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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 7, 2009
FIVE-time Olympic medallist Veronica Campbell Brown believes that a cash incentive will be one of the deciding factors if the proposed USA vs Jamaica dual meet is to be realised next year.
Two months ago on March 7, Doug Logan, the CEO of USA Track and Field (USATF), hand-delivered an initial letter to NACAC president Neville ‘Teddy’ McCook inviting Jamaica to engage in a home-and-away series in 2009 that would pit the two nations’ sprinters and hurdlers against each other in head-to-head, team-scored competition.
However, that clash has been pushed back to at least 2010, because of a clash of dates on the IAAF calendar of events.
Campbell Brown, who was recently in Jamaica as part of the IAAF’s Day in the Life programme told the Observer that athletes would have to be compensated to guarantee the dual meets’ success.
“It will come down to how it fits in each athlete’s schedule, because if there is no money involved and there is a meet on the same weekend where people will be getting paid, a lot of athletes are going to choose to run where they’re getting paid as opposed to running for free,” Campbell Brown said.
“I don’t really know much about the USA versus Jamaica competition, but it would have to fit into my schedule… we’ll have to just wait and see when the time comes how that will work,” she added.
Meanwhile, Campbell Brown, who amassed five medals – one gold and four silver – at the 2005 Helsinki and 2007 Osaka World Championships, believes that: “If certain (elite) athletes are running, then it may motivate others to want to join in.”
At the time of the proposal, president of the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association (JAAA) Howard Aris re-affirmed that Jamaica remains committed to any event that will ultimately help in the development of the country’s athletics.
“We must be satisfied that we will also benefit from such an event both in terms of the costs to us as well as the type of athletes that we’ll be able to provide to this competition,” Aris said.
With all the logistics still to be finalised between the JAAA and USATF, Campbell Brown thinks the dual meet would not carry the same importance as the Jamaican athletes going up against Americans at the Olympics.
“If it’s not going to be all the USA’s top athletes and all of Jamaica’s top athletes running, I don’t think it will make much sense, because it’s not going to be a true reflection of say, ‘if Jamaica win or USA win’, it has to be a real competition,” the three-time national Sportswoman of the Year said.
Last month, former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell poured cold water on the USA/Jamaica Challenge, saying it was not important. “I don’t really see the importance of it,” Powell was quoted as saying. “There are many Grand Prix and Golden League meets out there that we are going to be competing against each other in, so it doesn’t make any sense to me,” added the Jamaican sprinter, who has produced 48 sub-10 clockings in his career.
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Posted by Dresonic on May 5, 2009
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Usain Bolt had stitches removed from his left foot today after his auto crash last week and the Beijing Olympic hero and sprint world record-holder is set to resume training next week.
Norman Peart, manager for the Jamaican sprint star, said he expects to keep Bolt out the remainder of the week to be certain he is rested and fully healed before resuming workouts.
“He is healing well,” Peart said. “He could be back in training in a couple of days. I think he will allow the week to run off though and start afresh next week.” Bolt had minor surgery to remove thorns that pierced his foot when he exited from the wreckage of his BMW M3 after it skidded off the highway and overturned in a ditch last Wednesday.
Bolt missed last Saturday’s Jamaica International Invitational track meet, but could be ready for a planned street race in Manchester, England on May 17.
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Posted by Dresonic on May 2, 2009
ALTHOUGH missing injury stricken Olympic champions Usain Bolt and Veronica Campbell-Brown, organizers are insisting that today’s sixth staging of the Jamaica International Invitational meet will still produce many top-class performances.
Chairman of the organizing committee for the IAAF Area Permit meet, Howard Aris, told Sporting World that track and field fans will have a treat inside Kingston’s National Stadium, starting at 6:30 pm.
Jamaican 100m Olympic silver medallist Kerron Stewart (right) and USA’s leading 400m women’s runner Jamaican-born Sanya Richards go through their paces at the National Stadium yesterday in preparation for today’s Jamaica International Invitational meet.
“We have an excellent field of athletes and very competitive events and we look forward to another outstanding evening of entertainment in track and field, as we have been witnessing for the past five years,” Aris said.
Athletes’ liaison and 1976 200m Olympic champion Donald Quarrie noted that even with the absence of Bolt and Campbell-Brown, “the overall quality of the competitors” will lead to excellent times.
The optimism from Aris and Quarrie for quality performances, is easily justified given the high calibre of athletes, listed to face the starter in more than 20 events.
