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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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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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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 »
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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
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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 »
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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 »
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Posted by Dresonic on November 20, 2008
Triple Olympic gold medal winner, Usain Bolt, is to stop over in Germany on his way to the International Associations of Athletics Federation’s (IAAF’s) Gala event in Monaco to take up offers for specialised driving lessons from auto makers BMW.
The 22-year-old, who left the island yesterday, was given a “fully loaded” custom made BMW M3 as a birthday gift from apparel sponsors, Puma, days after his exploits at the Olympic Games in Beijing, China. He is to attend the world famous BMW ‘M’ driver school at Nuremberg Ring in Germany.
The offer came on August 23 during a press conference in Beijing where Puma CEO, Jochen Zeitz, made the announcement.
The driving lessons came as an initiative from Stewarts Autos, the dealers for BMW in Jamaica.
Just prior to Bolt’s return from the Olympics and raced on the European circuit, chairman of Stewarts Motors, Richard Stewart, told the Observer of their plans to ensure that the world’s fastest man gets the necessary training to maneuver the powerful sports car.
“We are very conscious of the fact that really and truly with a car of this nature we need to send him (Bolt) to what is called the BMW ‘M’ driver school, so we are co-ordinating that with BMW, and of course we are looking forward to hosting him with BMW in Germany at a future date after we deliver the car here in Jamaica,” he said then.
Bolt, meanwhile, is expected to walk away with at least two awards at this Sunday’s Gala, which will be held in the Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Club d’Ete in the Principality of Monaco.
The lanky Jamaican, who broke the 100m and 200m world records, clocking 9.69 and 19.30 seconds, respectively, at the Olympics and was part of the 4x100m relay team which ran a world record 37.10 seconds, has been nominated for the Male Athlete-of-the-Year as well as two nominations for the Performance-of-the-Year awards. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Dresonic on November 20, 2008
|Striker Luton Shelton (left) rounds Canada’s goalkeeper, Lars Hirschfield, on the way to scoring Jamaica’s first goal during the CONCACAF World Cup qualifier at the National Stadium last night. The Reggae Boyz won, 3-0. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Jamaica crashed out of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Finals last night despite registering their biggest victory (3-0) over Canada in the CONCACAF penultimate round qualifiers at the National Stadium last night.
Luton Shelton, Marlon King and Omar Cummings registered strikes for the Reggae Boyz, but they needed to have won by seven clear goals to advance to the final phase of the CONCACAF qualifiers, starting next February and running through to October.
Honduras won their match against a struggling Mexico to top the group on 12 points, ahead of Mexico on 10, the same as Jamaica. However, Mexico advance on a superior goal difference of +3, to Jamaica’s 0.
Canada remained rooted at the foot of the four-team Group Two on two points.
Only two teams advance to the next phase, which will comprise six teams, with the top three advancing to South Africa, and the fourth place team entering a dreaded home and away play-off with the fifth place team from the powerful South America region.
Jamaica opened the scoring in the 28th minute when Shelton latched onto a through pass from Demar Phillips and he rounded goalkeeper Lars Hirschfield before slotting home to take Jamaica into the break with a slender lead, in what was less than an impressive first 45 minutes for the team needing to win big.
King added to Jamaica’s tally on 57 minutes when he converted a penalty kick after Phillips was tripped up inside the penalty box, and substitute Cummings added a third in the 85th minute when defensive stalwart Ian Goodison overlapped on the left side and centred for the Colorado striker to slide home.
But from long before the third goal, it was clearly a matter of too little, too late, and there are many who would believe that former Brazilian technical director Rene Simoes would have left a legacy far less memorable than he did in the 1998 campaign.
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Posted by Dresonic on October 4, 2008
Triple Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt receives the Key to the City of Kingston from Mayor Desmond McKenzie at yesterday’s function to honour the 2008 Beijing Olympic team at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood)
EIGHT Olympic gold medallists received brand new shiny keys to the city of Kingston, while the other 2008 medallists were given medals by Mayor Desmond McKenzie as the weeklong celebration of Jamaica’s exploits at the Beijing Olympic Games in August began yesterday.
