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Jamaicans stumble a little at 5th Reebok Grand Prix

Posted by Dresonic on May 31, 2009

RANDALL’S ISLAND, New York – It was a disappointing day for Jamaica’s seniors at yesterday’s 5th Reebok Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island, as they failed to win any of the major races.

Despite an almost capacity pro-Jamaican crowd, the locals failed to shine, with the best finish being Kenia Sinclair’s second in the women’s 800m.

Pre-race favourite Asafa Powel was a disappointing seventh in the 100m, while three-time champion Veronica Campbell Brown was third in the women’s race.

The meet, which saw six world-leading performances, was highlighted by a scintillating 19.58secs-run by American Tyson Gay who destroyed a quality field in the 200m.

This was the third fastest time ever behind Usain Bolt’s world record 19.30secs and Michael Johnson’s 19.32 set in 1996 at the Atlanta Olympics.

Gay, who was second in Bolt’s 100m world record run over 100m here last year, got a bullet start and by the time they got to the curve was well ahead of the field and kept running through the tape.
Wallace Spearmon, who has won here for the past three years, was second in 19.98, while Xavier carter was third in 20.27.

Sinclair was well placed to win the two-lap event after being taken through the first 400m by pace-setter Sophia Smellie in 57.42 seconds and led until the last 100m befoe being overhauled by American steeplechaser Anna Willard.

Sinclair ran a season best 1:59.66 but lost to a world-leading 1:59.29.

She told Sunday Observer she ran “the third 200m too hard” and paid for it.

Steve Mullings was the best placed Jamaican in the Men’s 100m ‘A’ race, placing third in a wind aided 9.98secs (3.1 m/s) behind Americans Mike Rodgers (9.93) and Travis Padgett (9.96). Read the rest of this entry »

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IAAF would back Bolt’s quest for Olympic treble

Posted by Dresonic on May 31, 2009

NEW YORK, United States (CMC) – Track & field’s world governing body, the IAAF, say they are willing to consider altering the athletics schedule at the London Olympics to enable sprint phenomenon Usain Bolt to chase three individual gold medals.

BOLT… hinted at attempting 400m to add to Olympic treasure trove

Bolt, who captured the 100 metres and 200 metres in Beijing last year, has already hinted at attempting the 400 metres to add to his Olympic treasure trove.

That feat has never been achieved by an athlete, given the hectic timetable between the 200m and 400m, but IAAF spokesman Nick Davies said recently consideration would be given to rearranging the schedule to accommodate Bolt’s ambitions.

“To win all three sounds incredible,” Davies was quoted as saying in the Courier-Mail.

“If Usain continues to do amazing things, is super motivated, we’d be insane not to consider it.

“He might not like the 400m and he reiterated when in Manchester that he does want to defend his Olympic 100m and 200m titles.

“But it’s more interesting for Bolt because everyone thought he would develop as a 400m runner.”

The IAAF officials are expected to stage their first meeting to consider the programme schedule for the London Games this October at which the topic could be discussed.

The 22-year-old Jamaica’s first assignment, however, is to repeat as sprint champion at the World Championships in Berlin in August.

“If [Bolt] wins the 100m and 200m in Berlin I think it would be strongly considered and (London Organising Committee chairman) Sebastien Coe is an athletics guy and he would be over the moon to have that.”

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Download : Versatyle’s new single I Needed You Baby – Entertainment

Posted by Dresonic on May 23, 2009

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Representing the island of Jamaica, Versatyle displays creativity and passion in his music. Versatyle also sings, writes and performs with the group RuguNation which is also Jamaican based. Check out Versatyle on myspace or contact him by email at rugunationmusic@gmail.com for dubs, or shout outs.

Check it out SonicSurfers….!!!!Dresonic certified link….!!!!

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Bolt destroys 150m world record in style

Posted by Dresonic on May 23, 2009

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Bolt visits Manchester United

Posted by Dresonic on May 23, 2009

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Words of wisdom for Bolt from Lamine Diack

Posted by Dresonic on May 20, 2009

MONACO (AP) – IAAF president Lamine Diack has reminded triple Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt of his “responsibility” as a champion.