The women’s 100m and 400m, as well as the men’s 400m hurdles, 100m and Shot Put should be among the hotly contested races on the three-hour programme.
Jamaican 100m hurdler Deloreen Ennis-London works out at the National Stadium yesterday as she prepares for today’s Jamaica International Invitational meet. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Dresonic on May 2, 2009
Two-time Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown returned to the track on Thursday after a five-week lay-off due to a “severe inflammation of a toe on her left foot”.
|Jamaica’s 200m Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown works out at the National Stadium yesterday. (Photo: Collin Reid)
Campbell-Brown, who retained her Olympic 200m title at the Beijing Olympic Games last August with a personal best 21.74 seconds, was due to open her season today at the sixth Jamaica International Invitational meet at the National Stadium, but was forced to miss it due to the injury.
News broke last week when her agent Claude Bryan told the Observer she had been off the track for five weeks, but “was recovering satisfactorily”.
In her on-line diary for the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), Campbell-Brown said she was given clearance to resume training, but is disappointed to be missing today’s meet.
“I really enjoy this meet and I always pencil it in on my schedule, so obviously I am very disappointed. Although I will be absent, I expect that the competition there will be very fierce, and like everyone else, I will be looking at the results.”
Campbell-Brown will now open her season at the Adidas Track Classic in California on May 17, then run the 100m at Reebok Grand Prix in New York before the Jamaican Trials in June.
Last week Bryan had said the inflammation flared up after a photo shoot in Santa Monica, California, but insisted the injury was not a stress fracture as had been reported.
Bryan said Campbell Brown was “devastated” by the injury, but said she was as “gritty as they come and will want to come back strongly”.
The agent had told the Observer her coach Lance Braumann had decided to “side with precaution and not rush her back”, but was expecting her to be fully recovered later in the month.
Campbell Brown has been Jamaica’s most outstanding female sprinter, winning the 100m gold in 11.01 seconds at the IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan in 2007.
On the next three days, starting today, Campbell-Brown will be the subject of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF’s) Day in the Life programme, where as many as eight foreign journalists will spend time with her as she trains, relaxes and entertains at home.
Journalists are here from countries such as France, Germany, Italy, Spain, The Bahamas and Great Britain.
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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.
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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 »
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Posted by Dresonic on February 22, 2009
St Catherine – Edwin Allen High School’s Class One sprinter Gayon Evans and Holmwood Technical boys’ 4x800m relay team made it three-from-three in the Milo Junior Grand Prix Series after winning their events at last Saturday’s 31st Milo Western Relays at GC Foster Sports College in Angels, St Catherine.
The Grand Prix Series was introduced this season and offers $500,000 to the winners of the boys and girls 100m and 4x800m races in five meets through the season.
The schools from where the winners emerge will get the prize monies with $100,000 going to the 100m winners and $150,000 to the relay winners.
Evans beat her schoolmate and World Junior Championship teammate Kaycea Jones in the 100m race on Saturday, in a meet record 12.06 seconds to 12.08 seconds, while Herbert Morrison’s Class Two runner Shavine Hodges took third place in 12.19 seconds.
With two races to go, next week’s Gibson Relays at the National Stadium and the GC Foster Classic, Evans leads with 27 points, six more than Jones who has been second in all three races so far. Manchester High’s Leslie-Ann Mitchell who was fourth last week is third on 15 points. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Dresonic on February 19, 2009
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth – Four records were broken, two in the discus events on Tuesday as defending champions Munro College opened a commanding 67-point lead after 14 finals at the Milo/Cornwall Athletics Association’s Boys’ Western Champs eliminations at STETHS.
Munro’s Levar Dunchie smashed the Class 3 1,500m and 3,000m marks, both times beating Cornwall College’s Tarik Fullerton.
Dunchie shaved the 1500m time to 4:42.49 seconds then clocked 10:24.4 in the 3,000m.
Another Munro athlete, Emanuel Oniya, established a new record in the Class 2 discus when his final throw in the preliminaries landed at 48.55m, smashing the 46.53m mark set last year by teammate Rajae Gayle. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Dresonic on February 15, 2009
TRIPLE Olympic gold medallist, Usain Bolt, began his 2009 season on a winning note, clocking 46.35 seconds in the Invitational 400 metres at yesterday’s fifth Camperdown Classics at the Stadium East in Kingston.
