Archive for July, 2008

Dunkley denies doping – Follow Up Story – very interesting if you ask me….

Posted by Dresonic on July 30, 2008

DUNKLEY… no one has contacted me. Everything I’ve learnt is from the (news) paper

“I haven’t gotten in touch with anybody, but I did try because like I said, all the information that I’m finding out is like you guys (newspaper) calling me and telling me and me seeing the name of a drug (Boldenone) that I’ve never heard of in my life and making me look like some kind of idiot,” the self-coached athlete told the Observer from North Carolina yesterday.

“I’m looking at this drug and it’s in comparison with some kind of horse stuff. I mean, that’s ridiculous (because) I’ve never heard of it in my life,” added Dunkley, who clocked 10.23 seconds for sixth place in the Men’s 100-metre final at the National Track & Field Championship between June 27-29.

“I know you’re responsible for what you put in your body and I’m not a fool, that’s not something I’d put in my body by no means,” Dunkley explained.

“I don’t need it… I’m naturally big, I’m naturally strong; it’s not something I need… besides, I only ran 10.2 (seconds). Let’s be real, I didn’t run anything ridiculous and I tried my best, so it does seem far-fetched,” he added. Read the rest of this entry »

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WITHDRAWN! Sprinter Julien Dunkley axed from Olympic team – BIG DISAPPOINTMENT!!!!!!!

Posted by Dresonic on July 29, 2008

Julien Dunkley competing in the men’s 100 metres at the National Championships at the National Stadium last month. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

The name of 32-year-old sprinter Julien Dunkley was yesterday withdrawn from the list of 53 track and field athletes originally posted on the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) website.

That list, including athletes from the three other sporting disciplines, was submitted to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for entry to the 2008 Beijing Olympics in China.

However, Dunkley, who was sixth in the 100 metres final at the National Championships from June 27-29, has not been identified by the JOA as the athlete who tested positive for the banned substance Boldenone, and who was withdrawn from the team yesterday.

“We’ve received the formal notification from the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) and we have to comply now with a certain process in accordance with their rule, (37), of their constitution,” JOA president Mike Fennell told the Observer yesterday afternoon.

“This, of course, includes the advising of the athlete and giving the athlete five days to respond as to whether testing is required (for the) “B” sample or whether he accepts the finding based on the testing of the “A” sample,” the JOA boss added.

He noted that the male athlete, who was verbally advised of his positive result last Friday by the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association (JAAA), was also faxed a written confirmation yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bolt set for 200m at next week’s Athens GP

Posted by Dresonic on July 4, 2008

KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Two Caribbean 2008 record-setting athletes, Usain Bolt of Jamaica and Cuba’s Dayron Robles, have been confirmed for the Athens Grand Prix Meeting “Tsiklitiria 2008” to be held on July 13.

After mid-week speculations that Bolt would run the 100 metres at the Athens Olympic Stadium, his local manager Norman Peart yesterday confirmed to CMC Sports that the sprinter would race in the 200 metres.

“He (Bolt) will run the 200 in Greece,” Peart said, effectively erasing hopes of the world 200 metres silver medallist running another 100- metre before the Olympics.
Bolt did not compete at the meet a year ago as a 200 metres dash was not on the schedule.

He became the world fastest man in legal conditions on May 31 when he blasted to a world record of 9.72 seconds at the Reebok Grand Prix, competing in only his fifth open 100- metres race in his young career.

His fastest half-lap time this season is a world-leading 19.83 seconds, a time that could improve on the fast Athens track.
Cuba’s Robles has also been confirmed to race in the men’s 110 metres hurdles, an event he holds the world record with a sizzling 12.87 seconds.

Robles, who dominated the entire indoor season before his early elimination at the World Indoors, owns two of the three sub-13-second performances in the sprint hurdles this season.

He won this event last year with a comfortable run of 13.11 seconds.

The Athens Grand Prix comes only 26 days before the commencement of the year’s greatest athletic festival to be held in the Chinese capital, and Bolt and Robles will definitely be using the meet as their dress rehearsals for the big Games.