BOLT… key athlete in sport of track & field

Diack said yesterday he has spoken to the 22-year-old Jamaican sprinter about the extra pressures he would face following his stunning performances in Beijing last August.

“You’re the key athlete in our sport and you have a responsibility,” Diack told a small group of reporters. “He’s not a movie star or singer – he’s a champion. (So) if you are fit, you make the performance or you are finished.”

Bolt won three gold medals in Beijing last year, all in world record times, but has made off-the-track headlines since then by being photographed in nightclubs, talking about marijuana use and crashing his car last month.

“Now you have a major responsibility,” Diack said he told Bolt. “Now you are the major star.”

Bolt set world records in the 100 and 200 at Beijing and was a member of the record-breaking relay team.
He beat Canadian sprinter Donovan Bailey’s time in the rarely run 150 metres on Sunday in a street race in Manchester, England. Diack praised his performance but said he doesn’t expect street races to become a trend.

“Our sport is in the stadium. The future is not on the street,” Diack said. “This is only for promotion.”

Diack spoke on the day the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced a three-year sponsorship deal with Samsung. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Diack said the agreement followed six years of talks with the Korean electronics company.

The deal covers this summer’s World Championships in Berlin, the 2010 world indoors in Doha, Qatar, and the 2011 world outdoors in Daegu, South Korea.

“Daegu is their hometown,” Diack said. “I will discuss it with them after that to continue.”

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PowPow ready to rumble – its about time…!!!

Posted by Dresonic on May 20, 2009

Former 100 metres world record holder Asafa Powell says he is almost recovered from the left ankle injury which forced him to withdraw from the Qatar Grand Prix on May 8 after conceding he erred in competing at the 115th Penn Relays Carnival on April 25.

POWELL… everything is looking smooth right now because I’m trying not to make any more bad decisions.

“Everything is looking smooth right now because I’m trying not to make any more bad decisions. I made a bad decision to run at the Penn Relays. but now I’m just working, training hard and trying to get back the ankle to 100 per cent,” Powell told the Observer after training on Monday.

“I’d say I’m 90 per cent ready right now,” added the 2007 World 100m bronze medallist.

Running the anchor leg on Jamaica’s 4×100 team at the Penn Relays with his injured left ankle heavily strapped, Powell trotted to the finish line gingerly after aggravating the damage he sustained in training in early April.

A day before the race, Powell’s agent Paul Doyle indicated the second fastest man in the world would not compete in the sprint relay because he was feeling some discomfort in the ankle.

Now, with the injury almost fully healed and with 10 days to his next scheduled 100m race – at the New York Grand Prix on May 30 – Powell hopes to produce a worldleading mark.

“I don’t really have a time in mind, (but) it’s my second race (after Australia), so I want to go there and put down a benchmark because the fastest time for the year is 10-flat and that’s really nothing right now, so I want to go below that and continue from there, remaining on top,” a confident Powell said.

“Coming off last season, I made a promise to myself that I’m going to really come back and try to get below that 9.7 mark and got injured, but I’m still not going to let that stop me from achieving what I want this year,” he reasoned, noting that he hopes to be fourth time lucky at the Berlin World Championships in August.

Powell was disqualified after a false-start at the quarter-final stage at the 2003 Paris World Championships; missed the 2005 Helsinki edition with a groin injury, before giving up a lead at the Osaka 2007 World Championships to finish third.

The sprinter, who is three wins away from eclipsing American Maurice Greene’s record (52) of the most sub-10 clocking, believes he has finally got over the psychological problems which beset him at major championships.

“I find myself going into competitions with a different focus, so I think what we’re doing right now is really helping and we’re just working on every point that we think is weak. It’s just to wait on the World Championships and we’ll see what happens,” he declared.

Meanwhile, Powell expressed satisfaction with the performance of compatriot Usain Bolt, who showed no signs of discomfort while posting a world best 14.35 seconds in winning a 150-metre street race on Sunday in Manchester, England.

“It was a very good run. I’m sure he can do better because he’s just coming back (after his car accident), and he still represented well,” he reasoned.

“I’m really looking forward to competing with him this year because he did well last year and he knows that I’m still here breathing down his back and he can’t make any mistakes,” Powell added.