Running in lane five of heat three, Bolt covered his competitors by the 200m mark before cruising home ahead of fast-finishing Racers Track Club teammate Yohan Blake (46.80).
Bolt told reporters, including members of the international media, he was pleased with the time when compared to his 2008 season opener of 46.96.
“It was alright. I’m not really in the best of shape, but it felt good and I’m just happy I got through it and looking forward to next week,” Bolt said.
The world record holder for the 100m (9.69secs) and 200m (19.30secs) is scheduled to run another 400 at the UWI Invitational next Saturday at the National Stadium.
“I’ll be running a couple more 400s, but the main aim (this season) is the 100 and 200,” the 2008 National Sportsman of the Year added.
Answerth Whyte, another training partner of Bolt, was third overall with 46.89, ahead of Olympic quarter-miler Ricardo Chambers, 46.96.
World Junior 200m silver medallist, Nickel Ashmeade of St Jago, was the top schoolboy with 47.98 to win heat one of the Invitational 400m.
In the relays, Calabar and Holmwood Tech won the Class One 4×100 for Boys and Girls respectively.
The team of Oshane Bailey, Ramone McKenzie, Warren Weir and Ricardo Powell clocked 40.05 to erase St Jago’s 40.14 established last year to collect the $60,000 prize.
St George’s College was second in 41.26, followed by Jamaica College, 41.69.
On the girls side, Holmwood clocked 45.7secs to win ahead of The Queen’s, 46.0, and St Andrew High, 46.9.
Meanwhile, Waquar DaCosta of JC clocked a record 1:55.68 to win the Class Two 800m, bettering Bengallo Morrison’s 2005 mark of 1:57.1. The JC pair of Earl Grant (1:57.52) and Wayne Petrie (2:03.88) were second and third.
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Posted by Dresonic on February 15, 2009
OLYMPIC sprint relay gold medallist, Asafa Powell, was in scintillating form at yesterday’s 31st Milo Western Relays, anchoring MVP Track Club to victory in the 4×100 and mile relays at GC Foster College.
Running on anchor after Ainsley Waugh, Michael Frater and Nesta Carter had given the team a lead, the former 100m world record holder sped to the finish line in a new meet record 38.72 seconds.
They shaved 0.15secs off the old mark established by another MVP quartet in 2006. Sprint Unit was a distant second with 40.12 while UTech timed 40.21.
Thirteen other records were broken at the meet which was being staged outside of Western Jamaica for the first time.
Powell, who opened his season with 47.75 seconds on January 31, ran another good 400m, this time in the mile relay to carry MVP to victory.
Collecting the baton some 10 metres behind in fourth position, he went out conservatively before sprinting the last 200m to overtake his competitors in the home stretch as MVP won in 3:10.56.
Powell, who was timed at 46.27secs on his anchor leg, told the Sunday Observer he planned to run a good 400 after taking instructions from coach Stephen Francis.
“When I saw that I was close to them coming out of the 200 metres, I knew that I would have passed them,” Powell said. “I’m feeling very good to finish the day with a 400 and run so well as a sprinter… I’m feeling very good about my performance today,” he added.
Meanwhile, Olympic 100m gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser gave the MVP women a splendid start as they won the 4x100m relay for Club and Institutions in record 43.37.
The other members of the team were Brigitte Foster-Hylton, Shericka Williams and Kaleise Spencer.
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Posted by Dresonic on December 8, 2008
|BOLT… only 22 years old and has 10 years to chase money
Chasing money on the European circuit will not be among the top priorities of the 2008 IAAF male Athlete of the Year Usain Bolt, next season. That’s the word from track and field agent, Ricky Simms, who has been managing the affairs of Jamaica’s triple Olympic gold medallist on the international scene since 2004.
“I think what is more important for Bolt is that he’s not chasing money,” Simms told the Observer in Monaco last month, where the lanky sprinter became only the third Jamaican to receive the prestigious IAAF Award Athlete of the Year.
“He’s got a programme that is progressive. Coach Mills will dictate where he runs to get him ready for the World Championships and his performance will come first as opposed to chasing money on the circuit because he’s only 22 years old and he’s got 10 years to chase money, so he doesn’t have to do that yet,” he added.
During the World Athletics Gala in Monaco last month, Bolt indicated that he would not be attempting to win the US$1-million European Golden League jackpot as he focuses on the World Championships in Germany. 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 5, 2008
SEVERAL members of Jamaica’s 2008 medal-winning Olympics team were yesterday honoured in a special ceremony and awarded with the country’s fifth highest national honour, the Order of Distinction, Commander and Officer Class.