The two Caribbean stars, both of whom are just 21, also declared their intentions earlier this week to race at the Zurich IAAF Golden League meeting, slated for August 29.

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Smith in Olympic squad Triple jumper late addition to Jamaica’s Olympic squad

Posted by Dresonic on July 3, 2008

SMITH… initially omitted from Jamaican squad

The Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA) added 2005 World triple jump champion Trecia Smith to the Olympic team yesterday after initially omitting the former Sportswoman of the Year.

“Please be informed that Trecia Smith is a member of the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association’s Track & Field team to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing,” a terse JAAA release stated yesterday.

“The team departs on July 29 and returns August 25, 2008,” the release added. Smith’s inclusion takes the number of athletes in the track & field delegation to 52.

Earlier, the Observer contacted Neville ‘Teddy’ McCook, a member of the JAAA’s Selection Committee, who revealed that their information suggested that Smith had not attained the ‘A’ (14.20m) or ‘B’ (14.00m) qualifying standard for the Olympics, prompting her omission from the team to the 29th Olympiad.

“Miss Smith hasn’t got a qualifying mark, either ‘A’ or ‘B’ standard, and as a result of that there is no way that she can be selected,” McCook said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by Dresonic on July 3, 2008

RUDDOCK… has one of the fastest times among Juniors in 100m hurdles

Sprinter Nickel Ashmeade and hurdler Natasha Ruddock were yesterday named captains of Jamaica’s team to the 12th IAAF World Junior Championships in athletics which starts in Bydgoszcz, Poland, next Tuesday.

Ashmeade, a St Jago High School athlete, qualified for both the 100m and 200m at the meet with top two finishes at the National Junior Trials at GC Foster College last month.

The Boys Champs and CARIFTA Under-20 200m gold medallist won the half-lap event at Junior Trials and was second to Herbert Morrison’s Dexter Lee in the 100m.
Despite tripping on the final barrier in the Girls 17-19 100m hurdles event at Trials, Ruddock, a former St Jago star who attends Essex County Community College in New Jersey, has one of the fastest times among Juniors in the world. She was selected, along with Shermaine Williams, to contest the event.
Despite several delays in London, where they changed planes, and in Poland where they arrived on Tuesday, the team has settled and has begun training, manager Ian Forbes told the Observer yesterday.
Forbes said they experienced delays during the bus transfer from Gatwick International airport in London to Heathrow, where they joined a flight to Warsaw, the Polish capital – which was also delayed.
There were further delays once they got to Poland between Warsaw and Posnan and from Posnan to Bydgoszcz.
Forbes said three bags belonging to members of the delegation which did not arrive with them on Tuesday turned up yesterday and the athletes and managers were all in good spirits.
The team had their first training session yesterday as they joined the pre-competition camp and another session was planed for this morning under the supervision of technical head Jerry Holness and head coach Danny Hawthorne.
Members of the 32-member Jamaican team will be in action on the first day in the qualifying heats of the 400m for Boys and Girls; the first round and semi-finals of the 100m for Boys and Girls; Boys long jump, Girls’ high jump and first-round heats of the 800m for both Boys’ and Girls.

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Posted by Dresonic on July 2, 2008

RUNNING 9.68 second is fast, really fast. Actually, Tyson Gay’s clocking at the United States’ Olympic Trials in Oregon at the weekend is the fastest ever recorded over the distance.

It was done with a following wind of 4.1 metres per second (mps), well above the allowable limit for a world record, 2.0.

Asafa Powell is no stranger to the 100m world record, having owned the mark for close to three years – from June 2005 to May 31 this year with multiple 9.77 timings which he lowered to 9.74 in Rieti, Italy, last September.

So 9.68 with such a forceful wind motoring one on doesn’t scare him.

“It shows that he (Gay) is in pretty good shape,” Powell told The Gleaner when asked about the fast time recorded by the American who won the sprint double at the World Championship in Osaka last year.

“Running 9.68 with 4+ (wind reading) is nothing to really look at because a lot of people can do that. It’s like running in a hurricane,” he joked.

