Reigning champ McLeod leads J'cans into sprint hurdles semis | 10/1/2019 2:26 am

DEFENDING champion Omar McLeod led three other Jamaicans into the semi-final of the 110m hurdles as he sped to 13.17 seconds (0.2 m/s) to win heat one in convincing fashion. Also through, but not so easily, were Andre Riley, Orlando Bennett and Ronald Levy. McLeod was first in action, and running out of lane nine, the Olympic champion hit the first and third hurdles, but was in control throughout and actually took the gas off the pedal close to home. Milan Trajkovic of Cyprus was second in 13. More

Legend's joy | 9/30/2019 10:10 pm

DOHA, Qatar (AFP) — Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce held her son Zyon proudly in her arms as she celebrated winning her fourth world 100 metres title but confessed coming back after his birth had been a long journey both mentally and physically. The 32-year-old Jamaican sprint legend — who also has two Olympic 100m titles — had been written off by some when she became pregnant and then launched a comeback last year a few months after giving birth. Fraser-Pryce — who sported an More

Doha 2019: USA's Noah Lyles wins men's 200m world title | 10/1/2019 4:20 pm

DOHA, Qatar (AFP) —Noah Lyles produced a superb performance to win the world 200 metres title in his first major championships on Tuesday. The 22-year-old American — who has earned comparisons with retired Jamaican legend Usain Bolt at the same age — went clear at 50 metres out to cross the line in 19.83 seconds. Canada's Andre De Grasse took silver in 19.95 and Alex Quinonez of Ecuador finished third in 19.98. More

Doha 2019: Akeem Bloomfield 2nd in 400m heat | 10/1/2019 9:38 am

DOHA, Qatar — Jamaica's Akeem Bloomfield is through to the Men's 400 metres semi-finals after a second place finish in heat one at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Bloomfield completed the race in 45.34 seconds Machel Cedenio of Trinidad and Tobago won in 45.26s and the third automatic spot went to South Africa's Thapelo Phora, who clocked 45.45s.   More

Jackson, McPherson make 400-m semi-final cut | 10/1/2019 12:10 am

DOHA, Qatar — The 2015 bronze medallist Shericka Jackson, along with Commonwealth Games champion Stephenie Ann McPherson, safely navigated their way to semi-finals of the 400m, but Anastasia Le-Roy was eliminated following an indifferent display yesterday. Jackson, the first female quarter-miler in action, eased to 51.13 for second in heat two with a controlled run. American Wadeline Jonathas won in 50.57, which was the quickest of the day. Bendere Obaya of Australia was third with 51.21. More

Rushell Clayton could surprise field in 400m hurdles | 10/1/2019 12:00 am

It might sound far-fetched but a medal in the women's 400m hurdles could very well be on the cards for Jamaica as Rushell Clayton could spring a surprise. The talented athlete will bow into action today, and will have to run out of her skin to topple one of either American world record holder Dalilah Muhammad, her teammate and rising star Sydney McLaughlin and Ashley Spencer along with Czech Republic's 32-year-old Zuzana Hejnova, world champion in 2013 and 2015 and an Olympic bronze medallist More

THE WORLD ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS — Pictorial | 10/1/2019 12:30 am

Jamaica's Natoya Goule (left) and American Ajee Wilson match strides in the women's 800m semi-final. (Photos: Collin Reid courtesy of Courts, Alliance Investments, KFC and JNBS) Jamaica's Fedrick Dacres is all smiles after copping silver in the men's discus final. Jamaica's Shashalee Forbes (left) trails home Anthonique Strachan of The Bahamas in heat one of the women's 200m on day four of the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar yesterday. Jamaica's Andrew Riley clears an obstac More

Doha 2019: No Jamaican in Women's 200m final | 10/1/2019 2:41 pm

DOHA, Qatar — With Elaine Thompson withdrawing from the Women's 200m at the IAAF World Championships and Shashalee Forbes finishing at the back of a field in first semi-final heat, Jamaica will not be represented in tomorrow's final of the event. Forbes was eighth in her race in 23.14 seconds. USA's Anglerne Annelus won in 22.49s ahead of Swiss record holder Mujing Kambunji in 22.49s. More