In a classic 45-minute-long exercise witnessed by scores of excited Jamaicans, athletes Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser, Melaine Walker, Dwight Thomas, Michael Frater, Nesta Carter, Danny McFarlane and Bridgitte Foster-Hylton were honoured .
Six members of Jamaica’s world-beating delegation to the Beijing Olympics in August who were yesterday invested with the Order of Distinction (Commander class) at a special investiture ceremony at the National Stadium. From left: President of the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association (JAAA) Howard Aris; triple gold medallist and world record holder Usain Bolt; gold medallist Veronica Campbell-Brown; Glen Mills, Bolt’s coach; former 100m world record-holder and Olympic gold medallist Asafa Powell; and 1976 Olympic 200m gold medallist and consultant in the preparations for the 2008 Summer Olympics Donald Quarrie. (Photo: Bryan Cummings
Jamaica finished the Beijing Olympics with a record haul of 11 medals – six gold, three silver and two bronze.
Bolt, Powell and Campbell-Brown were bestowed with honours in the rank of Commander, and their colleagues in the rank of Officer.
Also honoured were president of the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association (JAAA) Howard Aris; Glen Mills, coach of Usain Bolt; 1976 Olympic 200m gold medallist and consultant in the preparations for the 2008 Summer Olympics, Donald Quarrie, who were awarded the Order of Distinction Commander Class (CD) for their service to track and field and their contribution to the athletes’ success.
The appreciative crowd, clad mostly in the green, yellow and black of the Jamaican flag which filled the stands to see the athletes, cheered and screamed to their hearts’ content, many calling out to the athletes as if they were lifelong friends.
From left: Nesta Carter, Bridgitte Foster-Hylton, Shelly-Ann Fraser, Michael Frater, Danny McFarlane, Dwight Thomas and Melaine Walker pose after being presented with the Order of Distinction Officer Class yesterday at a special investiture ceremony held at the National Stadium in Kingston. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)
“Is one of the best thing this mi ever si, whenever dem perform mi si crime cut so mi think the athletes should go into the garrison and go hol’ a vibe; it nice,” Solomon, a Kingstonian, told the Sunday Observer.
Meanwhile, triple world record holder Usain Bolt in a brief chat with the Sunday Observer could hardly find words to describe his emotions.
“It’s just great. I am enjoying it. It’s wonderful,” he said before being whisked away.
Kingstonian Charmaine Smith said she had enjoyed the brief ceremony to the hilt.
“It’s good. I go for everybody, all the athletes. At least the Government has done something good for them,” she said beaming.
Popular Jamaican actor Glen “Titus’ Campbell, a member of the team of organisers for the event, also took time to bask in the moment.
“I am very thrilled, it’s one of the times when I am very proud to be Jamaican,” he told the Sunday Observer.
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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 September 13, 2008
MIAMI, USA (CMC) – American Olympic legend Carl Lewis has raised stern doubts over Usain Bolt’s recent stunning performances but has stopped short of accusing the Jamaican sprint marvel of doping.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Lewis also lashed out at Jamaica’s drug-testing programme, saying that it too needed to be examined in light of the fact there was no random drug-testing of athletes.
“When people ask me about Bolt I say he could be the greatest athlete of all-time. But for someone to run 10.03 one year and 9.69 the next, if you don’t question that in a sport that has the reputation it has right now, you’re a fool. Period,” Lewis contended.
“I’m proud of America right now because we have the best random and most comprehensive drug-testing programme. Countries like Jamaica do not have a random programme so they can go months without being tested.
“No one is accusing Bolt, but don’t live by a different rule and expect the same kind of respect. How dare anybody feel that there shouldn’t be scrutiny, especially in our sport?”
Bolt raised eyebrows in Beijing last month when he jetted to World Record times in capturing three gold medals at the 29th Olympiad.
He clocked 9.69 seconds to win the 100 metres and returned to break American Michael Johnson’s 12-year-old, 200 metres record of 19.32 seconds with a new time of 19.30. In the process, Bolt became the first athlete in 24 years – Lewis was the last in 1984 – to win the coveted the sprint double.
The 22-year-old then crowned a fine outing with his third gold as a member of the Jamaica sprint relay team.