Fastest time

In 1996, Barbadian sprinter Obadele Thompson clocked what was then the fastest time recorded over the distance, 9.69 seconds, with a storm kicking at his heels at 5.0 mps. Two years after, he recorded his personal best, 9.87.

Before this weekend, Gay’s best was 9.84 seconds. He decimated that by seven-hundredths of a second to 9.77, while running in the quarter-finals at the same US trials.

Besides Gay, Powell’s compatriot Usain Bolt has been burning up the track lately, having established the new world record of 9.72 seconds at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York on May 31. He also ran 9.76 in May, and finished ahead of Powell in Saturday’s 100m final at the Jamaican trials at the National Stadium.

As they race towards the Olympics in Beijing next month, Powell, who has been largely inactive this outdoor season following a shoulder surgery about two months ago, has taken note of both, but remains focused on his task.


“They (Bolt and Gay) are running very fast. But that’s not for me to be thinking about right now. It’s really for me to be focused on my own health and to try and get back in good form.”

He added: “They are there, I can’t ignore them, but if you want to win, to go out and think about your opponents is not the right thing to do. I can’t control how the other guys run. I have to at least run my best.”

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Posted by Dresonic on July 2, 2008

 image image THE Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA) yesterday named a strong 51-member athletic squad for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, August 8-24, following the National Senior Track & Field Championships last weekend.

Double sprint champion Usain Bolt heads the Men’s list and 100m champion and 200m silver medallist Kerron Stewart the Women’s.

Though the list did not specify the respective events athletes will compete in at the Games, seven of the eight finalists in both the Men’s and Women’s 100 metres were named, including Nickeisha Anderson, who finished seventh in the 100m and sixth in the 200m final.

Meanwhile, Observer sources say World 100m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown, who finished fourth in the 100m at the National Championships at the weekend after clocking a season’s best 10.88 seconds, will be an alternate in the event in accordance with JAAA team selection criteria and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Olympic Games entry standards.

The JAAA selection criteria states that “athletes placing in the first to third positions in all events will be selected, provided that they have attained the qualifying ‘A’ standard for the competition. The fourth-placed athlete will be named as an alternate for the individual event”.

According to IAAF Olympic Games entry standards rules, National Olympic Committees have until July 23 to nominate three athletes to be accredited for an event and nominate a fourth as a reserve.

“This reserve could be selected to replace an entered athlete until the time of the technical meeting for the respective event, one day prior to the first competition in the event, and the accreditation status of the replaced athlete transferred to the newly entered athlete”, the rule states.
Despite having made the ‘A’ qualifying standard (14.20m) in the prescribed period, Helsinki 2005 World triple jump champion, Trecia Smith, who leaped 13.61 metres for victory at the Trials has been omitted from the squad.

Smith, a surprise winner in Helsinki three years ago, has battled injury this season and had been doubtful for the Championships. She leaped 14.35 metres at the National Trials on June 23 last year.

However, Women’s long jump champion, Chelsea Hammond; javelin winner Olivia McKoy and Men’s 800m champion Aldwyn Sappleton – who have all attained the Olympic qualifying ‘B’ standard – were among the 25 male and 26 female athletes named.

IAAF rules specify that national associations may enter one qualified athlete per event if he or she has met the ‘B’ qualifying standard between January 1, 2007, and July 23, 2008.

Nesta Carter, who did not start in the final of the Men’s 100 metres due to cramps but finished fourth in the 200 metres, has been named.

Holmwood Technical student, Bobby Gaye Wilkins, has also been included following her fifth-placed finish in the Women’s 400 metres.

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Bailey, Phillips in team for weekend’s CAC Games

Posted by Dresonic on July 2, 2008

image Olympic relay gold medallist Aileen Bailey, hurdler Isa Phillips and Herbert McGregor who were named in the team to participate in the Beijing Olympics, will lead Jamaica’s 16-member team to the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Cali, Colombia, this weekend.
The team, which was selected based on results of last weekend’s National Senior Trials held at the National Stadium, is scheduled to leave the island today for the meet on Friday and Sunday.