Thirty-eight members of the historic 2008 Olympic team were honoured in an hourlong function at the Norman Manley International Airport shortly before being whisked away on several trucks for a motorcade which would take them from the Harbour View Roundabout through Downtown Kingston, New Kingston and into the National Stadium.
The athletes, who had been arriving in spurts since the Games ended, were bused to the airport especially for the event.
Hurdlers Brigitte Foster-Hylton, Delloreen Ennis-London, Sherone Simpson, shot putter Dorian Scott, swimmers Alia and Jevon Atkinson, Natalie Moodie, and cyclist Ricardo Lynch were notably absent as Jamaica Olympic Association president Mike Fennell apologised on behalf of those who could not be present for the government-sponsored honouring of the Olympic team which returned from China with an historic 11 medals.
Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown gets a big smack on the cheek from Prime Minister Bruce Golding at the welcome home for the country’s 2008 Olympians. (Photos: Lionel Rookwood)
Gold medallists Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser, Melaine Walker, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Asafa Powell, Dwight Thomas, Michael Frater and Nesta Carter were all given the keys to the city, while 400m silver medallist Shericka Williams, 100m silver and 200m bronze medallist Kerron Stewart, and mile relay bronze medallists Novlene Williams-Mills, Shereefa Lloyd, Bobby-Gaye Wilkins and Rosemarie Whyte collected medals.
“It’s the appreciation of a grateful city,” McKenzie said.
Prime Minister Bruce Golding told those in attendance at the function that so astounding and inspiring was the achievement of the Jamaicans in Beijing that it was the first thing US president George W Bush mentioned to him during his recent visit to the United States.
“What a powerful performance your athletes gave in Beijing,” Golding said he was told by the US head of state who is set to demit office in just over three months.
Golding added that the government would be doing a number of things to expand the institutional develoment of sports and that an announcement outlining details to that effect would be made soon.
He implored the private sector to give their support to the projects being planned.
UK-based Samantha Albert, Jamaica’s first Olympic equestrian representative was appreciative of the welcome the athlete’s received and said it was nice having missed much of the excitement on mainland China as her competition had been based in Hong Kong.
“It’s amazing and nice to come down and be with the other medallists,” Albert, who was there with her two young sons, said.
She added that her unique position as Jamaica’s first and only equestrian in the Olympics drew a lot of attention.
Jamaica won 11 medals at the 29th Olympiad, including six gold, three silver and two bronze.
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Posted by Dresonic on October 4, 2008
Olympic gold medallists Veronica Campbell-Brown (left) and Shelly-Ann Fraser greet fans during yesterday’s motorcade through Kingston, the first event in the seven-day homecoming celebrations for Jamaica’s team to the Beijing Olympics. Thousands of Jamaicans flooded the streets of the capital to show their appreciation to the athletes for their magnificent performance at the Olympics. Jamaica won a record 11 medals – six gold, three silver and two bronze – at the games. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Jamaicans flooded the streets of Kingston – the capital city – yesterday to pay homage to the island’s athletes who brought home a record 11 medals – six gold, three silver and two bronze – from this year’s Olympic Games in Beijing, China, a performance that stunned the world and raised the country’s profile in international track and field.
The city came to life as the thousands of flag-waving, autograph-seeking Jamaicans greeted their Olympians, who travelled around the city on a motorcade consisting of nine trucks.
Smiles, laughs and ‘shout-outs’ greeted the Olympians on the ‘homecoming motorcade’ which started its journey at the Harbour View round-a-bout and slowly wound its way around the city to the National Stadium.
A section of the large crowd that greeted Jamaica’s Olympians as their motorcade made its way through Half-Way-Tree yesterday. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
There were those who had left work or school early and there were those who didn’t go at all. The unemployed and retired were there, and so too were suckling babes.
And while most people weren’t particular but were excited to see the entire team, there were some who said they came out specifically to see Asafa Powell, some wanted Usain Bolt and some wanted Veronica Campbell-Brown. There were a few others, however, like six-year-old Ashanti Roxbourne of Harbour View Primary School, who weren’t sure just why they were out.