Bolt, along with the other Jamaican sprinters, were tested repeatedly at the Beijing Olympics but none of the results returned positive.
Lewis, the star of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics with four gold medals, said he also questioned Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown’s failure to make the 100 metres team for the recent Olympics.
“Veronica Campbell-Brown lives in the United States and has been transparent and consistent,” Lewis pointed out.
“She won the Worlds last year in the 100 metres and this year can’t even make the team. Are you going to tell me that shouldn’t be questioned?”
Dr Herb Elliott, the Jamaican team doctor who is also a member of the IAAF anti-doping commission, hit back saying: “They still think we don’t know anything down in Jamaica.
“I am the person who tests in Jamaica, and I tested Bolt 15 times between last November and December.”
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Posted by Dresonic on September 5, 2008
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — Usain Bolt rallied against cold, wind and Asafa Powell to win the 100 meters in 9.77 seconds Friday at the Van Damme Memorial.
Running against a strong headwind in his season finale, the three-time Olympic champion had a bad start and watched Powell go ahead. But Bolt pulled even with Powell and used his long strides to finish 0.08 off the world record he set at the Beijing Games.
Powell, the only runner to defeat Bolt this season, finished second in 9.83. Nesta Carter made it a Jamaican sweep in 10.07.
“Asafa is a really fast guy,” Bolt said. “I’m getting used to chasing him.”
Powell joined Bolt in the celebrations around the track after the race, cheered by the sellout crowd of 47,000 at the King Baudouin Stadium.
Pamela Jelimo won the Golden League’s $1 million jackpot, capturing her sixth straight 800 meters in meet-record time. High jumper Blanka Vlasic of Croatia lost for the first time in the series, ensuring Jelimo did not have to split the prize.
The 18-year-old Jelimo finished in 1:55.16, almost four seconds ahead of world champion and fellow Kenyan Janeth Jepkosgei. Vlasic finished second to Ariane Friedrich of Germany.
Bolt said he was concerned about the cold weather, which registered 59 degrees at the start. He seemed frozen at the start, last out of the blocks.
Once Powell saw him next to him, he knew he was done.
“I came out to run fast. Usain really put on the pressure,” Powell said of Bolt, who won golds and set world records in the 100, 200 and 400-meter relay in Beijing.
While Bolt said goodbye for the season, it was farewell for good for double European sprint champion Kim Gevaert.
Before a cheering home crowd, she easily won the 100 in 11.25 ahead of Debbie Ferguson of the Bahamas and Me’Lisa Barber of the United States. She received a minute-long standing ovation from the crowd.
Gevaert anchored the Belgian 400 relay a silver medal at the Olympics.
Paul Kipsiele Koech failed to qualify for Kenya’s Olympic team, but won the 3,000 steeplechase in 8:04.99. He was five seconds ahead of countryman and Olympic gold medalist Birman Kiprop Kipruto.
With Ethiopian Olympic champion and world record-holder Kenenisa Bekele taking a break, Beijing silver medalist Eliud Kipchoge led a sweep of Kenyans in the 5,000, finishing in 13:06.12 in the rain.
In the women’s 5,000, Meseret Defar sought to avenge her loss to Ethiopian teammate Tirunesh Dibaba in Beijing by recapturing the world record. Instead, Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya beat her in a sprint finish.
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Posted by Dresonic on September 5, 2008
TWO-time world championship medallist, hurdler Delloreen Ennis-London has sought to clear her name following a report by SportsIllustrated.com this week which linked her to performance-enhancing drug in 2006.
In a letter received by the Observer bearing Ennis-London’s name, the two-time Olympian explained that she never used any banned substance.
The article, co-written by Luis Fernando Llosa and L Jon Wertheim, stated that the magazine obtained documents stating that between June 2006 and February 2007, two shipments of Somatropin (Human Growth Hormone, HGH) and one shipment of Triest (Estrogen) were sent to Ennis-London at a Texas address, while in November 2006 a shipment of Testosterone, Testosterone Aqueous, and Oxandrolone were sent to Adrian Findlay.
Below is the full text of Ennis-London’s reponse.
To my fans, supporters & the media:
In response to the story written in Sports Illustrated, I would like to clarify the situation once and for all. In May-June 2006, I experienced a severe female disorder. My local doctor was unable to find a solution, so I decided to seek alternative advice.
I explored several alternatives that led me to the AAG clinic in Miami which specialised in this type of disorder. Read the rest of this entry »
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