Bolt first erased Powell’s world record of 9.74secs at the New York Grand Prix with 9.72 before posting 9.69secs to win the Olympic 100m gold in Beijing.

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Bolt ready and recharged

Posted by Dresonic on May 12, 2009

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AFP) – Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, is working hard to regain his peak form ahead of a 150-metre street race Sunday at Manchester.

Only four days after stitches were removed from his left foot following injuries from a car crash, Bolt was declared fit and ready to race in England by manager Norman Peart yesterday even as Bolt continued his intense workouts.

“Right now I’m trying to get back in shape because I missed a lot of training days,” Bolt said. “I am doing a lot of work by myself … just trying to do every little thing to get back my edge to go out and compete.”

Bolt, who won Beijing Olympic 100 and 200 gold in world record times last August, crashed his car in a ditch along a rain-slick road on April 29 and later had surgery on his left foot to remove thorns he stepped upon.

“He is OK. He is training pain-free and is on target to run in Manchester next Sunday,” Peart said. “He will leave either Wednesday or Thursday.”

His status for Manchester was uncertain until Bolt’s training sessions and condition were evaluated, although Bolt did not want to miss out on a chance to see Manchester United star forward Ronaldo as well as test himself in the race.

“I’m looking forward to it because I will be going there to compete and not as a spectator in the street race,” Bolt said.

Bolt made himself a world target with world records of 9.60 seconds in the 100 and 19.30 at 200. He knows his top rivals are training hard and have not had to deal with the auto accident setback.

“A lot of these guys out there are really working hard and training to beat me, so I have to get myself back into shape,” Bolt said.

“I don’t worry about any athlete…. I just go out there to compete at my best at all times and that is what I am going to do this season. I’m just trying to get back in shape and try to execute my races as best as possible.”

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Campbell Brown thoughts : JA vs USA meet

Posted by Dresonic on May 7, 2009

FIVE-time Olympic medallist Veronica Campbell Brown believes that a cash incentive will be one of the deciding factors if the proposed USA vs Jamaica dual meet is to be realised next year.

Two months ago on March 7, Doug Logan, the CEO of USA Track and Field (USATF), hand-delivered an initial letter to NACAC president Neville ‘Teddy’ McCook inviting Jamaica to engage in a home-and-away series in 2009 that would pit the two nations’ sprinters and hurdlers against each other in head-to-head, team-scored competition.

However, that clash has been pushed back to at least 2010, because of a clash of dates on the IAAF calendar of events.

Campbell Brown, who was recently in Jamaica as part of the IAAF’s Day in the Life programme told the Observer that athletes would have to be compensated to guarantee the dual meets’ success.

“It will come down to how it fits in each athlete’s schedule, because if there is no money involved and there is a meet on the same weekend where people will be getting paid, a lot of athletes are going to choose to run where they’re getting paid as opposed to running for free,” Campbell Brown said.

“I don’t really know much about the USA versus Jamaica competition, but it would have to fit into my schedule… we’ll have to just wait and see when the time comes how that will work,” she added.

Meanwhile, Campbell Brown, who amassed five medals – one gold and four silver – at the 2005 Helsinki and 2007 Osaka World Championships, believes that: “If certain (elite) athletes are running, then it may motivate others to want to join in.”

At the time of the proposal, president of the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association (JAAA) Howard Aris re-affirmed that Jamaica remains committed to any event that will ultimately help in the development of the country’s athletics.

“We must be satisfied that we will also benefit from such an event both in terms of the costs to us as well as the type of athletes that we’ll be able to provide to this competition,” Aris said.

With all the logistics still to be finalised between the JAAA and USATF, Campbell Brown thinks the dual meet would not carry the same importance as the Jamaican athletes going up against Americans at the Olympics.

“If it’s not going to be all the USA’s top athletes and all of Jamaica’s top athletes running, I don’t think it will make much sense, because it’s not going to be a true reflection of say, ‘if Jamaica win or USA win’, it has to be a real competition,” the three-time national Sportswoman of the Year said.