“I come out here on the road to look, to see the cars and trucks,” said the little girl. Added another six-year-old: “I want to see Veronica because I love her.”
Prime Minister Bruce Golding (centre) greets triple Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt while 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser is hugged by Minister of Transport Mike Henry at yesterday’s function to honour the country’s 2008 Olympians at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood)
The grade one students were among the large group at the Harbour View round-a-bout who had to endure the brow-beating heat of the sun for two hours more than they planned since the motorcade, scheduled to begin at 11:00 o’clock, didn’t get underway until about 1:00 pm. More than a few fans, including high school students and senior citizens were visibly upset with the delay and threatened to go home.
“This is definitely too long. When I come out here this morning is only di police and di vendor dem did out here. Dat was ’bout 9:30 [or] 10:00 o’clock,” one woman was overheard telling another female standing beside her.
“Everybody must just get bex an go home,” said Pamella Williams. “Dem too disrespectful and out of order. Look how long wi stan’ up out yah ah wait. Dem tell we 11:00 o’clock and now is afta 12:00.”
However, when the first truck was spotted coming along the Palisadoes Road at 12:54, the disquiet subsided and gave way to glee, excitement, euphoria. The first four trucks had no athletes onboard but they played music and got the crowd doing the ‘Nuh Linga’, a dance move made popular by triple gold medallist Usain Bolt at the Beijing Games in August.
The already hyped crowd became more frenzied when they saw 200m gold medallist Veronica Campbell-Brown, 400m hurdles gold medallist Melaine Walker and 100m gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser on truck number five; triple gold medallist Bolt and Aileen Bailey on truck number seven; and 4x100m gold medallists Asafa Powell and Michael Frater, as well as several others, on truck number eight.
The height of the vehicles off the ground made it difficult for fans to touch the athletes, but they ran up alongside the floats and stretched their hands up towards them. Some were satisfied with merely shaking hands, touching fists and rubbing thumbs. Others wanted more and whipped out notebooks, flags, caps and whatever else they could get their hands on to secure signatures.
The motorcade, which also included six empty buses that had transported the athletes to the airport earlier, travelled along Michael Manley Boulevard, Port Royal Street, Duke Street, Ocean Boulevard, Marcus Garvey Drive, Portia Simpson Miller Square, Hagley Park Road, Hope Road, Trafalgar Road, Knutsford Boulevard before going onto Oxford Road, Tom Redcam Avenue, Arthur Wint Drive and ended in the car park at the National Stadium.
All along the route, scores of people came out of their offices, business places and schools lining sidewalks, banging empty buckets on rooftops, shouting and applauding through windows. Some captured the moment with camera phones.
Yesterday’s motorcade was part of a seven-day celebration in honour of the entire Jamaican delegation to the Beijing Olympics.
The motorcade followed a welcome reception at the Norman Manley International Airport where the gold medallists were presented with the Keys to the City of Kingston.
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Posted by Dresonic on August 21, 2008
Jamaican Usain Bolt, who competed in the 200-metre Olympic final yesterday, has been drug-tested at least 11 times in 2008, according to Nick Davies, a spokesman for the world track & field federation (IAAF).
Bolt was tested four times out-of-competition by the IAAF and three times in-competition, Davies said. He also has been tested four times by the International Olympic Committee – including three blood tests – ince he arrived to China, Davies said.
Davies said Bolt and fellow sprinter Asafa Powell are among the 22 elite Jamaican track & field athletes included in the IAAF’s targeted testing programme.
The IAAF spends US$2 million to US$3 million annually on the programme, Davies said, to ensure that athletes in nations such as Jamaica and Kenya that do not have national testing programmes get tested frequently.
Powell, Davies said, has been tested 13 times this year – six out-of-competition by the IAAF, three in-competition and four by the IOC.
Davies said IAAF medical officials assemble longitudinal profiles of the athletes’ blood work to look for abnormalities that suggest doping could be going on.
