Govt puts hold on JUTC fare increase

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JAMAICA: The triumphs and defeats

Yakum Fitz-Henley

Tuesday, August 07, 2012    

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THE Olympics have been underway for a while now and Jamaica has earned four of what we hope will be a record haul of medals over the weekend.

Defending men's 100-metre Olympic champion Usain Bolt; reigning World 100-metre champion Yohan Blake and sub-10 fiend Asafa Powell all reached the 100m men's final.

But it was Bolt, who dispatched the field in 9.63 seconds with Yohan Blake and one-time Olympic champion Justin Gatlin coming in silver and bronze positions respectively, who once again stunned the world of athletics.

Powell pulled up at 60 metres, but managed to finish the race at 11:99 seconds.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Veronica Campbell Brown, had the day before, claimed first and third respectively in the women's 100m finals, as Fraser-Pryce defended her Olympic title and Campbell Brown was just edged out of the silver medal by American Carmelita Jeter.

Earlier, Kerron Stewart failed to get past the semi-final stage. However, she will no doubt play her role and a Jamaican relay team that is looking better as the Games go on.

Rosemarie Whyte and Novlene Williams-Mills, both qualified for the 400m finals, however, neither could manage to medal in the race won by Jamaican expatriate Sanya Richards-Ross.

Brigitte Foster-Hylton, along with Shermaine Williams couldn't manage to get through the fast 100m hurdles field along with Latoya Greaves, who is reportedly injured and didn't start her heat.

Defending champion Melaine Walker and Nickeisha Wilson were also unable to reach the 400m hurdles final. However, Kaliese Spencer finished second in her semi-final to get to the starter's gun today.

Swimmer Alia Atkinson and equestrienne Samantha Albert also represented Jamaica proudly in the past week. Atkinson placed fourth in the 100-metre breaststroke, while Albert placed 51st out of 53 competitors in the three stages of the Individual Eventing.

Other proud representatives of Jamaica included Dane Hyatt, Rusheen McDonald and Jermaine Gonzales in the 400m, which was won by 19-year-old James from Grenada in 43.94 seconds.

James led the Caribbean in a sweep of the medals as Luguelin Santos from the Dominican Republic was second in 44.46 and Lalonde Gordon from Trinidad & Tobago finished third in 44.52 seconds.

Roxroy Cato and Josef Robertson did not make the 400m hurdles finals, but Leford Green finished seventh in the race behind Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic,who also won the title in 2004.

In the field events, Kimberley Williams and Trecia Smith reached the Long Jump finals, but placed finished sixth and seventh, respectively.

Jason Morgan, Traves Smikle are did not make it to th final throws for the discus, and Dorian Scott did not make the shot put final eight.

In better news in the 200-metre women's race, defending champion Cambell Brown and Fraser-Pryce along with Sherone Simpson all qualified for the semi-finals today.

In other Olympic sports, Jessica Ennis, the sweetheart of these London Games, didn't disappoint as she claimed Olympic Gold in front of an adoring and euphoric crowd. Andy Murray pulled off a similar feat at centre court when he snatched gold from Roger Federer in Tennis Men's Singles Final to finally reward his adoring British fans.

Serena Williams dismantled Maria Sharapova 6-0 6-1 for the gold before teaming up with her sister Venus to win their third doubles title.

The USA basketball team, chock-full of NBA stars continued their unbeaten run in Group A and Michael Phelps won three more gold medals to solidify himself as an Olympic swimming legend.

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