Last month, former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell poured cold water on the USA/Jamaica Challenge, saying it was not important. “I don’t really see the importance of it,” Powell was quoted as saying. “There are many Grand Prix and Golden League meets out there that we are going to be competing against each other in, so it doesn’t make any sense to me,” added the Jamaican sprinter, who has produced 48 sub-10 clockings in his career.

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Bolt healing well – Update

Posted by Dresonic on May 5, 2009

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Usain Bolt had stitches removed from his left foot today after his auto crash last week and the Beijing Olympic hero and sprint world record-holder is set to resume training next week.

Norman Peart, manager for the Jamaican sprint star, said he expects to keep Bolt out the remainder of the week to be certain he is rested and fully healed before resuming workouts.

“He is healing well,” Peart said. “He could be back in training in a couple of days. I think he will allow the week to run off though and start afresh next week.” Bolt had minor surgery to remove thorns that pierced his foot when he exited from the wreckage of his BMW M3 after it skidded off the highway and overturned in a ditch last Wednesday.

Bolt missed last Saturday’s Jamaica International Invitational track meet, but could be ready for a planned street race in Manchester, England on May 17.

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Buju under fire for his statements – Entertainment

Posted by Dresonic on May 4, 2009

As the Buju Banton, ‘Marley is not the greatest’ debate rages on, a reader, Newell Morgan, responds to the Gargamel’s statement published in the Entertainment section of yesterday’s Observer.

Buju Banton

Deejay Buju Banton needs to know people are not slave driver’s protégés because they do not agree with what he is saying. A slave master’s protégé is one who becomes very angry when challenged because his way is the only way. He uses derogatory words to describe people; he does not credit nor reward people for their work and he is far from humble and believes in ‘switch and bait’.

Buju needs to put what he said in context – since he is certain that we have taken him out of context – so that we can “treat him fairly”.

Bob Marley opened the door many years ago and no one, as yet, has been able to walk through. Do not be fooled, there have been song-writers, musicians, promoters, disc jockeys and sound system players, artistes and promoters who have all worked hard to make this music strong, but were never credited. Point taken, but as we move forward we cannot stray from the music and expect greatness.

When Peter Tosh was asked to describe reggae music, he said, “This is a spiritual music with spiritual ingredients for spiritual purposes. It’s a music you feel.”

Are we still using the ingredients? Could that be part of why we are coming up short? Or could it be that artistes do not find benefit in a mentor or guide who will inspire growth?

Have proper business plans given way to might, brute force and hustle? Reggae music was made to take over the four corners of the earth; the founders had a solid vision and during some rough times they worked overtime to perfect their craft. So if people were to calm down and be open-minded and go back to basics and revisit the work ethic and the ingredients of the founders, they would be much better off for having done so. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jamaica International Invitational – Update

Posted by Dresonic on May 3, 2009

JAMAICAN Olympic 100-metre silver medallist Kerron Stewart and Javier Culson produced world-leading times in the 100m and 400 metres hurdles to highlight last night’s sixth staging of the Jamaica International Invitational Meet at press time at the National Stadium. 

Competing in front of an estimated crowd of 8,000, Stewart exploded from the blocks and took control of the race at the 30-metre mark before crossing the line in a new meet record 10.92secs (wind +1.2 m/s).

She had established the old mark of 10.96secs last year. American Marshevet Hooker finished five metres behind in 11.14, followed by Olympic champion Shelly Ann Fraser and Aleen Bailey, who both posted 11.15 for third and fourth, respectively.

The men’s equivalent went to American Darvis Patton in 10.02 (wind + 0.1 m/s), the same time as runner-up Daniel Bailey of Antigua and Barbuda.

2007 Pan American silver medallist Nickiesha Wilson on the way to victory in the women’s 400m hurdles event at last night’s 6th staging of the Jamaica International Invitational Meet at the National Stadium. Wilson clocked 55.20 seconds. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

National Junior record holder Yohan Blake was third in 10.07, while Olympic silver medallist Richard Thompson of Trinidad & Tobago was fourth in the same time.

Javier Culson produced a new Puerto Rico national record of 48.42secs to win the men’s 400m hurdles after outsprinting Jamaica’s Isa Phillips (48.79secs).

American Michael Tinsley was third in 48.81, while 2004 Olympic bronze medallist Danny McFarlane was fourth in 48.85.