Bolt’s and Powell’s results “look OK,” Davies said. “If it didn’t, there would be massively targeted testing on them, simple as that.”
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Posted by Dresonic on August 21, 2008
The win in the Olympic 200 meters was a given, his second gold medal of the Beijing Games assured.
Usain Bolt sets another world record in the 200m final. Americans Shawn Crawford and Walter Dix get silver and bronze, respectively.
This was now about a world record. About racing against history.
Showing just what he can do when he goes all out start to finish, Bolt forged the greatest race ever run Wednesday night under the hazy lights at the Bird’s Nest, heaving his chest toward the finish line — not simply to beat someone for the gold, but to become a part of track’s glorious, and sometimes troubled, lore.
He finished in 19.30 seconds to break Michael Johnson’s 12-year-old world record, one of the most venerable in the books.
“I just blew my mind and blew the world’s mind,” Bolt said.
Officially, he won by an astounding 0.66 second over American Shawn Crawford, the defending Olympic champion. Crawford won the silver medal when Churandy Martina of Netherlands Antilles, who had finished 0.52 behind Bolt, was disqualified after a U.S. protest for running out of his lane. “It feels like a charity case,” Crawford said.
Either way, it was about four body lengths, the biggest margin in an Olympic 200. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Dresonic on August 18, 2008
Personally I love Shelly-Ann Fraser, she is so vibrant and so energetic, she is always smiling. One thing for sure she will be smiling for a looooooong time. Bolt blew away the field with a magnificent performance that will be on the pages of history for a very long time.
Jamaica is in a frenzy for our athletes in Beijing and as the saying goes “Wi Likkle but Wi Fassssst.” Ok so that’s not the saying but come on that’s what it should be at this point. Jamaica has the best sprinters in the world and that is no dispute. Look out for the flock of international athletes who will seek to gain our secrets.
Its been a long time coming and now Jamaica is showing that we are truly great and are the most blessed people on the earth. Big thanks to our athletes for bring the name of Jamaica to heights that only can be dreamed of by many.
Salute to Our Athletes,
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Posted by Dresonic on August 17, 2008
National champion Stewart was the most impressive, clocking 10.98 seconds to dismiss defending champion Yulia Nestsiarenka (11.14) of Belarus and Olympic silver medallists, Lauryn Williams of the US (11.07), as well as European champion Kim Gevaert (11.10) of Belgium.
Fraser also looked smooth, running a controlled 11.06, while Simpson logged 11.02secs to beat Muna Lee of the US (11.08) and the veteran Chandra Sturrup (11.16) of the Bahamas.
Also, Kenia Sinclair progressed to tomorrow’s final of the Women’s 800m, while Danny McFarlane and Markino Buckley secured spots in the Men’s 400m hurdles decider.
Sinclair, who posted a season best 1 minute 58.28 on the back of a brisk first lap of 56.10secs set by eventual winner Janet Jeokosgie (1 minute 57.28), said determination brought her through as one of the two fastest losers.
‘We went out a little bit too fast. I knew I was going to pay for it in the straight, but I was thinking about getting into the final so I just tried to hold on as much as I could and it paid off,” the national record-holder told the Sunday Observer, adding that she was pleased with her best time of the year.
“I just thank God I was able to… perform to the best of my ability, so now I’m just looking forward to the final to give it all I have because I have nothing to lose,” the 2006 commonwealth and World Indoor silver medallist added. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Dresonic on August 16, 2008
- Bolt’s 9.69
It was pandemonium at the 2008 Beijing Olympics when our born and bread Usain Bolt broke the world record which is also his record in the 100m, after jogging a sub 10 in the semi-finals bolt delivered the goods in the final round. Bolt ran a phenomenal time of 9.69 seconds (no wind aided times here) to take gold in fine style. Evidently there was no competition for the tall sprinter and there was no one who showed any type of threat. Coming up through the rounds Bolt remained relaxed while keeping his composure and not forgetting his number one goal which is to compete. Dresonic watched all other competitors but only one conclusion could be made, BOLT.