No relay teams were named in the scaled-down squad.
Bailey, a finalist in the 100 and 200 metres last weekend, will run the sprint double while Moya Reynolds and Sonita Sutherland will contest the 400 metres.
Former William Knibb and Lincoln University sprinter, Lerone Clarke, along with Davion Spence, will run the 100m, while Xavier Brown will defend his 200m crown won in Cartagena, Colombia, two years ago.

Long jumper McGregor won a bronze two years ago but it came in the 4x100m relay. This weekend he and Senior Champs double gold medallists Julian Reid will contest the long jump.

Former national record-holder in the decathlon, Claston Bernard, will return to competition after a two-year break and will compete in part one of the 10-event discipline.

Men’s squad: Lerone Clarke, Davion Spence, Xavier Brown, DeCosmo Wright, Isa Phillips, Claston Bernard, Herbert McGregor, Julian Reid, Hickel Woolery.

Women’s squad: Aileen Bailey, Moya Thomas, Sonita Sutherland, Julian Reynolds, Caltha Seymore, Zara Northover, Kateema Riettie.

Team manager is Carol Long, assistant manger/coach Roy Thomas, coaches Orville Byfield and Joseph Shand.

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US-based sprinter motivated for World Junior Champs

Posted by Dresonic on July 2, 2008

Hawthorne… I’m very focused and just want to do well

Despite only arriving in the island Sunday night and turning around Monday for a long journey to Poland via London where she will represent Jamaica for the first time at the 12th IAAF World Junior Championships in athletics, Trisha-Ann Hawthorne is excited to be wearing the black, green and gold.
The 18-year-old was named to the 32-member team by the selection committee of the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association (JAAA), despite not attending the National Junior Trials held at GC Foster College two weeks ago as she has the fastest time of any Jamaican Junior in the 100m and 200m this season.

Hawthorne, who was born in Kingston and grew up in Mount Ogle in St Andrew, is a freshman at the University of Connecticut where she posted 11.44 seconds over 100m and 23.3 in the 200m.

Slipping between a slight American accent and the Jamaican Creole, Hawthorne – who is coached by former Jamaican 800m World Indoor Championships gold medallist Clive Terrelonge – said she was excited at the prospects of representing her country.

Hawthorne, who represented Dunrobin Prep before attending Mona High for one term before migrating to the United States at age 12, told the Observer she “never dreamt I would be going to the World Junior Championships; it wasn’t even on my mind”.

“I just thought I would do track, get through my first college season and then this was introduced to me and I jumped at it as I thought it was a great opportunity,” she said.

According to the athlete, it was Terrelonge – who won the gold medal at the 1995 World Indoor Championships held in Madrid, Spain – who called the JAAA and told them about her.

She said the coach was “always telling me I need to run fast as I can make it to the Jamaican team. That’s when I started taking it really seriously, telling myself this is a big step and this is why we train so hard”.

Hawthorne said her main goal was to finally go under the 23.00-second barrier in Poland after running under 23.40secs on four occasions this year.

“I’m training hard and I’m very focused and just want to do well and represent my country,” she told the Observer.

While she was meeting her team-mates for the first time when the team gathered on Monday, Hawthorne said this would not be a problem as she is “a very sociable person and get along well with everyone”.

Hawthorne, who wasted no time to try on her new Jamaican shirt on Monday, played netball as a youngster in Jamaica and also played football while in high school in New York, saying it helped keep her in good condition for track & field.

Asked which event she preferred, she paused for a moment before saying: “I want to say the 100m because it is shorter, but I do better in the 200m.”

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World Juniors coach confident Jamaica will shine!!!!!

Posted by Dresonic on July 2, 2008

Danny Hawthorne, coach of the Jamaican team to the 12th IAAF World Junior Championships, is confident the 32-member team which departed for Poland will
do well.

“I’m happy with the team we have as I know these boys and girls are ready and raring to do well and… as Jamaicans we always want to do well whenever we go anywhere.
“I’m not expecting anything but the very best from them,” Hawthorne told the Observer on Monday as the team assembled at the offices of the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association at the National Arena.
There are injury concerns surrounding key members of the team, including IAAF World Youth Championships 200m gold medallist Ramone McKenzie and 400m hurdles finalist Shana-Gay Tracey, but Hawthorne said all the athletes were given a clean bill of health.

