Coach Clarke deems Beijing success a 'colossal' achievement | 9/11/2015

Bolt FOLLOWING their best-ever placing at the World Championships on the medals table where they finished second, Jamaica's head coach, Michael Clarke, has described the achievement as colossal. "For a population of 2.8 million competing against populations of vast numbers, it's a huge ratio; the USA with 320 million, China is 1.3 billion (people), far better economy, far better advancement in various areas of sports science, far greater number of persons to choose from, the achievement is colossa ...More

'Donkey Man' did a fantastic job, says coach | 9/11/2015

Bolt Jamaica's head coach to the IAAF World Championship in Beijing, Michael Clarke, has come out in total defense of Javon Francis' controversial anchor leg that has the nation divided on their views of his performance. Francis, 20, picked up the baton in fifth spot some 12 metres behind, and with approximately 300m remaining, he turned on the after burners and assumed the lead, but could not maintain it and finished fourth. Having failed to get a medal by four thousandth of a second, Francis wa ...More

More than grand parades needed; support athletes' growth | 9/5/2015

Bolt WE note that the Government and Opposition will be collaborating to find "appropriate" ways to honour the athletics team which made Jamaica so proud at the recent IAAF World Championships in Beijing. Opposition Leader Mr Andrew Holness has said he will nominate Opposition spokesman on sport Ms Olivia 'Babsy' Grange to sit on a committee to be named by Prime Minister Mrs Portia Simpson Miller, which will determine what's best to be done. Of course, none of this is new. It has become customary ...More

No Place for Coddling in Sport | 9/3/2015

Bolt The dawn of the new generation of ‘sports fans’ seems to have brought about a mentality that athletes must be petted and worshipped, even in mediocrity.  One of the most loved things in the world is sport. In Jamaica, it would be difficult to find something more appreciated.  With that said, our appetite for international sporting achievements has grown considerably over the past two decades – simply because we have achieved a lot with not so much in terms of resou ...More

Bolt headlines AFP’s top-five Beijing performers | 9/1/2015

Bolt USAIN BOLT (Jamaica) WAS it ever in doubt? The ‘Lightning Bolt’ struck once again in Beijing as the king of sprint stormed to yet another golden treble at the Bird’s Nest, where he shot to fame at the 2008 Olympics. As allegations raged over widespread doping in athletics, Bolt gave the crisis-hit sport a morale boost by crushing twotime doping offender Justin Gatlin in the 100 and 200 metres before anchoring Jamaica to gold in the 4x100 m relay — giving him an astoni ...More

Asafa slips in individual pursuit, but rises as team champion | 9/1/2015

Bolt BEIJING, China — For years he has got the stick for not delivering on the big occasions, but despite his failure once again in the 100m in Beijing, Asafa Powell has shown a good quality as a team player. The former world record holder, put his foot down, showed a lot of guts and dug into Justin Gatlin’s advantage on the second leg, setting the stage for Jamaica’s victory in the men’s 4X100m relay at the recent IAAF World Championships. It might not have been a huge re ...More

Football exec wants sprinter to be bestowed with nation’s fourth-highest honour | 9/1/2015

Bolt CAPTAIN Horace Burrell, president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), is asking for the Order of Merit (OM), the nation’s fourthhighest honour, to be bestowed on athletics legend Usain St Leo Bolt following the sprinter’s exploits at the recently concluded Beijing World Championships in China. The call was made yesterday at the launch of the 2015-2016 Red Stripe Premier League competition at the JFF headquarters in New Kingston. And, at the same time, former prime minis ...More

The ghost of doping still haunts despite Worlds thriller | 9/1/2015

Bolt BEIJING, China (AFP) -- A thrilling world athletics championships in Beijing failed to silence growing questions about doping, giving the sport's new boss Sebastian Coe much to ponder as he heads towards an Olympic year. While sprinter Usain Bolt led a barrage of superstar performances at the Bird's Nest stadium, scepticism was also not hard to find following allegations of widespread drug abuse by elite athletes. Britain's Coe won a narrow vote to succeed 82-year-old Lamine Diack as preside ...More

Mo, the great! | 9/1/2015

Bolt BEIJING, China (AFP) -- New athletics boss Sebastian Coe believes fellow Briton Mo Farah deserves to be regarded as one of the greatest athletes ever after his World Championships double. Farah became the first man to pull off a "triple-double" of distance titles at consecutive World Championships and the London Olympics after winning 5,000 and 10,000 metres gold in Beijing over the past week. "It's a wonderful debate to be having and I'm delighted to be not too British at these moments," th ...More

Photo: Women of distinction | 9/1/2015

Bolt Jamaica's Shericka Jackson (right) overcome by emotions as she celebrates with teammate Christine Day after their 4X400m relay team captured gold at the World Championships in Beijing, China, on Sunday. The Jamaican team -- completed by Novlene Williams-Mills and Stephenie Ann McPherson -- clocked a world-leading 3:19.13 minutes to win the race ahead of the USA. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS) Women of distinction -->More