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Posted by Dresonic on June 30, 2009
Triple Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt clocked 20.25 seconds in a strong negative wind of
(-2.4 m/s) to win the 200 metres and complete the sprint double as the 2009 Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships ended at the National Stadium in Kingston last night.
|Sprint star Usain Bolt cruises to victory in the men’s 200m final at the Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships at the National Stadium last night. Steve Mullings (centre) was second while Ramone McKenzie finished fourth. (Photos: Bryan Cummings)|
On a day that Olympic silver medallist Shawn Crawford posted a wind-assisted (+3.3) 19.73secs to win at the American trials, the world 100m and 200m world record holder Bolt, came off the curve well ahead of the field before cruising the last 50 metres to win ahead of Steve Mullings 20.40 and Marvin Anderson 20.63.
“I’m feeling alright (though) I’m a little tired after the rounds (three 100 and two 200) because I’m not really in the best shape of my life,” Bolt told the Observer. “I think I ran the corner pretty well and my coach will decide what we need to do to improve it,” added the 22-year-old sprinter.
“I think I’m still a little behind the schedule (when compared to 2008), but I have a lot of work to do to get back there and like how we’re leaving for Europe, there will not be any distractions,” Bolt said.
Running into a head wind of (-1.1), two-time Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown, who missed the entire month of April with a toe injury, captured the female equivalent in 22.40secs.
“I have a little under two months before Berlin so I’m confident that I’ll be back in the shape that I need to win (the double),” Campbell-Brown said, who confessed that she was not fully recovered from her injury.
|Olympic 200m gold medallist Veronica Campbe-Brown (left) powers to victory in the half-lap event at the Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships at the National Stadium last night. Simone Facey (right) finished third.|
“I must admit that the five weeks that I’ve lost hurt me a little, but I’m staying positive and just continuing to train hard,” the reigning 100m champion and silver medallist in the 200m from 2007 added.
Olympic 100m gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser, who captured the 100m title on Saturday with 10.88, finished second behind Campbell-Brown with 20.58ecs, while 2008 NCAA champion Simone Facey was third with 22.96.
The women’s 200m was run as a straight final after two-time Olympic medallist Kerron Stewart and Commonwealth Games medallist Sheri-Ann Brooks, who placed second and third in the 100m on Saturday, withdrew from the half-lap event.
Two-time World Championships medallist Delloreen Ennis-London produced a late burst to overhaul early race leaders Lacena Golding-Clarke (12.89) and Brigitte Foster-Hylton (12.87) at the 10th and final hurdle to win the 100m event in a head wind of (-1.1 m/s).
Commonwealth Games champion Maurice Wignall easily won the men’s equivalent in 13.48 (wind -0.8 m/s) ahead of Dwight Thomas in 13.50 and Olympic finalist Richard Phillips in 13.61secs.
Although Olympic finalist and national record holder Kenia Sinclair retained her 800 metres title with a time of 2:01.63, she expressed dissatisfaction with the time.
“I was really hoping that I could have hit, like two minutes flat or one minute 59. I know I’m in better shape than two minutes 01, because I’ve already run sub- two minutes for the year and split one minute 57 at the Penn Relays,” Sinclair said.
Grenadian Neisha Nerard-Thomas posted 2:02.02 for second, while Marian Burnett of Guyana placed third with 2:04.72.
Aldwyn Sappleton retained the men’s crown with a time of 1:48.20secs, following a titanic sprint over the last 200 metres with Ricardo Cunningham, who lost by 0.01 second on the photo finish. Andre Drummonds placed third with 1 min. 50.49secs.
Posted by Dresonic on June 30, 2009
Olympic 400-metre hurdles semi-finalist Isa Phillips says he is ready to challenge for a medal at this summer’s 12th IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany (August 15-23) after posting a lifetime best 48.05 seconds.
|Isa Phillips cruises to victory in the heats of the men’s 400m hurdles at the Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships at the National Stadium on Friday.|
The time makes the St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) alumnus, the joint-third fastest Jamaican of all time in the event.
“The goal is not to take over from Danny McFarlane; it’s the Americans that I want to beat because we’re (I’m) not just thinking national, we are dealing international,” Phillips said, after posting the world-leading mark to win the national title at the National Stadium in Kingston. McFarlane was second with 48.54secs, national junior record holder Josef Robertson finished third in 49.22.
The only Jamaicans to have run faster than Phillips in the one-lap obstacle race are 1992 Olympic silver medallist Winthrop Graham with 47.60secs and 2004 silver medallist Danny McFarlane with 48.00.
Phillips, who had entered the Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships with a lifetime best of 48.36secs says his fast time has been long in coming.
“It’s nothing unexpected because I’ve been running and working hard from day one. It’s a process. We already know that if you work for what you want and want it hard enough, you get it,” he said.
The American trio of Angelo Taylor with 47.25secs, Kerron Clement 47.95 and Bershawn Jackson 48.06 swept the 400m hurdle medals at last summer’s 29th Olympiad in Beijing, China.
“I have seen people working at it for a couple years before they get a breakthrough, so it’s the same thing for me,” Phillips added, noting that he still has some way to go before perfecting his race.
