Athletics

Alia Atkinson sets new Games record for 50m breaststroke

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson competing in the women’s 50 metres breaststroke in the preliminary round where she clocked a new Commonwealth Games record of
30.49 seconds at the Tollcross Swimming Centre yesterday. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

GLASGOW, Scotland — There is no doubt who has been Jamaica's star so far at the XX Commonwealth Games. Alia Atkinson, Jamaica's poster girl for swimming, has set a new Commonwealth Games record in the women's 50 metres breaststroke. Not once, but twice in one day. Her brilliance in the pool o ... Read More

Prince Charles (left) and light heavyweight Jamaican boxer
Cheavon Clarke during the tour yesterday. Royal experience
GLASGOW, Scotland — It is indeed a rarity for the proverbial common man to come within touchin ... Read More

PHOTO: SHELLY GETS SQUASHED
Olympic and World Championships sprint champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce takes a break from the track ... Read More

BOLT… you are
pretty much telling
people that this is a
way out, it's a way of
beating the system Bolt blasts officials for reducing Gay's doping ban
GLASGOW, Scotland (CMC) — Sprint super star Usain Bolt has criticised anti-doping officials fo ... Read More

Alia Atkinson to lead plunge into the pool

BY SEAN A WILLIAMS Assistant Sport Editor | Thursday, July 24, 2014    

ATKINSON…expected to medal
in the 50m and
100m
breaststroke

GLASGOW, Scotland — By the strictest of measures, Alia Atkinson cannot be considered a minnow in the swimming pool. If one would dare venture to say she's now a big fish, it would have been justifiable by her consistently high-quality performances for her country Jamaica. And again, she is expected to come up big. That Alia Atkinson is a true star of the sport and a champion in the making is easy reckoning for swimming boss Martin Lyn. "I seriously expect Alia to medal in the 50m and 10 ... Read More

Bryan, Brown make historic leap into final

BY PAUL A REID OBSERVER WRITER | Thursday, July 24, 2014    

Christoff Bryan
stretches as he awaits
his turn to jump.

EUGENE, USA — History was created in the men's high jump during yesterday's second day of the 15th IAAF World Junior Championships after two Jamaicans, Christoff Bryan and Clayton Brown, qualified for tomorrow's final here at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. It was the first time two men from Jamaica were qualifying for a global high jump final and Brown admitted he was surprised he made it that far as he did not do particularly well. Bryan, who has a personal best of 2.23m and competing ... Read More

Blake's season ends after surgery

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

BLAKE… had to have an
operation a couple of days ago

KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) — Former world 100m champion Yohan Blake will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery in Germany to repair a damaged hamstring muscle. The Jamaican sprinter damaged the muscle while competing at the Diamond League meet in Glasgow, earlier this month. "Right now he's on crutches, he had to have an operation a couple of days ago," said Blake's coach Glen Mills. "The injury was quite severe and the original prognosis was misdiagnosed and he went to ... Read More

Athletes seek better fortunes in longer sprints

By Paul Reid | Thursday, July 24, 2014    

Athletes seek better
fortunes in longer sprints

EUGENE, USA — It will be a short rest for 100m sprinters at the 15th IAAF World Junior Championships after yesterday's end of the 100m for both sexes. They will now turn their attention to two rounds of the 200m on today's third day at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. World Youth champion Michael O'Hara gets his chance in his favoured event and will fly the Jamaican flag along with Jevaughn Minzie. Kedisha Dallas and Nattaliah Whyte will contest the women's section with the finals set f ... Read More

Bring it on!

BY NIK SIMON IN GLASGOW | Thursday, July 24, 2014    

Artistes perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)

The spotlight fell on Scotland last night as the eyes of the world turned to Glasgow for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. On the warmest evening of the year, the colours of 71 different nations transformed Celtic Park into a sea of brightness and the mood of the host city shone through. Not even the absence of Usain Bolt, who opted not to attend the ceremony, could detract from the fever that has welcomed the next 11 days of competition. There were more than 40,000 fans pa ... Read More

Sprinters flop

By Paul Reid | Thursday, July 24, 2014    

Jamaica’s
Jaheel Hyde
(right) chases
Bahrain’s Ali
Khamis Khamis
in the men’s
400m hurdles
first-round heat
yesterday.

EUGENE, USA — Jamaica failed to earn a medal in either section of the 100m at the 15th IAAF World Junior Championships here at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, yesterday, after none of the three athletes managed to get past the semi-finals. Despite having the seventh fastest time of 10.43 seconds (-0.3m/s), Jevaughn Minzie was third in his semi-final, missing an automatic qualifying spot, while Michael O'Hara jogged to a 10.70 seconds (0.0m/s) clocking in his semi-final and was never a fa ... Read More

Today's Schedule

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

Morning Session TIME SEX EVENT ROUND 12:00 W Discus Throw Qualification Group A 12:05 W 3000 Metres Steeplechase Heats 12:15 M Shot Put (6kg) Qualification 12:25 M Pole Vault Qualification 12:30 M Hammer Throw (6kg) Qualification Group A 12:45 M 200 Metres Heats 1:20 W Discus Throw Qualification Group B 1:40 W 200 Metres Heats 2:00 M Hammer Throw (6kg) Qualification Group B 2:05 W Triple Jump Qualification 2:25 M 400 M Hurdles Semi-Final ... Read More

Welsh boxer banned from Games

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

an image of the games' mascot Clyde Thistle in Glasgow  on July 22,
2014, ahead of the start of the 2014 Commonwealth Games which begin on
July 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Olympic silver-medallist boxer Fred Evans of Wales has been denied accreditation for the Commonwealth Games. Games officials yesterday would not give a reason for the ban, although Welsh media reported that the 23-year-old welterweight from Cardiff was ordered to pay fines of more than $2,000 after admitting to a role in a nightclub assault in Birmingham, England. Evans did not travel with his team to Scotland. Wales officials released a statement saying they wer ... Read More

Frustrated O'Hara forced to contest sprint double

By Paul Reid | Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Michael O’Hara reacts after his first round heats
yesterday. (PHOTO: PAUL REID)

EUGENE, USA — An administrative blunder might have caused sprinter Michael O'Hara to compete in the sprint double at the IAAF World Junior Championships here at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, against the athlete's wishes. O'Hara, the IAAF World Youth 200m champion, could not hide his frustration after advancing past the first round of the men's 100m yesterday after placing second in his first round heat in 10.36 seconds (1.0m/s). Running the 100m, O'Hara told Jamaican journalists yeste ... Read More

Coaching staff expectant

By Paul Reid | Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Marvin Williams in action in his 110m hurdles heat.

EUGENE, USA — The Jamaican coaching staff is hopeful that after yesterday's brilliant start to the 15th IAAF World Junior Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, the island will earn its first medals on today's second day. Up to press time last night all seven athletes who took part in the opening rounds of their respective events had advanced to today's second rounds, including the 100m sprinters, who will have the semi-finals and finals today. Under mostly cloudy skies and co ... Read More



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