On the other hand Asafa Powell former world record holder delivered a disappointed performance in the 100m finals. Dresonic did not see this coming and I know the world did not see this coming either, the worse I was expecting from Asafa was to get the silver medal. Asafa is among the favorites here at Dresonic and it would have been lovely to see the matured sprinter take the gold in the 100m. This performance brings flashbacks from the 2004 Olympics and if i may, it was not a wonderful moment. Tyson Gay failed to leave the semi-finals which was no surprise since he is nursing a hamstring injury. Anyway Asafa failed to delivery the goods again at a “major competition” another Olympics. Asafa has not gotten any gold at any major world staged event, people always say Asafa has a mental problem when he is at big meets but I say its more than a mental problem, its also the unprecedented pressure he is under by the world to win. I must I am very heart broken that Asafa wont get another chance to get the gold, lets be realistic Asafa’s time is nearly over as there are more young sprinters going 9.
All in all Asafa, Frater, and Bolt has done Jamaica proud but and I don’t think there is a better performance that we could have dreamed of that could compare to what Bolt accomplished. Dresonic salutes our Athletes in Beijing. Big Up Asafa and Bolt.
Asafa We Still Love You as you brought pride to us all as Jamaicans over the ye
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Posted by Dresonic on August 13, 2008
But one thing is now sure: Veronica Campbell will not run the 100 metres at the Beijing Olympics. The three athletes who will represent Jamaica are Kerron Stewart, Shelly-Ann Fraser and Sherone Simpson – the first, second and third-placed finishers, respectively, at the National Championships in June.
“There have been no changes to the team,” team manager Ludlow Watts told JamaicaWin.com yesterday in response to the query about Campbell’s possible participation in the 100 metres.
“Unless something unusual happens to one of the other ladies between now and tomorrow (today), that change will not be made.”
Head of delegation Don Anderson made it clear that the track and field officials will make the final selection at a meeting today, but pointed out that at no stage was it ever mooted. “As far as I know, it did not even come up for discussion,” said Anderson.
Campbell, world champion over the distance, was a surprised fourth-placed finisher at Jamaica’s National Championships in June, running 10.88 seconds in one of the most competitive races in history. Stewart ran 10.80, Fraser 10.85 and Simpson 10.87 to take the three top spots.
But there have been calls by a large sector of fans for Campbell-Brown, who usually produces at ‘big’ meets, to replace one of the top three. The JAAA rules states that the top three will be selected for the event, and the fourth-placed finisher selected as the alternative. It further states that the runners would have to maintain competitive form.
This gave a ray of hope to those who harboured dreams of a Campbell-Brown victory on Sunday, as they believed that she, the alternative, would have been entered instead of one of the trio who beat her at the trials. However, all three have run sub-11 seconds in the last two weeks, giving the selectors no opportunity to make changes.
Campbell will therefore defend her individual 200 metres title, as well as form part of Jamaica’s outstanding 400 metres relay team, which won gold four years ago in Athens. She also won a bronze medal in the 100 metres at those Games.
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Posted by Dresonic on August 3, 2008
|BOLT… world 100 metres record-holder
Bolt had expressed his interest in running both events at the August 8-24 Games, but said he would leave the decision up to his coach.
“He will run both,” Mills said in a statement, ending weeks of speculation over the issue.
The plan at the start of the season was to focus on the 200 metres, a race Bolt won a bronze medal in at the World Championships in Osaka, Japan last year.
However, things took off for the lanky sprinter in May when he produced three sub-10 clockings in the 100 metres, including a world record of 9.72 seconds.
“From his training and racing performances, coach Mills feels that Usain is fast and strong enough to do both races,” one of Bolt’s managers Ricky Simms told CMC Sports yesterday.
Bolt replaced Asafa Powell as the world record-holder at the Reebok Grand Prix on May 31 when he destroyed a strong field, which included American world champion Tyson Gay.
He went on to take the sprint double at the Jamaican National Championships in June – beating Powell in the 100 metres – though it was evident that neither sprinter extended himself.