Bert Cameron's desire | 9/30/2019 5:20 pm

DOHA, Qatar — In 1983, Jamaica's Bert Cameron stood atop the podium one of the proudest men alive. He had won the men's 400m and was the country's first gold medallist at the newly-formed World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Now, 36 years later, Cameron is awaiting that moment when he can hears and sing the National Anthem again, this time as a coach, a fan and more importantly as a Jamaican. “Hopefully one day soon, while I am still alive, I can stand up and listen the Nation More

Doha 2019: Ronda Whyte out of Women's 400mH | 10/1/2019 10:42 am

DOHA, Qatar — Ronda Whyte has failed to advance to the semi-finals of the Women's 400m Hurdles, at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. She finished heat two sixth in 56.37 seconds. Ukraine's Anna Ryzhykova ran well from the inside lane to win in 55.11s, with 2015 champion Zuzana Hejnova finishing strongly on the outside to bag second in 55.33s. Briton Jess Turner ran a personal best 55.72s for third, and Italian Yadisleidis Pedroso a season's best 55.78s for four More

Doha 2019: World Champs Schedule - Tuesday, October 1 | 9/30/2019 10:30 pm

8:30 am — men's hammer throw(qualification Group A)8:35 am — men's 400m (heats)8:50 am — men's high jump (qualification)9:30 am — women's 400m hurdles (heats)10:00 am — men's hammer throw(qualification Group B)10:15 am — men's 3000m steeplechase(heats)12:05 pm — men's pole vault (final)12:50 pm — women's 400m (semi-finals)1:20 pm — women's javelin throw (final)1:35 pm — women's 200m (semi-finals)2:10 pm — men's 800m (final)2:40 pm More

Aisha Praught-Leer switches from steeplechase to 1,500m | 9/30/2019 4:50 pm

DOHA, Qatar — Having made the switch from the steeplechase to the 1,500m, Aisha Praught-Leer believes she can make her mark as her training has been going well. Praught-Leer, who is the national record holder for the 2,000m steeplechase with 9:14.09 minutes established in 2018, told the Jamaica Observer that the obstacle event has been cruel to her body. “It's very demanding on the body and it doesn't really allow you to run other distances because the training is gruelling and it More

Doha 2019: Shiann Salmon takes 3rd automatic spot in 400mH heat | 10/1/2019 10:39 am

DOHA, Qatar — Shiann Salmon was third in the first heat of the Women's 400m Hurdles, booking her spot in the semi-final round at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Salmon clocked a personal best of  55.20 seconds behind Sydney McLaughlin of the USA (54.45s) and Switzerland's Lea Sprunger in 54.98s. The fourth automatic spot went to Portia Bing of New Zealand, who finished in 55.49s. More

Doha 2019: Rushell Clayton wins heat for 400mH semi spot | 10/1/2019 11:09 am

DOHA, Qatar — Jamaican champion Rushell Clayton won the final 400m hurdles heat in 55.23 seconds at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Clayton, who scored a notable win at the London Anniversary Games earlier this summer, dominated from the start to secure her win. Canada's Sage Watson, the PanAm champion, was second in 55.57s, with Meghan Beesley of Great Britain (55.97s) battling hard for a third place finish. Sarah Carli, of Australia, was fourth in 56.37s. More

Doha2019: Thompson also pulled from 4x100m relay | 10/1/2019 5:15 pm

DOHA, Qatar (AFP) — Olympic champion Elaine Thompson has been pulled from the 4x100m relay at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar. Thompson, who earlier today withdrew from the 200m semi finals, finished fourth in the 100m final on Sunday night and was second in heat three of the 200m qualifiers in 22.61 seconds yesterday. Coach Stephen Francis told OBSERVER ONLINE that she just could not compete today. "Her feet were bothering her and it started sometime during the 100m se More