafa clocks another sub-10

Monday, September 08, 2014    

Jamaica's Asafa Powel (centre) on his way to victory in the men's 100m at the 44th IAAF Grand Prix athletics meeting at the Raul Guidobaldi Stadium in Rieti, Italy, yesterday. Also pictured (from left) are the Americans Ryan Bailey and Gil Roberts. (PHOTO: AFP) Asafa clocks another sub-10 --> Read More



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