Powell defeated his countryman in Stockholm on July 22nd when he out-leaned Bolt at the tape to win by .01-seconds.
The inclusion of Bolt in the 100 metres for Beijing sets up a huge showdown with Powell and Gay, the latter of whom is expected to be fit for the race despite a hamstring scare four weeks ago.
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Posted by Dresonic on August 1, 2008
Bolt, who two months ago supplanted Powell as the world record-holder in the 100 metres at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York, says he is not surprised at his recent success.
“Well things have been coming together for a long while now so I’m not really surprised,” said Bolt, who dominated his career as a junior.
“I’ve been doing well over the years. I guess it’s just my time now I would say.”
Bolt leads the world in the 100 metres with his world-record run of 9.72 seconds and the 200 metres with a career-best and national record of 19.67 seconds.
He is expected to leave Beijing with at least one individual gold medal and two if he runs the sprint double. But despite the huge expectations, the lanky sprinter says he feels no pressure.
“The only way you are under pressure is [if] you put yourself under pressure,” said the runner nicknamed ‘The Lightning Bolt’.
“I never put myself under any form of pressure because I know every time I go out there I do my best at all times.
“I’m not going out there to lie down and I know they (my challengers) are not doing that either. I am just really going out there to do my thing.”
Last Saturday Bolt landed yet another world-class performance in a slight head wind to win the 200 metres at the London Grand Prix.
The 19.76 seconds winning performance was his third fastest ever half-lap, but was accomplished with sanguine ease.
“I went out with a plan and that’s what I did. I just went out there to do some work on my 200 metres because I haven’t done a lot on this race,” Bolt said.
Only four other men have ever gone faster than Bolt’s 19.67, but only one, American Wallace Spearmon, will line up in the event in Beijing next month.
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Posted by Dresonic on July 30, 2008
|DUNKLEY… no one has contacted me. Everything I’ve learnt is from the (news) paper
“I haven’t gotten in touch with anybody, but I did try because like I said, all the information that I’m finding out is like you guys (newspaper) calling me and telling me and me seeing the name of a drug (Boldenone) that I’ve never heard of in my life and making me look like some kind of idiot,” the self-coached athlete told the Observer from North Carolina yesterday.
“I’m looking at this drug and it’s in comparison with some kind of horse stuff. I mean, that’s ridiculous (because) I’ve never heard of it in my life,” added Dunkley, who clocked 10.23 seconds for sixth place in the Men’s 100-metre final at the National Track & Field Championship between June 27-29.
“I know you’re responsible for what you put in your body and I’m not a fool, that’s not something I’d put in my body by no means,” Dunkley explained.
“I don’t need it… I’m naturally big, I’m naturally strong; it’s not something I need… besides, I only ran 10.2 (seconds). Let’s be real, I didn’t run anything ridiculous and I tried my best, so it does seem far-fetched,” he added. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Dresonic on July 29, 2008
|Julien Dunkley competing in the men’s 100 metres at the National Championships at the National Stadium last month. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)
The name of 32-year-old sprinter Julien Dunkley was yesterday withdrawn from the list of 53 track and field athletes originally posted on the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) website.
That list, including athletes from the three other sporting disciplines, was submitted to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for entry to the 2008 Beijing Olympics in China.
However, Dunkley, who was sixth in the 100 metres final at the National Championships from June 27-29, has not been identified by the JOA as the athlete who tested positive for the banned substance Boldenone, and who was withdrawn from the team yesterday.
“We’ve received the formal notification from the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) and we have to comply now with a certain process in accordance with their rule, (37), of their constitution,” JOA president Mike Fennell told the Observer yesterday afternoon.
“This, of course, includes the advising of the athlete and giving the athlete five days to respond as to whether testing is required (for the) “B” sample or whether he accepts the finding based on the testing of the “A” sample,” the JOA boss added.
He noted that the male athlete, who was verbally advised of his positive result last Friday by the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association (JAAA), was also faxed a written confirmation yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »
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