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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 18, 2009
OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) – Olympic champion and world-record holder Usain Bolt won the 100 metres in 9.77 seconds at the Golden Spike meet yesterday.
|OSTRAVA, Czech Republic – Jamaican Usain Bolt (2nd right) crosses the line to win the men’s 100m at the IAAF World Athletics Tour Golden Spike meeting yesterday. From left are Ryan Moseley from Austria (eighth), Samuel Francis of Qatar (fourth) and US sprinter Marcus Brunson (sixth). (Photo: AP)|
Bolt had a strong tail wind of 2.1 metres per second – too fast to make the time count officially – but he wasn’t complaining.
“I’m just happy I got under 10 seconds,” he said. “Sometimes I got the right wind, sometimes I don’t. I’m just happy I ran injury free.
“It was quicker than I thought,” said the Jamaican, who was cheered by the crowd long after his race.
“It was not an easy victory. I had some problems at the beginning so the result is great for me. I enjoy winning.”
After a seemingly slow start he wasn’t happy about, Bolt cruised to victory ahead of Britain’s Craig Pickering, who finished well behind in 10.08. Ronald Pogon of France was third in 10.17.
|OSTRAVA, Czech Republic – Doloreen Ennis-London of Jamaica celebrates after winning the women 100m hurdles at the IAAF World Athletics Tour Golden Spike meeting yesterday. (Photo: AP)|
“I’m satisfied with the time, it was a good time,” Bolt said. “Even though there was wind I’m proud of myself anyway.
“I’m running fast; that’s what I’m sure about. It’s a positive sign for me. I’m happy.”
Bolt established himself as the world’s fastest man by winning the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay at the Beijing Olympics in world record times. He won the 100 gold medal in 9.69.
Bolt ran 9.93 in Spanish Town, Jamaica on March 14, but the tail wind was also above the maximum allowed.
He is set to race at the Jamaica championships and meets in Switzerland, Paris and London before the world champs in Berlin in August.
Olympic 110 hurdles champ Dayron Robles of Cuba, who set the world record at 12.87 seconds in Ostrava last year, won this year in 13.04 seconds, the world’s best time this season. He was followed by Dexter Faulk of the United States in 13.13 and Shamar Sands of Bahamas in 13.38.
“Even though it is a new world-leading time (this year), I did not feel well today,” Robles said. “I don’t know what happened. I think I need one more week to train and it will improve.”
The 2005 world champion, American Bershawn Jackson, won the men’s 400 hurdles in 48.32 seconds, also in the best time of the season, with Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic second in 49.20 and Marek Plawgo of Poland third in 49.59.
Meselech Melkamu of Ethiopia was running neck and neck with Kenya’s Linet Masai in the women’s 5,000 until she reached the finish in 14 minutes, 34.17 seconds.
Masai was just 0.19-second-behind followed by another Kenyan, Vivian Cheruiyot, in 14:38.26.
Paul Hession of Ireland took the men’s 200m with a strong finish, beating Brian Dzingai of Zimbabwe by one hundredth of a second in 20.44 seconds.
Double world champ Michelle Perry of the United States was beaten by Jamaica’s Delloreen Ennis-London in the women’s 100 hurdles. Delloreen crossed in 12.79 seconds.
“I’m really satisfied with my time today I can say I ‘m ready for Jamaica’s trials next weekend,” Ennis-London said.
Perry, who hit a hurdle, finished in 12.86 while another American Danielle Carruthers was third in 12.90.
100-1, Usain Bolt, Jamaica, 9.77 seconds. 2, Craig Pickering, Britain, 10.08. 3, Ronald Pognon, France, 10.15. 4, Samuel Francis, Qatar, 10.17. 5, Martial Mbandjock, France, 10.24. 6, Marcus Brunson, United States, 10.28.
200-1, Paul Hession, Ireland, 20.44. 2, Brian Dzingai, Zimbabwe, 20.45. 3, Nickel Asmeade, Jamaica, 20.72. 4, Jiri Vojtik, Czech Republic, 20.80. 5, Kristof Beyens, Belgium, 20.81. 6, Stephane Buckland, Mauritius, 20.83.
Women 100 Hurdles-1, Delloreen Ennis-London, Jamaica, 12.79. 2, Michelle Perry, United States, 12.86. 3, Danielle Carruthers, United States, 12.90. 4, Derval O’Rourke, Ireland, 12.95. 5, Lucie Skrobakova, Czech Republic, 12.96. 6, Anay Tejeda, Cuba, 12.97.
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 23, 2009
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 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.”
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 April 29, 2009
WORLD 100 and 200-metre record holder Usain Bolt has been admitted to hospital, reportedly in good condition, following a motor car accident along the Vineyard Toll section of Highway 2000, St Catherine today at about 1:30 pm. Bolt’s manager Norman Peart said that based upon advice from accident and emergency doctors at Spanish Town Hospital, where the athlete is being treated, his only injury are three thorns that became stuck in his feet after he exited the vehicle. Photo: Bryan Cummings Photo: Bryan Cummings Peart said that Bolt is due to be released shortly. He could not say how long the injury might prevent Bolt from competing. He was confirmed to compete in this Saturday’s Jamaica Invitational at the National Stadium in Kingston. Bolt’s car had been travelling into Kingston from Clarendon the accident occurred. The road was slippery from afternoon showers. When this reporter arrived upon the scene at approximately 2:30 pm the BMW car was being towed from the ditch. Examination of the car by this reporter revealed no blood inside the car and no airbags had been visibly deployed. Both front tyres were punctured and the left-front wheel was almost torn off. The front windscreen was shattered while the back windscreen was totally removed. A member of a Highway 2000 wrecker crew said that there were tyre marks for about 50 metres before the car came off the road.