“We’ve (I’ve) just started to get it right. the right steps (between hurdles) in practice have me on 47 high, so that’s coming because once we do it in training , it’s only a matter of time before we do it in competition,” the confident Phillips said, noting that Graham and McFarlane have been tutoring him.
Posted by Dresonic on June 28, 2009
Olympic 100-metre champions Shelly-Ann Fraser and Usain Bolt confirmed their readiness for this summer’s 12th IAAF World Championships in Berlin by posting world leading times in the blue riband event on day two of the Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships at the National Stadium last night.
Running in lane three, Fraser exploded from the blocks to lead from start to finish, just like she did at last summer’s Beijing Olympics.
|Olympic champion Usain Bolt (left) celebrates approaching the finish line in the men’s 100m final ahead of former world record holder Asafa Powell on the second day of the Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships at the National Stadium last night. Bolt clocked an impressive 9.86 seconds. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)|
The second fastest Jamaica woman of all time who previously struggled to break 11 seconds all season after an appendix operation in April, crossed the line in 10.88secs despite running into a head wind of (-1.5 m/s).
“Yes, I’m (satisfied) because my coach has been working really hard with me and I love him so much for all his patience and everything he has worked on for me,” Fraser told the Sunday Observer.
“I mean, it was a really bad season for me because I had to take out my appendix and after that I got a hamstring strain, so at times I was really frustrated, but my coach was my motivator, along with my teammates, so I thank God for that,” Fraser added.
Olympic silver medallist and defending champion Kerron Stewart, who entered the meet with the world leading mark of 10.92, surged in the last 50 metres after getting off to a poor start to claim second place with 10.93ses ahead of Commonwealth Games champion Sheri-Ann Brooks, 11.16.
|Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser (right) wins the blue riband event ahead of Olympic silver medallist and defending champion Kerron Stewart at the National Stadium last night. Fraser clocked a fast 10.88secs. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)|
Olympic silver medallist Sherone Simpson, who was running her first race since undergoing surgery on her left knee in September, finished fifth in semi-final two and did not make the final. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Dresonic on June 28, 2009
OREGON, United States (CMC) – American Tyson Gay believes the World Championships in Berlin will be a massive showdown with sprint superstar Jamaican Usain Bolt.
Gay, the defending double sprint World champion, has been running quick times in the build up to the August Games and thinks he will challenge Bolt, the reigning double Olympic sprint champion and record holder.
“I’m looking forward to a fast race,” said Gay, after running a wind-aided 9.75 seconds in the 100 metres at the United States trials in Eugene on Thursday.
“I ran a wind-aided 9.7. He ran a wind-aided 9.7. We are both showing great fitness.”
Gay could only watch as Bolt made all the headlines at the Beijing Olympics last year, smashing records in the 100 metres and 200 metres, en route to dominating the events.
Injured during the US trials in the lead-up to the Olympics, Gay was not at his best and missed out on a spot in the 100 metres final.
Gay, who dominated the World Championships in Osaka, Japan two years ago, has been on the comeback trail ever since.
He clocked a quick 19.58 seconds in the 200 metres at the Reebok Classic in New York, the third fastest time in the history of the event and now seems poised to test Bolt’s mettle at the August 15-23 showpiece.
Gay said he possessed what was needed to beat Bolt, and would now focus on improving his start.
“Pretty much when I become more technically sound out of the blocks,” Gay said. “I have the mechanics. I have the coaching . it’s there.”
Bolt has looked impressive already this season, clocking a breezy 9.77 seconds at the 48th Golden Spike meet on Ostrava last week.
Posted by Dresonic on June 11, 2009
TORONTO (AP) – Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award yesterday for his record-breaking performance in the Beijing Olympics.
|Usain Bolt (left) of Jamaica engages in his trademark pose after accepting the prestigious Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award from former world 200 and 400m record holder Michael Johnson in Toronto, Canada, yesterday.|
Bolt became the first man to win gold in the 100 metres (9.69 seconds), 200 metres (19.30) and 400-metre relay (37.10) in world record times in the same Olympiad.
“I am delighted to win this prestigious award and would like to thank everyone who voted for me,” said Bolt, who performed his trademark celebration, a lightning-like gesture with his arms.
“It is an honour to succeed such greats as multiple winner Roger Federer, Michael Schumacher, Lance Armstrong and Tiger Woods.”
He received the award from Laureus World Sports Academy member Michael Johnson, who set the previous record in the 200m (19.32secs) at the 1996 Olympics.
The other nominees for the award were: Olympic swimming sensation Michael Phelps; Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal; motor sport racers Lewis Hamilton and Valentino Rossi; and Portugal and Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo.
In Rome last week, Russian pole-vault star Yelena Isinbayeva received the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award.
Bolt is in Toronto to compete in the 100 at the Festival of Excellence track and field meet to be held at the University of Toronto’s Varsity Centre today.
Posted by Dresonic on June 7, 2009
ORLANDO, Florida (CMC) – Top female sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown has her sights set on being a tough competitor at the Jamaica national championships later this month.
|Campbell-Brown… I ran 10.81 which is actually the fastest I’ve run under any conditions|
The two-time Olympic 200 metres and reigning World 100 metres champion recently returned to competitive running, after a brief injury lay-off with an infected toe.