The women’s event went 2007 Pan American silver medallist Nickiesha Wilson in 55.20s with Kaliese Spencer of MVP second in 55.89 ahead of Trinidad’s Josanne Lucas, 56.16.
Jon Rankin of the US won the men’s 1500m in 3:46.86 ahead of Kenya’s Frederck Musyoki (3:49.33) and Josephat Kithii (3:49.43).

Earlier, Edwin Allen High retained their 4x100m title in 45.75secs from Holmwood (46.09) and The Queen’s (46.27).
Calabar took the boys’ event in 40.66 ahead of St Jago (40.86) and Camperdown (41.15).

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Jamaica International Invitational meet in full motion

Posted by Dresonic on May 2, 2009

ALTHOUGH missing injury stricken Olympic champions Usain Bolt and Veronica Campbell-Brown, organizers are insisting that today’s sixth staging of the Jamaica International Invitational meet will still produce many top-class performances.

Chairman of the organizing committee for the IAAF Area Permit meet, Howard Aris, told Sporting World that track and field fans will have a treat inside Kingston’s National Stadium, starting at 6:30 pm.
Jamaican 100m Olympic silver medallist Kerron Stewart (right) and USA’s leading 400m women’s runner Jamaican-born Sanya Richards go through their paces at the National Stadium yesterday in preparation for today’s Jamaica International Invitational meet.

“We have an excellent field of athletes and very competitive events and we look forward to another outstanding evening of entertainment in track and field, as we have been witnessing for the past five years,” Aris said.

Athletes’ liaison and 1976 200m Olympic champion Donald Quarrie noted that even with the absence of Bolt and Campbell-Brown, “the overall quality of the competitors” will lead to excellent times.

The optimism from Aris and Quarrie for quality performances, is easily justified given the high calibre of athletes, listed to face the starter in more than 20 events.

The women’s 100m and 400m, as well as the men’s 400m hurdles, 100m and Shot Put should be among the hotly contested races on the three-hour programme.
Jamaican 100m hurdler Deloreen Ennis-London works out at the National Stadium yesterday as she prepares for today’s Jamaica International Invitational meet. Read the rest of this entry »

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Campbell-Brown missing out on today’s meet – Update

Posted by Dresonic on May 2, 2009

Two-time Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown returned to the track on Thursday after a five-week lay-off due to a “severe inflammation of a toe on her left foot”.

Jamaica’s 200m Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown works out at the National Stadium yesterday. (Photo: Collin Reid)

Campbell-Brown, who retained her Olympic 200m title at the Beijing Olympic Games last August with a personal best 21.74 seconds, was due to open her season today at the sixth Jamaica International Invitational meet at the National Stadium, but was forced to miss it due to the injury.

News broke last week when her agent Claude Bryan told the Observer she had been off the track for five weeks, but “was recovering satisfactorily”.

In her on-line diary for the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), Campbell-Brown said she was given clearance to resume training, but is disappointed to be missing today’s meet.

“I really enjoy this meet and I always pencil it in on my schedule, so obviously I am very disappointed. Although I will be absent, I expect that the competition there will be very fierce, and like everyone else, I will be looking at the results.”

Campbell-Brown will now open her season at the Adidas Track Classic in California on May 17, then run the 100m at Reebok Grand Prix in New York before the Jamaican Trials in June.

Last week Bryan had said the inflammation flared up after a photo shoot in Santa Monica, California, but insisted the injury was not a stress fracture as had been reported.

Bryan said Campbell Brown was “devastated” by the injury, but said she was as “gritty as they come and will want to come back strongly”.

The agent had told the Observer her coach Lance Braumann had decided to “side with precaution and not rush her back”, but was expecting her to be fully recovered later in the month.

Campbell Brown has been Jamaica’s most outstanding female sprinter, winning the 100m gold in 11.01 seconds at the IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan in 2007.

On the next three days, starting today, Campbell-Brown will be the subject of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF’s) Day in the Life programme, where as many as eight foreign journalists will spend time with her as she trains, relaxes and entertains at home.

Journalists are here from countries such as France, Germany, Italy, Spain, The Bahamas and Great Britain.

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