IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS NEWS

Chef Karl Thomas stirs it up in England | 7/26/2017 7:30 pm

Chef Karl Thomas, like he did at the Rio Olympics last year, is the man whipping up Jamaican favourites in the kitchen for Jamaican athletes during their training camp ahead of the start to the 16th IAAF World Championships in London August 4-13. “GK Foods is pleased to again provide such critical support to the nutrition and well-being of our athletes ahead of the games. Chef Karl Thomas will be in camp ensuring that the athletes and team officials enjoy quality Jamaican food and we str More

London-bound athletes hampered by visa processing delays | 7/26/2017 7:30 pm

Several Jamaican athletes have not reached the pre-World Championships camp in Birmingham that started five days ago because of delay in the processing of the required UK visas. The camp that started on July 22 at the University of Birmingham is scheduled to end on August 1, before the athletes move to London for the start of the games on August 4. Ian Forbes, the first vice-president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), who is the team manager to the London championship More

Bolt, Thompson headline Ja team to London 2017 | 7/25/2017 7:50 pm

The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) believe they have selected a well-rounded team that will do the country proud at the London World Championship between August 4 and 13. The incomparable Usain Bolt, Rio Olympic gold medallists, Elaine Thompson and Omar McLeod, along with defending 100m hurdles champion Danielle Williams, headline a strong 56-member team that is tipped to equal or surpass the 12 medals garnered in Beijing, China, in 2015. Jamaica finished second in the med More

IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS LONDON 2017 SCHEDULE - DAY 1 - AUG 4 | 7/26/2017 8:07 am

AFTERNOON SESSION LOCAL TIMEJA TIMESEXEVENTROUND    19:00 13:00 M 100 Metres Preliminary Round         19:20 13:20 M Discus Throw Qualification Group A         19:30 13:30 M Long Jump Qualification         19:35 13:35 W 1500 Metres Heats         19:45 13:45 W Pole Vault Qualification         20:20 14:20 M 100 Metres Heats         20:45 14:45 M Discus Throw Qualification Group B         More

UPDATE: Three athletes removed from Jamaica's world champs team | 7/25/2017 9:50 am

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) has reduced the number of athletes travelling to the London World Championships from 59 to 56.“Please note that some alternative was inadvertently added to the team. Those names have been removed. Sorry for the inconvenience caused,” said the statement released this morning at 4:45 am.The names of Calabar High school star Dejour Russell, Andrae Clarke and Kenroy Anderson have been removed from the list. More

Yohan's prayer | 7/22/2017 8:00 pm

The city of London holds good memories for Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake. At the 2012 Olympic Games he won silver medals in the 100m and 200m, finishing behind his friend and training partner Usain Bolt on both occasions. The 200m was especially memorable as his other training partner, Warren Weir took the bronze in a 200m medal sweep for Jamaica. A year before in 2011, Blake became the youngest-ever World Champion over 100m after Bolt false-started, and he went on to win in a time of 9.92s in More

Bolt on right path to world 100m defence | 7/23/2017 6:52 am

Monaco (AFP) - Jamaican sprinting legend Usain Bolt insists he is on the right path as he targets the defence of his 100m crown at next month's world championships in London. In his swansong season, the 30-year-old has struggled to light up the track. In his outings over the blue riband event so far this season, Bolt had clocked 10.03sec in Kingston and 10.06 in Ostrava against relatively weak opposition before finally dipping under the 10sec barrier at Friday's Diamond League meet in Monaco. More

12 medals predicted for Jamaica on return to London | 7/22/2017 8:10 pm

The return to London — like the return to the Bird's Nest in Beijing two years ago — for Jamaica's track and field stars seems promising. The 2017 IAAF World Championships will be held at the London Stadium August 4-13, and Jamaica's athletes are expected to haul double-digit medals. Unsurprisingly, the pre-story of the Championships surrounds Usain Bolt's impending retirement and his last individual race on the international level in the 100 metres. Nevertheless, several other Jam More

IAAF provisionally suspends Fredericks in payment probe | 7/23/2017 1:29 pm

MONACO (AP) — Four-time Olympic medalist Frank Fredericks has been suspended from duty by track and field's governing body, the IAAF, while he is investigated for alleged corruption suspected of being linked to the 2016 Olympics hosting vote. The independent Athletics Integrity Unit said recently that its request for an interim ban on Fredericks, a former sprinter from Namibia, was granted by the IAAF disciplinary panel. Fredericks, who is also an International Olympic Committee member, More

Study finds women with more testosterone get large boost | 7/23/2017 1:31 pm

A scientific paper published recently found that women who produce higher-than-normal amounts of testosterone have up to a 4.5 percent advantage over their competition on the track, evidence the sport's governing body will use to potentially sideline Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya and others with so-called intersex conditions. The International Association of Athletics Federations will use the new study in its appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which suspended an IAAF rule that More

As Bolt nears end, Van Niekerk is track's great hope | 7/22/2017 8:46 am

MONACO (AP) — As Usain Bolt races toward the end of a great career, Wayde van Niekerk is considered to be track and field's next big star. "That's a massive, massive responsibility," Van Niekerk said recently.  He set a stunning 400-meter world record in 43.03 seconds while winning the Olympic title last year. He spoke in Monaco ahead of Herculis meeting on Friday in the Diamond League series where he will be a main attraction with Bolt, who will run one of his last competitive 100 races More

Bolt goes sub-10sec in Monaco Diamond League | 7/21/2017 8:30 pm

Jamaica's Usain Bolt produced his seasonal best of 9.95 seconds (+0.7 m/s) to win the men's 100m, and was the only Jamaican winner at the Monaco Diamond League in France yesterday. Bolt, the triple world record holder, wasn't the quickest away but wasn't left behind either and although looking a bit sluggish, did enough to secure his first sub-10 clocking of the season and the 53rd of his career, including heats. American Isiah Young was second in 9.98s and in-form South African Akani Simbine More

Bolt confronts compatriot McLeod, South Africa's Simbine in Monaco | 7/20/2017 7:20 pm

Triple world record holder Usain Bolt will face a massive test today as he lines up in the men's 100m at the Monaco Diamond League meeting in the principality, his final tune-up before the IAAF World Championships in London starting in just under two weeks' time. In his final season of competitive racing, Bolt has raced sparingly this season with just two 100m races — at the Racers Grand Prix in Kingston last month and then at the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava. He has looked far from hi More

Bolt to run 100m and 4x100m in London farewell | 7/21/2017 11:26 pm

MONACO, Principality of Monaco (AFP) - Usain Bolt will run the 100m and 4x100m at the world championships in London next month, his final event before retiring, the Jamaican sprint star confirmed last week. Bolt, winner of eight Olympic and 11 world gold medals, is looking to bring down the curtain on his glittering career in style at the August 4-13 event. "My main aim is just to win (in London). I just want to retire on a winning note," Bolt said during a press conference in Monaco ahead of More

#MonacoDL: Danielle Williams finishes third in 100m hurdles | 7/21/2017 5:06 pm

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica's reigning World Champion Danielle Williams finished a close third in the women's 100m hurdles in 12.58 at the Monaco Diamond league in France. Williams was just behind in form Americans Kendra Harrison who won in 12.51 and second placed Sharika Nelvis, in a season's best 12.52. It was a morale-boosting performance from the Jamaican champion as she prepares to defend her title in London. Williams had behind her American BNia Ali, who was fourth in 12.68, Austr More