She made her first appearances for the 2009 international outdoor season last month with mixed results, but she was still satisfied with the way things had unfolded.
“I had my first race on May 23 in a low-keyed meet in Clerwater, Florida, and was quite satisfied with my performance,” said Campbell-Brown in her online diary appearing on the website of the sport’s world governing body, the IAAF.
“I ran 10.81 seconds (wind-aided) which is actually the fastest I have run under any conditions. My coach Lance Brauman was satisfied as well.
Jamaica’s most successful female sprinter added: “I then went to New York for my second race, the Reebok Grand Prix on May 30 (wish it was for shopping!), and there I finished third.
“Again, I am satisfied as the race revealed to me things that I need to address as I prepare for the rest of the season.
“Chances are that I will get another race in prior
to the Jamaican national championships which are at the end of June.”
Campbell-Brown admitted the last month had eventful, since she also celebrated her 27th birthday. She was born on May 15, 1982, and she noted the highlight was her husband Omar, also an athlete of some repute, surprising her with breakfast in bed.
She said: “I was served the national dish of Jamaica – ackee and cod fish – and I wished I could have more than one birthday per year!
“My track idol Merlene Ottey was also here in Orlando during this time, so the day was a memorable one!”
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 »
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 »
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).
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 »
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.
Posted by Dresonic on April 27, 2009
The island’s ports of entry have been put on alert for travellers arriving from Mexico, the US and Canada where human cases of Swine Flu have been confirmed, Health Minister Rudyard Spencer said yesterday.
“We have put the airport on alert and we are working in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism to ensure that infected persons do not enter our borders,” Spencer told the Observer.
He said he would be meeting with health officials at the ministry today to assess the situation and decide if the alert is to be heightened. The ministry is expected to issue a statement following that meeting.
The North American cases of the human Swine Flu Virus reported so far have been spread by human to human contact. Its symptoms are similar to the Influenza Virus and include high fever, aches, coughing and congestion.
The Department of Homeland Security said it would release a quarter of the 50 million units of antiviral medicine it has on reserves to the affected stage and the White House has reported that the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has begun the process of manufacturing a vaccine against the
Posted by Dresonic on April 27, 2009
GENEVA (AP) – Canada became the third country to confirm human cases of swine flu Sunday as global health officials considered whether to raise the global pandemic alert level.
Nations from New Zealand to Spain also reported suspected cases and some warned citizens against travel to North America while others planned quarantines, tightened rules on pork imports and tested airline passengers for fevers.
Nova Scotia’s chief public health officer, Dr Robert Strang said the east coast Canadian province had confirmed four “very mild” cases of swine flu in students ranging in age from 12 to 17 or 18. All were recovering, he said, adding that it was acquired in Mexico, brought home and spread.
The western province of British Columbia confirmed two further cases.
The news follows the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) decision Saturday to declare the outbreak first detected in Mexico and the United States a “public health emergency of international concern”. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Dresonic on April 27, 2009
The Patriots, the young professionals arm of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP), weekend urged the Government to delay implementation of the new gas tax and GCT, saying it had found breaches that would short change many Jamaicans.
The group said it had conducted a survey of over 50 service stations Islandwide and found that several of them were operating without the proper Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) certification stickers or with expired ones, said Raymond Pryce, head of the Patriots.
Pryce said that for some time the BSJ in carrying out its mandate under the Weights and Measures Act, had embarked upon a campaign to certify petrol pumps. The BSJ affixes a sticker on to pumps to assure consumers that the volume of petrol purchased is the actual volume of petrol received. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Dresonic on April 27, 2009
PHILADELPHIA, USA – Two Jamaican National Junior Records (NJR) were set yesterday as
the curtains came down on the 115th Penn Relays Carnival at Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jamaica College’s K’Don Samuels cleared 4.80m for a massive new personal record and NJR in the pole vault as he became the first Jamaican to win the event here.
IAAF World Junior Championships silver medallist Shermaine Williams a sophomore at Johnson C Smith University ran 13.06 seconds for second place in the College Women’s 100m hurdles setting a new national standard.
The former Alpha Academy runner eclipsed the previous record 13.07 seconds set by Gillian Russell in July 1992 and said she was surprised when her coach Lennox Graham told her about the new record moments after the end of the race.
Former St Jago High runner Natasha Ruddock, competing for Essex Community College of New Jersey was third in 13.39 seconds.
Samuels, who is in his final year as a junior, took over the record by himself after sharing 4.60m with Jabari Ennis who cleared it in 1998.
Samuels said that his new mark atoned for not doing so well at the CARIFTA Games two weeks ago and blamed that on the organisers who he said used the American high school rules instead of the IAAF rules used in Jamaica.
Nontheless, he was ecstatic for the new mark as battled cramps in his right calf as he cleared 4.80m on his final attempt after two previous misses.
Samuels, who is also the CARIFTA record holder and who was sixth here last year, first matched his previous personal best on his second attempt at the height, then cleared 4.70m on the second attempt. Read the rest of this entry »