The delegation was due to arrive in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz yesterday and will take part in a five-day camp, starting today. Hawthorne said this will help the coaching staff “to assess everyone on their form and fitness and to make necessary adjustments”.
While the team management has an idea who will contest the various events, Hawthorne said it is yet to make a final decision, especially in the boys’ 100m.
IAAF World Youth Championship 100m gold medallist Dexter Lee won the Junior Trials two weeks ago, while Nickel Ashmeade was second after National Junior record-holder Yohan Blake was disqualified for a false start.

Hawthorne was reluctant to divulge whether or not Blake would contest the 100m, but said they would have a better idea when the camp starts.

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Jamaicans among record numbers for IAAF Youth Champs

Posted by Dresonic on July 2, 2008

Jamaica’s contingent of 32 athletes which left the island Monday bound for Bydgoszcz, Poland, for the 12th IAAF World Junior Championships between July 8-13, will be among the largest ever number of teams taking part at the meet that is held every two years.

The IAAF confirmed earlier that a record 183 countries from a total of 213 affiliates had confirmed their entries for the meet which is open to athletes between 17-19 years old.

A release from the IAAF described the level of entries as “phenomenal”, surpassing the next best which was 176 entries in Beijing two years ago.

The Jamaican team was expected to arrive in Poland yesterday and will enter a pre-competition training camp along with other NACAC countries today.

Ian Forbes, manager of the Jamaican team, said the journey “shouldn’t be too difficult…it will be challenging, but nothing we can’t handle”.

The contingent was expected arrive in London at about 1:00 pm (Jamaican time) yesterday before heading off to Warsaw, Poland, after a four-hour delay, then take another short flight to the competition venue.

The camp will last until July 6, at which time the Jamaicans will move into the Games Village.

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Posted by Dresonic on July 2, 2008


EUGENE, Ore. – Probably the guy least impressed with the fastest 100 meters in history is the guy who actually ran it.

Tyson Gay shrugged, flashed an awkward smile and was generally dismissive after winning the 100 at the U.S. Olympic Trials yesterday in a preposterous 9.68 seconds (you read that right), which would be a world record had the Hayward Field wind gauge not read plus-4.1 meters per second – over the allowable limit of 2.0 mps for record purposes.

How was his race?

“It was OK,” he said.

But this is Gay, who breaks records and also breaks the mold of your typical world-class sprinter – the trash-talking, gesture-making, self-promoting, expletive-spewing mass of tattooed muscles. Gay, 25, is a mama’s boy from Arkansas who goes to church, watches what he eats and gets to bed on time.

He speaks in a near whisper. He lets others provide the superlatives.

“Amazing,” said Harvey Glance, a gold-medal sprinter from the 1976 Olympics and now an assistant U.S. sprint coach. “That’s a pretty historic moment. I don’t care what conditions you are running in. Nine-six is extraordinary.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Beijing 2008 – Usain Bolt Q&A

Posted by Dresonic on July 1, 2008

A question and answer session with world 100 metre record holder and Puma poster boy Usain Bolt.

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The Jamaican 200 metre specialist surprisingly broke compatriot Asafa Powell‘s 9.74 second record with a 7.72 run on May 31st and, ahead of a potential Olympic showdown with double world champion Tyson Gay in Beijing, he spoke of his sporting hero and love of Jamaican food.

Q. What’s the best stadium in the World to run in?

A. Jamaica Stadium

Q. Did you have a sprint hero you looked up to growing up?

A. Michael Johnson

Q. Who is the greatest sprinter of all-time?

A. Michael Johnson

Q. What’s the most impressive sprint performance ever?

A. Michael Johnson’s 200m world record

Q. If you weren’t a track star what would you be?

A. A cricketer

Q. What’s the proudest moment in Jamaican sprinting history?

A. Asafa Powell’s world record run of 9.74

Q. Besides the competition, what are you looking forward to most in Beijing?

A. Probably the food Read the rest of this entry »

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